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SF Giants Minor Lines, 8/31

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Guess who finally got a promotion? A bunch of guys! And the Giants finally have a playoff team in their system...who could only seal the clinch by....losing???

I can’t help but check out some good look blondes when I’m at the ballgame.

Sacramento defeated Reno (Diamondbacks), 5-3

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Ali Castillo

3B

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.308

Ryan Lollis

RF

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.263

Travis Ishikawa

1B

3

1

2

1

0

0

1

1

1

.259

Grant Green

2B-LF

4

2

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

.308

Ruben Tejada

SS

4

0

2

1

0

0

2

0

0

.291

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Joan Gregorio (W, 6-8)

6.0

3

3

3

2

7

0

5.45

Tyler Rogers (H, 4)

2.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

5.46

Jean Machi (S, 13)

1.0

0

0

0

2

1

0

3.60

Sacramento rode a big first inning to this win.

With one out, Myles Schroder got things going with a bunt single, and a walk to Ryan Lollis put runners on first and second.  Travis Ishikawa singled in a run with two outs, and Grant Green doubled in another.  Ruben Tejada finished with a two-run single, to give Sacramento a four run lead.

That lead was barely enough for the River Cats to hold onto.  Joan Gregorio had a solid start, giving up three runs in six innings, on only three hits and two walks.  For Gregorio, it still lowered his ERA slightly, to 5.45, where it has hovered for about nearly two months.  But it was enough, with relievers Tyler Rogers and Jean Machi, were enough.

Grant Green continues to impress at Triple-A, raising his batting average to .308, with his 18th double and 4 triples in 89 games.  Travis Ishikawa had his fourth multi-hit game in the last nine games, though his batting average in Sacramento still hovers at .259.

Unexpected replacement alert: Austin Slater was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning, for no obvious reason.  The final defensive play of the previous inning was a fly ball to him that prompted this tweet, but nothing else was reported:

And, one roster move to note:

Richmond was defeated by Hartford (Rockies), 3-2 (11 Innings)

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Steven Duggar

CF

6

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.312

Christian Arroyo

3B

6

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.274

Hunter Cole

RF

6

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

.272

Tyler Horan

LF

5

0

3

0

0

0

1

1

1

.266

C.J Hinojosa

SS

5

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

.255

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Matt Gage

7.0

1

0

0

0

9

0

3.38

Carlos Alvarado

1.0

4

2

2

0

1

0

3.12

Rodolfo Martinez

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

6.95

Tyler Mizenko (L, 2-7)

2.0

1

1

1

0

0

1

4.39

The Squirrels got an excellent start from Matt Gage, but a need for offense may have cost them more from their starter, and the game.

Matt Gage gave up just one hit through seven innings, and four baserunners (through three errors).  It was arguably the best start the 23-year old has had during a hot run, with three scoreless outings in his last four games.  He tied a career high with 9 strikeouts, something he did twice last season.  However, with the game tied at zero in the 7th, and Gage at 85 pitches, he was lifted for a pinch-hitter.  85 pitches is the second-lowest pitch total Gage has had this year, with only a rough two-inning outing going less.  He has hit 100 pitches ten times in 23 starts.  The pinch hitter, Chris Shaw, singled but was the only Squirrel to reach base in the inning.

Gage’s relief gave up two runs in the 8th, putting Richmond down.  However, Richmond was able to rally in the ninth.  A walk and an error put runners on the corners with one-out in the bottom of the ninth.  Christian Arroyo and Tyler Horan each hit an RBI single to tie the game and send it to extras.  However, Tyler Mizenko gave up the 11th inning home run that would be the difference.

The heart of the Squirrels order showed some offense, with three three-hit games from Hunter Cole, Tyler Horan and C.J. Hinojosa.  However, not a single Squirrel got an extra-base hit out of 14 total, which certainly fed into the Squirrels’ troubles offensively.

San Jose was blasted by Bakersfield (Mariners), 15-7

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Ronnie Jebavy

CF

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

1

.249

Miguel Gomez

3B

5

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

.258

T.J. Bennett

2B

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.295

Aramis Garcia

C

4

2

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

.265

Daniel Carbonell

RF

2

2

1

0

0

0

2

2

0

.284

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Jose Reyes (L, 4-6)

5.0

9

8

8

2

4

3

5.44

Alex Bostic

1.2

3

3

3

2

1

1

16.20

Wilson Santos

0.2

2

3

3

2

0

0

40.50

Dusten Knight

1.2

2

1

1

1

1

0

5.12

If Sacramento rode a big inning to a win, Bakersfield straight rampaged with theirs...and without it, San Jose would not have clinched a playoff spot tonight.

Jose Reyes gave up five hits and a walk, including two home runs, to allow six runs all in the first inning.  The Giants did not give up on him, and he went five innings, eventually ending up with eight runs on his record, giving up three home runs in all.  However, the bullpen did not do well.  Every reliever was touched up for the grand total of 15 runs.

There wasn’t much to say offensively, either.  Aramis Garcia had the big day, breaking a three-game hitless streak with a three-hit day.  Garcia is batting just .208/.269/.313 in 13 games since his return.  Every starter on the team other than Jonah Arenado got a hit, though all but Garcia got just one.  Daniel Carbonell got on base three times with two walks, and has a .348 OBP with San Jose this year.

Alex Bostic was among 4 moved to San Jose from the AZL with the end of the AZL season, and Bostic was the first into a game..  He had a 1-2-3 inning to start his first California League stint, but gave up three runs in his second inning of work.  Wilson Santos made a 2.35 ERA in six appearances in the desert.  Santos was not included in the above tweet because he wasn’t drafted…in the Rule 4 draft.  He was a Rule 5 pick from the Padres last season.

The news, however, was not all bad.  With San Jose “letting” Bakersfield win, and Modesto losing, Modesto was eliminated from the 2nd half title.  That means that San Jose clinched a wild card spot, and will be seeing the playoffs this season as  the #3 seed.

However, their 12-season streak of winning seasons is at risk, now with a 67-68 record and five games left.

Augusta defeated Lexington (Royals), 4-3 (Game 1 - 7 innings)

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Jalen Miller

2B

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.227

Bryan Reynolds

CF

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.364

Skyler Ewing

1B

2

1

2

1

0

1

3

1

0

.241

Junior Arias

DH

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.273

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Jake McCasland (W, 8-5)

6.0

4

2

2

1

9

1

1.65

Ryan Koziol (S, 9)

1.0

2

1

1

0

1

0

2.79

Augusta lost to Lexington, 4-3 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Bryan Reynolds

DH

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.333

Matt Pare

C

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.216

Junior Arias

RF

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

1

.274

Kelvin Beltre

3B

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.249

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Matt Solter (L, 4-6)

4.1

4

3

3

4

7

0

6.45

Nick Sabo

0.1

1

1

1

1

1

1

4.91

Cesar Yanez

1.1

0

0

0

1

2

0

4.38

Augusta split a key double header ahead of their season-ending series with the Rome Braves.

In Game 1, Skyler Ewing was the team’s leader.  The teams traded two-run innings in the top and bottom of the fourth.  Augusta did it on Ewing’s two-run double.Meanwhile, Jake McCasland gave up a two-run home run in the bottom half, his only big mistake in six solid innings.  With the score still tied at two in the seventh, Ewing led off the inning with a home run, and eventually, the team scratched out a fourth run on a Seth Harrison sacrifice fly.  Ryan Koziol pitched the bottom of the seventh, giving up two doubles to let the Legends get within one, but he finished the save.

In Game 2, Matt Solter only gave up four hits, but he also gave up four walks, and that hurt him, with two of the three runs he gave up being batters that he walked.  John Polonius got the GreenJackets on the board with an RBI double to make it 2-1 in the fifth, but the GreenJackets fell behind 4-1 in the bottom half of the inning.  In the seventh, the GreenJackets once again led off the inning with a home run, this time by Junior Arias.  Kelvin Beltre doubled, and scored on a Richard Amion single, but the team fell short.

Ewing’s big day gave him his tenth home run on the year, giving him a career-high in a season.  Ewing is repeating the level at Augusta, and has only improved his batting average by ten points, but he only managed two home runs last season.  Arias now has 11 home runs in 56 games at Augusta.    Despite giving up the two runs, McCasland’s ERA remains just 1.65 on the season.

With the doubleheader split, and the Rome Braves winning, Augusta and Rome are tied for first place.  Rome has one more game left before Augusta and Rome clash in a four-game series.  That means that Rome’s win or loss tomorrow, while Augusta has the day off, will give an advantage for one team or the other.  If Rome wins, Augusta will have to go 3-1 or better in the series to win it.  If Rome loses, a split of the series will be enough.

Salem-Keizer was defeated by Vancouver, 13-8

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Ashford Fulmer

CF

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

.299

Jacob Heyward

LF

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.200

Heath Quinn

RF

5

1

3

2

0

0

1

0

1

.337

Kevin Rivera

2B

4

1

2

1

0

0

2

0

1

.322

Zack Bowers

C

4

1

2

1

0

1

4

0

0

.220

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Matt Krook (L, 1-3)

0.2

4

5

5

4

1

0

6.35

Sidney Duprey

3.1

2

2

2

0

3

1

5.40

Matt Pope

2.0

5

6

6

2

2

1

9.39

John Timmins

2.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

8.78

Remember all that great pitching yesterday?  Keep remembering.

Volcanoes starter Matt Krook couldn’t get out of the first inning, putting the Volcanoes far behind in their game.  The Giants top pitcher draft pick suffered his worst pro start, not getting out of the first inning for the first time in his career.  After getting a groundout, Krook walked three of the next four batters he faced, giving up a single to the other one.  He gave up a pair of singles and a double, allowing five runs to score.  After a final walk, he was replaced with the bases loaded, and Sidney Duprey got the final out needed to get out of the inning.

Although Vancouver was spotted a big lead, the Volcanoes were hitting on their own.  The Volcanoes collected five doubles, including two by Heath Quinn, and a Zach Bowers home run.  For Quinn, he now has 19 doubles in 54 games with Salem-Keizer.  For Bowers, it’s his second home run this season in 61 games between Augusta and S-K.

Unfortunately, the bullpen for the Volcanoes continued to struggle.  Matt Pope in particular struggled, giving up three runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings.  Pope has given up 13 earned runs in his last two appearances, each two innings worth of baseball.  His ERA has jumped from 6.41 to 9.39 in the span of those two appearances.

Oh, by the way, Jacob Heyward made his Salem-Keizer debut!  With the AZL season over and the Giants were squeezed out of the playoffs, there was no reason to hold Heyward back.  Heyward went 1-for-5 with a strikeout in his debut.

Finally, are we really going to start talking about the Arizona Fall League?  Yep!  The initial roster for the AFL has been posted (this is not final), and the Giants are sending:

OF Hunter Cole - Cole has had a solid season with Richond this year.  The Giants have a wealth of outfielders, though, and Cole is pretty far down that list.

C Aramis Garcia - Not a surprise, after the top pick missed so much time with his injury

3B/1B Ryder Jones - Jones is listed as an infielder, not with a specific position.  It will be interesting to see if he plays third in the AFL, after Arroyo took over the spot in Richmond.

C Eliezer Zambrano - Huh.  The nearly 31-year old Zambrano has a .185/.224/.222 line in 33 games at Richmond this year.

Hitting Coach Damon Minor - You think I’m kidding, I bet.  Tiny, hitting coach at Sacramento, will be on the coaching staff.

It’s likely more will be added.  If the Giants add fast-rising Cory Taylor to the pitching staff, it will be very confusing, as the Mets have sent their own pitching prospect Corey Taylor.

Still…Zambrano…wow.