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SF Giants Minor Lines, 6/16

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A crazy night in Augusta apparently took up the entire system's allotment of offense

Sacramento lost to Fresno Grizzlies (Astros) 4-0

getting swept in their four game series, 0-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Gorkys Hernandez

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.276

.350

.370

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chris Heston L 1-8

7.1

7

3

3

0

1

1

0

0

3.96

31-year old Mexican League vet Cesar Valdez flirted with history last night, totally stymieing in the Grizzlies with a one-hit CG shutout. Valdez was perfect into the 5th inning, when a walk to Andrew Susac broke up his perfect game. In the 6th, he surrendered his lone hit of the night, a single to Gorkys Hernandez:

Valdez also struck out 10, including at least 1 K of every batter in the lineup except Travis Ishikawa. Susac and newcomer Reuben Tejada both K'd twice.

The hard luck loser was Heston, who threw a quality start, but that was not near enough on this night. Heston's line could have looked a little worse except for a little help from RF Mac Williamson, keeping  a potential Jon SIngleton 3-run HR in the yard in the 1st inning.

* * *

Richmond lost to the Binghamton Mets, 3-1
winning their three game series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Christian Arroyo

3

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

.285

.325

.400

2b

Ali Castillo

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.331

.371

.383

PH

Carlos Moncrief

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.241

.348

.380

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Tyler Beede L 4-4

7.2

6

3

3

3

3

0

1

1

3.10

Christian Jones

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

5.46

Ray Black

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

6.65

Like Chris Heston, Tyler Beede was solid and unsupported in defeat last night, going nearly 8 solid innings.  His velocity was consistently in the 94-95 range as he scattered 6 hits over 7.2 IP. The one pitch he wanted back came on a two-run double to Mets #3 prospect Dominic Smith that ended up being the difference in the game. Like Heston, too, Beede got some help from his defense when Hunter Cole threw out Smith at home to end that same inning. Oddly, as has been true for several starts now, while Beede didn't miss many bats he also didn't induce many ground balls. This has been a recent trend for Beede, who has had more fly balls than grounders in each of his last four starts after being a pretty consistent ground ball pitcher prior to that as a pro. Of Beede's three strikeouts last night, two were called including his final batter of the night.

Ray Black came off of a short DL stint before the game after being troubled with some back spasms (Jake Smith went on the DL as I had predicted) and with a week's rest behind him Black was dominant, striking out the side on just 12 pitches. Black was throwing a pretty easy 100 last night and even broke off a dandy curve.

The Richmond bats weren't quite as feeble as Sacramento, but they were close, amassing just four hits. Christian Arroyo's 19th double of the season drove in their lone run. Arroyo is just one behind the league leader in doubles (Cleveland's Clint Frazier). Arroyo also picked up another walk yesterday. That's five of his 15 walks on the season he's picked up in his last three games.

* * *

San Jose lost to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers), 5-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.249

.309

.371

RF

Steven Duggar

4

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

.283

.395

.487

SS

CJ Hinojosa

4

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

0

.311

.394

.465

DH

Chris Shaw

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

.273

.340

.517

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jason Forjet L 6-5

7.0

5

4

4

1

6

1

1

0

4.36

Jeff Soptic

2.0

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

8.46

Facing major leaguer Brandon McCarthy making a rehab start, as well as a lineup that included Yasiel Puig, the Giants had a little more luck than Richmond and Sacramento, picking up 9 hits and two runs, but after jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st, they were shut out over the final 8 innings leading to the loss. They actually fared better off McCarthy than they did the Dodgers #6 prospect Grant Holmes who took over and threw 5 shutout innings in relief.

Steven Duggar accounted for a third of the Giants' hits and was the only member of the lineup to reach base multiple times. Chris Shaw, on the other side of the fence, took a hat trick in this game and is in a full-on free fall at this point in June. It's not likely to help him going against Hyun-Jin Ryu tonight (though he homered off him in their last matchup). Ronnie Jebavy pushed his hit streak up to 10 games and he also stole his 9th base of the year, pushing his success ratio above 50%!

Still, the hitter who had to be feeling the best after last night's game was CJ Hinojosa, because it's always fun to homer off a major leaguer.

Hey, TJ Bennett completes his circuit of the Giants full-season clubs in just 9 days! I wonder if that's a record? Unlike in Richmond and Augusta, Bennett didn't get to play in a single game with Sacramento before moving on.

* * *

Augusta beat the Lexington Legends (Royals), 11-10

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Jalen Miller

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

.249

.282

.348

3b

Miguel Gomez

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.333

.371

.483

DH

Dylan Davis

4

1

2

2

0

0

1

1

0

.282

.371

.490

C

Matt Pare

4

1

2

1

0

0

1

1

1

.200

.282

.343

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.246

.348

.333

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Solter

5.0

9

8

8

3

3

2

0

0

8.36

Ryan Halstead W 1-3

2.0

1

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

7.71

Connor Kaden S 3

2.0

3

1

1

0

3

0

0

0

4.22

And now the crazy game of the day. You might recall that last Sunday, the Greenjackets opened their game with a six run first inning, only to go down to defeat. Yesterday they replayed that scenario from the happy side. Lexington scored six runs in the top of the 1st inning and jumped out to an 8-0 lead after 2. But Augusta stormed back with runs in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and then a huge 7-run 6th inning to take the lead. Lexington helped out the inning with two errors, a HB, and a WP. But it was Dylan Davis' 8th HR of the year that put Augusta on top 10-9, and backup C Matt Pare went back to back with his 1st HR of the year to provide the ultimate winning run.

Augusta kept up a recent pattern of running wild on the bases, a habit that's probably not been coincidental to Johneswy Fargas showing up. Fargas stole his 11th and 12th bases since rejoining Augusta, and was the back half of the 3rd successful 1st and 3rd double steal the team has pulled off this week.

The Greenjackets are getting into a Mission Critical situation with their starting pitching. At this point they're down to only two of their original six-man rotation (Bickford and Taylor) and their struggling to get innings, much less quality innings out of replacements Luis Pino and UDFA Matt Solter, who's now given up 12 runs over 9 IP in his last two starts. Mac Marshall's not coming back because he was pitching for Salem-Keizer in last night's exhibition game and will remain there. No word on when to expect Logan Webb or Michael Santos back. As Brian Sabean likes to say, the calvary isn't coming. Not sure how they're going to manage.

* * *

DSL Giants beat DSL Cubs2 8-1

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

18.6

Jose Patino

5

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

.341

.396

.432

DH

17.0

Diego Rincones

5

1

2

4

2

0

0

0

0

.343

.368

.457

1b

17.11

Angeddy Almanzar

3

0

2

1

0

0

0

2

1

.341

.413

.537

RF

17.6

Ismael Munguia

4

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

.500

.526

.611

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

17.6

Johan Herrera W 1-1

5.0

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

3.00

19.9

Oliver Pinto S 1

4.0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.04

Alright! That's back to back 5 IP, 1R allowed starts. That's how you get things rolling! Johan Herrera has been by far the best starter on the DSL team so far, as he's gone 5 innings in each of his three starts, and allowed 5 runs overall.  He doesn't miss many bats with just 8 Ks, but he also avoids the walks (2 BBs).

And for the second day in a row, good pitching set the pace for good hitting. The young Venezuelan Diego Rincones has really come out of the gate with his hitting shoes on, to mix metaphors. And he now has 4 XBH out of his 12 total. Not bad at all for the just turned 17 year old.  I can't find any images of Rincones, but it probably still looked a lot like this:

Jose Patino also continues his early season tear. The returning CF has had hits in 9 of his first 11 games, including now 4 doubles. He had just 9 XBH in 72 games last year. He also showed off some of his all around athleticism by throwing out 2 baserunners in yesterday's game (both at 3b) giving him four OF assists on the young season.

And speaking of hitting shoes, Hello Ismael! The young, unheralded Nicaraguan is now 9 for 18 to start his pro career with just 1 K. That kind of production is going to keep Munguia in the lineup more often methinks.

* * *

New club starts up it's season tonight as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes go up against last year's NWL champs the Hillsboro Hills, who eliminated SK in the semi-finals last year in a dramatic extra-innings finale. The opener will also be the eagerly anticipated domestic debut of 19 year old Victor Concepcion who absolutely dominated the DSL last year.

Today's Matchups:
Sacramento: Ty Blach vs. Daniel McCutchen
Richmond: Kyle Crick vs. Justin Haley
San Jose: Jose Reyes vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu
Augusta:  Luis Pino vs. Emilio Ogando
SK: Victor Concepcion vs. Anfernee Benitez