Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Game Wrap 7/29/2015: Giants 5 Brewers 0

The Giants scored all 5 of their runs in the 7'th inning to back the shutout pitching of Jake Peavy and 3 relievers.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .304.  Pence drove in the go-ahead run with a double up the left-CF alley.  He also saved a run with a fine running catch of a ball that was headed up Triples Alley and later threw out Jonathan Lucroy at 3B after he tagged up at 2B on a flyball hit over by the RF line.  Pence just has so many ways he can beat you!

Ehire Adrianza- 1 for 3.  BA= .136.  Adrianza drove in 2 runs with a groundball single through the right side.  I know a lot of people are down on Adrianza's bat, but I've always believed that given regular AB's, he'll hit for you.

Jake Peavy- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.12.  Peavy is on a roll and this was his best start of the season.  Giants will need him to take advantage of the late start to the season to stay strong through the stretch run.

Strickland, Romo and Lopez pitched a scoreless IP each.  Romo has allowed just 1 run in his last 7 appearances with 9 K's against just 1 BB in 7.1 IP.

The Win put the Giants in a temporary tie with the Dodgers for first place in the NL West pending the outcome of the Dodgers-A's game.

The Giants get a day off before embarking on what might be the toughest road trip of the season, 9 games in some of the hottest, most humid cities in the hottest time of the year, Texas, Atlanta and Chicago to face the Cubs who are no longer pushovers.

Around the League:

Looks like Cole Hamels is going to Texas for a huge haul of prospects.  I don't think the Giants could have or should have given a better package.  Nice jobs by the much maligned Ruben Amaro.

How great is it that Mat Latos is going to the Dodgers?  Now we have a double reason to hate him!  Gotta say, though, that this is a nice pickup by the Dodgers.  One I wouldn't have minded the Giants going for.  Apparently the Giants wanted no part of Latos, though, and who can blame them?  Late word is the Latos trade may be falling apart due to a medicals concern.

And how embarrassing is this for all sides?  Brewers and Mets were all set to make a trade of Carlos Gomez for Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores.  Deal fell through after it was basically announced due to Brewers concerns about Wheeler's medical report.  Now, they already knew he had TJ surgery, so what else was in there?  Then, Wilmer Flores heard about the trade from a teammate in the middle of the game and started crying on the field.  Terry Collins left him out there!  Collins then claimed he knew nothing about the trade.  Pretty classless organization, huh?

Pablo Sandoval came out of a game in the 6'th inning amid some speculation he may have been traded. Turns out he was dehydrated.  Nice FA signing there, Boston!

Giants are now said to be one of 4 teams including the Dodgers who are in on David Price.  Not sure if the Giants are really in on these trades or if they are just trying to drive up the price for the Dodgers.  Either way, go Giants!

Down on the Farm: 7/28/2015

AAA  Las Vegas 51's destroyed the Sacramento River Cats 14-2:

Tommy Hanson(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 8.22.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

This game was played in Sacramento, so can't blame it on the environment.  Not looking good for Tommy Hanson.

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AA Altoona Curve downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-0:

Kelvin Marte(LHP)- 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 11/4.  ERA= 2.27.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.15.

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High A Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 2-1:

Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .234.
Luis Ysla(LHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 6.25.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.54.
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 3.98.

8 of Ysla's 9 outs were by K's.  Apparently when the Rawhide did make contact, it was hard contact.  Is Jones going to get a chance to start?

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Low A  Delmarva Shorebirds edged out the Augusta Greenjackets 5-4:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 2 for 4, 3B, SB(53).  BA= .285.
Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .271.
Jonah Arenado(3B)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .271.
Dusten Knight(RHP)- 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.53.

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Short Season  Hillsboro Hops blanked the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10-0:

Jordan Johnson(RHP)- 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.86.

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AZL A's doubled the score on the Giants 8-4:

Kevin Rivera(2B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .322.
Cody Brickhouse(3B)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .212.
Dillon Dobson(DH)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .269.
Ashford Fulmer(RF)- 2 for 3, BB, SB(8).  BA= .222.
Deiyerbert Bolivar(LHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.
Stetson Woods(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.06.

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DSL  Yankees1 outlasted the Giants 4-3 in 12 innings:

Mecky Coronado(DH, 18 yo)- 1 for 5, HR(2), BB.  BA= .377.
Prebito Reyes(LHP, 19 yo)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.42.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Game Wrap 7/28/2015: Brewers 5 Giants 2

The Giants were probably overdue for a letdown game and it came early as Gerardo Parra led off the game with a double to LF.  That whooshing sound you heard about the time Carlos Gomez drove him in with a double to RF was all the oxygen being let out of the Giants mojo.  They were never in this game.  Key Lines:

Matt Cain- 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.50.  Cain threw some good looking pitches and seemed to have enough velocity.  He just made location mistakes and the BrewCrew jumped on them for an early lead that the Giants never recovered from.  He did look much better in the last two innings he was out there.

Wily Peralta- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  GO/AO= 9/1.  ERA= 3.90.  Peralta was coming off an extended stay on the DL, but looked to be in mid-season form.  He is a very tough hombre when he is right and he was right tonight pitching to contact and getting the ball on the ground.  Any hint of a Giants really was snuffed out by 2 GIDP's.  By the time the Giants finally broke through in the 7'th inning, it was too little, too late.

The Loss left the Giants 0.5 game behind the Dodgers in the NL West as the Bad Guys got blanked by Sonny Gray and the A's 2-0.  The Cubs also lost so the Giants maintained their 2.5 game lead in the race for the second Wild Card Playoff spot.

Jake Peavy tries to pick the pace back up tomorrow, going for the series win facing Brewers RHP Mike Fiers.

Down on the Farm: 7/27/2015

AAA  Game 1  Sacramento River Cats blasted the Albuquerque Isotopes 10-0:

Adam Duvall(LF)- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(24).  BA= .279.
Carlos Triunfel(3B)- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .274.
Tomlinson, Lollis, Perez, Frandsen, Blach- 2 hits each.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 13/3.  ERA= 4.00.

Complete 7-inning game for Blach.

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AAA  Game 2  Sacramento River Cats destroyed the Albuquerque Isotopes 10-1:

Everth Cabrera(CF)- 3 for 4, BB, SB(1).  BA= .353.
Adam Duvall(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(25).  BA= .279.
Jarrett Parker(LF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .264.
Carlos Triunfel(SS)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .279.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.02.

Stratton bounces back from a  disaster start with a CG 7-inning start here.

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

Hunter Cole(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .319.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .262.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 5/1.  ERA= 3.52.

Gregorio is back in the starting rotation while Quirarte is back to pitching long relief.

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High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Visalia Rawhide 9-5 in 10 innings:

Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .299.
Brian Ragira(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .252.
Brandon Bednar(3B-1B)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .243.
Ty Ross(Catcher)- 2 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .233.

Giants scored all their runs after the 6'th inning.

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Low A  Delmarva Shorebirds outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 9-5:

Skyler Ewing(1B)- 2 for 3, 2 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .234.
Andrew Cain(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(8).  BA= .201.
Sam Coonrod(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.91.
Conner Kaden(RHP)- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.99.

We're seeing a few disaster starts as we enter the Dog Days of summer.

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Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Hillsboro Hops 9-2:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .248.
Miguel Gomez(3B)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .376.
Nolan Riggs(RHP)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.03.

22 game hit streak for Gomez who seems to be able to hit a little.

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Rookie AZL  Giants defeated the D'Backs 7-5:

Kevin Rivera(2B)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .315.
Cody Brickhouse(3B)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .172.
Dillon Dobson(1B)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .263.
Phil Bickford(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.86.

Rivera is back in Arizona and Beltre seems to be out of the lineup again.  Giants taking it slow with Bickford who I think had a pretty heavy workload in JC this year.

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DSL  Yankees1 beat the Giants 5-4:

Luis Amaya(LHP, 16 yo)- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.62.
Hengerber Medina(RHP, 20 yo)- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.44.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Game Wrap 7/27/2015: Giants 4 Brewers 2

Chris Heston had a QS while Matt Duffy and Brandon Crawford let the offense as the Giants won their  6'th game in a row.  Key Lines:

Matt Duffy- 3 for 4, 2B, SB(4).  BA= .307.  Duffy is hot, but he's pretty much always hot.  .320 over his last 7 games, .333 over his last 15 and .314 over his last 30 games coming into tonight's game.  Just a remarkable story that the rest of baseball is starting to notice.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 2, HR(15), BB.  BA= .270.  Speaking of hot, Crawford takes over the team lead in HR's breaking a tie with Buster Posey.  His dinger tonight went out near the deepest part of the yard out where the CF fence meets the brick wall.  Crawford is hitting .320 over his last 7 games coming into tonight.

Gregor Blanco- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .295.  Blanco becomes the 4'th OF again with the return of Nori Aoki, but he drove in a key insurance run with a double through the left-CF gap as a PH driving in Brandon Crawford all the way from 1B.

Chris Heston- 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 9/4.  ERA= 3.14.  A QS for Heston who was helped by 3 GIDP's.  Interesting note in Extra Giants that Brett Bochy lobbied his dad on Heston's behalf when the Giants needed to call someone up.

Hunter Strickland- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.80.  Strickland was overpowering in the 8'th inning.  Wouldn't shock me if he's the closer by the end of the season.

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 4.26.  The leadoff batter, Carlos Gomez, cued one off the end of the bat and Brandon Belt couldn't handle the spinning top for an error.  Gomez then helped Romo out of the jam by getting thrown out on a steal attempt on a call that was overturned by instant replay.  More on that later.

Phil Cuzzi- Oh man!  This was pure schadenfreud.  Phil Cuzzi has made so many terrible calls against the Giants over the years.  Well, he can still call terrible balls and strikes, but he can't get away with it on other calls now that we have instant replay.  First, in the bottom of the 8'th inning, he called Matt Duffy out on a SB attempt.  Instant replay showed him to be safe as the 2B failed to make a tag.  Then, in the top of the 9'th, he called Gomez safe and instant replay showed him to be out as his hand hit the bag a split second after the tag was placed.  In Cuzzi's defense, both of these plays were tough calls, but it was payback time and it felt really good.  Gomez reaction to the instant replay call got him thrown out of the game which led to Brewers Manager, Craig Counsell, getting tossed for the first time in his entire baseball career.  It was pure comedy to watch, but I think we can all understand the frustration in Beertown.

The Win moved the Giants to 0.5 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers while they remain 2.5 games ahead of the Cubs for the final Wild Card playoff berth.

Matt Cain takes on Willy Peralta tomorrow evening in Game 2 of the series.

The Giants surprisingly DFA'd Joaquin Arias to make room for Nori Aoki's return.  Bruce Bochy said it was a tough decision, but the Giants apparently don't want to lose Adrianza and they felt he would not pass through waivers again.

Down on the Farm: 7/26/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats vs Albuquerque Isotopes postponed.

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AA  Erie Seawolves devoured the Richmond Flying Squirrels 10-1:

Engel Beltre(CF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .309.
Austin Slater(2B)- 3 for 5.  BA= .323.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .259.
Tyler Beede(RHP)- 0.1 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 3 BB, HBP, 1 K.  ERA= 4.95.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.98.

Rough start for Beede, who seemed to have control issues.  A clean inning for Kyle Crick!  2 appearances in a row with 0 BB's.  He has 4 K's in those 2 games.  A definite sign of progress!

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High A  San Jose Giants extinguished the Bakersfield Blaze 9-1:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .329.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 3 for 5, HR(7).  BA= .282.
Brian Ragira(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .248.
Brandon Bednar(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .239.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 9/2.  ERA= 2.77.

I don't know if Arroyo will get an August callup to Richmond, but it would be good to give him a head start on next season's assignment.  On the other hand, it would be good for him to finish this season strong in high A ball too.  The Giants have depth in the organization to make a trade or two at the deadline.  I would point to Chase Johnson as exhibit A.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets edged out the Delmarva Shorebirds 5-4 in 10 innings:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 2 for 5, SB(52).  BA= .282.
Will Callaway(3B)- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .271.
Dylan Davis(RF)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .238.
Michael Santos(RHP)- 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 7/1.  ERA= 1.54.
Tyler Cyr(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.96.

Davis has a 4 game hit streak in which he is 9 for 18 with 2 2B and a HR.  Speaking of depth, nice to have Santos back putting up solid pitching lines.

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Short Season  Hillsboro Hops topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4-3:

Logan Webb(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 4.00.

Volcanoes somehow scored 3 runs on just 2 hits.

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Rookie AZL  D'Backs outscored the Giants 11-7:

Nathanael Javier(3B)- 4 for 5.  BA= .185.
Jean Angomas(PR-RF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .174.
Zach Bowers(Catcher)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .138.
Jake Dunning(RHP)- 4 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.70.
Grant Watson(LHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.69.

If you are wondering who Zachary Bowers is, so was I.  24'th round draft pick this year.

Game Wrap 7/26/2015: Giants 4 A's 3

The Giants completed a sweep of their cross Bay rivals by jumping on A's starter Kendall Graveman early then making a 1 run lead stand up over the last 5 innings.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 1 for 4, BB.  BA= .269.  Pagan reached base in his first 2 PA's, then used his speed to stay out of DP's and came around to score both times to account for half of the Giants 4 runs.  He reached base 6 times in 15 PA's for the series.

Matt Duffy- 2 for 4, HR(9).  BA= .302.  Matt Duffy drove in 3 of the Giants 4 runs.  He continues to make a lot of things look silly such as draft and prospect rankings, big longterm FA contracts and trades for suspect veterans to fill holes.  The Duffman has the 3'rd highest fWAR of MLB rookies in a strong year for rookies and is forcing his way into the conversation for ROY.  Matt Duffy!

Buster Posey- 4 for 4, 2B.  BA= .328.  Buster is now 6'th in MLB in BA, 4'th in the NL.  He is also 3'rd in the NL in fWAR at 4.4.  Bryce Harper continues to lead with 6.0.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4.  BA= .280.  Belt was 5 for 12 in the 3 game series.  He is hitting .375 over his last 7 games and .327 over his last 15.

Tim Hudson- 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.80.  A shaky 5 innings for Timmy against his old team, but he completed 5 to get the W.  Are the Giants looking for a SP at the trade deadline, to replace Huddy in the rotation?

George Kontos- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.46.  Kontos' terrific season continues.  Where would the Giants be without him?  Does he deserve to be in the conversation for team MVP?

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, Save(26).  ERA= 2.97.  Another torture Save.  I still think the Giants biggest need at the trade deadline is a shutdown closer, but Casilla seems to keep getting the Saves, if in heart attack inducing fashion.

The Win cut the Giants deficit in the NL West to just 1 game behind the Dodgers.  So much for Dave Cameron's prediction on Fangraphs that the Dodgers would put the NL West race to bed by the trade deadline or by the All-Star break, I don't remember which, but boo Dave Cameron.  Wrong again!  I realize the Dodgers could pull away at any time.  The Giants have a very tough schedule in August, out right now, they are putting serious heat on the Dodgers and they finally  have both Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki healthy.  The Giants lead in the race for the second Wild Card playoff spot grew to 2.5 games over the Cubs.

The Giants now start a 3 game home series against the Milwaukee Brewers with another ROY candidate, Chris Heston, facing Kyle Lohse in game 1 tonight.