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SF Giants Minor Lines 4/25/18: Melvin Adon sets career high with 9 Ks

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It’s Minor Lines, making a joyful noise. Come on Heliot, it’s time to rise up!

HIGHLIGHTS: Melvin Adon struck out 9 in 6 IP; John Riley knocked in 5 runs; Malique Ziegler went 4 for 6 with HR in doubleheader.

Sacramento beat Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 5-3

Tyler Beede had his best outing of the year, and tipped up over 100 pitches for the first time in 2018. Beede lasted 6+ innings, striking out 5 and allowing just 1 earned run. He did once again walk three batters, which has been his BB total in each of his three minor league starts this year. His finest frame was the 4th, when he used just 13 pitches to strike out the side in order.

Interesting to note that he still doesn’t look like he’s up to the velocity he was showing in Richmond in 2016, when he was getting up to 97 with the four seam pretty regularly. Maybe when it warms up some.

The offense put together one big inning, scoring four runs in the bottom of the 5th, knocking the one-time Braves pitcher Kris Medlen out of the game. Middle Infielders took over the brawny part of the rally which was started by Orlando Calixte’s leadoff double, and punctuated by Alen Hanson’s 2nd HR of the year.

Hanson has been white hot to start the year. He leads the PCL in average at .429 and is third in OPS (1.153), trailing only serious bashers Jabari Blash and Tyler O’Neill (now a St. Louis Cardinal). Quite a showing for the one-time Pirates’ top prospect.

Austin Slater had another nice game, reaching base three times with a single, a walk, and a HB, and also stealing his 1st base of the year. On the other side of the coin, however, Chris Shaw’s April woes continued.

40% ain’t gonna cut it, Chris. But as Kevin noted yesterday, he’s there to develop and needs the time to do it.

Richmond lost at Bowie BaySox (Orioles), 3-2
losing their series, 0-2

See, I warned you about relying too much on 1-run victories! The razor giveth, and the razor taketh away. For the first time this year, Richmond lost back to back games (with a rainout in between), dropping this taut low-scoring day game. Of the 5 runs total in the game, 3 of them came on solo HRs. Bowie played some small ball in the 7th to push across the game winner against Dusten Knight with a couple of singles, a sac bunt, and a sac fly.

Orioles #11 prospect Keegan Akin kept Richmond off the board for the first 6 innings of the game. It was the second consecutive start for Akin against Richmond, and over the two games he allowed just 1 run over 12 IP while striking out 12.

The Squirrels touched up Bowie reliever Ryan Meisinger for leadoff HRs in both the 7th and 8th innings, but that was all the offense they managed. I’d like to show you Jonah Arenado’s deep shot to left, but sadly the video feed hadn’t come back from their commercial boards in time for it so we have to close our eyes and imagine. That was Arenado’s 3rd big fly of the year though he’s still hitting just .194 with a .231 OBP. In the 8th, Ali Castillo poked one out to one of the shortest RF lines in the minors, his first of the year.

Castillo had a fine all around game with two hits including the HR. He also made this fine running play on defense to close out the 6th.

And since we’re spotlighting defense — which has been a huge part of Richmond’s hot start — let’s enjoy Ronnie Jebavy lending Ray Black a hand.

Black had a perfect 1-2-3 inning, though rehabbing Mark Trumbo took him to the fence in RF for the first out. He was bringing the heat, too, hitting triple digits on the stadium gun multiple times.

The tough loss did make a very large crowd of school kids happy with their afternoon at any rate:

Richmond returns home after an off date, still hanging on to first place after a 12-7 start.

San Jose beat Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres), 4-3 in 10 inn
winning their series, 2-1

The marquee pitching matchup of the day came in San Jose, where they were also playing some morning baseball. The Giants’ fire-throwing Melvin Adon, went up against the Padres Cuban bonus baby, Adrian Morejon, who San Diego signed for $11mm in 2016. San Jose hitters have gotten quite the challenge this series, going up against two of the most highly regarded pitching prospects in baseball. RHP Michel Baez (Padres #3 prospect) no hit the Giants for 5 innings on Monday night. The Giants didn’t have a ton more success against Morejon (Padres #5 prospect), who allowed just two hits. One of them, however, came from hot-hitting Heath Quinn, who touched up the left-hander for a solo HR.

But on the Giants’ side, Melvin Adon was just sensational. Adon leaned heavily on his slider, repeatedly picking up both called and swinging strikes with the hard breaker. The right-hander had such a feel for the pitch he sometimes used nothing else, as he did here going against the Padres #16 prospects Jorge Ona.

In all, Adon set a career high striking out 9 batters in this game, nearly all coming on the breaking pitch, while still cranking his fastball up to the high 90s throughout. He was touched up for runs in his first and last innings, but he pitched through traffic comfortably, picking up big Ks whenever he needed them. Quite a performance against an extremely talented lineup.

The two teams traded some scratched-out runs, and San Jose found themselves in a very familiar place — extra innings. Patrick Ruotolo made a tremendous effort to get them there— holding the go ahead run at 3b with 1 out in the 9th on back to back Ks. And then in the 10th, he did it again!

That set up yet another walk off victory for the Giants. With Sandro Fabian sent directly to 2b to start the bottom of the 10th, up came Frandy de la Rosa for today’s hero role. And Frandy played the role to a T.

Augusta won at Greenville Drive (Red Sox), 9-2 in Gm 1 (7 inn)

Augusta won at Greenville Drive, 3-0 in Gm 2 (7 inn)

So are you sick of low scoring games by now? Have I got the place for you! Welcome to Greenville, home of the 3-17 Drive. The Greenjackets really had their hitting shoes on for the doubleheader against the Drive who appear to be the sad sack of the Sally League this year. Greenville, the Red Sox A ball affiliate, has a replica Green Monster in left field, and the Greenjackets took aim at it early and often.

In the opener, John Riley had a huge game, driving in five runs on a three-run HR and a two-run double. Riley and Rob Calabrese went back to back in a big four-run explosion in the 2nd inning that set the tone for the game.

The 24 year old Riley is enjoying the Sally league this year. In limited playing time with Augusta he’s hit .389/.450/.667.

In the very next inning, the Greenjackets scored five more to turn things into a rout. That rally included Riley’s double and the monster shot from Ramos at the top — the team’s second 3-run HR in two innings.

In the second game, the Greenjackets produced 10 more hits, though just 3 runs scored. It was Malique Ziegler who took center stage, going 3 for 3 with his team leading 3rd HR of the season, another terrific shot over the Monster (though he did also get picked off once).

Augusta hitters came into the day with just 8 HRs on the year, but they added 50% to that total with yesterday’s work. Ramos had an excellent day, reaching base four times including his 3rd walk of the season to go with his 2nd HR.

Augusta got effective pitching throughout the double header. Jose Marte struggled with his command and worked through a lot of traffic in the nightcap but he kept the Drive off the board. Camilo Doval had his best appearnace of the season, picking up 4 Ks over 2 hitless innings with just one walk. Peter Lannoo worked a scoreless inning in the nightcap, which reminds me that Chris Blessing ID’d Lannoo as a sleeper the other day.

Augusta too ends the day with their league’s best record. All these wins! 2018 is getting off to a welcome start throughout the system — certainly more enjoyable than last year’s lose-athon.

Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Andrew Suarez vs. Braden Shipley
Richmond: Off Day
San Jose: Off Day
Augusta: Aaron Phillips vs. Nick Duron

Today was an over-stuff edition and tomorrow will be the skinny one. Tiny schedule today with two of the teams hitting the road: Richmond coming home and San Jose leaving it. Suarez is listed as Sacramento’s starter, but I imagine we will find that is not the case when game time comes, as he’s likely to start in San Francisco on Saturday. Augusta makes its first adjustment to the rotation with 21 year old RHP Aaron Phillips stepping in for the start in what would be Joey Marciano’s turn. We’ll see if they’re moving to a six-man rotation going forward.

In the meantime, perhaps other adjustments are being made!