Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Down on the Farm: 8/29/2016

AAA  Reno Aces trumped the Sacramento River Cats 6-1:

Mac Williamson LF- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .273.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Hartford Yard Goats 4-0:

Christian Arroyo 2B- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .276.
Chris Shaw 1B- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .242.
CJ Hinijosa SS- 3 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .251.
Tyler Beede RHP- 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 2.87.

The big news here is obviously the best start of Beede's pro career, a CG shutout in which he threw just 94 pitches and hit 98 MPH on the radar gun in the 9'th inning per milb.com.  After the game, he said his strategy was to pitch to contact with the FB early in the count then use secondary stuff for strikeouts if he got to 2 strikes.  He also said that after last year's weak finish, he adopted the motto "Finish Strong" for this season and boy, did he ever?!  I think we see here why the Giants were willing to give up Bickford and not Beede at the trade deadline.

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High A  San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

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Short Season  Salem-Keiser Volcanoes buried the Vancouver Canadians 13-4:

Woody Edwards CF- 1 for 3, 2 BB, SB(2).  BA= .278.
Manuel Geraldo 3B- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .295.
Heath Quinn RF- 1 for 2, HR(9), 2 BB, HBP.  BA= .330.
Kevin Rivera 2B- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .320.
Zack Bowers C- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .215.
Julio Pena LF- 2 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .236.
Garrett Williams LHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.63.

Williams gave up a leadoff triple in the first inning that eventually scored, but settled down to shut out the Canadians over the next 5 innings. I've said it before:  Geraldo and Rivera are 2 young infielders you don't hear anything about in the national minor league media who I am fairly bullish on.

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The rookie Arizona League's season is complete.  The Giants missed the playoffs by 0.5 games finishing the second half 16-11, good for second place.  They were 12-16 in the first half finishing in last place.

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The DSL season is in the books.  The Giants finished with a 40-30 record, good for 3'rd place in their division and out of the playoffs.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Down on the Farm: 8/28/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outscored the Fresno Grizzlies 8-6:

Kelby Tomlinson 2B- 1 for 4, BB, SB(10).  BA= .288.
Austin Slater CF- 3 for 4, HR(13), BB.  BA= .302.
Miguel Olivo C- 2 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .250.
Juan Ciriaco DH- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(4).  BA= .276.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.88.
Matt Reynolds LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Steven Okert LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.88.
Jean Mach RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(12).  ERA= 3.72.

Not much more to say about Austin Slater.  I would think he would be a candidate for the Arizona Fall League then a candidate for LF for the Giants next year if they don't re-sign Pagan and Mac or Parker don't grab it.

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AA Akron Rubber Ducks sank the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-2:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4, BB, SB(8).  BA= .318.
Christian Arroyo SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .276.
Tyler Horan DH- 3 for 4.  BA= .258.
San Coonrod RHP- 5.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.24.

Duggar would be another AFL candidate, but there are only so many slot available to each organization.  Arroyo would be another choice but he went last year and he seems like he maybe just needs to rest.  We've spent much of the season wondering how Coonrod gets great results with so few strikeouts.  Today's line is just the opposite.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 10-3:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .251.

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

Johneshwy Fargas RF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .282.
Seth Harrison LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .259.
John Polonius 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .211.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.89.

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Short Season  Eugene Emeralds topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-5:

Manuel Geraldo 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .293.
Gio Brusa LF- 1 for 5, HR(10).  BA= .260.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 3, HR(4), BB.  BA= .272.
Mac Marshall LHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 5.05.

Marshall seems like a guy who just needs to harness his stuff.  Easier said than done, though.

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Rookie AZL  Giants  blanked the Dodgers 6-0:

Jacob Heyward DH- 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB(10).  BA= .337.
Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .340.
Jose Layer LF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .283.
Kelvin Beltre 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.
DJ Myers RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.70.
Chris Falwell RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.73.
Wilson Santos RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.35.

Heyward and Fabian seem to be too good for the AZL.  Layer is looking like a nice sleeper pick from the 2016 draft.  Kelvin Beltre just needs to stay healthy!

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DSL  Giants were idle.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Game Wrap 8/28/2016: Giants 13 Braves 4

The Giants set a franchise offensive record, that's both New York and San Francisco, with 4 HR's and 4 Triples in one game.  Considering some of the offensive players to play for the franchise and the nature of the current ballpark, that's quite an achievement.  The offensive explosion gave Madison Bumgarner more than enough run support in a runaway win.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(9).  BA= .277.  Span achieved a personal best for HR's in a season.  He's hitting .343 for the month of August and .331 since the All-Star Break.  He is also slugging .520 in August.

Brandon Crawford- 3 for 5, 3B(9).  BA= .278.  Crawford leads active Giants players with 31 career triples.  Crawford came into the game hitting .192 over his last 7 games, .250 over his last 15 and .261 over his last 30.  With the 3 hits, he's now 8 for his last 17 over 4 games.  He seems to like batting cleanup!

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .277.  Belt shook off a stiff neck that kept him from starting the last game, to run out one of the team's 4 triples in this one.

Jarrett Parker- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .254.  Parker got in on the triples party.

Joe Panik- 3 for 5, 2 HR(10), SF.  BA= .251.  Huge game for Panik, the first multi-homer game of his MLB career with 5 RBI's.  Panik came into the game hitting .340 over his last 15 games with 3 dingers.  Those numbers will be a lot higher in tomorrow's stat page.

Eduardo Nunez- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(14).  BA= .285.  In addition to the offense, Nunez turned in a dazzling defensive performance at 3B.  One play in particular, a backhanded stab waaaay behind 3B on a ball the took a big hop and forced him to reach up in the air for while fully extended parallel to the ground, then get up and throw in one motion all the way from about 15 feet behind 3B to nail the runner.  That play is in the running for most difficult play at 3B I've seen from a Giants 3B which is saying something after Sandoval and Duffy have played the position.

Madison Bumgarner- 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.49.  You could see that Bumgarner's command was just a bit off, but he ended up with a QS and a much needed W.

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The Dodgers are hanging tough and scratched out a 1-0 win over the Cubs so the Giants remain 2 games behind the Hated Ones in the NL West.  They did gain a game over the Cardinals in the race for the first Wild Card playoff berth so are now 2.5 games ahead of the Redbirds and 3 games ahead of the Pirates for the second spot.

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The Giants now get a home day off before starting a midweek 2 game series against the D'Backs with Johnny Cueto facing Zack Greinke.

Down on the Farm: 8/27/2016

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Sacramento River Cats 6-2:

Mac Williamson LF- 1 for 4, HR(11).  BA= .273.
Matt Cain RHP- 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.06.
Alex Torres LHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.   ERA= 4.42.

I am sure the Giants will give Matt Cain every chance to re-establish himself in the starting rotation and he certainly deserves that, but there was nothing encouraging about this rehab start.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels soared over the Akron Rubber Ducks 13-3:

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .315.
Christian Arroyo 3B- 2 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .274.
Tyler Horan DH- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .250.
Nestor Molina RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.18.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.29.
Joe Nathan RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Hard to believe Arroyo has just 3 HR's this season.  Not too worried about that given his age and the environment.

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High A  San Jose Giants outscored the Visalia Rawhide 7-4"

Rando Moreno SS- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .258.
Robbie Garvey LF- 2 for 3, BB, Sac, SB(9).  BA= .267.
Dylan Davis RF- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .306.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .263.
Mark Reyes LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.97.
Hengerber Medina RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.86.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, Save(14).  ERA= 2.57.

Why do I get a jolt every time I see the name Garvey in the SJ lineup?  I don't think Robbie is related to THAT Garvey!

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Rome Braves 7-2:

Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 5.  BA= .279.
Bryan Reynolds DH- 3 for 5.  BA= .455.
Jean Angomas LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .253.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.57.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.98.

I think this was Vizcaino's first start for Augusta after spending most of the summer in Salem-Keizer.  Angomas has had a strong second half.  Breakout candidate for next year.

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Short Season  Eugene Emeralds topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 14-9:

Manuel Geraldo 3B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .291.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .266.
Gio Brusa DH- 2 for 5, HR(9).  BA= .262.
Heath Quinn RF- 1 for 2, HR(8), 2 BB, SF.  BA= .333.
Ashford Fulmer LF- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .308.
John Riley C- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .279.
Kevin Rivera 2B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .315.

Several players to watch for next year here.  Quinn, of course, but Rivera and Geraldo are emerging IF prospects and Fulmer is working his way into sleeper territory.

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Rookie AZL  Giants downed the Dodgers 6-3:

Mikey Edie CF- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .225.
Sandro Fabian RF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .342.
Jose Layer LF- 1 for 2, 2B, BB, Sac.  BA= .280.
MIchael Bernal 2B- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(4).  BA= .264.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.28.
Cameron Avila-Leeper LHP= 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Julio Benitez RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(3).  ERA= 3.79.

Speaking of next year…..Can't wait to see what Fabian does next season!  Jose Layer may be a sleeper pick out of the PR HS system.

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DSL  Giants vs Rojos cancelled due to tropical storms.

Game Wrap 8/27/2016: Braves 3 Giants 1

Brandon Crawford and Matt Kemp traded home runs, except Kemp's came with 2 runners on base.  That was the difference in the ballgame as another wave in injuries swept through the Giants clubhouse.  Pence was still out with his sore hammy.  Jake Peavy was a late scratch, although it seems Suarez was notified he would be starting the previous day.  Brandon Belt came down with a stiff neck. Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(12).  BA= .274.  Crawford played up to the cleanup spot he found himself in, but got no support from the rest of the lineup.

Albert Suarez- 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.35.  Suarez was great through one turn through the lineup, then the wheels came off.  He just seems to be a 1 turn trough the lineup kind of pitcher.  Once the rosters are expanded, maybe Bochy could try lining up 2 or 3 pitchers for the 5'th spot in the rotation with the plan that none will go pitch to more than 9 or 10 batters?

Mike Foltynewicz(Braves)- 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 12/1.  ERA= 4.30.  I don't know what happens to Folty against other teams, but my goodness!  He had great looking stuff in this game!  FB 95-98 MPH with command of the corners and an excellent changeup and good curveball to back it up. If he can stay healthy, he's an emerging pitcher.  Breakout candidate for next season!

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The Loss, couple with the Dodgers 3-2 win over the Cubs dropped the Giants 2 games behind the NL West leaders.  The Giants remain 1.5 games ahead of the Cardinals for the first Wild Card spot and 3 games ahead of the Marlins and Pirates for the second.

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Madison Bumgarner tries for a series win today facing Aaron Blair.  We'll see if the Giants lineup can make Blair look like Cy Young too.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Down on the Farm: 8/26/2016

AAA Sacramento River Cats blanked the Fresno Grizzlies 3-0:

Miguel Olivo C- 2 for 4.  BA= .247.
Ryan Lollis RF- 3 for 4.  BA= .260.
Ruben Tejada SS- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .287.
Ty Blach LHP- 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.43.
Josh Osich LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.50.
Steven Okert LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  BA= 4.06.

If Jake Peavy cannot reclaim his rotation spot today, I hope Blach gets the next shot.  He's definitely earned it with his performance at Sacramento this year.  His ERA is 2.28 over his last 10 Starts.  Osich looks like he could help down the stretch too.

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AA  Akron Rubber Ducks pounded the Richmond Flying Squirrels 9-3:

Kyle Crick RHP- 2.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.33.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.20.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide outslugged the San Jose Giants 8-7:

Rando Moreno SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .245.
Dylan Davis LF- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .304.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 1 for 5, HR(17).  BA= .261.
Miguel Gomez DH- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(8).  BA= .254.
Conner Menez LHP- 5.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 6.53.
Dusten Knight RHP- 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.11.

3 of Menez' runs scored after 2 outs in the 6'th.  Before that, he had a nice start going with a great K ratio.  Gomez is hitting .333 with 4 dingers over his last 10 games.

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Low A Rome Braves dominated the Augusta Greenjackets 7-1 in a rain-shortened game to 5.5 innings:

Kolby Allard(Braves)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.64.

Allard was the Braves first round draft pick in 2015.  His draft stock dropped due to a stress fracture in his spine.  He dominated the Appy League early in this season.  Except for 1 start, he's dominating the SAL too.

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Short Season  Eugene Emeralds topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-4:

Manuel Geraldo 3B- 2 for 5, SB(12).  BA= .285.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .258.
Ashford Fulmer CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .299.
Matt Krook LHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.13.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA=3.86.

Will the Giants help Matt Krook solve his command/control problems or will he be another Kyle Crick?

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Rookie AZL  Reds defeated the Giants 7-2(First Game of DH, 7 innings):

Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 2, 2B, SF.  BA= .331.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .300.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .243.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.81.

Fabian continues to rake the AZL.  2B would seem to be not the best place to put an injury prone player like Beltre.  I'm predicting a breakout season for Cabrera next year.

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Rookie AZL  Reds beat the Giants 4-2(Game 2 of DH, 7 innings):

Malique Zeigler LF- 2 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .290.

Zeigler is a project, but seems to have some tools.

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DSL  Giants outscored the Rojos 8-6:

Nishell Gutierrez 2B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .226.
Brayan De Pena 1B- 1 for 2, HR(2).  BA= .188.
Andres Angulo C- 1 for 1, 2 BB, SB(6).  BA= .231.

Game Wrap 8/26/2016: Giants 7 Braves 0

The Giants, helped by some sloppy fielding by the Braves, score early and often while Jeff Samardzija escaped jams in the first 2 innings to cruise to an easy win.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 4.  BA= .274.  Span is hitting .337 for the month of August and .327 since the All-Star Break.

Angel Pagan- 1 for 4, HR(9).   BA= .296.  Pagan has a chance to equal or break his career high in HR's for a season(12).  Do the Giants try to re-up him for 1 or 2 years or do they turn LF over to one of the kids?

Buster Posey- 2 for 4.  BA= .297.  Buster's power outage continues but he's keeping the line moving.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .276.  Belt looks much more comfortable batting down in the lineup.  He hit out of the 5-hole in this game, driving in the first run with a single and another with a looooong double to the left-CF gap.

Joe Panik- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .249.  Panik makes a big contribution for the second game in a row.  A hot Panik would be a big help in the stretch run.

Jeff Samardzija- 1 for 2, 2B, Sac.  BA= .148.  Shark helped himself with the bat.  The Sac was just his second of the season.

Jeff Samardzija- 7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  Samardzija had runners at 2'nd and 3'rd with 1 out in the first inning and struck out the next 2 batters to get out of it.  He then had the bases loaded with no outs in the second and got out of that one too.  All in all, 5 of the 10 Braves baserunners he allowed were in the first 2 innings.  He scattered 5 more baserunners over the next 5 innings.

Earlier in the season Samardzija lost all of his offspeed pitches and his hard stuff was getting pummeled.  In this game, he used a sharp spike curveball as a nice strikeout pitch.  He also showed a splitter that was less consistent.

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Kenley Jansen tied Santiago Casilla for Blown Saves with his 6'th of the season and the Dodgers lost to the Cubs 6-4 in 10 innings.  The Giants gain a game and now trail The Hated Ones by 1 game in the NL West.  The Giants also maintain a 1.5 game lead over the Cardinals for the first Wild Card playoff spot and a 3 game lead over the Marlins for the second spot.

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Jake Peavy tries to get his season back on track this evening facing Mike Foltenewicz.  A good start by Peavy could put him back in the rotation for the stretch run.  A bad one could be his last as a Giant.