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Dingers aplenty, including a game ender.

Giants teams take two out of three tonight, though one of the best prospects in action had another tough night. Let's get to the highlights!

HIGHLIGHTS: Mike Broadway K'd 5 of the 8 batters he faced. Austin Slater had 3 hits. Jonah Arenado walked it off.

Sacramento defeated El Paso (Padres), 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Ronny Cedeno

4

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.291

3b

Adam Duvall

4

1

1

3

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

.360

1b

John Bowker

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.279

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Robert Coello, W, 3-1

6.0

4

2

2

2

6

0

0

1

3.86

Clay Rapada

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Mike Broadway, S,2

2.0

0

0

0

2

5

0

0

0

0.84

Giants affiliates have been getting a lot of back to back looks at pitchers lately. For the RiverCats this was their second time against former major league OF Jason Lane in a week and though Lane was again tough on them they reached him enough to get the win. Sacramento batters had just 9 baserunners on the night but they managed to put two of them on in the 6th inning with Adam Duvall coming to the plate.

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It was Duvall's only hit of the night (he also K'd twice) but it turned the game. Ronny Cedeno also had another productive night at the plate with two doubles. Which reminds me of something that Hank Schulman said a few weeks ago regarding Justin Maxwell: like Gregor Blanco and others before him the Giants signed Maxwell on the advice of their AAA coaching staff. Bob Mariano and his coaches have been a very productive source of scouting for the Giants org.

The RiverCats have now won four consecutive games following on the heels of a six game losing streak and there's little secret about why. During the losing streak their starting pitchers gave up at least 5 runs in every game, usually within the first two or three innings. In their four game win streak they've gotten solid to strong starts. Go figure! In this game Robert Coello had another excellent performance with 6 innings of two run ball including six Ks. Wonder where Coello is currently on the SP depth chart for the org. Given the creakiness of the SF rotation how far are we from a Coello start at AT&T?

Then the bullpen shut it down.

Michael Broadway is a 28 yr old who was a 4th round pick out of HS by the Atlanta Braves way back in 2005. He's had control problems over the years and some arm injuries but when the Giants had him rehabbing in the AZL last year there were reports of him hitting triple digits on the radar gun. He's been a dynamic arm in the Sacramento bullpen and seems another possibility to show up in SF at some point if there's a need. Another power arm on the farm.

One other note on this game:

With three Catchers in SF they don't have a lot of Catcher depth on the minor league teams if Brown needs any time off.

Richmond had an off day, so we'll complete the week's wrap up of team stats from minorleaguecentral.com:

Name

Age

G

PA

Iso

HR

BABIP

GB%

K%

BB%

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Rando Moreno

23.00

10

25

0.136

0

.421

42.1%

16.0%

8.0%

.364

.400

.500

.900

Kelby Tomlinson

25.00

17

78

0.145

1

.389

39.3%

17.9%

10.3%

.319

.390

.464

.854

Eliezer Zambrano

28.75

5

16

0.133

0

.308

50.0%

12.5%

0.0%

.267

.267

.400

.667

Mitch Delfino

24.42

17

75

0.098

1

.241

58.9%

10.7%

13.3%

.230

.338

.328

.666

Mac Williamson

24.92

17

71

0.106

1

.319

54.2%

25.4%

4.2%

.242

.296

.348

.644

Devin Harris

27.17

14

48

0.096

0

.300

26.7%

25.0%

12.5%

.214

.313

.310

.623

Jackson Williams

29.08

12

47

0.157

1

.121

58.8%

8.5%

19.1%

.132

.298

.289

.587

Myles Schroder

27.83

4

16

0.000

0

.333

16.7%

18.8%

6.3%

.267

.313

.267

.580

Javier Herrera

30.17

15

58

0.020

0

.355

35.5%

34.5%

10.3%

.220

.310

.240

.550

Blake Miller

25.17

15

54

0.019

0

.306

44.4%

29.6%

3.7%

.212

.241

.231

.472

Ricky Oropesa

25.50

16

53

0.077

1

.140

36.4%

17.0%

0.0%

.135

.132

.212

.344

Daniel Carbonell

24.25

16

70

0.016

0

.196

41.3%

28.6%

1.4%

.136

.186

.152

.338

Angel Villalona

24.83

8

14

0.000

0

.143

57.1%

50.0%

0.0%

.071

.071

.071

.142

I'm sorry, but a .142 OPS?!?!?!?!

Name

Age

G

BF

IP

ERA

FIP

SIERA

GB%

BABIP

K%

BB%

KS%

HR/9

BB/9

K/9

Jose Casilla

26.08

7

38

9.1

0.96

4.16

5.71

40.0%

.300

7.9%

7.9%

2.6%

0.00

2.89

2.89

Kyle Crick

22.58

3

58

12.2

1.42

3.04

3.16

25.9%

.296

32.8%

15.5%

22.4%

0.00

6.39

13.50

Kelvin Marte

27.58

4

38

9.2

1.86

2.68

2.95

52.2%

.174

26.3%

7.9%

23.7%

0.00

2.79

9.31

Joe Biagini

25.08

3

69

16.2

2.16

3.02

4.67

43.6%

.255

13.0%

5.8%

1.4%

0.00

2.16

4.86

Josh Osich

26.75

7

31

7.2

2.35

4.37

3.88

58.3%

.217

16.1%

6.5%

16.1%

1.17

2.35

5.87

Stephen Johnson

24.33

6

42

9.0

3.00

2.76

1.95

52.4%

.450

38.1%

9.5%

23.8%

1.00

4.00

16.00

Pedro Rodriguez

27.67

5

39

9.0

3.00

1.53

2.93

34.5%

.357

23.1%

2.6%

5.1%

0.00

1.00

9.00

Joan Gregorio

23.42

7

44

11.2

3.09

3.63

3.72

36.7%

.143

22.7%

9.1%

15.9%

0.77

3.09

7.71

Phil McCormick

26.75

10

35

7.2

4.70

2.94

4.68

48.3%

.345

11.4%

5.7%

2.9%

0.00

2.35

4.70

Chris Stratton

24.83

4

89

20.1

5.31

3.40

4.76

45.0%

.276

18.0%

13.5%

12.4%

0.00

5.31

7.08

Tyler Mizenko

25.17

3

23

5.0

5.40

3.60

3.51

57.9%

.444

8.7%

8.7%

8.7%

0.00

3.60

3.60

Matt Lujan

26.83

3

65

14.2

6.14

5.25

5.48

38.5%

.340

10.8%

9.2%

7.7%

1.23

3.68

4.30

Jack Snodgrass

27.50

4

88

19.0

6.16

3.83

5.46

42.9%

.377

13.6%

14.8%

11.4%

0.00

6.16

5.68

Rando Moreno

23.00

1

6

1.0

9.00

1.20

3.31

60.0%

.600

16.7%

0.0%

16.7%

0.00

0.00

9.00

Tyler Rogers

24.50

6

27

5.2

9.53

3.55

2.17

28.6%

.538

37.0%

11.1%

25.9%

1.59

4.76

15.88

San Jose lost to Visalia (Diamondbacks), 7-5

Getting swept in the three game series.

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

Other

CF

Jesus Galindo

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

2b

Hunter Cole

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

E

SS

Austin Slater

5

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2E (6)

3b

Ryder Jones

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1b

Brian Ragira

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.149 BA

DH

Ben Turner

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

RF

Brennan Metzger

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Keury Mella

2.2

7

4

3

2

2

0

0

1

4.58

Ian Gardeck, L, 0-2

2.0

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

4.30

Jake Smith

2.0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.13

San Jose has now been swept by Visalia twice already this year and played pretty sloppy ball in both.

The Giants managed 15 hits (there were 26 hits in the game), including 3 XBH and scored 5 runs in one of their better offensive nights of the year. But four errors didn't help a pitching staff that was pretty hittable itself on this night.  Austin Slater had three more hits, but he also made his 5th and 6th Errors of the season in only 14 games. Three of those have come at SS which seems to be a stretch for Slater's capabilities.

It was pointed out to me the other day that bizarrely, Andrew Cain wasn't the only Giants farmhand who had suffered from ulcerative colitis in the last couple of years. They actually had two such players, which has to beat any actuary table. The second, Brennan Metzger, made his 2015 debut tonight with San Jose and knocked out two hits including an RBI double in his first at bat. Congratulations Brennan!

The corresponding move was Tyler Horan back to the DL. Not sure what the injury is there but an aggravation of his previous issue seems possible.

Keury Mella has had a rough transition to the Cal league thus far, which was an aggressive assignment.  An extreme groundball pitcher, Mella might be getting BABIP'd a bit, and it was apparently an extremely warm night for April. Still he allowed 9 of the 14 batters he faced to reach base on this night.  Unfortunately Comcast was doing an in stadium interview for the youth night baseball promo during Mella's best stretch, back to back Ks to open the 2nd, but you can still see a bit of his pitching here and among other things catch: how good the arm is, some of the violence or max effort in his motion which has always led some scouts to see a relief future for him, and some inconsistencies with the breaking ball.

This game was telecast on Comcast, btw, which I believe I was told means in might be available on demand soon? Not sure about that. Comcast is also televising the entire series next weekend, May 8-10.

Augusta defeated Lakewood (Phillies), 7-5 in 10 innings

saving the final game of the three game series, 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Johneshwy Fargas

4

1

1

2

0

1

0

1

1

1

0

.313

3b

Jonah Arenado

5

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.282

C

Aramis Garcia

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.176

DH

John Riley

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.298

2b

Will Callaway

3

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.360

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes

6.2

10

2

1

0

1

0

1

0

2.35

Carlos Alvarado, BS

1.2

4

3

0

0

1

1

0

0

1.69

Reyes Moronta

1.1

1

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

3.86

Another strong showing for the Greenjacket hitters, who had 13 baserunners on 10 hits, including 5 XBH. There was some sloppy fielding on the night with 4 errors (two from SS Travious Relaford) and a PB from Garcia, still this is looking like the most productive position player unit in the system right now.  Aramis Garcia started the scoring with his 3rd HR and second in two nights, though those are his only hits in the two games and his K rate is still over 30%.  Johneshwy Fargas has gotten back to successfully stealing bases with SB in back to back games. He's now up to 11 SB and 6 CS. He also showed some of his gap power with a triple that keyed a 3 run rally in the 5th.

In all this should have been a ho hum 5-2 victory until the Augusta bullpen got involved. This time the honors belonged to 25 yr old Carlos Alvarado who allowed three runs in the 9th inning including a two out, two run tying HR to DH Ryhs Hoskins (Sac St, represent!). Alvarado, a hard throwing RHP who was released by Detroit out of the DSL after arm troubles and possibly surgery although I'm not sure of that. He split time last year between Augusta and Richmond.

However, Hoskins' hit wasn't the last dramatic HR on the night, as the stage was set for Jonah Arenado's 10th inning walk off blast, Arenado's 4th of the year, which saved Augusta from an undeserved sweep and sent the fans home happy.

All in all this team looks to be summed up by an exchange I had with David Lee:

David was off covering HS playoffs on the night, so no notes from him unfortunately.

All four teams are back in action for tonight, with Kyle Crick leading the list of starters. Other scheduled starters include Braulio Lara, who's had a tough time of it in the PCL, DJ Snelten, and Nathanel Santiago.