Saturday, August 30, 2014

Down on the Farm: 8/29/2014

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers outslugged the Fresno Grizzlies 9-7:

Adam Duvall(1B)- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .302.
Chris Dominguez(3B)- 3 for 4, HR(21).  BA= .272.
Brandon Hicks(2B)- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .215.
Trevor Brown(Catcher)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .323.

Brown hit .215 in 195 AB for San Jose earlier in the season.

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

Mario Lisson(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .268.
Skyler Stromsmoe(SS)- 2 for 3, 2B, 2 SB(12).  BA= .230.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 4.67.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(11).  ERA= 2.02.

High A  San Jose Giants tamed the High Desert Mavericks 12-8:

Daniel Carbonell(DH)- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .313.
Brandon Bednar(SS)- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(5), BB.  BA= .253.
Tyler Horan(LF)- 3 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .312.
Ben Turner(Catcher)- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .294.
Joe Kurrasch(LHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.05.

Not sure why Carbonell came out of the game after 3 AB.  Hopefully because the game was a blowout early and not due to injury.  Maybe it's Turner who is driving for a .300 BA?

Low A  Charleston River Dogs defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 6-1:

Ty Ross(Catcher)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= 246.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.33.

Short Season  Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 11-5:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .328.
Johneshwy Fargas(LF)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .247.

Rookie AZL  Giants outscored the Angels 12-8:

Nicol Parra(CF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .254.
Christian Lichtenthaler(SS)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .235.
Carlos Cartegena(RF)- 1 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .164.
Nathanial Javier(3B)- 2 for 5, SB(1).  BA= .172.
Luis Lacen(DH)- 1 for 3, BB, SB(3).  BA= .250.
Garrett Hughes(LHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.84.

DSL  Rangers1 downed the Giants 9-7:

Mikey Edie(CF, 17 yo)- 2 for 4.
Robinson Medrano(RF, 18 yo)- 2 for 5.
Manuel Geraldo(SS, 17 yo)- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B.
Victor Concepcion(RHP, 17 yo)- 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.

I believe this game eliminates the Giants from the DSL playoffs.

Game Wrap 8/29/2014: Giants 13 Brewers 3

The Giants offense scored early and often to support another strong start from Ryan Vogelsong and won this one going away.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 3 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .306.  You want your leadoff guy to get into scoring position as quickly as possible.  He can do that by reaching 1B and stealing or with XBH's.

Joe Panik- 4 for 6, 2B.  BA= .312.  Panik continues to show plate discipline with a short stroke to the ball.  He played pepper with the field in this one.

Buster Posey- 5 for 5, 3B.  BA= .290.  I think Buster Posey is hot.  Reassuring to see this after his 0 for 4 in the finale against the Rockies.  Buster becomes the only catcher in franchise history to have two 5 for 5 games.

Hunter Pence- 3 for 4, BB.  Panik's emergence as a classic #2 hitter allows Pence to move down in the lineup.  I would probably bat him #4 with Sandoval at #5 but it's a minuscule difference.  Pence's speed is nice in the 5-hole.

Gregor Blanco- 1 for 2, HR(4), 3 BB, SB(14).   BA= .251.  3 things that are not coincidences:  Panik moving to the 2-hole, Blanco starting in LF and the Giants winning.   Blanco is on a HR tear with 3 in his last 6 games.  He has also draw 6 walks in his last 3 games.  He also raised his fWAR score by 0.3 points in 1 game last night from 1.0 to 1.3, and got his offensive contribution into positive territory on the year.

Ryan Vogelsong- 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.73.  Vogey got run support again.  He allowed the first two batters to reach in the top of the 5'th with the score 8-1.  Bochy left him in this time and he got out of it with just 1 of those runners scoring.

The Win was the Giants 4'th in a row.  The Dodgers lost to the Padres in extra innings so the Giants are now 3.5 games behind in the NL West.  The Cardinals lost so the Giants pass them for a 0.5 game lead for the home field advantage in a Wild Card game.  The Braves and Pirates won and trail the Giants by 1.5 and 2 games for the second Wild Card playoff spot.

Jake Peavy takes the mound this evening facing Mike Fiers, the man with a high fastball.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Down on the Farm: 8/28/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies outscored the Tacoma Rainiers 6-5:

Mark Minicozzi(1B)- 1 for 1, 2B, 3 BB.  BA= .297.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .299.
Brandon Hicks(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(5).  BA= .214.

AA  Altoona Curve edged the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-2:

Angel Villalona(1B)- 3 for 4, 3B.  BA= .222.
Ricky Oropesa(3B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .241.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.52.
Phil McCormick(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.62.

I'd love to see Angel V run out a triple!  Nice start for Stratton.

High A  Lake Elsinore Storm pounded the San Jose Giants 8-5:

Daniel Carbonell(CF)- 1 for 5, 3B.  BA= .313.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .261.
Brandon Bednar(SS)- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .249.
Jorge Bucardo(RHP)- 4.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.81.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.70.

Bucardo relieved Pat Young, who got shelled, with 2 outs in the first inning.

Low A  Savannah Sand Gnats smothered the Augusta Greenjackets 3-0:

Robert Ramer(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.73.

Short Season  Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-3:

Austin Slater(RF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .318.
Christian Arroyo(SS)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .328.
Dylan Davis(LF)- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .205.
Travious Relaford(2B)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .285.

Rookie AZL  Giants beat the White Sox 6-4:

Brennan Metzger(DH)- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .354.
Jonah Arenado(3B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .257.
Kevin Rivera(2B)- 1 for 2, BB, SF.  BA= .228.
Stetson Woods(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Greg Brody(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 0.63.

Strong outing by Woods after stumbling in his last appearance.

DSL  Rangers1 stomped the Giants 9-1:

NTSH.  First game of second round of DSL playoffs.

Game Wrap 8/28/2014: Giants 4 Rockies 1

Yusmeiro Petit set a MLB record for consecutive batters retired and went on to pitch a dominating 6 innings while Gregor Blanco led the offense to give the Giants a win in the 4 game series.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 3 for 4, SB(13).  BA= .301.  Pagan peppered the field with basehits.  What you want from a leadoff hitter.

Joe Panik- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .298.  Panik moves into 2-hole which is where he will probably spend most of he career.  Between Pagan and Panik, the first 2 batters reached base 5 out of 8 PA's yet scored just 1 run as Buster Posey cooled off to an 0 for 4 out of the #3 slot.

Gregor Blanco- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .249.  Blanco starts in LF for the 3'rd consecutive game, all Giants wins.  He is hitting .302 with a .368 OBP since the All-Star Break.  Historically, hitting HR's has tended to push him into bad habits and long slumps at the plate, though.

Yusmeiro Petit- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.44.  Petit came into the game needing to retire the first 8 batters he faced to set a new MLB record for consecutive batters retired.  He did exactly that, then allowed a hit to the pitcher and a hit to the next batter and eventually a run in the 3'rd inning.  Gotta think there was a momentary loss of concentration after he broke the record.  I believe this is the first time this particular record has not included a perfect game as most of Petit's scoreless innings came in relief appearances.  His overall start was dominating, and probably means he stays in the rotation for at least 1 more.  When asked about his next start, Bochy said "It's hard to change that after the job he did."

Brandon Crawford was a late scratch due to general soreness.  He reportedly had ice packs in multiple locations around his body.

Brandon Belt and his wife welcomed their first child, a boy they named Greyson.

The Win got the Giants 0.5 games closer to the Dodgers, 4.5 games out of first place in the NL West.  They also got 0.5 games closer to the home field advantage in a  Wild Card game trailing the Cardinals by 0.5 games.  They lead the Braves by 1.5 games for the second Wild Card berth.

The Giants now take on the leaders in the NL Central Division, the Milwaukee Brewers with Ryan Vogelsong facing Wily Peralta tonight at AT&T Park in game 1 of the weekend series.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Down on the Farm: 8/27/2014

AAA  Memphis Redbirds edged the Fresno Grizzlies 5-4:

Gary Brown(CF)- 1 for 4, HBP, 3 SB(35).  BA= .269.

AA  Altoona Curve defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-7:

Kelby Tomlinson(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .264.
Mario Lisson(3B)- 3 for 3, 2B, HR(18), BB.  BA= .268.
Devin Harris(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .261.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR(9).  BA= .216.
Myles Schroder(RF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .250.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.31.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.84.

Angel V has had a tough 2'nd half, but a great game here.  Blackburn follows up the best start of his career with this stinker.

High A  San Jose Giants crushed the Lake Elsinore Storm 13-0:

Daniel Carbonell(CF)- 4 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .320.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 3 for 5, BB.  BA= .259.
Ryan Lollis(LF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .261.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .289.
Brian Ragira(1B)- 5 for 5, 2B, HR(19).  BA= .260.
Ben Turner(Catcher)- 2 for 5.  BA= .290.
Joe Biagini(RHP)- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.01.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Ray Black(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Ragira's dinger was a grand slam and he drove in a total of 5 runs.  He's had a big second half.  Carbonell continues to show signs that he may be the real deal.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets beat the Savannah Sand Gnats 5-4:

Scott Price(DH)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .278.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 4.57.
Luis Castillo(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(10).  ERA= 3.14.

Chase Johnson certainly runs hot and cold.  Terrific game here.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Spokane Indians 3-2:

Travious Relaford(SS)- 3 for 4, SB(8).  BA= .280.
Austin Slater(RF)- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .314.
Keury Mella(RHP)- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.20.
Eury Sanchez(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, Save(13).  BA= 3.66.

Relaford has always had the tools.  He seems to have found a bat this year.  Mella has done nothing to diminish his status as one of the top pitching prospects in the organization this season.

Rookie AZL  Giants pounded the Mariners 9-2:

Richard Amion(CF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .267.
Byron Murray(DH)- 1 for 3.  BA= .274.
Brennan Metzger(LF)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .342.
John Riley(Catcher)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .183.
Mark Reyes(LHP)- 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Rayan Hernandez(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.53.
Kendry Melo(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 9.53.

Melo has 18 K's in 17 IP but he also has 21 BB's.   I think he has some upside, though.

DSL  Giants blanked the Tigers 2-0:

Prebito Reyes(LHP, 18 yo)- 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.

Tough to find information about the DSL playoffs, but it looks like the Giants won their first round.  They were the Wild Card team.  No information on subsequent rounds if there are any.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Game Wrap 8/27/2014: Giants 4 Rockies 2

It was almost deja vu all over again as Santiago Casilla blew the Save, but Buster Posey took charge in the bottom of the 9'th hitting a walk-off 2-run HR for the win.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 1 for 4, BB.  BA= .296.  Pagan got on base twice and scored twice.  A good night for the leadoff batter.  1 single + 1 BB in 5 PA's= .400 OBP, right?

Buster Posey- 3 for 5, HR(18).  BA= .292.  Buster drove in 3 of the 4 runs and is red hot right now, .386 BA with 5 dingers in his last 10 games.

Matt Duffy- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.  Duffy appears to not have quite the arm of Brandon Crawford, but he was scooting around the IF and making all the plays he had to.  Matt Duffy!

Tim Hudson- 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.90.  For a few minutes, it looked like Huddy's stellar effort would go to waste, but Buster saved the day!  2000 career K's.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 1.71.  It was a curious decision to lift Huddy for Casilla who reportedly had been sick and was still not feeling well.  Huddy was only at 85 pitches, but he's lost it at under 100 pitches this year, so I can see Bochy's point, sort of.  Maybe if Casilla was not feeling well, it would have been smarter to bring in Romo who has been pitching better except we all remember what happened the last time Romo closed against the Rockies in AT&T Park.  I guess I would have tried to stay with Huddy and brought in Romo or Casilla or Affeldt depending on the matchups if he allowed a runner on base.

The Win maintained the Giants 5 game deficit to the Dodgers, who won, in the NL West.  The Giants gained a game on the Cardinals and trail them by 1 for the first Wild Card playoff spot.  They maintain their 1.5 game lead over the Braves for the second spot.

Yusmeiro Petit tries to keep the momentum going and possibly win a permanent spot in the rotation tomorrow facing Jordan Lyles.  Petit also has a chance to extend his 38 consecutive batters retired to 46 which would pass Mark Buerhle for the all time record.  That would happen in the 3'rd inning if he can keep it going.

Down on the Farm: 8/26/2014

AAA  Memphis Redbirds outhit the Fresno Grizzlies 9-6:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .267.
Nick Noonan(2B)- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .237.

AA Altoona Curve edged the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-2:

Mario Lisson(1B)- 2 for 3, HR(17), BB.  BA= .267.
Myles Schroder(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .247.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA- 3.29.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.90.

High A  San Jose Giants defeated the Lake Elsinore Storm 4-1:

Daniel Carbonell(CF)- 2 for 4, BB, SB(3).  BA= .286.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, 3B, SB(6).  BA= .288.
Matt Lujan(LHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.38.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.99.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets beat the Savannah Sand Gnats 5-3:

Randy Ortiz(CF)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .269.
Will Callaway(3B)- 3 for 5, 2 SB(2).  BA= .282.
Luis Ysla(LHP)- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.51.
Nick Jones(LHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Luis Castillo(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, S(9).  ERA= 3.21.

Nick Jones second appearance for Augusta after a callup from Arizona.  Just a reminder, he is a 6'6" LHP drafted out of JC ball in round 14 last year.  This is his first experience above rookie ball.  Ysla is 22 yo which is old for an international signee, but this is just his second pro season and first full season. He's done well with 111 K's in 118.1 IP.  Randy Ortiz is hitting .361 over his last 10 games.

Short Season  Spokane Indians scored 9 runs in the 6'th, 7'th and 8'th innings to bury the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10-5:

Seth Harrison(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .271.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 2 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .307.
Hunter Cole(LF)- 2 for 4, 2 HR(4).  BA= .278.
Tyler Beede(RHP)- 3.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.45.

Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

DSL  Giants downed the Tigers 4-3 in 11 innings to square up their playoff series:

Mikey Edie(CF, 17 yo)- 1 for 3.
Alejandro Flores(RHP, 20 yo)- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K's.
Jose Morel(RHP, 20 yo)- 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.
Victor Concepcion(RHP, 17 yo)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.

As was mentioned in the comments yesterday, AFL rosters were announced.  The Giants are sending 7 players to the Scottsdale Scorpions roster, 4 pitchers and 3 hitters:  RHP Clayton Blackburn, RHP Erik Cordier, LHP Steven Okert, RHP Hunter Strickland, IF Matt Duffy, IF Blake Miller, OF Daniel Carbonell.  No big surprises here.  Both Duffy and Miller have had outstanding seasons putting themselves on the prospect map.  Carbonell is the most intriguing as a 23 yo Cuban emigre who signed late in the season and needs AB's.  Blackburn is by far the youngest representative.  He is finishing his regular AA season with a flourish.  I thought maybe Kyle Crick might go because he has not logged that many innings, but I think he went last year and there may be a no-repeat rule.  There is still one catching roster spot open.  Wonder if the Giants will fill it?