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HIGHLIGHTS: Aramis Garcia homered among three hits; Logan Webb struck out career high 7 over 4 shutout innings; Manuel Geraldo had 4 hits; Jacob Gonzalez doubled and homered among three hits; Seth Corry struck out career high 8 over 4.2 shutout innings.
Sacramento lost to El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 12-6
losing their series, 0-4
Pretty dispiriting times for the RiverCats as they were swept in a second consecutive four game series and this time, none of the four games were particularly competitive. They were down 9-1 in this game before they’d collected their second hit (which wouldn’t come until the 5th inning). Brutal.
After several days of no offense at all, the pitching was the primary culprit in this one, allowing double digit runs for the second time in the series (in one of the least offense friendly parks in the league). Some of that was the defense’s fault, as they allowed 5 unearned runs in the game (the result of two Orlando Calixte errors). But several of the arms are proving to be consistent arsonists. In five appearances since returning from the DL Jose Valdez has allowed 15 earned runs in just 4 IP. And starter Taylor Hill has surrendered 18 runs in his last three starts (14.1 IP) and has given up at least 4 runs in four of his five starts in the organization.
Poor Steven Duggar spent most of the afternoon with his back to the infield heading for the fence.
(If you’re wondering why Duggar couldn’t get to a high fly on the warning track, that batter was El Paso Pitcher Walter Lockett who also had an RBI walk in the game).
Trevor Brown and Kelby Tomlinson led the team with two hits and a RBI each. Kelby added a walk.
Aramis Garcia had his biggest offensive game of the year, collecting a season high three hits and six total bases for the afternoon and guiding the Squirrels to the comeback victory and series split.
Spot starter Jake McCasland gave a nice effort overall, but his sequencing was a bit suspect. McCasland allowed just six hits in all, but five of them came all bunched together in the 2nd inning. That gave Bowie a 3-1 lead they would hold until the 6th, when Garcia unloaded with his 4th HR of the year, a two-run shot that tied the game up.
In the 9th, Jerry Sands reached on a leadoff error and Garcia followed with liner into CF for his 3rd hit of the day, helping to set up Jonah Arenado with some walk off heroics.
Great way to end a homestand! Garcia struggled through a miserable May, when he posted a woeful .467 OPS, but he’s rebounded somewhat in June with a .267/.313/.367 line. Not exactly a month they’ll write poems to but certainly a step in the right direction for the Catcher. At 25 years old and on his first option year, the clock begins to tick a little louder for the former 2nd rounder. Hopefully, he responds with a big second half.
CJ Hinojosa picked up one hit, keeping his streak intact: 10 games with Richmond; 10 games with hits. In nine of those games he’s had just one hit, but he also has five walks against just two strikeouts so far with the Squirrels. That’s the CJ we know and love! Including his short time in San Jose, Hinojosa has hit in 15 of the 17 games he’s played this year. So far on the year, he’s hitting .311/.382/.443. In each of the past two years, he’s struggled down the stretch; it will be interesting to see if can finish strong in August given his abbreviated season this year.
San Jose lost at Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers), 6-2
losing their series, 1-3
A tale of two All Star Pitchers: All Star Logan Webb was very very good, All Star Sandro Cabrera was less good.
Webb was sensational, allowing just two hits, while matching his season high of 4 innings. He also set a career high with 7 strikeouts, and notably, he wasn’t necessarily blowing guys away with that mid-90s fastball. He was setting them up with the fastball and then using the rest of his repertoire as putaways:
#SJGiants Logan Webb with a spectacular outing today in his first start of the second half. Four scoreless innings, two hits, one walk, career-high seven strikeouts. Six of the seven K's came on offspeed pitches (plus-curve & change). FB was 94-96 as well. Lowers ERA to 2.11.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) June 24, 2018
That’s the way to pitch Logan!
Sadly, Cabrera couldn’t sustain Webb’s momentum. His main problem was keeping the ball in the park, as he surrendered home runs in each of the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings. Tough way to pitch. With Jason Bahr joining the San Jose rotation, it looks like Cabrera is returning to the role he played at the start of the year: Logan Webb’s piggy-back.
Jacob Heyward accounted for all the team’s runs with his 5th HR of the year. He and Heath Quinn each picked up two hits to lead the team. Johneshwy Fargas, moved up to leadoff for the game, stole his 21st bag (in his 45th game). I’ll repeat yesterday’s comment regarding Johneshwy.
The San Jose lineup struck out a brain-melting 17 times in this game, headlined by Kelvin Beltre’s Sombrero. Every batter from the 4th through the 9th spot in the lineup K’d multiple times. For the season, the Giants are averaging about 9.5 Ks per game, with 706 in 74 games. That’s just third worst in the Cal League. These very Quakes are pacing the league with 773 Ks in 74 games. Sign of the Times.
Like Sacramento, San Jose has really fallen into hard times. Since the start of June they’re just 6-14 as they’ve slid under .500 for the season. Going into the 2016 season, the Giants had had winning records for twelve consecutive years. Now they’ve had two consecutive losing summers in San Jose. I will humbly suggest that talented systems don’t field a lot of losing A ball teams.
With Jason Bahr California dreaming, Aaron Phillips steps into the rotation full time. Hopefully it gets better! Phillips was drubbed for 8 runs, including a big 6-run 3rd inning that ran him from the game.
Hickory is one of the Sally’s better hitting environments, and it showed in this one as the team’s combined for 26 hits, 21 runs and 5 homers. Jacob Gonzalez had a big day with three hits including a double drilled off the LF wall and another very long home run. Gonzalez really seems to be honing in on that plus power swing that the scouts all project for him.
Second hard-hit by GreenJackets 3B Jacob Gonzalez, this one off a Tyree Thompson CH that carries well over the fence in LF. a 3-run blast makes it 3-1 Augusta.— Mark Parker (@CrawdadsBeat) June 24, 2018
Augusta got big nights from the top of their order as the 1-2-3 combo of Ramos, Geraldo, and Gonzalez had 10 hits between them, and scored five runs. Gonzalez provided the punch with his two extra base hits, and Heliot and Manny brought the vroom as they had a stolen base each. They showed off some defensive chops as well:
GreenJackets SS Manuel Geraldo with a nice sliding backhand stop of a scalded grounder by Yohel Pozo. Hops up to make the throw to 1B and end the inning.— Mark Parker (@CrawdadsBeat) June 24, 2018
I like that 1-2-3 combo. I say it should stick!
Should I mention that Augusta is 6-16 in June? Ugh. They get a challenge tonight as Rangers LHP Martin Perez makes a rehab start in the Sally.
So, pretty much not their day. [That seems to be the theme of the night. Perhaps I take this opportunity to thank Hunter Pence and Aramis Garcia for giving the org some measure of success yesterday!] Hillsboro had a 3-run inning, a 4-run inning, and a 5-run inning in this game. Congratulations are perhaps due to Grant Frisbee, who was not only the only Volcanoes pitcher on the night not to give up any runs, but also the only Volcanoes reliever who did not allow all of his inherited runners to score (that doesn’t include Solomon Bates, who started his first inning fresh).
Though they had trouble converting them into runs, the offense certainly provided opportunities, with 11 hits including 4 for extra bases. Jose Layer once again did great work out of the leadoff spot with 2 hits including an RBI double.
But hey, at 7-3 the Volcanoes still are off to the league’s best start! And reinforcements will be coming soon.
Lots going on here! Joey Bart made his pro debut catching last year’s mercurial third round draft choice (and the State of Utah’s 2017 Mr. Baseball honoree) Seth Corry. How was the partnership?
Joey Bart is 0-for-2 so far in pro debut for AZL #Giants (foul pop-up, 5-4-3 DP). Most impressive is watching how well he's working with pitcher Seth Corry. Looks like advanced catcher and leader on the field already.— Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) June 25, 2018
Corry exploded on the A’s with the most dominating outing of his pro career. At 4.2 innings it was also the longest outing of his career. Corry allowed just 2 hits, 0 runs and K’d pretty much everybody in sight—8 of the 18 batters he faced. That didn’t just set a new career high—he doubled his previous high!
We have some video thanks to devoted AZL A’s fan Kim C.
And a little video of the hitters too (that’s Bart #9 batting 3rd, following Hillson and Roby)
For Corry, the 2018 season is off to a roaring start as he’s not allowed a run over 7.2 IP so far, while striking out 12 and allowing just 8 total baserunners. Maybe Seth wasn’t happy with the repeat assignment and is angling to join some of his old teammates in the NWL. If you’d like a little more professional type footage, this is from Corry’s first start of the year:
Sean Roby, an intriguing JC hitter with power taken in the 12th round also made his pro debut, and Roby did it in style with 2 hits and a walk.
Alexander Canario continues to have a slow beginning to his year. But guys who are off to fast starts include Beicker Mendoza, who’s now on his third attempt at the AZL. Beicker is one of the guys who should benefit most from the second team—he’ll finally get steady playing time. Mendoza bashed his first HR of the year yesterday among his two hits.
Frankie Tostado, who dominated the California Junior College ranks in 2017 but missed the entire pro season after having Tommy John surgery, picked up two hits with a double and is 5 for 13 so far in his belated debut. And George Bell, another JC draftee, is also off to a nice start to the season, going 5 for 16 with two doubles.
Which reminds me that this happened yesterday, too:
The DSL had its traditional Sunday off
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Casey Kelly vs. TBD
Richmond: Shaun Anderson vs. Evan Grills
San Jose: Jason Bahr vs. TBD
Augusta: Joey Marciano vs. TBD
Salem-Keizer: Stetson Woods vs. TBD
AZL: Francis Peña (Orange); Conner Nurse (Black)
DSL: Melvin Martinez
The short season levels are more “Educated Guess Starters” than “Scheduled Starters.” We’ll see how well I do. Jason Bahr is set for his Cal league debut while Shaun Anderson looks to get something going after surrendering a season high 5 runs last time out. The right-hander has given up 4 runs or more in three of his past five starts.
Enjoy the week everybody! Let’s all try to have as great an attitude as Chase D’Arnaud or his muse.