Testing your reaction time on a lazy Sunday morning.
And a fine Sunday it is too, as everybody’s favorite Giants’ prospect had himself a heck of a day and a brand new Giant announced his presence with authority.
Heliot Ramos (@HeliotRamos) broke out of an 0-for-14 slump in style. The top #SFGiants prospect collected a career-high four hits Saturday for @GreenJackets. https://t.co/O9aXmG8enp pic.twitter.com/OgV5XuYYDm— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) June 3, 2018
HIGHLIGHTS: Chase D’Arnaud had three hits including a double; Melvin Adon struck out 6 in 5.2 IP; Heliot Ramos had four hits and a walk; Juan Sanchez struck out 7, allowed just 1 run in pro debut.
After losing a 3-0 lead in the 7th inning, Sacramento scored five times in the top of the 9th — the last three of those coming on El Paso mistakes — to grab a comeback win. Chase D’Arnaud continued his excellent season, pacing the team with three hits. He began the 9th inning rally with his 9th double of the year. D’Arnaud is slugging .526 on the year. And apropos of nothing, he’s also one of the funnest personalities in the clubhouse
Steven Duggar kept up his nice stretch, reaching base three times on a walk and two hits.
Derek Law pitched on back to back days, and on back to back days he allowed two baserunners in an inning but escaped unscathed.
Richmond lost a tough one — blowing one-run leads in both the 8th and 9th innings. Ali Castillo went deep for the second time this year to give the Squirrels a 3-2 lead in the top of the 8th. But Dan Slania immediately surrendered a homer of his own to Reading Catcher Austin Bossart (who would return later) to tie it up. Matt Lipka singled Aramis Garcia in with the go ahead run in the top of the 9th. But Ryan Howard made a crucial throwing error to start the bottom of the 9th and closer Caleb Simpson wasn’t able to pitch around it. Simpson surrendered a game-tying double before Bossart once again came to the plate and delivered the walk off hit.
Aramis Garcia delivered a double and a walk in the game, but the first half of this season has been a forgettable one for the 2014 2nd rounder. He’s hitting a woeful .191/.237/.326 on the year. It’s frankly been a rough year for the top of the 2014 draft class.
Luigi Rodriguez started the game on the bench, but he was called on for pinch hitting appearance in the 8th. Needing a hit to maintain his .400 batting average, Luigi delivered:
It was a great day at the Muni yesterday, as San Jose honored the 20 year anniversary of one of it’s finest collections:
#SJGiants are honoring their 1998 championship team today - was the first title won by the franchise as SF affiliate. Notable big leaguers off the team included Joe Nathan, Ryan Vogelsong, Yorvit Torrealba & Chad Zerbe. Here's SJ GM Mark Wilson on tonight: https://t.co/u2hCFwtcur— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) June 2, 2018
Have I ever mentioned that Chad Zerbe should have been used in Game 6? The Angels couldn’t touch him!
Anyhoos, the good vibes extended into the game, as Melvin Adon wowed the crowd with his electric arm.
Adon has been making some noticeable adjustments lately. He’s effectively been mixing in his change, and doing a better job of keeping his slingy mechanics somewhat repeatable. And as a result, at least to Joe Ritzo, he’s beginning to look like a major league pitcher and not just a major league arm. Over his last four games he’s struck out 23 in 20.2 IP, while walking 7, which is an imminently acceptable ratio for the live armed Adon. In three of the four games, he’s allowed 2 or fewer runs. Development may be happening!
Unfortunately, the good vibes didn’t last through the 9th inning. CJ Hinojosa mishandled a potential game ending double play, and the Nuts went on to score 4 times to grasp a shocking victory out of the jaws of defeat. How shocking was it?
An incredible streak comes to an end for the #SJGiants tonight. SJ had won 78 straight games when leading after eight innings. Their last loss when taking a lead into the ninth inning was on August 30, 2016 (55-0 in 2017, had been 21-0 this year).— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) June 3, 2018
All good things must come to an end, but that really is a pretty incredible streak.
