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SF Giants Minor Lines 6/10/18: Gio Brusa homers three times

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Two different high profile prospects had four hit days, including one whose fourth hit was a walk off winner — what’s a guy got to do to get top billing! Well...how about tie a franchise record for home runs?

HIGHLIGHTS: Steven Duggar had four hits including three doubles and a walk-off single; Jalen Miller had four hits; Gio Brusa had 3 HRs, 6 RBIs;


Sacramento beat Colorado Springs SkySox (Brewers), 3-2

Steven Duggar’s hit streak reached 10 games in style. The CF cranked out four hits including three doubles — tying him with teammate Austin Slater with 20 doubles on the year. But it was his little ol’ single that was the biggest hit of the game — a 9th inning, two out shot past third that pushed across the game winner. In truth, under any other circumstances this would have been his 4th double of the day — because it was the game winner he was only credited with a single bag. But nobody seemed to mind.

Trevor Brown, who the Giants confusingly just released and re-signed again was the only other RiverCat to produce multiple hits in the game. Brown singled in the first Sacramento run of the game.

Daniel Camarena provided Sacramento with another excellent start, allowing just 1 solo HR to Brewer’s prospect Brett Phillips over 5.1 IP while striking out 7. Camarena has given up just 2 earned runs in his four starts with the RiverCats.

After a couple days rest, Ray Black was back to his old self, with a clean 10 pitch, 1-2-3 inning, striking out 1. That was enough to earn Ray his first Win of the year.


Richmond lost to Harrisburg Senators (Nationals), 7-6
losing their series, 1-3

The Squirrels held a 6-1 lead in the middle innings, and still clung to a 6-5 lead going into the 5th but bullpen failures let them down on Sunday. Franklin Van Gurp found out that AA is a big step up from the Sally league, surrendering four runs in his first inning — all coming with two outs. After three singles scored a run, he issued a two out walk right before giving up his first HR of the season, a three-run job that brought Harrisburg back to within 1. Van Gurp delivered two clean innings after that. But in the 9th Carlos Diaz and Dan Slania combined to cough up the lead, ending the four game series on a sour note.

The Squirrels’ offense was fairly prolific, piling up 13 hits in the game. Four different players had two hits, including Miguel Gomez who had a big two-run triple to key the team’s four-run fourth inning.


San Jose won at Modesto Nuts (Mariners), 16-5
winning their series, 2-1

This was a serious whomping. The Giants jumped out in front with a 5-run 2nd inning, powered by HRs from star of the game Brusa and the light hitting Brandon Van Horn. And then they routed the Modesto bullpen with 9 runs over the final three frames.

This was a day for everyone to get healthy or stay healthy. San Jose collected 21 hits included an incredible 9 extra base hits. Jalen Miller had four hits. Heath Quinn — in his first game back off the DL — rapped out two singles. Sandro Fabian had three hits with two doubles.

But nobody got healthy like former UOP slugger Brusa who tied a San Jose Giants record with his 3 HR night.

If you want the full Giants’ trivia:

Hector! Adam Witter! Good list.

Brusa has been on fire since returning from a short DL stint for concussion protocols. Since returning June 3rd, Brusa has gone 11 for 27 with 5 HRs, a double, and a triple. He also walked and stole his 2nd base of the year in yesterday’s victory, while driving in 6 of the team’s 16 runs. Have a night. Brusa now has a cycle, a three-HR game, and a walk off HR to his credit so far in 2018. Quite a year for Gio! Hit three HRs, get three highlights!

Brusa really seemed to take a liking to the sidewinding stylings of Modesto’s AJ Franks, off whom he hit his final two HRs.

In a quirk of scheduling this was the 22nd meeting of the year between San Jose and Modesto, out of just 63 games played so far this year — and it’s been a pretty wild season series with close games and blown saves and wild plays. But that somewhat comes to an end with yesterday’s game as the two teams won’t see each other again until the final weeks of the season in late August.

Before the game there were quite a few roster moves for San Jose to catch up on:

The end of the Frandy era. Sad.


Augusta lost at Columbia Fireflies (Mets), 4-0
losing their series 0-3

The wheels have done come off the cart. That’s 9 losses in their past 10 games for the team that has been the league’s best for the first two months of the season. Manuel Geraldo picked up two more hits and stole his 15th base of the season, but it was a pretty lackluster effort otherwise.

The team managed just 5 at bats in the game with a runner in scoring position, and came up with no hits under those circumstances. Joey Marciano and Caleb Baragar’s pitching was solid enough, but they allowed solo runs in each inning from the 4th through the 7th and the Jackets had no response left in them.

We can watch (sort of) Aaron Bond gun a runner down at home:

They still sit just 1.5 games out with 8 to play, but so far it’s feeling like they’ve fought all they can fight for this first half.


Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Tyler Beede vs. Adrian Houser
Richmond: OFF DAY
San Jose: Conner Menez vs. TBD
Augusta: Jason Bahr vs. Domingo Robles
DSL Giants: TBD

Tyler Beede tries to get his ERA back under 6.00, while the Greenjackets see if a few days of home cooking can right the ship. Salem-Keizer will be starting their season later this week, and I believe their traditional media day will be on Wednesday, so their season opening roster should be coming out fairly soon. All eyes are on the assignments for Alexander Canario and Gregory Santos at this point, though both are likely ticketed to stick around in Scottsdale and play the AZL.