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SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/19

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The San Jose lineup continues to rake, while comebacks fell short around the rest of the system.

HIGHLIGHTS: Jarrett Parker, Ricky Oropesa, and Dillon Dobson each had three hits with a HR.

Sacramento lost at Nashville Sounds (A's), 6-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

DH

Jarrett Parker

4

2

3

1

0

0

1

0

0

.270

LF

Mac Williamson

4

2

2

2

1

0

1

0

0

.290

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Lujan

5.0

6

3

3

1

5

0

0

0

4.44

Clayton Blackburn

1.0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5.51

Steven Okert L 2-1

2.0

3

3

3

1

5

1

0

0

5.40

Facing former Giant Eric Surkamp, Mac Williamson broke out of an extra base slump that stretched back to April. Williamson hit his first HR since April 22nd (a long long drive to CF) and added a run scoring double later. Williamson had only one XBH (a double) since returning to Sacramento on May 9 and only three hits overall.

Jarrett Parker also took part in the fun, hitting his 13th HR which gave him sole possession of the PCL HR lead and tied him for the minor league lead.

The two sluggers provided most of the offense for the RiverCats, including being in the middle of a 2-run rally to tie the game in the 8th.

But Steven Okert, who had already given up 2 runs in the 7th inning, immediately gave the lead back again when he served up a leadoff HR in the bottom of the 8th to Jake Smolinski. Okert has been death on LHH this year, allowing just 3 hits in in 6.2 IP while striking out 13. But RHH have beaten him mercilessly, scoring 8 runs in another 6.2 IP on 13 hits and 4 walks with 2 HRs.

* * *

Richmond lost at Trenton Thunder (Yankees), 12-8
getting swept in their three game series, 0-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

5

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

.261

CF

Austin Slater

4

1

2

4

1

0

0

0

0

.305

RF

Hunter Cole

5

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

.242

1b

Ricky Oropesa

4

1

3

1

1

0

1

1

0

.220

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Andrew Suarez

4.1

10

8

5

1

4

1

0

0

6.35

Dan Slania

1.2

0

0

0

0

5

0

1

0

5.06

Jake Smith

0.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

5.40

Ray Black, L 0-4

0.1

2

4

4

2

0

0

0

0

8.56

The Squirrels showed a lot of fight in this game, but it didn't stave off a 13th consecutive loss. This is how losing streaks go: when you pitch you don't hit, when you hit you don't pitch.

Andrew Suarez' second AA start didn't go as smoothly as his first, as he was pounded early and often, and hurt his cause with his glove as well when his own fielding error opened the door to a 2-run inning. By the end of 4 innings, Trenton had jumped out to a 6-1 lead.

But Richmond struck back with, I believe, their biggest inning of the year, tying it up with a 5-run 5th inning. The big hit of the rally was this bases clearing double from the red-hot Austin Slater.

Since returning from the DL on May 8, Slater is 17 for 38 with five doubles and a HR, raising his OPS in that time by about .260 points. Quite a tear, Mr. Slater.

Suarez, with the harm/help of an inning opening error from Ryder Jones, immediately gave the leading back away with the final two runs of his night. But the Squirrels bats came back again. Ricky Oropesa's first HR since April 20 got them within a run, and an Austin Slater Sac Fly tied it up in the 8th.

Still not good enough. Ray Black and Tyler Mizenko melted down in the bottom of the inning and the game was finally out of reach. Black walked two and gave up two singles while retiring only one batter. Mizenko relieved him with the bases loaded and immediately surrendered a three-run double.

They've been up 6-1 during this streak and lost. They've come back from a 6-1 deficit and lost. How oh how will they find a way to win.

What do you say, social media intern?

* * *

San Jose won at Stockton Ports (A's), 9-4
sweeping their three game series, 3-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

5

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.238

2 SB (4)

3b

Jonah Arenado

5

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

.258

C

Aramis Garcia

5

1

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

.293

PB (5)

LF

Johneshwy Fargas

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

.183

SB (8)

2b

Brandon Bednar

5

1

2

3

0

0

1

0

1

.280

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

DJ Snelten

5.0

8

4

4

3

5

0

0

0

4.08

Reyes Moronta

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

3.00

Jose Morel

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.55

For the third consecutive game, San Jose put 20+ batters safely on the bases, sweeping this series with a huge offensive explosion. Over the three game set the Giants scored 29 runs, getting 15 hits in each game. Six of the starting nine in this one had multi-hit games and everybody reached base at least once.

The offense was so plentiful that it's hard to single anybody out, but Brandon Bednar certainly deserves recognition. Bednar now has a 9 game hitting streak during which he's gone 15 for 37 with a double and two HRs. Jonah Arenado is also particularly hot with the power bat, going 13 for 37 over that same 9 game stretch with six doubles and three HRs. C Aramis Garcia is now 5 for 10 with 5 RBIs since coming off the DL prior to the series.

The game had to feel particularly good for struggling Johneshwy Fargas who had his first multi-hit game since April 30 and only his 4th overall. Hopefully like Ronnie Jebavy the hits will start falling for Fargas soon.

The Giants have now swept two consecutive series in Stockton, winning 7 games at the Ports home in the month of May. And for the season, the Giants are 10-0 against Stockton, outscoring them 71-26 for the season series so far. Stockton is apparently the yang to match Visalia's yin in San Jose's universe.

* * *

Augusta lost at Rome Braves, 8-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

3b

Kelvin Beltre

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

.243

1b

Dillon Dobson

4

1

3

1

0

0

1

0

0

.275

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Grant Watson L 2-3

4.1

9

5

5

1

4

0

2

1

3.48

Ryan Koziol

2.2

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3.47

Ryan Halstead

0.2

3

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

7.04

Dillon Dobson got all the team's hits, including his 7th HR of the year, as Max Fried and two relievers shut Augusta down on just 3 hits and 1 Earned Run. The Greenjackets did manage 5 walks but were otherwise almost totally silent for the night. Dobson had homered 6 times in April, but this was just his first in the month of May. Still he sits in a tie for 2nd in HRs in the Sally, just one off the lead.

Grant Watson began the year by surrendering just 2 runs over his first 4 starts covering 19.2 IP. But in his last three starts he's now given up 11 runs in 14 IP.  He's still got a nice 31/7 K/BB ratio as his command of the curve continues to get swing thrus.

* * *

Good slate of pitchers going today, including both of the Johnson brothers for the first time this year. While the SJ hitters face a big leaguer.

Today's Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: Chris Heston vs. Daniel Mengden
Richmond: Chase Johnson vs. Anthony Fernandez
San Jose: Jordan Johnson vs Hyun-Jin Ryu (making his second rehab appearance)
Augusta: Cory Taylor vs. Ricardo Sanchez (#15 prospect in Braves system)