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A Giant All Star makes a giant impression.

Always fun to check in on All Star games and see how well our prospects performed against the best of their peers. And yesterday, we had one standout performance, as Rodolfo Martinez raised the temperatures of scouts on-hand as he lit up the radar gun.



Woot! Keep the caliente going Rodolfo!

HIGHLIGHTS: Myles Schroder had 5 hits including a double; Heath Quinn reached base 4 times with a double

Sacramento beat Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 5-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Gorkys Hernandez

3

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

.280

.356

.384

3b

Ruben Tejada

4

1

1

3

1

0

1

0

0

.200

.227

.450

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chris Heston W 2-8

7.0

4

2

2

1

2

1

0

0

3.82

Steven Okert S 1

2.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.65

Ex-Met SS Ruben Tejada had the big blow in this game, a 3-run HR. He also had a long, loud fly out a night after delivering two doubles into the gap. And perhaps most interestingly, he spent the night at the hot corner, as the Giants no doubt want to look at all their options for enduring Matt Duffy's absence.

It'll be interesting to see if the Giants are willing to use a 40 man spot on Tejada as both Adrianza and Tomlinson get closer to coming back, especially so soon after using one on Ramiro Pena (though Pena is somewhat stretched on the left side of the infield).

The RiverCats also got a HR from lead-off hitter Gorkys Hernandez. It was Hernandez' 4th of the year and his first leading off the game (well, leading off the Sacramento portion of it anyway). As the Giants keep searching for RH answers in the OF Gorkys could come into play at some point.

Chris Heston delivered one of his best starts of the year going 7 strong innings. His only real trouble came from Catcher Rob Brantley who touched him for both a solo HR and a double off the wall. But other than Brantley Heston was almost perfect over 7, picking up 11 groundball outs with his sinker dancing. Steven Okert, fresh from facing two batters in the majors went two innings to pick up the save, and lookee here! he even managed to strike out a RHH.

* * *

Richmond beat Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies), 11-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Darren Ford

6

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.178

.275

.222

3b

Christian Arroyo

6

1

2

3

1

0

0

0

1

.286

.330

.399

RF

Hunter Cole

5

1

3

2

0

0

1

0

1

.257

.321

.394

SS

Myles Schroder

4

1

4

1

1

0

0

1

0

.273

.330

.357

C

Jeff Arnold

4

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.206

.301

.302

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Dan Slania W 6-4

6.1

3

2

1

4

5

0

0

0

3.19

Ray Black

1.0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

6.08

Chase Johnson

0.1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

3.56

Jose Casilla

0.2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

3.14

Hartford starting pitcher Sam Howard (Rockies #25 prospect) had quite recently humiliated the San Jose Giants twice, striking out a career high 10 vs. San Jose twice in a two week period, helping to earn himself a promotion to AA. But the Richmond hitters dished out some revenge for their A+ brethren, touching him up for 11 hits and 8 runs in less than 4 IP. Only 3 of those runs were earned, as it happens, but the five unearned runs came courtesy of HRs from Hunter Cole and Tyler Horan following a two-out error, so it's not like Howard didn't contribute to the mess.

In total the Squirrels ran up a season high 19 hits and 11 runs in this game, and some folks got some instant health into their batting averages (I'm looking at you Darren Ford and Jeff Arnold).

The standout of the day was good ol' Myles Schroder, who not only had a perfect day at the plate, reaching base in all 5 PA, he also filled in at SS so Christian Arroyo could get in some more work at 3b. With Moreno gone they don't have a great fill-in for Arroyo at SS when he's working around the infield, but as I've said before, Schroder is the Squirrels ultimate Swiss Army Knife, having played every position but Pitcher in his Richmond career.

Interestingly enough, this was Arroyo's third consecutive start at 3b (see Tejada comments above). With his 20th double of the year Arroyo tied for the league lead in that category, with the Indian's Clint Frazier, the HS OF who went 20 picks before Arroyo in the 2013 draft.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Stand up <a href="https://twitter.com/Dan_Slania40">@Dan_Slania40</a>, take a bow: career-high 6.1 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 BB, 5 SO (98 P/61 S)</p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/745399077827813377">June 21, 2016</a></blockquote>

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Dan Slania continues to stretch out and provide the Richmond rotation with a lift. His successful starting stint has been a real eye opener for the hard throwing RHP. He hit a new career high, pitching into the 7th inning for the first time in this game, and getting within two pitches of 100 for the second straight outing.  Ray Black continued to look sharp since coming back from the DL. He walked a batter in this outing, but that's the only baserunner he's allowed in three appearances this week.

* * *

San Jose and Augusta remained on their All Star breaks

Other than Rodolfo Martinez' performance it was mostly a slow All Star day for the Giants performers. CJ Hinojosa and Chris Shaw each contributed an RBI double in the Cal League's 9th inning comeback rally, (it fell short and Carolina League won 6-4). But it was their only hit of the game in both cases as each went 1 for 4. Reyes Moronta had a rough inning of work, allowing three hits and two runs, while striking out no one.

In the Sally League game, the Augusta contingent was whittled down by Phil Bickford's promotion and Michael Santos continued DL stint. Dylan Davis and Matt Winn both substituted into the game, but neither got a hit. Caleb Smith pitched 0.2 inning, walking a batter but erasing him on a double play.

