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!

Down on the Farm: 5/22/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged out the Nashville Sounds 3-2:

Jarrett Parker RF- 2 for 4.  BA=- .278.
Mac Williamson LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .295.
Chris Stratton RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.02.

With Blanco in a slump, if Pagan and/or Pence have to hit the DL, I would favor giving Parker and/or Mac the bulk of the starts in their place.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels topped the Erie Seawolves 6-5:

Austin Slater CF- 3 for 4, 3B, SB(5).  BA= .313.
Hunter Cole RF- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .252.
Tyler Beede RHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.68.

Cole is hitting .297 over his last 10 games with dingers in his last 2.

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High A  San Jose Giants rolled over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6-1:

Steven Duggar RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .296.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 4, 2 HR(10).  BA= .309.
Brandon Bednar 2B- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .266.
Jason Forjet RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.96.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Rome Braves 7-4:

Jalen Miller 2B- 4 for 5, 2B, SB)2).  BA= .278.
Seth Harrison CF- 2 for 4, BB, SB(6).  BA= .250.
Dylan Davis DH- 2 for 5.  BA= .295.
Michael Santos RHP- 7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 12/4.  ERA= 3.33.
Connor Kaden RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.22.

Santos pitched better than this line looks.  Through 7 innings, he had allowed 1 run on 6 hits.  He then opened the 8'th by allowing 4 consecutive singles.  Kaden then came in and allowed another hit that drove in 2 inherited runners before settling down and getting out of the inning.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Game Wrap 5/22/2016: Giants 1 Cubs 0

Madison Bumgarner and the Giants bullpen shut down the Cubs offense while Bumgarner himself drove in the only run of the game as the Giants took the 3 game series from the team with the best record in baseball.  Key Lines:

Madison Bumgarner- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .154.  Gregor Blanco led off the bottom of the 5'th inning with a walk, and Bumgarner failed to get a sac bunt down(it is widely suspected that Bummy is not highly motivated to get sac bunts down so he can get a chance to hit another dinger).  He swung away on the 2 strike pitch and drove it over the head of LF Jorge Soler.  Blanco, who had been running on the pitch, coasted home with the only run of the game.

Madison Bumgarner- 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  Bumgarner loaded the bases in the first inning after 2 were out, but struck out Addison Russell to get out of it and coasted into the 8'th inning after that.  When he walked Anthony Rizzo with 2 outs in the 8'th after throwing 115 pitches, Bochy came and got him.  Cory Gearrin gave up a line drive to Kris Bryant that found Brandon Crawford's glove at SS for the final out of the 8'th and Bummy's scoreless game was preserved.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(12).  ERA= 1.93.  First batters are always an adventure with Casilla, especially LH batters and Ben Zobrist put a charge into one that got Denard Span turned around and backpedaling in CF.  Span stayed on his feet long enough to glove it while tumbling backwards onto the warning track.  Casilla blew away Soler and Russell for the final two outs.

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The Win enabled the Giants to gain a half game on the second place Rockies, who were rained out in Pittsburgh, for a 4 game lead in the NL West.  The Dodgers won a marathon 17 inning game against the Padres 9-5, to remain 4.5 games back in 3'rd place.  The Dodgers absolutely shredded their bullpen in the process and even used Ross Stripling, who was the scheduled starter for Tuesday, for 3 innings.  The D'Backs topped the Cardinals 7-2 to remain in 4'th place, 6 games behind the Giants while the Last Place Padres slipped to 7.5 games back.

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The Padres come to town for a 3 game series starting tomorrow evening with Johnny Cueto facing Drew Pomeranz.

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I feel like this was a statement series by the Giants.  Not only did they prove they could recover and win after breaking their win streak, they served notice to the Cubs that the road to the World Series still leads through San Francisco in even years and the Giants can take anybody in a short series, maybe even a long series!

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It will be interesting to see if this weekend's series in San Diego, particularly the marathon game today with the burning of Stripling's next start will force the Dodgers front office hand on Julio Urias.  Will we see his MLB debut this week?

