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SF Giants Minor Lines, 8/28/15

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In a wild game, the DSL Giants finally broke through to the Finals after two straight years of ending their season in the semis. Also, San Jose keeps rolling thanks to a Martin Agosta gem, and the AZL team may have played its last game of the year.

Answers to yesterday's Minor Lines trivia question:

14: Chase Johnson (6 IP), August 14 vs Lancaster

11: Tyler Beede (7 IP), May 30 vs Inland Empire
11: D.J. Snelten (7 IP), July 1 vs. Savannah
11: Sandro Cabrera (5.2 IP), August 5 vs DSL Dodgers

10: Nathanael Santiago (5.2 IP), May 12 vs. Delmarva
10: Jose Reyes (7 IP), May 17 vs. Hickory
10: Sam Coonrod (7 IP), June 9 vs Greenville
10: D.J. Snelten (6 IP), July 7 vs Kannapolis

Hon. Mention: 9 Ray Black, (3.1 IP) July 15 vs Stockton

So that's none such in the high minors (Chase Johnson's 9 K debut was the high for Richmond thus far this year; Clayton Blackburn's 9 K performance vs. Tacoma was the high for Sacramento), two in SJ (nearly three after last night), and five in Augusta, plus the one DSL performance.

Snelten's two appearances on this list came in back to back starts, and he had a 9K game the start previous to that. There were a whole lot of 9 K performances, but Black gets special notice for doing it in less than 4 IP (and just 15 total batters).  As an aside, it's crazy how many of those games were losses (thanks bullpens!).

Also, while on the subject of terrifiK performances, I noted in the comments yesterday that Phil Bickford has struck out 18 of the last 31 batters he's faced.

HIGHLIGHTS: Martin Agosta threw 7 shutout innings with 9 Ks. Myles Schroder doubled and tripled among three hits. Sandro Fabian had three hits including a double and series winning HR.

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Sacramento was rained out

They will play a makeup DH tonight. Sorry Tommy Hanson

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Richmond won at Akron Rubber Ducks (Indians), 5-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Rando Moreno

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.280

.331

.344

3b

Myles Schroder

5

2

3

2

1

1

0

0

1

.243

.294

.333

2b

Juan Ciriaco

5

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

.261

.289

.348

DH

Hunter Cole

5

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

.298

.337

.464

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tyler Beede W 3-8

5.0

5

2

2

3

4

0

0

1

5.23

95

50

Kyle Crick

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.97

4

3

Derek Law S 9

1.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

5.40

12

10

Richmond got 10 hits from the top four hitters in their lineup (all listed above) to power their attack. Those top four hitters had 10 of the team's 13 total hits, three of its four XBH (Oropesa's double was the other), all five of its RBIs and four of the team's five runs. Back when Tomlinson was hitting leadoff and Williamson was 3 or 4 hitter, a top heavy attack was pretty much the daily reality for the Squirrels, but it's been hard to come by since those guys left. The key blow of the game was Myles Schroder's two run triple which capped the three run 2nd inning.

Tyler Beede responded from his worst start of the year with a solid effort. The pitches/strikes ratio (as well as the three walks) suggests he was scuffling with his control once again, but he made it through five without suffering too much damage.

The dramatic moment of the game came in the bottom of the 8th when Akron, having already scored put the tying runners on base against Everyday Phil McCormick with two outs. Kyle Crick was called in to get Richmond out of the jam.

I'll take it, Kyle! Derek Law closed the door with a dominant 9th inning. I'll take that, too, Derek!

The win moved Richmond back to .500, but didn't help them much in the standings. Their elimination number is now 7.

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San Jose won at Rancho Cucumonga Quakes (Dodgers), 5-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Christian Arroyo

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.311

.352

.473

3b

Ryder Jones

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

.265

.295

.395

DH

Brian Ragira

5

2

2

2

0

1

0

0

1

.260

.329

.402

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

.262

.320

.376

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Martin Agosta, W 5-8

7.0

7

0

0

0

9

0

1

0

4.50

Ray Black

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

3.13

Jake Smith

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.40

San Jose continues one of the best southern division road trips in their history, as they extended their win streak to 6 games with yet another dominating pitching performance. Martin Agosta tried hard to leap into yesterday's trivia question with a 9K, 0BB 7 inning shutout performance. Giants starters have now surrendered just  2 runs in 32.2 IP on this road trip. Crazy good run! In fact, it's getting close to historically good:

Ray Black only had 1 K in his inning, but he still flashed the quality stuff:

Could we see Mr. Black at AT&T this September? Sure would be interesting.

Brian Ragira provided much of the offensive support as he continues a big road trip.

San Jose is solidifying it's playoff position. They remain tied for first place with Visalia, and are now three games ahead of Modesto for the potential second Wild Card position with nine games to go. Keep on pitching!

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Augusta lost to West Virginia (Pirates), 5-1
losing their four game series 1-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

3b

Jonah Areando

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.265

.294

.376

1b

Skyler Ewing

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.234

.325

.333

DH

Matt Pare

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.233

.333

.367

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

D.J. Snelten L 5-5

4.0

7

5

4

2

3

0

0

1

3.00

Rodolfo Martinez

2.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.76

The Greenjackets continue their slog to the season's end. D.J. Snelten, the only two-time performer on our double digit K list, ran into one really bad inning, the 5-run 4th inning. It was death by drips and drops, as he gave up ground ball single after ground ball single. Infield single, dribblers through the infield. It built and built until finally the Power's one real hitting prospect, SS Kevin Newman, tripled everybody in. Newman was the Pirates first round pick in this year's draft out of Arizona St. He came in with the inning's fifth run on a PB.

