Get the bunting up and join a parade. It’s the 4th of July, a great day to play two, or even seven!
HIGHLIGHTS: Chris Shaw walked twice and doubled; Dylan Davis reached base 3x with a HR; Stephen Woods, Jr. allowed one run in 5 IP with 5 Ks; Peter Lannoo struck out the first three batters he faced in career.
Sacramento lost to Fresno Grizzlies (Astros), 4-1
getting swept in their four game series, 0-4
Andrew Suarez allowed just 6 hits but they resulted in 4 runs, in part thanks to two Max Stassi HRs, the first HRs Suarez has allowed since his promotion. Suarez did match his season high of 8 Ks, which he’s managed now four times this year and twice in his four PCL starts. He’s ticked his K rate up a bit since joining the PCL, now just a hair under 9 K/9, though his walk rate has jumped up nearly double as he faces more advanced hitters. But on the whole he’s much the same pitcher he was in AA, getting a bunch of ground balls, striking out a decent amount of hitters, and being a little on the hittable side. His BABIP in Sacramento has been over .400 so far, so he’s likely to see some regression there, but on the whole his 3.00 and a little bit FIP is playing the same in this league as it did in the last.
Fresno apparently had seen just about all it wanted to see of Chris Shaw swinging the bat. They pitched Shaw carefully throughout, walking him in each of his first two PA. Those were actually the first two walks he’s drawn in his crazy hot streak, which is a good sign that he won’t start carelessly expanding the zone as pitchers try to stay away from him (which is the best way to get out of a crazy hot streak). He did extend his hit streak with a 9th inning double to CF on a ball that could have been played and was perhaps a generous bit of scoring but a nice swing of the bat nonetheless.
The RiverCats lone bit of scoring came thanks to Mac Williamson, who got a pitch in his happy zone and did it some damage.
A passed ball and a Sac Fly brought him home.
Jarrett Parker, who should reach the end of his rehab assignment at the All Star break, went 1 for 4 with a double. Parker is hitting .225 with a HR and three doubles on his rehab assignment with 10 walks and 9 Ks in 40 at bats, or very Parkerish.
DJ Snelten now has 8 Ks, 1 walk, and 2 hits allowed over his last 5 innings.
And before we go, more nice plaudits for Chris Shaw following his big week. The Giants haven’t been too well represented on this list this year:
Richmond lost at Reading Fightin’ Phils, 8-3
getting swept in their four game series, 0-4
Cory Taylor hasn’t been struggling with walks his last two starts, but the increased control hasn’t helped his bottom line greatly. He ran out of steam after 5, failing to retire any of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the 6th, including Carlos Tocci’s second HR of the series and season. That ruined what had been a pretty decent night for Taylor, raising his season ERA to an even (and ugly) 5.00, that 12th worst in the Eastern League. With no strikeouts in the game, Taylor’s also got some fairly ugly looking peripherals this year with 58 Ks to 39 BBs in 72.0 IP. It’s been challenging assignment for the burly right hander for sure.
Former Met Vic Black relieved Taylor and turned a bad inning into a terrible one. Black was his old wild man self going. When he was done with the 6th inning he had managed to strike out the side, but he also walked 3, gave up a couple hits and allowed both of his inherited runs to score. He’s got octane in his arm, but he’s still, as always, all over the place.
Richmond’s offense came on two swings of the bat, including a very impressive one from Dylan Davis. Davis, like Taylor, has scuffled with the challenge of a AA assignment, but watch the juice he puts into this ball going the other way on something of an excuse me swing. That’s a strong human being.
Now, what say we get the average above .220, Dylan?
The other swing of the bat came from a less expected source, as CJ Hinojosa got an 0-2 hanging curveball to his liking and he took it out for his second of the year. That brings Hinojosa’s Iso up to .086 for the year. He has 5 of his 11 XBH for the year in the past eight games.
