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SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/13

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Strong pitching dominated the slate tonight, with two victories to show for it.

Three of the Giants top 10 prospects were scheduled to start tonight, and we got three largely well pitched, low-scoring affairs as a result. So let's get to it.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Behind a strong start from Keury Mella, the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BeattheNuts?src=hash">#BeattheNuts</a> 4-2! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GiantTogether?src=hash">#GiantTogether</a> <a href="http://t.co/izrwAj7LLL">pic.twitter.com/izrwAj7LLL</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants/status/598725708756561921">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote>

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HIGHLIGHTS:Mitch Delfino had three hits including a walkoff. Mac Williamson reached base 4 times. Stephen Johnson K'd 5 of the 8 batters he faced. Keury Mella threw 6 innings with 0 ER. SJ bullpen threw 3 innings of 1 hit, 6K relief.

Sacramento lost at Las Vegas (Mets), 5-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

CF

Darren Ford

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

SS

Ehire Adrianza

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

LF

Travis Ishikawa

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

1b

John Bowker

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

PH

Jarrett Parker

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

PH

Brett Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Ty Blach, L, 3-3

6.0

10

4

3

0

3

1

0

0

3.40

Cory Gearrin

1.0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

3.86

Curtis Partch

1.0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

3.26

Sacramento was hitting with the humidor balls in this one. A day after scoring 8 runs, they managed only 5 hits. In fact, they had more walks on the day (6) than hits. They were held particularly quiet in the first half of the game, as they sent 4 or fewer batters to the plate in 5 of the first 6 innings. Their lone run came on a Darren Ford single, SB, and an RBI double from Adrianza. In both the 7th and 8th innings they managed to get into runners on 2nd and 3rd situations (with 0 outs in the 8th) but they couldn't get the hit (or appropriate out) they needed to get themselves back in the game.

After today's start, Ty Blach now has 2 BBs in 42.1 IP, and a 25:2 K:BB. Ty makes them earn their way on for sure, and in this case, making them work their way on to the tune of 3 ER in Vegas isn't a bad effort at all. The guy who really hurt him on this day was Boston College (go Eagles!) boy Eric Campbell, who took Blach deep for a solo HR, had three hits and scored two of the 51s Runs. The HR was Blach's 4th allowed this year.

Well it was a pretty day anyway.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Las Vegas 51&#39;s vs Sacramento River Cats ⚾️⚾️⚾️ <a href="http://t.co/1P7mtHlfa5">pic.twitter.com/1P7mtHlfa5</a></p>&mdash; anngelika Ж (@normangelika) <a href="https://twitter.com/normangelika/status/598547582428663808">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What a beautiful day for a ballgame. Las Vegas 51&#39;s vs Sacramento River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash">#SFGiants</a>. <a href="http://t.co/PI1uaerk4R">pic.twitter.com/PI1uaerk4R</a></p>&mdash; Kyle Fraser (@FraserKnowsBest) <a href="https://twitter.com/FraserKnowsBest/status/598536481855012865">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Also, all the people who tweeted out photos from the stands had a better view than the Vegas TV feed.

Richmond beat Binghamton (Mets), 2-1 in 10 innings
winning the three game series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

SS

Rando Moreno

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

RF

Mac Williamson

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

1

0

0

3b

Mitch Delfino

5

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kyle Crick

4.0

2

1

1

3

1

0

1

0

1.64

Tyler Mizenko

2.0

1

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

4.82

Stephen Johnson

2.0

2

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

3.78

Jose Casilla

2.0

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.51

Richmond managed 8 hits (all singles) and 11 baserunners in this game, but they struggled to score with what was effectively a station to station game in which they went 0 for 6 with RISP during the first 9 innings of the game. They faced Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa who is not the Ynoa (Michael) on whom the A's spent $4.5mm many years ago. Gabriel is the #16 prospect in the Mets system, who's calling card has traditionally been control, as he's had more Games Started than BB in each of the last two years.  Not only did they work two walks off him (both from Williamson) but they actually scored their lone run against him on a WP.  After that it was hold the fort time, until the bottom of the 10th when they strung together three straight singles (by Moreno, Williamson, and Delfino), with Delfino's third hit ending the game.

