Minor Lines....giving it our all like Rob Calabrese...
HIGHLIGHTS: Conner Menez struck out 7 in 6.2 IP; Ismael Munguia doubled and tripled; Yorlis Rodriguez hit his first pro homer.
On the occasion of his return to AAA after three months, Tyler Herb was greeted quite rudely by the Chihuahuas. El Paso yapped their way to six runs off of Herb. Particularly troublesome was Catcher Brett Nicholas who belted a two-run homer off of Herb in the 1st inning and came back with a two-run double in the 5th—Herb’s last inning of work.
It was 6-0 before Sacramento finally got on the board on the first pitch of the 7th inning.
Chris Shaw became the first member of the Giant’ organization to reach 20 HRs this year — in fact, he has quite lead over the rest of the org. Brandon Belt and Gio Brusa are tied for second with 14 HRs.
The RiverCats mounted a comeback with runs in each of the final three innings, and might have made a game of it were it not for the continuing struggles of LHP Josh Osich. Osich has allowed 12 earned runs over his last six outings (7 IP), seeing his ERA balloon from 3.60 to 6.23 in that time. For the year he’s allowed 18 ER in 26 IP for Sacramento and is allowing base runners at pretty steady clip, with a WHIP of 1.69.
Osich was mostly yipped at yesterday, with four of the five singles he allowed being fairly poorly hit. Still, 2016 sure feels like a long time ago.
Conner Menez was brilliant for 6 innings last night, but he didn’t get much help from his teammates. The offense managed just four hits on the night and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. Dylan Davis’ Sac Fly did manage to convert CJ Hinojosa’s leadoff double into a run in the 4th inning, but after that they left the game all on Menez’ shoulders — toss a 1-0 shutout old boy!
Alas, Menez did not toss a 1-0 shutout. With one out in the 6th, Menez allowed just his third hit of the game and then issued his second walk. That was enough to convince Manager Willie Harris to call to the bullpen, setting up the key at bat of the game: LHP Garrett Williams vs. LHH Ka’ai Tom:
Consistency is still avoiding Williams in 2018. The lefty who was so sharp in his last outing, once again struggled to find the plate or finish off his breaking ball. He allowed six of the eight batters he faced to reach base, including walking the final three.
That was more than enough to finish off a Squirrels lineup that definitely was Flying.
San Jose’s southern road trip moved down the division from 1st place Rancho Cucamonga to last place Lake Elsinore, but the result was depressingly familiar — another pounding. Joey Marciano is finding Cal League hitters a little harder to fool that Sally League hitters. The same might be said for reliever Peter Lannoo.
Marciano has allowed 17 runs now in his three Cal League starts—over a total of just 13 innings. The LHP who had a sparkling ratio of 71 Ks to 22 BBs in Augusta, now has 7 BBs against just 8 Ks in his time in San Jose. These steps up are hard, man!
Speaking of development woes, Sandro Fabian does not appear to be emulating last year’s second half surge in Augusta. Following a decent showing in June—hitting .261 and posting a .648 OPS—he’s fallen on his face in July. The youngster is just 9 for 63 this month, posting a feeble .143/.156/.206 mark for the month.
The Giants were dominated by RHP Michael Baez, the Padres #3 prospect and the #28 prospect in the game on Baseball America’s Top 100 list coming into the season (though he dropped to #78 in their midseason ranking). Baez allowed just four hits and an unearned run in 7 innings while striking out 9.
The only burst of energy that the team managed once again came from sparkplug Johneshwy Fargas who stole two more bases — five in his last three games — giving him 32 for the year.
Off to an 11-19 start in the second half, the Giants now have the second worst record in the league, with only the truly terrible Modesto Nuts (39-61) keeping them from the league’s cellar.
Augusta survived a topsy turvy thriller last night, outlasting the Cola Fireflies in 11 innings. Augusta jumped out to a fast start, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Heliot Ramos, who had the big hit in Friday night’s win, opened it up with a sharp double.
That would be Ramos only hit for the night, and for a looooong while, it would be all the runs the Greenjackets would score as well. Augusta had near constant traffic on the bases, with 11 hits and 3 walks in the game, but after the firs they could never turn those runners into runs.
Meanwhile, the Fireflies crept back, scoring solo runs in the 1st and 4th against Aaron Phillips — who was solid once again. In the 7th, following a leadoff single, reliever Tyler Schimpf tripped as he attempted a pick off toss to 1b. The resulting balk proved crucial, as the tying run would ultimately come around to score on a Sac Fly.
So to extras we go. Ismael Munguia finished the game a homer shy of a cycle. The 19 year old Nicaraguan opened the extra innings with a jolt as he tripled off the wall on the first pitch of extra innings.
That was Munguia’s fifth triple of the year, and second in just five games with Augusta where he’s now 6 for 18 with three extra base hits — he can hit!
Unfortunately, Augusta was unable to take advantage of the no-out, runner on 3b situation. Munguia was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Jacob Gonzalez grounder. Columbia also cashed in their free base runner and the game went to the 11th. There Augusta finally broke through, scoring three times. Logan Baldwin gave the team the insurance they needed with a huge assist from Columbia LF Matt Winaker.
John Russell allowed one more free run to score but Augusta had enough to hold on this time and take the win.
GREENJACKETS WIN 7-5!— Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) July 22, 2018
They take game 3 of the series in 11 innings! pic.twitter.com/FBRQmTYNse
It wasn’t easy but the Volcanoes offense finally managed to out produce the largess of their pitching—even without Joey Bart in the lineup.
Volcanoes hitters produced 13 hits including home runs from Kyle McPherson, David Villar, and Chris Corbett. Corbett, now the backup-backup Catcher, hasn’t gotten a huge amoung of playing time lately, so it’s nice to see him have a big game when the chance comes.
David Villar continues to swing a power bat with his 5th homer and 9th double for the Volcanoes. That’s 14 of his 24 hits in the NWL going for extra bases.
Unfortunately, Villar also played a part in the defense’s total abandonment of starting pitcher Gregory Santos. The youngster had to pitch through three different fielding errors in the 2nd inning—all coming from his infield. That six out inning put enough stress on Santos that he was done after just 3.2 innings of work and 75 pitches.
But the Volcanoes offensive surge would ultimately take over the game. In the 6th they very nearly produced a cycle, producing in order: walk, single, double, triple. Jose Layer failed to finish it off with a homer, but the four run inning finally gave Salem the lead and they would add on and salt things away.
Saw some home runs tonight. Kyle McPherson hit a loud one, while Chris Corbett and Scott Kapers each slugged his first of the season. pic.twitter.com/GP0hMrzL6X— Jared Ravich (@JaredRavich) July 22, 2018
One person who didn’t go deep was Spokane OF Julio Pablo Martinez, who went 0 for 2 with 2 walks. The young slugger had homered in three consecutive games.
Yorlis Rodriguez continues to be one of the breakout stars of the Giants’ AZL complex. The 18 year old Cuban knocked out two more hits yesterday including his first professional home run. He also picked up his 3rd SB for a combo meal. Rodriguez was signed for $300,000 last year and skipped over the DSL. Though he played SS in Cuba, he’s manned 3b consistently with the Giants. He’s had just four starts so far this year without a hit, as he’s consistently put the barrel on the ball. With 13 Ks and 10 BBs the young infielder is displaying a nice feel for hitting. His line on the year is .365/.448/.486. Of course, keeping context in mind is always important, so it’s worth noting that Rodriguez is about six weeks older than Heliot Ramos.
Alexander Canario picked up a double yesterday and once again displayed his plus arm with yet another OF assist at home. How many are we up to now for Canario?
Seth Corry allowed just 1 run in his first five starts, but he’s now surrendered 9 in his last two. Like Santos, Corry allowed three unearned runs yesterday, though his defense made just one error behind him. SS Edison Mora threw away a potential inning ending grounder, and Corry compounded the error by allowing a two-run homer to the next batter. That was the end of Seth’s night.
The LHP did pick up 5 more Ks last night. He has improved his ability to stay in the zone from 2017, though there’s more work to be done there obviously. Corry has 33 Ks to 13 BBs so far in 28 IP this year.
The Giants bats were quiet yesterday, accumulating just four hits. Just one of them woke up the crowd as Ismael Alcantara went deep for the first time in his pro career. Otherwise, is a somnambulant sort of day for the Giants bats.
We’ll turn back the clock to Alcantar’s opening day double:
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
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Jordan Johnson vs. Jerry Keel
Richmond; TBD vs. Matt Whitehouse
San Jose: Carlos Sano vs. TBD
Augusta: Caleb Baragar vs. Luc Rennie
Salem-Keizer: TBD vs. Scott Engler
AZL: Conner Nurse (Black) vs. Francis Peña (Orange)
Not a scintillating slate of pitching for the day with Jordan Johnson being probably the best prospect of the bunch, depending on who Salem-Keizer is sending out today. The AZL squads square off against each other and the DSL of course takes it’s traditional Sunday off.
But I do think it’s possible we might see this guy again today: