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SF Giants Minor Lines 6/15/18: Volcanoes Opening Night

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Ugh! More bad news from the “baseballs hitting things other than bats” file. Chase Johnson caught a foul ball in the dugout Thursday night and was taken to the hospital for observation.

Poor Chase, just starting to get back on the beam after his long rehab. Let’s all join with the Squirrels in wishing Johnson a speedy recovery:

HIGHLIGHTS: Diego Rincones had three hits and RBI in season debut; Robinson Medrano socked 1st HR.


Sacramento won at Round Rock Express (Rangers), 3-1
winning their series, 2-1

Jeff Samardzija began his comeback trail Deep in the Hearta, throwing 3 shutout innings and striking out 4.

Shark did have trouble with his command, throwing just 26 of 43 pitches for strikes, and he’s still not quite showing the velocity that we saw from him in year’s past (particularly 2017), but he got stronger as he went along, striking out the side in the 2nd and retiring the final 7 batters he faced.

Sacramento pitching limited Round Rock to just four hits, which helped the RiverCats overcome a three error night — two from SS Orlando Calixte. Matt Gage also committed and error, but he made amends by picking a runner off, starting a double play, and having a solid all around night.

Back to back doubles from Eury Perez and Ryan Hanigan produced all three of the team’s runs in the 7th inning, and that proved to be enough to win it. Austin Slater also doubled in the game — his 22nd of the year (2nd best in the PCL). Let’s put that in perspective, shall we?

Derek Law grinded his way through a 32 pitch, four out save — which included a 10 pitch walk to Tommy Joseph in the 9th.

Hopefully afterwards, everybody got a nice dip in the pool before heading out on the road to New Orleans.


Richmond lost at Harrisburg Senators (Nationals), 3-0

Here’s a little perspective on the titannic achievement of the great Ted Williams hitting .406 in 1941 — since reaching a high water mark of .415 back on Memorial Day, Luigi Rodriguez has seen his batting average drop 50 points over the past two weeks despite collecting at least one hit in 9 of the 13 games he’s played since then. .400 is hard, man! Rodriguez picked up half of the team’s four hits in this game, including their only extra base hit.

The team also had four walks and half of those belonged to starting pitcher Jordan Johnson. So not a stellar night for the offense. Johnson had his second straight strong outing. He’s K’d 7 in each of his past two starts while allowing just 1 run overall in those two games.

Speaking of which — we must be ecumenical around here in our dictates! We never stint on spotlighting #pitcherswhorake and that should be true whether it’s our’n or their’n. So behold Luis Reyes, taking just his 8th AB in his six year professional career (his first AB came just two months ago) and going deep off of JJ (who has two HRs himself this year) for his first professional hit:

Into the woods the other way! That’s a pretty impressive first hit, man!

And before we leave, I just want to second Josh Norris’ opinion here: Jay Burnham is a real treat behind the microphone who deserves to move up to higher pastures:


San Jose lost to Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks), 6-0

Shutouts, shutouts everywhere and not a highlight to link. The A ball teams are really crawling to the break at this point. San Jose, which had one of the two best records in the league for much of the first 6-8 weeks of the season has dropped below .500 as they’ve endured an 8-16 stretch since May 22nd. Two more games to go and they can put a disappointing first half behind them and hit the All Star Break.

The Giants drew a tough assignment in Visalia lefty Emilio Vargas, who leads the league in ERA and is third in the league in strikeouts. He lived up to the stats, throwing 5 shutout innings with 8 Ks against San Jose. The Giants managed plenty of baserunners, with 8 hits and a walk against Vargas, but he seemed always able to get the strikeout when he needed it.

Heath Quinn kept up his weird DL wraparound hitting streak—he singled to push the streak to 12 games and also walked twice. Kelvin Beltre had his first multi-hit game since joining the club from the DL. And All Star Jalen Miller kept on putting the final touches on his breakout first half, whacking his 18th double of the season; his only hit in 5 plate appearances.

San Jose gets back a key piece of their season opening rotation today, in the first half’s penultimate game:


Augusta lost at Asheville Tourists (Rockies), 6-5

It Just. Won’t. End. Eleven straight painful losses. Joey Marciano became the latest formerly stalwart pitcher to put the team in an early hole, surrendering 10 hits and 4 runs in the first five innings.

Augusta showed some resolve, coming back from a 5-1 deficit with four runs in the late innings. Ryan Kirby’s 8th inning double tied it up; but sadly that just postponed the seemingly inevitable:

One night after walking three times, Heliot Ramos appeared to still be working on his discrimination and selectivity at the plate. The results weren’t quite as good — he was called out on strikes twice as part of a 3 K night — but it’s the process that matters. Ramos would drive in two runs in the comeback with a ringing double. He also showed off his arm nailing a runner at 2b.

Only two more games to the break, guys.


Salem Keizer beat Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 4-3

Who doesn’t love an Opening Night win? The Volcanoes collected 12 hits — five players had multi-hit nights — and four walks in the win. They managed to go just 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position, which made things a little tougher than they might have been. The big swing of the bat came from 1b Robinson Medrano, who collected his 1st home run of the year in the 4th.

Medrano legitimately has some of the better raw power in the org, and put on some decent showings in BP when I caught him this spring. Not Gustavo type power, but impressive power nonetheless. Here’s a look at his hack.

Diego Rincones picked up three hits, including the RBI single that ultimately decided the game off the imminently weird, quasi-illegal, and indisputably rehabbing Carter Capps.

Jose Layer also gave the team a good performance from the leadoff spot with two hits, including a double and a SB. Layer has struggled to stay on the field in his career, but he’s performed well when he’s been out there. The Giants just drafted his younger brother last week as well.

Former Catcher Jesus Tona had a dominant save, striking out the side in the 9th on just 14 pitches. At 5’10” the former squatter isn’t exactly the classic pitcher’s body, but the 22 year old Venezuelan brings great arm strength.


DSL Giants beat DSL Royals2, 4-1

The Giants managed just five hits, but took the victory thanks to a 3-run inning that included two walks and back to back errors from the Royals, The first of those walks went to Samuel Jorge, who also keeps on banging out doubles. Jorge drove in a run with his 7th double of the year — a total which leads the DSL.

Josdeiker Marcano picked up his first save of the year, which allows us all to say the name “Josdeiker Marcano.” Isn’t that fun?


Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Daniel Camarena vs. Sandy Alcantara
Richmond: TBD vs. Jaron Long
San Jose: Mac Marshall vs. TBD
Augusta: Caleb Baragar vs. Garrett Schilling
Salem-Keizer: TBD vs. Adrian Martinez
DSL Giants: Lylon Lopez vs. TBD

Sacramento gets a great test tonight, going up against triple digit flamethrowing #1 Marlins prospect (former #5 prospect in the Cards’ system) Sandy Alcantara. Tonight may be the night we get to see Gregory Santos’ stateside debut. Exciting!

See you at the ballyard everyone