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Minor Lines: Celebrity Cameo Edition!

Did everybody catch The Thrill name-dropping Dillon Dobson on the Giants' broadcast last night?

You never know who's going to be paying attention to the minor lines. Play hard, guys! And come back soon, Dillon, we miss you.

Sacramento lost to Fresno Grizzlies (Astros), 6-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Gorkys Hernandez

4

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.272

.350

.366

LF

Austin Slater

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.244

.306

.356

C

Andrew Susac

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

.239

.314

.330

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Joan Gregorio L 1-3

4.0

4

3

3

3

5

2

0

0

5.10

Austin Fleet

2.0

2

1

1

1

2

0

1

0

4.76

Braulio Lara

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.10

Joan Gregorio's roll has hit a bit of a speed bump in the PCL where he's now run up an ERA over 5.00 after surrendering 3 or more runs in four consecutive starts (the longest of which was 6 innings). Gregorio's still exhibiting strike out stuff, even against LHH which is encouraging, but he hasn't been fine enough with his command to get away with mistakes.  To the field correspondent!

HRs to Max Stassi (Astros #19 prospect) and Nolan Fontana (#29) were the big blows against Gregorio, and #1 Astros propsect A.J. Reed also had a big night, with two doubles in the game.

The Sacramento offense got off to a good start, scoring two runs in the 1st inning. They had the Fresno starter on the ropes, working him for a 30 pitch inning, but once he escaped it the RiverCats could get little traction against him or the bullpen the rest of the night. Austin Slater had a nice night with two hits, though he also made a two-run error, dropping a fly ball from Jon Singleton deep in the corner.  Andrew Susac really continues to struggle, and you have to wonder just how healthy he really is. With the hat trick last night, he's up to 21 Ks in 88 ABs with Sacramento this year with an OPS under .650.

Mac Williamson will be rejoining the team and hopefully giving the offense a lift tonight. In the meantime, this was about all the offense they had:

* * *

Richmond beat the Binghamton Mets, 8-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Christian Arroyo

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

.285

.324

.395

3b

Ryder Jones

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

.251

.274

.405

1b

Ricky Oropesa

5

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

.232

.321

.399

P

Dan Slania

3

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

.333

.333

.333

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Dan Slania

5.2

4

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

3.46

Jake Smith

0.1

0

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

7.08

Christian Arroyo apparently woke up yesterday morning and thought, "hey, walks are good too!"  By the end of the evening, he'd increased his season walk total by 40%. Whether this was a weird anomaly or a concerted effort to focus on his approach is unknown. But it's definitely a strikingly different kind of line for young Christian.

Big Dan Slania pretty much did it all for the Squirrels last night, working into the 6th inning on another effective start and knocking in two runs with the first two hits of his pro career. The 5.2 innings worked was his season (and career) high and he's now surrendered just three runs in his four starts covering 19.2 IP. Pretty great work for an emergency fill-in/convert. He's still working mostly with a fastball that he's keeping on the black and then mixing in a nice curveball. Here he is striking out his penultimate hitter of the night, Mets #3 prospect Dominic Smith with that curveball (Smith, by the way, is the only hitter in the EL younger than Christian Arroyo by a matter of a few weeks).

The Squirrels picked up 8 runs on just 9 hits thanks to a heaping help of 8 BBs from the B-Mets pitchers. Their four run first included just two hits, but had three walks a HB and a PB included. But since scoring via bases loaded HB and PB isn't that exciting, let's watch Ryder Jones drill a double to the opposite field!

Speaking of Ryder, he doesn't get a lot of love for his defensive abilities (and there's some good reasons for that) but he's got a fantastic arm and is a good athlete. Here he was showing off both his arm and athleticism with a fine play last night (didn't get the out but a fine play nonetheless).

It's officially time to be concerned about Jake Smith. Dude is not right right now. He's walked six out of the last 10 batters he's faced and overall on the year he's walked 23 batters in just 20.1 IP and his WHIP is at 2.0. I would think a DL stint has to be in Smith's near-term future because he's either hurt or he needs to work on something away from competitions for a bit.

* * *

San Jose lost to the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels), 5-4 in 10 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.249

.310

.376

RF

Steven Duggar

5

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.269

.384

.475

DH

Chris Shaw

5

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.283

.350

.535

1b

Brandon Bednar

5

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

.291

.330

.374

C

Ty Ross

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

.241

.312

.330

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

DJ Snelten

6.1

6

4

4

4

3

0

0

0

4.55

Dusten Knight

1.2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

5.16

Reyes Moronta

1.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

2.33

Pat Young

1.0

3

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

2.67

The Giants were officially eliminated from first half title contention with this extra innings loss to the struggling 66ers.

Ronnie Jebavy picked up two more hits, moving his hitting streak up to 8 games now. Jebavy's posted an .327/.370/.449 line in June, and of course, he continues to play excellent defense. Here he is snuffing out a rally in the 7th inning of last night's game.

Yesterday we showed Jordan Johnson bowing his neck when times got tough, but you know who really has a neck to bow? Reyes Moronta! A big thick neck. Trying to hold onto a 4-4 tie in the 9th inning last night, the burly reliever dug deep, in a very long, tiring inning, and came out on top:

DJ Snelten turned his 2015 season around after being sent back down to Augusta, having a very nice second half run in the Sally league. But his second shot at the Cal League hasn't gone much better than his first. After surrendering 10 runs in his last two starts over 10.2 innings, his ERA is on the climb towards the 5.00 mark. He's given up 3 or more runs in 8 of his 11 starts, and 4 or more runs 5 times.

It'll be interesting to see what the Giants do with their rotation in the second half, particularly now that Martin Agosta has gone on the DL with a (potentially worrisome) forearm strain. Could we see Phil Bickford or Michael Santos moving up? The Augusta team is struggling to fill innings in its own right, but you have to figure there will be some movement once we get past the All Star break involving guys like Mejia, Coonrod, and the aforementioned Greenjackets.

Speaking of moves:


* * *

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Lucius Fox

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.205

.291

.292

3b

Miguel Gomez

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.333

.373

.485

RF

Dylan Davis

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.276

.364

.477

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.231

.344

.327

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Cory Taylor L 5-2

6.2

6

3

1

1

5

0

0

0

1.83

Caleb Smith

1.1

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

2.66


Augusta didn't pick up it's first hit until the top of the 5th inning and ended up with just five hits overall in going down to the shutout defeat. Cory Taylor pitched well again, but his own throwing error led to two unearned runs.  You can watch the highlights of the game below, though of course they're all Charleston highlights. The victory for Charleston clinched the first half title sending the RiverDogs to the playoffs for the first time in 11 years and they were pretty excited about it.


Charleston, you may or may not, has a very active celebrity owner who not only attends as many games as he can but even famously mows the field every so often (which apparently he gained a liking for while filming Caddyshack). And he, too, was on hand to celebrate:



(see, you thought Will Clark was going to be our only celebrity cameo today!)

* * *

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

SS

18.1

Jose Rivero

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

.258

SB (2)

RF

16.11

Diego Rincones

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

2

.280

1b

17.11

Angeddy Almanzar

4

1

3

3

0

0

0

1

0

.313

LF

18.1

Brayan De Pena

3

1

1

3

0

0

1

0

1

.067

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

18.10

Miguel Figueroa

1.1

2

3

3

1

2

1

2

0

20.25

18.7

Marco Gonzalez

1.1

1

1

1

1

2

1

0

0

3.60

18.6

Jasier Herrera

3.2

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0.00


6'4" 200 lb Brayan De Pena was signed for $425k in the 2014 July 2nd class due to his big raw power.  He's struggled badly to make contact, striking out in 30 of his 59 professional at bats over the last two years, but yesterday he hit a milestone, blasting his first professional HR, a three-run shot that pushed the Giants out to a 5 run lead in what would be a wild scoring fest.

RHH 1b Angeddy Almanzar has gotten off to a nice start to the year. He's hit in all but one of the 8 games he's started and hit for some power with 4 XBH out of his 10 total hits. Diego Rincones celebrated his 17th birthday with his second consecutive multi-hit game.

This edition of the Giants team is really struggling to find reliable pitching on the staff; even to find starters who can give them 3 innings has been a struggle. Quite a contrast from last year. The best showing on the staff has come from 18 year old Jasier Herrera, the 6'5" Colombian RHP who was signed for $125k two years ago. He's pitched only in relief so far this year, but this was his longest outing so perhaps the team has an eye on stretching him out to starters innings at some point.

* * *

Something of a desultory vibe in today's games with both A ball teams having been eliminated from 1st half contention last night and (with all due apologies to Clayton Blackburn) probably not the sexiest slate of starters we've seen this year.  Mid-week ball.

Today's Starting Matchups:
Sacramento: Clayton Blackburn vs. Brad Peacock
Richmond: Matt Gage vs. Tyler Pill
San Jose: Mark Reyes vs TBD
Augusta: Michael Connolly vs. Christian Morris