Snelten (like Beede and Agosta) likely has one more start this year, so hopefully he can go out on a higher note (though that start should come against the fearsome Savannah Sand Gnats). Should be noted, that Rodolfo Martinez has also been clocked at 100 mph this year, though his K rate (23%) this year is not remotely close to Black's (48%). Black so far in his career has K'd 118 of the 238 batters he's faced.

Augusta's offense managed seven hits, six of which were singles, two walks, and a HB . The HB was Matt Pare, who was on base three out of four times and accounted for 30% of their base runners.

Augusta now heads to Savannah for a huge six game series against a team that has thoroughly dominated them (and most of the rest of the division) this year. Should be fun.

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Salem-Keizer lost to Boise Hawks (Rockies), 5-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

3b

Miguel Gomez

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.328

.341

.448

1b

Christopher Shaw

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.283

.364

.513

DH

John Riley

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.246

.367

.366

SS

Christian Lichenthaler

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.259

.304

.271

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Luis Pino, L 3-1

6.0

7

5

2

1

2

1

0

0

1.38

E.J. Encinosa

2.0

3

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

4.71

Armando Paniagua

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

6.64

More slogging to the end. Salem-Keizer has now fallen into last place for the second half, as they come home to a shut out by the league's worst team. The Volcanoes managed just five base runners total in this game, with just one extra base hit.

The Volcanoes have just 8 games remaining and are drifting closer to elimination. They're still in potential position to take the Wild Card spot however, if Hillsboro moved back into first place. But as the losses piles up their chances get fewer.

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AZL Giants lost to the AZL Dodgers, 2-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Jalen Miller

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.218

.292

.259

CF

Mikey Edie

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.290

.369

.319

1b

Dillon Dobson

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.297

.347

.475

2b

Tyler Brown

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.356

.422

.540

LF

Byron Murray

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.272

.315

.461

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nicholas Gonzalez L, 2-4

5.2

9

2

2

0

7

1

0

0

2.57

Jose Morel

2.1

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

1.91

Wow! Another really lackluster effort. On their final day of the season, knowing they needed a win plus help to potentially make the post-season, the Giants were completely shut down by the Dodgers pitching staff.  Five Dodgers pitchers held the Giants to just five singles and three walks in this shut out. Nicholas Gonzalez ended his rough year as the losing pitcher in a complex league game, after starting it in Augusta's starting rotation and also being the opening night starter for Salem-Keizer.

With their season now over, all the AZL Giants can do is await the results of tonight's Cubs game. The Cubs also lost last night, so the tie for first remains. The Cubs final game is tonight and if they win, they take the division; if they lose then the Giants back in.

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DSL Giants beat the DSL Yankees1, 3-2 in 8 inn (rain)

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

RF

Sandro Fabian

4

1

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

.333

DH

Mecky Coronado

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

3

.400

LF

Beicker Mendoza

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

.300

2b

Robert Antunez

2

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

.333

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Victor Concepcion

5.1

3

2

1

1

6

0

1

1

1.69

Raffi Vizcaino

2.0

0

0

0

5

2

0

0

0

0.00

For such a low scoring affair, this was one crazy game! Let's pick it up in the bottom of the 5th.  At that point, Victor Concepcion was working on 1 hit shutout and the Giants led 1-0 on a first inning unearned run, knocked in by Mecky Coronado's single.

In the bottom of the 5th, the Giants had four batters come to the plate: double, single, fly out, double. That was it. That was their inning. They scored 0 runs. They had two runners thrown out at home. Robert Antunez opened the inning with a double.  But when Juan Rodriguez followed with a pop up just over the SS, Antunez tried to break for home. The log reads that he was thrown out at home on a play from the SS to 3b, so it's possible he just got caught rounding 3b too far. Regardless, a rundown seems to have been involved. Later in the inning Rodriguez himself was caught trying to score from first on Fabian's double.

The lost opportunities immediately came back to haunt the Giants, when Antunez booted a grounder to open the top of the 6th. A single, sac bunt, and another single suddenly handed the Yankees the lead. Concepcion, who had only thrown 6 innings since the end of June, was probably tired by that point, and was replaced by another of the Giants best starters, Raffi Vizcaino.Vizcaino got a ground ball out from Yankees slugger Nelson Gomez, and on the play a runner tried to score from 2b and HE was thrown out at home. In the bottom of the 6th Beicker Mendoza homered to tie the game 2-2 and give both teams missed opportunities to regret.

But Vizcaino was seriously fighting it, and he would proceed to walk 5 of the final 9 batters he faced. In both the 7th and 8th innings the Giants would walk the bases loaded (in each case an IBB was the issued for the second of the three walks, so thanks for that help, Carlos Valderrama!). But each time they got out of it. In the 7th, Vizcaino struck out Ricardo Ferreira, the league's leader in OPS to leave them loaded. And in the 8th, recently signed 22 year old LHP, got a double play grounder to end the inning after relieving Vizcaino, again frustrating the Yanks.

The bottom of the 8th opened with another solo HR, this one from Sandro Fabian, whose big game hitting skills showed up just in time. That made the score 3-2, and before the Yankees could get in their final at bats in the top of the 9th the skies opened up and after several hours of delay, the game was called. In all, the Yankees had 9 base runners over their final three at bats: none of them scored. The Giants had two base runners over the same time: both of them were solo HRs.

And with that, the Giants moved on to the finals after two straight years of having their seasons end in the penultimate round. There they will face the league's #2 seed, the Rangers1 who at 50-22 had the league's third best record.  It looks like the series is scheduled to begin this morning and it will be best 3 out of 5. Norwith Gudino starts game 1 (which at press time, the Giants are leading 6-0, with another FAbian HR and a Beicker Mendoza two-run single helping to spur the big lead).

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