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SF Giants Minor Lines 4/8/18: Orlando Garcia gets 4 hits

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Hey! the players listened to my pleas. Not only did we get plenty of wins, but they came with hits and homers and offensive stars aplenty. Let’s get the good times started!

HIGHLIGHTS: Frandy de la Rosa had 3 hits with a triple; Sandro Fabian doubled and homered; Jacob Heyward homered, had two walks and OF assist; Orlando Garcia had 4 hits, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs and a SB.

Sacramento lost at Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 7-6 in Gm 1 (7 inn)

It’s been a soggy weekend in Tacoma. After losing Saturday night’s game to rain, the teams tried and failed to get in a DH on Sunday. They managed a 7 inning first game, though it included a rain delay in the bottom of the 3rd and could be described as “moist” throughout. Before the teams could take the field the rains came back and washed away the rest of the night. They’ll try it again on Monday. We’ll see if they manage 2 games, 1 or none.

In the game that did happen Sunday night, Tacoma jumped on starter Tyler Herb for 5 runs in the first two innings, and then parried a Sacramento comeback by hitting a walk off HR in the bottom of the 7th off Jose Valdez. Herb’s start could have been even worse as he allowed 9 of the first 12 batters he faced to reach base. Herb allowed at least three baserunners in each of his 3 IP. That would be something of a theme for the game as the RiverCats pitchers allowed at least 2 baserunners in each of the first 5 innings and never pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

Despite the less than perfect hitting conditions, the teams combined for 22 hits. Nearly half of Sacramento’s 11 hits went for two-bases as they collected doubles from Austin Slater, Mac Williamson, Kyle Jensen, and two from Alen Henson.

The red-hot Williamson has opened the season by going 6 for 10 with a double, HR, and a walk as he continues to show the impact swing he debuted in spring training.

On the flip side of the coin, Steven Duggar’s first three games have been ice cold as the CF has gone just 1 for 12 with 6 strikeouts. Of course, it’s hard to catch heat in the damp and cold duck weather. I’m sure the whole team will be happy to get to somewhere warm and dry following tonight’s efforts.

Richmond won at Trenton Thunder (Yankees), 3-2 in 10 inn
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Here’s our first taste of the new Minor League extra innings rules (also known as the old international competition rules). Heading to the 10th inning of a 2-2 tie, Ryan Howard was placed on 2b to start the inning and Aramis Garcia wasted absolutely no time knocking him in with a leadoff double.

Garcia himself would never score a second run (despite a Luigi Rodriguez single to RF), which set up some drama in the bottom of the inning. The Thunder played the inning conservatively, using their leadoff batter to sacrifice their free runner to 3b. Richmond countered by bringing in Ray Black and Black slammed the door shut on the Thunder, striking out both batters he faced (albeit one of them after Garcia dropped a foul pop up). Both were left handers and he produced five swing throughs in seven total pitches. That qualifies as dominance.

Black has struck out 4 of the 5 batters he’s faced on the year, and if the home plate ump hadn’t gacked on a perfect slider, he’d have struck out 5 of the 5 batters he’s faced. Nice return to action Ray!

The Squirrels scored two runs in the top of the 1st, thanks to a Jerry Sands RBI double followed by three consecutive walks. Richmond couldn’t get the big blow to open things up however, and so when the Thunder’s Jhalen Jackson reached starter Matt Gage for a two-run HR in the 2nd, the game settled into a 2-2 tie for the rest of regulation as the two teams combined to go 4 for 20 with RISP during the game. Jackson’s HR was his 3rd of the series, though he also struck out 9 times in the four game set.

Ryan Howard had a nice afternoon with two hits, two SBs, and of course the game’s winning run. Ronnie Jebavy hasn’t gotten himself a batting average yet on the season, but he did collect four walks in the weekend and added two SBs, while playing his normal plus defense. Yesterday he came just inches away from a spectacular grab that might have made this game a standard 9 inning affair.

By the way, if you don’t follow Squirrels radio man Jay Burnham on twitter, you should. He puts up a video preview of every game a couple of hours ahead of game time. Plus you get gems like this:

San Jose won at Inland Empire 66ers (Angels), 6-1
splitting their four game series, 2-2

The San Jose pitching staff, which figures to be the strength of this team, had a fine series against the 66ers, allowing just 7 total runs in the four games. And they very nearly finished the series off with back to back shutouts. In his season debut, Patrick Ruotolo did something he did in just 8 of his 44 appearance in 2017 — allowed a run. He also walked two batters, something he did just once last year. Fortunately, Ruotolo had plenty of waggle room, as his colleagues had throttled the 66ers for 8 innings, allowing just four hits (albeit along with 6 walks). Mac Marshall didn’t stretch out much, but his 3 innings were certainly a step in the right direction, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 4 and walking 2.

While the pitching was stellar all weekend, the hitting took awhile to warm up, but they feasted on 66er pitching on Sunday, piling up 13 hits and seven extra base hits, including homers from Brandon Van Horn, Sandro Fabian, and Jacob Heyward. Jalen Miller and Matt Winn each had two hits with a double; Frandy de la Rosa picked up three hits including a triple, while Fabian added a double to his homer.

Heyward didn’t play in the team’s first two games (both losses) but he likely entrenched himself in the lineup with his efforts the last two games (both wins!). Heyward went 3 for 7 the last two games with a double, HR, two walks and four RBIs. And to show off just a little further, he ended the bottom of the 4th by throwing a runner out at the plate.

Players separate themselves from reserve roles by making an impact when they get opportunities. Consider Heyward’s weekend impacted!

Augusta won at Columbia Fireflies (Mets), 10-5
splitting their four game series, 2-2

For the second time this weekend, an affiliate took on a highly drafted opponent making their pro debut. San Jose got the first pro look at UCLA RHP Griffin Canning on Thursday, and yesterday Augusta got the long awaited pro debut of Mets 2016 1st rounder, LHP Anthony Kay.

Kay handled the Greenjackets for 4 innings, giving up just two soft hits and two unearned runs produced by throwing errors. But trailing 5-2 entering the 6th inning, the Greenjackets offense suddenly exploded for seven runs in the next two innings and won going away.

Augusta strung together seven hits and two walks in their big innings, included a bases loaded triple from Catcher Rob Calabrese, and doubles from draftmates Heliot Ramos and Jacob Gonzalez in the 7th.

6 and 7 were apparently the lucky numbers for the night, because the team also got huge production from the 6th and 7th spots in the order, where Jacob Gonzalez and Orlando Garcia combined for 7 hits, 6 runs, and 4 RBIs. Garcia’s four hit night finished off an 8 for 15 weekend with 2 walks. He completed his big Sunday afternoon by swiping his first SB of the year.

SS Manny Geraldo scored twice and reached base three times with a single and two walks. Geraldo was something of a tough luck 1 for 8 on the weekend but he also drew four walks.

The offensive explosion took starter Jose Marte off the hook after allowing 5 ER in his 3.2 IP of work. Friend of Minor Lines John Calvagno (of Scouting the Sally) reports that Marte showed some decent stuff though:

Franklin Van Gurp and Frank Rubio worked 5.1 scoreless innings to support the comeback. Van Gurp was particularly impressive, retiring 9 of the 10 batters he faced.

And before we leave town, I’m sure you’ll also want to read John’s excellent post-trip report on Heliot Ramos.

Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Chris Heston vs. Lindsey Caughel; TBD vs. TBD
Richmond: Garrett Williams vs. Parker French
San Jose: Raffi Vizcaino vs. Logan Longwith
Augusta: Joey Marciano (I’m on to your TBD game, Augusta!) vs. Taylor Braley

Alright! Three wins in four games, lots of solid pitching and bundles of offense. This is the type of day we love here at Minor Lines. Let’s do it again tomorrow!

Let’s go out with the big “news” of the day. I guess it’s news, though it did seem rather obvious. Maybe it’s not news. Nonetheless we have a big league debut to look forward to this week, so presumptive congratulations to Tyler Beede and let’s have a great week at the ballyard.