So, what were you doing last night?
Yep. It finally happened. It took Roger leaving Minor Lines (temporarily) and leaving me in charge (temporarily) and a new Giants President of Baseball Operations, and an unfortunate injury, and maybe cashing in some Karma (which I keep collecting on Reddit), and finally, Tyler Rogers is in the Majors. And it’s making everyone happy!
Guys get called up a lot throughout the year, and it’s always a big moment in the clubhouse. With that being said though, I have NEVER seen a clubhouse happier than ours was today when we found out Rog was going up. #LongTimeComing #BeLikeRog #RogRakes https://t.co/SJVkARRV3D— Chris Shaw (@SHAWESOME24) August 28, 2019
Oh, wait…hm, I guess someone else got called up.
Yep, the Giants have called up Mauricio Dubon, a top prospect we’ve only enjoyed for less than a month, and I have a feeling we may not see him much more in the Giants minors in the future. Also, Joey Rickard got called up, but the number of heartwarming tweets were far more limited, but congrats to coming back, Rickard!
Tyler Rogers is a lot of fun to watch: pic.twitter.com/5nEvAXlqxB— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) August 28, 2019
Highlights: Seth Corry had another scoreless start; Casey Meisner had six no-hit innings.
So, when will Sacramento stop teasing us and just clinch?
Sacramento’s offense has just gone quiet, although losing top hitters Mauricio Dubon and Joey Rickard did not help. With them gone, Francisco Pena was the leading hitter for Sacramento, collecting two hits, including his 17th home run of the season (16th with Sacramento). The catcher is batting .287/.318/.555 for Sacramento. He also had three RBI for the Cats.
PEÑA HOMER TO THE MOON IT’S 5-4 BABYYYYYY pic.twitter.com/PZw9tGsI03— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) August 28, 2019
Conner Menez had the start, allowing four runs in five innings. He was hit hard, giving up two home runs on the day. He’s given up 12 with Sacramento, and 21 on the season overall between Richmond and the Majors.
Melvin Adon bounced back from giving up seven earned runs with a scoreless inning. He’s given up 16 earned runs in 8.1 innings this season with Sacramento.
One final transaction note:
Giants released RHP Carlos Torres (36.10Y). He was signed to a minor league contract earlier this month. He made four appearances with Sacramento.— GPT (@giantsprospects) August 28, 2019
Playoff Position: In first place, 6.0 games ahead of Reno. Magic Number of 1 with six games left.
Richmond was Postponed due to weather
Tonight’s game in Erie has been postponed due to rain. We’ll play a double-header on Wednesday to make it up. First pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. pic.twitter.com/CpGpQ1EhCW— Richmond Flying Squirrels (@GoSquirrels) August 27, 2019
The game will be made up as a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Playoff Position: Out.
The Giants almost wasted a great start by Casey Meisner to keep rolling towards a wild card berth in the California League playoffs. Meisner did not give up a hit in six innings, his first career start without allowing a hit. He’s had a 4.26 ERA working mostly as a starter in San Jose, and even with this start, has allowed 64 hits in 63.1 innings of work.
Heath Quinn had an RBI double, extending his recent run to four games with a hit, and slowly improving his numbers. Quinn is batting .262/.337/.476 in August, as he begins heating up. Kyle McPherson added his 20th double of the season. He is batting .253/.328/.333 on the season, with just two triples and two home runs to help his slugging numbers.
Shane Matheny had a pair of hits, and the game saving play at first base. With runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth, a ball was hit to Matheny at first base, and took a hop that Matheny was unable to field. The runner from second made a break for home, and Matheny recovered quickly enough to nail him at home plate, ending the game.
Playoff Position: In first place of the Wild Card, 1.5 games ahead of Modesto.
Another great start by the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year was wasted. That’s right, Seth Corry was named South Atlantic Pitch of the Year.
Corry once again walked none and struck out seven in limited innings, likely the Giants trying to manage his workload. Corry lowered his ERA to 1.66 and now has 168 strikeouts to just 57 walks in 119 innings this season. Corry has been amazing this season, and has solidified himself as one of the top prospects in the system with this emergence, and getting mentioned with certain other ones…
AFTER 3: There it is! Strikeout #165!— Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) August 28, 2019
Seth Corry passes Madison Bumgarner on the All-Time GreenJackets strikeout list!
He's now just six strikeouts away from taking 1st place and passing Elvin Hernandez!
Jackets 0, Greenville 0 pic.twitter.com/IA2aZFMylW
The only real star of the offense was Mikey Edie, who hit his 9th double of the season as part of a 2-hit game. Edie is batting just .246/.319/.329 this season after batting .328/.401/.400 in the NWL last season, showing the struggles that can happen on the jump between short-season and full-season ball.
Logan Wyatt picked up a hit as well, and is now batting .222/.373//333 in 14 games at Augusta.
Playoff Position: Tied for first place with Asheville, with six games left.
Salem-Keizer had a scheduled day off
Salem-Keizer will pick things up with a 4-game roadtrip to Eugene starting on Wednesday, and then two more against Eugene at home to end the season.
For the playoffs, the Volcanoes have chosen to start on the road, and then play the final two games at home, with Game 1 slated to be played on Wednesday, Sep. 4th.
Playoff Position: In, as first half division champions.
The AZL regular season is over, but the playoffs began today. The AZL Giants Orange had a bye for the first round.
In the first round, the Indians Blue defeated the Athletics Gold, 6-1, and the Rangers beat the Dodgers Mota, 5-3. So, no real rivalry games for the Giants. That means the Giants Orange will get to face the Rangers (33-23 regular season record) on Wednesday, while the Padres 2 will face the Indians Blue (35-21) in the other semifinal. The Championship Game will be on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the teams got some All-Star announcements (although there will not be an All-Star Game).
Congrats to the following players for making the Arizona League All-Star team:— SFGProspects (@SFGProspects) August 26, 2019
1B Connor Cannon, Giants Orange
3B Luis Toribio, Giants Orange
DH Marco Luciano, Giants Orange
OF Jairo Pomarez, Giants Black
Manager of the Year- Alvaro Espinoza, Giants Orange
Today’s Scheduled Starters
Sacramento (Justin Haley) vs. Reno (Braden Shipley), 7:05 pm PDT
Richmond (Gm 1: Caleb Baragar, Gm 2: Alfred Gutierrez) at Erie (Gm 1: Tarik Skubal, Gm 2: Anthony Castro), Game 1 starts at 4:35 pm EDT
San Jose (TBA) vs. Visalia (TBA), 7:00 pm PDT
Augusta (Trenton Toplikar) at Greenville (Alex Scherff), 7:05 pm EDT
Salem-Keizer (TBA) at Eugene, (TBA), 7:05 pm PDT
AZL Giants Orange vs. AZL Rangers, 6:00 pm PDT
Let’s leave this one with the beauty of a one-of-a-kind delivery. Because I’m in charge. Until Roger comes back.