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SF Giants Minor Lines, 8/6/15

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I will sing the forgotten man...

This is a pretty amazing note. The only two people in the Giants organization with more Ks than closer Jake Smith are Madison Bumgarner (148) and Chris Heston (102). To get the full impact of that, consider the K leaders for the other affiliates. Sacramento is led by Ty Blach (77) in 133 innings and Clayton Blackburn (69) in 85. Richmond is led by Joe Biagini (65) in 101 IP and Matt Lujan (65) in 80 IP and Kyle Crick (62) in 55 IP.  Tyler Beede, between SJ and Richmond is at 70 in 101 IP. Sam Coonrod leads the Augusta staff with 90 in 90 IP.  Jake Smith, in just 72.1 IP hits the century mark to lead the system. Great year, man! Great year.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ty Ross had a five hit game. Jake Smith K'd his 100th batter of the year.

Sacramento lost at Fresno (Astros), 7-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

RF

Jarrett Parker

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

.276

.381

.498

DH

Ben Turner

4

2

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

.321

.350

.339

2b

Skyler Stromsmoe

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.262

.375

.311

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Ty Blach, L 9-10

5.0

9

6

6

1

3

1

0

0

4.51

81

52

Steven Okert

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

4.24

13

9

Cody Hall

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.95

10

7

Ty Blach got off to a rough start, giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning, including a 2 run double to the wrong Matt Duffy. He mostly settled down after that and the RiverCats actually rallied to tie the game at 4-4 in the 5th. But needing a classic shutdown inning, Blach instead went right out and gave Fresno back the lead, this time on a 2-run HR to the wrong Matt Duffy. Perhaps Ty was just confused on the whole "friend or foe" issue with the not-Duffman.

Blach's ERA is almost exactly at the PCL league average (4.41). In 133.2 IP he has a 5.2 K9 and a 1.4 BB9. He has a 1.32 WHIP and has given up 14 HRs in his 22 starts (not surprisingly, given the PCL, he's going to end up with about double his HRs allowed totals from either of his past two seasons).

All the offensive production for the RiverCats came from the bottom of the order as the 1-5 hitters produced 0 hits and 2 walks.  The 6-9 hitters (Turner, Trevor Brown, Darren Ford, and Stromsmoe) had 7 hits and 2 walks, as well as 3 of the teams Runs scored and 3 of the RBIs. Sacramento had no XBH in this game. They did, however, touch up Fresno starter Mark Appel for basically all their damage. Appel's 4.2 inning line includes all but one of the Sacramento baserunners for the game, and all of their runs.

* * *

Richmond lost to New Hampshire (Blue Jays), 2-0
winning their three game series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Rando Moreno

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.286

.331

.357

2b

Austin Slater

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

.293*

.331*

.385*

RF

Hunter Cole

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.312*

.369*

.501*

*across multiple levels

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Edwin Quirarte, L, 0-3

6.0

4

2

2

3

2

0

0

0

3.54

100

58

Kyle Crick

1.0

1

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

2.77

30

18

Richmond ended its homestand on a downbeat note, accumulating just 5 hits and 0 walks, in a shutout loss. The game was delayed by rain, and neither side's bats really woke up with the tarp came off. Hunter Cole's double was the only XBH, and practically the only hard hit ball the Squirrels barreled up on the day.

After several smooth outings, "Adventure Kyle" Crick was back for his 9th inning appearance. Crick walked the first two batters and gave up a one-out line drive single that loaded the bases. But he worked out of his own mess by getting the final two batters swinging, giving his offense one last chance to get back in the game (a chance they quickly refused to utilize).

Richmond now heads out on the road where they will spend the majority their remaining schedule. They have just 10 of their remaining 31 games at home, and they're never at home for more than a single series the rest of the way. So their stretch run for the playoffs, will come mostly without the support of their home fans, a fanbase that is, by the way, in the process of leading the league in attendance for the third straight season.

Speaking of the fans, they were entertained yesterday by some rain delay hijinks, courtesy of Derek Law!

* * *

San Jose lost at Lake Elsinore (Padres), 8-7 in 15 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

3b

Brandon Bednar

7

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.244

.282

.336

SS

Christian Arroyo

7

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.325

.367

.485

RF

Tyler Horan

7

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

.222

.320

.416

1b

Angel Villalona

6

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

4

.257

.337

.466

2b

John Polonius

6

2

1

2

1

0

0

1

2

.213

.265

.306

C

Ty Ross

6

0

5

3

1

0

0

0

0

.237

.293

.328

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Jake Dunning

6.0

7

6

3

0

6

1

0

0

2.25

87

68

Christian Jones

3.0

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.96

38

26

Ian Gardeck

2.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3.78

20

15

Ray Black

1.0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.18

14

9

Jake Smith

2.0

2

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

2.35

30

23

Dan Slania, BS 4, L, 3-5

0.2

3

2

2

1

1

0

0

1

3.00

18

10

With good luck and good traffic through the LA basin, it's about a six or so hour bus ride from Modesto to Lake Elsinore, which I would imagine the San Jose team did during the dead of night as Wednesday turned to Thursday. So I'm fairly sure the last thing they wanted to see was their starting pitcher blow two different three run leads, causing the game to head to extra innings. And I'm dead certain that the last last thing they wanted to see, after taking a one run lead in the top of the 15th, was for their former (but now having issues) closer blow that lead and the game in a two-run bottom of the 15th.  The winning pitcher for Lake Elsinore was their backup Catcher. Just a horribly horribly dis-spiriting game against the worst team in the Cal league, the Lake Elsinore Storm, whose victory lifted them to 10-30 in the second half standings, while dropping the Giants into third place, a game off of the pace.

Jake Dunning allowed 6 runs in the start, and though 3 of them were unearned he gave up a lot of hard contact. The sequence of events that really killed him (and ultimately the team) came in his final inning of work. With two outs in the 6th, protecting a 6-4 lead, Dunning himself made a fielding error on a comebacker that should have ended the inning. The next batter hit a game tying two-run HR that set up the long night.

In that long night, besides the aforementioned accomplishment from Jake Smith, there was another note of some excitement:

103!103!103!103!103!103!103!103! 103!103!103!103! 103!103!103!103! 103!103!103!103!

Oh, the ironies of sport. Ty Ross, just about to be supplanted as SJ's starting Catcher (as Aramis Garcia was promoted from Augusta yesterday morning) had his finest game of the year. He collected five hits. He ended the 14th with a CS. And he knocked in the go ahead run in the 15th on a Sac Fly. Congrats, Ty! You are now the backup! It's a cruel, cruel way to make a living.

* * *

Augusta's game with the Rome Braves was rained out

* * *

Salem-Keizer won at Eugene Emeralds (Cubs), 3-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

RF

Steven Duggar

5

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

.302

.382

.381

3b

Jose Vizcaino

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

1

.333

.397

.528

DH

Miguel Gomez

4

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

.365

.371

.488

2b

Richard Amion

4

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

.254

.340

.336

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Michael Connolly, W 3-1

6.0

5

2

2

2

3

0

0

0

3.31

Cory Taylor

2.0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

2.22

Caleb Smith, S 6

1.0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.80

Take THAT, Cubs! In addition to reaching base three times, Jose Vizcaino also stole his second base of the season. There was a decent argument to make coming out of the draft that Vizcaino was the most advanced hitter in the Giants' draft and he's done nothing in his debut to quash that argument. Steven Duggar, OTOH, was a tooled up question mark coming out of the draft. While he hasn't been tapping into his considerable raw power much, his debut season is, thus far, shaping into a nice first step in attempting to turn his tools into game skills.

The crazy double play was something like the World Series play Brandon Crawford made last year, grabbing the deflection off Sandoval's glove. The scoring for the play is pretty brilliant because each of the infielders touched the ball in succession around the infield: 5-6-4-3.

And since this game featured both Cory Taylor and Caleb Smith, and in keeping with our unofficial Jake Smith Day here at Minor Lines, let's say we take a look at the best K rates in the system this year.

Name

IP

Lev

K%

BB%

K/9

BB/9

TBF

Ray Black

17.0

A+

44.2%

23.4%

18.00

9.53

77

Caleb Smith

17.0

A-

40.1%

11.6%

14.80

4.2

69

Eury Sanchez

12.2

Rk/A

38.5%

11.5%

14.20

4.3

52

Jake Smith

72.1

A+

36.2%

7.3%

12.44

2.49

276

Michael Broadway

40.0

AAA

36.1%

5.4%

11.93

1.80

147

Jordan Johnson

32.0

Rk/A-/A+

35.7%

1.6%

12.2

0.5

129

Hengerber Medina

29.0

DSL

35.4%

9.7%

12.41

3.41

113

Cory Taylor

24.1

A-

33.7%

7.7%

12.95

2.96

104

Grant Watson

16.2

Rk

32.8%

4.9%

10.80

1.62

61

Raymundo Montero

61.1

A

31.7%

5.6%

11.59

2.05

249

Carlos Diaz

45.0

A/AA

30.7%

7.8%

11.8

3.0

192

Sandro Cabrera

60.0

DSL

30.0%

8.2%

10.95

3.00

243

Dan Slania

57.0

A+

29.5%

4.6%

11.05

1.74

237

Obviously, level and age contextualizes all this a good bit, not to mention the huge disparities in amount pitched. Still, am I dreaming of a (Caleb & Jacob) Smith Bros. bullpen? Yes I am. Also, this is another way of being surprised by Jordan Johnson. Most (but not all) of that was wracked up in the complex leagues, but the 46 Ks to 2 BBs is nonetheless impressive.

* * *

AZL Giants defeated the AZL Rangers, 7-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Jalen Miller

5

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

.225

.310

.288

RF

Ashford Fulmer

4

1

2

2

0

1

0

0

1

.268

.374

.329

1b

Dillon Dobson

5

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.312

.365

.520

LF

Byron Murray

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

.284

.328

.477

CF

Mikey Edie

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.266

.368

.291

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Phil Bickford

2.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.45

Domenic Mazza

3.0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

1

1.13

Dylan Brooks

2.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.20

Kendry Melo

2.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

5.00

In his past three appearances (each 2 IP), Phil Bickford has allowed just one hit and one walk combined. He's K'd 8 batters in those 6 innings.  In all he's allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks over 11 IP. It would be nice to see him tested against some NWL lineups before the year's out, but the Giants might well be content to just limit his innings and get him ready for Instrux. Domenic Mazza was the Giants 22nd rounder out of UC Santa Barbara. The just turned 21 year old has 8 Ks, 1 BB, 5 hits in 8 IP in his debut.

* * *

DSL Giants defeated the DSL Dodgers, 6-4

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

18.10

Manuel Geraldo

3

3

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

.309

.367

.409

DH

18.7

Mecky Coronado

3

1

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

.378

.443

.503

CF

17.7

Jose Patino

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

.245

.327

.272

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

21.2

Melvin Adon

4.0

3

0

0

3

3

0

0

1

2.33

16.11

Luis Amaya, S, 4

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.56

All is right with the world as Mecky Coronado returns his BB:K ratio to better than 1:1. He now has 17 walks, 16 Ks. Jose Patino, meanwhile, picked up his 4th XBH of the season.

With just 14 games left to play, the DSL team has a 2 game lead in their division. And with the league's best record at 42-16 they are getting very close to clinching a playoff spot.

* * *

Final Jake Smith related note. Second highest K total in the Giants' system belongs to tonight's SJ starter, Chase Johnson, who has 94. Guess you know what to shoot for tonight Chase!