Friday, September 4, 2015

Down on the Farm: 9/3/2015

AAA  Reno Aces trumped the Sacramento River Cats 9-4:

Jarrett Parker(CF)- 2 for 4, HR(22).  BA= .284.

Ty Blach got shelled.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Harrisburg Senators 4-2:

Hunter Cole(RF)- 1 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .287.
Devin Harris(LF)- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(13).  BA= .242.
Matt Gage(LHP)- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.66.

Will Matt Gage be back in Richmond to start next season or will he get bumped down to San Jose which is one level above where he started this season?

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High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Harrisburg Senators 8-2:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .309.
Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .277.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .214.
Ty Ross(Catcher)- 3 for 4.  BA= .248.
Jose Reyes(RHP)- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.82.

Seems like if the national prospect watchers have learned anything from Panik, Duffy and Tomlinson, Arroyo should be in the top 100 after what he has done at age 20 in SJ this year.  Jose Reyes struggled after his promotion to SJ from Augusta, but seems to have figured it out in his last two starts:  1 R allowed in 15 IP with 13 K's and 1 BB.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets stung the Charleston River Dogs 7-2:

Jonah Arenado(3B)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .265.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 2 for 3, BB, HBP.  BA= .233.
Chase Compton(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .243.
Chuckie Jones(LF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .254.
Mark Reyes(LHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.13.
Rodolfo Martinez(RHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.58.

I'm going to give props to Jonah Arenado for hanging in there all season in a fairly extreme hitter-unfriendly environment.  There were several times when it looked like his season may be going over a cliff, but he kept battling back from every mini-slump and ended up with a respectable average with some power.  Terrific season from Mark Reyes, but does he have enough stuff to succeed at higher levels.  Martinez does have the stuff and I think this was his longest and most dominant appearance on the season.  Any chance the Giants stretch him out next season and make him a starter?

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Short Season  Eugene Emeralds topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-1:

Julio Pena(RF)- 1 for 3, HR(6).  BA= .235.
Logan Webb(RHP)- 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.92.

Webb's short season campaign does not look so hot on the surface but he was just 18 years old and hung in there through some rough starts against mostly older competition.  I would think it was a great learning experience, certainly with lessons on how to bounce back from adversity.

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Rookie AZL  Season is complete.

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DSL  Season is complete.  Giants are DSL champions for 2015.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Game Wrap 9/3/2015: Rockies 11 Giants 3

Ryan Vogelsong hit his first MLB HR, but it was not enough to make up for the batting practice he served up to the Rockies' hitters in a blowout loss for that extended the Giants losing streak to 5 games. Key Lines:

Kelby Tomlinson- 2 for 4.  BA= .315.  Kelby was the only Giant to get more than 1 hit in the game.

Ryan Vogelsong- 3 IP, 11 H 8 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.58.  Vogey has had his moments this season, but appears to be completely out of gas at this point as his longest start out of his last 3 is 4.2 IP.

Tim Hudson- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.69.  Huddy looked sharp in his 2 innings of work, albeit in mop-up time.  Look for him to get the start the next time Vogey's turn comes up.

Cody Hall- 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 10.80.  Hall appeared to have decent enough stuff, but not much of an idea where it was going.  In addition to the 5 hits he gave up, several of his outs were on hard hit balls.  He should get more chances before the season is over.

The Loss dropped the Giants to 7 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West pending the outcome of the Dodgers game against the Padres.

Chris Heston gets the start tomorrow.  For a guy who has been having trouble getting his sinker to sink, Coors Field would not seem to be promising place to get it back on track.

Down on the Farm: 9/2/2015

AAA  Sacramenton River Cats defeated the Reno Aces 5-4:

Mac Williamson(LF)- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .260.
Trevor Brown(PH)- 1 for 1, HR(2).  BA= .260.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Harrisburg Senators 3-2:

Chase Johnson(RHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.93.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.37.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(11).  ERA= 4.94.

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High A  San Jose Giants edged out the Modesto Nuts 3-2:

Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .273.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, HR(12).  BA= .210.
Andrew Suarez(LHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.43.
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.63.

Carbonell is hitting .317 over his last 10 games.  I would expect Suarez to be pitching in AA by the end of next season.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs Savannah Sand Gnats PPD(Rain).

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Short Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Eugene Emeralds 3-2:

Byron Murray(LF)- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .125.
Chris Shaw(1B)- 1 for 3, HR(11).  BA= .284.
Grant Watson(LHP)- 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Nathanael Santiago(RHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.15.
Ryan Halstead(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(7).  ERA= 2.42.

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Rookie AZL  Season completed.

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DSL  Season completed.  Giants won league championship.

Game Wrap 9/2/2015: Giants 2 Dodgers 1

The Giants played a veritable carbon copy of the previous game with a performance from their starter good enough that it should have been a win, a dominating performance by the opposing pitcher, an early Dodger lead, the Giants catching up to tie it, then a backbreaking HR by a slumping Dodger.  The game even featured Bruce Bochy getting thrown out for the second game in a row by the same umpire, this time for arguing a strike out on a check swing appeal play.  What it all added up to is a sweep at the hands of the first place Dodgers by a total of 3 runs, but it still left the Giants with very long odds of making the playoffs this season.  Key Lines:

Mike Leake- 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 10/3.  ERA= 3.49.  Leake pitched well.  He even allowed 1 fewer baserunner than Kershaw which is remarkable given Kershaw's dominance with the strikeout.

Clayton Kershaw- 9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 15 K's.  ERA= 2.18.  Kershaw became just the 7'th pitcher in history to strike out 15 or more Giants in a game.  The other 6 names include pitchers like Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, JR Richard and Doc Gooden.  Given his dominance with the strikeout, it is remarkable that the Giants managed to scratch out 1 run and actually had the game tied as late as the 6'th inning.  So, I will give the Giants credit for hanging tough and scrappiness and all that, but with Pence, Crawford and Panik out with injuries the Giants were simply outgunned this series.

The Loss dropped the Giants to 6.5 games behind in the NL West with just 27 games to play.  Nothing is impossible until you are mathematically eliminated, but that is a lot of ground to make up in that short a time frame.

The Giants now move on to Colorado for a 4 game series against the Rockies in Coors Field with Ryan Vogelsong facing left Chris Rusin in game 1 tonight.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Down on the Farm: 9/1/0215

AAA  Reno Aces defeated the Sacramento River Cats 5-2:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 1 for 4, HR(21).  BA= .285.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators whitewashed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-0:

Devin Harris(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .236.
Matt Lujan(LHP)- 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.28.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.06.

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High A  San Jose Giants blanked the Modesto Nuts 2-0:

Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .254.
Jason Forjet(RHP)- 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 2.67.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(16).  ERA= 2.35.

This was Jason Forjet's 3'rd consecutive scoreless start spanning 20 IP with 26 K's against 5 BB's.

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Low A  Game 1  Savannah Sand Gnats stung the Augusta Greenjackets 4-1:

Travious Relaford(2B)- 1 for 3, 3B.  BA= .236.

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Low A  Game 2  Augusta Greenjackets downed the Savannah Sand Gnats 3-2:

Travious Relaford(2B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .239.
Andrew Cain(CF)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .216.
Jake McCasland(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.40.
Dusten Knight(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.67.

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Short Season  Eugene Emeralds topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-4:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 2 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .268.
Miguel Gomez(Catcher)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .330.
Chris Shaw(1B)- 2 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .283.
Dominic Mazza(LHP)- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Ryan Hernandez(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.06.

Dominic Mazza has a successful debut for Salem-Keizer after dominating the AZL.

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Rooke AZL  Season completed.

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DSL  Giants win the DSL Championship.  Season completed.

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Giants announced that they are sending Christian Arroyo, Austin Slater, Mac Williamson, Adalberto Mejia, Clayton Blackburn, Ray Black, and Dan Slania to the Arizona Fall League.  I would say this is one of the more interesting Giants contingents in recent memory.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Game Wrap 9/1/2015: Dodgers 2 Giants 1

Zack Greinke is the toughest starting pitcher to score off of in MLB this year.  The Giants went up against him with a lineup that featured a leadoff hitter in his first game back from an extended DL stint, a cleanup hitter who caught 14 innings the night before, two guys acquired in waiver wire trades in August, and good field/no stick backup SS who batted 9'th in a non-DH game.  The rest of this game was quite predictable based on that information alone.  Key Lines:

Madison Bumgarner- 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.96.  That is certainly pitching well enough to win.  The difference in the game being an inexplicable HR give up off the bat of a struggling rookie LH hitter.

Zack Greinke- 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.59.  Not sure what needs to be done to increase offense, maybe not anything, but there are too many pitchers right now who are close to untouchable.  Zack Greinke leads the list and he can opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become a FA.  Hmmmm…….

The Loss drops the Giants to 5.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West and we won't even track the Wild Card until/unless the Giants can close the gap on the Cubs.

Mike Leake tries to salvage a win out of the series tomorrow, but has a tall task as he opposes Clayton Kershaw.

Justin Maxwell was DFA'd to make room on the 40 man roster for….Nick Noonan?  OK, then.  I guess Nick Noonan will spell Matt Duffy at 3B here and there before he melts in a puddle somewhere near the 3B bag.

Down on the Farm: 8/31/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats blanked the Reno Aces 1-0:

Angel Pagan(CF)- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .364.
Ryan Lollis(1B)- 1 for 4.  BA= .325.
Mac Williamson(LF)- 1 for 2, HBP, SB(1).  BA= .261.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.03.


The big news here is Blackburn's start.  I said a few days ago that though Blackburn has pitched well this year, he had not pitched any really dominant starts.  Well, check that box off!  He took a perfecto into the 6'th inning!  After the game, Blackburn, who never seems to be at a loss for words, unleashed a veritable torrent of them.  Here is just part of what he had to say:  "The main goal is to get to the big leagues and be able to pitch deep into the season.  Big leaguers pitch all the way into October and if everything is going well, November, especially with the Giants, 3 World Series in 5 years."  I think the biggest thing I can take from this that late in the season, I'm still as strong as I was tonight.  That's huge!  That shows me I can pitch up there and that I'm still good this late in the year."

Whoa!  I can just hear Mike Krukow saying, "Well, yeah!  I mean, I couldn't have said it better myself!"  LOL!  Oh man, can you imagine what this Blackburn kid might say if he ever shuts down the Dodgers?  He might make all of us forget John "The Count" Montefusco ever existed!  Gotta love it!

Oh, and Blackburn drove in the games only run to boot!

Ryan Lollis was DFA'd after the game to make room on the 40 man roster for Alejandro De Aza who the Giants acquired from Boston for Luis Ysla.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-5:

Rando Moreno(SS)- 2 for 5, SB(12).  BA= .283.
Myles Schroder(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(7), Sac.  BA= .249.
Devin Harris(LF)- 2 for 4, HR(12).  BA= .233.

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High A  San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A  Game 1  Savannah Sand Gnats outlasted the Augusta Greenjackets 2-1 in 12 innings:

Richard Rodriguez(2B)- 4 for 5.  BA= .338.
Matt Winn(Catcher)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .263.
Sam Coonrod(RHP)- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.21.
Carlos Diaz(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.71.
Eury Sanchez(RHP)- 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.06.

Nice to see Coonrod come back with a strong start after a late season slump.

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Low A  Game 2  Savannah Sand Gnats defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 2-0:

Pat Young(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 11/3.  ERA= 3.66.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were idle.

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Rookie AZL  Giants have completed their 2015 season.

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DSL  Giants completed a sweep of the Rangers for the DSL title 6-5:

Juan Rodriquez(CF, 21 yo)- 4 for 4, Sac, SB(1).  BA= .385.
Manuel Geraldo(SS, 18 yo)-  2 for 4, 2B, Sac, SB(1).  BA= .320.
Sandro Fabian(RF, 17 yo)- 1 for 4, HR(3), SF.  BA= .292.
Melvin Adon(RHP, 21 yo)- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.59.
Raffi Vizcaino(RHP, 19 yo)- 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Once again, the kids lead the way.  Will Fabian and Mendoza's power surge in the DSL playoffs be enough to earn them a promo to the States next season?