Rodolfo's performance, however, was so impressive it earned him some hardware:

* * *

Salem Keizer lost at Boise Hawks (Rockies), 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

LF

Jean Angomas

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.280

CS

RF

Ashord Fulmer

3

1

2

0

0

1

0

0

1

.417

SB (1)

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mac Marshall L 0-1

5.0

5

3

3

3

4

0

0

1

5.40

Cesar Yanez

1.1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

Carlos Diaz

0.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

-

Nolan Riggs

1.2

1

1

1

1

3

1

0

0

4.91

Well that's not good baseballing! The Volcanoes offensive eruption (see what I did there?) sputtered out as they managed just two runs on eight hits and three walks. Jean Angomas had two more hits, but he also made two crucial outs on the base paths, getting CS after his single, and in perhaps the game's fulcrum play, getting thrown out at 3b trying to stretch a double. That out was immediately followed by Ashford Fulmer's two-out triple and Kevin Rivera's ground out to end the inning. Had Angomas stuck at 2b, it's likely the Volcanoes would have taken a 4-3 lead in the inning. As it was they wasted their only two XBH of the game and never had another scoring threat.

Fulmer created the Volcanoes second run with his feet, stealing 3b and coming home on an errant throw from the Catcher.

Mac Marshall had his first game action since May 1 with Augusta and his control continued to be an issue. He walked 3 and threw a WP in his first start back in SK. For the year, he has 20 BBs in 20.1 IP and for his pro career he's now walked 35 batters in 41.1 IP.  This from a guy who had a reputation as a somewhat polished young pitcher prior to being drafted. Curiouser and curiouser.

LHP Carlos Diaz joined the Volcanoes staff prior to the game and got in his first action of the year since he pitched an inning with San Jose in the first week of the season.

Say, have we mentioned the Volcanoes new unis yet?

* * *

AZL Giants lost to the AZL Diamondbacks 10-9

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

SS

Ryan Howard

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

.250

E (3)

LF

Chris Denorfia

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.333

GIDP

1b

Ryan Kirby

4

2

2

2

0

0

0

0

2

.375

SF

RF

Heath quinn

3

2

2

0

1

0

0

1

1

.600

HBP

3b

Becker Mendoza

5

1

3

2

0

0

0

0

1

.444

2b

Michael Bernal

5

0

2

2

2

0

0

0

0

.400

E (1)

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Julio Benitez

2.2

5

6

2

3

1

0

0

0

6.75

DJ Myers

2.1

5

1

1

0

2

1

0

0

3.86

Jacob Greenwalt

1.0

2

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

9.00

Reagan Bazar

1.0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0.00

Randy Ortiz BS 1 L 0-1

2.0

2

2

2

4

2

0

0

0

9.00

It was flying around the desert last night! More debuts, particuarly on the pitching side from 15th rounder DJ Myers out of UNLV, 23rd rounder Jacob Greenwalt, one of the few HS picks in the Giants draft this year, and the hard throwing 17th rounder Reagan Bazar out of U-Lousiana-Lafayette. OF convert Randy Ortiz, still trying to make it as a pitcher, had a rough night throwing strikes, allowing solo runs in the 8th and 9th innings to lose it.

Two guys who probably won't be in the league long are Chris Denorfia and Heath Quinn, two OF on disparate ends of their careers who are just getting in a little "spring training" before moving on to higher places. Quinn reached base four times (one the hard way) and made loud contact. Expect to see him join the Volcanoes soon. Denorfia will likely be in Sacramento within the week.

If you want to see what some of the newest Giants look like, there's a tremendous photo gallery from last night's game here, thanks to 37FraamesPhoto:

And once again, we had friend of ML Conner Penfold in attendance:

There's plenty more where that came from, so make sure you follow @giant_potential on Twitter. He put up a bunch of great HD footage from Monday night's game on his site as well and likely will again from last night.

* * *

DSL Giants game trail DSL Rojos 7-2 in the 4th, suspended by rain

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

LF

17.6

Ismael Munguia

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.433

SB (3)

1b

17.11

Angeddy Almanzar

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

.353

E (4)

RF

18.1

Franklin Labour

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.232

3b

17.1

Nishell Gutierrez

2

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.227

E (6)

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

20.7

North Gudino

1.2

7

4

4

1

1

0

0

0

5.23

20.2

Andy Acosta

2.0

3

3

0

0

4

0

0

1

3.52

Neither by Norwith Gudino could the DSL team prevail in this one. (Oh man, I SLAY myself with some of this material!)

I would assume this game will get picked up where it was suspended in this morning's rematch (DSL schedule is always made of back to back games with the same opponent, once in each complex). So we'll pick up the action in tomorrow's Minor Lines.

Meanwhile, a somewhat surprising note on the transaction line for a six figure kid that just didn't work out.

* * *

One more short schedule tonight as the A ball kids finish their breaks. The biggest excitement on the mound comes in Boise, where Victor Concepcion returns to the mound to try to improve upon his debut performance.

Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Ty Blach vs. Joe Wieland
Richmond: Matt Gage vs. Zach Jemiola
SK: Victor Concepcion vs. Michael Zimmerman
AZL: TBD (Stetson Woods?)
DSL: Johan Herrera vs. TBD

Have fun at the ball yard everyone!