Our hearts are broken. pic.twitter.com/qXTMaTftdR— Reading Whoopies (@ReadingFightins) August 7, 2017
Look at that young kid so full of promise and vigor. Life is so brief. The promise of today lasts just a moment and is gone. We must cultivate our gardens. (also, chaw is disgusting)
HIGHLIGHTS: Jonah Arenado doubled three times; Orlando Garcia doubled and homered among three hits; Bryce Johnson had three hits and two SB.
Sacramento lost at Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 5-0
losing their four game series, 1-3
Former Cub Jorge Soler ruined the RiverCats Sunday, hitting home runs off two different Sacramento pitchers to account for most of the days scoring. Soler also stole his first base of the year which was one of four stolen bases that starter Jose Flores and Trevor Brown allowed (of course, the other three were from base stealer extraordinaire Billy Burns).
Despite coming into the game with a 9-game hitting streak, Chris Shaw had been in a bit of a funk, striking out three times in each of his previous two games driving his K rate in AAA up over 30%. Part of that is just that Shaw has a long swing that creates great leverage and strikeouts will always be in his game. But part of it was that Omaha threw a ton of left-handed pitchers against him, and a metric ton of breaking balls down in the zone from all pitchers, left and right. Coming up with a way to defend against breaking stuff (spoil it, spit on it, or hit it) is probably the last milestone Shaw needs to cross before his major league education (with even better breaking balls) will get to begin. This weekend, there was far too much swinging through them.
So it was encouraging that following 1st inning K (on a breaking ball down in the zone from a LHP) Shaw went on to pick up hits in two of his three remaining at bats — and both of those against LHP. They weren’t bombs, but they were competitive at bats against tough pitchers going with to the scouting report. The major change appeared to be that Shaw decided to get more aggressive early in the count to avoid putting himself in two-strike position for easy picking. In each of his final three at bats he went after the first pitch and hit it well. In game adjustments are the name of the game.
And, of course, even with all the Ks Shaw left Omaha having gone 5 for 16 in the series and about six inches shy of hitting two HRs (instead a game winning homer and a double). He hit his 18th of the year on Saturday night which pushes him in front of Aramis Garcia for the system lead.
Richmond Bats Gm 1
Richmond lost to New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 5-3 in Gm 2 (7 inn)
winning their three game series, 2-1
Richmond Bats Gm 2
Matt Lujan combined with Sam Coonrod and Seth Rosin on a two-hit shutout in the opener of this doubleheader. But New Hampshire got plenty of revenge vs. game 2 starter Dan Slania, tagging him for 12 hits in less than 5 innings of work. The result was a half run leap in Slania’s Eastern League ERA. Some years are not like other years, huh Dan?
Jerry Sands homered in both half of the double header, providing most of the Squirrels offense. Sands has 10 career homers in the major leagues, including one last year with the White Sox. Home Runs accounted for nearly all the Squirrels’ offense on the day as Dan Carbonell also added a three-run shot in the opener.
One of the very few runs that didn’t score on via a home run, however, might have been the most interesting of the day.
Yes, indeed, as you could see both live and on replay the 3b umpire did rule that Fisher Cat 3b Tim Lopes strayed too close to the path of TJ Bennett, though it didn’t appear they collided at all. Bennett had another fine day as he went 2 for 2 with a double and a walk in the nightcap.
Aramis Garcia started the first game and picked up a single and a walk, getting his average off the interstate.
San Jose beat Inland Empire 66ers (Angels), 5-3
winning their four game series, 3-1
San Jose Bats
Jonah Arenado concluded a titanic four game series against the 66ers by doubling three times in yesterday’s 5-3 victory. The 22 year old Arenado had an unbelievable weekend, going 11 for 16 against Inland Empire pitching, including four doubles, a triple, and his 9th HR of the year. In the course of it, he raised his OPS by almost 60 points in just four days — which is fairly hard to do in August. And in a watershed moment, he got his OBP over .300, a mark he hasn’t seen in a full season since his second rookie league campaign back in 2014.
Arenado’s final double came in the Giants’ three-run bottom of the 8th that broke a 2-2 tie and sent San Jose to the series win.
At the top of the lineup, Steven Duggar is still working on finding his timing. The left-hander struck out three more times yesterday, giving him an alarming 33% K rate in his limited time with San Jose. This from a guy who struck out only 18.5% in nearly 300 AA PA last year. Duggar’s lone single, however, helped kicked off the 8th inning rally. Duggar singled with one out and then following a Ryan Howard fly out, he stole 2b to put himself in scoring position. Bryan Reynolds, Arenado, and Dillon Dobson then followed with three successive RBI hits.
Duggar’s SB was one of three on the day for the Giants. That’s notable because this team is on a pace to record the fewest SB in San Jose Giants’ history. Yet another reason the offense has been so dependent on HRs this season.
Coming off a 7-3 stretch San Jose has reached .500 for the 2nd half and sits just a game out of 1st place in their division. As they’re still 10 games under .500 for the season they have almost no chance of securing a wild card, but they have put themselves in position to make a division run down the stretch. With their rotation fortified with the additions of Williams, Anderson, and Watson, perhaps they can make a run for it. Half the league makes the Cal Lg playoffs, after all, so it’s kind of hard to not be in the running.
