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SF Giants Minor Lines 5/31/18: Steve Duggar picks up 4 hits

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It’s an Everybody Wins version of Minor Lines, with a lot of near-term help for the big league club on the way:

Let’s get it started.

HIGHLIGHTS: Steven Duggar doubled three times and tripled; Ryder Jones doubled and tripled among four hits; Conner Menez struck out 8 over 7 scoreless; Madison Bumgarner struck out 7 over 4.2 IP; Manuel Geraldo homered among three hits.

Sacramento won at El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 7-3

Out in the west Texas town of El Paso
Duggar and Ryder fell in love with a Chihuahua hurl(er)
Nighttime found them in Southwest University Park.
The pitches would come and the doubles would whirl.

Woo doggie! Steven Duggar and Ryder Jones combined for eight hits including six extra base hits, leading the RiverCats to a 7-3 tromping of the tiny dogs. Austin Slater pitched with a couple of hits and two walks. He heads into the month of June with a cool 1.089 OPS on his card.

But it was Duggar who stole the show last night with three doubles and a triple. He’s lifted his batting average 18 points in the two games in El Paso as the bat begins to show some life. Duggar now has four multi-hit games over his last eight. The strikeouts are still plaguing him; he’s K’d at least once in seven straight games and still sits at 29% for the year. But at least the hits are starting to come.

And let’s give Ryder a little highlight love as well.

Look at Ryder motor! El Paso’s RF Forrest Allday was literally playing his first game with El Paso so one imagines that that was his very first attempt at playing a ball off the bricks at Southwest University Park.

Conner Menez brought his out pitch with him to AAA, mowing down a very good hitting Chihuahua lineup. The lefty from Hollister didn’t fare so well in his first spot start in the PCL this year, but he was comfortable and in control in this outing. Menez allowed just 1 hit and 0 runs over 7 IP while striking out 8. He did hit two batters, but I’m sure it served them right and they went to 1b and thought about what they were doing. Here he is, winning a battle against Padres #6 prospect Luis Urias, one of the best bat-to-ball prospects in the minors.

The man can break off a slider.

Richmond beat Bowie BaySox (Orioles), 7-6
splitting their series, 1-1

Somehow or other, Richmond managed to sneak a game in yesterday, despite massive storms and lightning shows passing through the region (one of which cancelled the postgame fireworks). And the hardy fans who braved the weather were treated to a dandy back and forth affair. Richmond took the lead with a big 4-run 6th, but Bowie chipped away against the pen, scoring runs in each of the final 5 innings to take a 6-5 lead.

But with two outs in the 9th and men on 2nd and 3rd, Ronnie Jebavy snuck one up the middle and off the bag for an ultra-rare, two-run infield single to walk it off.

Jebavy’s had a rough season in AA, but he had a fine game here. The CF doubled and walked in addition to his climactic single, and picked up his 9th SB of the year.

Dylan Davis, showing off his speed at the end, didn’t have his finest effort, striking out in all ABs prior to the 9th, but he’s been giving the team a real lift since being elevated to the cleanup spot.

San Jose beat Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks), 5-2
winning their series 3-1

It was a good night for rehabbers! Joe Panik picked up two hits in what should be his final rehab game. Alen Hanson went deep with a two-run shot in the 1st inning. And Madison Bumgarner burned through 74 pitches, striking out 7 more batters and looking like a man who wants to pitch int he majors next time out.

Bumgarner said after the game that he made a special effort to get the beer batter in his final inning of work, since he knows “it’s pretty important around here.” MadBum may have had a little personal motivation there as well, since the beer batter was Diamondbacks #3 prospect Pavin Smith, who had touched Bumgarner up for a solo HR earlier in the game.


Rehabbing success wasn’t limited to big leaguers though. CJ Hinojosa joined the party with two hits too. Hinojosa finally made his 2018 debut coming off a torn achilles and a 50 game suspension. Hinojosa probably won’t stick around too long in San Jose before moving back up to Richmond, where he’s spent the last season and a half.

Jalen Miller singled in his lone PA of the night after taking over for Hanson. Miller is 9 for his last 17, with two walks, two HRs and a double.

Finally, a trip in the Way Back Machine to the legendary 2009 San Jose team. That Cal League championship group presaged some pretty good things for this organization.

Augusta won at Greenville Drive (Red Sox), 9-2
winning their series, 2-1

Speaking of the Way Back Machine, since Bumgarner led the 2008 Greenjackets to the Sally League title, Augusta has appeared in the playoffs just twice (the last time being in 2013) and they’ve won just one post-season game (powered by a three-run homer from Adam Duvall!). But this 2018 edition is getting close to locking down a spot in the Sally playoffs and a crucial spot — the first half champion gets the home field advantage in the short best of three series that opens the post-season. With the win last night, they extended their division lead to 3.5 games and reduced their magic number to 15. Their march has been even more impressive given the horrible conditions in which they’ve had to play lately:

If the Jackets do make the playoffs, it’s starting to feel like Manny Geraldo won’t be around to contribute when they get there. Geraldo has really taken off to a new level lately and it’s starting to feel like he’s hitting his way out of the league. He has hits in 9 of his last 10 games with six of those being multi-hit efforts. He has 7 hits in the last three games. Among his three hits last night was his team-leading 7th HR. That establishes a new career high for Geraldo who came into the year looking noticeably more physically mature than in years past.

That was just Geraldo’s 2nd HR of the year right handed. He’s posting a .733 OPS from the right side compared to .977 from the left. Still, if you’re a switch hitter with a platoon split you definitely want the left side to be the strong one!

Apparently, Ryan Kirby didn’t take too kindly to losing the team lead to Geraldo however, so he came back with his 7th later in the game to even things up with his teammate. Pitch: Meet Wheelhouse

Camilo Doval continues to whittle down the ERA. He delivered his fifth straight scoreless outing. And he did it with a flourish, striking out four of the six batters he faced, including the final three in a row. He’s boosted his K9 up to nearly 12. More notably, he’s now gone 6 games (8 IP) without walking a batter.

Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Tyler Beede vs. Chris Huffman
Richmond: Garrett Williams vs. Jose Taveras
San Jose: TBD vs. Darren McCaughan
Augusta: Garrett Cave vs. Garrett Davila; TBD vs. TBD

Three guys who need to throw more strikes and a whole lot of Garretts going tonight. That TBD in San Jose might be RHP Stetson Woods making his 2018 debut — he’s being called upon to make a spot start to cover for Conner Menez’ place in the rotation.

Not a scheduled starter for today, but as anticipation for short season ball starts gearing up (the DSL Giants begin their year tomorrow), let’s get a look at one of the best short season arms in the system has been up to in XST.