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SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/17/17

Tyler Beede wasn’t enough to get a win anywhere in the system.

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At some point, the Giants’ system is going to have start winning games, right? At least some top prospects had some good games.

Highlights: Tyler Beede had a great start; Heath Quinn’s successful return from injury continued.

Sacramento was defeated by Oklahoma City (Dodgers), 3-2

Sacramento Hitters

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.300
Austin Slater CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.310
Ryder Jones LF 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0.295
Carlos Moncrief RF 4 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.300
Juniel Querecuto SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.250

Sacramento Pitchers

Tyler Beede 7.0 6 2 1 1 4 1 3.30
Tyler Rogers 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.40
Matt Reynolds (L, 2-1) 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1.65

The River Cats just can not out on the right side of this major league rivalry. For the third straight game, they fell to the OKC Ds, and this time despite some strong performances.

The strong performance started with a leadoff double by Jae-Gyun Hwang, and was followed with a home run by Ryder Jones, giving the River Cats a two run lead to start the game. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be enough.

Tyler Beede had one of his best starts of the year to match it. He went a season-high seven innings, and allowed just one earned run for the fourth time in eight starts. Unfortunately, it was an unearned run that he gave up that tied the game, on a Hwang error. So, despite the seven strong innings, Beede was left with a no-decision. Matt Reynolds came in with a tie game in the ninth inning, but he gave up a home run to the second batter he faced, and that ended the game.

For Hwang, it extended his mini-hitting streak to five games, but also was his sixth error of the season. Five of those came at third base, where Hwang has a .934 fielding percentage, so it was a bit of the best and worst of his season so far. But his 12 doubles is tied for third in the PCL. Meanwhile, Ryder Jones hit his third home run in 24 games. Jones had a career-high 15 home runs in the Eastern League last year, so the 22-year old might have a big year in the PCL. Meanwhile, Carlos Moncrief had a three-hit game in the back of the lineup, but it didn’t help with the scoring. It did boost his batting average to .300

Richmond was defeated by Akron (Indians), 7-5

Richmond Hitters

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
C.J Hinojosa 2B 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 0.212
Miguel Gomez DH 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.321
Brandon Bednar 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.292
Dylan Davis LF 4 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0.203

Richmond Pitchers

Matt Lujan (L, 1-3) 3.1 9 6 6 1 5 2 6.95
Jose Flores 1.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.53
D.J. Snelten 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.47
Carlos Alvarado 1.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 1.65
Tyler Cyr 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.88

Let’s focus on some of the positives here. Like this: Miguel Gomez can hit. He has five multi-hit games in the last nine, raising his batting average to .321. That’s only good for 11th in the Eastern League this year, but he can do better. Although he was DH on Wednesday, he has been only playing second base with the Squirrels. He has 9 errors at the position already, after having nine errors playing third base in 51 games last season.

Okay, another positive: 2014 3rd round pick Dylan Davis has begin to wake up. His double and home run gave him two home runs in as many games, and Davis also hopped above the Mendoza line with the performance. Davis was just 4-for-33 in his first 10 games of his late-started season, but is 10-for-36 since.

On the other hand, there’s Matt Lujan, whose season has gone the wrong direction. After starting the year with a 2.40 ERA after his first five appearances, his ERA has exploded. The 3.1 innings was his shortest start of the year. While he’s been keeping up the strikeouts at a respectable rate, 33 in 33.2 innings, he’s been giving up far too many hits, and has a .333 batting average and a 1.75 WHIP.

Back to the positive, here’s the Dylan Davis home run for you, if you are willing to click this link. We’re still having some issues with videos.

San Jose was defeated by Visalia (Diamondbacks), 6-4

San Jose Hitters

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Jalen Miller SS 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.241
Aaron Hill DH 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0.286
Dillon Dobson 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 2 0.284
Heath Quinn RF 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.364
Ryan Howard 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.301
Gio Brusa LF 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.210

San Jose Pitchers

Mike Connolly (L, 3-4) 4.0 8 6 6 2 1 1 2.97
Yordy Cabrera 3.0 3 0 0 1 3 0 4.56
Dylan Rheault 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.60

The Giants waited just a little too long for their comeback attempt in this game.

Mike Connolly had a rough start, coming back from his best of the season, an 8-inning, 2 unearned run outing. A 4th inning, 2-run home run sealed Connolly’s fate. The 25-year old gave up his season-high in runs. But San Jose eventually began to fight back.

Aaron Hill had his second double of the game in the 7th inning, setting up a two-run home run for Dillon Dobson. It was Dobson’s fifth home run of the season, and first since his three-run home run game on April 28th. Dobson has gone 5-for-15 over his last four games, raising his batting average from .277 to .284.

In the eighth inning, a Ryan Howard walk, a Gio Brusa single and a Jalen Miller single loaded the bases for Hill’s spot in the order. Hill’s time was up, so Jonah Arenado pinch-hit, and drew the bases-loaded walk to make it 6-3. For Miller, it was a much-needed two-hit game as he has struggled this season. For Brusa, it was his third two-hit game in the last five as he continues to improve.

Finally, in the 9th inning, Heath Quinn hit his first home run for the season…unfortunately for the team, just a solo shot. But to start his season, he’s batting 4-for-11 with two doubles and a home run.

And a note about Aaron Hill doing his rehab here in Visalia…

Augusta had a scheduled day off

Hey, look at that, a Giants team didn’t lose today! (Also, it means I didn’t check the date when writing yesterday’s scheduled starters section.)

Today’s Scheduled Starters

Sacramento: Joan Gregorio vs. Jair Jurrjens

Richmond: Day Off (I learn my lessons…but Cory Taylor will go on Friday)

San Jose: TBD vs. Bo Takahashi

Augusta: TBD vs. Brian Keller

A couple of TBDs make it hard to write this section, but Gregorio will go and try to avoid the sweep by the Triple-A Dodgers.

Finally, an interesting tweet from Connor about one lefty reliever having a great season so far.