Friday, May 27, 2016

Down on the Farm: 5/26/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 6-1:

Mitch Delfino 3B- 3 for 4.  BA= .296.
Chris Heston RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.72.

Heston goes back-to-back with Clayton Blackburn in going at least 6 innings with 0 Runs Allowed.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Binghamton Mets 4-1:

Christian Arroyo 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .279.
Ali Castillo 2B-3 for 4, 3B.  BA= .297.
Jeff Arnold C- l for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .212.
Dan Slania RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.33.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.02.
Chase Johnson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.58.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 0.00.

Well, this is innneresting!  Dan Slania takes Chase Johnson's start, at it obviously wasn't because Johnson is hurt.  It also was not because Johnson has been struggling.  He hasn't been the big strikeout pitcher this season, but he had allowed just 3 ER in 18.2 IP over is last 3 starts.  Anybody have the scoop on what went down here?  Probably no connection, but this brings back memories of him being in the coach's doghouse in college for mysterious reasons.  Anyway, I've always thought the Giants might try Slania as a starter somewhere along the way.  I'm guessing he just bought himself at least one more start with this dominating 5-inning performance.  Tyler Rogers extends his scoreless innings string to 22.1.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide crushed the San Jose Giants 16-0:

Nothing to see here.  Biggest margin of defeat in Little Giants history.  Jordan Johnson was the starter and got lit up big time.

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Low A Charleston River Dogs topped the Augusta Greenjackets 3-1:

Cory Taylor RHP- 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 8 K's, GO/AO= 10/2.  ERA= 2.03.

In his last 4 starts, Taylor has allowed 4 Runs in 25.2 IP for a 1.44 ERA.  Overall, he's averaging a K/9 of 9 with a GO/AO= 2.71.  Man, the early returns in the Giants 2015 draft are pretty amazing.  Taylor was their 8'th round selection.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Down on the Farm: 5/25/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats blanked the Colorado Springs Skysox 6-0:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 1 for 3, BB, SB(9).  BA= .257.
Mac Williamson LF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .297.
Clayton Blackburn RHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.66.
Sergio Romo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.50.
Alex Torres LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.74.

I think this is easily Blackburn's best start of the season.  It comes right after a short MLB callup in which he did not appear in any games.  Did he get a coaching session with Rags or Mark Gardner or some advice from a pitcher?  Romo continues his rehab assignment.  Love the Torres pickup.  Nice insurance in case the Giants need a lefty reliever later in the season.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels pummeled the Binghampton Mets 11-2:

Austin Slater CF- 3 for 4, 2 HR(5), SF.  BA= .323.
Tyler Horan LF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .283.
Rando Moreno SS- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .229.
Ben Turner C- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .375.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.42.

Slater showing some serious power in addition to the already impressive hit tool.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide edged out the San Jose Giants 3-2:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 2 for 5, SB(6).  BA= .247.
Ty Ross C- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .263.
Cristian Paulino RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .235.
DJ Snelton LHP- 6 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.14.
Jose Reyes RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.67.

Daniel Carbonell shows up in the SJ lineup, goes 0 for 4.  I thought he had been released!

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Low A Columbia Fireflies outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 7-4:

Miguel Gomez DH- 2 for 3, HBP, SB(1).  BA= .355.
Jean Angomas RF- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .200.
Adam Sonabend C- 1 for 2, 2 BB,  BA= .175.
Seth Harrison CF- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(4).  BA= .252.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.65.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Game Wrap 5/25/2016: Giants 4 Padres 3

The Giants got a QS from Jake Peavy and a walk off hit by Brandon Crawford in the 10'th inning to sweep the Padres for the 3'rd time this season and give the Giants their 13'th win in 14 games.  Key Lines:

Gregor Blanco- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .244.  Blanco had been struggling, but now has 4 hits in his last 2 games.  I haven't see video of the triple to RF, but man, it was a rough series for Matt Kemp, especially on defense.

Matt Duffy- 2 for 5, 2 SB(7).  BA= .250.  Duffman is hitting .320 over his last 7 games.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 4, SB(3).  BA= .262.  Crawford his hitting .333 over his last 7 games.

Kelby Tomlinson- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .344.  The two hits don't tell half the story.  Tomlinson started in LF because Boch wanted to give Span a day off so Blanco moved to CF with Jarrett Parker taking RF. Tomlinson got off a throw that everybody is talking about to nail a Padre runner at home plate.  I mean, who knew?  I guess he was mostly a SS in the minors so it's not a surprise that he has an arm, but where have we seen that kind of a throw out of him before this?

Jake Peavy- 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 7.26.  Peavy had only thrown like 70 pitches after 6 innings.  Just a much more efficient, smoother effort than what we have seen so far this season.  I've seen so many time that MLB players bounce back after hitting rock bottom and Peavy did that in his last disaster start.  Hopefully this is the start of one of his good runs, which would be so huge for the Giants.

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The Win kept the NL West leading Giants 4.5 games ahead of the 2'nd place Dodgers after the Dodgers topped the Reds 3-1.  The Rockies and D'Backs lost so the rest of the division stacks up with those teams and the Padres respectively 7, 8.5 and 10.5 games behind the Giants.

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The Giants get tomorrow off, but will spend it in Colorado before starting a weekend series in Coors Field where they have tended to not match up well with the Rockies the last couple of seasons.  Matt Cain draws the first start facing Tyler Chatwood, who has turned himself into quite a good pitcher.

Down on the Farm: 5/24/2016

AAA  Colorado Springs Skysox outscored the Sacramento River Cats 9-6:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 3 for 4, 2B, HBP, SB(8).  BA= .256.
Andrew Susac C- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .250.
Mac Williamson LF- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(6).  BA= .298.

Mac just needs AAA AB's, lots of them!  Hopefully Susac is fully healthy for the ROS.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Binghampton Mets 3-0:

Christian Arroyo 3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .276.
Austin Slater CF- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .308.
Ryder Jones 3B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .252.
Adalberto Mejia LHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 2.23.
Tyler Mizenko RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.35.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(2).  ERA= 0.00.

Mejia now has 4 QS in a row in which he has allowed just 3 ER in 28 IP with 6 BB and 18 K's.  Rogers' season opening scoreless string is now at 21.1 IP.

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High A  San Jose Giants crushed the Visalia Rawhide 12-2:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(2), BB.  BA= .242.
Steven Duggar RF- 1 for 5, HR(7), BB.  BA= .293.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 2 for 3, 2 HR(4), 2 BB.  BA= .356.
Chris Shaw 1B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .331.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 3 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .257.
Brandon Bednar 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .277.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.38.

Nice game for padding the stat lines, but the Little Giants offense seems to be really hitting it's stride and living up to preseason expectations and then some.

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Low A Columbia Fireflies swarmed over the Augusta Greenjackets 14-2:

Miguel Gomez 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .344.
Gustavo Cabrera LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .250.

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Game Wrap 5/24/2016: Giants 8 Padres 2

The Giants offense came to life with a 5-run 8'th inning to break open another tight pitching duel between Jeff Samardzija and Andrew Cashner.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .257.  Span's single through the left side drove in Gregor Blanco for the first run of the game in the 3'rd inning.  Blanco was safe on the review after being initially called out at the plate.

Matt Duffy- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .246.  The Padres are playing some really odd OF defenses in this series and the Giants are making them pay.  On Duffy's double, the CF was playing at one end of the CF fence and the LF was stationed at the other end.  Duffy's ball split the uprights and would have been easily caught in anything close to a conventional alignment.

Buster Posey- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .265.  Giants desperately need Buster's bat to come alive.  He drove in the go-ahead run with a line drive into the LF corner for the 2B.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .256.  Another case where the Padres OF defensive alignment burned them.  Kemp was stationed waaay up in Triples Alley, about where he was on Pence's pop-fly double in game 1.  Crawford burned him by turning on a pitch and driving it to the straightaway RF wall.  Again, the ball kicked away from Kemp and Crawford went all the way to 3B for a 3-run triple.

Jarrett Parker- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .250.  Parker's dinger came in garbage time in the 8'th with the score already 6-1, but can we pleeeease have Parker in the lineup every single game that Pagan is on the DL and just see what happens?  Parker may have helped his cause with Bochy more with a defensive play he made in the first inning than with the dinger.  Matt Kemp crushed one off the top of the LF fence down by the foul pole.  Parker got a good carom, turned and in one motion threw a strike to 2B where Panik put a perfect tag on Kemp.  So, how long have I been telling you Parker has a cannon for an arm?

Gregor Blanco- 2 for 4.  BA= .235.  Roberto Kelly sent Blanco home from 2B on Span's shallow GB single to left in the 3'rd inning.  It did not look like a good decision from the get-go and Kuiper said so on the broadcast as Blanco came down the line.  Blanco looked out and the ump called him out, but the Giants challenged and the replay clearly showed his trailing foot touching home plate just ahead of the tag.

Jeff Samardzija- 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.54.  Wow!  Great start by Samardzija and you'd have to rate it as below average for what the Giants starters have been putting up. That's how good this rotation has been!

Josh Osich- 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.30.  Samardzija got 2 quick outs in the top of the 7'th, but then gave up a single to Alexei Ramirez and walked Christian Bethancourt.  With his pitch count at 105 and 2 LH hitters coming up, Bochy went to Josh Osich.  Osich got a dribbler up the line from John Jay but stumbled in front of Jay while trying to pick up the ball.  Osich was called for interference but once Osich muffed the pickup, Jay was going to beat it out.  That loaded the bases and presented a test for Osich, who is still a relatively young pitcher.  He responded by calmly inducing a groundball from Alexei Amarista to end the threat.

Matt Kemp- Kemp had a rough night and is having a rough series and has obviously lost a step or 3 or 4, but I guess that isn't really news.  The Padres obviously feel they have to cheat him waaaay into Triples Alley, and he just isn't fast enough to cover RF from out there.  Then, in addition to the Parker throw nailing him at 2B on a ball to the LF corner, Kemp hit one of his own into Triples Alley that bounced away from Gregor Blanco.  Blanco stayed after it, hit the relay man(not sure if it was Panik or Crawford).  Kemp looked like he beat the relay throw at 3B, but the Giants challenged.  As soon as Kemp saw the replay on the scoreboard, he knew he was out and the umps confirmed it a few seconds later.  You had to feel a bit sorry for Kemp, but he had no reason to try to stretch it into a triple with his team trailing by 2 runs.

Instant Replay- The Giants have lost some tough challenges this season, but they sure benefitted in this game with Blanco's score at home plate and Kemp's out at 3B.  Both calls had big impact on the game and both got it right.

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The Win kept the Giants 4.5 games ahead of the second place Dodgers, who beat the Reds 8-2, in the NL West.  The 3'rd place Rockies lost to the BoSox 8-3 to fall 6 games off the pace.  The D'Backs were pounded by the Pirates 12-1 and are now 7.5 games back in 4'th place while the Padres are 9.5 games behind in last place.

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Jake Peavy goes for another sweeeeep of the Padres today facing James Shields in an afternoon game.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Down on the Farm: 5/23/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Colorado Springs Skysox 4-2:

Jarrett Parker RF- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .281.
Gorkys Hernandez CF- 0 for 2, 3 BB, 2 SB(7).  BA= .244.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.60.
Sergio Romo RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 9.00.
Steven Okert LHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.70.

Joan Gregorio coming on strong.  Don't forget he's on the 40 man roster.  Romo gives up a dinger, but strikes out the side in his first rehab appearance.

