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SF Giants Minor Lines, 8/25/15

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There's a lot of fading going on in the system right now, as teams continue to battle for the post-season.

Let's hear it for the organizational soldiers! As many McCoven are no doubt aware, Matt Cain is the longest continuous member of the Giants org as far as players goes, and shortly behind him in service time comes Sergio Romo. But after that there's a cluster of guys on the Richmond Flying Squirrels roster closing in on a decade of service in the Giants org (some of whom will feature later on in today's lines!).  Juan Ciraco has been playing professional baseball since 2003, but he joined the Giants org prior to the 2008 season. He's played for San Jose in three different seasons, Richmond in four different seasons, and the Giants PCL affiliate in six different seasons. Kelvin Marte has been in the Giants system since 2007, pitching at every single level in the system from the DSL through the PCL, and he's been terrific in pretty much all of them.  And Jose Casilla and Eliezer Zambrano both started in the system in 2006, making them the senior guys in the system after Romo.

In honor of those toiling in obscurity, let's enjoy the final four pitches of Kelvin Marte's night, as he strives to equal the longest outing of his career, and in doing so sets a career high in strikeouts.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Angel Pagan reached base four times. Kelvin Marte K'd 9 over 8 one-run innings.

* * *

Sacramento beat the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 5-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Angel Pagan

3

2

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.667

2b

Everth Cabrera

5

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

.263

DH

Hector Sanchez

5

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.290

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tommy Hanson W 3-5

6.0

6

2

0

1

4

0

0

0

5.63

102

68

Steven Okert

1.1

4

2

2

1

1

1

0

1

3.83

20

16

Cody Hall S 3

1.2

3

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

3.56

39

23

Making his first rehab start with Sacramento, Angel Pagan helped jump start the RiverCats offense, reaching base four times and scoring in each of Sacramento's two run-scoring rallies. The top of the Sacramento order produced nearly all the offense as the 1-4 hitters combined for 9 hits and 3 walks, scoring four the team's five runs. Here, let's all enjoy watching Angel Pagan whack a single.

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Angel's hair, by the way, was in midseason form, lustrous as ever.

After repeated shellackings upon first joining Sacramento, Tommy Hanson has now had three consecutive excellent outings in which he's allowed just 1 earned run total. He turned in the QS here, going six and surrendering just two unearned runs. Unearned thanks to what? If you guessed his own Pitcher throwing error you are well on your way to a Minor Lines bingo.  (Sac would also allow a steal of home in that inning when they botched defending a double steal).

Hanson left after six with a 5-2 lead, but the now thinned out Sacramento bullpen had some struggles holding on to it. Steven Okert surrendered a two-run HR in the 8th to make it a one run game. And then Cody Hall was summoned for the five out save. Hall didn't exactly deliver a clean effort, allowing five of the nine batters he faced to reach base. The real save, in fact, came from Ryan Lollis. One out in the 9th, men on first and second, Casey (Kotchman) at the bat.

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Despite the win, Sacramento was eliminated from the playoffs last night. However their recent hot streak has them over .500 and into a respectable 2nd place in their division behind their old frenemies the Fresno Grizzlies, who won the division (which has to be shocking to old time Fresno fans).

* * *

RIchmond beat Harrisburg Senators (Nationals), 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Juan Ciriaco

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

.238

RF

Hunter Cole

3

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

.303

1b

Ricky Oropesa

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.246

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Kelvin Marte W 10-5

8.0

4

1

1

1

9

0

2

1

2.38

100

71

Lucas Giolito (Harrisburg)

6.2

5

2

2

1

8

0

1

0

3.57

98

65

As I noted in the lead, Kelvin Marte matched his career high by going 8 innings in this start; it was the third time in his eight year career that he had walked off a mound to end the 8th. And the 9 Ks was also a career high. This was the second time this year that Marte set a new career high in strikeouts, as he had 8 in a game back on June 19.

Most of the support Marte got came from his fellow old-timer Juan Ciriaco, who followed up yesterday's two double game by collecting another two hits (with another double) and stealing his third and fourth bases of the year.

The Squirrels were going up against uber-prospect Lucas Giolito, who most consider the best pitching prospect still in the minors, and Giolito was tough on them, K'ing 8 in 6.2 innings. The Squirrels only managed seven base runners in the game, and five of them were courtesy Ciriaco and Hunter Cole. Cole knocked in Richmond's first run, following up Ciriaco's double with a ground single. And scored their second (and ultimate winning run), when he walked and came home on Ricky Oropesa's double.  Here's Cole plating the first run of the game vs Giolito.

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This was, by the way, the beta testing of a new video system at The Diamond, so hopefully this means we'll have video for Richmond's home games in 2016.

With the win, Richmond climbed back within a game of .500. Their tragic number is now 9.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Only 5 more regular season home games left! Make sure to come out tonight for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RVA?src=hash">#RVA</a> Community Night. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSquirrels?src=hash">#GoSquirrels</a> <a href="http://t.co/WZwLMMg4Ho">pic.twitter.com/WZwLMMg4Ho</a></p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/636524843727482880">August 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

San Jose won at the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels), 1-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

DH

Brian Ragira

3

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.258

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Jason Forjet W 6-4

6.0

4

0

0

3

6

0

1

1

2.92

100

61

Tyler Rogers

2.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

1.53

31

20

Dan Slania S, 16

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.19

6

4

Another nail biter of a pitcher's duel, as Jason Forjet teamed up with relievers Tyler Rogers and Dan Slania on the four hit shutout.  Slania's part in the game was particularly notable as he's struggled mightily in the second half and had surrendered 7 runs in his previous 10.1 IP. (Of course, the 66ers didn't make him work very hard at it, starting the 9th inning with two straight one-pitch outs).

Brian Ragira, coming off a four-hit game on Monday, produced the only run when his two-out single plated Daniel Carbonell, who had reached on a throwing error.  The Giants managed just six singles and two walks in the game, with Ragira accounting for nearly half of their base runners. Ty Ross, who singled and walked, and Jeff Kobernus were the only other SJ hitters to reach base twice.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> blank Inland Empire 1-0 tonight for their league-high tying 13th shutout of the season. Lowers team ERA to league-best 3.51.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/636409350966390784">August 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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With the win the Giants pulled to within one game of 1st place Visalia, and into a tie with Stockton in the wild card race just one game ahead of Modesto.  San Jose has a big home series coming up with Modesto next week after this southern trip concludes.

Get to know the Giants' 2014 2nd round pick Aramis Garcia who discussed his first full season on yesterday's pre-game show with Joe Ritzo.

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* * *

Augusta lost to West Virginia Power (Pirates), 7-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Richard Rodriguez

5

1

3

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

.333

RF

Dylan Davis

2

0

1

0

1

0

0

3

0

0

0

.274

DH

Matt Pare

3

0

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.216

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pat Young L 8-4

2.2

8

6

4

5

3

0

0

0

4.22

Jake McCasland

3.1

2

1

1

1

5

0

1

1

5.60

Rodolfo Martinez

2.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

2.90

Eury Sanchez

1.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

1

0

3.21

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pat Young gives up 6 in 2-plus innings. Rough pitching, very rough defense, bad luck all involved.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/636333806006476800">August 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Since sweeping Asheville the weekend before last to move into the wild card lead, Augusta hasn't won a single game. The losing streak stretched to 7 games in this sloppy affair. Their season record has fallen to 61-64 after being over .500 most of the second half, and they have basically played their way out of the playoff race, sitting now 4.5 games behind Asheville with 13 games remaining. Nearly half of their remaining games will come in a single, punishing, six-game series in Savannah, which has beaten on the Greenjackets mercilessly this year (as they have most every other team in fairness).

They actually put a lot of runners on base here, with 11 total hits (4 XBH), 4 BB and a HBP. But they went just 2 for 16 with RISP and by the time they plated anybody they were down 6-0. Jonah Arenado made his 26th and 27th errors of the season in this game to add to the general sloppiness.

One more pitching note especially for gianator:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">More of the same from Eury Sanchez tonight. Flashes 5+ SL. FB doesn&#39;t match. Arm strength not standing out.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/636360681877577728">August 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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As good a news as could be found for the day came off the field:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I&#39;ve also been told Johneshwy Fargas&#39; injury is a facial fracture from getting hit by a pitch on the cheek Thursday. No eye/dental damage.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/636299440660287488">August 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fargas remains with Augusta for now. Walked up to him and he smiled: &quot;Doing better.&quot;</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/636299792084246528">August 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Great news that the injury wasn't more severe, but we've almost certainly seen the last of Johneshwy for 2015.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Matt Pare &amp; Richard Rodriguez both collect 3 hits to highlight <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AGJ?src=hash">#AGJ</a> during the 7-3 loss <a href="http://t.co/iL1GUttsS7">http://t.co/iL1GUttsS7</a> <a href="http://t.co/JRzjrrnQnV">pic.twitter.com/JRzjrrnQnV</a></p>&mdash; Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets/status/636375570071355392">August 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to the Everett Aqua Sox (Mariners), 4-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

C

Fernando Pujadas

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.290

DH

John Riley

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.250

1b

christopher Shaw

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.277

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Michael Connolly L 4-2

5.0

8

2

2

2

6

0

1

1

3.33

E.J. Encinosa

2.0

2

2

2

1

1

1

0

0

5.06

Here's another team whose hopes are blowing in the wind, now just 6-12 over their last 18.  The Volcanoes are still tied with Eugene in the wild card standings, but with Hillsboro fading Eugene is starting to take control of the second half divisional lead.  The Giants organization hates losing and prioritizes getting their minor league players post-season experience. So this August has to be a bitter disappointment to the player development folks as they watch one team after another fade down the stretch and play themselves out of contention with wretched ball.

The Volcanoes managed just three hits (all singles) and three walks in this game. They didn't have a runner reach 2b in the game until the 7th inning, when Richard Amion singled and advanced on an errant pickoff throw (hey! other teams do that too). He scored on a WP. The only other Volcano to reach 2b came in the 9th inning when with two outs Steven Duggar took second on defensive indifference.

Chris Shaw had the hat trick for the second consecutive game as he's K'd in 6 of his last 7 PA.

E.J. Encinosa was one of a group of college relief pitchers the Giants drafted in 2012 along with Steven Okert, Stephen Johnson, and Ian Gardeck.  In his four season career he's spent just 13 games in full season ball (earlier this year in Augusta), and is in his third season with Salem-Keizer. This has been the worst of the three statistically, and didn't get better in this game as he surrendered a HR to Alex Jackson, the 6th overall pick in 2014. Encinosa is likely a candidate for release next spring if he doesn't look a lot better in camp.

* * *

AZL Giants beat AZL Padres, 6-1 in Gm 1 of DH (7 inn)

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Jalen Miller

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.224

CF

Mikey Edie

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.278

1b

Dillon Dobson

4

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.305

LF

Byron Murray

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.272

2b

Tyler Brown

2

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.417

3b

Mark Weist

3

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.228

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Domenic Mazza W 3-0

5.0

4

1

1

0

7

0

1

0

1.27

Kendry Melo

2.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

4.45

AZL Giants lost to AZL Padres, 4-2 in Gm 2 of DH (7 inn)

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

DH

Byron Murray

2

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.275

RF

Jean Angomas

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.275

3b

Nathanael Javier

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.183

SS

Hector Santiago

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.048

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mac Marshall

3.0

2

2

1

2

6

0

1

0

2.57

Jose Morel L 5-1

2.0

2

2

0

0

3

0

0

0

2.05

With the AZL Cubs having their makeup DH once again rained out, the AZL Giants maintained a tie for 1st place, albeit percentage points behind. With three days left in the season its entirely possible (and maybe probable) that the Cubs two postponed games aren't made up.

Dillon Dobson and Byron Murray continue to be the presence in the middle of the team's order that makes the offense go (it would go better, of course, if leadoff hitter Jalen Miller were having a better debut). Dobson (30) and Murray (27) have together about one third of the entire team's RBIs (185). They're tied for the team lead in HRs (3) and are first (Murray, 30) and third (Dobson, 24) in runs scored (miller has 27).  They're also 1st and 2nd in doubles, triples, and total bases for the team.  Possibly they can both move up to Augusta next year.

Mac Marshall had an excellent outing, with 6 Ks in 13 batters faced as the Giants continue to work on his mechanics.  He, too, should be in the Sally in 2016.

* * *

The DSL apparently doesn't stand on ceremony. As both of the first round series were two game sweeps, the second round has been moved up a day and begins this morning. This is possibly to the Giants disadvantage as they've had to go with Melvin Adon in today's game rather than one of their aces.  They are, indeed, playing the league's second best team, the Yankees1 in their opening round.

At press time they hold an early 1-0 lead.

* * *

Andrew Suarez makes his second start for San Jose to highlight today's slate. Clayton Blackburn will also be starting along with Matt Lujan, Chris Johnson, and Grant Watson.