Thursday, April 24, 2014

Down on the Farm: 4/23/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies were idle.

AA  Reading Fightin' Phils topped the Richmond Flying Squirrels 1-0:

Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, 91 pitches.  ERA= 1.80.
Jack Snodgrass(LHP)- 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.61.
Jesse Biddle(LHP, Phils)- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 2.86.

High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 12-4:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 2 for 4, HR(1), BB, SB(7).  BA= .359.
Mac Williamson(DH)- 2 for 4, HR(3), BB.  BA= .264.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.66.

Low A  Hagerstown Suns outlasted the Augusta Greenjackets 5-3 in 13 innings:

Ryder Jones(SS)- 2 for 5, Sac, SB(1).  BA= .254.
Jeremy Sy(DH)- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .278.
Luis Ysla(LHP)- 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 4.61.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Game Wrap 4/23/2014: Giants 12 Rockies 10

The Giants went to an opposite extreme in this game getting into a slugging contest with the Rockies, which usually turns out badly for them in Coors Field.  Instead, it was the Giants who outslugged the Rockies hitting 6 out of the 9 HR's in the game.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence- 3 for 4, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .238.  Just what the doctor ordered for the Rev's slumping bat.  He got on base in his last 5 PA's.

Brandon Belt- 1 for 5, HR(7), BB.  BA= .299.  First Giants player since Barry Bonds to hit 7 HR's in his first 21 games.

Michael Morse- 2 for 4, 2 HR(5).  BA= .279.  This is what the Giants got Morse to do.  Now, just stay healthy all year, please?

Hector Sanchez- 2 for 6, 2 HR(2).  BA= .161.  The second one was a grand slam that put the Giants up by 4.  It turned out Romo gave back 2 of those, so it's a good thing it was for 4 runs.

Brandon Hicks- 3 for 6, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .250.  Hicks has been the best hitter of the second basemen so far, by far.

Matt Cain- 6 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 4 K.  ERA= 4.35.  Cain gave up 5 runs in the first 2 innings, but battled it out for 6 full.   He also got 2 hits and scored a run.

Jeremy Affeldt- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Affeldt has been a different pitcher since coming off the DL, and that is a good thing.  This is the guy who helped the Giants win 2 WS titles.

With the Win, the Giants upped their record to 12-10, 0.5 games behind the Dodgers pending the outcome of their game with the Phillies which the Dodgers are leading 4-2 in the 8'th inning.  The Rockies slipped back behind the Giants by 0.5 games with an 11-10 record while the Padres lost to the Brewers 5-2 and stand in 4'th place at 10-12.  The D'Backs topped the Cubs 7-5 to improve their last place record to 6-18.

The Giants get tomorrow off and come home to a weekend interleague series against the Cleveland Indians with Tim Hudson drawing the Friday night start against Carlos Carrasco.

Down on the Farm: 4/22/2014

AAA  Reno Aces topped the Fresno Grizzlies 4-3:

Joe Panik(2B)- 2 for 3, SF.  BA= .304.
Chris Heston(RHP)- 7 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.37.

Panik breaks the .300 barrier for the first time this year.  It might be the first time since Salem-Keizer.  I don't think he ever hit .300 last year, and he just barely fell short after a big August the year before with San Jose.  He is hitting .368 over his last 10 games including 0 for 6 in the first 2 games of that stretch.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded the Reading Fightin' Phils 11-5:

Matt Duffy(SS)- 2 for 6, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .266.
Jarrett Parker(CF)- 4 for 6, 3 2B, 3B.  BA= .299.
Brett Krill(RF)- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .269.

Parker has a huge day.  SP Ty Blach pitched just 1 inning due to a rain delay.  It was a bullpen game after that.  BTW, what is a Phil or Phillie?

High A  Visalia Rawhide defeated the San Jose Giants 4-2:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 4 for 4, SB(6).  BA= .351.
Trevor Brown(Catcher)- 1 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .154.
Kendry Flores(RHP)- 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.03.
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.15.
Mason McVay(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 4.15.

Galindo stays hot but did not account for any runs.  Unimpressive start for Flores.

Low A  Hagerstown Suns edged the Augusta Greenjackets 4-3:

Christian Arroyo(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .231.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K.  ERA= 2.08.
Lucas Giolito(RHP, Suns)- 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.65.

Arroyo has a 4 game hit streak and is 6 for 15 in that stretch.  Giolito is considered to be an elite pitching prospect, but is coming back from TJ surgery.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Game Wrap 4/22/2014: Rockies 2 Giants 1

The Giants wasted another strong pitching effort as they failed to get the timely hits.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .213.  Hopefully this is a starting point to Pence to break out of his early season slump.  It wasn't enough in this one.

Madison Bumgarner- 8 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.14.  That's about as good as you can pitch in Coors Field.  You hold the Rockies to 2 solo HR's and you should win.

The Loss dropped the Giants into 3'rd place behind the Rockies pending the outcome of the Phils-Dodgers game which the Phils are leading 2-1 in the 5'th at this writing.

Matt Cain tries to salvage a win in the series tomorrow afternoon facing Tyler Chatwood.

Around the League:  Albert Pujols hit career HR's #499 and 500 tonight.

Down on the Farm: 4/21/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Reno Aces 6-4:

Joe Panik(2B)- 3 for 5.  BA= .289.
Tyler Colvin(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .194.
Jason Berken(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.27.
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Archie Bradley(RHP, Aces)- 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.98.

Panik's BA has been steadily climbing.  Hembree has been lights out so far and goes more than 1 inning here.  The Grizzlies handled the highly touted pitching prospect Bradley.

AA  Reading Fightin' Phils beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-3:

Tyler Graham(CF)- 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(11).  ERA= .351.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 4, BA= .310.
Ricky Oropesa(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA .222.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 1.23.

High A  Visalia Rawhide outlasted the San Jose Giants 5-4 in 13 innings:

Mac Williamson(DH)- 1 for 4, 2 BB, SB(5).  BA= .266.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 3 for 6, HR(5).  BA= .297.
Brian Ragira(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(2), 2 BB.  BA= .236.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 2 for 6.  BA= .232.
Blake Miller(SS)- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .222.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.95.
Soptic, McVay, Mizenko- 2 IP, 0 R each.

Mac's BA has been steadily rising.  He has more SB's than HR's.  Mitch Delfino can hit!  Another unimpressive start for Stratton.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets downed the Hagerstown Suns 4-2:

Ryder Jones(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .258.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(2).  BA= .294.
Brandon Bednar(.329), Christian Arroyo(.213)- 2 hits each.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.50.

Jones pitching line for his last 2 starts is 11 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K's.

2 former Giants farmhands, Joe Martinez(Angels) and Steve Edlefsen(Dodgers) announced their retirements.  Best wishes for their respective futures.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Game Wrap 4/21/2014: Rockies 8 Giants 2

Those of us who had an idea that maybe Ryan Vogelsong had turned a corner in his last start were abruptly and thoroughly disabused of that notion by a dreadful start in which he failed to get out of the 2'nd inning.  With that, this one was pretty much over before the fans had found their seats.  Key Lines:

Ryan Vogelsong- 1.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 7.71.  I tuned into the game late because of a meeting I had to attend(just as well), but I heard Charlie Blackmon's interview on the Rockies' network.  He said the HR he hit off Vogelsong "might have been a cutter, but it didn't move much."  Just a guess, but I'm thinking most of his other pitches didn't move much either.  A disastrous start for Vogey!

David Huff- 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.86.  Huff entered the game with runners on first and second with 1 out in the second inning.  He got a DP grounder to get out of the inning pronto.  He then legged out his first MLB hit in the top of the 3'rd by legging out a grounder to SS, but strained his quad in the process. He stayed on the basepaths and scored on a Buster Posey GIDP, but did not come back out for the bottom of the 3'rd inning.  After the game, Bochy said Huff would be going on the DL.  Baggs seems to think the Giants may bring up a hitter to replace him, but Perez apparently cannot be called back this soon, although that may not be the case in an injury situation.

Yusmeiro Petit- 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.68.  Petit got off to a rocky start to his appearance, but settled down and pitched a nice 4 innings with terrific peripherals.

Tommy Kahnle(RHP, Rockies)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.56  Kahnle was a Rule 5 draftee, I believe from the Yankees organization.  He has pitched well out of the Rockies' bullpen and was throwing 97 MPH BB's tonight.  Looks like a nice job of scouting by the Rockies on this one.

The Dodgers are being dominated by Cliff Lee and the Phillies so it looks like the Giants will remain 1 game behind the NL West leaders with an 11-9 record.

Madison Bumgarner tries to even the series tomorrow night facing another LHP in Franklin Morales.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Down on the Farm: 4/20/2014

Just one minor league game on Easter Sunday.

AAA  Reno Aces edged the Fresno Grizzlies 2-1:

Gary Brown(CF)- 2 for 3, BB, CS(2).  BA= .301
Juan Perez(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .467.
Edwin Escobar(LHP)- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.49.  '

OK, THAT is what we've been hoping to see from Escobar this year!  He reportedly tweaked his delivery and it obviously paid off.   Brown continues to do what he needs to do at the top of a batting order, well, except for the CS.