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SF Giants Minor Lines 6/6/18: Jean Pena hits his first pro HR

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Congrats and welcome to all the newly drafted players. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot of these guys soon. Head over to Kevin’s wrap up to see notes on all the Day 3 guys but I do need to say a special welcome to 19th rounder Randy Norris, the first player drafted out Winston-Salem State University since 1985!

HIGHLIGHTS: Dylan Davis had three hits and a SB; Jean Pena had two hits including his first HR.


Sacramento lost to Oklahoma City Dodgers, 9-3

Tyler Beede’s Giveaway Series continued as the right-hander set a season high in free baserunners. Beede walked six batters in less than 6 innings, and he also sent a Dodger hitter straight to 1b via a HBP. Add in a couple of HRs and nearly a season high in hits allowed and you’ve got yet another woeful effort in what’s turning out to be a real lost 2018 for the one-time 14th overall draft pick.

Ray Black stepped in to finish the 6th for Beede, polishing off the two batters he faced with 1 K. That’s 20 Ks in 10.1 IP since arriving in Sacramento. The Giants’ pen could use a little shot of velo. I’m just sayin’!

Chris Shaw returned to the lineup after missing 18 games with a groin strain, going 1 for 5 with a single and three Ks. Strikeouts were popular for the RiverCats who K’d 15 times on the night. The top four hitters were particularly whiff-prone as Duggar, Tomlinson, Shaw, and Slater combined for 10 of those Ks in their 17 ABs.

By the way, something unforeseen has occurred with Gregor Blanco.

We’ll keep an eye on that.


Richmond won at Trenton Thunder (Yankees), 5-1

Like Beede, Garrett Williams’ peripherals were underwater (to borrow an old mortgage term), as he had more walks than Ks for the fifth time this year. The left-hander went extra-stingy on the hits, though, allowing just one Thunder hitter to swing his way to base. The result was 6 shutout innings. That matched Williams’ longest start of the year and was the first time in 2018 that Williams has not surrendered a run in a start.

Balancing out the universe, Patrick Ruotolo gave up a run for the first time since his promotion to AA, coming on his first HR allowed in 2018.

The game was a taut 1-0 battle heading to the 8th, but Squirrels hitters beat up on the Yankees #9 prospect, pitcher Domingo Acevedo, scoring twice in each of the last two innings. Acevedo surrendered 7 hits in his 4 innings of work.

Richmond had 12 hits in the game, with five different players recording multi-hit games. They struggled to get those guys home though, going just 3 for 10 with RISP. The top of the was particularly productive with 2-3-4 hitters Miguel Gomez, Ryan Howard, and Dylan Davis picking up seven hits between them. Davis hit his 12th double of the year while also showing off the wheels with his 3rd SB.

Gomez was a big part of the offense as well, doubling in a run and scoring twice. But his biggest contribution of the night might have been bailing Williams out of a jam in his final inning of work.


San Jose lost to Stockton Ports (A’s), 11-1

Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. And sometimes it rains. San Jose managed to get two of the three yesterday as the sprinklers came on in the middle of an 11-1 drubbing, and probably everybody just wanted to call it a day and head home at that point.

San Jose’s dreams of making a first half run has been put to sleep with their current four game losing streak, which has dropped them into third place in the division. Conner Menez had mostly had his way with Cal League opponents this year, but the Ports gave him a rude awakening last night, posting 6 runs in the top of the 1st inning. Menez searched in vain for a third out, but the breaks just didn’t seem to be going his way in this one:

Menez’ night ended on a CJ Hinojosa error before Peter Lannoo came on to mercifully put an end to the 1st.

That was enough for the San Jose bats to hit the Snooze button, as they scored just one run for the second straight game against the Ports. Jalen Miller’s 1st inning double was translated into a run by Sandro Fabian’s two out RBI single. That was pretty much all that was doing with the bats, as they had just four hits the rest of the way and none until two outs in the 6th.

Gio Brusa did rap out a triple. Brusa has five hits in three games since his return from the DL.


Augusta lost to the Greenville Drive (Red Sox), 2-0

Augusta’s hopes, too, are starting to be imperiled by a rough stretch of games. After they took an emotional four-game series from the second place Braves, the Greenjackets held a 3.5 game lead and things were looking good. But they stumbled badly in Lexington and are now just 2-5 over their last week of play. After dropping a 2-0 decision to the 18-39 Drive, Augusta’s lead over Rome is down to just a half game with 11 left to play in the first half. The Jackets are gonna need to dig down and find some reserves.

Greenville lefty Jhonathan Diaz completely throttled the Greenjackets in this one, throwing 7 shutout innings and allowing just two hits. Augusta added a third hit against the pen, but all in all it was a very Stille (but not Heilige) Nacht for the Augusta bats.

Jason Bahr, somewhat surprisingly left off the All Star roster in favor of his rotation mates Joey Marciano and John Gavin, matched Diaz 0 for 0 until his final inning. Entering the 6th Bahr was throwing a two-hit shutout, but he ended up allowing three hits, including two doubles, in a two-run inning. With the Augusta offense in cold storage, that was enough to seal the deal.

One more game in this short homestand. C’mon Jackets, lets see more of this!


DSL Giants beat DSL Colorado, 15-6

The Giants scored six runs in the top of the first without benefit of a hit, but before the afternoon was over they had plenty of those, too. Their 10 hits included big flies from two of their $300,000 signings in last year’s J2 class.

Jean Pena, a skinny infielder with a chance to stick at SS had the first multi-hit game of his professional career, including his first pro HR. Pena connected for a three-run homer as part of a five-run 9th inning.

Luis Torribia had just one hit to go with a couple of walks, but for the second consecutive day that one hit left the yard. Here was his dramatic HR from Tuesday:

2016 signee Samuel Jorge continued his hot start to the season as well. He’s hit in every game, with two hits in three of his four games. Overall he’s 7 for 18 on the season with three doubles. Jorge was signed as a SS/3b, but he’s played just 1b and DH so far this year. The DSL team does have a lot of guys originally signed as SS, but it’s possible that Jorge is growing out of a MI body.


Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Taylor Hill vs. Tyler Pill
Richmond: Chase Johnson vs. TBD
San Jose: Raffi Vizcaino vs. TBD
Augusta: Garrett Cave vs. Alex Scherff
DSL: ???

Everybody’s finishing up series today as homestands and road-trips wrap up. A tongue-twister matchup in Sacramento as Brett’s little brother faces off against the RiverCats. While in San Jose, Raffi Vizcaino returns to the mound after having his last rotation turn skipped to manage his workload. Almost time for the weekend!