Elliot Ramos? Who the heck is Elliot? Well, I’ll tell you: he’s the Giants #1 draft pick. Learn how to pronounce Heliot and so much more in Sande Charles’ interview with our newest star hopeful:
Yeah, I’d like you to be a Hall of Famer, too, Heliot! Keep that thought in mind, work hard, and just go ahead and add your name to the list with Willie Mays and Barry Bonds. Go right ahead.
HIGHLIGHTS: Domenic Mazza threw a CG shutout; Ashford Fulmer had four hits with two doubles; Stetson Woods K’d 8 and allowed 1 earned runs in 6 IP; Jacob Gonzalez had three hits with two doubles.
Matt Gage’s AAA debut was sunk by a 5th inning in which he allowed three hits and hit two batters, leading to a two-run rally that saw Fresno take the lead for good. But Gage was generally good in his pitch to contact way (1 K) and was mostly victimized by a lack of support.
In the 1st inning, with a two strike count, Chris Shaw went deep for the 5th time in his last five games but that swing of the bat was the last time the team scored. Shaw has now driven in every Sacramento run in the last two games. Not such an efficient offense. Still fun to watch Shaw dinger!
Shaw is now 12 for his last 22 with 5 HRs in that stretch. Woot! Before we get to the inevitable calls of “bring him up” it’s worth taking a moment to figure out who loses out the playing time in such an event, with Slater now ensconced in LF, Belt at 1b, and Ryder Jones and Jae-Gyun Hwang battling for playing time at 3b (not to mention Nunez and Parker each nearing the end of rehab assignments). Shaw’s HR was his 14th of the year, which leads the Giants’ minor league system. Only Brandon Belt has more in the org. As long as Span and Pence are two-thirds of the OF and Slater is hitting well in LF, it’s hard to see how Shaw can fit into the equation. But come August he may well be hitting himself into the picture of 2018 starting LF.
Derek Law was brought in to hold a 3-2 lead in the 9th and allowed a leadoff double and two consecutive singles, all on pitches left above the belt, which has been an issue for Law all season.
Another new face, Melvin Upton didn’t play, one night after making his Sacramento debut.
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Everything old is new again, as the Squirrels ran out one old friend after another yesterday. Unfortunately, the reunion didn’t have a happy ending as Richmond really let one slip from their grasp. Hanging onto a slim 3-2 victory in the bottom of the 8th, Cody Hall allowed a solo HR to the light-hitting CF Carlos Tocci (his 1st of the year) to tie things up. And in extra innings, Stephen Johnson, making his first appearance back in Richmond, got hung with the loss when Miguel Gomez made a game ending error on a routine ground ball.
Sam Coonrod worked his way through a decently efficient six innings, getting tagged for two runs on a HR to his penultimate batter of the night. So close to a shutout performance, Sam! Coonrod wasn’t overly sharp, but he mostly stayed off the fat of the bat.
It looked like that one swing of the bat might doom him, until the Squirrels launched their own two run rally. Jeff Arnold, who had earlier hit a solo HR singled to start it and then Dylan Davis, PH for Coonrod came up with a big pinch hit double. CJ Hinojosa, who had three hits on the night singled in Davis for the go ahead run.
In addition to the tough error, by the way, Miguel Gomez is in something of a slump for maybe the first time in four years. Over the last two weeks, Gomez has gone just 5 for 38, dropping his batting average down to .302; indeed, it briefly fell below the .300 mark in the middle of this game. For the month of June, Gomez hit just .248/.267/.396, the worst month he’s had since the DSL days. He had a similar line with San Jose in July of 2016, but that was in just a half month of playing time.
In addition to all the other Richmond transactions we’ve noted already here (Gage, Hall, Johnson), Richmond is also sending Jose Flores up to Sacramento. Interesting arm, Flores. This is his third shot at AAA, if you count his time with the Mexican League last year. He was last in the PCL in 2014, before an injury wiped out his 2015 season and cut him adrift from US pro ball.
San Jose Bats
Like Sacramento, San Jose put up two runs in the first and then mostly snoozed their way through the rest of the game. Back to back singles from Bryan Reynolds and Aramis Garcia were followed by a two run double from Dillon Dobson gave the Giants a quick lead.
But Mark Reyes got to work eliminating that lead as quick as possible, allowing the first five batters he faced to reach base in what would be a 3-run bottom of the 1st and the Giants would trail the rest of the game.
A Jonah Arenado leadoff double in the 7th led to the final San Jose run.
Dillon Dobson’s .188 Iso, by the by, is in the top 15 of the Cal League, just behind teammate Gio Brusa’s .193. Dobson has tons of pop when he makes contact, it’s getting to it that has caused him issues this year, as his slash line is just .240/.286/.429. Brusa has had more or less the same issue (.247/.299/.440). With the Rockies Brendan Rodgers moved on to higher levels, Aramis Garcia is actually the league leader in Iso at .238 (Rodgers had a ridiculous .300 Iso to go along with his .400 average in his time of belittling the Cal).
If you’re in the San Jose area, you may want to mark your calendar for these upcoming games:
Bumgarner last pitched in San Jose as a 19-year old in 2009. Had a 1.48 ERA in five starts before moving to Double-A (finished year in SF).— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 2, 2017
Lastly, San Jose has created a handy archive page for Joe Ritzo’s pregame interviews. You can listen to all of them on a single page, including the most recent with Bryan Reynolds and Aramis Garcia:
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Dom Mazza wasn’t quite perfect, but he wasn’t far off it in picking up his second complete game shutout of the year. Mazza breezed through the 9 innings of work in just 82 pitches, 65 of them strikes. There was never any drama, as Mazza allowed the second batter he faced in the game to double. There was another double in the second inning, and after that it was total shutdown time, as the left-hander from Santa Barbara retired the final 22 batters in a row. Quite a performance.
In case you’re wondering, Mazza does indeed lead the Sally league in CG with 3 and Shutouts with 2. In fact, he has 2 of just 5 Shutouts thrown in the league this year.
Mazza’s biggest problem in the game might have been boredom, as he had to wait out multiple scoring rallies from his offense, including a huge 7-run inning in the 5th. The Greenjacket bats busted out 16 hits and they benefited from five Charleston errors as well.
CF Ashford Fulmer had a huge afternoon, with four hits including two run-scoring doubles. The 24 year old speedster from University of Houston scored two runs, knocked in four and even added a walk in what was, by far, his best game of the year.
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Stetson Woods delivered another terrific outing, going six innings (for the third time in his four starts) and picking up a career high 8 strikeouts. Woods, who is clearly having his best pro season, has been one of the highlights of the Volcanoes season thus far. He’s now leading the NWL in ERA (1.57) and is 3rd in strikeouts (23) just two off the lead league. Nice work for the big tall drink of water.
Unfortunately, all that work wasn’t enough for the win as ginormous human being Logan Harasta gave up a game-losing two-run HR in his pro debut. The Volcanoes had just scratched out a run in the top of the 8th to tie the game two apiece, when Harasta came in to try to hold the line and immediately allowed a double and a HR.
With two of their sparkplugs out (Malique Ziegler after being hit by a pitch and Richard Amion, who’s been transferred up to SJ) the Volcanoes struggled to get much offense going with nearly an entire new lineup of 2017 draftees. 6th rounder Bryce Johnson, 14th rounder Michael Sexton, and 21st rounder Logan Baldwin all made their pro debuts, while C Rob Calabrese and SS Orlando Garcia were in just their second games. The speedy Johnson went just 1 for 4, but he did manage to steal two bases and score two runs.
The best offensive night came from Gustavo Cabrera, who picked up two hits including a triple. In one of the turning points of the night, Cabrera was thrown out at home trying to score on a Sac Fly, reportedly an incredible throw from LF. That denied the Volcanoes a 2-0 lead and Tri-City immediately scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.
Ziegler did make an appearance in this game as a Pinch Runner, so it doesn’t appear he was hurt too bad by his HBP. It will be interesting to see how the Volcanoes treat CF now with both Ziegler and Johnson in the lineup.
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Heliot Ramos took his first professional 0fer, going 0 for 5 in his third game, but he did steal his 1st base. 1 SB, 1 HR, and 1 OF assist in three games = TOOLSY!
Instead the star of yesterday’s show was 2nd rounder Jacob Gonzalez. Manning the DH position Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with two more doubles. That’s four doubles in three games for the big right hander, and maybe more impressive for a high school hitter, he has just 1 K over his first three games against 3 BBs. Advanced approach and lots of game power is Little Luis’ claim to fame and in his first weekend of work he lived up to the billing.
Albert Suarez made his second rehab appearance going two innings this time. Given the recent news with Joan Gregorio and Tyler Beede’s current struggles, getting Suarez back to major league ready is suddenly of some importance, if the Giants need to fill any rotation spots over the next month (obviously Bumgarner takes one spot, but further needs might come to pass).
DSL Giants had their weekly Sunday off
RF Alexander Canario has the 6th highest ISO (.235) in the Dominican Summer League thanks to 4 doubles and 5 home runs through 94 PA— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) July 1, 2017
We’ve talked a good deal about Canario’s exploits this year on Minor Lines. One thing I’ve neglected to mention is that he’s currently the youngest active player in the Giants’ system and one of the youngest in all of pro ball. Canario just turned 17 in May. He was an $85k signing. Speaking of which if you follow @giantprospects on twitter you’ll see that he’s been on top of the Giants’ J2 signings since yesterday, including lots of video. So far, Dominican SS Juan Pena and the former Cuban SS Yorlis Rodriguez (both of whom Ben Badler had connected to the Giants) are two of the major signings for the team.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Andrew Suarez vs. Kyle Smith
Richmond: Cory Taylor vs. Cole Irvin
San Jose: Grant Watson vs. Anthony Misiewicz
Augusta: Stephen Woods, Jr. vs. Freicer Perez
Salem-Keizer: Jose Marte vs. Travis Radke
DSL: Luis Moreno
Andrew Suarez is coming off his best AAA start, a six-inning shutout performance with 6 Ks. Stephen Woods, Jr. needs another excellent outing to keep up in the Woods’ Race.
Should be a great week of baseball as we slide into the unofficial end of the first half. 4th of July leading to the Future’s Game leading to All Star week. What a great week to love baseball! See you at the ballyard everybody!