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SF Giants Minor Lines, 9/5/15

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Opportunities grasped and opportunities lost.

That's the right attitude!

* * *

Sacramento lost to Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 5-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Darren Ford

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

.257

2b

Joe Panik

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.111

3b

Kevin Frandsen

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.278

LF

Mac Williamson

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.246

2b

Brock Bond (Alb)

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

.237

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tommy Hanson

5.0

5

3

3

3

6

1

0

1

5.60

84

54

Steven Okert

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.84

19

13

Braulio Lara

1.0

3

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

7.71

31

20

With this loss the RiverCats clinched a losing record for the year. Sacramento was out-hit in the game 11-4. They added three walks and a double to their output. Albuquerque got a HR from Trevor Story for the second game in a row, and another from rehabbing Corey Dickerson. They also answered the question: What is Brock Bond doing these days?

Anyway, as Sacramento plays out the string, let's watch Joe Panik play defense some more:

Clayton Blackburn tries to close out his 2015 on a high note tonight. Just two more home games for the RiverCats. So head on out to Raley Field. It's a great way to spend a late summer's evening.

* * *

Richmond lost to Reading Fighting Phils, 2-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Rando Moreno

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.279

3b

Skyler Stromsmoe

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.364

RF

Myles Schroder

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.247

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Joe Biagini L 10-7

6.0

3

1

1

2

4

0

0

0

2.42

85

58

Adalberto Mejia

2.0

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

2.45

35

21

Jake Thompson (Read)

6.0

4

0

0

0

7

0

0

0

1.80

83

56

Jake Thompson started the year as the Rangers #2 prospect (BA) and is now one of the reasons why the Phillies system will take a huge leap in rankings this winter. He was a fairly significant factor behind the Giants inability to trade for Cole Hamels this summer, as he was the pitching prospect the Phillies preferred to anything the Giants offered (Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro were big factors too). As if to twist the knife in just a little bit harder, Thompson ended his regular season by all but ending the Squirrels post-season hopes as they were thoroughly muffled in this game. Richmond playing without either Austin Slater or Hunter Cole, managed just five singles in the game. The only time in the game they had two baserunners on at the same time came with two outs in the second inning and starting pitcher Joe Biagini at the bat.

With the loss, it appeared that Richmond would be eliminated last night, but then Altoona suddenly blew a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 8th, keeping the door open a sliver. But Richmond's elimination number is now 1, so a loss or an Altoona win in either of the final two games is it.

Joe Biagini was the tough luck loser. The live-armed RHP ended his year in much the same manner he's pitched most of 2015, keeping runs off the board without eye-popping peripherals. Adalberto Mejia made his third relief appearance since coming back from the DL with shoulder soreness, giving up his first run in that time on an RBI groundout after a single and walk.

Due to the Giants catcher-pocalypse, they purchased the contract of Jackson Williams.  That leaves the Richmond roster with only Eliezer Zambrano, so we'll have to see if they assign somebody to help the 29 year old with the final two games of the year. They do have a bullpen Catcher who they could put on the roster I believe or possibly Matt Winn could zip up from Charleston.

Austin Slater hasn't played now since August 26. Hopefully he'll be healthy enough to report to the AFL when their season begins in October.

* * *

San Jose lost at Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners), 3-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.305

C

Aramis Garcia

3

1

2

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.236

RF

Tyler Horan

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.215

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Christian Jones L 6-2

4.1

4

2

1

1

3

0

0

0

3.50

Tyler Rogers

2.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.40

For whatever reason, the Giants have struggled this year with the 59-79 Blaze, and at the moment those struggles are costing them the chance to nail down home field advantage for the mini-series. With the loss SJ fell back into a tie for first with Visalia for the second half division, and a tie for the Wild Card lead with Stockton, with two games remaining.

There was more bad news than just the loss in this one, as the injury plagued 2015 continued for Ryder Jones:

As usual with San Jose the challenge was scratching out enough runs, as the pitching staff continues to shine. As with Richmond in the Eastern League, the San Jose staff has the best ERA in the Cal League:

San Jose managed just four hits and a walk in this game against 13 Ks. But they did get some good signs from the lower half of the lineup. After going all of August without a HR, Ty Horan homered for the second time in September. He tied Angel Villalona for team lead with his 13th. And Aramis Garcia had another nice game, reaching base three times and doubling for SJ's only other XBH. Aramis has three multi-hit games in his last six, going 7 for 23 with three doubles and three walks over that stretch as he adjusts to the league.

Jordan Johnson heads to the mound for possibly the last time in his Out of Left Field 2015. Whatever he does today (or hopefully in the post-season) Jordan's almost certainly done more to put himself on the prospect map this year than any other player in the system.

Make your plans now to support San Jose in the playoffs!

* * *

Augusta lost to Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees), 4-3 in 11 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

3b

Jonah Arenado

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.262

C

Matt Winn

4

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.273

CF

Chuckie Jones

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.254

DH

Chase Compton

5

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

.231

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Michael Santos

3.0

4

3

2

2

2

0

1

0

3.44

Connor Kaden

4.1

5

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

3.81

Carlos Diaz

1.2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.63

Eury Sanchez, L 1-2

2.0

1

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.20

Chase Compton's two-run HR put the cap on Augusta's three-run 7th inning which tied the game up and ultimately led to extra innings. Augusta collected lots of base runners in this game with 12 hits. But they went just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and also had 12 Ks.  They also had some sloppieness in the field with three errors and a PB, though they did also get three outs on the base paths with both Dylan Davis and Chuckie Jones recording assists, while Michael Santos had a pickoff.

Michael Santos' season certainly hasn't gone as he or anybody else would have wanted, but he's still a 20 year old with a loose, live arm who impresses everybody who scouts him. Put 2015 to bed; I'd still expect to see him in SJ in 2016 and hope for a bigger development leap than we saw this year.  The arm's the thing.

Also, no pressure Jonah but Giants' fans all want you to develop into the same player your brother is.

Sadly, no David Lee tonight as he abandoned us to go watch uber-prospect Anderson Espinoza make his Sally debut for Greenville. If you've wondering how that went:

* * *

Salem-Keizer won at Boise (Rockies), 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Steven Duggar

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.284

1b

Christopher Shaw

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.286

SS

Jose Vizcaino

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.289

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Andrew Leenhouts

6.0

4

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

2.37

Cory Taylor, BS 1, W 2-0

1.0

1

1

1

1

3

0

0

0

2.45

Ryan Halstead S, 8

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.33

SHAWSOME!!! That's Chris Shaw's twitter handle, his power performance, AND the way this weekend has gone for the Volcanoes' playoff hopes. For the second straight day, SK came away with a victory while Eugene fell to Hillsboro, which means that on the final day of the season, the Volcanoes find themselves in control of their fate.

Salem-Keizer got on the board with a solo HR from Chris Shaw, his 3rd HR in his last 5 games and 5th in his last 9 games.  If you're wondering whether Shaw has set the Volcanoes HR record,  he's going to come up a bit short of that. Adam Witter hit 16 back in 2006. But Shaw is one of just three players in Volcanoes history to have a double digit HR season. Joey Rapp's 11 was the other.  Still, in just over 40 games, Shaw's definitely shown off the plus power that made him a 1st round pick.

Having a minor league vet like Andrew Leenhouts certainly helps in games like this and Leenhouts was thoroughly in control for most of his six innings of work. He struggled a little in his final inning of work, but Ronnie Jebavy helped him get out of it without damage. The leadoff batter singled and stole 2b, and when the throw went into CF he made for 3b. But Jebavy backed up the play and nailed the runner at 3b for the first out of the inning. The very next pitch produced a double that would have scored the run.

Cory Taylor did allow the tying run to score (thanks to two more SB, Fernando Pujadas didn't have much luck controlling the running game), but he also struck out the side. That gives Taylor 50 Ks in 33 IP this year, a K rate above 35%.

In the end, Steven Duggar knocked in the winning run and David Owen and Ryan Halstead preserved the lead. And improbably here we are on the final day:

* * *

Last two days of the regular season with pitchers taking their final start of the year, and others hoping its not.  Sam Coonrod hopes to go out with a thrill in Augusta, while Clayton Blackburn goes for his 10th win in Sacramento. Jordan Johnson makes what he (and we) hopes is not his final start of the year in Bakersfield, while UDFA Nolan Riggs tries to help pitch the Volcanoes into the post-season tonight.