Mac Williamson had 3 BBs in this game, plus a single which set up Delfino's game winner. The game nearly doubled his season walk total (which is now 7) and was an excellent sign, particularly against a guy like Ynoa who has always been a command and control pitcher with an excellent assortment of secondary pitches. It's easy to forget that Mac missed nearly all of 2014 and is still just getting in the groove of facing live pitching. So to make sure we all remember that, here's a great article about how Mac missed nearly all of 2014 and is still just getting in the groove of facing live pitching. Complete with video and some pretty personal-feeling comments from Williamson.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a> prospect Mac Williamson missed most of 2014 but is finding his rhythm in his Double-A debut with <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels">@gosquirrels</a> <a href="http://t.co/LWXOTm9FQs">http://t.co/LWXOTm9FQs</a></p>&mdash; MiLB.com (@MiLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/598131930199035904">May 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Having skipped a turn in the rotation with wrist tenderness, Crick was put on an 80 pitch limit in this game and as a result, he failed to make it to the 5th for the fourth time in his five starts this year.  He put six runners on base in his four innings, and didn't get much in the way of swing throughs, but as is his custom he avoided loud contact. The run he allowed was the result of his third walk of the game, which was followed by a groundball single and a Sac Fly. He threw 47 of 77 pitches for strikes which isn't a bad ratio for Kyle.

Stephen Johnson has now K'd 28 of the 71 batters he's faced this year. His dominant two innings was followed by a much more Houdiniesque couple of innings from Jose Casilla, who has been very good for the Squirrels this year. After getting out of a 2-on, 2-out 9th inning, Santiago's little brother had an even more dramatic 10th inning. The first two batters singled, at which point he had given up hits to four out of five batters. After a Sac Bunt and an IBB loaded the bases with 1 out, Casilla induced a 4-2 force out at the plate and then a ground out to 3b to send it to the climatic bottom of the 10th.

The Squirrels still didn't hit much, but they managed their first winning homestand of the year, taking 4 of 6 games, and did so in exciting walkoff fashion. Let the pounding begin!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels">@GoSquirrels</a> win 2-1 in extra innings <a href="http://t.co/NWAdHwotas">http://t.co/NWAdHwotas</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/timpearrelltd">@timpearrelltd</a> <a href="http://t.co/53oWwnIFCh">pic.twitter.com/53oWwnIFCh</a></p>&mdash; RTDSports (@RTDSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/RTDSports/status/598574891248558080">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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San Jose won at Modesto (Rockies), 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

2b

Hunter Cole

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

3b

Ryder Jones

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CF

Jesus Galindo

3

0

2

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Keury Mella, W, 1-1

6.0

3

2

0

3

5

0

0

1

3.77

Jeff Soptic

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.74

Ian Gardeck

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3.75

Daniel Slania, S, 5

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.40

San Jose hitters were mostly stymied on this night collecting 9 baserunners on 4 bbs and 5 hits. The star of the night was Galindo, who reached base three times including a double and a triple, the only two XBH. Hunter Cole also reached base three times on two singles and a walk. Modesto gifted the Giants both rallies, in particular the 2nd when back to back errors (the Nuts made 4 in the game) opened the way to a three run inning. The big blow was Galindo's two-run double. In the 8th, they tacked on an insurance run with a Cole single sandwiched between two walks and a Ryder Jones Sac Fly.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Keury Mella continues run of impressive <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> starting pitching: 6 innings &amp; no earned runs tonight. 4 hits, 3 BB, 5 K&#39;s. FB was 93-97.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/598719618899976194">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote>

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But the story of the night was the SJ pitching. I mentioned yesterday that the Nuts have probably the best lineup in the Cal league and on this night they were totally shut down.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> allow just 1 hit over final six innings in a 4-2 win tonight over Modesto. Jesus Galindo 2-3 w/double + triple to lead the offense</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/598719033668673536">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Despite the uncharacteristic 3 bbs (as many as his past three starts combined) Mella had maybe his best Cal league start. He allowed only two unearned runs, both scoring when Brian Ragira failed to come up with a grounder that should have been the third out of the inning. However, following that error came a string of dominance as Mella and three relievers retired 21 of the next 25 batters (and Mella picked off one of the four who reached base), a stretch that included only one hit (a Ryan McMahon double) and 11 Ks. The hard throwing Soptic and Gardeck collectively struck out 5 of the 6 batters they saw. Excellent, excellent night for the SJ staff.

And speaking of the staff, get to know Chase Johnson in this pre-game show interview with Joe Ritzo.

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Full slate tonight as Clayton Blackburn makes his second PCL start. Joe Biagini and DJ Snelten are also scheduled to start. Sacramento and SJ conclude their series while Richmond heads back out on the road to face Bowie again (their fourth series vs. Bowie already this year thanks to the EL's bizarrely unbalanced scheduling). Augusta on the other hand starts a new homestand tonight, which means we should get a medical report on what's kept Fargas out of the lineup for the last week.