Alex Pavlovic likes Relief Pitcher at bats; I like Juan Ciriaco/Juan Ciriaco meetups. TEXT YOUR FRIENDS!!!
HIGHLIGHTS: Garrett Williams threw 7 shutout innings; Jacob Gonzalez had three more hits.
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Roberto Gomez had his longest outing of the year and though he gave up 8 hits he kept Albuquerque off the scoreboard after the second inning and let his offense get to work. Albuquerque had 11 hits in the game but all of them were singles and they had trouble converting all those baserunners into runs.
Sacramento on the other hand, mixed a double and two home runs into their 11 hits and that helped carry them to the win. And speaking of wins, Matt Winn sure does love him some PCL! After two different rough stints in the Eastern League, the defensive minded catcher has found an upper level much more to his liking in AAA. In four games since his promotion, Winn is hitting five for 12 with three doubles and a homer, and he got things started for the RiverCats yesterday by smoking a double to score Chris Shaw.
Winn’s double was followed immediately by Ryan Lollis’ first HR of the season and the Cats had the lead for good.
The big hitter for the game was, in fact, the ageless vet Juan Ciriaco. That’s Juan Aneuris Ciriaco, not to be confused with his younger brother Juan Immanuel Ciriaco. The Sacramento Ciriaco had three hits and two RBI on the day, including this monster shot to CF for his 4th HR of the year.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: someday this man will be coaching one of these Giants’ affiliates.
In the 9th, Derek Law had a scoreless inning with a strikeout. He’s had three scoreless innings in Sacramento in six games, though he has yet to have a 1-2-3 appearance and is still struggling a bit with mistakes up in the zone. I can’t help but feel that there’s something different about the torque in Law’s delivery this year. I really need to dig through some of my old footage and examine that. Derek’s always had a complicated and somewhat violent delivery — it’s been the scouting red flag for him ever since he burst on the scene at Jupiter before his senior year in high school. But there’s something subtle missing from it in 2017 it feels like. Please find it again, Derek!
In Richmond, it rained
At least they called it ahead of time rather than making people sit in a damp drizzling stadium for three hours like some people (cough:Nationals:cough).
San Jose Bats
Back in 2009, when Madison Bumgarner was a fresh faced 19 year old reaching the Cal league for the first time, he gave up just 4 earned runs in his 5 starts before earning a promotion. Yesterday in his return to the Cal, he gave up 8 earned runs in a single inning. So ... that’s different! Bumgarner was more or less cruising along until he got battered around in an 8-run 4th that included three home runs, including two from the Dodgers #21 prospect DJ Peters. Rehab or no rehab, that’s got to feel pretty darn good for an A ball player. I wonder, has anybody ever hit two HRs in a game off Bumgarner at any level, or even spring training? Man, two in an inning!
Anyway, you can read all about Bum’s thoughts on the outing (basically: fine) in Alex Pavlovic’s article:
Bumgarner was here for the pitch count, and he got it up to 76. His thoughts on a surprisingly rough rehab night: https://t.co/4J4pv1lS0c— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 6, 2017
I’m glad you’re feeling good, MadBum, but how ‘bout less of the HRs and more of this next time!
Snot Rockets! Man, that’s a good sight. (also the strikeout). See you soon, Bum! Please be healthy and awesome again.
Not much else to say about this stinker, but there is one important thing to note. On July 2nd, TJ Bennett returned from a brief stay in the PCL. Inserted into the starting lineup, Bennett struck out in his first at bat of the night. That was the last out he’s made. Since then, Bennett has gotten hits in 7 consecutive PA, including a PH double last night. He out-does Brandon Van Horn’s recent stretch of six consecutive hits. Let’s see how long TJ can keep it going!
One good thing about having Bumgarner in the minors, it shines a little press light on the prospects. Here’s Bryan Reynolds getting a little beat time (we’re Pav heavy in today’s Minor Lines):
Need to work on those sporting clichés to make them sound more natural, Bryan!
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Garrett Williams had only made two appearances as a pro in which he didn’t surrender a walk — and both of those were 2 inning stints in 2016. In one of those he was knocked out of the game after giving up four runs on five hits in a single inning, so not walking anybody wasn’t exactly a tremendous accomplishment. I don’t have the data in front of me but I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to learn that Williams didn’t have too many outings in college in which he didn’t allow a walk either, as he piled up 61 of them in 73 innings at Oklahoma St.
But last night in the longest outing of his professional career, Williams didn’t allow a walk. He didn’t allow a run either. And his hits allowed were pretty far down too. Williams retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, with the 11th reaching base on a fielding error. He didn’t allow his first hit of the night until the 4th inning. He was pretty damn great!
7 IP, career high. 0 runs, career low! (and just the third time he’d accomplished it). And five K’s just for the fun of it (good job, wicked hook!). Just a tremendously encouraging outing for the lefty with the lightning arm, the Legend of the 2007 Little League World Series. And by far the best pitching performance of the night in the system.
The shutout win gave Augusta effectively a double header sweep, as they first completed the July 4th game and the Greenjackets held on to their 5-3 lead. Kelvin Beltre reached base three more times in the regularly scheduled game with two hits, a walk, a run scored, an RBI and his 7th SB of the season. He had singled and doubled in the suspended game, so he officially reached base five times yesterday!
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3b AJ Ramirez made his second appearance of the year on the mound, which is bad! Also, it didn’t go nearly as well as his first one. Fortunately for AJ, though, his appearance is easily lost among all the other terrible pitching lines the Volcanoes had in this game.
This.... uh.... yeah this game was pretty bad. Let’s just move on, shall we?
Much better! Neither side could pitch in this game!
The Giants batted around in the top of the 1st, scoring five runs right out of the shoot. The rally began when Heliot Ramos worked the first walk of his pro career (he’d later get his second, too) and then stole 2b. The inning included just two hits but the Giants benefitted from three walks and two errors.
But they made up for that later in the game as they had 14 hits as a team. C Andres Angulo had a double and a triple (though he also made two throwing errors) and Jacob Gonzalez had three more hits, including a triple. How hot has the 2nd rounder been to start his pro career? His 3 for 5 performance in this game caused his batting average to drop.
3B Jacob Gonzalez's first 20PA: BB, BB, 1B, 2B, 2B, K, BB, 1B, 1B, 2B, 1B, 2B, GO, 1B, 1B, 1B, 1B, FC, 3B.— GPT (@giantsprospects) July 6, 2017
13-16, .765 batting avg, 3BB/1K
1st rounder Ramos reached base four times and ended up with two SB (three on the year), as he was showing off the speedy lead-off game in this effort, rather than the explosive power hitter lead-off game (which he also possesses).
And if we can avoid having our heads turned too much by the shiny new draftees, let’s spare a thought for SS Jose Rivero. The 19 year old Venezuelan who had really impressed the Giants’ DSL staff with his defensive instincts the last two years but struggled offensively, is off to a nice little start stateside. Rivero’s off to a 7 for 23 start in the AZL (.304 average), with two walks and just four strikeouts. He’s not showing any power (just one double) but he’s holding his own, which is good enough for a teenaged SS with a strong glove.
Albert Suarez got in his third rehab start. Unlike Bumgarner, he hasn’t stretched himself out too far yet, going 2 innings or less in each of his appearances.
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For such a lopsided looking final, there’s quite a few interesting things to say about this game. First, Marco Gonzalez picked up 8 more Ks to vault himself to 2nd in the DSL with 38 in his 30 innings pitched this year. His ERA, which was 7th in the league did take a bit of a hit, jumping from 0.74 to 1.20 when he ran into a jam in his 6th inning of work. Leaving the game after he hit his final batter to load the bases with two outs, Gonzalez was done no favors when reliever Jerson Severino preceeded to walk the first batter he faced and then release a WP putting two ER on Gonzalez’ docket. Still the 19 year old southpaw continues to be the most interesting story on the DSL Giants pitching staff this year.
That said, there’s another fascinating bit at the end of the pitching lines for this game, where Brayan De Pena who was signed back in 2014 for $425,000 as a potential big power bat 1b, resurfaced as a pitcher, throwing a pretty clean 9th inning (he did hit one batter). De Pena had managed just 150 ABs over the last two seasons in sporadic playing time, posting just a .187/.252/.287 line with 59 strikeouts.
On the offensive side, the best news of the day was that Samuel Jorge appeared in a game for the first time since June 15 and promptly hit the first HR of his professional career. The 17 year old 3b (born just two days after Heliot Ramos) is projected to have good right-handed power.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Tyler Beede vs. Ryan Carpenter
Richmond: It was raining and it was going to rain (but in case it stops, JJohnson!)
San Jose: Jake McCasland vs. Dennis Santana
Augusta: Melvin Adon vs. Thoms Szapucki
Salem-Keizer: Alex Bostic vs. Michael Suarez
AZL: Miguel Figueroa
DSL: Norwith Gudino
Any day with Tyler Beede and Melvin Adon in it is pretty impressive. Beede tries to get himself back on track while Adon hopes to springboard off of his excellent last outing to get on a roll. The mercurial Jake McCasland, Alex Bostic, and perhaps Jordan Johnson are also on the hill, while down in the Dominican Norwith Gudino is having a sneaky great year in his third shot at the DSL.
And finally for today, where the heck did the mustache go, Aramis?