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AA  Binghampton Mets edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1:

Christian Arroyo SS- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .272.
Kyle Crick RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.25.
Tyler Mizenko RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.51.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 7.47.

I didn't look it up, but this seems like Crick's longest start in almost forever.  This was just Arroyo's second dinger of the season?

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High A  San Jose Giants topped the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4-2:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .349.
Chris Shaw DH- 3 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .323.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .243.
Brandon Bednar 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .273.
Martin Agosta RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.11.
Pat Young RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.38.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's, Save(12).  ERA= 0.98.

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Low A  Columbia Fireflies downed the Augusta Greenjackets 2-1:

Matt Winn C- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(4).  BA= .276.
Miguel Gomez DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .337.
Phil Bickford RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.72.
Ryan Koziol RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.20.

Fireflies are the Mets affiliate, formerly the Savannah Sand Gnats.  Bickford now has 50 K's against 10 BB's in 43 IP.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Game Wrap 5/23/2016: Giants 1 Padres 0

Hunter Pence drove in Brandon Belt from first base on a pop fly double to RF in the bottom of the 9'th inning to give Johnny Cueto a Complete Game 1-0 shutout of the Padres.  Key Lines:

Matt Duffy- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .244.  He didn't figure in the scoring, but Duffy showed signs of breaking out of his slump with a seeing-eye hit-and-run GB single in the first inning and hard hit double later in the game.  Now, about getting picked off first base…..

Johnny Cueto- 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 16/2.  ERA= 2.38.  All kinds of historic stuff hearer.  Cueto become the first Giants pitcher since Atlee Hammaker in 1984 to pitch 3 CG's against one team in a season.  He became the first Giants pitcher to pitch 3 CG Wins against one team since Rob Knepper and Ed Halicki in 1978.  This was also the first time the Giants have won back-to-back 1-0 games since 1980 when Ed Whitson and Vida Blue were the pitchers.

The only time Cueto came close to allowing a run came in the 8'th inning when he hit Alexei Ramirez with a pitch on the left wrist with 2 outs.  That seemed to shake him up a bit and he gave up a hard single to right-CF to Amarista putting runners on first and third.  That brought up Yangervis Solarte to pinch-hit, but Cueto buzzed a Shuto across the inside corner for strike 3 to end the threat.  Before that, I don't know when I've seen a Giants pitcher on an almost effortless roll like that.  Hitter after hitter, inning after inning, get ahead of the count, induce weak contact, let the defense do the work and keep the pitch count down.  Yeah, that's the way Juan Marichal used to pitch them.  Once again I come back to Juan as the guy Cueto most reminds me of from Giants history, and not just because of their common country of origin.

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The Win extended the Giants lead on the NL West to 4.5 games over the Dodgers who moved into 2'nd place with a 1-0 win of their own behind Clayton Kershaw against the Cincinnati Reds.  The Pirates dropped the Rockies into 3'rd place, 5 games behind with a 6-3 win of a makeup game from yesterday's rainout.  More on that later. The 4'th place D'Backs were idle to fall 6.5 games behind while the luckless last place Padres dropped 8.5 games off the pace.

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Jeff Samardzija tries to keep the winning ways going tomorrow evening facing Andrew Cashner.

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Angel Pagan had to run hard on a groundout in the 8'th inning and really gimped it down the line, especially the last 30 feet or so.  He's going to get an MRI, but from the looks of it, I would say he is headed for the DL.

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Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ryan Vogelsong who was hit in the face by a pitch in the Pirates-Rockies game.  It's a bit unclear why this happened.  The bases were loaded in a scoreless ballgame when he got hit, so it was almost certainly not a purpose pitch.  Just before the pitch, two of the broadcasters were bantering about what advice they would give the Rockies pitcher in that situation and the color guy said, "don't hit him!"  Weird answer, weird coincidence.  Anyway, Vogey reportedly has broken bones in his face and is in the hospital.  Wish him the best and yeah, Pittsburgh is not a good place for him!