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.
|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
|Matt Lujan (L, 1-3)||3.1||9||6||6||1||5||2||6.95|
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 MiLB.com videos.
San Jose Hitters
San Jose Pitchers
|Mike Connolly (L, 3-4)||4.0||8||6||6||2||1||1||2.97|
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.
#SJGiants fall 6-4 tonight, losing streak now at six games. SJ still hasn't won series in Visalia since '13. Look to avoid sweep tomorrow.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) May 18, 2017
And a note about Aaron Hill doing his rehab here in Visalia…
Hill is playing two blocks from his high school here in Visalia. Baseball field at his HS was recently renamed "Aaron Hill Field."— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) May 17, 2017
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.
After today's scoreless IP, here are LHP DJ Snelten's numbers in 2017: 19ip, 17h, 3r, 1er, 4bb, 24k. 0.47 ERA, .227 OBA, 30.4 K%, 5.1 BB%— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) May 17, 2017
In regards to DJ Snelten, this has everything to do with his heavy fastball in the 92-94 range. Basically a sinker. pic.twitter.com/DOicJ1Sfg9— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) May 17, 2017