HIGHLIGHTS: Shaun Anderson allowed 1 run, strukc out 7 in 5.1 IP; Bryce Johnson had three hits including double, homer; Aaron Bon had three hits, HR, SB.
Sacramento lost to El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 4-1
splitting their series 2-2
The pitching matchup of Shaun Anderson and Cal Quantrill lived up to its billing, as the two combined to allow just 2 runs through the 6th, while striking out 13. Anderson had his best performance since being promoted to AAA, posting 5 scoreless frames while striking out 7. He ran into a little trouble int he 6th when Luis Urias opened with a line drive single and recently acquired Francisco Mejia grounded a ball through the hole for another single. A Sac Fly brought in the only mark against Anderson and ended his day.
Anderson is very likely to compete for time in the majors in 2019. Let’s watch him battle against one of the better bat to ball guys in the minors, Francisco Mejia, and see how well he utilizes his off speed offerings, particularly the changeup.
To help plug some roster gaps for the remainder of the season, the Giants signed Sacramento boy Brock Stassi out of the Atlantic League. Brock, brother of Max Stassi, had a three hit day in front of a throng of family and friends in his RiverCats debut
Congrats to #Bees infielder Brock Stassi on having his contract purchased by the @SFGiants. He'll report to Triple-A @RiverCats. Stassi is the fifth #Bees player to have their contract purchased this season. https://t.co/lAV8cje414 pic.twitter.com/al5LuG7LSL— New Britain Bees (@NewBritainBees) August 11, 2018
Richmond kissed their sister, going 9 innings before having their day washed out by rains. The two teams combined for just 12 hits and 2 runs. The recently promoted Matt Winn had a third of the team’s hits. Winn, a Richmond native, has spent small parts of each of the last three seasons in Richmond.
If there’s anything worse than playing to a 9-inning tie on a sultry August afternoon, it’s facing the prospect of having to finish the game on September 4 — the day after the season ends. But with New Hampshire currently in first place in the Northern Division by just a few games, that possibility does indeed linger. Won’t that be fun for all!
San Jose lost at Stockton Ports (A’s), 3-2
losing their series, 1-2
A historic day for Bryce Johnson!
#SJGiants CF Bryce Johnson blasts his first career home run - a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning in Stockton. The homer comes in his 604th career at-bat. Johnson also an RBI double tonight - batting .347 in his last 23 games.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) August 13, 2018
After nearly 700 professional PA, last year’s 6th round pick finally got to try out his home run trot. Now he and Duane Kuiper have something to talk about! The speedy switch-hitter has been hot of late, hitting .316/.366/.447 in the month of August. For the year Johnson boasts a .343 OBP. He’s also been the team’s second best base stealing threat all year, successfully swiping 24 bags in 28 attempts. That’s what Bryce gets paid to do.
Jalen Miller had a productive but painful day. He reached base in four of his five plate appearances on a single, a walk, and two HBP. Miller scored the Giants other run and stole his 11th base of the year — he’s only been caught twice (San Jose has been very efficient with their base stealing this year).
Rodolfo Martinez entered a 2-2 game in the 7th and proceeded to allow all three batters he faced to reach base — two of them via the walk. Joey Marciano relieved Martinez and he would issue the third walk of the inning pushing home the eventual winning run.
The GreenJackets lose a tough one today 5-2. We are back at it tomorrow at 7:05PM for the series finale. pic.twitter.com/mlp0BDqjep— Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) August 13, 2018
Manuel Geraldo continued his spate of hot hitting. He had his fifth multi-hit game in his last 11, doubling and singling in yesterday’s loss. After his average dropped to .273 on July 28 — the lowest it had been since the first week of May — he’s put on a final drive push, hitting 16 of 42 since then, albeit with just three extra base hits and one walk. Still he’s raised his OPS during that time from .688 to .729. Just two more weeks, Manny. Keep it up!
Heliot Ramos had just one hit in the game, but it was his 22nd double of the season. Ramos now has extra base hits in three of his last four games, after slugging just .333 in July. Ramos now has a modest five game hitting streak going.
Malique Ziegler added in the team’s third double of the day, and collected both of the team’s RBIs. He’s struggled a bit since his return from a long DL stint that really took the wind out of a promising season.
Aaron Bond is on quite a tear! The OF picked up three more hits yesterday including his 8th HR in just 27 games with Salem-Keizer. Bond has homered now in three of his last four games and in five of his last eight. Living up to being named for the two greatest HR hitters in history!
He’s also stolen three bases in that stretch including picking up his 7th SB with the Volcanoes yesterday. That’s his second combo meal this weekend! Including his time with Augusta, Bond has 10 SB in 12 attempts this year. After posting just a .519 OPS in 27 games in the Sally, Bond is hitting .288/.342/.604 as a Volcano. Hopefully, like Manuel Geraldo he’ll be able to tackle the Sally better next year after finding success in the NWL.
Seth Corry battled wildness, but also was electric over stretches of his start. He walked the first two batters he faced in the game — one of whom turned into the only earned run he allowed. But he finished the first frame with a strikeout and then struck out the side in the 2nd. He ended the night with five Ks, though he balanced that off with 3 walks and a HB. Still he should have walked off the mound with 5 solid innings and a 3-1 lead had his defense not let him down in the 5th. Wander Franco and Mikey Edie both committed errors in the 5th — with Edie dropping a fly ball that should have been the 3rd out to let two runs score and end Corry’s night.
Down 4-3 in the bottom of the 9th, the Volcanoes did the absolute least with the most as they strung together four consecutive one-out singles, but managed to score just one run as they all went station-to-station. Diego Rincones had a chance to play the hero but he grounded into an inning ending double play to send things to extras.
In the 10th, Sidney Duprey put on a serious wild man performance — walking two, hitting a batter, and uncorking two wild pitches — to hand Vancouver the ballgame. The tough loss dropped the Volcanoes a game out of first behind Hillsboro. However, as the Hops also won the first half, Salem-Keizer is still currently in a position to end up in the post-season.
AZL Giants teams both were rained out
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Ty Herb vs. TBD
San Jose: Mac Marshall vs. TBD
Augusta: Jose Marte vs. Eduard Bazardo
Salem-Keizer: Jake Wong vs. Josh Winckowski
DSL: Melvin Martinez
For subscribers, there’s a double dose of Giants’ prospects in today’s “Monday Morning Ten Pack” at Baseball Prospectus, including an eye-witness report of the aforementioned Mr. Bond and old friend David Lee’s report on Camilo Doval: