Monday, August 31, 2015

Down on the Farm: 8/30/2015

AAA  Iowa Cubs cuffed the Sacramento River Cats 9-1:

Jake Dunning(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.75.
Brett Bochy(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.65.
Clay Rapada(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.02.
Cory Gearrin(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.79.

Giants need to pack as many arms onto the 40 man roster they can squeeze.  Gonna need 'em down the stretch.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded the Akron Rubber Ducks 12-2:

Rando Moreno(SS)- 2 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .281.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 5, 2 HR(17), BB.  BA= .260.
Devin Harris(LF)- 3 for 4, HR(11), BB, SB(3).  BA= .231.
Engel Beltre(CF)- 2 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .258.
Joe Biagini(RHP)- 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/3.  ERA= 2.46.
Matt Gage(LHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.91.

Second 2-homer game in a row for Ricky.  He hit 5 in the 4 game series.  He is also 13 for 25 in his last 7 games.  He had been slumping before that.

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High A  Ranch Cucamonga Quakes defeated the San Jose Giants 8-3:

Angel Pagan(CF)- 0 for 2, BB.  BA- .143.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .266.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .209.
Jordan Johnson(RHP)- 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 0 K, GO/AO- 6/1.  ERA= 3.71.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.47.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs Savannah Sand Gnats PPD.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 4-2:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 3 for 3, HBP, 3 SB(23).  BA= .264.
Steven Duggar(RF)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SB(6).  BA= .284.
Nolan Riggs(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 6/2.  ERA= 2.93.
Caleb Smith(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, Save(7).  ERA= 2.92.

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Rookie AZL  Giants season is finished.

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DSL  Giants crushed the Rangers 9-3:

Manuel Geraldo(SS, 18 yo)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .286.
Beicker Mendoza(LF, 17 yo)- 1 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .316.
Hengerber Medina(RHP)- 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

All numbers are for the postseason only.  Is Mendoza's postseason performance enough to earn him a promo to the States next season?  I would thing Hengerber should be in Arizona next year.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Game Wrap 8/30/2015: Cardinals 7 Giants 5

The middle of the Giants batting order made a game of it, but was not enough to overcome an awful performance by SP Chris Heston as the Giants dropped the rubber game of the series against the team with the best record in baseball.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt- 4 for 4, SB(9).  BA= .283.  Belt served as a quasi leadoff hitter for Buster Posey and Marlon Byrd and scored 3 of the Giants 5 runs.  Belt scored 5 runs in the series, 7 over his last 4 games, 15 over his last 8.  He is slashing .314/.402/.569 for the month of August with 21 runs and 17 RBI's.

Buster Posey- 3 for 4.  BA= .317.  Buster is hitting just .211 over his last 15 games, but has picked it up for a .296 pace over his last 7.

Marlon Byrd- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .241.  Byrd had a huge game with 2 XBH's down the RF line. One hit the foul pole and the other came within inches.  Not sure he was trying to do that.  He is 10 for 39 in 9 games since joining the Giants with 14 RBI's.

Chris Heston- 3.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.56.  The narrative coming in was that Heston had figured out that he had dropped his arm slot and had rested his shoulder so he could keep it up and get that whipsaw 2-seamer back to work.  It didn't work out that way.  The reason why sinker ball pitchers don't necessarily give up fewer HR's than 4 seam pitchers is that sinkers that don't sink get hammered.  Heston had a lot of sinkers not sink today and the results speak for themselves.  The Giants now have a problem going forward with just 3 SP's they can count on for QS's.  I think that carries over into next year where I don't think they can go into the season counting on Peavy, Cain and Heston for 3/5's of their rotation and it's long past time to cut ties with Timmy and Vogey, sad as that is.

The Loss drops the Giants to 4 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West pending the outcome of the Dodgers game against the Cubs who lead the Giants by 5 games for the Wild Card also pending the outcome of the Dodgers-Cubs game.

The Giants now start a 10 game road trip with 3 games against the the Dodgers in a series that could go a long way towards determining the winner of the NL West.  Jake Peavy starts game 1 tomorrow evening facing Brett Anderson who has a mixed record against the Giants.

Down on the Farm: 8/29/2015

AAA  Game 1  Iowa Cubs defeated the Sacramento River Cats 5-1:

Mac Williamson(LF)- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .271.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 4.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.21.

