Monday, September 1, 2014

Down on the Farm: 8/31/204

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 7-3:

Gary Brown(CF)- 1 for 4, SB(36).  BA= .267.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .267.
Mark Minicozzi(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .298.
Jake Dunning(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.57.

Brown gets passed over for a September call up despite already being on the 40 man roster.  You have to think that there is something the Giants are down on him about that we don't fully know about.  Just speculation, of course, but he's a former first round pick who can't even get a call up with expanded rosters?  When he already has a 40 man roster spot?  Not that he's exactly broken down the doors, but if the Giants still have any hope for him at all, it seems like maybe it's time to try a little positive reinforcement and feedback rather than continuing to slap him in the face at every opportunity.  If they don't have any hope, then why not trade him to another organization or simply release him?

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Binghampton Mets 1-0:

Angel Villalona(1B)- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .224.
Myles Schroder(RF)- 2 for 3, SB(11).  BA= .252.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.13.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.73.

Blach pitched well enough this year, but you have to wonder about the K and BB numbers.  Okert seems like a fairly good bet to eventually fill a lefty reliever role with the Giants when Affeldt and Lopez are done.

High A  High Desert Mavericks stampeded the San Jose Giants 9-6:

Daniel Carbonell(CF)- 3 for 5.  BA= .344.
Ryan Lollis(DH)- 3 for 5.  BA= .257.
Tyler Horan(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(9).  BA= .317.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 1 for 4, HR(15).  BA= .258.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 10.80.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.65.

Carbonell continues to show a hit tool.  Horan has torn up the Cal League since his midseason promotion.  Can't wait to see what he does in Richmond next year.  Can Chuckie Jones hack the EL next year?  Jake Smith had been lights out in relief, but stumbles badly in his first shot at starting.  Johnson has shown the ability to go multiple innings.

Low A  Charleston River Dogs beat the Augusta Greenjackets 5-0:

Randy Ortiz(CF)- 0 for 3, BB, 2 SB(8).  BA= .264.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 3.57.

Nice to see Gregorio finish on a strong note.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 4-3 in 10 innings:

Hunter Cole(LF)- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .250.
Shilo McCall(RF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .199.
Tyler Beede(RHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.70.
Eury Sanchez(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(14).  ERA= 3.48.

Disappointing season for Shilo McCall, who I had high hopes for at the beginning of the season.  I would say his future is very cloudy at this point.  Gotta find some traction somewhere.  I would say Beede's first pro season has been OK, not great.  Want to see more next year, probably in SJ, I would think.

Rookie AZL  Giants beat the Mariners 6-2 to advance to the AZL Championship game today:

Byron Murray(DH)- 2 for 4, 3B.
Jonah Arenado(3B)- 2 for 3, 2B, HBP.
Julio Pena(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR.
Michael Santos(RHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 8/0.
Rayan Hernandez(RHP)- 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.

The young kids are leading the way for the AZL Giants.  Gotta like that!

The Giants called up 5 players for the first day of expanded rosters:

Mike Kickham, LHP- Kickham kind of stumbled down the stretch in Fresno, so this is a bit of a surprise.  He is another LH arm in the bullpen.

Juan Perez- Rides the Fresno-SF shuttle once again.

Chris Dominguez- 20/20 season for Fresno and played a whole bunch of positions.  He still strikes out a whole lot, though.  Added bonus:  He gets added to the 40 man roster!

Guillermo Quiroz- Giants needed to add a 3'rd catcher and Quiroz was the only one who is likely MLB ready.

Hunter Strickland- Hard throwing RHP reliever.  I do want to see any innings he gets to pitch.  Possible future MLB bullpen arm, possibly even a future closer?

No Gary Brown and no Jarrett Parker….yet.  See my comments re. Brown above.  Maybe they will get the call after today's final Fresno game?

And Tyler Horan reportedly gets called to Richmond to help in the EL playoffs!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Game Wrap 8/31/2014: Giants 15 Brewers 5

One common complaint you hear about the Giants is that they can't beat a team with a winning record(although ogc recently refuted that notion showing that the Giants actually have played winning teams about even and have something like the 3'rd best record in baseball against winning teams).  Anyway, the Milwaukee Brewers most definitely have a winning record, and left AT&T Park today with their tails between their legs, so to speak, after a resounding 3 game sweep to the Giants.  Key Lines(We could feature pretty much the entire Giants lineup plus some subs, but we'll limit it to the truly standout performances):

Hunter Pence- 4 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .291.  Giants hitters played pepper with the CF and R-CF walls in this one and Pence certainly got his licks in.  He also got nailed by an errant foul shot by Joe Panik while Pence was standing in the on-deck circle, but he appeared to be unhurt.

Pablo Sandoval- 3 for 4, 3B, HR(15).  BA= .291.  Pablo keeps his drive for a .300 BA alive.

Andrew Susac- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .267.  Susac came into the game with something like a .225 BA.  Oh man!  Does this kid have a sweet swing or what?  And with power to boot!

Madison Bumgarner- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.97.   This is what an off day looks like for Bumgarner nowadays.  96 pitches in 6 innings.  With a 7-1 lead, Bochy wasn't going to tire him out.  Fortunately the Giants scored another 7 runs in the bottom of the 7'th to make the relative ineffectiveness of the bullpen a moot issue.

Tim Lincecum- 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.70.  Timmy had reportedly been working on simplifying his delivery and getting his command in order.  He looked like the same old Timmy we've been seeing lately today.  Not an outing that is going to win him back his rotation spot or a bigger bullpen role anytime soon.

The Win allowed the Giants to remain 2.5 games behind the Dodgers who beat the Padres 7-1.  The Cardinals and Braves both won so the Giants remain 1 and 2.5 games ahead of them respectively.  The Pirates lost and fall 3 games off the Giants first Wild Card pace.

The Giants now travel to Colorado for a 3 game series against the Rockies but first of all they will resume a suspended game from May with pitchers to be announced.  Several players who were in that game are now no longer with their respective teams or are on the DL.  In the regularly scheduled game,  Tim Hudson faced Franklin Morales.  Huddy has had his problems in Coors Field throughout his career.

Down on the Farm: 8/30/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies stomped the Tacoma Rainiers 9-2:

Juan Perez(CF)- 3 for 5.  BA= .316.
Chris Dominguez(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .274.
Austin Fleet(RHP)- 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.95.
Erik Cordier(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.59.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Binghampton Mets 7-6:

Kelby Tomlinson(SS)- 3 for 5.  BA= .268.
Blake Miller(2B)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .318.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .223.
Jack Snodgrass(LHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.56.

I think Blake Miller can hit!  Another triple for Angel V!  Does Richmond have some sort of Triples Alley in their ballpark?  Has Angel V gotten himself into better shape? Man, I would love to see him leg one out!

High A  High Desert Mavericks gored the San Jose Giants 10-5:

Daniel Carbonell(CF)- 3 for 5, 3B, 2 SB(7).  BA= .330.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(12), E(18).  BA= .291.
Brian Ragira(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .261.
Ben Turner(Catcher)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .296.

Man, is it possible that the Giants have a supremely talented 5-tool player who can actually hit in Carbonell?  Is he the #1 prospect in the Giants system?  Gotta be feeling excited about this one, but he still hasn't hit in the Eastern League.  Maybe he doesn't need to? I think Delfino can hit at the next level, but can he field the 3B position?  Those are Adam Duvall E numbers.  Brian Ragira is hitting .359 over his last 10 games.  His slash line is .300/.355/.523 since the All-Star Break.  Ben Turner is a nice sleeper in the system.

Low A  Charleston River Dogs defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-2:

Will Callaway(3B)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .263.
Craig Massoni(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .259.
Randy Ortiz(CF)- 3 for 4.  BA= .269.
Nick Jones(LHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Luis Castillo(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.07.

Short Season  Boise Hawks topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9-8:

Austin Slater(RF)- 4 for 5, HR(2), SB(7).  BA= .342.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(3).  BA= .245.
Travious Relaford(2B-SS)- 3 for 4, 2 HR(3).  BA= .288.

Very promising first pro season for Austin Slater.  Ryder Jones is making a late season push after wearing down in the summer down south.  Travious Relaford has always had the tools. Looks like he's finally found a bat this year.

Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.  AZL playoffs start today with the Giants opponent TBD.

Game Wrap 8/30/2014: Giants 3 Brewers 1

It was Jake Peavy's turn to take a no-hitter deep into the game.  This one lasted until there were 2 outs in the 8'th inning when Mark Reynolds poked a flare that dropped in RF.  The Giants offense put together a 3 run rally in the 4'th inning and that was enough for Peavy, the bullpen and a very impressive Giants defense.  Key Lines:

Michael Morse- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .281.  Morse doubled over Carlos Gomez in CF with Sandoval and Pence on base.  Pence almost ran down Sandoval at the plate in scoring the second run.  Morse is a tremendous bat to have in the 6 hole and he's not nearly the defensive liability at 1B that he is in LF, which creates a dilemma of what to do when and if Brandon Belt comes off the DL.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 3, BB, SB(4).  BA= .228.  Crawford his looking like he feels better on the field.  In addition to a nice game at the plate, he made at least 2 highlight reel defensive plays in the field.  Maybe he should have gotten or taken some days off earlier if he was hurting?

Jake Peavy- 7.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.15.  Another throwback performance by Peavy.  This is the guy who the Giants had to battle against in San Diego all those years.  He has a 2.66 ERA in 7 starts for the Giants.  He took a no-no into the 8'th inning with the help of some pretty amazing defensive plays, which he acknowledged as he came off the field after giving up the hit.  After losing his first 3 starts for the Giants, he is now 3-1 in his last 4 starts and a big part of why the Giants are making noise in the pennant races again.

Sergio Romo- 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.96.  Romo struck out Carlos Gomez on 3 pitches and make him look pretty helpless at the plate in the process.  There was one hanger in the middle, though, that could have been hit a long way, that Gomez just missed.  Bochy obviously thinks Romo is back.  Romo would have come out for the 9'th inning had the pitcher's spot not come up in the bottom of the 8'th.  The Brewers had a string of RH hitters coming up which Romo is much better against, so it made sense.  Bochy wanted to save Casilla for todays's game.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(13).  ERA= 1.82.  Casilla made it interesting by giving up a leadoff double to Lucroy followed by an RBI single to Braun.  In Casilla's defense, Lucroy and Braun are two of the best hitters in baseball and could do that to anybody.

The Dodgers lost to the Padres 2-1 in extra innings for the second night in a row, so the Giants Win closed the gap in the NL West to 2.5 games.  The Cardinals split a twinbill with the Cubs so the Giants lead for the first Wild Card playoff spot is 1 full game over the Cards, 2 games over the Pirates and 2.5 games over the Braves.

It's Madison Bumgarner's turn to try for a no-hitter/perfect game this afternoon facing Kyle Lohse.  Oh, and he's going for a series sweep and the Giants 6'th win in a row too!

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.