Minor Lines is there for you, Mac! Up top, big guy! Mac dominates Minor Lines even when he doesn’t appear in a game...that’s talent!
HIGHLIGHTS: Alen Hanson had four hits including two doubles and a triple; Jose Marte went 4.1 hitless innings and struck out 7
Dereck Rodriguez and the Rivercats were cruising along with a happy little 6-0 lead when this game blew up on them in spectacular fashion. Rodriguez was hurling a shutout when he returned to the mound for the 6th but he failed to retire any of the three batters he faced. Reliever Joan Gregorio then came in and failed to retire any of the six batters he faced. The result was an enormous 8-run inning that carried the Bees to a huge comeback victory. Gregorio’s fall from grace over the last year plus has been a sight to see. Not that long ago he was a potential next-up starting pitcher. Now he’s a long way back on the reliever depth chart.
Much of the damage on the night came by way of the former NL HR champ Chris Carter, who belted two homers on the night for Salt Lake.
Sacramento got great nights from 2b Alen Hanson and a returned to the lineup Austin Slater in building up their lead. Hanson had three legs of the cycle after just the fourth inning. He never got the HR to complete it, but he did add a second double. The four hit night boosted Hanson’s season line up to .463/.522/.707, and he has twice as many walks (6) as strikeouts (3). Slater meanwhile, had a triple and his league-leading 7th double of the year as he continues to be an extra-base machine. Of Slater’s 13 hits on the year, nine of them have gone for extra bases, though he is still waiting on his first HR of the year. Slater is hitting .433/.500/.800. Sacramento has some gaudy slash lines dotting their lineup!
Here’s the dynamic duo going back to back.
(by the way, I really have no idea what’s going on with MiLB’s sound this year but it’s very very low on nearly all of their video-casts. My apologies. Hopefully they’ll get that fixed at some point).
One line that is less than gaudy is Chris Shaw’s. With a hat trick and an 0-fer, Shaw’s early season line is a modest .273/.322/.491 with an ugly 21 K to 3 BB ratio in just 55 ABs.
Of course, the real excitement around Sacramento last night involved a guy who wasn’t in the lineup at all. Before the game the rumors were stirring...
Not that this will stir anything up, but Mac Williamson is not in the River Cats lineup tonight— Ahmed Fareed (@FareedNBCS) April 19, 2018
Mac Williamson was still with the team in Salt Lake as late as batting practice tonight and was not a late scratch. Sounds like a planned day off. #SFGiants— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) April 20, 2018
and after the game things began to crystallize...
"We’re hoping he’ll be a shot in the arm and provide some production, and we need some help in that area.” It looks like Mac Williamson is finally getting his shot: https://t.co/LKJiueT09e— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) April 20, 2018
Has the #FREE MAC movement succeeded with the struggling Hunter Pence headed for the DL? Alex Pavlovic has the right take on the matter for sure.
The key with this move, assuming it's made, is to actually stick with it. Williamson played just about every day for a 5-week stretch in 2016 and had a .932 OPS. Giants haven't given him extended playing time since then.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) April 20, 2018
We at Minor Lines couldn’t agree more, Alex!
Richmond lost to Bowie BaySox (Orioles), 6-1
winning their series, 3-1
So, tradition would seem to dictate that I have something to say about this game.
Uh....um....lessee...Aramis Garcia came back to the lineup! (though he did strike out three times).
Ryan Howard keeps on hitting. Howard has collected at least one hit in 9 of his past 10 games, and he has more multi-hit games this year (5) than hitless games (3). He doesn’t walk much (3 on the year) but he’s stingy with the strikeouts as well (6). He’s a Giants’ middle infield prospect! Ready for the offensive highlights? Don’t blink!
Hey, they’re 10-4, in first place in their division and coming off a six game winning streak. We’ll just call a mulligan on this 10:30 am start time game.
Speaking of falls from grace, here’s Dan Slania giving up an opposite field blast to Orioles #1 prospect Austin Hays.
Raffi Vizcaino’s evening was, on one hand, quite short, and yet on another, no doubt felt very long. Thanks to a one-out throwing error from SS Brandon Van Horn, Vizcaino ended up charged with just 1 ER. But he wasn’t really a victim of tough luck as he very nearly allowed a cycle in the inning, with a leadoff double, an RBI triple, and following a walk, a three-run HR.
That was the first of two five-run innings Giants pitching allowed on the night. The second came courtesy of Rodolfo Martinez who, like Vizcaino, was both victim and perpetrator of his fate. While Gio Brusa’s two-out throwing error caused all five of Martinez’ runs to be unearned, his performance was rough in the extreme as he walked four batters and hurled three WP in his short stint. Falls from graces, man, an unwitting theme of the day.
Put it all together and you’ve got a night where San Jose issued 11 walks, a HB, three WP and surrendered 9 unearned runs. Tough way to win. Also at one point, the lights went out...second time that’s happened to an affiliate this year
The Giants had a good offensive night, as five different players picked up multiple hits. Jalen Miller picked up two more hits and a walk, though he did also strike out twice more. Amid all the things that Miller is doing offensively right now, the strikeout rate is climbing and is close to the 20% mark he’s had the last few years. Like to see that a little lower, Jalen, and the walk rate a little higher. Just a tad more discriminating.
Sandro Fabian had just his third multi-hit game of the year, including his third double. It’s been a slow start to the year in a challenging assignment for the 20 year old. Increased discrimination is on the To Do list for Fabian as well, and so far no check in that box as he’s combining a 28% K rate with a BB rate below 4%. Still nice to see him pick up some hits.
Ah the loud, clear, dulcet tones of Joe Ritzo. That’s what it’s supposed to sound like. Speaking of which, Joe Ritzo’s pregame shows are finally up on the website and there’s some good ones mixed in here for your listening pleasures.
#SJGiants pregame show interviews from the first two weeks of the season are now available online. Included are Gio Brusa & Jalen Miller reflecting on their historic night, Asst Dir of Player Development Kyle Haines on early SJ standouts & more: https://t.co/aQUuaP0S8F— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) April 19, 2018
A win! Here we have the one game of the night where the ugly play stick was in the other dugout. Rome came laden with gifts, as their defense made four errors that led to 5 unearned runs, plus several other questionable plays. Rome pitchers added 6 walks allowing Augusta to consistently churn out runs. The Greenjackets scored five times between the 5th and 7th innings.
Augusta's Jose Marte struck out 7 in 4.1 IP vs. Rome. K numbers aren't surprising. Raw thrower but big velo and plus arm speed.— David Lee (@David11Lee) April 20, 2018
Augusta got another excellent start, this time from Jose Marte. Marte didn’t have a very consistent feel for the breaking ball, but his fastball was really hopping. The big right-hander struck out 7 of the 17 batters he faced, mostly blowing them away with power stuff.
Marte completed dominated a Rome team that is averaging more than 5 runs per game and just came off a road trip in which they scored 8 runs three different times. He went 4.1 IP before he allowed his first hit, a grounder that had multiple chances to be an out as it went right through Marte to 2b Orlando Garcia, whose one-hop throw to 1b couldn’t be corralled by Ryan Kirby (somehow scored a hit despite the runner being two steps away from first at the time). The next batter floated a single out to LF and after 76 pitches, Marte’s night was over. That makes two impressive starts in a row for Marte, who has 13 Ks against just 2 walks in those starts, while giving up just 1 ER in 10.1 IP.
Anyway, we don’t get that many chances to watch the Greenjackets play, so let’s just make some hay while the video shines! First up, I know you want your Heliot highlights! Here he is opening the game with a clean single off Atlanta’s #25 prospect Huascar Ynoa. Ramos would come around to score the game’s first run.
CF Malique Ziegler produced the team’s only XBH on the night, a double down the line to open the 5th inning. He’d then show off his 70 speed to produce another Greenjackets run.
As I mentioned at the top, Rome contributed mightily to Augusta’s scoring rally. Exhibit A:
Yeah it was that kind of night for the Braves. The Greenjackets meanwhile had a mostly clean night in all facets of the game. Show them how it’s done, Manny!
Camilo Doval seems to be settling down a little more as he gets into the season. He’s now had three consecutive scoreless appearances, though he has given up 5 hits over those 3.1 IP. More importantly, though, he’s walked no one in those appearances while striking out 5.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Tyler Beede vs. John Lamb
Richmond: Garrett Williams vs. Brandon Waddell
San Jose: Melvin Adon vs. Randy Bell
Augusta: Joey Marciano vs. Odalvi Javier
Three of the Giants’ best pitching prospects take the hill on a marquee Friday night. Tyler Beede finally makes his first start of the year for Sacramento, his presumed opening day team, after one in San Jose and two with San Francisco. Meanwhile Garrett Williams looks to shake off a rugged outing in the rain and Melvin Adon tries to add a few Ks to his line.
So it was a little bit of a rough Thursday night. But that doesn’t really matter all that much, because....MAC!