Monday, June 27, 2016

Game Wrap 6/27/2016: A's 8 Giants 3

Jeff Samardzija allowed just 1 run on 2 hits in 5 IP, but he also allowed 5 runs on 6 hits in his other inning of work including a 3-run backbreaker dinger to Marcus Semien.  Meanwhile the A's got a terrific performance from a swashbuckling rookie pitcher named Daniel Mengdon, handlebar mustache and all.  Gotta say, his swagger reminds me a bit of a guy named John "The Count" Montefusco!  Key Lines:

Ramiro Pena- 2 for 4.  BA= .414.  Pena filled in for Brandon Crawford who got a day off to nurse some aches and bruises.  Small sample size mirage here, but Pena is acting like he wants to stick around awhile.  He was involved in 2 DP's on defense to boot.

Jeff Samardzija- 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.91.  Earl Weaver said winning baseball is great pitching and 3-run HR's.  I think he meant 3-run HR's by HIS team!  Shark is struggling with his offspeed pitches.  I'm not quite sure what he meant to throw Semien in that situation, but he hung it up there like a batting practice pitch and Semien went yard.  You knew this game was over right there.

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The Loss cut the Giants lead over the Dodgers in the NL West to 7 games as the Da Bums salvaged a game out of their 4 game series in Pittsburgh on getaway day.

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Albert Suarez tries to get the Giants back on the winning side of the ledger tomorrow facing Kendall Graveman.

Down on the Farm: 6/27/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats blanked the Las Vegas 51's 6-0:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(5), 2 BB.  BA= .296.
Andrew Susac C- 2 for 4, 2B, SF.  BA= .216.
Travis Ishikawa LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .224.
Ty Blach LHP- 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 10/4.  ERA= 4.23.

Impressive performance by Blach, especially considering game time temp was 107 degrees.

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AA  Akron Rubber Ducks edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-4:

Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .264.
Dan Slania RHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K'S.  ERA= 3.44.
Matt Reynolds LHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Hunter Cole is on fire!

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High A  San Jose Giants extinguished the Bakersfield Blaze 5-0:

Steven Duggar RF= 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .282.
Phil Bickford RHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.64.
Pat Young RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.55.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Bickford looks sharp and Tyler Cyr has not missed a beat in his promotion from Augusta.

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Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Asheville Tourists 5-1:

Shawon Dunston Jr LF- 1 for 2, 2B, BB, HBP.  BA= .375.
Junior Arias 1B- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .311.
Grant Watson LHP- 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.95.
Luis Pino RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Caleb Smith RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.28.

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Short Season Tri-Cities Dust Devils topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 7-2:

Jean Angomas LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .424.
Victor Concepcion RHP- 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.40.
Cesar Yanez RHP- 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

I am driving the Cesar Yanez bandwagon.

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Rookie AZL  Cubs cuffed the Giants 7-2:

Roger Edwards CF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.
Nick Hill RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.
Stephen Woods RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Stetson Woods RHP- 3.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.76.

Might be a challenge telling Stephen and Stetson Woods apart in boxscores.

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DSL  Giants pounded the D'Backs 7-2:

Jose Rivero SS- 3 for 5.  BA= .273.
Ricardo Genoves 1B- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .369.
Norwith Gudino RHP- 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.38.

Down on the Farm: 6/26/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Las Vegas 51's 6-4:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 4 for 5.  BA= .292.
Travis Ishikawa LF-1B- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .210.
Rando Moreno 2B- 2 for 5, SB(2).  BA= .254.
Robbie Garvey LF- 2 for 2, 2 SB)2).  BA= 1.000.
Jean Machi PR- 0 for 0, SB(1).  BA= .000.
Steven Okert LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.38.
Mike Broadway RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(4).  ERA= 4.08.

Chris Heston was safe on an error in the top of the second, but apparently was injured on the play.  Machi came in as a PR and stole 2B!  LOL!  Remember him booking it down the first base line on a bunt when he was with the Giants?  Anyway, Machi actually came around to score in the inning!

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AA  Binghampton Mets pounded the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-2:

Ali Castillo SS- 2 for 3.  BA= .324.
Preston Claiborne RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.00.
Matt Reynolds LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

If the name Matt Reynolds seems familiar, it's because he's a big LHP who pitched for the D'Backs for a couple of years.  Giants just signed him to a minor league deal.  He had an ERA of under 2 in 2014 in about 25 IP for the D'Backs.  Hey!  You just never know.  You can never  have too many lefty relievers!

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High A  Stockton Ports beat the San Jose Giants 7-4:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .298.
Jonah Arenado DH- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .262.
Chris Shaw 1B- 1 for 3, 2B, SF.  BA= .284.
Jose Vizcaino Jr 3B- 1 for 3, HR(4), BB.  BA= .231.
Cristian Paulino RF- 2 for 4, SB(17).  BA= .243.
Sergio Romo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Romo looks like he's ready to come off the DL either tomorrow or Tuesday.  I imagine Chris Stratton will be sent down.  He's not really being used anyway.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets topped the Columbia Fireflies 4-2:

Shawon Dunston Jr LF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .368.
Miguel Gomez 3B- 2 for 5, HR(9), SB(3).  BA= .353.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .259.
Conner Kaden RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.86.

Fargas is hitting .297 over his last 10 games.  I think we all knew Gomez could hit, but then he started showing some power and now he's stealing bases too?

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes edged out the Tri-Cities Dust Devils 4-3:

Manuel Geraldo 3B- 1 for 3, BB, SF.  BA= .349.
Ryan Howard 2B- 2 for 5, 2B. BA= .308.
Ashford Fulmer CF- 1 for 3, BB, SB(3).  BA= .400.
Gustavo Cabrera LF- 4 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .324.
Kevin Rivera 2B- 2 for 3, Sac.  BA= .405.
Mac Marshall LHP- 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.66.
Kendry Melo RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, 3 HBP.  ERA= 1.23.

Gustavo!

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Rookie AZL Indians outscored the Giants 7-3:

Christoph Bono- 1 for 3, 2 BB, SB(2).  BA= .125.
Mikey Edie CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .316.
Chris Denorfia DH- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .333.
Julio Benitez RHP- 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.84.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Ruotolo was the Giants 27'th round draft pick out of Connecticut.  Bono was a late round pick out of UCLA.  He is the son of former UCLA and 49'er QB Steve Bono.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Game Wrap 6/26/2016: Giants 8 Phillies 7

The Giants played a rather non-Giantsy, ragged game against the Phillies, but managed to escape with a walk-off Win on B2B doubles by Ramiro Pena and Conor Gillaspie.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 1 for 5.  BA= .250.  Span has been scuffling at the plate again, but his perfect bunt single in the 3'rd inning started a 4 run rally against Aaron Nola, who up to that point looked pretty good.

Angel Pagan- 4 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .297.  Not to diminish the role Pagan played in winning this game, but one of those doubles might have been a triple had he not spent a few seconds thinking it might be a HR to Triples Alley, of all places.  The ball caromed off the wall directly to the the CF and Pagan was out by a foot or two at 3B.  He also might have held up at 2B when he saw the ball carom right to the CF, which he surely did because the play was in front of him up to that point and he was definitely watching it.  I'll say it again, though, Pagan is a dynamic player when he's healthy, which he finally appears to be.

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, 2B, HBP.  BA= .285.  The double was driven right down the RF line with no slice.  Bustey does that when his swing is right.  The HBP came in the first inning and was the first of several in the game.  More on that later.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 5.  BA= .262.  I don't know if hitting with runners in scoring position is a skill or luck, but Crawford has been extraordinarily successful at it for a long time.

Ramiro Pena- 2 for 4, 2B, HBP.  BA= .400.  The HBP came in the 4 run 3'rd inning and was the first of two consecutive HBP's by Aaron Nola who had already plunked Buster Posey.  I will say, none of the Nola HBP's appeared to be intentional.  The double came in the 9'th inning and started the winning rally.  I probably should have been a triple because it had some hang time.  Pena golfed it right down the RF line and like Pagan a few innings earlier, he spent a few seconds thinking it might be a HR instead of bolting out of the box.  All turned out well in the end, as Gillaspie delivered a double to back it up in the next AB.

