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HIGHLIGHTS: Aramis Garcia hit two solo HRs; Heath Quinn had two hits including homer; Diego Rincones had three hits including two doubles; Juan Sanchez threw 5 no-hit innings, striking out 4.
Newly promoted Miguel Gomez welcomed himself back to the PCL with a pinch-hit single that drove in the go ahead run in more of a Pitchers’ Duel sort of game in what’s been a high scoring series.
The RiverCats got a great all around game from Chase D’Arnaud who homered for the second straight game, reached on a HBP and stole his team-leading 15th bag of the year. D’Arnaud has now reached base in 15 of his last 16 games and continues to give the Giants a nice MI depth option in AAA (as well as a clubhouse cut-up).
Steven Duggar also went deep, hitting his 4th of the year off Rockies #11 prospect, lefty Sam Howard.
Duggar’s homer came one pitch after starter Matt Gage came within a few feet of also going out the opposite way as Gage drove the RF to the wall with his slicing drive. Gage gave the Rivercats a quality start, matching Howard inning for inning. Then the Sacramento bullpen shut the Topes down the rest of the way, with Derek Law and Ray Black pitching two perfect innings to close it out.
Ray Black slams the door with a perfect 9th inning! 4-3 victory over ABQ this evening. Duggar, d'Arnaud each hit a home run and Miguel Gomez provided the eventual game-winning RBI single as a pinch hitter. Early baseball tomorrow at 11:05 a.m. (PT). See ya then! #ClawsUp pic.twitter.com/LvyEzZ83ya— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) June 28, 2018
It’s been a miserably cold spring for Aramis Garcia, but perhaps with summer here at last things are starting to heat up for the Giants #6 prospect.
Garcia hit two solo HRs to help guide the Squirrels to victory and put them in position to salvage a split from the Yard Goats at Dunkin’ Donuts Park this afternoon. Garcia is closing June with a rush, as he now has his line for the month up to .284/.333/.463. That’s mostly due to the work he’s done in just this last week as he’s gone 8 for 17 with three homers, a double, and two walks since the Summer Solstice flipped his power switch to “On.” Maybe Aramis is a druid? Who knew?
Richmond also got more great work from Luigi Rodriguez with two hits, an RBI and his 13th stolen base of the year. Listen to Jay Burnham sing Luigi’s praises—and give some other important updates—in yesterday’s pregame:
As the Squirrels send two important players off to promotions, they also lost another one yesterday in less happy circumstances, as Caleb Simpson was forced to leave the game in the 9th with an arm injury. Simpson missed two and a half seasons between 2014-2016 with arm injuries, so it’s tough to see him go down again as he’s been pitching quite well this year. Hopefully it’s not serious.
Ports score four in the top of the eighth to defeat the #SJGiants 8-6. SJ committed a season-high tying five errors. Marshall & Myers both left their outings due to injury. SJ falls to 7-16 in June. Quinn homered in the loss tonight.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) June 28, 2018
Geez! Other than that, how’d you enjoy the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
San Jose suffered a disaster yesterday as well chronicled by Joe Ritzo. The bullpen couldn’t hold a lead, as Nolan Riggs allowed Sandbar Pimentel’s second home run of the game in the 8th inning to let things slip away. The defense collectively tied their shoes together and swallowed their gloves. And yet the thing that hurts most from this game is yet another seeming setback to a talented arm:
Tough second inning for the #SJGiants tonight. Three errors leading to four Stockton runs + Mac Marshall had to leave his start with an apparent injury (fell to the ground after throwing a pitch).— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) June 28, 2018
You can see the fall in this clip (following a Wander Franco error). He seemed to be in great pain at first, but then walked off on his own power but very upset. We’ll wait to hear what the word is for Mac.
On the positive side, Heath Quinn seems like he’s definitely put his disappointing 2017 behind him. The 2016 3rd rounder has six multi-hit games in his last 11 and has just 10 games all year (out of 39) without a hit—and just 1 since April. He’s now homered three times in his past seven games, and really seems to be hitting his stride and ready for a big second half. Watch him go out over the batter’s eye here.
However, good friend David Lee was on hand for the night’s beginning and he had a couple observations to make on starter Garrett Cave that are worth sharing:
I see the obvious makings of a reliever for Cave. Arm speed picks up and FB is lively at 94. Snaps off better breaking balls in the 80s.— David Lee (@David11Lee) June 28, 2018
The league’s best offense kept humming right along, thanks to another big day from Diego Rincones. The Volcanoes lead the Northwest League in Runs Scored (71), Batting Average (.303), OBP (.374), and SLG (.432). Their ridiculous .806 team OPS is more than 50 points better than any other team in the league. And they seem very likely to add Joey Bart to the lineup in the very near future.
For now, Rincones is providing damage enough. He picked up three more hits yesterday (one of three Volcanoes hitters to do so) including his 4th and 5th doubles of the year. Unsurprisingly, his .478 batting average also leads the league! As does his 1.185 OPS (though his .717 SLG is just good for second and his .468 OBP third in the league). The kid from Ciudad Bolivar is mashing!
The Volcanoes also got a terrific start from another Venezuelan, 22 year old RHP Norwith Gudino. Gudino spent three, increasingly productive years with the DSL Giants before the Giants deemed him ready to come stateside, but his stuff has ticked up the last couple of years, and he looks like he’s ready to shine in the US. Do you like peripherals? Then you’ll really enjoy Gudino’s 16 K to 0 BB ratio so far on the year in his 16 IP with Salem-Keizer.
The Giants two AZL squads only managed to collect 4 hits between yesterday—which is a tough way to win. Amazingly, the Black team nearly made their 1 (infield) hit stand up for a victory, but 28th rounder Travis Perry let the 1-0 lead slip away when he surrendered four hits and two runs in the top of the 9th (NOTE: the box score for the Giants Black Team obviously has some issues yesterday in the season totals portion).
6th round pick Patrick Hilson continues to suffer through a bumpy transition to pro ball. The kid from Nettleton High in Jonesboro, Arkansas now has 14 strikeouts in 23 ABs in rookie ball. Rough! He did pick up another OF assist yesterday, showing off that excellent fall-back tool of his. Our toolsy CF are having a rough go of it thus far in the AZL season. Hopefully that gets better!
Sam Wolff appeared in his third game of the year as he inches his way back to a full-season affiliate assignment and then... we’ll see!
One last note before we go: I’m on board with the Dean of AZL coverage’s suggestion here:
Every organization should post their lineups in advance like the AZL Royals do. Please. There are a lot of us who would greatly appreciate it.— Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) June 27, 2018
The Giants got yet another excellent start from lefty Juan Sanchez, who matched Ivan Armstong’s last outing by throwing 5 hitless innings, striking out 4 and walking just 1. Sanchez’ 26 Ks on the year (in 24.1 IP) is 8th best in the DSL, and he’s paired that against just 4 BBs on the year. In his last start, Sanchez gave up 6 hits and 4 runs (2 earned) in just 2.1 innings. But in his other four starts combined, he’s surrendered just 2 runs on 11 hits over 22 innings, while striking out 24 and walking just 2. The 17 year old LHP is quickly turning into the staff ace.
With Luis Toribio getting the day off, the offense was led by SS Jean Peña. The 17 year old SS picked up three hits, including a two-run double that helped blow the game open in the 4th.
2b Jose Peralta, who I believe is the youngest active player in the organization, had a big day with a double and a triple. Peralta was signed out of Venezuela last year on his birthday for the Giants’ penalty max of $300,000. The Yankee Doodle Dandy won’t turn 17 until the 4th of July. Here’s what Ben Badler had to say about Peralta:
At 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, Peralta is an athletic defender with plus-plus speed, quick actions and a tick above-average arm. Peralta stands out more for his athleticism and defense than his bat, but he’s a switch-hitter who has shown solid contact skills for a 16-year-old shortstop.
After a month of play, the 13-8 Giants sit in a tie for first place with the DSL Tigers. Excellent month’s work!
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Daniel Camaera vs. Antonio Senzatela
Richmond: Chase Johnson vs. Peter Lambert
San Jose: Raffi Vizcaino vs. TBD
Augusta: John Gavin vs. Jhonathan Diaz; TBD for resumption of suspended game
Salem-Keizer: TBD vs. Ryan Williams
AZL: OFF DAY
DSL: Freddery Paulino
The upper levels are going up against the Rockies best as Richmond faces Colorado’s #5 prospect in Lambert, and Sacramento gets their rehabbing major leaguer (and former top 10 prospect) Senzatela. We’re waiting for Sean Hjelle’s debut which I would anticipate coming in the very near future.
Lots of day ball today, including of course the major league team so plenty to watch and pay attention to this afternoon. Almost to the weekend! Have a great one everybody!