Another day, another celebration...
Walk off in Sacramento! pic.twitter.com/SqcvuEzKEM— Madison Marie Parks-Valetta (@legaleagle88) April 29, 2018
there have been a LOT of walk offs this year!
HIGHLIGHTS: Steven Duggar reaches base five times; Shaun Anderson allows one earned run in 6 IP; Mac Marshall strikes out 5 over 3 scoreless innings; Garrett Cave Ks 7 over 4 IP;
Sacramento beat Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 7-6
winning their series, 4-1
This beautiful day will end a rare five-game series before the Cats head to Vegas, then Fresno. I do not envy the eight-hour bus ride from Cashman Field to Chukchansi. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/6kiJQAEH5w— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) April 29, 2018
The RiverCats fought back from a 5-1 deficit to bring their homestand to a crowd-pleasing conclusion, with Eury Perez singling in Pinch Runner, neé relief pitcher Madison Younginer for the walkoff. Yes! The very same Madison Younginer who doubled in a rare, relief pitcher at bat yesterday! Prepare the Fan Club! Print some T-shirts! We could have ourselves a Cult Hero here! Don’t believe me? Check out this fancy bit of pinch running here that led directly to the victory:
Eury Perez, who had earlier made a terrific run saving catch then stepped up and lined a clean single to left which Younginer perhaps didn’t read quite as effectively as he might have, but he did manage to make it home for the winner.
The Sacramento roster has been a bit denuded by Giants-related needs this weekend, but the prospects who are still here really showed up in this game. Steven Duggar reached base 5 times, including four walks, boosting his OBP by 30 points in a single game. He’s now up to a .300/.398/.438 line for the year. Duggar’s numbers have swung upwards in a hurry, as he has reached base safely in 7 of his last 11 PA. Duggar also stole a base in this game that doesn’t show up in the box score; apparently the dreaded “defensive indifference” was ruled on the play.
Chris Shaw, meanwhile, concluded a nice power display for the weekend with a booming RBI triple. Shaw added about .120 points to his OPS over the weekend, as he went 6 for 16 with two homers, a triple, two walks, and four RBIs over the last four games. The six Ks over that time are easier to swallow when he’s also doing this every day.
The game was likely the final rehab appearance for Will Smith, who once again looked sharp. Let’s check out the field report!
Getting a look at Will Smith. The radar gun has malfunctioned so not sure how much of a scouting report I can give. pic.twitter.com/qYHUOEcYRH— Madison Marie Parks-Valetta (@legaleagle88) April 29, 2018
Smith saw 4 batters. Threw 12 pitches, 10 for strikes.— Madison Marie Parks-Valetta (@legaleagle88) April 29, 2018
Hit 91 when the radar gun started working again. Looked like he threw a FB, curve, change up. Got a swing through on the off speed stuff.— Madison Marie Parks-Valetta (@legaleagle88) April 29, 2018
I believe we’ll be hearing more from Doug in the coming days about Smith’s rehab, but he sounds like he’s good to go.
Sacramento’s comeback was helped in large part by Neftali Feliz, who walked four batters in the 7th inning. It has been a rough few years for the one time All Star closer and Rookie of the Year. AAA is a place of tattered dreams for sure.
Feliz threw one more strike after this to get a pop up, but it's still not ideal pic.twitter.com/sC7Zdj38Lv— Doug (@moonwalkmcfly) April 29, 2018
Feliz’ disaster inning allowed Sacramento to tie the game, setting up Perez to play the hero in the 9th. That walk off helped the team narrowly avoid the most anti-climactic ending possible:
There's a curfew of 4:30pm here at Raley Field today. The Aces have to catch a flight out of SMF to El Paso at 6:50pm. They can continue playing as long as they begin a new inning before 4:30.— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) April 29, 2018
No word on whether they were planning to Skype Bud Selig in to shrug helplessly, signalling the conclusion of the game in the event of curfew tie (EDITOR’S NOTE: they would have finished the game in Reno later this summer).
Richmond beat Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies), 3-2
winning their series, 2-1
After getting in touch with their wild side on Saturday night, the Squirrels returned to their comfort zone with a 3-2 victory on a very cold, very blustery Sunday afternoon.
Shaun Anderson has been a model of consistency this year, throwing either 5 or 6 innings every start, and allowing between 0-3 runs. He sticks around the strikezone, and has the stuff and repertoire to miss bats. Between the two he has close to a 5 to 1 K:BB ratio with 28 strikeouts to 6 walks on the year. He’s currently third in the Eastern League in Ks and in the top 15 in ERA at 2.57. And if that’s not enough, for the second consecutive start he doubled and scored a run. We love #PitchersWhoRake!
Of the team’s 11 hits on the day the big blast came from the team’s home run leader. Dylan Davis hit his 5th of the year, a titanic blast that cut through the heart of a heavy cross wind blowing left to right.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS IS KEVIN. HEY, I SNUCK IN AND READ ROGER’S RECAP ON THIS GAME. WHAT A BUNCH OF NONSENSE! I WAS THERE, SO LET ME TELL YOU WHAT IT REALLY LOOKED LIKE]
Defense and wind played a big part in this game. Shaun Anderson’s second inning double was very much helped by the wind, twirling and pushing it away from the right fielder. Arenado’s error on the game’s second batter set the tone. He just lifted his glove too early, as the ball hit it but didn’t get in the pocket.
Lipka’s error in the 6th cost Anderson the win. He airmailed his throw trying to get the first baserunner, as you can see Aramis could not quite leap to get it. That allowed the second run to score, unearned.
The error charged to Dusten Knight you can see develop in those two photos as first baseman Jerry Sands tried to glove the ball, and seemed to be right there, but just moved his glove too early.
As usual, Ronnie Jebavy made the highlight reel however, racing far back against a tricky wind for a diving catch on the warning track.
Warning on the pitching reports here: I’m going off the stadium gun, which got wonky and wonkier late in the game.
Shaun Anderson was very impressive. He threw his two-seam fastball a lot early, in the 88-90 MPH range, but threw more of his four-seam fastball in the 90-93 MPH range later in the game. His slider seemed to be his main offspeed pitch. He didn’t break out his curveball often, in the 76-79 MPH range, but when it was around the zone it got swings. Mostly, though Anderson was getting weak contact until the 6th inning. That was the first inning there were a lot of line drives against him.
I didn’t get a velocity reading on Dusten Knight, sorry fellas.
Dan Slania was all over the place, and nearly beaned the first batter he faced (good moves by the batter to avoid it). He had a 92 MPH fastball when the gun was working, and looked like a big curve in the 79 MPH range, and what I think was a changeup at 81 MPH.
Ray Black was simple domination. His fastball topped out at 97 MPH today (stadium gun), but he was on it. His offspeed pitch (a slider, I think) was at 82-84, and batters just could not react to it. He’s a Major Leaguer if he stays healthy.
[OK, BACK TO ROGER. DON’T TELL HIM I ERASED MOST OF HIS STUFF]...
Oh by the way, Kevin was there and he sent me this cool photo of Miguel Gomez getting a PH single... Thanks Kevin!
San Jose beat the Modesto Nuts (Mariners), 5-4
losing their series, 1-2
Here’s a genuine milestone: the last time Mac Marshall made an appearance of any length without walking a batter was July 31, 2015 in Salem-Keizer, a game in which he went 2.1 IP, allowed 8 hits and 7 runs. Yesterday he did a whole sight better than that, striking out 5, walking none and allowing just three singles in three shutout innings. It was just the fourth time in his career Marshall has failed to walk a batter and all the other were in rookie ball or short season in his signing year. While the Giants are being cautious with Marshall’s workload early in the year, they’re seeing impressive stuff from the left-hander.