Conor Gillaspie- 2 for 4, 2B, HBP.  BA= .219.  Gillaspie delivered the second walk-off of his career right after Pena's double.  Gillaspie is apparently not the most extroverted person in the world and Bochy calls him Mr Happy.  He did manage to crack a smile or two as his teammates mobbed him after the walk-off hit.

Johnny Cueto- 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 11/2.  ERA= 2.42.  Cueto appeared to be doing his thing, but kept running into trouble with 2 outs.  He allowed a run in the first which was pretty much all do to BABIP luck with no solid contact.  He then seemed to settle down until 2 outs into the 4'th inning when he hit Maikel Franco on the arm and chest with what appeared to be a retaliation pitch for the 3 HBP's by Nola.  The Ump rightfully warned both benches and Cueto seemed to lose some focus and allowed 2 runs to score, cutting the Giants lead to 5-3.  Kruk and Kuip seemed to think the umps strike zone suddenly got a lot more tight for Cueto after the HBP which may have contributed to 3 more runs he allowed in his 6 innings of work.

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With the Win, the Giants avoided losing a series to a team headed in the opposite direction.  They also temporarily gained 0.5 games on the Dodgers in the NL West to extend their lead to 7.5 games.  The Dodgers are playing the Sunday Night ESPN game in Pittsburgh with Clayton Kershaw facing someone I've never heard of before, so you have to think it's likely the Giants lead will still be 7 games by the end of the day.

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The Giants start a 4 games series split between AT&T Park and Oakland's home ballpark, whatever it's called now.  Game 1 will be in SF with Jeff Samardzija trying to get back on track facing rookie Daniel Mengdon.

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Addendum:  Kershaw had an off night, at least by his standards and the Bucs topped Da Bums for the 3'rd game in a row.  Giants lead in the NL West is now 8 games.

Down on the Farm: 6/25/2016

AAA  Las Vegas 51's beat the Sacramento River Cats by a touchdown and 2 extra points 16-8:

Ryan Lollis RF- 4 for 5.  BA= .266.
Travis Ishikawa LF- 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .193.
Robbie Garvey PH-CF- 1 for 1, HR(1).  BA= 1.000.
Clayton Blackburn RHP- 2 IP, 8 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.50.

Las Vegas is a tough place to pitch and it was 105 degrees at game time.

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AA  Binghampton Mets edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-3:

Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(8).  BA= .264.
Tyler Horan CF- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .263.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 5/0.  ERA= 3.75.

I guess you could say Coonrod was effectively wild.  Cole is hitting .371 with 3 HR's in his last 10 games.  The 3 HR's have come in his last 5.  He is hitting .333 with 6 HR's in the month of June.

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High A  San Jose Giants defeated the Stockton Ports 7-4:

Steven Duggar RF- 2 for 5, HR(10).  BA= .279.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .300.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .261.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(21).  ERA= 0.88.

Cyr gets the promotion from Augusta.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets downed the Columbia Fireflies 3-2:

Junior Arias 1B- 3 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .324.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .247.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K's, GO/AO= 12/0.  ERA= 3.57.
Ryan Koziol RHP- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 2.36.

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Short Season  Tri-Cities Dust Devils topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 7-2:

Heath Quinn RF- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .222.
Ashford Fulmer LF- 3 for 4, 2B, SB)2).  BA= .409.
Kevin Rivera 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .382.
Melvin Adon RHP- 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 6.30.
Rayan Hernandez RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

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Rookie AZL  Indians beat the Giants 8-2:

Beicker Mendoza DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .444.
Nick Hill RF- 1 for 1, 2 BB, HBP, SB(2).  BA= .500.
Michael Bernal 2B- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .385.
Chris Falwell RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K's, GO/AO= 9/2.  ERA= 0.00.
Justin Alleman RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. ERA= 0.00.

Alleman was the Giants round 20 pick out of Lee U.

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DSL  Giants pounded the D'Backs 10-2:

Jose Patino CF(18 yo)- 2 for 5.  BA= .316.
Angeddy Almanzar 1B(17 yo)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .368.
Ricardo Genoves C(17 yo)- 3 for 4.  BA= .371.
Miguel Figueroa RHP(18 yo)- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K. ERA= 5.73.
Jesus Reyes RHP(19 yo)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

I'm feeling giddy about Angeddy!

Game Wrap 6/25/2016: Phillies 3 Giants 2

The Phillies scored all 3 of their runs in the 7'th inning off Madison Bumgarner, who appeared to be tiring.  Meanwhile, the Giants offense hit into all kinds of bad BABIP luck and came up short in trying to pick up their ace pitcher.  Key Lines:

Madison Bumgarner- 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.99.  The Phillies got 3 of their 5 hits in the pivotal 7'th inning, the last being a 2 run line drive HR to dead CF by Cameron Rupp that was crushed.  I have to say, watching Bumgarner pitch on TV, I suspected something like that was about to happen.  He appeared to be tiring quickly in the 7'th, elevating his pitches and with less zip to them.  He threw 107 pitches in this one which is not a lot for him, but per substitute beat writer Jerry McDonald of Giants Extra, he has now thrown over 100 pitches in 12 consecutive games, the longest such string in the majors.

Jeremy Hellickson(Phillies)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.27.  Give Hellickson credit.  He had excellent command of at least 3 pitches and mixed them well.  He did seems to have some strike zone help from the umpire(probably equal on both teams).  Let's talk about luck, though.  In the official boxscore, the Giants were credited with 4 line outs to the OF, 1 of which resulted in a DP.  They also had 5 official flyouts, at least one of which carried to the LF warning track.  So yeah, luck works both ways and it was not on the Giants side in this game.

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With the Loss, the Giants remained 7 games ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West as the Bad Guys lost to the Pirates again, 6-1.

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Johnny Cueto goes for the series win this afternoon facing Aaron Nola.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Down on the Farm: 6/24/2016

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-3:

Andrew Susac C- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .215.
Miguel Olivo DH- 2 for 3, HR(6), BB.  BA= .275.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.59.

Dominant start for Gregorio and his best since being promoted to Sacramento.

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AA Binghampton Mets topped the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-6:

Ali Castillo 2B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .322.
Tyler Horan LF- 2 for 4, HR(5), BB.  BA= .264.
Ricky Oropesa 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .224.
Kyle Crick RHP- 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 5.80.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.79.

Very disappointing start for Crick who failed to get out of the first inning 1 game after his best start in several years.  Rogers gets back on his horse and starts another scoreless streak.

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High A  Stockton Ports beat the San Jose Giants 6-4:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 2 for 5, HR(6).  BA= .299.
Chris Shaw 1B- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .280.
Cristian Paulino 2B- 3 for 4, 2 SB(16).  BA= .233.
Robbie Garvey LF- 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 SB(3).  BA= .242.
Mark Reyes LHP- 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.84.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets swarmed over the Columbia Fireflies 19-7:

Lucius Fox SS- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(18).  BA= .214.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(2), BB.  BA= .238.
Miguel Gomez 3B- 2 for 5, BB, SB(2).  BA= .359.
Dylan Davis LF- 3 for 6, 2 2B, 3B.  BA= .289.
Skyler Ewing 1B- 3 for 4, HR(1), BB, SF.  BA= .230.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .230.
Cory Taylor RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.97.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 7.16.

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Short Season  Salem-Keiser Volcanoes edged out the Tri-Cities Dust Devils 4-3:

Manuel Geraldo 3B- 3 for 4.  BA= .361.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.
Gustavo Cabrera LF- 1 for 3, 3B.  BA= .269.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.50
Cesar Yanez RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Howard moves up to S-K and Geraldo moves to 3B.  Heath Quinn also moves up but goes 0 for 4.

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Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants outscored the Twins 11-8:

Jose Patino CF(18 yo)- 4 for 5, SB(3).  BA= .311.
Jose Rivero SS(18 yo)- 2 for 4, HBP.  BA= .265.
Ismael Munguia LF(17 yo)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .400.
Ricardo Genoves DH(17 yo)- 2 for 5.  BA= .345.