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SF Giants Minor Lines, 9/4

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It's the Minor League regular season's penultimate day! The Giants had two first-round picks pitching today, trying to finish their seasons on a high note. And we have two more Grand Slams to report about...including one hit by the same guy as who hit one yesterday.

Sacramento lost to Fresno (Astros), 5-4

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Ali Castillo

2B

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.307

Mitch Delfino

3B

5

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

2

.235

Travis Ishikawa

1B

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

.257

Grant Green

LF

4

1

3

0

0

0

1

0

1

.319

Ruben Tejada

SS

3

0

2

0

0

0

2

1

0

.307

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Chris Stratton

7.0

7

1

1

2

7

0

3.87

Tyler Rogers (H, 5)

0.1

2

3

3

0

0

0

6.00

Jean Machi (BS, 3)(L, 4-3)

1.2

1

1

1

0

2

1

3.65

Chris Stratton was about to finish off his season with a victory, but the bullpen snatched it from him.

The 2012 first round pick’s season ended with a strong start, giving up just one run in 7 innings, on 7 hits and two walks.  He lowered his ERA under 4, taking it to 3.87 with that, and he finished the season strong overall.  He allowed two earned runs or less in his final seven games of the season, taking what had been a 5.05 ERA down to 3.87.  He’ll finish the season with 103 strikeouts and 39 walks in 125.2 innings.

Unfortunately, the bullpen had a minor implosion, starting with Tyler Rogers.  Rogers gave up two singles to lead off the eighth and hit a batter, leaving the bases loaded.  Jean Machi came in, and struck out a batter, but then gave up a Grand Slam to lose it for the River Cats.  Rogers has a 6.00 ERA at Triple-A now going into tomorrow’s finale, very different from the submariner’s 0.77 ERA in Richmond.

The offense mostly came from the back end of the lineup.  The team had no extra-base hits, and only Grant Green and Ruben Tejada collected multiple hits.  Green is finishing the season fairly hot, with five multi-hit games in a 7-game hitting streak.  Ruben Tejada has an 8-game hitting streak going as well, and has now finally gotten his Triple-A batting average over .300.

Richmond defeated Altoona (Pirates), 6-2

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Steven Duggar

CF

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

.324

Ryder Jones

3B

3

1

1

0

0

1

4

1

1

.247

Chris Shaw

1B

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

.246

C.J Hinojosa

SS

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

.248

Brandon Bednar

2B

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

.286

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Tyler Beede (W, 8-7)

6.0

5

2

1

2

2

1

2.81

Carlos Alvarado

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

2.79

Rodolfo Martinez

1.0

1

0

0

1

0

0

6.65

Preston Claiborne

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2.38

Tyler Beede cruised to one final victory and one big honor in his 2016 finale.

Beede went just six innings, only creating a bit of his own trouble in the fifth by committing an error to let a runner get on, and then giving up a home run.  But by virtue of giving up just one earned run, Beede lowered his ERA to 2.81, which will be enough for him to win the Eastern League ERA title this season.  Beede certainly has had ups and downs this season, but now as he is the unqualified top pitching prospect in the system, he put up remarkable stats in one of the toughest leagues in the minors, and has given himself a good resume to go into Spring Training next season.  He finishes with 135 strikeouts and 53 walks in 147.1 innings, with a .248 BAA and a 1.26 WHIP.

At the plate, Ryder Jones did it again, and by did it again, I mean he hit a Grand Slam for the second straight game.  This one wasn’t a walkoff or a pinch-hit one, but it did end up being the game winner.  In the 5th, C.J. Hinojosa tripled, and Tyler Horan walked.  Brandon Bednar singled in Hinojosa, and Steven Lerud walked to load the bases.  Beede hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game, and Steven Duggar walked to load the bases again for Jones.

That home run gives Jones 15 on the season, and his RBI total has jumped to 67.  Also notable was Hinojosa’s 2nd triple in Richmond, and 5th of the season.  Hinojosa hasn’t lit up the Eastern League like he ddid in San Jose, but the 2015 11th round draft pick was pushed hard and responded well.  Also of note in the bullpen was Rodolfo Martinez putting his his fourth straight scoreless inning.  His Double-A numbers are going to look horrible no matter what this season, with a 6.65 ERA, a 1.91 WHIP and a .315 BAA going into today’s season finale, but perhaps he can find a way to return to the indomitable San Jose form he showed earlier this year.

San Jose lost to Visalia (Diamondbacks), 4-0

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Ronnie Jebavy

CF

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.248

Heath Quinn

RF

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

.364

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Cory Taylor

2.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

6.75

Alex Bostic (L, 0-1)

4.0

2

1

1

2

6

0

6.35

Tyler Cyr

2.0

3

2

0

1

3

0

2.35

Pat Young

1.0

1

1

1

1

1

1

4.06

Uh, maybe the Giants are just resting for the playoffs?

San Jose managed only two hits in this listless loss.  Ronnie Jebavy picked up one of those hits, as his batting average hovers at .248.  The other hit came off the bat of the recently-promoted Heath Quinn, who has gotten at least one hit in each of his three San Jose games, and is 4-for-11 with a walk and 4 strikeouts.

On the mound, the Giants were certainly resting for the playoffs, as Cory Taylor started and went only two innings.  Taylor’s ERA in San Jose will finish at an ugly 6.75 over three starts, but he has had a season to be proud of and he will likely play a role for San Jose in the playoffs.  Another recent callup took the lion’s share of the innings, 21-year old Alex Bostic.  10th-round pick Bostic was mostly a starter in the AZL with a 5.59 ERA down there.

Augusta defeated Rome (Braves), 8-3

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Bryan Reynolds

CF

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.333

Kelvin Beltre

DH

3

2

1

0

1

0

1

1

2

.254

Junior Arias

1B

4

2

3

1

0

0

1

0

1

.278

Jean Angomas

LF

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.260

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Domenic Mazza (W, 8-3)

6.0

8

3

3

0

4

1

3.93

Sandro Cabrera (H, 1)

1.0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0.00

Ryan Halstead

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.83

Cesar Yanez

1.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

4.05

Oh, sure, NOW they win against Rome.

With the end of Augusta’s season assured, the pressure may have come off the team as they took this win.  The offense was led by Junior Arias, who had a 3-hit game, including his 9th double of the season, raising his batting average to .278.  Jean Angomas was the only other GreenJacket with multiple hits, connecting for his third 2-hit game in five games, raising his batting average to .260.  Kelvin Beltre also added his second triple of the year.

On the mound, Domenic Mazza had a solid game, not spectacular but enough for a win.    His ERA did rise slightly in his finale, going for 3.89 to 3.93, and he’ll finish with 79 strikeouts and 16 walks in 84.2 innings.  The 22nd round draft pick last season had put up a 1.05 ERA last season in 25.2 innings, mostly in the AZL.  Also, Sandro Cabrera came up from the AZL to make his full-season debut, and looked mostly sharp doing it.  He did give a single on a “soft” line drive (according the game log), and allowed a stolen base and threw a wild pitch.  However, otherwise, he struck out the side.  The 21-year old left=hander had a 2.81 ERA in the AZL, mostly as a reliever, with 38 strikeouts in 41.2 innings.

A quick note from yesterday’s game, David Lee gave us a nice little scouting report on Raffi Vizcaino, probably the best performing pitcher from Salem-Kezier this year:

Salem-Keizer lost to Boise (Rockies), 13-5

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Kevin Rivera

2B

5

1

2

0

0

1

1

0

1

.323

Ryan Howard

DH

5

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.273

Gio Brusa

LF

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

3

.259

Ashford Fulmer

CF

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.292

Nick Hill

3B

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.250

Brandon Van Horn

SS

4

2

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

.286

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Garrett Williams (L, 1-2)

2.0

5

4

4

0

2

0

5.68

Victor Concepcion

2.0

4

4

4

1

1

1

6.40

Matt Krook

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

6.17

Nolan Riggs

2.0

3

2

2

0

1

0

4.24

Kendry Melo

1.0

1

3

3

2

0

0

4.99

Matt Pope

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

9.09

As the Volcanoes season went, is the way it’s heading to its end.

Volcanoes pitching has been a true weakness this season, and that’s what led to this loss in the season’s penultimate game.  7th round pick Garrett Williams struggled in his last start, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, with his ERA jumping up to 5.68 out of his final start.  Victor Concepcion, who made 10 starts with the Volcanoes, following with his own four runs.  In his final five games, Concepcion gave up 21 runs in 20 innings of work.  But, not everything was bad.  Matt Krook got in one more inning of work, and got two strikeouts without giving up a baserunner.

The offense did show a bit of power, primarily in the fifth inning, when catcher Brandon Van Horn and second baseman Kevin Rivera went back-to-back with home runs, scoring three runs.  It was Van Horn’s 1st home run of the year, between 2 games in Salem-Keizer and 47 games in the AZL.  For Rivera, it was his 3rd home run of the year in 65 games.  Ashford Fulmer also added his fourth triple of the season, his third with the Volcanoes.  And back to Rivera, he’s been on a nice little run.

Finally, a name that longtime Giants’ watchers will know: Andrew Barbosa.  Barbosa was never a Giant, despite the Giants’ best efforts.  The Giants drafted him three times between 2006 and 2010, but he never signed, and eventually was drafted in 2012 by the Diamondbacks.

Now 28, Barbosa has been performing for the Mets.  Earlier this week, he threw 7 no-hit innings in A+, striking out 11.  Then this week, he was promoted to the Double-A, and threw 8 innings of 1-hit ball.  I only include this just to point out…the Giants knew this kid was talented.  Too bad he’s not been a Giant…yet.