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SF Giants Minor Lines, 8/11

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Two lefties with very different styles took the spotlight for the system today.

Why do we love baseball? Cuz' this stuff happens!

HIGHLIGHTS: Andrew Suarez allowed 1 Run over 6 IP; Garrett Williams struck out 7 in 5 IP; Heath Quinn and Gustavo Cabrera had three hits with a double

Sacramento had a scheduled night off

* * *

Richmond beat Trenton Thunder (Yankees), 7-2
losing their four game series, 1-3

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

Steven Duggar

CF

4

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.321

.379

.417

Christian Arroyo

3B

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

1

0

.275

.320

.373

Chris Shaw

1B

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.235

.284

.403

Tyler Horan

DH

4

0

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

.249

.314

.421

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Andrew Suarez (W, 6-6)

6.0

7

1

1

1

5

0

4.19

Carlos Alvarado

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.00

Josh Osich

0.2

1

1

1

1

2

0

18.00

Rodolfo Martinez

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

5.74

Richmond avoided the four-game sweep versus the second best team in the minors, the 75-43 Thunder (unfortunately for Trenton, the best record in the minors resides in their own division with the Reading Fightin' Phils). And they did it in improbably fashion, by giving Chance Adams his first loss of the season after 13 consecutive wins (over two levels). It's only the second professional loss of Adams career. The hard-throwing RHP came out of the same Dallas Baptist University draft class as now Squirrel Cory Taylor and he's flown up the Yankees' system. But the Squirrels put the biggest beating on him that he's had as a pro, with the KO being a big five-run fifth inning.

Horan had quite a memorable series, going 5 for 13 with two doubles and a triple, making several memorable catches, throwing a runner out at the plate, and taking a loss (and a bit of a drubbing) in his professional pitching debut.

The big offensive game had to feel good for the Squirrels who were very nearly no-hit by Adams last month.

The beneficiary of the offensive outburst was Andrew Suarez, who continued his recent roll, giving up just 1 run over 6 IP. Suarez has now given up 2 runs or fewer in each of his last six starts while going at least 6 IP in every one.  After a June 26 outing in which he ballooned his AA ERA up to 6.53 by giving up 7 Runs (4 ER) in just 2 innings, Suarez has knocked nearly 2.5 runs off that ERA. He's also upped his bat missing abilities over that time, with 43 Ks in 46.2 IP (9 BBs). Here he is abusing the Yankees recently acquired Billy McKinney.

Josh Osich got in his second rehab appearances which went a bit better than the first. In Osich' first outing he threw just 7 of 20 pitches for strikes, walking three of the four batters he faced. He K'd two in this appearance, though he still had trouble with his command throwing just 10 of 18 pitches for strikes. Throwing strikes had been an issue for him before the DL stint, so maybe a long rehab is in order to try to correct the issue.

* * *

San Jose beat High Desert Mavericks (Rangers), 4-3
winning their three game series, 2-1

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

Rando Moreno

SS

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.184

.200

.237

Dylan Davis

RF

2

1

1

0

0

1

2

2

1

.289

.356

.535

Miguel Gomez

2B

4

0

1

1

0

0

2

0

0

.238

.270

.417

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Dan Slania (W, 2-0)

6.0

5

2

0

1

2

0

1.38

Pat Young (H, 8)

1.0

0

0

0

1

0

0

3.59

D.J. Snelten (H, 6)

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

4.26

Reyes Moronta (S, 10)

1.0

2

1

1

0

1

0

2.37

Dylan Davis' 18th HR of the year (and 10th in just 41 games played in SJ) was the deciding blow of the rubber match of this series, in which San Jose took two of three from the team with the Cal League's best record. The HR puts Davis just one behind Jarrett Parker and Chris Shaw for the organizational lead.

It was a rather sloppy affair, with the Giants committing four errors on the day. But Dan Slania put his head down and just pitched through it all. Slania wasn't missing many bats, but he continued to put zeros on the board.

Rando Moreno broke up a stretch of 3 for 25 with the two-hit day. Ironically, Moreno, who was sent down to give San Jose a little veteran presence for the stretch drive, has never had much success in the Cal League, hitting just .218 there in a short spell back in 2014 (his worst year as a pro). The benefit of his two-hit day was undermined a bit however, by the two-error day that accompanied it. Another vet, Daniel Carbonell allowed one of Slania's two unearned runs to score when he simply dropped a two-out fly ball.

Nonetheless, the win was the 60th of the year for the Giants (60-57) who are sitting in good position for a Wild Card spot in the Cal league playoffs.

* * *

Augusta beat the Lexington Legends (Royals), 3-2 in 10 inn

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

Johneshwy Fargas

CF

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.286

.356

.390

Dillon Dobson

3B

5

1

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

.275

.316

.475

John Polonius

SS

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

.137

.170

.157

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Grant Watson

5.0

2

2

0

1

5

0

4.30

Connor Kaden

4.0

4

0

0

0

4

0

3.75

Ryan Halstead (W, 4-3)

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

4.63

Fargas and Miller couldn't get the walk off win in the 9th. But Dillon Dobson led off the 10th with his 21st double of the year, went to 3b on a WP and came home with the winner on Skyler Ewing's soft line drive single as the Greenjackets kept pushing towards the playoffs. Augusta had six SB in this game, running all over Scott Blewett. Johneshwy Fargas had two of them to give him 29 SB in just 62 games played in Augusta this year. He has 38 SB over two levels against 14 CS.

Starter Grant Watson had his best game in a month, surrendering just 2 unearned runs in 5 IP with 5 Ks. The last time he didn't surrender any earned runs was on July 17.  Oddly, Watson has struck out 5 batters in five of his last six outings (and four in the other one).

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to Eugene Emeralds (Cubs), 7-4
getting swept in their four game series, 0-4

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

Bryan Reynolds

DH

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

.317

.387

.540

Heath Quinn

RF

4

1

3

1

0

0

2

0

1

.326

.410

.528

Ryan Howard

SS

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

.260

.293

.338

Gustavo Cabrera

LF

4

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

.250

.292

.446

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Garrett Williams

5.0

4

1

1

1

7

0

2.53

Nick Sabo (L, 2-1)

1.0

3

4

4

2

0

1

3.86

Nolan Riggs

3.0

3

2

2

1

2

2

4.83

Well, they finally got a strong outing from a starter in this series, anyway. Garrett Williams, the Giants hi-risk/hi-reward 6th rounder from Oklahoma St., had his best professional outing in every way. It was his longest outing by two innings, and he came close to doubling his season K total with 7 Ks as his power fastball/curve combo dominated. Going bat-heavy in this draft, the Giants had to get creative with the pitchers they went after in the mid rounds. Williams and Krook represent some of the best potential upside that was available in those mid-rounds though both come with significant IFs of course. With Williams the big IF is consistency and command, so a 5 inning, 1 BB outing is a sight for sore eyes.

With Bryan Reynolds taking a hat trick and Heath Quinn picking up three ore hits with a double the two swapped positions in the league OPS lead. Quinn is now 3rd in the league in average, 6th in OBP, 2nd in SLG and 1st in OPS. He also added to his league lead in OF assist yesterday with his 7th. He and Reynolds are tied for 3rd in HRs.

Excellent night fro Gustavo Cabrera as well, who had his third three-hit night of th eyear. And perhaps more significantly, it was his first game without a K since July 11.

* * *

AZL Giants lost to AZL Angels, 6-5 in 14 inn

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

Woody Edwards

LF

6

0

2

1

0

0

2

1

0

.320

.360

.404

Jose Layer

RF

6

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.231

.231

.308

Robinson Medrano

1B

6

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

.233

.318

.397

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Alex Bostic

4.0

4

3

2

2

2

0

4.74

Nick Deeg

3.0

4

2

2

1

1

1

3.60

Sandro Cabrera

2.0

1

0

0

2

1

0

2.67

Reagan Bazar

3.0

0

0

0

3

2

0

4.40

Nathanael Javier (L, 0-1)

1.2

1

1

0

1

1

0

0.00

As my brother noted, you'd think after playing only 6 innings the day before the AZL team (which has like 20 rostered pitchers) would be able to sneak through a 14 inning game without resorting to a position player on the mound. Such was not the case, however, as Nathanel Javier pitched the final two innings of this game. And the erstwhile 3b accommodated himself quite well. He threw a 3 up/3 down 13th inning and after a single, bunt, and IBB started out the 14th, he put himself in a position to get to the 15th with a strikeout and a routine grounder to 1b.

But Robinson Medrano booted it for a game losing error, thus ending one his best night's of the year on a sour note. Medrano came a HR away from a cycle. He did, however, have two errors and was also caught stealing at home. Medrano's had an oddly asymmetrical year with the bat. He's only had hits in 9 of his 23 games played, but in six of those games he's had multiple hits. In those six games he's gone 14 for 24 with four doubles, a triple, and a HR. The rest of the year he's been pretty much 0 fer going just 3 for 50 in his other 14 games played.

* * *

DSL Giants beat DSL Rojos, 2-1

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

Nishell Gutierrez

2B

5

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

1

.242

.308

.273

Francisco Medina

3B

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.265

.371

.305

Andres Angulo

C

3

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.183

.330

.220

Hector Santiago

SS

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.333

.333

.333

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Orleny Quiroz

6.0

2

0

0

2

7

0

2.11

Oliver Pinto (BS, 1)(W, 3-0)

3.0

4

1

1

0

1

0

1.89

For the second straight game, the Giants snuck out a 2-1 victory over the Rojos, though Quiroz and Pinto allowed twice as many hits as did Acosta and Reyes the day before.  Pinto went to the 9th holding on to a 1-0 lead, but a leadoff double led to the Blown Save. The Giants scored the walk off victory when Ismael Munguia drew a one-out walk and came around on a walk-off triple fro Nishell Gutierrez, the Giants only XBH of the game (they had just five hits).

Francisco Medina, who as a 17 year old last year hit 7 HRs (along with 8 doubles) but had an ugly 55 K, 12 BB ratio, has been a diamtetrically different player this year. He's kept his Ks (31) and BBs (30) perfectly aligned this year but he's had little to no power all year, with just five XBH and just 1 HR. Put his 17 year old and 18 year old selves together and you'd really have something! (unless you got the version with no power and tons of contact issues).

At the bottom of today's box score is a pretty significant surprise. Hector Santiago, who the Giants drafted in the 12th round of the 2015 draft out of a Puerto Rican Academy, has been sent from the AZL to the DSL to get more steady playing time and needed development. The Giants really like Santiago (they invited him to their winter camp last year, which was a noticeable development for the youngster who had really struggled in limited playing time in the AZL). He has size and athleticism and even though he's in his second season, he was so young going into the draft last year that he's still many months away from his 19th birthday. I know the Giants sent Brandon Crawford to their DSL camp in the fall of his draft year to make up for time he'd missed that year due to injury, but otherwise I can't think of a single instance when they've sent a player drafted in the Amateur Rule 4 draft to the DSL. Very interesting, and probably helpful for Santiago who really does need reps. And probably, being a native Spanish speaker should help make the transition an easier one for him. He did just mention recently....

So at least now he's a bit closer.

* * *

Today's Matchups:
Sacramento: Albert Suarez vs. Mike Minor
Richmond: Matt Gage vs. Jayson Acquino
San Jose: Conner Menez vs. Jose Hernandez
Augusta: Jake McCasland vs. Yunior Marte
SK, AZL, DSL: TBD