Down on the Farm: 5/21/2016

AAA  Nashville Sounds defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-3:

Ty Blach LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.75.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels dominated the Erie Seawolves 9-0:

Myles Schroder 1B- 4 for 4.  BA= .287.
Christian Arroyo SS- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .265.
Tyler Horan LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .284.
Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .250.
Ryder Jones 3B- 3 for 4, 2B, 2 HR(4).  BA= .254.
Ricky Oropesa DH- 2 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .223.
Matt Gage LHP- 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 14/2.  ERA= 3.55.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Huge game for Ryder Jones.  Matt Gage took a no-hitter into the 8'th inning.  Since his disaster first start of the season, Gage has allowed 8 ER in 30 IP for a 2.43 ERA.  He has a 13 inning scoreless streak over his last 2 starts with 12 K's against just 2 BB's.  Major sleeper in the system.  Tyler Rogers extends his scoreless innings streak to 19.2 from the start of the season.

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High A  Ranch Cucamonga Quakes edged out the San Jose Giants 4-3:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .348.
Andrew Susac C- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .429.
Cristian Paulino RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .244.
Mark Reyes LHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 10/1.  ERA= 4.74.

Paulino is hitting .300 over his last 10 games.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets blanked the Rome Braves 4-0:

Lucius Fox SS- 1 for 4, SB(11).  BA= .216.
Dylan Davis RF- 2 for 3, HR(5).  BA= .291.
Michael Connolly RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.31.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 2.59.

Since moving into a starter role, Connolly has allowed just 1 R in 11 IP with 9 K's against 3 BB's.

Game Wrap 5/21/2016: Giants 5 Cubs 3

The Giants got another Quality Start from Matt Cain and this time they gave him enough runs to come away with the Win.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .274.  Buster was hitting .185 over his last 7 games and .175 over his last 15, so this is not a trivial slump he's been in.  Hopefully this is the start of one of his long hot streaks.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .260.  This was Crawford's second 2-hit game in 3.

Matt Cain- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .059.  Cainer took matter into his own hands and drove a double over Dexter Fowler's head to drive in the first 2 runs of the game.

Matt Cain- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.37.  In his last 3 starts,  Cain has allowed just 4 runs in 21 IP for a 1.71 ERA.  He's struck out 17 with 4 BB's.  I'm going to cautiously say Matt Cain is back!  He gives the Giants 4 starters capable of going up against the other team's best and having a chance to win.

Javier Lopez- 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.   ERA= 4.50.  Lopez may be a lefty specialist, but RH batters are 0 for 9 against him this year after hitting .214 against him last year.  Thanks to Baggs for that little stat, although they mentioned it on the Fox broadcast too.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP,  1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(11).  ERA= 2.04.  Casilla fell behind the leadoff batter, Fowler 3-0 and ended up throwing 1 too many pitches over the plate.  With a 3 run lead, it was probably just as well the ball went out of the park so he did not have to pitch to the big guns out of the stretch.

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The Win allowed the Giants to remain 3.5 games ahead of the Rockies, who topped the Pirates 5-1, in the NL West.  The big news here is the Dodgers lost again to the Padres 3-2 in 11 innings to fall into 3'rd place, 4.5 games behind the NL West leading Giants.  The 4'th place D'Backs lost to the Cardinals to fall 6 games off the pace while the Last Place Padres remained 6.5 games back.

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Madison Bumgarner tries for a series win tomorrow evening in the ESPN game facing Kyle Hendricks.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Down on the Farm: 5/20/2016

AAA  Nashville Sounds edged out the Sacramento River Cats 2-1:

Mac Williamson DH- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .289.
Chris Heston RHP- 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.45.

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AA  Erie Seawolves pounded the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-1:

Chase Johnson RHP- 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.68.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 7.98.

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

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .238.
Steven Duggar RF- 3 for 4, Assist(home).  BA= .293.
Chris Shaw DH- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .310.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.85.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's, Save(11).  ERA= 1.04.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Rome Braves 8-5:

Lucius Fox SS- 1 for 4, BB.  BA= .214.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .259.
Dillon Dobson 1B- 3 for 5, 2 2B, HR(8).  BA= .285.
Cory Taylor RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 5/1.  ERA= 1.93.