High octane arms were on display in the system today:
RHP Ray Black hit 101 twice and struck out Tommy Joseph with a fastball clocked at 102. Back to back strike outs for Black to end the 7th. 7-5 River Cats lead top 8— Johnny Doskow (@JDoskow) June 14, 2018
Melvin Adon reached 100 once in first inning. Mostly 97-99. One walk issued. I'll check scouts readings later for accuracy. #SJGiants— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) June 14, 2018
Were they effective? Let’s get to the Lines:
HIGHLIGHTS: Steven Duggar had three more hits; Chase Johnson K’d 6 over 4 shutout innings; John Gavin allowed 1 ER in 5.2 IP (1.94 ERA for year);
Sacramento exploded for six runs in the second inning and then held on for dear life the rest of the way, hanging on to a 7-5 win. Ronnie Freeman hit a 3 run dinger to start off the big frame, and Gregor Blanco capped things off with a two-run shot. In between, Steven Duggar chipped in with an RBI double:
Duggar had three more hits in this game and is really getting his groove on in June, hitting .375/.419/.650 in his 9 games this month. The K rate’s still a little elevated but the white hot Duggar is locked in with the rest of his game.
Steven Duggar with 3 more hits for Sacramento and now has 11 hits in his last 23 at bats.— Johnny Doskow (@JDoskow) June 14, 2018
Duggar and Austin Slater both had their 21st doubles of the year in the game. The teammates are tied for 2nd in the PCL in doubles.
Starter Taylor Hill and Manny Parra let Round Rock creep back into the game, but Ray Black and Derek Law shut down the final three innings to preserve the win. Black was called on following a leadoff double in the 7th to old friend Nick Noonan. While Ray did allow an RBI single to the Rangers #1 prospect (and Benicia High product) Willie Calhoun, he effectively announced his presence with authority to the Express. As Johnny Doskow noted above, old friend Tommy Joseph really got the brunt of Black’s right arm.
Following a leadoff double in the 8th, Derek Law came in to relieve Black and Law got the six out save with a perfect two innings of work.
Like Sacramento, the Squirrels got their offense out of the way early, scoring all 3 runs in the bottom of the first. And, like Sacramento, they used a two homer inning to do it, as Miguel Gomez and Jerry Sands went back to back.
After three hits and three runs within the first four batters of the game, the offense said ”Yah we’re good here!” and hit the Snooze button for the rest of the night
But it turns out they were right, they were good! Chase Johnson and four relievers throttled the SeaDogs (they of the Eastern League’s worst record), not only shutting Portland out by picking up a collective 16 Ks. SIXTEEN!
Chase Johnson brought the missing Ks to his game with his best start of the year. Johnson matched a season high by going 4 innings, and threw a season high 63 pitches. As for the Ks — he very nearly doubled his season total, striking out 6 batters after having just 7 punchouts in his previous 16.2 IP. As with Logan Webb below him, Johnson is inching his way through the recovery process very nicely — he hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last four outings, covering 14 IP, though he does have two unearned runs in that stretch.
Nice to see the breaking ball featured last night from Chase — that’s typically one of the last things to come back for a pitcher returning from TJ. The Giants appear committed to stretching Johnson out as a starter this year (and with the thinness in that part of their inventory, it’s understandable). I still think he could be a useful pen arm in the not too distant future for SF.
Power arms Will LaMarche and Dillon McNamara, who can both get it up there in a hurry, kept things going against the flailing SeaDogs, striking out 7 over the final 9 outs of the game.
CJ Hinojosa played his second game in AA, picking up a hit and scoring a run on Gomez’ HR. With Ryan Howard on the 7 day DL, Hinojosa has taken over the team’s SS duties. It will be interesting to see how they handle having both of the MI in the lineup when Howard returns.
Stockton is the power of the year in the Cal League this year, and they’ve kicked sand in San Jose’s face as they have with pretty much everybody else. The Ports dominated San Jose bats in this game, though Heath Quinn and Jalen Miller both maintained modest hitting streaks. Miller’s single gave him an 8 game hitting streak, during which he’s collected 14 hits.
Heath Quinn actually has an 11 game hitting streak going, which stretches back to April! Most of that streak, of course, came before he hit the DL on May 9th. But in each of his three games since returning, he’s gone 2 for 4 which isn’t bad! All six hits have been singles, so hopefully the power will show back up again soon.
And speaking of power, for Melvin Adon, the night was short but the innings were long. Let’s head to the field correspondent, good friend Conner Penfold who was on hand for the game.
As it goes with Adon, poor control makes things challenging. The mid-80s slider missing up consistently. Fastball all over the place. Not many whiffs thus far but plenty of late swings.— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) June 14, 2018
Adon's second inning was a grind. An error (courtesy of the sun) made things harder. But 101 swinging ended it. Two punch outs in the frame. Slider starting to look better. #SJGiants— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) June 14, 2018
Adon started to look like he'd found it to end 2nd but came out in the 3rd just like the 1st. Missing FB all over. His night is over after 2.2 innings. 4h, 1er, 3bb, 2k. 62 pitches, half for strikes. Saw maybe one changeup— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) June 14, 2018
The progress continues onward for the lightning-armed Adon. Some nights everything’s working and on many other nights nothing really is. You keep going on there and trying things and hopefully the light bulb turns on at some point for the slinger.
An odd and interesting pregrame note yesterday affecting one of our Minor Lines favorites:
#SJGiants OF Johneshwy Fargas has been added to the California League's North Division All-Star team. Fargas joins Jalen Miller, Wander Franco, Sandro Cabrera & Logan Webb as San Jose's representatives. All-Star game is next Tuesday in Lancaster.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) June 13, 2018
Johneshwy actually hasn’t played all that much this year (he‘s hitting .248/.321/.350 in 38 games) so his inclusion is a bit of a head scratcher — but he will make a potentially dynamite pinch runner for the North Division should the occasion be called for. Congrats to a guy who’s always hustling!
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright
The band is playing somewhere and somewhere hearts are light...
There will be no first half division title, no homefield advantage in the playoffs. And any hope at all of breaking a five year post-season drought will depend on slogging through the heat of the second half successfully.
The Greenjackets tremendous first two months of work lie torn and frayed in a pile of ashes -- their losing streak now up to 9 games, timed perfectly to run them down at the finish line. Augusta isn’t quite eliminated, but they will be with the next loss or Rome victory.
Once again they just couldn’t combine the elements to get to a win. A strong start from John Gavin, and a two-run inning highlighted by Jacob Gonzalez’ 5th HR of the year had them clinging to a 2-1 lead late into the game. But Frank Rubio, just returned from a quick jaunt up to AA couldn’t close it, surrendering the tying run in the 8th and the losing run in the 9th.
The good notes to take from this one? Heliot Ramos was making a good deal of hard contact the opposite way. He roped a opposite field double in the first inning and later lined out to the RF. And the aforementioned Gonzalez HR. Both of the youngsters went down on strikes twice as well.
And there was this note too:
Camilo Doval out here pumping 97 with that quick arm.— David Lee (@David11Lee) June 14, 2018
Hopefully this bunch can dust themselves off at the All Star break and come back strong for a second half run. I’d also really like to see the return of Malique Ziegler at some point in time. The team hasn’t really been the same since Zieg disappeared.
Speaking of the All Star break, for your reading pleasure:
Wrote a little something about Augusta's all-stars, including talking to Joey Marciano. https://t.co/ZG43XGma06— David Lee (@David11Lee) June 12, 2018
The DSL Giants scored 9 runs on just 5 hits, though they did walk 13 times and get 2 baserunners via the HBP. Sammy Jorge continues to be a doubles machine, as he picked up his league-leading 6th of the year. Jean Peña rarely had to remove the bat from his shoulder — walking four times in the game (one of two 4 walk lines in the game for the Giants). Luigi Pichardo had a nice game, knocking in three runs on two hits and throwing a runner out at home.
Luis Toribio went just 1 for 5 and watched as the Pirates Matthew Mercedes tied him with 4 HRs. That makes a four-way tie at the top of the HR leaderboard.
Have you notice that I haven’t talked much about the Giants’ pitching so far this year? Yeah, there’s a reason for that! (NOTE: Juan Sanchez is exempted from this snide remark).
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Casey Kelly vs. Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Richmond: TBD vs. Mike Shawaryn
San Jose: Logan Webb vs. TBD
Augusta: Joey Marciano vs. Hunter Stratton
DSL Giants: Juan Sanchez vs. TBD
The hot hitting RiverCats go up against one of the great names in professional baseball, while promising arms highlight the lower portions of the system.
And finally, we have a new team. The Opening Day roster is out for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes:
Disappointingly missing Alex Canario, but excitingly including Gregory Santos! For now it’s not exactly chock full of interesting prospects. Jose Layer, Diego Rincones, Ricardo Genoves. Some sleeper types. Of course, the draftees will be arriving soon (OT: do you think the Giants would assign Joey Bart to the Sally in a “close to home” move? They do like new players to feel comfortable in their environment).
The Volanoes played the first of two exhibition games last night, beating the independent Gresham Greywolves 6-0. Diego Rincones led the way with an RBI single and a HR and Dylan Manwaring also left the building. The Volcanoes officially open their season tomorrow night.
Vote on your player of the game!— S-K Volcanoes ⚾ (@SKVolcanoes) June 14, 2018
Rincones: 2/2, HR, 2RBI
Figueroa: 4.0 IP, 4ks, W, 0ER
Corbett: 2/3, R
Manwaring: 1/1, HR, RBI, BB
And finally, I’ve totally buried the lede! Here comes the guy the Giants’ wanted: