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SF Giants Minor Lines, 7/22

There was a lot of early inning action up and down the system, and a bit of late-inning drama as well, especially in Salem-Keizer, where Bryan Reynolds got another first in his pro career.

Sacramento defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 7-3

Pos

Player

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

CF

Gorkys Hernandez

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

.296

.377

.403

2B

Kelby Tomlinson

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.208

.288

.283

LF

Austin Slater

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.229

.317

.349

C

Miguel Olivo

4

1

1

4

0

0

1

0

2

.262

.295

.451

SS

Rando Moreno

4

2

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

.307

.331

.402

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Joan Gregorio (W, 3-6)

7.0

4

1

1

0

9

0

0

0

5.43

Steven Okert

0.2

2

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.38

Tyler Rogers

1.1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

3.12

No rehabbing Major Leaguers?  No red hot Andrew Susac?  No problem!

Sacramento put this game out of reach early, and by early, I mean they hit a Grand Slam at the absolute earliest possibility.  Gorkys Hernandez led off the inning with a walk, Kelby Tomlinson singled, and then Austin Slater walked to load the bases.  With Andrew Susac and his home run streak taking a day off, Miguel Olivo was taking his place.  And that included hitting home runs, because he hit the grand slam, and Sacramento was up 4-0 before there was even an out.  And the River Cats weren’t even done yet.  Rando Moreno hit a two-run home run later in the inning to make it 6-0.

That was more than enough for Joan Gregorio, who bounced back from a string a rough starts to have one of his best of the year.  He matched a season-high in innings, set a season-high in strikeouts (9), and for the third time this season, he allowed no walks.  Gregorio dropped his ERA by nearly half a point, from 5.92 to 5.43.  He also notched a career milestone...

For Olivo, his home run was his eighth in his 55th game of the year.  He spent much of the year filling in during Susac’s injuries.  Meanwhile, for Rando Moreno, his first inning home run was his first of the season, in 85 games between Sacramento and Richmond.  Kelby Tomlinson seems to getting his feet under him, having gone 5-for-13 over the last three games, and he’s gotten his average above .200 in 15 games at AAA.  In the bullpen, Tyler Rogers has had some ups and downs in Sacramento so far.  After Friday, he’s given up three earned runs in 7 innings at AAA.  The biggest issue has been giving up hits, nearly 1 an inning.  He had a .198 BAA in Richmond, but that’s jumped to .257 so far in Sacramento.

One injury note we'll keep an eye on:

Some Prospect related trade rumors...

Rough translation?  The Giants could get bullpen help with the Brewers instead.  Milwaukee is interested in lefty Dominican prospect Adalberto Mejia.  GiantsProspectTalk pulled this quote from a recent chat touching on at Mejia:

Richmond lost to the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals), 2-1

Pos

Player

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

CF

Steven Duggar

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.288

.348

.425

2B

Christian Arroyo

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.283

.319

.390

3B

Ryder Jones

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

2

.233

.268

.372

C

Steven Lerud

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.196

.327

.261

LF

Darren Ford

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

.242

.317

.290

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Sam Coonrod (L, 2-2)

6.2

3

2

2

4

4

0

0

0

3.68

Preston Claiborne

1.1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.97

Sam Coonrod took a difficult loss as the Squirrel offense couldn’t find itself.

Coonrod only gave up three hits in 6.2 innings, but it was enough.  In the second, he gave up a double, and two productive outs let the first Senators run across.  That tied the game at one, which held until the 7th.  Coonrod gave up a one-out walk, but after the runner moved to second, Coonrod gave an intentional walk before he was replaced by Preston Claiborne.  However, Clairborne gave up a single that let one of Coonrod’s runners across.

Coonrod’s walks and strikeouts remain his defining characteristic in Richmond.  In six starts, Coonrod has 20 walks and 24 strikeouts in 36.2 innings.

The offense was thanks to Chris Shaw and Ryder Jones.  Shaw led off the second inning with a walk, and Jones followed with an RBI double.  It was his 21st double of the season, and had been mired in a 1-for-13 slump.  Shaw’s walk now means that he has as many walks in the last nine games (3) as hits as his slump continues.  His Richmond batting average has dropped to .208.  The other extra-base hit for Richmond was Arroyo’s double, his team-leading 29th of the season.

This was posted in yesterday's comments, but it's worth a look, John Manual invoking the name of one of the Giants' most recent draft busts, and thinking Steven Duggar could be what that bust never was.

Finally, if you like the Squirrels, like Muhammad Ali, like novelty Jerseys and like donating to charity.  And especially if you're Roger and you like Chris Shaw, consider this.

San Jose lost to the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels), 10-3

Pos

Player

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.261

.317

.411

LF

Robbie Garvey

5

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

.255

.287

.336

1B

Miguel Gomez

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

.250

.304

.350

DH

Daniel Carbonell

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

.278

.333

.383

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jordan Johnson (L, 6-8)

6.0

10

8

6

0

5

2

0

1

5.88

Jeff Soptic

2.0

5

2

1

0

3

0

0

0

6.45

Reyes Moronta

1.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

2.23

So…this wasn’t the best game for Jordan Johnson.

Johnson has been giving up hits all season, and while the 10 hits aren’t a season high for him (he’s given up 11 and 10 before), this game was a difficult one for him.  Johnson gave up runs in each of the first five innings, all in different ways.  In the second inning, he gave up four singles in a row, but in the third and the fourth, it was a home run in each inning.  Johnson’s ERA is at its highest point in the season, at 5.88.

On the offensive side, the Giants didn’t have many runs, but a few players were in the right direction.  Miguel Gomez notched his second double and second walk in San Jose as he acclimates to the new level, and stays strikeout free.  Gomez had 12 walks and 25 strikeouts in Augusta.  Gomez hasn’t struck out since July 8th, a span of 43 plate appearances.

Ronnie Jebavy added two hits as he has improved his output after the departure of Steven Duggar.  Jebavy is 15-for-45 (.333) over his last ten games.  Robbie Garvey also managed a two-hit game, though the speedster hasn’t stolen a base since July 10th.

Some roster news:

Vizcaino rolled his ankle in Thursday's game.  San Jose's active roster is back down to 23.  Todd Linden said after Thursday's game that he thought Vizcaino was alright, so hopefully the DL stint is just an abundance of caution.

Augusta was defeated by the Asheville Tourists (Rockies), 10-5

Pos

Player

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

2B

Jalen Miller

5

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.227

.261

.315

LF

Jean Angomas

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.222

.271

.307

3B

Dillon Dobson

5

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

1

.263

.299

.467

1B

Skyler Ewing

4

1

3

1

0

0

1

0

0

.236

.311

.389

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Solter (L, 2-2)

5.0

7

6

6

4

3

0

0

2

6.81

Luis Pino

2.0

3

4

4

0

2

3

2

0

5.27

Ryan Koziol

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.08

In another bad early start, Asheville jumped out to a 4-0 start against Augusta starter Matt Solter.

Solter gave up a leadoff double, but got two outs and was on the verge of getting out of the trouble, but then gave up a walk, a single and a double as three runs came across.  After a wild pitch and a walk, another single finished off the inning for the Tourists.  It would give them a lead, and Augusta wouldn’t get much offense in until they got into the Asheville bullpen past their starter, Trey Killian.

Skyler Ewing was the only GreenJacket to actually get to Killian.  Ewing hit a home run for the third straight game, now bringing up his total to five on the season.  Meanwhile, Jalen Miller continued to heat up.  He’s got hits in his last five games, and is 8-for-21 over that span.

Salem-Keizer edged the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 10-9

Pos

Player

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

RF-CF

Ashford Fulmer

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.320

.441

.412

LF

Gio Brusa

3

2

2

4

1

0

1

1

0

.329

.369

.553

CF

Bryan Reynolds

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.306

.411

.500

RF

Julio Pena

4

2

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

.286

.318

.333

1B

Ryan Kirby

4

2

3

3

1

0

1

1

0

.276

.382

.447

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Hengerber Medina

4.0

10

5

5

2

3

3

0

0

5.73

Kendry Melo

3.0

1

2

2

2

5

0

0

0

3.27

Nick Sabo

1.0

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

1

2.76

CJ Gettman (W, 1-0)

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

6.48

The Volcanoes edged the AquaSox in an exciting game, and they did it without Bryan Reynolds.

Let’s start there, Reynolds started the game, but struck out in the first inning and apparently wasn’t happy about it.  Another first for our top draft pick: His first ejection!

Once that was out of the way, it was a back and forth game.  In the third, Gio Brusa doubled, Reynolds’ replacement Julio Pena singled, and Ryan Kirby doubled to put the Volcanoes up 2-0.  Everett tied it in the fourth, and then took a 5-2 lead in the 5th as they led off the inning with three straight home runs off Hengerber Medina as he got knocked out of the game.  But Salem-Keizer came back on a Gio Brusa three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to tie it at 5.

Everett took the lead back in the sixth with two more runs, but the Volcanoes came back in the seventh on a Ryan Kirby home run to tie it.  With the score tied at 7, Everett once again got two runs in the 8th, going up 9-7, and this time, the Volcanoes only answered with one run, on a Brusa sacrifice fly, to make is 9-8 going to the final inning.  In the bottom of the 9th, the Volcanoes got some help, as Kirby walked, and Gustavo Cabrera reached on an error and stole second, to put the winning run in scoring position.  Kevin Rivera finished the game with a walk-off single, scoring both runs.

