The minor league story of the day, of course, took place at AT&T where Jae-Gyun Hwang lived out his childhood dream of a big league homer. Took him 29 years to get there, but he did it with style!
Jae-gyun Hwang with the homer and the stylish bat drop. pic.twitter.com/1EuBm2M0VK— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) June 28, 2017
That’s, I believe, the fifth major league debut on the team this year (following Christian Arroyo, Austin Slater, Kyle Crick, and Ryder Jones), a list that doesn’t include Orlando Calixte (three PA with Kansas City in 2015), Reyes Moronta (failed to make his debut in his short stay), or Dan Slania (hasn’t debuted yet). Could they be headed for their 2008 record when 16 different players made their major league debut with the Giants? That seems a stretch, but we’ll see where this season leads.
HIGHLIGHTS: Chris Shaw doubled, homered; Aramis Garcia hit his 4th homer in 3 games;
Sacramento won at El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres) 11-3
|a- Matt Winn||PH-C||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|b- Wynton Bernard||PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||.235|
|Andrew Suarez (W, 2-1)||6||5||0||0||3||6||0||3.57|
CYCLE WATCH: #SFGiants No. 5 prospect Chris Shaw needs a triple through seven innings for @RiverCats. Watch LIVE: https://t.co/xqmdNBuYpA pic.twitter.com/oPzlD4uIcG— MiLB.com (@MiLB) June 29, 2017
Well, you’re gonna be awhile waiting on that triple, but Chris Shaw did have himself a night. After striking out in his first at bat against rehabbing major league vet Trevor Cahill, Shaw got the measure of the old righty in his next two chances. He followed a Justin Ruggiano HR with a liner deep to right that looked like it would get out for back to back, but was barely contained by the stadium:
Hey, almost got your triple anyway! The next time up there was no containing this one, a soaring majestic shot into the upper deck. Listen to the passion it inspires in that El Paso announcer!
In all, the RiverCats piled it on with 16 hits including five for extra bases. All the largesse helped make a winner out of Andrew Suarez who had his best night of the year. After an uncharacteristic bit of wildness out of the gates when he walked back to back batters in the 1st, Suarez put in cruise control the rest of the night. He threw a season high 104 pitches and had his first outing of the year (at either level) in which he didn’t allow a run. He also struck out six, giving him 16 Ks in his AAA starts in 17.2 IP. Let’s watch him make Ryan Schimpf look silly, because I’m still irritated with Ryan Schimpf for beating the Giants in that one game last year when it was still important whether they won or not.
(psst, Mr. Announcer, when it bends like that that means it’s a curveball).
In all it was a great day to be a RiverCat, or a former RiverCat!
Fun fact: six of today's starting nine are former #RiverCats! #ClawsUp https://t.co/n3ocnTAfR1— River Cats (@RiverCats) June 28, 2017
If you’re wondering about the math there, Joe Panik (and Brandon Belt, of course) was a Fresno Grizzlie in AAA, the final year the affiliate was down in Fresno.
Sacramento had a flurry of transactions yesterday. TJ Bennett was called up to make up for the loss of Hwang (and Jones before him). And Matt Winn was also called up to the RiverCats, with speculation being that Tim Federowicz is likely about to take advantage of an opt out clause. Congratulations, Matt!
And one last bit of celebratory news for Sacramento, Tyler Rogers was named to the AAA All Star game roster, which pits a roster of PCL stars vs. International League stars.
Richmond won at Trenton Thunder (Yankees), 5-1
|Cody Hall (W, 1-0)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Carlos Alvarado (H, 4)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.61|
Matt Gage scuffled through 4.2 IP looooong innings (reaching 104) pitches before handing it over to the bullpen for...
you know what? To be perfectly honest with you, it’s June 29th I believe I have run out of things to say about this squad. In the immortal words of my friend Annie after she left her way through a movie at the theater, they are “snore-horrific.” Seriously. Guys. You need some new players! No offense or anything, but jeez this is a lackluster roster!
Ok. I feel better now. As it happens, they DID get a new player yesterday. And it was one the Giants drafted in the 19th round in ..... 2011? Oh good lord. No, seriously, good to see Cody Hall back in the org, and the Richmond staff certainly needed him on a day when they lost Dan Slania to the majors in a move that no doubt came as a surprise to many.