Augusta lost to Columbia Fireflies (Mets), 6-4 in 13 inn
winning their four game series, 3-1
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Mid 6th: GreenJackets up 3-2 over the Columbia Fireflies. pic.twitter.com/Fehnyk8tc1— Jessica Eley (@JessicaWRDW) August 5, 2017
A two-out, 7th inning fielding error by Kelvin Beltre opened the door to three unearned runs that helped turn a possible four-game sweep into a marathon loss. The Greenjackets would manage to scratch out a run in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game, but that was their last gasp of the night.
Reliever Caleb Smith, apparently the last reliever available on the day after a double header, did yeomen’s work but in the end it wasn’t enough. In his 3rd inning of work and past his 40th pitch of the game, Smith allowed a two-out, two-run double that brought in the winning runs. Though Joheneshwy Fargas would lead off the bottom of the 13th with a triple (his third hit of the game), Augusta couldn’t get anybody else aboard or even bring Fargas in to score.
Sandro Fabian brought in the first Augusta run of the game with his 24th double of the season, but he had a forgettable game otherwise, striking out four times (whew! there’s some whiffing going on in these minor lines today!).
Kelvin Beltre also had a rough game. In addition to the error, he struck out twice on his way to an 0 for 5. Since July 1st, Beltre is hitting just .216/.290/.247. As noted before, he’s essentially doubled his career totals in games played and PA this year, and appears to be fading in the Georgia sun down the stretch.
15th round pick Orlando Garcia kept up his destruction of NWL pitching, going 3 for 5 with a double and his 5th HR in just 28 games to lead the Volcanoes to the easy win. Garcia was known for having a bit of pop, and he’s definitely shown it off in his debut, posting an Iso over .200 to go along with a .400 OBP. Not a bad debut for the slick fielding MI.
The Volcanoes also benefitted from three more hits from Bryce Johnson, taking over the CF and leadoff duties for a day. The switch hitter’s three hits included a double (just his 5th XBH). He also stole two more bases, giving him 17 swipes in just 30 games played. Like Garcia, Johnson is currently hitting .330 and has an OBP of .402 (though before anyone suggests they’re “too good for the league” and need to be advanced, I’ll just point out what’s happened to Ziegler, Geraldo, and Kirby’s numbers since their torrid first month. What goes up...).
Fifth round pick Jason Bahr made his third professional start and stretched out to career highs of 5.1 IP and 74 pitches. Bahr has allowed just 1 ER in his past two starts (9.1 IP) while striking out 8 and walking just 1.
And to finish things off, UConn’s John Russell continued his ridiculous debut, striking out 3 of the 6 batters he faced. In 15 pro innings, Russell is featuring a fairly ridiculous 43% K rate and a 30% K-BB rate. I’ll be so bold to suggest these numbers will not entirely translate at upper levels, but good golly that’s a debut!
By the way, the Volcanoes awesome Eclipse Game promotion is coming up, and they’re now displaying the promotional unis that will go with them. I have a feeling Kevin’s going to feel the need to add to the jersey collection!
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Rest day for Heliot so Ismael Munguia once again gets to take over the leadoff spot. Munguia picked up two hits including a triple that led to the Giants’ first run. Nathaneal Javier had the big game with three hits including two doubles. Javier, who once signed for $500,000 is in his fifth rookie league season.
Amusingly, the Giants had just two RBIs among their five runs scored. Those both came in on Robert Antunez’ two-run HR. Otherwise, a double play, a bases loaded balk, and a fielding error from the CF (allowing a ball to roll past him to the wall) accounted for the Giants’ offense. They went just 2 for 13 with RISP.
Jeffrey Parra, the 19 year old Catcher drafted last year out of an upstate New York high school, went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. Parra has an excellent defensive reputation for a young catcher, and development of his bat will likely determine his path forward. He’s now 5 for 17 on the season, with yesterday’s double being his first XBH.
Jake Greenwalt had an abbreviated outing. I’m not sure if it was weather related or not (I know there was a delay later in the game). But that gave Sidney Duprey the opportunity to stretch out in relief and he provided another very nice outing, going nearly 5 innings and allowing just 1 run. Duprey started the year with two very rough outings in Salem-Keizer, but he’s had a nice little run since being returned to the AZL.
DLS Giants had their traditional Sunday off
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Andrew Suarez vs. TBD
Richmond: OFF DAY
San Jose: OFF DAY
Augusta: Yordy Cabrera vs. TBD
Salem-Keizer: Stetson Woods vs. Oliver Jaskie
AZL: TBD Giants will play a double header including rain out game from 1st half
DSL: Gregory Santos? Giants will complete a 6th inn susp game then play sched. game
RIchmond has it’s penultimate off day of the year. San Jose still has two more after today as they take off three of the four Mondays in August. I’m hoping we see Gregory Santos again today, though his insertion into the DSL rotation has mixed up their season-long predictability somewhat.
Down the stretch we go.