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SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/17

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Crooked numbers aplenty as the runs came in big bundles today.

Sadly, there is no video capacity at the Bowie Baysox facility. But to commemorate yesterday's big game, here's my artist's rendition of what Williamson's HR probably very much looked like!

HIGHLIGHTS: Adam Duvall had 3 hits including his 10th HR. Mac Williamson went 3 for 4 with a double and HR. Jose Reyes battled through early difficulties to K 10 in 7 innings.

Sacramento won at Albuquerque (Rockies), 5-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Ehire Adrianza

3

2

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

.306

3b

Adam Duvall

5

1

3

3

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.315

LF

Jarrett Parker

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.248

PH

Darren Ford

1

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.269

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Austin Fleet W, 2-3

6.0

5

2

2

2

4

2

0

0

6.59

Hunter Strickland, S, 5

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1.74

Right on cue, the day after I noted Adam Duvall's recent lull, he comes up with the big day! Earnest ragging works its magic again.

Duvall started the scoring in the first with an RBI single, and as you just saw, he put the team back ahead for good in the 7th with his 10th HR of the year and first in nine days.  This was Duvall's 13th multi-hit and 8th multi RBI game of the year, both of which lead the team. Adrianza also had an excellent day setting the table for Duvall, as Ehire reached base four times.

Austin Fleet pitched in with one of his betters starts of the year going six innings and allowing only 2 solo HRs. And then the bullpen took it the rest of the way with Cory Gearrin and Clay Rapada teaming up to take the 7th, Juan Gutierrez the 8th, and Hunter Strickland ending it in the 9th. Strickland didn't have his normal sharp control, as only half his pitches were strikes, but he still put the game to bed, allowing only a single baserunner.

But in the end, this game was about this guy, now tied for 2nd among MiLB hitters in HR:

Richmond won at Bowie (Orioles), 9-4
winning the four game series, 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.308

SS

Rando Moreno

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.288

DH

Mac Williamson

4

2

3

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.313

RF

Devin Harris

5

1

2

2

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

.281

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.164

C

Eliezer Zambrano

4

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.194

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jack Snodgrass, W, 3-3

7.0

7

2

2

1

4

0

0

0

4.50

Stephen Johnson

0.1

2

2

2

2

0

0

0

0

4.76

Joan Gregorio

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.86

Bowie swing man Terry Doyle was facing Richmond for the third time this year, and prior to this game he had allowed them only 6 hits and 1 Run in 8 IP. But the Squirrels hitters had Doyle's number today, and they pounded on him early and often, scoring 8 runs on the spot starter in the first three innings. The Richmond offense, which is starting to heat up, got multi-hit efforts up and down the line, with 6 different starters getting two or more hits. In all the team had 16 hits (plus 1 walk) on the day, including 6 XBH. Two of those were HRs from Mac Williamson and C Eliezer Zambrano (the 5th of his 10 year career!). Williamson had three legs of the cycle by the 4th inning of this one and spurred the early scoring explosion with a 2-run double in the top of the first and a 2-run HR in the top of the 2nd.

For the month of May, Williamson is hitting .385/.429/.569 with a K rate down to 18% which is all pretty darn fantastic.

The recipient of all this largesse was AA vet Jack Snodgrass who took the runs and sat on cruise control most of the day, ending with 7 perfectly acceptable innings of work.  He let Bowie put it in play and took the outs they gave him. There was a slight hiccup in the ninth as Stephen Johnson had one of his worst outings of the year and actually had to be removed to get the game over.  This was Johnson's 2nd disaster outing in Bowie this year, and actually, looking at his record he's been prone to blow ups. He's allowed 9 ER in 17 IP but they've all been clustered into four outings of 3.1 innings total. His other nine appearances have been outstanding. He still has a K% near 40% this year.

San Jose lost at Visalia (DIamondbacks), 9-8
they conclude their four game wraparound series today

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

LF

Hunter Cole

4

1

2

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.333

2b

Austin Slater

5

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.325

C

Ty Ross

3

2

2

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

.200

3b

Ryder Jones

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.281

SS

John Polonius

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.214

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Tyler Beede

5.2

9

6

4

0

6

0

1

0

2.97

Tyler Rogers, L, 0-1

1.0

5

3

2

1

1

0

0

0

18.00

Jake Smith

1.1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.03

When a team scores 8 runs in a game, it stands to reason that they had a strong day at the plate. But when they score all 8 runs in a single inning? The appropriate adjective is harder to find. A confusing day at the plate? On the whole, the team collected 13 hits and 6 walks on the day, but 6 of those hits and 4 of those walks were all clustered into the big 7th inning. Entering the 7th, Visalia starter Zach Godley was throwing a 5 hit shutout with 10 Ks. But he opened the inning by walking the bases loaded, consecutively walking #7 hitter Ty Ross (.200 BA), #8 hitter Matt Pare (.182), and #9 hitter John Polonius (.214) and the Baseball Gods would punish him with a fervor. The strong top of the order then licked their chops vs a couple of relievers, as Lollis, Cole, Slater, and Ben Turner strung together four straight hits including two doubles. After a Ryder Jones Sac Fly, two more hits and another walk kept the runs coming.

In the end however, the mistakes that have plagued this team all year cost them a possible great comeback victory. A Ryder jones error with two outs in the previous inning had allowed two runs to score, and the winning run would score on a two out error from John Polonius. Even worse, the Giants 8 run inning was finally killed when Matt Pare was thrown out at 3b trying to take the extra base on a single to LF, which is about 7 different kinds of baserunning blunders wrapped into one Cardinal sin. As many things as there are to like about individual members of this SJ team, collectively they have had a strong tendency towards sloppy play and mental mistakes, and they have earned every bit of their 12-25 record.

On the mound, there was another bifurcated tale. Entering the bottom of the 6th, Tyler Beede was having a fantastic start, having allowed 1 run on 5 hits with 5 Ks. But before he could get out of the 6th, he surrendered four hits (including a double and two line drive singles) and a HB and he was removed with two outs and men on 1st and 2nd. He got no help from his teammates after that as Jones' fielding error extended the inning, and then Tyler Rogers allowed both inherited runners to score on a single to center.  I don't believe there's any data for me to look into this, but my sense this year is that Beede has been a significantly less effective pitcher out of the stretch, and has tended to give up his hits and runs in clusters. That's, of course, another part of the learning curve and not unexpected. His continued ability to avoid walks, however, is the bigger takeaway from this game. This was his second consecutive start with 0 walks, and he's allowed only 1 over the last 18 IP. He's had no more than 2 BBs in any start this year, which is very encouraging.

Rogers first appearance since his demotion was definitely not the strong statement he surely wanted to make, and overall the funky sidewinder's 2015 has no doubt been a tough and disappointing one thus far.

The Giants are on the road right now, but I'd be remiss if I didn't note that one of the SJ Giants' fans is now a finalist in MiLB's Best Seat in the House contest.

Augusta lost to Hickory (Rangers), 5-4
getting swept in the four game series, 0-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

3b

Jonah Arenado

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.283

1b

Skyler Ewing

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.205

PH

Aramis Garcia

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.222

SS

Travious Relaford

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.235

RF

Steven Neff

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.000

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jose Reyes, L 2-1

7.0

8

5

5

1

10

1

0

0

1.54

Rodolfo Martinez

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

5.06

Carlos Diaz

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.15

The Augusta offense finally woke up on this short homestand, albeit a day late and a dollar short, as they posted 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth to lose by one. Only three Greenjackets hitters reached base 2x, and oddly enough two of those guys went 0 for 2. Skyler Ewing had another two hit game, including the team's only XBH, as he continues to try to put solid ABs together. Keep it up, Skyler! Cristian Paulino, who has done so well in Fargas' absence, was hit in the left hand in this game and exited with a trainer. His replacement, Seth Harrison, ended up starting the 9th inning rally, which included a two-run PH single from Aramis Garcia to bring the game to its final score. Augusta heads back out on the road tomorrow where hopefully the offense picks it back up.

Jose Reyes had an odd little game, with dominant peripherals and less dominant Run scoring and from David Lee's perspective, scouting views.

Jose is definitely having one of the more interesting seasons on the Augusta pitching staff thus far. Another interesting arm followed him and lit up the radar machine as usual.

David's full game scouting reports are here:

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Lots of interesting things to say about Reyes, with this more or less being the bottom line:

It's odd to say this considering he struck out 10, but that shows how much punch Reyes' stuff has right now. He's going to get a lot of low-level batters out with his current two-pitch mix, and I think he's ready to move up and have this mix challenged by more advanced hitters.

I remain of the belief that Reyes could move fairly quickly if he maintains decent enough command to keep the ball down with plane. He has a relief future if he can tighten the curveball and sweep it harder to the glove side. The fastball is a 6+ in short bursts.

In the end, the Greenjackets couldn't manage to break loose of the gravitational force of .500 and at the end of this four game sweep find themselves right back at 1 game below .500 again. A disappointing weekend for these guys:

One other note of interest: Yoan Moncada will be making his American debut today, and should be in Augusta next week when Greenville comes to town to play the Greenjackets. First up though it's a 3 game set at the Savannah Sand Gnats.

All four teams back at it today. Scheduled starters are Ty Blach, Matt Lujan, Chase Johnson, and Matthew Gage.