The @SFGiants deem @GoSquirrels RHP Dan Slania @Esurance #CallUpWorthy, promoting him to The Show for the first time. pic.twitter.com/k0Th0cjUcE— MiLB.com (@MiLB) June 28, 2017
My personal take on the Slania promotion was simple logistics. They didn’t want to make a 40 man move if they didn’t have to (the 40 man roster is there for a reason) and with Gregorio, Chase Johnson and Reyes Moronta on the DL there weren’t many options left. Chris Stratton had pitched the night before so he wasn’t available. Albert Suarez hasn’t been seen since spring training. That meant it was between Derek Law and Slania and I suspect the team wants Law to continue to focus on getting his command of the low zone back and not get ferried back and forth between SF and Sacramento. So Slania it was, at least for the time being. Stratton will be ready to pitch by the weekend and he’s shown himself to be a pretty good pen option in his major league time.
Before leaving (because I really don’t have much to say about this game), the Squirrels also announced their All Star representatives yesterday for the EL All Star game:
Squirrels sending four to the @EasternLeague all-star game! Congratulations Heathcott, Gomez, Gage & Cyr!— Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) June 28, 2017
STORY: https://t.co/MXPmTMBYTr pic.twitter.com/oPkvXbo7zL
Great, no please get some new players*
*I have thoughts! (see below)
San Jose lost to Stockton Ports (A’s), 6-3
San Jose Bats
|a- Connor Sabanosh||PH-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||.242|
San Jose Arms
|Matt Krook (L, 3-7)||6||3||4||2||3||8||0||6.05|
Well, lookee right here! Here’s a guy who could make the Richmond club a wee bit more interesting. This guy, the one banging home runs and rocking the awesome porn stache:
And hey, Aramis, take this other musketeer with you. He’s got a pretty good stache going as well*
Reynolds, by the way, hasn’t had much chance to hit right-handed this year, with just 47 at bats vs LHP, but he’s worn them out when he’s got the chance, hitting .362/.388/.532 from the right side, and still with that lightning quick swing we saw left-handed the other day.
*mustache sampler showcase:
Aramis Garcia and Bryan Reynolds both rocking sweet mustaches. Well done. pic.twitter.com/q52Ksv5X8P— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) June 29, 2017
Despite losing their first game of the homestand, there was a lot of interest going on this one. Steven Duggar left the desert and began his rehab stint in San Jose, putting the orgs two best CF prospects on one field for awhile (three best, if you want to count Jebavy). Duggar, who’s had hamstring issues, DH’d in this one. He hasn’t quite gotten the swing up to game speed yet, striking out in all three at bats today leaving him 0 for 6 since he started playing again. Takes a bit to gear back up.
And of equal importance, the forward motion of Matt Krook continued last night. For the third time in his last five starts, Krook struck out at least 8 batters and allowed 2 or fewer runs. He also matched his season high of 6 IP.
Getting better all the time, Matt. And since we had eyes on the field, we can say that he’s started diversifying his repertoire again, after simplifying down to a fastball heavy approach for a few starts:
Matt Krook now with 5 strikeouts in his last 7 batters faced. Mixing in CB in 3rd inning. Really has settled in. #SJGiants— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) June 29, 2017
Here he is trying to strike his way out of all kinds of trouble in his 6th and final inning.
Sadly, both of those runs would come in to score on a huge two-out error by Jalen Miller that turned the game. But Krook’s responded to a really tough challenge assignment this year after getting kicked around at the beginning. Very encouraging to see the way he’s come back.
Augusta lost to West Virginia Power (Pirates), 4-0
|Jose Vizcaino Jr.||1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.225|
|Frandy De La Rosa||3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.253|
|Brandon Van Horn||SS||3||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Raffi Vizcaino (L, 2-1)||2||4||3||2||1||2||1||3.86|
Rough afternoon for Raffi Vizcaino, who labored through 41 pitches over just 2+ innings. He was not helped certainly, by a defense that committed three errors in the first two innings, particularly a 2nd inning that was extended by back to back errors from his infield (Jose Vizcaino, Jr. and Kelvin Beltre). When Raffi allowed a leadoff homer in the 3rd the call to the pen went out.
Raffi was followed to the mound by his old DSL rotation-mate Sandro Cabrera who had quite nearly the opposite outing. Cabrera sailed through 5 innings of work in just 50 pitches, filling up the strike zone with 37 strikes. He faced just 18 batters in his five innings of shutout work, striking out 4.
