So you need some encouragement do you? A little hope? A little something to smile about? I’ve got just the thing!
See ya!! GRAND SLAM from Steven Duggar! pic.twitter.com/voSvCJBzcR— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) July 21, 2017
Still not fully cheered up? Ok, ok. I can do more! Check out Melvin Adon being a beast with what is quite possibly the Minor Lines Play of the Year!
See, baseball is fun!
HIGHLIGHTS: Chris Stratton struck out 7 over 6.2 IP; Aramis Garcia picked up two hits with his 16th HR;
Sacramento lost to El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 5-3
splitting their four game series, 2-2
Chris Stratton had another excellent outing last night, striking out 7 over a solid 6.2 IP but the bullpen let a 3-2 lead slip away in the 8th inning when Kraig Sitton and Derek Law combined to allow three runs. Stratton hasn’t quite developed into the little girl with the curl, but his season line is definitely adversely affected by a handful of awful starts, particularly early on in the year. This game was Stratton’s sixth quality start in his last nine, but the ones that weren’t quality, really weren’t quality (8 runs in 5 innings, 5 runs in 4 innings).
Stratton’s also becoming something of a strike throwing machine lately. He threw 74 of his career high 111 pitches last night for strikes and made first pitch strikes to 18 of the 30 batters he faced. Over his last four starts he’s thrown over 70% of his pitches for strikes. Possibly as a result of being more aggressive, he’s getting to his kill pitches more frequently. In his last 26 IP Stratton’s struck out 28 batters while walking just 5 (three last night). Here is he toying with Travis’ big brother Chase d’Arnaud.
Like Kyle Crick, it seems like there could be a pretty decent relief arm in there. I wouldn’t mind the trade deadline opening up a spot for Stratton full time in the bullpen to see what he might do there.
But, along with a sputtering offense, the inability to find a 3rd out in the 8th undermined the effort. Kraig Sitton retired two of the first three batters he faced in the inning but was replaced after a two-out single scored the tying run. Derek Law came in to try to hold it there but he allowed a double to the first batter he saw. Then a single. Then a walk and a WP. He finally picked up a called strike three to the fourth batter he faced but at that point it was too late.
Jarrett Parker has a modest five game hit streak going over which he’s hitting 9 for 21. He’s shown almost no power since arriving in Sacramento with just five extra base hits in 74 ABs (1 HR), which suggests that shoulder’s still working to build up strength. He is walking as well as he ever has though, with 14 walks in 20 games with Sacramento.
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Another squandered late lead as Richmond took a 3-2 edge into the bottom of the 8th but a two-out HR against Carlos Alvarado proved the game-loser. Richmond got two hits apiece from Jerry Sands, Brandon Bednar, Caleb Gindl and Daniel Carbonell which is a sentence that proves that this is an incredibly boring team. Starter Tyler Herb.... oh good god let’s just go on to San Jose, shall we?
San Jose Bats
Boo yeah! as Stuart Scott would say. Now we’re talking! The Giants unleashed a fusillade of hits — 15 hits with five extra base hits — to come back from a 4-0 1st inning deficit.
Every member of the Giants’ starting lineup had at least one hit and the 3-6 hitters had nine hits between them including three hits and a triple from Jonah Areando and the 16th HR of the year from Aramis Garcia, playing 1b. Garcia tends to hit his HRs in bunches and he’s on another jag:
Another home run for Aramis Garcia - his team-leading 16th of the season. Has hit eight homers in his last 19 games.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 21, 2017
The comeback started early with a booming double from Heath Quinn. It’s been awhile since we could watch a powerful Quinn swing of the bat.
And it would end with a vengeance on Duggar’s tremendous at bat in the 7th. Coming to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, Duggar worked his way back from an 0-2 count in a fantastic eight-pitch at bat that ended in San Jose’ first Grand Slam since May of 2016 (Ronnie Jebavy). It was Duggar’s only hit of the game but it showed off all his best attributes: a great eye, an unwillingness to chase out of the zone, a quick bat and power to the pull side. Sacramento isn’t far away for Steven, I’d say. And maybe San Francisco before 2017’s all said and done.
In between there were triples from Jalen Miller and Jonah Arenado, and a whole host of other hits. San Jose tends to a highly boom or bust offense because they swing so freely. While they’re middle of the pack in many offensive categories (HRs, TB, average, SLG) they’re dead last — by a lot! — in both OBP and walks. They have 60 fewer walks than the next lowest team in the league and a 160 fewer than league leader Modesto. On a night like this when they’re running into them it all looks beautiful, but before Duggar leaves town the rest of the lineup could sure stand to listen to his thoughts on an approach at the plate.
Of course, the comeback was necessary because of another frustrating outing from Matt Krook, who’s stock has seen more movement than his fastballs this season. Krook’s line really looks worse than his performance was last night. He got BABIP’d to death in a 1st inning that opened with a Jonah Areando error and then saw four consecutive hits, including a dribbling little opposite-field grounder down the 1b line that went for a two-run double.
Krook was bailed out of the ultra-rough 1st by battery-mate Matt Winn who got two of the outs himself in the 1st, nailing a runner trying to take 3b on a WP and then getting the final out at 2b on a CS. Krook was better after the extremely arduous 1st, but he still walked four batters and worked his pitch count up to 100 without making it out of the 5th inning. That’s 57 walks in 68.2 IP for the star-crossed lefty.
