Monday, August 3, 2015

Down on the Farm: 8/2/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats bombed the Salt Lake City Bees 15-6:

Juan Perez(RF)- 2 for 5, 2 HR(6).  BA= .258.
Jarrett Parker(LF)- 3 for 5, HR(17).   BA= .278.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.56.

Stratton's peripherals look OK.  SLC is a tough place to pitch, especially in a day game.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Binghampton Mets 2-0:

Engel Beltre(CF)- 1 for 3, HR(4).  BA= .286.
Devin Harris(LF)- 2 for 2, HR(8).  BA= .230.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 4.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.20.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.82.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(5).  ERA= 3.60.

Crick threw 9 of 13 pitches for strikes.  Nice inning of work!

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High A  San Jose Giants defeated the Stockton Ports 6-2:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .325.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .271.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .262.
Jose Reyes(RHP)- 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 7.74.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 1.52.

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Low A  Rome Braves shut out the Augusta Greenjackets 2-0:

Michael Santos(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.16.
Eury Sanchez(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Everett Aquasox 3-2:

Andrew Leenhouts(LHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.99.

Leenhouts is having a good season, but this is his 3'rd rodeo in S-K.

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Rookie AZL  Cubs beat the Giants 7-3:

Kevin Rivera(2B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .314.
Dillon Dobson(1B)- 1 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .284.
Byron Murray(LF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .286.
Deiyerbert Bolivar(LHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.57.

Game Wrap 8/2/2015: Rangers 2 Giants 1

The Giants got a QS from Mike Leake in his Giants debut,  but their bats fell limp against Rangers lefty Martin Perez, who did not look like the same pitcher who got torched by the Yankees in his previous start.  A 9'th inning rally fell short on a controversial call by 3B coach, Roberto Kelly and the Giants left Texas down 1-2 on their road trip from Hell instead of being up 2-1.  Key Lines:

Mike Leake- 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.52.  Pretty typical Leake start.  He pitched out of a couple of early jams, got a couple of GIDP's to help him, but then gave up a 2 run dinger to Josh Hamilton in the 6'th that was the difference in the ballgame.  Solid start from Leake, but this is the Giants he's pitching for now.  1 game after scoring 9 in a Cole Hamels start, they nearly get no-hit by Martin Perez.  As Vin Scully would say, "go figure!"

Roberto Kelly- OK, here's the ballgame.  With the bases loaded and 1 out in the 9'th inning, Buster Posey singles to LF.  Josh Hamilton has a cannon in LF and was playing a step in.  He had the ball as Aoki hit 3B.  Kelly put up the stop sign.  Hamilton's throw sailed over everybody to the backstop, but Aoki stayed at 3B.  That brought up Hunter Pence who you had to feel pretty good about in that situation.  He's a clutch hitter who is fast enough to frequently beat out DP balls.  He GIDP!  I'm with Baggs on this one.  Kelly made the right call.  Baseball is a game of odds.  They did not break the Giants way in this one.

The Loss dropped the Giants 2.5 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers and into a tie with the Cubs for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

The Giants now move on from the oven into the sauna in ATL with Matt Cain facing Mike Foltynewicz.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Down on the Farm: 8/1/2015

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees stung the Sacramento River Cats 6-4:

Juan Perez(DH)- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .255.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .272.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 9/1.  ERA= 4.27.

5 of the 6 runs off Blach came in the 5'th inning.  Don't know what that means, if anything.

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AA  Binghampton Mets edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-5:

Rando Moreno(SS)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .288.
Hunter Cole(RF)- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .316.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .257.
Tyler Beede(RHP)- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.51.
Tyler Mizenko(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, GO/AO= 6/0.  ERA= 1.56.

I wonder if fatigue is playing a role in Beede's decreased command?  In several games, his BB's have come later in the game when he appeared to be tiring.  Mizenko has become quite the GB machine.

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High A Stockton Ports outlasted the San Jose Giants 8-5 in 12 innings:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 3 for 6.  BA= .327.
Brandon Bednar(3B)- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .243.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.72.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.47.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.82.

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Low A Rome Braves beat the Augusta Greenjackets 4-1:

DJ Snelton(LHP)- 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.55.
Touki Toussaint(RHP, Braves)- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 4.93.

Just checking in on Touki.  I think he was the consensus choice for Giants fans who follow the draft in 2014, so we'll always be interested in how his career turns out.

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Short Season  Everett Aquasox outscored the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 11-7:

Richard Amion(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .235.
Miguel Gomez(DH)- 2 for 5.  BA= .368.
John Riley(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .209.
Shilo McCall(LF)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .244.
Logan Webb(RHP)- 0.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 0 K, ERA= 5.40.

Rough start for Webb.  It's almost like I can pencil in 2 hits for Gomez every game.

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Rookie AZL  Giants pounded the Royals 13-3:

Jalen Miller(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .227.
Byron Murray(DH)- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .297.
Jean Angomas(LF)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .213.
Ashford Fulmer(RF)- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .254.
Phil Bickford(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Grant Watson(LHP)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.32.
Kendry Melo(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.00.

Angomas is hitting .282 over his last 10 games.

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DSL  Giants downed the Red Sox1 4-3:

Manuel Geraldo(SS, 18 yo)- 2 for 4, SB(14).  BA= .296.
Mecky Coronado(DH, 18 yo)- 1 for 2, 2B, BB, HBP.  BA= .383.
Yendrys Gonzalez(LF, 18 yo)- 1 for 1, 2 BB, HBP.  BA= .320.
Raffi Vizcaino(RHP, 19 yo)- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.91.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Game Wrap 8/1/2015: Giants 9 Rangers 7

The Giants offense picked up the pitching and outscored the Rangers despite facing the newly acquired Cole Hamels in his first game with the Ranger and his first since his no-hitter with the Phillies.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .309.  Panik had kind of a rough game yesterday so this was a nice bounceback effort.

Matt Duffy- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .305.  Duffy seems to be doing this almost effortlessly now.

Buster Posey- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(15).  BA= .328.  Just when things were looking grim for the Giants as the Rangers took a 5-3 lead, Buster got part of if back with his HR.  He still trails Brandon Crawford by one for the team lead.

Hunter Pence- 2 for 5, HR(6).  BA= .301.  Pence would undoubtedly be leading the team in HR's had he not been injured most of the first half.  His dinger was the go-ahead run in the top of the 11'th inning.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4, 2 HR(12), BB.  BA= .277.  Belt found the range on his longball and ended up with 2 dingers.

Chris Heston- 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.24.  Not Heston's best effort, but this stadium is a real SOB to pitch in.

Yusmeiro Petit- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.23.  Petit stopped the bleeding and gave his team a chance to get back in it.

Hunter Strickland- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.61.  Strickland was filthy with a terrific 4 pitch mix, FB, cutter, slider, change.  He might be the Giants most lights out reliever right now.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(27).  ERA= 2.89.  Not quite a clean inning, but the hit came after 2 outs and he blew Prince Fielder away to end the game.  Rangers TV feed showed a stat that the Giants have the fewest Blown Saves of any team in baseball with 5.

The Win enabled the Giants to keep pace with the Dodgers, 1.5 games behind the leaders in the NL West.  The also remain 1 game ahead of the Cubs in the race for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

Newcomer Mike Leake tries for a series win facing Martin Perez in an afternoon game in Arlington Texas, which should be illegal(the timing of the game, that is).

Down on the Farm: 7/31/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Las Vegas 51's 5-1:

Kelby Tomlinson(SS)- 2 for 4.  BA= .323.
Mac Williamson(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .279.
Jarrett Parker(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(16).  BA= .266.
Curtis Partch(RHP)- 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.54.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.50.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Not sure if this was a bullpen game or if Partch is being tried as a starter, but that is an impressive 4 innings.  Okert has sort of disappeared from the radar but has a nice inning here. Osich continues to impress.  Mac is 8 for 22 since returning from Team USA.  Kelby continues to prep for a utility role, playing SS tonight.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Binghampton Mets 6-1:

Myles Schroder(LF)- 3 for 5.  BA= .254.
Rando Moreno(SS)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .285.
Austin Slater(2B)- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .313.
Hunter Cole(RF)- 1 for 3, 2 BB. BA= .303.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .260.
Joe Biagini(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.22.
Jose Casilla(RHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.51.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.87.

Aren't Slater and Cole both in their first full seasons?  Impressive!  Biagini pitched to 1 batter in the 2'nd inning.  Gotta wonder if there's an injury involved.  Remember when Casilla was an exciting young prospect coming out of the DSL?  His career kind of stalled out and he is now 26 years old.  He's having a fine season.  Is he a prospect again?  Not a clean inning, but a pretty good one from Crick.

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High A  San Jose Giants blanked the Stockton Ports 1-0:

Brian Ragira(DH)- 1 for 2, HR(9), BB.  BA= .253.
Jake Dunning(RHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Ray Black(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.60.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(15).  ERA= 2.87.

Dunning looks all the way back from whatever injury he had.  Probably should move back up to AAA.  Slania has quietly had a very good season as the SJ closer.  He looked really good the 1 inning I saw him pitch.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets downed the Rome Braves 5-3:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .284.
Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SF.  BA= .272.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .233.
Dylan Davis(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(5), BB.  BA= .245.
Andrew Cain(LF)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .221.
Mark Reyes(LHP)- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.26.

Davis is hitting .333, 13 for 39, over his last 10 games with 4 doubles and 2 HR's.  Cain is hitting .387 over his last 10.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Everett Aquasox 8-7:

Steven Duggar(RF)- 4 for 5, SB(4).  BA= .295.
Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 2 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .270.
Jose Vizcaino, Jr(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .340.
Mac Marshall(LHP)- 2.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.59.

Ronnie Jebavy is hitting .350 over his last 10 games.  Duggar is hitting .333 over his last 10.

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Rookie AZL  Giants vs Padres postponed.

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DSL  Giants edged out the Red Sox1 3-2:

Robert Antunez(2B, 19 yo)- 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB(19).  BA= .300.
Francisco Medina(3B, 17 yo)- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .273.
Melvin Adon(RHP, 21 yo)- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.50.

Not sure what to make of several first year pitchers who are 20+ yo for the DSL Giants.  They are pitching well, but are they prospects?

Game Wrap 7/31/2015: Rangers 6 Giants 3

It was a hot night in Texas in more ways than one as the Rangers jumped on Madison Bumgarner for 6 runs in the first 2 innings and the Giants were never able to mount a comeback after a promising start to the game.  Key Lines:

Nori Aoki- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .312.  Aoki looked like he was back to pre-injury form rapping out 2 hits including a double he pulled into RF.  He batted 9'th in a DH lineup, but I have to think he should be leading off if he is all the way back.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 4, HR(16).  BA= .268.  This one just made the score a little closer, but Crawford is have quite a season, isn't he?

Madison Bumgarner- 7 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.39.  I couldn't tell from watching on TV is Bummy's idea at the beginning of the game was to elevate the FB, or if he just had poor command early.  Either way, that is not a recipe for success on a hot night in a bandbox stadium.  There was one double by Andrus in the first inning that took off on Aoki and a dinger that landed on the top of the LF wall that both probably would have been caught on most nights at AT&T.  Bummy's frustration boiled over in the 4'th inning after Delino Deshields dramatically flung his bat after popping up.  Bummy seems to think that when a hitter does that, he is saying he should have crushed the pitch and Bummy does not like that.  The two teams gathered in the middle of the infield for a screaming session, mostly between Bummy and Beltre.  Those are alway fun in the middle of the Dog Days!

Kruk and Kuip- OK I think this is interesting.  I watch a lot of Giants TV broadcasts and I rarely hear Kruk and Kuip disagree and even more rarely get short with each other.  Also in the 4'th inning, Rougned Odor took a late slide into Joe Panik on a hit-and-run force out at 2B which appeared to come this close to buckling Panik's knees sideways, which is not a good thing.  Kuip was over in the radio booth and Kruk was doing color with Dave Flemming.  Kruk was all over Odor, calling it a dirty play as well as criticizing Panik for being willing to take too much contact at 2B thus endangering his health.  Kruk then started to put words in Kuip's mouth by saying that the old 2B was going crazy over the play in the radio booth.  The camera panned over to Kuip who was looking as cool as a cucumber.  Flem commented that Kuip didn't look too upset over there and Kruk laughed it off by saying they should have shown him immediately after the play.

When Kuip got back to the TV booth in the 7'th, there had obviously been some discussion between innings.  When they came back on air, Kuip rather vehemently said he really didn't see what the big deal was.  He did not think Odor made a dirty slide and he did not think Panik had any choice but to stand in there on.  His point was that with Odor running on the hit-and-run, there is almost certainly going to be contact at 2B and it is just one of those things.  Maybe it's just me, but I thought Kuip sounded more than just a bit annoyed by the whole discussion and I wonder if he reacted to Kruk trying to speak for him earlier while he was in he radio booth?  Anyway, it was an interesting exchange and of the type I don't hear between them very often if ever.

The Loss left the Giants 1.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West as the Bad Guys topped the Angels in a freeway series game.  The Giants are 1.5 games ahead of the Cubs for the final Wild Card Playoff spot.

Chris Heston goes against newly acquired Cole Hamels tonight.  The Giants jumped on Hamels in Philly earlier this year, but Hamels is coming off a no-hitter in his last Philly start.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Down on the Farm: 7/30/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Las Vegas 51's 4-2:

Mac Williamson(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .263.
Trevor Brown(Catcher)- 2 for 4.  BA= .278.
Nik Turley(LHP)- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K.  ERA= 4.90.
Erik Cordier(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(9).  ERA= 1.04.

Turley runs hot and cold.  When he is good, he is very good.  I think Cordier could help a MLB team right now.

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AA  Binghampton Mets pounded the Richmond Flying Squirrels 11-3:

Edwin Quirarte(RHP)- 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.69.

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High A  San Jose Giants beat the Stockton Ports 4-1:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 1 for 3, SF.  BA= .322.
Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .302.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .261.
Jason Forjet(RHP)- 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.18.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(7).  ERA= 2.54.

I would put Forjet's name on a list of significant sleepers in the system.  I'd like to see a scouting report on him.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Rome Braves 5-3:

Andrew Cain(LF)- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(9).  BA= .216.
Eury Sanchez(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 9.00.
Carlos Diaz(LHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.99.

Cain is hitting .323 with 3 HR's over his last 10 games.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Everett Aquasox 8-2:

Richard Amion(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B, HBP.  BA= .225.
CJ Hinojosa(SS)- 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .262.
Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 3 for 5, HR(4).  BA= .263.
Miguel Gomez(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .370.
John Riley(DH)- 1 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .196.
Julio Pena(RF)- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .275.
Andrew Suarez(LHP)- 4 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.74.
Nathanael Santiago(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.70.

Gomez' hit streak was snapped on 7/28.  He's had 2 2-hit games since.  He's had multiple hits in 6 of his last 10 games.

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Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants downed the Mets1 4-1:

Francisco Medina(3B, 17 yo)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .267.
Beicker Mendoza(LF, 17 yo)- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .311.
Sandro Cabrera(LHP, 20 yo)- 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.65.
Hengerber Medina(RHP, 20  yo)- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.35.