San Jose won at Modesto Nuts (Mariners), 3-1
splitting their four games series, 2-2
San Jose Bats
Grant Watson and a pair of relievers stymied the first place Nuts on 8 hits to pick up the series split in this low scoring affair. The Giants came into the series swinging hot bats, and hot power bats in particular, but they scored just 10 runs in these four games vs. the Nuts. Their two victories were highly unusual for the 2017 version of the San Jose team, 2-1 and 3-1 wins.
Jonah Arenado led the offense with two hits, including his first triple of the year, and two RBIs. Dillon Dobson also had a triple, his second of the year, as they really had their speed game going with the big galoots. TJ Bennett, who’s working on playing every position on the field like Myles Schroder, picked up three hits and a walk. That was Bennett’s second consecutive three-hit game since returning from a brief sojourn in Sacramento.
Ryan Howard had just one hit in the game, but he had a nifty put out to end the night.
Augusta lost at Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees), 5-1
losing their four game series, 1-3
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Stephen Woods, Jr. had another nice outing, getting himself locked into a pitchers’ duel that was 1-1 into the 7th. Unfortunately, the RiverDogs Freicer Perez got the better of Woods, going 7 innings and striking out 9 Greenjackets. Woods got a little loose with the pitch count with a little command trouble, and consequently had his shortest outing since his 2 inning disaster start back in May. And reliever Sandro Cabrera couldn’t hold the fort, surrendering a big 4-run inning in the bottom of the 7th. Much of that was not his fault, as 1b Skyler Ewing made two errors within the first four batters of the inning, including throwing away a Sac Bunt. But the big inning, combined with the RiverDogs dominant pitching, salted it away.
Once again, the scoring for Augusta amounted to one swing of the bat.
That’s Heyward’s team leading 9th HR and he’s nearing a pace for a 20 HR season, which is really doing something in Augusta. The athletic OF is having a confounding season. The power is definitely there, and he knows his way around the strike zone (perhaps too much?). But you sure would like a major college player to be hitting better than .230 vs. Sally league pitching and that 26% K rate is a big red flag for how he’ll perform at higher levels. Especially if he’s limited to LF that’s probably not going to be good enough to move the needle. Adjustments will need to be made. Fortunately he’s still young for a college kid (21) and has athleticism on his side.
After a nice stretch of hitting had raised Sandro Fabian’s lines up in June, he’s hit another skid that’s dropped back down into the .230s as well. Fabian is now 0 for his last 21 leaving him with an unsightly .238/.258/.340 line. Adjustments will need to be made. Fortunately he’s still young (19) and has athleticism on his side!
The 5’10” right hander Patrick Ruotolo continues to rack up Ks as he struck out the side yet again. Over his last five games (all 1 inning appearances), he’s struck out 11 with just 2 walks and 3 hits. Ruotolo’s K rate is 35% this year and is close to 40% for his career. Pretty crazy video game numbers for a short right hander without premium stuff. He’s doing something right.
But the coolest thing about this game didn’t happen on the field at all, but in the stands. Say hello to the oldest living Yankee!
Starting just after WWII, Eddie crafted himself a 13 year career, with his best years coming with Cleveland and the White Sox. A career 113 wRC+ hitter with 172 career HRs, Robinson played in both the 1948 and 1955 World Series (for the winning Indians and losing Yankees) respectively. Glad to see the 96-year old (!) is still enjoying the great game!
Salem-Keizer won at the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres) 3-2 in 10 inn
winning their five game series, 4-1
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Boy the runs are really flowing like mud in today’s edition, aren’t they? Like San Jose, the Volcanoes managed to eek out a low scoring victory, though it took them some free baseball to do it. Back to back singles from new Volcanoes Michael Sexton and Rob Calabrese opened up the 10th and a fielding error pushed them both into scoring position. Speedy Mikey Edie was inserted as a PR and the move paid off when Edie beat the throw home on Ryan Kirby’s grounder to 1b. The Volcanoes hit into some bad luck though, when a line drive to 3b resulted in an inning ending double play as Calabrese couldn’t get back to the base in time to avoid being double off.
With two hits and a walk newcomer Calabrese was the offensive star of the game. But longtime Volcano John Riley had the big hit early with a two-run double in the 3rd. Manuel Geraldo who has been one of the Volcanoes best offensive performers had a rough night with an 0 for 5 punctuated by a hat trick.
Malique Ziegler was back in the lineup (though he went just 1 for 5) and interestingly with both Ziegler and Bryce Johnson in the lineup Ziegler stayed in CF with the plus plus runner Johnson moving to LF. We’ll see if that remains the normal lineup. A Johnson, Ziegler, Rodriguez OF sure shouldn’t let many balls fall in. That’s possibly the fastest OF I’ve seen the Giants put together at any level recently.
Jose Marte had his best start by far, going 5 shutout innings and allowing just 1 run. The hard throwing Marte struck out 3 and more importantly walked just 1. Marte has walked 12 this year in just 10.1 IP. Keeping it in the strike zone leads to success, Jose!
Marte was followed to the mound by a host of newcomers as 2017 draftees Tyler Schimpf, John Russell, and Peter Lannoo all made their pro debuts. Lannoo’s was on the spectacular side as 29th rounder from Cornell struck out all three batters he faced on just 12 pitches. Nice start to being a pro, Peter!
Literally half of the the Volcanoes wins for the season (8) came in this five game series. Now after a long trip to Boise and back, they get a two-game series at home before hitting the road again for five in Everett. NWL scheduling is super weird.
There was tough news on the Tri-City side as starter Travis Radke, who missed all of 2016, was forced to leave the game after just two batters with forearm tightness.
AZL Giants had their normal game off.
Boo! I need my Heliot updates to sustain me!
Heliot Ramos one of the highest ceiling bats in Arizona. Pluses everywhere. Actions will play in CF. Bat to ball projection. Extreme upside— Chris Kusiolek (@CaliKusiolek) July 2, 2017
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The DSL team is really economizing on hits these days. After scoring 8 runs on 3 hits on Saturday, they managed 5 runs on 5 hits Monday morning, with of course, the help of five walks, a HB, and an error. Amazingly, the Giants own four errors (two each from Ghordy Santos and Andrew Caraballo) led to just two unearned runs.
The secret to the offensive efficiency was sequencing, as the Giants bunched three of their hits, two of their walks, and two of their four SB into one big rally, scoring four runs in the top of the 7th. That rally also got help from a WP and a PB. Jose Patino’s double was the big hit in the 7th, and was also the Giants’ lone XBH in the game.
The DSL Giants have climbed their way back to .500 after a rough start to the year, and now sit in 4th place in their 8-team division, just 5.5 games out of 1st place.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Jose Flores vs. Sam Howard
Richmond: Dan Slania vs. Beau Burrows
San Jose: Matt Krook vs. Devin Smeltzer
Augusta: Raffi Vizcaino vs. Harol Gonzalez
Salem-Keizer: Julio Benitez vs. TBD
AZL: let’s try Jake Greenwalt!
DSL: Aneudy Acosta
Michael Roth has opted out of his contract with Sacramento and been released, so Jose Flores steps into the rotation to make his first PCL start since 2014, which ironically, was also as a member of the Sacramento Rivercats. The hard-throwing Venezuelan had an excellent 2.09 ERA/2.39 FIP with Richmond striking out just about a batter per inning.
Dan Slania returns from the high of his big league debut to get what is probably the matchup of the day, as he goes up against the Tigers #3 prospect, very hard throwing Beau Burrows (the way the Squirrels are hitting you might want to think about throwing a shutout Dan). Matt Krook looks to keep his season trending in the up direction, while Raffi Vizcaino tries to bounce back from his worst start of the year.
Alright, 4th of July. The top of the summer. Funky stars and stripes uniforms, lots of fireworks, hot fun in the summertime. Everyone get to a ballpark, eat a hotdog (or a veggie burger!), drink a beer (or a shrub!) and root root root for the hometeam. It’s time for that game of based ball in America.