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SF Giants Minor Lines, July 17

Lots of W's on the board today!

You know the RiverCats managed to get in 12 innings last night in a tidy 3:05. In fact, you could add the Sacramento extra innings affair together with either half of Richmond's double header and still have less time of play than last night's SF/AZ game. I don't know what they're doing at the major league level, but pace of play rules seem to be doing pretty well in Minor Lines.

12 innings, it turned out, was just the perfect length for Ryan Lollis to have a 5 hit night! Is that first one of those in the system this year? Take a bow Ryan:

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HIGHLIGHTS: Ryan Lollis had a 5 hit night. Martin Agosta threw 6 shutout innings. Jose Vizcaino went 2 for 5 with a HR and a SB.

Sacramento won at Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 4-3 in 12 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

LF-CF

Ryan Lollis

6

2

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.347

.406

.487

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.313

.345

.386

RF

Juan Perez

6

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.242

.294

.365

1b

Adam Duvall

5

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.271

.318

.523

3b

Kevin Frandsen

6

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

.307

.364

.386

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Chris Stratton

8.0

4

3

3

2

6

1

1

0

2.42

93

56

Erik Cordier

2.0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1.20

22

12

Mike Broadway, S 7

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1.07

11

7

Chris Stratton went 8 innings for the 3rd time in his last four starts. In those four starts he's surrendered only 4 runs total. Stratton is, rather strangely, having more success at keeping runs off the board in the PCL than he's had in nearly any other league.  His peripherals, however, remain uninspiring as he now has 68 Ks, 38 BBs, in 98.1 IP in AAA.  Those numbers are 21: 5 in his last four starts, covering 29 IP.

Ryan Lollis continues to hit and hit and hit this year, and hopefully if 40 man roster space isn't needed over the next six weeks we'll get to see him in SF again in September. And speaking of September in SF, here's hoping we get to see this sight as well

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Richmond beat Altoona Curve (Pirates), 2-0, in Gm 1 of a Double header (7 innings)

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Rando Moreno

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.286

RF

Hunter Cole

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.250

2b

Austin Slater

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.283

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Kelvin Marte, W, 8-2

7.0

5

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

2.31

93

54

Richmond beat Altoona, 2-1, in Gm 2 of DH (7 innings)

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Myles Schroeder

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.252

3b

Mitch Delfino

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.247

1b

Ricky Oropesa

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.272

CF

Engel Beltre

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.304

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Matt Gage

5.0

7

1

1

1

5

0

0

0

1.80

86

56

If you're looking for scintillating baseball, these 14 innings are likely not the place for you. The Squirrels scattered exactly five baserunners through each of these two games, in each case on 5 singles. But in both games, Richmond successfully bunched several of them together into a single 2-run inning and in both games, that was enough for the victory.

Altoona actually had a little more going for them offensively but just a little, as they managed 7 baserunners in each game, and actually mixed in a couple of doubles in Gm. 2.  Richmond was definitely in "put it in play" mode as they had only 4 Ks in the DH (and this with the Pitchers hitting in both games). Altoona wasn't far behind there either, with 7 Ks in the DH, including just 1 in Gm 1 (Richmond would have 1 in Gm 2).

All in all, a pretty desultory affair, in which apparently only the fans were moving quickly:

<blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">There is still time to get to The Diamond for one of the double header games for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VT?src=hash">#VT</a> night. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSquirrels?src=hash">#GoSquirrels</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoNuts?src=hash">#GoNuts</a> <a href="http://t.co/koqCnknpJI">pic.twitter.com/koqCnknpJI</a></p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/622153446641303552">July 17, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Because of the DH, and because the Richmond staff has pitched a ton of innings lately, Matt Gage was brought up from Augusta for the spot start and he did well for himself. For one thing he produced nearly half of all the Ks in the entire DH. Nice job, Matt! Though I do suspect he'll likely return to the Sally and resume his spot in the Greenjackets rotation.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Matt Gage makes his Squirrels debut in game 2 of the double header. <a href="http://t.co/1gK1xwDcsj">pic.twitter.com/1gK1xwDcsj</a></p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/622189579098001409">July 17, 2015</a></blockquote>
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* * *
San Jose beat Stockton Ports (A's), 3-0
winning their three gmae series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.337

.382

.500

3b

Ryder Jones

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.271

.301

.398

RF

Tyler Horan

3

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.230

.327

.448

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Martin Agosta, W, 4-6

6.0

5

0

0

2

7

0

0

0

4.52

103

63

Ian Gardeck

2.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

4.37

23

14

Jake Smith, S, 4

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.85

13

9

The Giants are now 9-1 in their last 10 games and the pitching staff has most definitely been leading the charge, as they have allowed 2 or fewer runs in 8 of those 10 games. This was the third shutout in that stretch.  And there's been a lot of power pitching as well, as the Giants struck out 33 Ports hitters in this 3 game set.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> have now won nine out of their last 10. SJ&#39;s team ERA over the 10-game stretch is a sparkling 1.47</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/622278223905165312">July 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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This game not only continued the great roll the whole staff has been on, but it also continued Martin Agosta's continued turnaround of his season.  Would you have guessed, btw, that Agosta led the Giants' system in Ks this year?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Martin Agosta over his last two starts: 14 IP, 0 R, 15 K&#39;s. Now leads <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash">#SFGiants</a> system w/88 strikeouts. FB around 90 tonight, hit 94 early.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/622279727634452480">July 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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And speaking of power displays, let's enjoy watching Tyler Horan hit the snot out of the ball to the opposite power alley:

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This was Horan's second straight game with a HR. He now has the team lead with 9. For his efforts, his teammates had a little of their traditional scampy fun with him.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A little extra fun for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SirMeatBall27">@SirMeatBall27</a> after the Giants shutout win over the Ports! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GiantTogether?src=hash">#GiantTogether</a> <a href="http://t.co/qQECyF8SF1">pic.twitter.com/qQECyF8SF1</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants/status/622273068187017216">July 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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(Former Nat Jeff Kobernus also HRd, but to be honest I'm kind of ignoring his existence on an A ball team.)

* * *

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

.283

.347

.357

3b

Jonah Arenado

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.265

.286

.377

LF

Chuckie Jones

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

1

0

.125

.176

.250

RF

Dylan Davis

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.208

.255

.323

2b

Richard Rodriguez

4

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.750

.750

1.000

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes, L, 4-4

2.2

8

10

9

2

1

0

0

0

2.47


This was a serious lambasting, as Mark Reyes, who has been so good all year, just got pounded on by the Crawdads. It's a testament to the quality of the rest of his season that he could allow 9 ER in less than 3 IP and still have an ERA under 2.50. Definitely an OOF, in Batman terminology.

The Greenjacket hitters did scatter 9 hits (3 doubles) and 3 walks, but were unable to make much out of it. Only Arenado and newcomer Rodriguez had multiple hits. Rodriguez, a 22 year old Venezuelan, has spent the last four seasons in the DSL. Dylan Davis, the Giants 3rd round pick in 2014, now has a .578 OPS for the year, in what's definitely been a disappointing full season debut for the corner OF.

But here's a little good news to wash the game away with:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Michael Santos is the projected Augusta starter for Sunday at Hickory.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/622410559582040064">July 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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* * *

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

RF

Steven Duggar

5

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.258

.365

.355

3b

Miguel Gomez

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.363

.362

.500

DH

Jose Vizcaino

5

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

.370

.434

.589

LF

Julio Pena

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.323

.348

.532

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Andrew Leenhouts

5.0

4

3

2

2

2

1

0

2

1.87

Eric Sim

2.0

2

0

0

0

3

0

1

1

2.63

Ryan Halstead, BS, 1

2.0

3

2

2

0

3

2

0

0

2.89

E,J. Encinosa, L, 2-2

0.1

2

4

1

1

1

0

1

0

4.05


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tough one to swallow, as the Hawks take the finale 9-5. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSKV?src=hash">#GoSKV</a> <a href="http://t.co/IuTYIRuApX">pic.twitter.com/IuTYIRuApX</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/622278196168253440">July 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Viz III is just going off on the NWL, with an OPS now over 1.000. Yesterday he had a combo meal, with the HR/SB combination. Jose also has some nice peripherals going, with a very low K rate (13%) to go with his .219 Iso, and a decent walk rate of 7.2%. In counting stats he has 11 Ks and 6 BB in 83 PA.

And speaking of walk rates, Miguel Gomez now has an OBP that is lower than his BA.

Ryan Halstead was the Giants 21st round pick this year. Encinosa's night wasn't entirely his fault, as Gomez error helped the inning escalate, but he did hit, walk and allow a single to 3 of the 5 batters he faced. His season has really been a nightmare.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fan photo of the game <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSKV?src=hash">#GoSKV</a> <a href="http://t.co/vC5ulF5m2s">pic.twitter.com/vC5ulF5m2s</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/622312889785827328">July 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Jalen Miller

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.302

.371

.381

2b

Kelvin Beltre

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.276

.417

.414

LF

Byron Murray

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

.273

.321

.455

CF

Mikey Edie

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.255

.367

.294

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jake Dunning

2.0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

1.42

Matthew Pope, BS, 1

1.0

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

Eury Sanchez W, 2-1

1.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.35


The AZL team won on a night on which they had 2 hits and 12 Ks. Both runs scored when batters walked and then came around on a fielding error, with the winning run scoring when the Dodgers 3b threw away a Mikey Edie Sac Bunt attempt. Good to see these kids learning the fundamentals of Giants baseball!

Jake Dunning would look to be about ready to return to Sacramento at this point. Matt Pope was the Giants' 13th round pick this summer out of a Community College in Tennessee. He's had 7 scoreless appearances so far and struck out a batter per inning.

At this point, I think Cameron Avila-Leeper is the only signed 2015 draftee who hasn't made an appearance.

* * *

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

LF

20.9

Juan Rodriguez

5

3

3

2

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

.352

.384

.507

RF

17.5

Beicker Mendoza

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.298

.364

.404

RF

17.3

Sandro Fabian

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.271

.365

.354

DH

18.7

Mecky Coronado

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.384

.455

.523

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

20.0

Sandro Cabrera, W, 3-1

5.0

4

2

2

1

7

0

0

1

1.68


Apropos of nothing (except I was just listening to something about them), it's kind of amazing to think that the 31-11 DSL Giants record would still leave them 5 games behind the pace of the 1984 Tigers.

Jose Vizcaino was not alone on this day, as Juan Rodriguez also had a combo meal, with his 2nd HR of the year and his 16 SB. AS I noted the other day, the Giants lead the DSL in HRs and are very high on the list of team SB as well. And on the mound, Sandro Cabrera contributed to the team's league leading total of Ks and edged them closer to the league lead in ERA.  Quite a dominating performance these guys are putting together.

* * *
In conclusion:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash">#SFGiants</a> won. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rivercats?src=hash">#Rivercats</a> won. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Richmond?src=hash">#Richmond</a> Flying Squirrels won. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> won. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AZL?src=hash">#AZL</a> Giants won. <a href="http://t.co/Ub18BOIrK6">pic.twitter.com/Ub18BOIrK6</a></p>&mdash; Karen Rambat (@rambat) <a href="https://twitter.com/rambat/status/622306365084602368">July 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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