Heliot Ramos had his best offensive showing of the year — a perfect day at the plate going 4 for 4 with a walk and a double.
He also showed off his canon, combining with a quick thinking Manuel Geraldo on an unusual double play.
As for the game — I’m going to humbly suggest the Greenjackets stop pitching to Legends RF Seuly Matias this series, who’s quickly turning himself into Legendary RF Seuly Matias. Matias was a one-man wrecking crew in this game, hitting not one, but two 2-run homers. The leading HR hitter in the minors (17) has hit 5 hit HRs over his last five games, including three in this series.
The final innings of this game turned into an extended tease, as Augusta was forever on the verge of coming back to tie but never quite did. The closest of those was on this swing of the bat from Jeffry Parra:
That double followed the double play seen at the top of today’s post. Ramos’ double immediately followed a play in which Logan Baldwin was called out at first despite having beaten the throw by two steps. Ramos was left stranded at 3b when Aaron Bond got caught stealing. Always just a day late and a dollar short.
After Matias second HR extended the lead to 5, Augusta launched yet another comeback in the 9th. Nick Hill’s 1st homer of the year brought it to 8-5 with no outs, and Augusta would eventually bring the go ahead run to the plate before Shane Matheny’s fly out to LF brought a frustrating evening to its frustrating conclusion.
They did battle to the end though!
In the top of the 1st inning the Giants sent eight people to bat — one put a ball in play. They scored two runs! DSL baseball is back, baby!
Eleven walks, two hit batsman and two Royals errors along with eight hits created a lot of scoring opportunities — the Giants had an incredible 23 at bats with runners in scoring position.
The offense was led by a couple of holdovers (unlike last year’s team, this year’s lineup appears to be heavy on repeat players). Ismael Alcantara was supposed to be a leader of the 2017 DSL offense, but he suffered an injury in the season’s first days that cost him nearly the entire year. Alcantara was signed for $300,000 as a 16 year old based on his big left-handed power. The 1b made up for lost time in the opener, collecting 4 RBI on three hits, including one of the team’s four doubles.
Video of 1B Ismael Alcantara (18.1Y, 6'3" 190) from yesterday's DSL Giants opener. Alcantara went 3-4, 2B, BB in the game. He appeared in just 3 games in 2017 due to an injury. Received 300K bonus. pic.twitter.com/lDxcEHBkbs— GPT (@giantsprospects) June 3, 2018
Sammy Jorge also had a nice day, with a double, single and walk. Jorge was another $300k signing in the 2016 J2 cycle. The 3b hit .232/.317/.331 last year.
On the mound, Venezuelan lefty Juan Sanchez had an excellent professional debut, striking out 7 over 5 IP while allowing just 1 run. Here’s international expert Ben Badler on Sanchez, who the Giants signed for $125,000 in the most recent international class:
He’s a long-range projection who was throwing 84-87 mph when he signed but has ticked up to 86-89 mph, with a lot of room on his wiry build (6-foot-2, 165 pounds) to throw harder in the future. His delivery is loose and easy, with a low-70s curveball and upper-70s changeup rounding out his repertoire.
It’s long been a mystery to me why the Dominican Summer League opens its season every year on a Saturday, when the entire league takes Sundays off. But there you have it. The traditional lid-lifter giving us a taste before a day of rest. The schedule starts in earnest tomorrow.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Casey Kelly vs. Dillon Overton
Richmond: Cory Taylor vs. Harold Arauz
San Jose: Logan Webb vs. Ljay Newsome
Augusta: Jose Marte vs. TBD
DSL Giants: OFF DAY
Logan Webb’s upholding the 2014 draft class honor (along with Austin Slater). He tries to nail down a series win for San Jose today while Augusta just hopes for a split at Lexington with maybe the second strongest starting pitcher arm in the system (after Adon) taking the bump.
Have a wonderful, safe, (and hopefully dryer than here) Sunday everybody!