Hey, the Giants had a system sweep! Sure, only three of five teams had games scheduled, and one of those got cancelled, but it’s a sweep!
Sacramento’s Game Against Oklahoma City Cancelled
Well, the Giants Triple-A team didn’t end up losing again to the Dodgers Triple-A team. This was the last scheduled meeting between the two, so the game was straight-up cancelled, and the River Cats will return home for a five-game series with the Nashville Sounds (Athletics).
Richmond Had A Scheduled Day Off
Richmond is probably the most intriguing team, prospect-wise. Three hitters are having good prospect years with Chris Shaw (.293/.394/.483/.877), Slade Heathcott (.298/.374/.444/.818) and Miguel Gomez (.321/.358/.443/.801) all having nice hitting years. Meanwhile, Andrew Suarez (3.12 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) is having a tantalizing start to the year, with Jordan Johnson (2.62 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) finally having his breakout. The bullpen has lefty D.J. Snelten’s great year (0.47 ERA, 1.11 WHIP), and closing prospect Reyes Moronta (3.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP).
Not all of these players will be in Richmond for long, but for now, this is a team to watch.
San Jose Hitters
San Jose Pitchers
|Matt Solter (W, 1-0)||7.0||7||1||1||1||4||0||1.29|
#SJGiants (15-25) are 10 below .500 for first time since 7/9/2015 (37-47 record). That team rallied to make playoffs and reach Champ Series.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) May 19, 2017
Well, if the San Jose Giants are going to come back from this early season doldrums, this would be a good game to start with, with a new pitcher.
Matt Solter to make his Cal League debut tonight for San Jose. Had 3.98 ERA in 31 2/3 IP w/Augusta this season. Signed by SF last year.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) May 19, 2017
Solter, signed off of the Gary SouthShore RailCats in the independent American Association, struggled with a 6.45 ERA in 14 games with the GreenJackets last season. This year, he’d had a 3.98 ERA in 7 appearances in Augusta before this promotion. And, at least for this game, he succeeded. His 7 innings of work was a season-high, as was his one walk allowed a season-low. The one run allowed put San Jose in line for a victory after six straight losses. That held up, even after normally shut-down closer gave up a run after giving up two hits and two walks in a non-save situation.
It wasn’t a save situation because of a suddenly potent offense. Dillon Dobson collected four RBI, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning to put San Jose on top. That was Dobson’s second home run in as many days, and sixth of the season. Meanwhile, Bryan Reynolds had a 3-hit game, and while he only scored once (on Dobson’s home run), it was another much-needed game for the struggling center fielder.
Finally, Aaron Hill didn’t do much swinging in this rehab start, taking two walks and getting hit by a pitch, resulting in three runs for the Giants. Getting hit by a pitch isn’t a great thing for a rehabbing player to go through, but he was hit in the fourth inning and stayed in the entire game.
So San Jose gets a win, and is about to come home for the shortest homestand I think I’ve ever seen in the minors, two games against Modesto before hitting the road on Sunday for a day game in Modesto. An 8-team league causes such quirks.
|Brandon Van Horn||SS||3||2||2||1||0||0||3||0||1||0.203|
|Garrett Williams (W, 1-0)||5.0||5||1||0||1||4||0||0.00|
|Jose Morel (H, 2)||3.0||2||0||0||1||1||0||2.70|
One big inning, and Augusta got on the winning track as well.
It all started with a one-out walk, and then back-to-back singles by Manuel Geraldo and Will Albertson to load the bases. Brandon Van Horn doubled to score two. Ashford Fulmer was hit with a pitch to load the bases, and after the second out, a passed ball scored a third run. Kelvin Beltre doubled to score two more, and a wild pitch and passed ball let Beltre come around to score the sixth run of the inning for the GreenJackets.
That inning was the highlight of a good day for a struggling GreenJackets offense. The GreenJackets have the lowest batting average in the league (.215) and the second-lowest OPS (.624). The team’s leading hitter, Kelvin Beltre, picked up a pair of doubles to give him nine on the season. Manual Geraldo was 3-for-3 with a HBP, which certainly helped his numbers. He hit .179 with a .202 on-base percentage after the game. Will Albertson and Brandon Van Horn had the team’s other two-hit games…which got both of them off the interstate and above .200.
… Yeah, this team really needed some good offense.
Luckily, the team got a nice start from Garrett Williams, making his first start of the season (and second appearance). He’s given up two unearned runs, but nothing earned yet. Williams, a 7th round pick last season out of Oklahoma State, had a reputation for control problems in college despite above-average stuff. At least unlike Matt Krook this season, he’s off to the right start, with just two walks in his first 7 innings.
There was one notable struggle on the mound of an otherwise strong game. Cesar Yanez was unable to get an out, walking three straight batters, all of whom would become runs. This is notable, because it’s the second time this season Yanez has gone out to face three batters, walking all of them and getting no outs. Yanez now has 19 walks in 11 innings, as well as 7 hits allowed and 7 strikeouts.
Meanwhile, the GreenJackets are ready for a major milestone in their future.
Today’s Scheduled Starters
Sacramento: Joan Gregorio vs. Paul Blackburn (No, not related to Clayton)
Richmond: Cory Taylor vs. Austen Williams
San Jose: Matt Krook vs. Anthony Misiewicz
Augusta: Melvin Adon vs. Nick Nelson
An interesting slate of games in line for Friday. Joan Gregorio may be the best performing starter in the minor league system this season. Melvin Adon could be the most promising prospect in Augusta, and he’s facing the Yankees fourth round pick from last season. And in San Jose, the Giants fourth round pick from last season, Matt Krook, is…well, he’s still looking to get a handle on his season. And maybe perhaps also the baseball. Which all means I expect Cory Taylor to have a sneaky good game tomorrow out of all of it.