Sunday, April 26, 2015

Down on the Farm: 4/25/2015

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers defeated the Sacramento River Cats 6-1:

Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.00.

Skyler Stromsmoe and Ronny Cedeno had multi-hit games.  Don't think that is too significant.

AA  New Britain vs Richmond postponed.

High A  Bakersfield Blaze blanked the San Jose Giants 3-0:

Rafael Rodriguez(LF)- 2 for 2, 2B, BB.  BA= .370.
Luis Ysla(LHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 9.72.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.75.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB 1 K.  ERA= 1.50.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. ERA= 0.00.

RafRod is about the only guy on the SJ Giants roster who is hitting consistently.  Amazing! Agosta seems to be fighting his way back a bit.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Rome Braves 8-7:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 1 for 4, BB, CS(6).  BA= .328.
John Riley(1B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .298.
Jonah Arenado(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(3), Sac.  BA= .288.
Travious Relaford(SS)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .258.
Cristian Paulino(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB, 2 SB(3).  BA= .381.

Love seeing those 3 dingers after Jonah's name!  Fargas maybe needs to be a bit more selective in his baserunning.  I'm guessing everybody in the park knows he's going.

Game Wrap 4/25/2015: Giants 5 Rockies 4 in 11 Innings

Andrew Susac and Justin Maxwell provided the longballs and 5 of the Giants 19 baserunners scored as the Giants eked out an extra-inning win at Coors Field.  Key Lines:

Norichika Aoki- 0 for 2, 4 BB, SB(5).  BA- .303.  The Giants leadoff man kept drawing walks and kept getting left on base, but finally scored the winning run in the 11th on a squeeze bunt by Joe Panik.

Angel Pagan- 4 for 6.  BA= .355.  Pagan also scored just once for his efforts, but his single in the 11th moved Aoki to 3B which set up the squeeze bunt.

Buster Posey- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .246.  Buster's bat has been very quiet.  Maybe this is a game to get it going?

Justin Maxwell- 1 for 6, HR(3).  BA= .308.  Maxwell's 3'rd dinger in 5 games was the difference maker in this one.  It gave the Giants a 4-2 lead.  The Rockies would go on to tie the game in the 9th, but never got another lead.

Andrew Susac- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(1), BB.  BA= .385.  The Incredible Hulk has been doing good things almost every chance he gets.  His dinger got the Giants to a 2-2 tie after the Rockies had taken the lead.  He also gunned down Drew Stubbs on a SB attempt in the 9'th to get out of the jam with the game still tied.

Tim Hudson- 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 10/2.  ERA= 3.91.  This might be the best game Huddy has pitched in Coors Field his entire career.  Coors is not friendly to his style of pitching and it's been a house of horrors for him.  This was a very typical Huddy game avoiding walks and keeping the ball on the ground.  He gave up dingers to Tulo and CarGo, but they were both solo shots which minimized the damage.

Jean Machi- 1.2  IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.53.  The Giants seem to win a lot of these types of games just because they have a deeper bullpen and Bochy uses it more efficiently.  Machi was able to go more than 1 inning and that ended up being the difference because Petit might not have been available.  Aren't all you guys happy we have Machi on the team now?

Despite the Win, the Giants remained in last place in the NL West, 4 games behind the Dodgers who outslugged the Padres 11-8.  The second place Rockies dropped 1.5 games off the pace while the Padres are at 2 games behind.  The D'Backs lost to the Pirates 2-1 and are in 4th place, 3 games behind the Dodgers.

Tim Lincecum goes for the series Win today facing LHP Tyler Matzek.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Down on the Farm: 4/24/2015

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas beat the Sacramento River Cats 6-1:

Curtis Partch(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Partch has 13 K's against 2 BB's in 10 IP so far this season.

AA  New Britain Rock Cats edged the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-2:

Kelby Tomlinson(SS-2B)- 3 for 4, 2B, 2 SB(3).  BA= .352.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .162.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 1.42.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.74.

Crick threw 92 pitches in 4 IP.

High A  Bakersfleld Blaze blanked the San Jose Giants 5-0:

DJ Snelton(LHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 8/3.  ERA= 3.00.
Mason McVay(LHP)- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.52.

The Little Giants managed just 1 hit the whole game against 3 Bakersfield pitchers.

Low A Game 1  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Rome Braves 6-1:

John Riley(DH)- 1 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .308.
Andrew Cain(LF)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .231.
Randy Ortiz(RF)- 1 for 3, SB(6).  BA= .227.
Mark Reyes(LHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 11/3.  ERA= 2.76.

Low A  Game 2:  Rome Braves outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 9-6:

Jonah Arenado(3B)- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .273.
Andrew Cain(LF)- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .233.
Cristian Paulino(RF)- 2 for 3, 2B, 3B.  BA= .353.
Conner Kaden(RHP)- 4.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 11/0.  ERA= 3.09.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Game Wrap 4/24/2015: Rockies 6 Giants 4

The Giants momentum from the Dodgers series did not carry over into Coors Field as Chris Heston's BABIP luck ran out and the Giants had a relapse of LOBitis.   Key Lines:

Gregor Blanco- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .239.  Aoki gets the day off with Blanco getting the start in LF.

Joe Panik- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .303.  Panik has raised his BA from a nadir of .176 on 4/15 to .303 in just 8 games.  He is 14 for 32 in that span.

Angel Pagan- 2 for 4.  BA= .329.  Pagan has certainly seemed to fully recover from an early season back scare and has been one of the Giants steadiest performers.

Brandon Belt- 3 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .238.  Belt has a 5 game hit streak since his BA hit .077.  He is 8 for 16 in that stretch.

Justin Maxwell- 2 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .333.  I think it's safe to say Maxwell is going to be in the lineup until he cools off or Pence comes back. He might stay longer if he keeps hitting like this.

Chris Heston- 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 7/0.  ERA= 2.77.  Heston was due for a BABIP fueled regression.  His BB's, K's, and GO/AO all look pretty much the same as his first 3 starts.  He gave up a HR, but it was a solo job.  So, BABIP it is.  Coors Field has a way of doing that to a pitcher who depends on a lot of ball movement to succeed.

Tim Hudson, another guy who has trouble in Coors Field for obvious reasons, faces Jorge De La Rosa in Game 2 tomorrow evening.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Down on the Farm: 4/23/2015

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-3:

Brett Jackson(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .293.
Adam Duvall(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .419.
Austin Fleet(RHP)- 4 IP 9 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.88.
Juan Gutierrez(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.59.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.04.

Brett Jackson is having a surprisingly strong start to his season.  He's got the tools if he can ever put it all together.

AA  New Britain Rock Cats topped the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-2:

Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .262.
Jack Snodgrass(LHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO- 6/2.  BA= 6.08.

Not much to comment on here. Delfino his holding his own in the EL so far.

High A  Bakersfield Blaze edged the San Jose Giants 3-2:

Keury Mella(RHP)- 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 10/5.  ERA= 3.60.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 8.71.

Fairly dominant start for Mella.   Great to see him stretch it out to 7 IP.  Probably too soon to be putting Agosta in high leverage situations.  Baby steps!

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets beat the Rome Braves 5-3:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 1 for 3, 2 BB, CS(5).  BA= .357.
Jeremy Sy(SS)- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .327.
Aramis Garcia(C)- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .194.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .250.
Jonah Arenado(3B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .265.
Randy Ortiz(RF)- 1 for 3, BB, SF, 3 SB(5).  BA= .220.
Matthew Gage(LHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.32.
Dusten Knight(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Augusta was the only winner of the Giants full season affiliates today.

Game Wrap 4/23/2015: Giants 3 Dodgers 2

The amazing Dodgers bullpen, brilliantly constructed by their new new genius GM stifled the Giants hitters to preserve a 2-1 lead for the second game in a row......wait, what?  Oh, that's the Fangraphs version of the last two games because you know, actual runs scored and allowed don't count.  You have to look at what what happened after you corrected for ballpark factors and normalized HR/FB ratios and BABIP's.  OK, enough of that.  I think you get the picture.  After no fewer than 4 separate Fangraphs articles in 2 days extolling the wonders of the Dodgers  bullpen, the Giants went out and won 2 ballgames for no other reason than their bullpen outpitched the Dodgers bullpen.  Simple as that!  Key Lines:

Joe Panik- 2 for 4, BB. BA= .295.  After a rough first week or so, Panik has really turned it on and picked up where he left off last year.

Brandon Belt- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .179.  Belt got a clutch basehit to drive in the Giants first run.

Justin Maxwell- 2 for 5.  BA= .300.  Maxwell was definitely the hitting hero of this series driving in or scoring key runs in all 3 games.  Not sure what's going to happen when Pence comes back, but Maxwell should be out there everyday at least until then.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 3, 3B(1), BB.  BA= .222.  Crawford drove in the tying run with a huge triple to the wall in right-CF with nobody out.  Unfortunately he got stranded there.

Ryan Vogelsong- 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 8/1.  ERA= 7.71.  I think if you had polled most of us who come to this site, we would have chosen Yusmeiro Petit to start this game.  Bochy stuck with Vogey and Vogey dug down about as deep as I've ever seen him, and that's saying a lot!  After giving up 2 solo HR's in the first 3 innings, he clamped down and retired the final 10 batters he faced.

Giants Bullpen- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.

Dodgers Bullpen- 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.   Read it and weep, Fangraphs!

With the Win, the Giants sweep the first place Dodgers and their deficit in the NL West shrinks to 3 games behind the Dodgers and Padres who both lost.  The Rockies topped the Padres 2-1 and trail by 0.5 games.  The D'Backs beat the Texas Rangers 8-5 and trail by 1 game.  The Giants remain in last place, but are just 3 games behind as opposed to 6 when this series started.

The Giants now travel to Colorado where Chris Heston will start the first game of the series facing Eddie Butler.

Down on the Farm: 4/22/2015

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas mauled the Sacramento River Cats 13-5:

Jake Dunning(RHP)- 3.2 IP, 9 H, 11 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 9.82.
Brett Bochy(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.24.

El Paso is a tough place to pitch and the wind was blowing out to LF at 15 MPH, but…..Yikes!  Dunning absorbed quite the shelling there!  He had 3 HBP's, a WP and 2 E's to boot.  Very rough day for Jake Dunning!

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

High A:  San Jose Giants blanked the Inland Empire 66'ers 7-0:

Rafael Rodriguez(LF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .383.
Ben Turner(Catcher)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .304.
Hunter Cole(PH-DH)- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .500.
John Polonius(SS)- 2 for 4, SB(3).  BA= .286.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 1.93.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.80.

Boy, there is definitely an emerging pattern of the Giants high velocity SP's in the minors pitching to contact and for the ground ball.  Can that stuff work in the major leagues?  Current MLB pitchers with FB's averaging over 90 MPH, K/9's less than 7 and high GB% would be Henderson Alvarez, Kyle Gibson, Jared Cosart and Rick Porcello.  None of those pitchers would be considered aces by any stretch, but are all useful MLB SP's.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Charleston River Dogs 5-2:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B, CS(4).  BA= .358.
Jeremy Sy(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .304.
Will Calloway(3B)- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .750.
Cristian Paulino(LF)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .286.
Randy Ortiz(RF)- 1 for 3, 3B.  BA= .211.
Jose Reyes(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
EJ Encinosa(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's  ERA= 10.13.
Raymundo Montero(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, Save(3).  ERA= 2.08.

Calloway replaces Hunter Cole on the Greenjackets roster with Cole moving up to San Jose to replace Austin Slater.