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AAA  Game 2  Iowa Cubs outlasted the Sacramento River Cats 2-1 in 12 innings:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 1 for 5, HR(20).  BA= .285.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.01.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.46.
Steven Okert(LHP)-  2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.70.

Parker reaches the 20 HR milestone.  River Cats played a total of 19 innings yesterday.  They got just 2 hits and 4 baserunners the entire 12 inning game.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Akron Rubber Ducks 5-3:

Hunter Cole(DH)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .298.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 3 for 4, 2B, 2 HR(15).  BA= .258.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.34.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.47.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(10).  ERA= 5.16.

Is Ricky's late power surge enough to earn him an assignment to Sacramento next year?  This was Mejia's first appearance since 7/24.

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High A  San Jose Giants outscored the Ranch Cucamonga Quakes 7-6 in 11 innings:

Angel Pagan(CF)- 1 for 5.  BA= .200.
Christian Arroyo(SS)- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .313.
Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 3 for 5.  BA= .270.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 5, HR(13).  BA= .248.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.59.
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.72.
Luis Ysla(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.00.
Jake Smith(RHP)-  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(15).  ERA= 2.38.

Are the Giants sending a message to Pagan by keeping him in rehab until 9/1?  I am really impressed by what Jake Smith has done this year.  Another potential relief arm in the system.  Will Carbonell be ready to conquer AA next year?

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Low A  Savannah Sand Gnats blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 2-0 in a rain-shortened 5 inning game:

Michael Santos(RHP)- 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.21.

Hopefully Santos can stay healthy next season and get some traction on his career.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 2-0:

Miguel Gomez(Catcher)- 1 for 3, HR(6).  BA= .328.
John Riley(1B)- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(5).  BA= .253.
Andrew Leenhouts(LHP)- 7.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.57.
Ryan Halstead(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(6).  ERA= 2.52.

Gomez has shown enough power to make the .328 BA even more legit going forward.  Love that he's still playing catcher part time.  The switch-hitting just adds to the versatility.  Riley has had a huge second half.  Is it enough to move him up into the top 50 Giants prospects?  If so, how far up?  Gotta temper the enthusiasm for Leenhouts who is in his 3'rd rodeo with S-K.

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Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants pounded the Rangers 9-2:

Manuel Geraldo(SS, 18 yo)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .250.
Sandro Fabian(RF, 17 yo)- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .313.
Beicker Mendoza(LF, 17 yo)- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .357.
Norwith Gudino(RHP, 19 yo)- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.18.
Reymi Rodriguez(RHP, 21 yo)- 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

All numbers listed are for the postseason only.  The DSL Giants have quite a few older players on the team, but it's the 17 year olds who are leading the way in the postseason.

Game Wrap 8/29/2015: Cardinals 6 Giants 0

A series of bad bounces and questionable decisions produced a 4-run 5'th inning for the Cardinals which pretty much put this game out of reach.  Key Lines:

Ryan Vogelsong- 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.19.  Vogelsong pitched out of the stretch almost the entire time he was pitching, so it was probably inevitable that something like the 5'th inning would happen, so he did not pitch better than the score would indicate.  Still, the 5'th inning was not entirely his fault either.  Brandon Moss led off with a drive off the bricks in R-CF.  A RF more experienced at AT&T than Marlon Byrd probably would have hung back away from the wall a bit more which may or may not have given him a chance to field the hard ricochet that came back past him allowing Moss to run out a triple.

With a makeshift lineup and Lance Lynn throwing well, Bochy wanted to keep the game at 0-0 so brought the IF in which allowed Matt Carpenter to ground a hit through the right side scoring that run Bochy was trying to prevent.  After a single by Piscotty, who is not playing like a Stanford hitter, put runners at first and second, Jhonny Peralta hit a slow grounder that Adrianza had to take to first base to get an out, advancing the runners to 2'n'd and 3'rd with 1 out.  Bochy then had Vogelsong pitch around Jason Heyward to set up Yadier Molina to face George Kontos.  Kontos did not bring his LOB magic with him in this game.  A WP brought in 1 run and a single by Molina drove in 2 more and the game was all but over.

Yusmeiro Petit- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.69.  Unfortunately, Petit has had to do most of his work in lost cause situations which may contribute to the general dissatisfaction of the fan base with him.   After a rough start to the season, he's actually pitched quite well.  His ERA is 2.19 over his last 7 appearances, 1.99 over his last 15 and 3.32 over his last 30.  I don't think Clayton Blackburn, just to name one, is a lock to be better than that as a replacement.

The Loss dropped the Giants to 3.5 games behind the Dodgers, who topped the Cubs 5-2, in the NL West.  They remain 4.5 games behind the Cubbies for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

Chris Heston comes back to replace Matt Cain in the rotation today and tries for a series win against Jaime Garcia who pitches great when he is healthy, which he currently seems to be.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Down on the Farm: 8/28/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats vs Iowa Cubs postponed due to rain.  DH today.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Akron Rubber Ducks 5-3:

Rando Moreno(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .280.
Myles Schroder(3B)- 3 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .243.
Hunter Cole(DH)- 2 for 5.  BA= .298.
Jesus Galindo(RF)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .230.
Tyler Beede(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.23.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(9).  ERA= 5.40.

I'm going to say the grind of his first full pro season finally got to Beede.  I'll be looking for some great starts next spring.

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High A  San Jose Giants blanked the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5-0:

Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .262.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .265.
Brian Ragira(DH)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .260.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Ray Black(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.13.

Very nice way to end the season for Martin Agosta.  He finished with a 2.87 ERA over his last 10 starts.  His peripheral numbers were strong all season with 116 K's against just 24 BB in 100 IP.  His most glaring problem is the 15 dingers he allowed.  I'm calling a breakout season next year in AA.

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Low A  West Virginia Power beat the Augusta Greenjackets 5-1:

Jonah Arenado(3B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .265.
DJ Snelton(LHP)- 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Rodolfo Martinez(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.76.

Huge strides for Martinez this year.  He will definitely be in my Giants Top 50 Prospects next season and maybe in the top half of that list.

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Short Season  Boise Hawks topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-0:

Miguel Gomez(3B)- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .328.
Luis Pino(RHP)- 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.38.
EJ Encinosa(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.71.

Gomez is another guy with serious helium in the Giants prospect rankings.  Not sure where he plays but gotta find a place for that bat!

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Rookie AZL  Dodgers smothered the Giants 2-0:

Mikey Edie(CF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .290.
Nick Gonzalez(LHP)- 5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.57.
Jose Morel(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.91.

Edie has had the best season of all the young 5 tool studs not named Johneshwy.  Again, I have no idea what Nick Gonzalez is doing in the AZL.  Morel should get an opportunity at a higher level next year.

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DSL  Giants edged out the Yankees1 3-2 in an 8-inning rain shortened game:

Sandro Fabian(RF, 17 yo)- 3 for 4, 2B, HR.
Beicker Mendoza(LF, 17 yo)- 1 for 3, HR.
Victor Concepcion(RHP, 18 yo)- 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.

Man!  The rubber game of a 3 game playoff series ends up being rain-shortened!  I would not feel good about that if the Giants had lost.  Oh well, any team named Yankees1 deserves that kind of fate!  Great to see the 17 year olds step up with the season on the line.  I expect to see Concepcion in the States next year.  Giants start the final DSL playoff series against the Rangers today.

Game Wrap 8/28/2015: Giants 5 Cardinals 4

The legend of Kelby Tomlinson continues to grow as he lined a single through a 5 man infield to give the Giants a walk-off win against the team with the best record in baseball.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt- 2 for 5.  BA= .276.  Belt has been an OBP machine since moving into the 3-hole and that is creating RBI opportunities for the hitters behind him.  His OBP over his last 15 games is .419.  The top 4 Giants hitters in this game were on base 8 times in 20 PA's.  If your top 4 batters are getting on base at a .400 clip, your team is going to score some runs even if the top 4 aren't hitting for any power.

Marlon Byrd- 1 for 4, HR(22).  BA= .238.  The 4 and 5 holes are where I think OBP becomes less important, especially 5.  5 and 6 you are just looking for hits and dingers to drive in runs.  Byrd is a prototype 5 or 6 hole hitter.  He must feel like he died and went to heaven finding all these runners on base for him.  He is 7 for 28 since joining the Giants for a .250 BA, but 3 of those 7 hits have been dingers and have driven in a total of 9 runs and have directly contributed to 3 of the Giants 4 wins in that span.  Oh, and the Grand Slam was the Giants 8'th of the season setting a franchise record.

Kelby Tomlinson- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .364.  How many big hits has Tomlinson had since being called up?  This one was huge!  The Giants got a bit of a break with Trevor Rosenthal out of paternity leave.  Kevin Seigrist, who has always been very tough on the Giants pitched the 9'th inning of a tie game, which is an interesting place to use your closer on the road.  Anyway, Seigrist had trouble finding the plate and Tomlinson came up with the bases loaded and 1 out.  This is a situation where you absolutely do not want to leave it up to the next batter, especially when you are batting 7'th in the lineup.  The Cardinals brought Brandon Moss in from the OF for a 5 man IF.  BTW, if you are going to do that, why not just bring in all 3 OF's and play a 7 man IF?  Anyway,  I had a feeling about Kelby in this situation.  Of all the Giants current hitters, I think he and Duffman are the two I would have the most confidence in to get it done. Those two just never, ever give up on an AB.  Kelby did not disappoint.  He lined a shot up the middle just to the left of 2B, right where Moss had been standing before the Cardinals repositioned him to the right of 2B.  Peralta was playing a fairly neutral SS so there was just a wee bit of a hole between him and where Moss moved to and Kelby put it right in the exact middle of that hole.  Amazing!

Mike Leake- 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 9/1.  ERA= 3.53.  I thought Leake pitched better than his line looks.  He gave up some hits, but in the 3-run 4'th inning, the Giants failed to convert 2 GIDP opportunities and it cost them at least 2 runs.  The 4'th run scored when Tommy Pham singled, took 2B on a flyball out, took 3B on another flyout and scored on a WP.  Again, if Leake stays healthy and continues to pitch like he has so far, he's going to win some games down the stretch.

Josh Osich- 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 1.80.  It doesn't look like much of a line, but Osich was brought in to face Jason Heyward and Matt Carpenter with runners on base and the game on the line in the 7'th inning.  Pretty significant that Bochy went to Osich and not Lopez in that situation.

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.32.   Bochy seems to have found the right role for Romo and it's what he used to do before he became a closer.  Romo is pitching as well as he's ever pitched right now.  0.61 ERA over his last 15 appearances.  34 K's against just 3 BB's in his last 26 IP over 30 appearances.

The Win kept the Giants 2.5 games ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West as the Bad Guys handed the Cubs their 3'rd straight loss.  The Giants have made up 3 games in 3 days on the Cubs in the race for the final Wild Card playoff spot.  They now trail the baby bruins by 4.5 games.

Ryan Vogelsong faces Lance Lynn today in an afternoon game at AT&T Park.  In case you are interested, the Cubs have Jon Lester going against the Dodgers.

Matt Cain was placed on the DL with nerve irritation in his right elbow.  Chris Heston will get the start in his place on Sunday.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Down on the Farm: 8/27/2015

AAA  Iowa Cubs defeated the Sacramento River Cats 3-1:

Trevor Brown(Catcher)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .275.
Carlos Triunfel(3B)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .271.
Nik Turley(LHP)- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.63.
Cory Gearrin(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.87.

Is Carlos Triunfel next in line for 3B if Matt Duffy ever had to go in the DL?  Could Cory Gearrin be a Sept callup?

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AA  Akron Rubber Ducks beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-5:

Rando Moreno(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .278.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .256.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(13).  BA= .253.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 7.27.
Matt Gage(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.94.

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High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Inland Empire 66'ers 7-3:

Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .263.
Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .241.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .209.
Jose Reyes(RHP)- 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 6.27.

Strong start for Reyes in what is probably his last appearance of the season.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets edged out the West Virginia Power 2-1:

Dylan Davis(RF)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .276.
Mark Reyes(LHP)- 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.15.

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Short Season  Everett Aquasox topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4-3:

Steven Duggar(RF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .284.
Chris Shaw(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(9).  BA= .289.

Shaw's 9 HR's is tied for second in the NWL.  He also has a nice 10.8 BB% with a manageable K rate of 21%.

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Rookie AZL  Giants downed the Dodgers 4-2:

Mikey Edie(CF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .284.
Deiyerbert Bolivar(LHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.08.
Kendry Melo(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.15.
Heath Slatton(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(8).  ERA= 0.79.


As someone commented yesterday, Mikey Edie has quietly had a pretty good AZL season.  I'll be looking for Bolivar in the Augusta rotation next spring.

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DSL  Yankees1 turned the tables on the Giants 9-1:

Sandro Cabrera(LHP, 20 yo)- 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.

Playoff series now even at 1 game each.  Scores of both games 9-1.