If you missed it, Wilson Karaman had a writeup on Krook in Baseball Prospectus this week:
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Melvin Adon came back strong from the tweaked back that took him out of his last start. Adon went six strong innings allowing just a single solo HR in his final inning and got his pitch count back up to 86. He didn’t miss a whole lot of bats, which (if you saw yesterday’s Baseball America mid-season report writeup) is something of a concern for his year, but he’s keeping his stuff in the zone and picking up outs, which seems highly encouraging to me.
Adon’s allowed just 3 ER over his last four starts (22.2 IP), striking out 22 while walking 7. From the guy who had a 5.48 ERA in the NWL last year this seems like a strong step forward to me.
I'm watching Sea/NYY tonight. Watching Severino makes me think G's need to hang onto Adon. Then I realize Adon is 3 months older! https://t.co/AAz8yzqqtc— Cove Chatter (@CoveChatter) July 21, 2017
Well, yes, there is that.
After Adon left the game things got ugly real fast. DJ Myers did his best Charlie Brown imitation allowing hits to the first four batters he saw who didn’t bunt, while his defense totally collapsed around him. Meanwhile the offense managed to turn 11 hits, 2 BBs, and 2 HB into nothing but a night full of frustration.
Everything was awful. But Adon was good! (oh and Sandro Fabian had two hits).
Starter Julio Benitez did a decent job working his way through a ton of traffic in his 4.1 innings, but the middle relief let the game get away, allowing 7 runs from the 6th inning on. Alex Bostic, now apparently moved to the bullpen, actually had a pretty solid outing — walking 0 means success for Alex! But 13th round pick Tyler Schimpf and 2016 32nd rounder John Timmins were roughed up good in the 7th and 8th to the tune of 5 runs.
Meanwhile, the offense never really got untracked. The Volcanoes collected six hits, but they came from just three batters as Bryce Johnson, Robinson Medrano, and Gustavo Cabrera collected two apiece and all were singles. Cabrera didn’t manage to play in three straight games this week (he hasn’t done that all year) but he did manage his quickest return yet missing just two games between starts. Gustavo can’t stay on the field for long stretches, sadly, but he’s performed when he’s been out there. He’s had at least one hit in each of his last 9 starts, and multiple hits in five of his last seven. Since starting the year with an 0 for 10, he’s hit .389/.421/.750. Alas, he only seems to be able to play in two game stints.
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Check it out! I saved you a Heliot Ramos HR till the end! That’s Ramos’ 3rd as he stays tied with his fellow plus raw power HS draftee Jo Adell (who went 10th overall to the Angels) as the two kids go neck and neck for best HS draft picks in the AZL this year. Heliot has slowed down a little bit as the summer grind starts to bear down, but he does have a 9 game hit streak going which includes two HRs, two triples, and a double (4 SB as well).
I joked the other day about how frustrating it is to have an AZL box score without Ramos and Gonzalez in it, but the truth is, of course, that it’s approximately a billion degrees in Arizona, the kid’s 17 and physically immature, and just starting to learn how to deal with the wear of daily games. He’s doing great with it. .377/.441/.775 is alright by me.
Fellow top of the draft hitter Jacob Gonzalez has gone into a bit of a lull as he’s now just 4 for his last 30 since getting off to his blistering 15 for 20 start. He’s still looking for his first pro HR, too.
The Giants were pretty sloppy overall in this game, particularly the left side of the infield where SS Francisco Medina and Gonzalez made four errors, three from Medina. Gonzalez error was his 6th in just 14 games. Between the miscues and starter Dieyerbert Bolivar surrendering seven hits in just two innings (including three doubles), the Giants fell behind big early (5-0) and never could quite claw their way back.
Reyes Moronta blazed his way through another perfect inning though, striking out 2 of the 3 batters he faced. He should soon be winging his way to somewhere other than Scottsdale. Man, have I been missing you, big guy! Those AZL hitters have to be thinking “wha-huh?” when your stuff goes blazing past them.
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The Giants and Mariners made it to the 10th inning tied 0-0. And in the DSL, making it to the 10th inning means... start the inning with a runner on 2b! The Mariners apparently didn’t think one free runner was enough however, so they then made the odd choice to intentionally walk the .185 hitting Samuel Jorge and that’s basically how you turn a lonely single into a two run game-winning rally.
The Giants managed just three hits in this game, but Francis Pena and a pair of relievers kept throwing zeros on the board, allowing just six hits of their own while striking out 8 and walking none. Pena matched his season high in innings and strikeouts, and it was just the second time this year he’d allowed no runs in a start.
Alexander Canario had one hit and stole his team leading (of course) 13th base in the 1st inning. He then tried to take advantage of a defensive error, leading to this delightful line in the game log:
Ok, now let’s all imagine what exactly that play (in which SS Alexander Campos apparently was the closest fielder to his own throwing error) must have looked like. DSL Fun!
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Jose Flores vs. TBD
Richmond: Sam Coonrod vs. Luis Lugo
San Jose: Jake McCasland vs. TBD
Augusta: Caleb Baragar vs. Matthias Dietz (any relation to Dick? IDK!)
Salem-Keizer: Alejandro de la Rosa vs. Juan Nunez
AZL: Jake Greenwalt
DSL: Yovanny Moronta?
Well there you have it! A perfectly cromulent day of minor league hopefulness. And the next time you feel like making fun of the Giants’ love of Cape Cod League scouting, just remember: