Thursday, July 31, 2014

Down on the Farm: 7/30/2014

AAA  Reno Aces trumped the Fresno Grizzlies 3-1:

Chris Heston(RHP)- 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.65.

AA  Harrisburg Senators outlasted the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-3 in 13 innings:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 2 for 6, SB(43).  BA= .270.
Matt Duffy(2B)- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .332.
Jarrett Parker(RF- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .275.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Carlos Alvarado(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.92.

Stratton and Alvarado make their AA debuts successful.  The Squirrels finally used position players Stromsmoe and Lollis to pitch the 13'th inning and they gave up the final 3 runs.

High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Modesto Nuts 8-4:

Blake Miller(2B)- 2 for 4, SF, SB(5).  BA= .299.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .282.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 10.17.
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.19.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 2.83.

Of the two raw hard throwers, Gardeck and Johnson, Johnson seems to have made more progress in refining his game and cutting down on the BB's.  Blake Miller and Mitch Delfino don't get a lot of attention in discussions of top Giants prospects, but I could see one or both going to Richmond next year and doing the Matt Duffy.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Tri-Cities Dust Devils 8-7:

Austin Slater(RF)- 4 for 5, SB(2).  BA= .529.
Travious Relaford(2B)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .284.
Johnshwy Fargas(LF)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .252.
Eury Sanchez(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(8).  ERA= .231.

Slater is off to a sizzling start to his pro career.

Rookie AZL  Giants stopped the D'Backs 5-4 in 13 innings:

Randy Ortiz(CF)- 5 for 7.  BA= .390.
Daniel Carbonell(DH)- 2 for 7.  BA= .250.
Hector Mercedes(SS)- 2 for 6, 2B, 3B.  BA= .306.
Dylan Brooks(RHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.58.
Stetson Woods(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Logan Webb(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Not sure why Ortiz is still playing in rookie ball.  Mercedes has an intriguing profile.  6'3", 185 lbs and playing SS, but this is his 3'rd season in Arizona after 2 in the DSL and he's 22 yo.  This was, by far, Dylan Brooks best game as a pro.  Something of a breakout for him.  Encouraging first 2 appearances for the two top 10 round draftees Webb and Woods.

DSL  Giants beat the Mariners 3-2:

Victor Concepcion(RHP, 17 yo)- 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.75.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Game Wrap 7/30/2014: Giants 7 Pirates 5

Tim Lincecum got tagged for 5 runs in just 3.1 IP, but the offense produced some runs and the bullpen shut it down for the final 5.2 innings.  Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 3, 2 BB, E(16).  BA= .234.  I like Crawford in the 2 hole.  He sees a lot of pitches, can pull the ball through the hole when there is a runner on first, or he can take an opposite field approach on a hit and run.  16 errors by this point in the season is a lot, even for a SS.

Joe Panik- 1 for 4, BB.  BA= .214.  It doesn't look like much, but is sure beats what we were getting from Uggla.  Panik scored a run and drove one in so his contribution was the difference in the game!

Gregor Blanco- 3 for 3, HBP.  BA= .245.  I think it is safe to say that Blanco is more comfortable hitting down in the lineup.

Andrew Susac- 1 for 4.  BA= .125.  Susac's second game in a row behind the plate.  Once again, Buster Posey is not Tim Lincecum's catcher.  Not sure if Susac's inexperience or Timmy's comfort with Hector Sanchez had anything to do with Lincecum's subpar start.

Bullpen- 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.    The bullpen shut it down!  This bullpen can definitely win a game for you that appears to be lost.

The Win put the Giants up by 0.5 games on the Pirates and Cardinals for the second Wild Card playoff spot and 0.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the first WC spot pending the outcome of the Braves game with the Dodgers.  The Giants also now trail the Dodgers by 2.5 games in the NL West pending the outcome of the Dodger's game with a Braves.

The Giants now get a day off before starting a 10 game road trip with Ryan Vogelsong facing Jonathan Niese of the Mets on Friday night.  That will be after the non-waiver trade deadline has passed.

The Giants made a roster move today optioning Tyler Colvin(I didn't know he had an option) to Fresno.  Earlier in the day, they were rumored to have released Dan Uggla, but no official move has been made as of this post.  They will need a roster spot soon for Brandon Belt, but you have to think this move and the rumored release of Uggla are tied to possible deadline trades.

The Giants also released Dan Runzler so he could sign a contract in Japan.

Down on the Farm: 7/29/2014

AAA  Reno Aces defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 7-3:

Sorry everybody, NTSH.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Harrisburg Senators 5-2:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 3 for 3, 2B, HR(12), BB.  BA= .275.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.24.
Edwin Quirarte(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.17.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(7).  ERA= 2.92.

Parker is on a tear hitting .444 over his last 10 games and .329 for the month of July.

High A  San Jose Giants edged the Modesto Nuts 3-2:

Ben Turner(Catcher)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .290.
Pat Young(RHP)- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.18.
Bryce Bandilla(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(5).  ERA= 1.09.

Turner is quietly having a nice season.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets downed the Greensboro Grasshoppers 8-5:

Sam Mende(3B)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .400.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.08.
Carlos Diaz(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.27.

Short Season  Eugene Emeralds topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8-6:

Johnshwy Fargas(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(3), 2 SB(9).  BA= .250.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 1 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(1).  BA= .143.

Fargas started off hot, then slumped, but is now hitting .361 over his last 10 games.  I hadn't noticed that Ryder Jones was transferred to S-K from Augusta.  Reports are that the everyday grind of professional baseball wore him down.

Rookie AZL  A's pounded the Giants 14-2:

Daniel Carbonell(CF)- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .200.
Dylan Davis(RF)- 1 for 2, BB, 2 Assists.  BA= .375.
Rayan Hernandez(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.46.

Carbonell needs to hit, pure and simple. If he does, the sky is the limit.  If he doesn't, he's a pumpkin.  Rayan Hernandez seems to be getting just a bit of traction on his pro career and is getting longer stints on the mound.

DSL Red Sox outscored the Giants 7-3:

Mikey Edie(CF)- 1 for 3.  BA= .311.

Game Wrap 7/29/2014: Pirates 3 Giants 1

Tim Hudson got bitten by the longball early, but settled down to pitch a QS.  The Giants offense sputtered against Francisco Liriano and they went down to their 6'th consecutive loss.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey= 3 for 4.  BA= .283.  3 singles out of the 3 hole, but the #1, #2 and #4 went a combined 1 for 12.

Michael Morse= 1 for 4, HR(15).  BA= .272.  A welcome dinger from Morse who now has 2 in something like his last 100 AB's.  He K'd in this other 3 AB's, though.

Tim Hudson- 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 11/4.  ERA= 2.71.  Huddy gave up both dingers and all 3 of his runs in the first 2 innings.  His overall line was good enough that he should not have lost with average offensive support behind him.

Dan Uggla- 0 for 3, 2 K's.  BA= .149.  In 4 games as a Giant, Uggla is now 0 for 11 with 1 BB and 6 K's.

The Loss was the Giants 6'th in a row, 5 of them at home, and dropped them 3 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.  The Loss also dropped them into a tie for 3'rd place in the Wild Card race with the Cardinals, 0.5 games behind these same Pirates.

Tim Lincecum tries to stave off another sweep and break the losing streak in an afternoon game facing RHP Charlie Morton.

With less than 48 hours to go until the trading deadline, how do you think Sabes is feeling about investing prospects and more money in this team?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Down on the Farm: 7/28/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies mauled the El Paso Chihuahuas 9-4:

Darren Ford(CF-LF)- 2 for 4, BB, 2 SB(25).  BA= .306.
Mark Minicozzi(LF)- 1 for 3, HR(7), BB.  BA= .291.
Chris Dominguez(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(15), 2 SB(19).  BA= .272.
Juan Perez(PH-RF)- 2 for 2, HR(3).  BA= .333.

Chris Dominguez is doing everything well, but is he doing any one thing well enough?

AA Richmond Flying Squirrels edged the Harrisburg Senators 2-1:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 1 for 3, BB, SB(42).  BA= .269.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .268.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.73.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(11).  ERA= 3.04.

High A  San Jose Giants defeated the Modesto Nuts 2-1:

Chuckie Jones(RF)- 1 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .259.
Ben Turner(Catcher)- 2 for 3, 2B, Sac.  BA= .286.
Joe Biagini(RHP)- 7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.39.
Bryce Bandilla(LHP)-  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, Save(4).  ERA= 1.14.

Low A Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-3:

Ty Ross(Catcher)- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(3), HBP.  BA= .244.
Ryan Jones(2B)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .240.
Steven Messner(LHP)- 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.39.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Eugene Emeralds 5-3:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 4 for 5.  BA= .329.
Tyler Hollick(LF)- 2 for 3, 2B, SF.  BA= .234.
Jason Forjet(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.73.
Eury Sanchez(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(7).  ERA= 2.42.

Arroyo struggled with injuries in Augusta and in the early days in S-K, but has come on strong in July hitting .382.

Rookie AZL  Giants beat the Athletics 3-2:

Daniel Carbonell(CF)- 0 for 2.  BA= .000.
Dylan Davis(RF)- 1 for 3, 2B, SF.  BA= .333.
Kevin Rivera(2B)- 2 for 2, Sac.  BA= .239.
Logan Webb(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 0.00
Stetson Woods(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Carbonell makes his American baseball debut.  The 2 HS pitching draftees have successful debuts.  Rivera is hitting .313/.361/.438 over his last 10 games.

DSL Giants pounded the Red Sox 10-1:

Mikey Edie(PH-CF, 17 yo)- 1 for 1.  BA= .311.
Robinson Medrano(RF, 18 yo)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .295.
Manuel Geraldo(SS, 17 yo)- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .222.
Deiyerbert Bolivar(LHP)- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.77.

There seems to be several legitimate prospects on this DSL Giants team including Edie, Beltre(who has not appeared for about a month or more), Medrano, Geraldo, Bolivar, and RHP Concepcion and LHP Prebito Reyes.  Mecky Coronado is someone to watch too, but hard to figure out exactly what he is.

Game Wrap 7/28/2014: Pirates 5 Giants 0

This game was probably over by the time Madison Bumgarner loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first inning.  The Pirates cashed them all in plus another for good measure.  The offense sputtered against Clayton…..er Vance Worley and the Giants lost their 5'th game in a row, once again doing a faceplant at home after an encouraging road trip.  Key Lines:

Madison Bumgarner- 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.41.  Not much to say about this.  2 walks, 3 singles and 2 SF's in the first, a dinger in the second inning, just a bad first 2 innings.  With the way the Giants offense is hitting, game over!

Vance Worley- 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.54.  Worley had been pitching well going into this one but not THAT well.  When you seen lines like this against a guy like him, you have to think the offense is struggling, or maybe they are NOT struggling!

The Loss left the Giants a full 2 games behind the idle Dodgers in the NL West.

Tim Hudson tries to stop the bleeding against Francisco Liriano in game 2 tonight.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Down on the Farm: 7/27/2014

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas nipped the Fresno Grizzlies 4-3:

Gary Brown(CF)- 1 for 4, SB(22).  BA= .271.
Chris Dominguez(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(14).  BA= .270.
Travis Ishikawa(1B)- 1 for 3, HR(11), BB.  BA= .272.

AA  Erie Seawolves defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-2:

Devin Harris(LF)- 2 for 4, HR(11).  BA= .260.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .245.

High A  Visalia Rawhide beat the San Jose Giants 6-4:

Chris Stratton(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.07.

Stratton is a reliever?  Was this a Timmy, we've run out of relievers, throwing day appearance?   Otherwise, NTSH.

Low A  Greensboro Grasshoppers outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 7-4:

Cristian Paulino(RF-LF)- 3 for 5.  BA= .258.
Tyler Horan(CF-RF)- 1 for 4, HR(15).  BA= .272.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.89.
Nick Vander Tuig(RHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 11.17.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Eugene Emeralds 9-1:

Seth Harrison(CF)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .255.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 4 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .346.
Austin Slater(RF)- 3 for 5, SB(1).  BA= .600.
Shilo McCall(DH)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .212.
Ethan Miller(RHP)- 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.53.

Slater gets the callup after just 2 games in Arizona.

Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

DSL  Giants were idle.