Brusa has been overshadowed at times by his teammates Reynolds and Heath Quinn (who was off for today), but he is tied with Cabrera for the team lead with four home runs and is batting .329 even after a recent cool streak.  Add in the five doubles he has, and Brusa leads the Volcanoes with a .553 slugging percentage.  Kirby also got in a three hit day, though his double was a team-leading 8th, but his home run was his first on the season.  For the 23-year old Pena, he made his first appearance in a game since July 12th, but his three hits showed he was ready for the unexpected action.

AZL Giants defeated the AZL Royals, 10-0

Pos

Player

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

CF

Malique Ziegler

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

3

.313

.436

.500

RF

Sandro Fabian

3

1

1

0

0

0

3

0

1

.339

.381

.589

LF

Jacob Heyward

4

2

2

1

0

0

2

1

0

.447

.581

.851

3B

Nick Hill

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.301

.395

.397

C

Connor Sabanosh

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.273

.407

.273

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Caleb Baragar (W, 3-1)

5.0

1

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

3.33

Chris Falwell (S, 1)

4.0

2

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

2.50

It figures that the AZL Giants get a big offensive outburst just when they finally get a strong pitching performance.

Caleb Baragar got in his best start of the season so far, going five shutout innings, a season-high, allowing just one hit and two walks.  Chris Falwell partnered with him and did almost as well, with four shutout innings.  Both allowed just three baserunners in their time on the mound.  The big difference was Falwell, with no strikeouts on his record.  He has just 15 in 25 innings of work, and this was the second time he’s had no strikeouts in an appearance (the other was also four innings of work).

The pitching almost got outdone by the offense, which was heavily helped by five Royals errors.  Only three of the ten runs that came in for the Giants were earned on the  Royals record.  Jacob Heyward returned to getting multiple hits after getting just one in each of his last three games.  Heyward has a 6-game hit streak, but also a 5-game walk streak.  However, Heyward’s not been the only strong outfield for the team.  21-year old Nick Hill (26th rounder) had his second straight two-hit game, and 19-year old Malique Ziegler (22nd rounder) had his third straight two-hit game.

DSL Giants defeated DSL Mariners1, 6-3, in 10 innings

Pos

Player

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

DH

Wascar De Leon

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

.258

.388

.273

RF

Diego Rincones

5

1

2

2

0

1

1

0

0

.263

.341

.377

1B

Angeddy Almanzar

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.321

.400

.470

LF

Ismael Munguia

2

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.301

.376

.383

3B

Francisco Medina

5

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

.254

.335

.694

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Johan Herrera

6.2

6

2

1

2

2

0

0

0

2.15

Jerson Severin

1.1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

6.08

Jasier Herrera (BS, 1)(W, 3-0)

2.0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.80

This game was bookended by runs, many more at the end.

Each team picked up a run in the first, the Giants off of a Diego Rincones triple.  But the Mariners got a second run in the second inning, and the game stayed 2-1 until the 8th.  There, Wascar De Leon drew his third walk of the game, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch, where he would score on another wild pitch to tie the game.  In the 9th, the Giants took the lead on an Ismael Munguia single and a Francisco Medina double, making it 3-2.  However, Jasier Herrera could not hold the lead in the 9th,  giving up a pair of two-out hits to let the game go to extras.

However, in the 10th, the Giants exploded.  With two out, Rincones broke the tie with a solo home run, but for insurance, Angeddy Almanzar doubled and then Ricardo Genoves singled him home.  Munguia later singled in one more run to ice the game for the DSL squad.

The big day belonged to Rincones, whose triple and home run were respectively his first of each on the season.  The 17-year old had been cold for much of July, but has gone 5-for-12 over his last three games.  Munguia had a nice game as well, going 2-for-2 after coming in midway through the game.  On the pitching side Johan Herrera had a solid start, with only one of the runs being earned.  The 17-year old has a 2.15 ERA in nine starts, but has struck out only 23 in 46 innings of work, having struck out no more than two per start in his last four games.  Meanwhile, Jasier Herrera (of no relation) gave up only his third run of the season, in his tenth game.  He still picked up the win in relief, however.

Today's Matchups:

Sacramento: TBD vs. El Paso's Frank Garces

Richmond: Tyler Beede vs. Harrisburg's Tyler Mapes

San Jose: Jose Reyes vs. Inland Empire's Justin Anderson

Augusta: TBD vs. Greensboro's LJ Brewster

Salem-Keizer: Raffi Viziano vs. Everett's TBD

As usual, the AZL and DSL are TBD.