It was Debut Night on Friday, as the top of the Giants 2017 draft all took the field together. How’d things go?
I like triples.
HIGHLIGHTS: Orlando Calixte had three hits with double, HR; Melvin Adon struck out 8 in 6 IP; Manuel Geraldo had four hits with triple, SB; Heliot Ramos hit triple and two doubles in his debut.
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Madison Bumgarner was back in the PCL again, for his appearance in a AAA game since he was a Grizzlie back in 2010 (I wonder if he accidentally went to the wrong dugout). He hit his targeted pitch count (62) and declared afterwards that he felt good on the mound, which means the night was a total success. Afterwards, he talked with the press:
Feeling good is the most important part of rehab, so I’m not terribly concerned with the results. Every time out, get closer, Madison. We need you back.
Hits were flying fast and furious in this back and forth affair. The two teams combined for 28 hits, and they scored at least one run in 11 different half innings. Orlando Calixte and Juan Ciriaco led the RiverCats with three hits apiece, with Calixte picking up a double and his 9th HR of the year. With Ryder Jones and his 10 HRs currently in SF, Calixte tied Mac Williamson for the current team lead.
Chris Shaw didn’t homer, but he kept up his hot hitting with two hits, nudging his batting average close to .300. Across levels for the year, Shaw is hitting .298/.354/.519.
Richmond’s game in Reading was suspended in the top of the 2nd inning
It will be completed today as part of a double header. Slade Heathcott led off the game with his 12th HR of the year.
San Jose Bats
Conner Menez threw a career high 8 innings, and with a little help from his friends he allowed just one run to pitch San Jose to their 5th win in their last six games.
Menez lowered his ERA to 3.52 - ninth in the California League. Has allowed two runs or fewer in 10 of 14 starts. Six wins leads #SJGiants.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 1, 2017
The help from his friends came in the bottom of the 8th. Clinging to a 2-0 lead, the Nuts got their first two batters on and the sacrificed them into scoring position. Menez allowed a single into left field that scored the lead runner but Gio Brusa cut down the tying run at the plate to end the threat and maintain the lead.
With Dylan Rheault on the mound in the 9th, Aramis Garcia also came up with a clutch throw, ending the game by cutting down a runner trying to steal his way into scoring position.
The Giants had successfully used speed to get the game winning run when Ronnie Jebavy singled, stole 2b, went to 3b on a fly out to CF and came in on a ground out from Bryan Reynolds.
Off the field, there was bad news in San Jose that will be felt at higher levels:
#SJGiants roster moves: Steven Duggar back on the disabled list after just two games with San Jose. INF Junior Amion added from Salem-Keizer— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 1, 2017
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I wonder if every A ball team’s pitchers are as completely incapable of throwing a ball to 1b as the Greenjackets’ seem to be. It feels like an entire sub-genre of Minor Lines is Augusta pitchers giving up unearned runs because of their own throwing error.
Anyway, Melvin Adon allowed just two unearned runs in yesterday’s start, both of which scored as a result of his own throwing error in the first inning of last night’s start (in fairness, the error was caused in part by the 1b not being at the base for reasons unclear). In fact, the 1st inning threatened to get away from Adon entirely as he allowed two seeing eye singles and his only two walks of the game, in addition to his throwing error. The two walks both walked in runs, but Adon was able to leave the bases loaded with a strikeout and a pop up, and after that grueling 25 pitch 1st inning, he was simply masterful the rest of the night.
Adon retired 15 of his final 16 batters (including the final 13) including 7 strikeouts. He K’d 5 of the final 6 batters he faced on the night, getting stronger the deeper into the game he went. He ended up throwing a career high 99 pitches and struck out a career high 8 in what has to be his most encouraging effort of the year. Let’s watch the big guy strike out the side in the 5th.
I chose the extended play for Adon to show the pros and the cons. Make no mistake, that’s not exactly plus fastball command there and he needs to make a lot of strides with the delivery. But the stuff is good raw materials from which to craft a major league pitcher someday. Keep working it, Melvin!
Sadly, Melvin got little to no support from his offense which scratched out just four singles on the night. Sandro Fabian had a serious “fight another day” night as he struck out in all four at bats, walking away with a big sombrero.
Manuel Geraldo had a huge game, picking up four hits including a triple, scoring two runs, driving in another, and stole a base to help lead the Volcanoes to the 7-2 win. Geraldo, Malique Ziegler, and Ryan Kirby are all in the top seven in the NWL in batting and they are definitely the thrust behind Salem-Keizer’s offense. The trio picked up eight of the team’s 13 hits last night and scored four of the team’s seven runs. Geraldo and Ziegler each stole their 10th base of the year, tied for team high and tied for second in the league. 3b AJ Ramirez was the other big bat for the night, picking up a couple of hits including his 1st HR of the year.
The Volcanoes also got a huge night from Nick Deeg, last year’s 30th round pick out of Central Michigan University. The large lefty came on in the 6th to bail Alejandro de la Rosa out of a two-on one-out jam. Deeg quickly dispatched the threat — picking off the runner on 2b and then striking out the batter — and kept on dispatching the Dust Devils for the rest of a nearly perfect night. Deeg allowed just one of the 12 batters he faced to reach base and struck out 5 of them over a brutally efficient 3.2 innings. He threw just 39 pitches in all, 30 of them for strikes.
And before we leave the Northwest, the Volcanoes leadoff hitter got some well earned plaudits for his hot start:
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Birds flying high, you know how I feel! It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life and I’m feeling good!
All three of the Giants top picks made their debuts last night (as well as a host of lower round picks: Aaron Bond, Orlando Garcia, Chris Corbett, Nico Garratano, and Kyle McPherson) and they all were successful. And we had eyes on the field, so let’s just get to the good stuff!
Oh man, fill me up with that sweet, sweet hope for the future! Loud doubles. Blazing speed. Beautiful spinning break balls. I can’t take it all! There will be strikeouts. There will be 0fers. There will be struggles. But today, it’s all golden. A new dawn indeed!
There’s even more on Sande’s timeline so definitely go and check it out! We’re incredibly lucky the MLBNetwork, fanragesports and Baseball Census talent decided to drop in and give us all this footage. She also recently posted an interview with 2nd rounder Jacob Gonzalez. A cornucopia of media delights! Thanks Sande!
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All is right with the world again: Alexander Canario has more HRs than the rest of the team and Ghordy Santos has gone back to hitting only XBH. With his 5th HR, Canario climbed into a tie of the DSL lead. He’s also tied for 10th in SB in the league. He leads the Giants in both categories.
Santos’ odd line continues as he’s hit one HR, one triple, four doubles, and just one single. The result is an Iso of nearly .200. With 16 walks on the year (14 Ks) he also has a substantial OBP of .338 on top of his .135 average. Now try just a little more consistency Ghordy!
And speaking controlling the strike zone well, Norwith Gudino, in his 3rd DSL campaign, is featuring a 32 K/ 4 BB ratio in 28.1 IP.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: TBD vs. Dan Deetz
Richmond: TBD; TBD vs. Ranfi Casimiro
San Jose: Michael Connolly vs. Nick Neidert
Augusta: Caleb Baragar vs. Austin DeCarr
Salem-Keizer: Alex Bostic vs. Dauris Valdez
AZL: Michael Figueroa?
DSL: Francis Pena
Man! Bum back on the bump. Adon dominating. Heliot and Jacob booming it. I want to sing out! Let’s go out with some mood music. Take us home, Shara, do Nina proud!