Sadly, the bats were pretty moribund in this summer afternoon affair, making this the third consecutive game in this series that has ended in a shutout. The only exception came at the bottom of the order, where SS Brandon Van Horn appears to be having his very own Mike Benjamin moment. Going 3 for 3 for the second straight day, Van Horn has now reached base in 7 consecutive PA and has hits, obviously, in 6 straight at bats. This was his third three-hit day in the last four games and his fifth in the last nine games (that includes one four-hit game). Over that stretch he’s hitting a blistering .576/.588/.606. He’s even managed to steal 5 bases. Not much secondary average going on but still, that deserves a “Wow!”
Salem-Keizer lost at Boise Hawks (Rockies), 8-3
losing their three game series, 1-2
|Jose Marte (L, 0-1)||2||2||4||3||4||2||0||10.13|
The Volcanoes challenge assignment against live-armed lefty Breiling Eusebio didn’t go horribly well, as he struck out 7 over 5 innings of work. And on the Volcanoes side of the mathcup, Jose Marte continued to have some issues corralling the strike zone, walking four in just two innings of work. Still, Salem-Keizer made a game of it, keeping it at 4-3 until Hengerber Medina, who’s had real issues coming out of the pen this year, gave up a 3-run 5th inning that pretty well decided it.
Ryan Kirby and Manuel Geraldo continued to swing hot bats, contributing three hits between them including the team’s only two extra base hits. The Volcanoes didn’t help themselves on the base paths in this one, though, as they were caught stealing three times (two of those pick offs) with no successful SB. Though they’re lapping the NWL in SB with 40 (next best team has 25), they’re similarly lapping the league in CS with 19 (next worst is 10).
Speaking of CS, the Giants selected HS catcher Jeffrey Parra with the 24th round pick last year, in large part due to his defense reputation. That reputation is showing up in the NWL this year when it comes to controlling the running game:
Jeffry Parra has thrown out 12 of 17 base stealers this season (70.5%). Safe to say the guy has an absolute cannon. #DontRunOnParra— S-K Volcanoes ⚾ (@SKVolcanoes) June 29, 2017
AZL Giants had their regularly scheduled off day
As usual with the 15 team AZL, team’s play for four consecutive days and then take the fifth day off.
DSL Giants beat DSL Padres, 5-0
|Wascar De Leon||DH||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.290|
|Aneudy Acosta (W, 1-1)||5||5||0||0||1||3||0||4.91|
|Yoel Veras (H, 1)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
Alexander Canario, understandably upset that he no longer had more HRs than the rest of the team put together (following Franklin Labour’s outburst on Tuesday) hit his 4th HR of the season. He needs to hit a 5th to have out homered his entire team again, but at least he sits in a tie with the rest of the roster combined now. He’s also one off the pace for DSL lead in HRs (actually he was tied for a brief period yesterday before the Yankees’ Carlos Tatis hit his 5th).
Labour, meanwhile, chose to stretch other skills yesterday, as he stole two bases, giving him 5 or the season.
All of the Giants offense came from the top of the order with Anyesber Sivira and Wascar de Leon picking up all of the rest of the team’s hits.
And that was plenty to back the efforts of Aneudy Acosta and three relievers who combined to throw an 8 hit shutout with 10 Ks. Oliver PInto’s 2 inning stint was particularly notable. The 20 year old Panamanian struck out 6 of the 8 batters he faced and allowed just one hit.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Mike Roth vs. Tyrell Jenkins
Richmond: Jordan Johnson vs. Justus Sheffield
San Jose: Jake McCasland vs. TBD
Augusta: Garrett Williams vs. Blake Cederlind
Salem-Keizer: TBD vs. Ben Sheckler
AZL: Let’s take a stab: Weilly Yan?
DSL: Marco Gonzalez
Premier matchup takes place in New Jersey where Jordan Johnson goes up against Sheffield, one of the prizes that the Yankees got from Cleveland in the Andrew Miller deal and now their #7 prospect (will he still be a Yankee a month from now? Will Brian Sabean be in the stands watching tonight’s contest?). Salem-Keizer’s rotation is in a bit of a muddle with Sidney Duprey’s demotion. They could give Nick Deeg a turn. Marco Gonzalez has emerged as the best of the DSL Giants 2017 rotation.