Let’s get our weekend started with a little defense, shall we? I do love me a great throw from the OF so (a bit of OT bragging: in my younger years a pro scout visiting my JC hung a plus on my arm. The rest of my game was negative 80 on the 20-80 scale but I could throw it!)
HIGHLIGHTS: Ryder Jones had two hits with a HR; Jose Vizcaino had three hits with a triple; John Russell struck out 8 in 3.2 IP
The RiverCats missed the opportunity for a four game sweep vs the Express, as relievers Kraig Sitton and Heath Slatton each allowed two runs in the 8th and 9th inning, turning a tight 3-2 game into one sided defeat.
The bats were mostly silent for Sacramento in the game. Ryder Jones led the team with two hits including his 11th HR of the season. Sacramento opened the game well with a Jarrett Parker walk and Orlando Calixte ground rule double. But they only got one run out of that rally on Ryder Jones groundout, and for the most part they were kept out of run scoring position the rest of the day.
Ryder’s been hot since rejoining the Sacramento lineup. Since coming back from his HBP, Jones has gone 10 for 27 with two doubles and last night’s HR (which of course would have been a single off the bricks at AT&T)
Reyes Moronta got his second taste of AAA in the 6th. Moronta relieved starter Matt Gage with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out and got the starter out of the jam with two groundouts to Jones.
Gage probably deserved a better fate as two of the three runs he allowed were the result of two Orlando Calixte errors.
The Squirrels fell behind 7-1 in the 5th inning when starter Nate Reed allowed a Grand Slam to Erie DH Grayson Greiner. But the Squirrels came all the way back with a five-run rally when they batted around in the 6th. Myles Schroder and Hunter Cole led the offense with three hits apiece. For Schroder that included his 4th HR of the year. Jeff Arnold and Slade Heathcott had back to back 2-run hits in the 5th that tied the game. In the 7th, Hunter Cole pushed the Squirrels into the lead with a Sac Fly.
And in the 8th, Daniel Carbonell (with a big assist from Jeff Arnold) made game changing plays on both sides of the ball. Thanks to a great play from Jeff Arnold, Carbonell ended the top of the inning by gunning down the tying run at the plate:
(apologies for the ill-timed technical difficulties).
And as fate would have it Carbonell was due to lead off the bottom of that very same inning.
That’s about as nice a 1-2 sequence as a guy can have.
Tyler Cyr’s been a bit dicey of late trying to protect leads, but he held it down here picking up two Ks in the 9th to get his 12th save.
San Jose broke it’s modest three-game win streak with a back and forth game in Lancaster. The Giants got two-hit games from five members of their lineup, including a two-double day from Jalen Miller. Steven Duggar and Bryan Renolds at the top of the lineup also had two hit days. Duggar did strike out two times as well. If you’re looking for signs to see if Duggar’s ready to move out of rehab mode and onto his Sacramento assignment, it may lie in the contact numbers. He’s been an 18-20% K rate guy in his career so far, but he’s struck out in a third of his San Jose PA, as he’s essentially working through his own personal in-game spring training. Once the contact numbers normalize, suggesting his timing is locking back in, we might look to see him moved up.
Hard throwing RHP David Owen was the victim in this game. In his third inning of work, Owen let Lancaster break open a 3-3 tie with a three-run 7th inning. A two-run triple from Wes Rogers was the key blow.
Augusta won at Columbia Fireflies (Mets), 6-5
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Prior to Thursday night’s slugfest Augusta had lost 11 straight games at Columbia. Friday night they made it two in a row to the good side and they did so in stunning fashion, rallying for two runs in the top of the 9th.
The game had a lot of sloppy elements. Augusta surrendered the lead in the 6th on back to back WP from RHP Jose Morel. And then in the 9th, Columbia returned the favor. A passed ball moved the tying run to third where Jean Angomas brought it in with a Sac Fly. And then following a walk and a SB, Augusta took the lead when the pitcher threw away Kelvin Beltre’s dribbler.
Jose Vizcaino, Jr. continued to love hitting in Columbia. After hitting a mammoth HR on Thursday he picked up three more hits on Friday including two RBI hits. He opened the night by golfing this triple to CF wall.
Another vet, Cristian Paulino also had a big game for the Greenjackets. Paulino not only had two hits, but he stole three bases in the game. That gives Paulino 25 on the season in just 48 games. That leads the organization by a good amount. Malique Ziegler’s 18 is the next closest.
In his final start before heading to Tuesday night’s All Star game, Stetson Woods kept on throwing zeros up on the board. Woods is the NWL league leader in ERA by quite a margin — no other qualified starter is under 2.30. A Dylan Manwaring throwing error on a steal attempt ended up costing Woods an unearned run on a groundout, but the tall drink of water in charge throughout and helped Salem-Keizer coast to the win.
The offense was led by 2 and 3 hitters Logan Baldwin and Bryce Johnson who picked up five hits between them. Baldwin’s three-hit day led the team. Baldwin also had one of the team’s two extra base hits and stole his 6th base. As usual the running game was on display in this one as Malique Ziegler stole his 18th and Manuel Geraldo his 15th of the season.
21 year old Robinson Medrano hasn’t gotten a ton of playing time for the Volcanoes this year (just 63 at bats) but he’s wailed on it when he’s been in there. The defensively limited RH has hit .317/.348/.524 in 20 games for Salem-Keizer.
I noted this trend the other day, but the tipping point was reached today. Ziegler, Kirby, and Geraldo were at one point a few weeks ago dominating the top NWL top five in batting average, but they’ve all three slipped off as the month has gone along. As of yesterday all three had dipped below .300 for the year as they’ve cooled off. Still the trio, along with Woods will all head to Hillsboro Monday for a well deserved All Star trip.
John Russell has gotten eight swings and eight misses on his curveball tonight. 2 innings, 5 Ks. His hook is simply unfair.— S-K Volcanoes ⚾ (@SKVolcanoes) July 29, 2017
The 16th rounder from Connecticut was feeding Boise a whole lot of hooks last night and their collective response was, apparently: “Inconceivable!” Russell ended up striking out 8 in his 3.2 innings of relief. Yowza!
Hey I was right even though I was wrong! Though I somehow missed that the Giants actually were playing last night, it ended up being a Heliot-free game regardless. Instead, it was the 2nd and 3rd round picks who took the spotlight. Jacob Gonzalez had his first multi-hit game since his breathtaking first five games of pro ball. Gonzalez reached three times with a couple of a singles and a walk.
And Seth Corry stretched himself out in his longest outing yet. Corry went three shutout innings, striking out 3. The control is still a bit wonky (9 walks in 9.1 IP so far) but there’s plenty of time in Instrux and Spring to work on the motion.
In Ramos’ place we got Jose Layer, the athletic Puerto Rican from the 2016 draft. Layer showed off some tools in the game, getting on base twice, stealing his 2nd bag of the year and throwing a runner out at 2b. Layer continues to intrigue.
With the win the Giants put themselves into the AZL’s postseason. Get yourself a trophy, guys! You’ll surely be the only team with a chance!
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The offense really struggled in this game, managing just five hits over 11 innings. Nobody recorded more than one hit (though of course there were many walks) and nobody had an XBH.
The pitchers held up as long as they could but with the extra innings rules (start with a runner on 2b) they allowed go ahead runs in the top of both the 10th and 11th innings, and the offense couldn’t keep pace the second time.
I always like to try to find ways to establish the context of the levels of play in different leagues, and this is probably about as great an example as one could want for the DSL:
Meanwhile, yesterday in the DSL...— Adam Giardino (@adamgiardino) July 28, 2017
19-run 6th inning:
3 singles, 3 triples, 2 errors, 12 walks, 2 HBP, 6 wild pitches, 14 2-out runs pic.twitter.com/1Gyh3uEMqR
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Casey Kelly vs. Tom Koehler
Richmond: Cory Taylor vs. AJ Ladwig and Matt Lujan vs. Victor Alcantara
San Jose: Michael Connolly vs Trey Killian
Augusta: Dom Mazza vs. Harol Gonzalez
Salem-Keizer: Jose Marte vs. TBD
DSL: Aneudy Acosta
Sacramento is apparently sending Casey Kelly — who I have NO IDEA when the Giants picked up — to the mound for tonight’s start. I presume that is the former Boston 1st rounder who briefly was a Padre before arm injuries derailed him? Kelly was just released by the Cubs last week. In the wake of Tyler Beede’s now season-ending injury, it makes sense that they’d once again be scrapping to fill innings in Sacramento. If the Giants did somehow find a way to move Cueto or Shark I really can’t imagine how they’d fill the gap at this point. Lots of Albert Suarez and Matt Cain I suppose.
If they can somehow take the field between the torrential downpours we’ve been having all weekend, the Squirrels are scheduled for a DH including the recently recalled Matt Lujan.
Kevin will be here with the Prospect Roundup tomorrow. Have a great weekend everybody!