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SF Giants Minor Lines, 9/5

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The season is ending, and for the Giants Minor League System, the season was not ending in a strong manner.

The end is…here.

Sacramento lost to Fresno (Astros), 4-3

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Ali Castillo

2B-SS

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.309

Myles Schroder

CF

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

.221

Mitch Delfino

3B

3

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.242

Daniel Carbonell

RF

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.667

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Joan Gregorio

5.0

3

1

1

3

9

1

5.28

Austin Fleet

2.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.44

Jake Dunning

1.0

3

2

2

1

0

0

4.85

Tyler Rogers (L, 1-1)

1.0

2

1

1

1

1

0

6.10

Sacramento finished its season with a late flurry, but as was often the case this year, it wasn’t enough.

Both teams grabbed a run in the 1st, but it stayed tied at 1 until the 8th inning.  Fresno got to Jake Dunning in relief, knocking a pair of doubles and a single en route to two runs, taking a 3-1 lead.  The River Cats played small ball to come back, with a double and single to lead off the inning, and then getting a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to tie the game.  Fresno came back with a run in the top of the 9th off of Tyler Rogers.  In the bottom of the ninth, Grant Green walked and Tony Sanchez was hit by a pitch to get two runners on, but that was as far as it went for Sacramento, and they fell to one last loss.

In his final start, Joan Gregorio put together a nice start, giving up just the one run on a leadoff home run, while striking out 9.  Gregorio finishes the season with 152 strikeouts and 49 walks in 124.1 innings between both Sacramento and Richmond, with a 4.69 ERA.  Ali Castillo picked up his first triple at Sacramento, and fourth of the season.  He finishes with a .313 batting average between Double-A and Triple-A.

Richmond was defeated by Altoona (Pirates), 2-0 (10 Innings)

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Steven Duggar

CF

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2

0.321

Hunter Cole

RF

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.271

Chris Shaw

1B

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.246

Brandon Bednar

3B

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.286

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Andrew Suarez

8.0

2

0

0

1

8

0

3.95

Jose Casilla (L, 2-3)

1.0

4

2

2

2

0

0

3.59

Christian Jones

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3.98

The Richmond offense was unable to support a great pitching performance by Andrew Suarez.

Suarez continued a strong finish to the season with 8 shutout innings, and 8 strikeouts while allowing just four baserunners in his season finish.  Combined with 7 shutout innings in his last start, the 15 shutout innings to end the year lowered his AA ERA from 4.55 to 3.95.  However, the Richmond offense was held punchless, and the game went to extra innings scoreless.  Jose Casilla relieved Suarez and worked a scoreless 9th.  But in the 10th, Casilla gave up three straight hits to allow a run.  Christian Jones came in and let one more run score.

That sealed a season for the Squirrels.  Chris Shaw ended his season with one more single, and he went 9-for-34 in his final 10 games, held hitless in only two of them.  C.J. Hinojosa also ended the season with one more hit, raising his Double-A average to .296.  Steven Duggar was held hitless, but did walk three times, raising his Richmond OBP to .391, and he finished with a .321/.391/.432 line in Richmond.

San Jose was defeated by Visalia (Diamondbacks), 9-7 (14 Innings)

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Robbie Garvey

LF-P

7

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.269

Heath Quinn

RF

6

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

3

.353

Jonah Arenado

1B

5

1

2

0

0

0

1

1

1

.254

Miguel Gomez

3B

2

2

2

0

0

1

3

1

0

.267

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Jose Reyes

6.0

6

5

3

1

4

2

5.38

Dusten Knight (H, 6)

1.0

2

1

1

0

2

0

5.02

Pat Young (BS, 2)

1.0

3

1

1

0

0

0

4.13

Reyes Moronta

1.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

2.59

Jeff Soptic

4.0

0

0

0

0

4

0

6.75

Robbie Garvey (L, 0-1)

1.0

4

2

2

0

0

0

18.00


San Jose lost a back-and-forth game, perhaps because they had to save a little something for the playoffs.

Visalia rocketed to a 4-0 lead in the first, but San Jose fought back.  Miguel Gomez picked up his 9th San Jose home run in the third, and in the fourth, a Cristian Paulino 2-run triple highlighted a five-run inning, temporarily giving San Jose a 6-5 lead.  However, the teams would battle to a 7-7 tie, sending the game to the extra innings.  Jeff Soptic in particular was strong in extras, going a season-high four innings.  But as the game went along, San Jose manager Lipso Nava decided to save the bullpen, and put in outfielder Robbie Garvey on the mound.  It worked out as you’d expect, and Garvey gave up four hits, three doubles, as Visalia got the runs to win the game.

Miguel Gomez had the most notable line, getting on base all four times he came up, and hitting another home run, giving him 17 on the season.  But Gomez’s last plate appearance was the most concerning, as he was hit by a pitch and then relieved by Rando Moreno as a pinch runner.  There is no word on if any injury was received or was serious.  Heath Quinn also gathered two more hits, as he has been rock solid in San Jose, now 6-for-17 with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.  Meanwhile, Jonah Arenado broke a five-game hitless streak with his two-hit game.

As the Giants get ready for the playoffs, some reinforcements are on the way.

Augusta lost to Rome (Braves), 5-0

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Jalen Miller

2B

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.223

Matt Pare

C

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.222

Seth Harrison

LF

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.256

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Heath Slatton (L, 2-4)

5.1

5

2

0

1

4

0

2.37

Nick Sabo

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.86

Connor Kaden

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.71

Charles Owen

1.0

3

1

1

0

1

0

2.08

Ryan Koziol

1.0

3

2

2

0

0

0

3.01

Augusta’s season finished with a whimper.

Augusta’s offense managed just three hits in a very quiet night.  Jalen Miller got a hit, finishing his first full season with a .223/.271/.322 line.  Matt Pare singled to finish his season with a .222/.317/.389 line.  And Seth Harrison broke a four-game hitless streak with one last single to finish at .256/.325/.366 line.

Meanwhile, Augusta’s pitchers and defense were struggling.  Heath Slatton had a pretty good start, holding Rome scoreless for five innings.  But in the sixth, Slatton gave up a pair of singles, and after a dropped pop foul by Dillon Dobson, gave up a double that plated both runs.  The bullpen added three more runs in the final innings to seal the deal.

Salem-Keizer defeated Boise (Rockies), 12-2

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Kevin Rivera

2B

5

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

.320

Gio Brusa

DH

4

2

2

1

0

0

2

1

1

.264

Ryan Kirby

1B

4

3

3

1

0

0

1

1

0

.260

Jacob Heyward

LF

3

2

3

2

0

0

4

1

0

.286

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Melvin Adon (W, 5-5)

5.0

5

1

1

2

5

0

5.48

Sidney Duprey

2.0

3

1

1

0

2

0

5.06

John Timmins

1.0

0

0

0

2

0

0

8.16

Jeff Burke

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.26

Finally!   Someone finishing the season on a high note!

Every Volcano starter collected at least one hit in this big blowout.  Jacob Heyward led the way, breaking out in the NWL with a 3-for-3 game, with a walk and a hit batter.  Heyward drove in four runs as he had his first big hits in Salem-Keizer.  Ryan Kirby also followed up his season with a three-hit game, finishing with a 4-game hit streak that raised his S-K batting aerage from .244 to .260.  And slugger Gio Brusa didn’t add any more home runs, but he finished his year on a 9-game hitting streak, going 13-for-40 (.325).

On the mound, Melvin Adon finished with a solid start, giving up just one run in five innings.  The 22-year old Adon had a trying season in Salem-Keizer, giving up 85 hits in 67.1 innings, with a .317 BAA and a 1.77 WHIP.

The Volcanoes did pick up a few honors though.  With three NWL end-of-year All-Stars, the Volcanos tied for the most representatives.