San Francisco Giants' Minor League Mash-up

With two of the Giants' affiliates hitting the mid-season break and a third affiliate beginning its season, there's plenty that's happened in the past week. We'll look to recap some important highlights and look ahead to some future story lines. For the week 06/13-06/19

(A Short Season) Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (2-1 week)

In their season debut, the Volcanoes earned the series win against the Hillsboro Hops over the weekend. After dropping the first game 6-5, the Volcanoes got their revenge with a pair of blowout victories over the Hops. The Volcanoes won 14-3 and 11-2 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Center fielder Jean Angomas, who was batting .204 with the Augusta GreenJackets went 6 for 13 in the opening series while pitchers Kendry Melo and Cesar Yanez earned the wins for the Volcanoes.

(A) Augusta GreenJackets (4-4 week)

The GreenJackets went into their season break on a two-game losing streak. After taking the first two of a four-game set with the Lexington Legends, Augusta dropped the final two with both games being one-run losses. Dylan Davis, who has had hits in nine of his past 10 games, went 2 for 4 for Augusta with a double and RBI. Davis was one of three GreenJackets to take part in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game; the other two players being Matt Winn and Caleb Smith. Davis went 0 for 2 in the game and Winn struck out in his only at bat. Smith went 2/3 of an inning for the South team, giving up a walk but nothing else.

Smith has six saves on the year for the GreenJackets and has a 2.49 ERA. At the break, catcher Miguel Gomez leads, not only the GreenJackets, but the entire SAL in batting average with a .346 average. Davis had a .285 average in the first half. The GreenJackets finished the first half with a record of 36-34, which was good enough for third place in the SAL Southern. The GreenJackets will begin the second half of the year with a four-game series in Columbia against the Fireflies. 

(A+) San Jose Giants (4-3 week)

The Giants are another team that's in the midst of an All-Star Break. The California League took on the Carolina League yesterday with Carolina getting the 6-4 victory. But, even in defeat, the Giants' All-Stars shined bright. Shortstop C.J Hinojosa went 1 for 4 and filled the box score with a run, a double and two RBI for California. First baseman Chris Shaw also padded the stat sheet with a 1 for 4 effort, scoring a run and doubling in Hinojosa. While right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod didn't appear in the showdown due to his call-up to Richmond, Giants' closer Rodolfo Martinez made a relief appearance in the ninth inning and broke some radar guns in the process. The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic, who has 20 saves on the year with a 0.91 ERA, struck two of his three batters he faced out and touched 101 on the gun with a consistent fastball just under 100. 

When the Giants return for the second portion of the season, they'll have newcomer Phil Bickford in the mix. Bickford got the call up from Augusta on Friday and made his first start Sunday.and pitched six strong innings for the win. Bickford struck out 13 in his debut with the Giants. The Giants head to Stockton for a four-game series when they return to action tomorrow.

(AA) Richmond Flying Squirrels (2-4 week)

Last week wasn't so good to the Flying Squirrels. They took two out of three from Binghamton, but were promptly swept by the Portland Sea Dogs over the weekend. The team was outscored 22 to 9 in the series. Right fielder Hunter Cole, who's batting .250 on the year, went 2 for 4 on Sunday for Richmond. Cole has kept his bat hot in June batting .302 for the month. Coonrod, who made his first start for the Squirrels took the loss on Saturday after going 6 2/3 and allowing five runs.

(AAA) Sacramento River Cats (2-5 week)

A tough four-game series against the Fresno Grizzlies in which the Cats were swept was swiftly brushed aside as they took the first two from the El Paso Chihuahuas. Lead-off hitter Gorkys Hernandez has hit a nice stride in his last 10 games, going 11 for 34 (.324) at the plate while batting in six and scoring seven runs.Outfielder Mac Williamson, who's bounced around between the Cats and San Francisco Giants, had hits in seven of his last nine and received a call up on June 21, his fourth of the season. 

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