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SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/15

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The top two affiliates faced two of the best pitching prospects in the minors with divergent, and yet similar, results.

HIGHLIGHTS: Spotlight on relievers. Cody Hall, Erik Cordier, Jose Casilla, Joan Gregorio and Josh Osich all threw scoreless innings, while Mike Broadyway ran into a little trouble but still K'd 2 in getting the save. Myles Schroder and Jackson Williams had 3 hits.

Sacramento won at Las Vegas (Mets), 2-1
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

OBP

RF

Brett Jackson

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

.368

C

Trevor Brown

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.214

CF

Darren Ford

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.288

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Robert Coello, W, 5-1

6.0

4

0

0

2

6

0

3

0

3.47

Cody Hall

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.40

Erik Cordier

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.00

Mike Broadway, S,4

1.0

2

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

1.53

Steven Matz (LV)

7.2

3

2

2

2

9

1

0

0

1.80

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Steven Matz looked quite good tonight. 93-95, breaking ball flashing plus, change flashing 55. Wish secondaries were more consistent.</p>&mdash; Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) <a href="https://twitter.com/longenhagen/status/599423408179269632">May 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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With Noah Syndergaard in NY, Steven Matz takes the mantle as the next great pitching prospect Mets fans are waiting for. The hard throwing LHP has had a splendid start to his PCL career, and he gave the Sacramento bats all they could handle in this one. C Trevor Brown, fresh off the concussion DL, came out swinging though, and hit the 2nd pitch he saw for his first HR of the year. That lone run nearly held up the whole game, but in the 8th the RiverCats scratched out a serious ground attack insurance run. With two outs Darren Ford singled and went to 2nd on an error by 1b Brandon Allen. Ford then stole 3b and scored on an infield single by Brett Jackson. They nearly scored a 3rd run on another infield single by Adrianza, but Carlos Triunfel was thrown out at home to end the inning.  That sequence of events became big when Mike Broadway ran into trouble in the 9th allowing the tying runs into scoring position with one out. But after allowing a Sac Fly, he K'd the final batter to end the game.

Robert Coello danced through danger in throwing his 6 shutout innings to preserve the 1-0 lead. He allowed only 4 hits, but walked 2 and hit 3. The 51s got runners on 2nd and 3rd against him twice, but ultimately they were 0 for 7 with RISP against him and stranded 9 base runners. Erik Cordier threw a perfect inning with 2 Ks. By my calculations he has now reached the maximum extent of a rehab assignment for pitchers and must be activated off the DL.

As an aside, somewhere during Matz pitching performance this appeared on twitter:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Source: New York Mets acquire SS Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado Rockies for SP Steven Matz, C Kevin Plawecki, SP Rafael Montero</p>&mdash; NYMets_Nation[20-16] (@NYMets_Nation) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYMets_Nation/status/599416074858156032">May 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Richmond won at Bowie (Orioles), 8-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

OBP

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

4

2

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

.356

LF

Devin Harris

5

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

.367

RF

Mac Williamson

4

1

2

2

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.348

1b

Ricky Oropesa

3

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.270

CF-1b

Myles Schroder

5

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.297

C

Jackson Williams

5

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.286

SS

Rando Moreno

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

.351

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kelvin Marte, W, 3-0

5.0

9

4

4

1

5

0

1

0

2.60

Jose Casilla

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.48

Joan Gregorio

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4.00

Josh Osich

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.25

Dylan Bundy (Bowie)

2.0

8

6

5

0

2

0

0

0

4.50

The Richmond hitters got their second look at Dylan Bundy in a week, and this time the Squirrels put a whomping on him. Bundy surrendered 8 hits and 6 runs in only 2 IP. Yup, they made Bundy make this face early and often:

In all the Richmond hitters pounded out 16 hits and added three more baserunners via BB or HB. Six different members of the starting lineup had two or more hits, and five reached base 3x. After a long cold spring, the Richmond offense is starting to heat up, although there are still some pretty ugly OBP in the bottom half of that lineup. Just as an aside, Williamson's walk was an IBB which came in the 8th inning of an 8-4 game. Over-manage much?

Kelvin Marte, though something less than dominant in this one, was the happy recipient of many runs and won his third consecutive start (and third of the season). But as has been the case lately, the bullpen provided the Squirrels most effective pitching. If it feels like the Richmond relievers haven't been giving up many runs lately, they haven't!

If it doesn't feel that way, you've been skimming over the relievers' lines!

San Jose lost at Visalia (Diamondbacks), 6-4
SJ has now lost 7 straight games vs Visalia this year

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

OBP

CF

Jesus Galindo

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.333

2b

Hunter Cole

3

0

1

3

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.374

LF

Ryan Lollis

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.439

1b

Brian Ragira

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.282

DH

Brennan Metzger

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

.389

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Martin Agosta

4.1

2

2

2

2

4

0

0

0

4.50

Jake Smith, L, 0-2

1.2

2

3

2

2

1

0

0

0

2.13

Mason McVay

2.0

1

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

4.15

San Jose's offensive attack certainly wasn't flashy on this night with only 6 hits and 0 XBH, but it was patient and somewhat effective. Giants' hitters drew 7 walks to help put runners in scoring position consistently, and they used the ground attack to get single runs in four different innings. In the end, that could have been enough to win this game but for the old problem with this SJ team, poor defense. Three more errors and a PB helped lead directly to three runs for the Rawhide who scored 6 runs on only 5 hits in this game.

I would also like to take this opportunity formally apologize for the hex I've unwittingly put upon Austin Slater (who went 0 for 5 on the day).

Martin Agosta's return to the rotation was a very effective one.  He faced just 13 batters over the first 4 innings (1 over the minimum) allowing only a walk and a single hit.  At 4 innings that was already his longest outing of the year and he didn't have much more in him. He got into immediate trouble in the 5th, allowing a walk and a double to the first two batters. But he ended it on an up note, retiring his final batter with his 4th K of the night. Jake Smith unfortunately, didn't have his best stuff on the night and not only allowed both inherited runners to score but added one of his own as well.  As noted before, both runs in the 6th were the result of throwing errors (one by Cole and one by Smith himself) and the run in the 7th came when Brandon Bednar failed to catch a throw on a SB attempt.

In the end it was a familiar result for SJ in a couple of ways. They've now lost 11 consecutive games at Recreation Park in Visalia, dating back to last season, and the team is now 3-15 in 2015 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs.

Hunter Cole has had an excellent beginning to his first full season. And you can hear from Hunter on this pregame show interview with Joe Ritzo:

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Augusta lost to Hickory (Rangers), 7-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

OBP

CF

Seth Harrison

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

2

0

0

.310

1b

John Riley

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.358

RF

Randy Ortiz

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.257

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Samuel Coonrod

5.0

4

2

2

2

5

0

0

0

4.50

Ramon Del Orbe

2.0

7

5

5

0

1

1

0

0

6.87

Rodolfo Martinez

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5.59

Sadly, the big crowd was disappointed on this night as Augusta continued to struggle to score runs at home, where they've had precious little success so far this year. In fairness, Augusta is one of the more difficult offensive environments in the league, with problematic lighting I believe, in addition to other difficult factors. The middle of their order was particularly lacking in this one as 3-4-5 hitters Arenado, Garcia, and Ewing reached base only once between them (on a Garcia single).  Harrison tripled to open the bottom of the first and scored their first run, and John Riley doubled to open the 2nd and scored their second run and precious little happened after that. Arenado had a particularly rough night, as in addition to his 0 for 4, he made his 8th and 9th errors of the year. The speedy Randy Ortiz, back from the DL had two hits and an OF assist, though he was CS in his lone attempt.

Sam Coonrod's ERA doesn't look so shiny, but his peripherals have looked fantastic so far with a 30:6 K:BB in 25 IP. The control has been a particularly pleasant surprise in this year. His combination of older, college pitcher, high ERA but excellent peripherals and great stuff in the Sally almost puts me in mind of Jonathan Sanchez' Sally season, when Sanchy posted a 4.08 ERA, but had 166 Ks and 39 BBs in 125.2 IP. Amazingly, Sanchez was a major leaguer before the following Memorial Day. Anyhoo, back to Coonrod:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Coonrod&#39;s best moment tonight came vs. Beras in 2nd. Two on, reached back for 96 at letters to punch him out. 6+ FB in bursts.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/599423069535477760">May 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Coonrod left a tidy little 2-2 game and then Ramon del Orbe came in and blew it up. Del Orbe surrendered 5 runs on 7 hits in 2 IP including a 2-run HR to Marcus Greene, Jr. Del Orbe is a 23 year old who the Giants picked up I believe in the Minor League portion of the Rule 5 draft, having spent his career in the Marlins system before now. Lee does give his Changeup an above average grade.

Other David Lee observations:

There's lots of extended comments in Lee's game notes, specifically about Coonrod who shows a lot of potential, although David, like others, see's his ultimate contribution coming out of the pen for reasons you can see yourself:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Friday&#39;s Hickory-Augusta notes, featuring Sam Coonrod, Aramis Garcia. <a href="http://t.co/C1E1Ujx4SA">http://t.co/C1E1Ujx4SA</a></p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/599429414334668800">May 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Of course, it's important to note that these guys were already winners before the game ever started:

Final Thought: as the Dubyas head to the Western Conference finals, let's all take a moment to ponder this scouting report on Steph Curry coming out of college:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Steph solved these. <a href="http://t.co/WhMMdaS3Qt">http://t.co/WhMMdaS3Qt</a> <a href="http://t.co/uNec0GNLpI">pic.twitter.com/uNec0GNLpI</a></p>&mdash; Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) <a href="https://twitter.com/billbarnwell/status/599422023908077569">May 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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and remember: development never stops!