#SJGiants LHP Mac Marshall with another impressive start - Three more scoreless innings today with five strikeouts. Pitched out of a 2nd & 3rd none out jam in the second with three straight K's. FB topped at 95. Has now thrown 12 scoreless innings this year over 4 starts (15 SO).— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) April 29, 2018
Pitching out of jams was a theme of the game. Sandro Cabrera was pounded for 10 hits over 4.2 IP of relief work, but for all that he had only allowed 1 run until he got to two outs in the 8th. At that point Cabrera hit a wall, allowing three runs before he could find the final out of the inning. Cabrera should probably have been lifted earlier, as he suffered through a walk and back to back WP before allowing a two-run single to his final batter.
At that point Patrick Ruotolo came in to the one-run game and ended the threat, on his way to a four out save. Since his Cal League debut back on April 8th, when he uncharacteristically walked two and allowed a run, Ruotolo has been his normal splendid self. Over his last seven appearances (9.1 IP) he has allowed just 9 baserunners, struck out 14 batters and allowed just a single unearned run. Dude just keeps performing.
The Giants middle of the order really had their hitting shoes on for the game, as the 3-6 hitters (Franco, Quinn, Fabian and Heyward) combined for 11 of the team’s 13 hits. Jacob Heyward’s two-RBI double keyed a three run 6th inning rally that opened up the game for San Jose.
A inning later Heath Quinn lined a double into the RF corner for what looked to be an insurance run and ended up being the game winner. Quinn now has four games this year with at least three hits and boasts a .300/.364/.475 line as he works to put last year’s dismal second half behind him.
After spending the weekend in the Valley, San Jose brings the Valley home to them tonight as they take on their bête noire, the Visalia Rawhide.
Augusta beat Columbia Fireflies (Mets), 2-0
winning their series, 3-0
Eight wins in a row. 11 wins in their past 12 games. And here’s a number for you: Augusta pitching allowed 2 runs TOTAL in their three game sweep of the Fireflies.
Starter Garrett Cave came out of the clubhouse like a house on fire, striking out 7 of the first 11 batters he faced in his first three innings. A lengthy 4th inning pushed his pitch count up close to 80 and ended his day, but this was really the first time this year when Cave’s been able to use his power arsenal to dominate an opponent. He did still walk four batters, giving him 20 on the year, which leads the Sally. 20 walks in 18 IP I should note, to go with his 19 Ks. He’s a regular Nuke LaLoosh!
The Fireflies got their belly full of power stuff for the game, also getting a look at Camilo Doval’s arm. Doval now has five straight scoreless appearances, covering 6.1 IP since his disastrous opening week. That’s got the ERA under 10 and the WHIP under 3.00. Heading the right direction, Camilo!
There wasn’t a ton of offensive support for those arms. They didn’t get their first hit of the game until Tyler Brown’s leadoff single in the 5th. But he came around to score the game’s first run on Logan Baldwin’s double. That would be it until the bottom of the 8th, when Ryan Kirby unloaded a mammoth shot for his 3rd HR of the year. Though it seems like the Greenjackets have been offensively challenged on the year, they’re actually 4th in the Sally in both Runs Scored and OPS. They’re also 4th in ERA and 3rd in Strikeouts. A pretty balanced package that has led to the league’s best record.
Also, lets give credit where credit is due.— Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) April 29, 2018
GreenJackets pitching staff gave up 2 runs...over an entire series! pic.twitter.com/HP13NbrGdY
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Tyler Beede vs. Jack Conlon
Richmond: Jordan Johnson vs. JT Brubaker
San Jose: Raffi Vizcaino vs. Connor Grey
Augusta: Scheduled Off Day
Strong armed right-handers rule the day, while the Greenjackets are rewarded for their great work with a well-deserved day of rest.
Before we start the week though, I’ll bet you want to know a little bit more about newest Giant, DJ Snelten, while he’s still around. Like, for instance, how do his guitar stylings compare to Barry Zito’s? Fear not! We have the answer: just skip ahead to about the 20 minute mark of the following: