Bad news barely waited for lunch to settle yesterday:
Odd year is looking to leave no survivors.
Sacramento lost at Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 4-3
getting swept in their four game series, 0-4
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Obviously the big news from this game revolves around Tyler Beede’s health, but this will likely take a few days for the news to play out as the medical staff assesses. We’ll keep an eye out.
Pressed into emergency service, Kraig Sitton gave Sacramento three solid innings, allowing just a solo HR to Dan Vogelbach. But he ran out of gas in the 4th, allowing a single and double to the first two batters he faced and Colin Balester couldn’t get no relief. Balester allowed two hits and unleashed three WP before getting out of the three-run 4th that ultimately decided the game.
Sacramento would make some noise before it was all done though. A two-run double from Justin Ruggiano keyed the RiverCats own three-run rally in the 6th. And a terrific play from Mac Williamson helped keep it a one-run game in the 7th.
A single and two walks loaded the bases in the 9th inning and Sacramento turned to Chris Shaw, getting a day of rest on the bench, to try to steal a win. DRAMA!
Oh somewhere men are laughing and somewhere children shout. Tough series for Shaw, who had bases-loaded chances in the final innings on back to back days and came up empty. Juan Ciriaco would complete the disappointment by striking out to end it with the bases still crammed full of Cats.
If you follow the link below (and scroll down a bit past the Panda interview) you’ll find a really nice package on Chris Shaw from the Giants pre-game show a couple days back. Very nice piece on the former Golden Eagle (I restrict my BC plugs to one a month, promise).
Pre-game show yesterday had a feature on Chris Shaw. If you missed it, you can watch full thing here: https://t.co/4r90E9NvoV— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 24, 2017
The prospect world trained its gaze on Richmond for the AA debut of Nationals uber-tooled Victor Robles. And Robles gave the people a thrill on the very first play of the game.
Jordan Johnson, who was knocked out of his last start in the 3rd inning when he was hit by a liner up the middle, ran into tough luck again. At first it seemed he was going to have trouble staying in the game because of all the hard contact he was giving up in the first two innings. But he settled down after allowing single runs in each of the first two and was working on his best start in nearly two months. In the bottom of the 6th, he provided his own support.
Unfortunately, that triple was a gift from the Monkey’s Paw. Johnson seemed to tweak his hamstring or upper quad running out the triple and was unable to complete his warmup pitches before the top of the 7th.
Seth Rosin would surrender the lead (in the 7th this time rather than the 8th). But after the Squirrels regained the lead in the bottom of the 7th, Ryan Halstead and Cody Hall were finally able to protect a one-run, late-inning lead to pick up the win.
Former Brewer Caleb Gindl and Myles Schroder led the offense with five hits, three RBIs and two doubles between them. Gindl also made a terrific sliding catch against the bullpen wall to get the team out of a jam in the 7th.
I better start being nicer to Gindl and Hobson and Sands et al. They’re providing the only wins so far this week.
San Jose Bats
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Somewhere on the back of a San Jose player, there’s currently a switch set to ‘Bust’ that needs to be flicked back to ‘Boom.’ They did get more than one hit, so moral victory I suppose. But that’s now six total runs scored over the course of a four-game losing streak and that streak (including a 5-4 loss) following their 12 run outburst five games ago.
Only Lancaster (for obvious reasons) and Inland Empire (similar but less obvious) have allowed more runs than San Jose’s pitching staff, so when the offense goes dark for long stretches of games there’s not much hope of victory. And that’s been the story for much of this year at home, where the Giants have gone a fairly mind-boggling 16-35 this year. As might imagine, that is by far the worst home record in the Cal League (no other team has won fewer than 24 games at home).
Anyway, there’s obviously Panda news aplenty from the Muni, and for our purposes the most interesting of it might be this clip with Ryan Howard and Jalen Miller talking about what it’s been like to interact with Sandoval. As Kevin quite rightly noted on Sunday, Pablo’s joie de vivre has always been his greatest asset on the ballfield so hopefully he’s able to pass some of that passion on to these youngsters as well as knowledge.
If you’re interested in what Pablo had to say about his stint in San Jose, that interview is on Alex Pavlovic’s Facebook page link above as well. It looks like that’s all for Pablo in A ball, as he now heads up to Sacramento and then soon, yes, San Francisco. This is a very weird year.
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...and somewhere bands are playing, and somewhere hearts are light....
Well, mighty Sandro didn’t strike out, but with two outs in the bottom of the 9th and Jose Vizcaino, Jr. on 2b, Fabian did come to the plate with a chance to be a hero.
Instead a fly-out to right ended an entertaining, back and forth affair.
Skyler Ewing, who’s had a torrid July (.311/.393/.595 with 5 HRs) did the heavy lifting for the Greenjackets with a three-run HR in the 3rd that provided Augusta with their only crooked number of the night. That gave them a lead until the late innings.
Raffi Vizcaino’s night started rocky and ended rugged. After allowing two runs in the top of the 1st thanks to back to back triples to open the game, Vizcaino settled down and delivered five strong innings of work. But heading back to the mound for the 7th proved a bad idea as he would fail to retire any of the three batters he faced. Vizcaino ended his night with back to back walks to load the bases with no outs. That set the fuse and Sandro Cabrera came in with some handy matches and lit it up. The end result was a big four-run rally that gave the Suns a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Jose Vizcaino, Jr. picked up three hits, including the two-out 9th inning double that gave Fabian a chance to tie it.
Salem-Keizer beat the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 4-3
losing their five game series, 2-3
The Volcanoes primarily played small ball in picking up the series finale. Stolen bases from Logan Baldwin and Manuel Geraldo led directly to two runs that helped make the difference. Baldwin and Bryce Johnson scored in the first on a two-run double from Orlando Garcia. Garcia did also make an error that led to an unearned run for Vancouver.
Johnson makes for an interesting #3 hitter. Though he’s off to a nice start, true to his slap and dash ways Johnson has amassed 23 TB in his 22 hits so far. But also true to his get-on-base ways he’s got a healthy .380 OBP on top of his .314 average.
Jose Marte continued his growing pains with this challenge assignment, allowing two earned runs while walking three and striking out three. That’s now 23 walks and 22 Ks on the season for Marte, which probably isn’t the optimal ratio.
But Aaron Phillips (9th round pick out of St. Bonaventure) and Andy Rohloff (37th pick out of Central Florida) combined on 4.1 shutout innings of relief to hold tight to the lead, despite allowing runners into scoring position in both the 8th and 9th innings.
AZL Giants were off
Their magic number to secure a 1st half playoff spot is now 5.
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I’ll tell you what will take the drama out of a game in a hurry is a 10-run rally. But that’s exactly what the Reds unleashed on Aneudy Acosta and the Giants in the 4th inning of this game. Given that the Giants themselves only managed three hits in the game, their chances of a comeback were slightly less than ideal.
Franklin Labour doubled and stole a base (9th) to lead what offense there was. Alexander Canario reached base twice with a single and a walk.
As a special treat, friend of program Wrenzie found some Canario video on the interwebs, so let’s watch the kid swing it, first game footage (adios pelota!) then BP:
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Chris Stratton vs. Clayton Blackburn
Richmond: Dan Slania vs. Matthew Crownover
San Jose: Grant Watson vs. Spencer Herrmann
Augusta: Garrett Williams vs. Tyler Watson
Salem-Keizer: Julio Benitez vs. TBD
AZL: Miguel Figueroa?
DSL: Marco Gonzalez
Old friends day in Sacramento as Clayton Blackburn returns to face his former teammates. I suspect I know somebody who’ll be heading to that game. Elsewhere, lefties Garrett Williams and Marco Gonzalez look to keep momentum heading in positive directions.