Two up and two down in the latest installment of LF follies. First the two down:
RHP Ryan Webb has been activated and added to the Sacramento roster and OF Justin Ruggiano heads to the DL.
â?? Giants Farm (@SFGiantsOnScout) April 20, 2017
Melvin Upton Jr. was hit by a pitch and sustained a thumb injury Monday. #SFGIants are reviewing his medicals. I don’t know severity.
â?? Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) April 20, 2017
And then the two up:
â?? San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) April 20, 2017
Man, those are two large humans. I wish they could keep all their large human body pieces put together on a little more consistent basis.
HIGHLIGHTS: Christian Arroyo goes 4 for 5 with HR, double; Aramis Garcia HRs and doubles
Prior to the game an interview with Bobby Evans was circulated in which he said the Giants would love to see Christian Arroyo force their hand to accelerate his timetable, but that they wouldn’t make such a decision based on two weeks. To which, Arroyo replied:
For the second consecutive night, Arroyo opened the scoring quickly with a 1st-inning two-run HR.
With that swing, Arroyo matched his 2016 HR total. Man, it’s great to be out of the Eastern League! But unlike Tuesday night, Arroyo wasn’t done with his path of destruction with that blow. He would pad his line with two perfectly placed dribblers down the 3b line for infield singles and in the 9th, drill an opposite field double to the gap. Four more hits; eight total bases; four RBIs for the night. Arroyo, who has hit in 21 consecutive games dating back to last season, now leads the PCL in average (.479), OBP (.510), and OPS (1.260) while coming in 3rd in SLG (.750). Quite an April.
And while the system’s best hitting prospect was putting runs up on the board, the system’s best pitching prospect was piling up zeros on the Bees line score.
10 up, 9 down for Tyler Beede, who is just pounding fastballs. One walk. Touched 94 twice in 3rd inning. Froze one w/ 82 mph breaking pitch
â?? Giant Potential (@giant_potential) April 20, 2017
Tyler Beede thru 5ip: 2h, 0r, 2bb, 3k. 69 pitches, 43 strikes. Mixing in good number of breaking balls and changeups now. FB still 92-93
â?? Giant Potential (@giant_potential) April 20, 2017
Tyler Beede bounced back from his tough second start to deliver 6.2 shutout innings. Interestingly, Beede’s two home starts this year have produced 1 ER in 11.2 IP while in his one road start he allowed 6 ER in 4 IP. Will he repeat his 2016 love of home cooking in his splits with Sacramento?
Beede’s peripherals aren’t looking terribly shiny yet this year (10 Ks, 7BBs in 16.2 IP) but he certainly kept the Bees off the fat part of the bat, allowing just three singles in the game. He established the fastball to get ahead in counts, used all of his repertoire, mixed pitches well, and kept the Bees off balance throughout.
Tyler left with a tidy 3-0 lead with two outs in the 7th after hitting his pitch count at 93 pitches. So that should be a nice tidy game story: system’s best prospects team up for nice, clean victory.
Instead what happened? Bullpen go boom. Roberto Gomez, Josh Osich, and Kraig Sitton teamed up for a truly miserable 8th inning in which they allowed 6 runs to score. Four of those were put on base via the walk, two by Osich. Osich faced five batters in this game and the only one he managed to retire gave himself up willingly with a Sac Bunt. The Bees Eric Young, Jr. continued to be a thorn for the RiverCats as he got two hits in the big inning: a leadoff single to get things started and a three-run double that put the exclamation mark on the rally and delivered the Bees the lead.
Just a brutal loss for the suddenly spiraling RiverCats. But Arroyo’s magic wandoo and Beede’s strong arm made it a win from a prospect viewing standpoint at least.
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