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San Francisco Giants Water Cooler: Have a Night, Matt Gage

Want to sound smart at the water cooler when your friends talk about the San Francisco Giants? Here are some tidbits from last night's action that are easy to remember and will have the ladies swooning.

Happy 4 of July, everyone! The Giants rode home runs from Buster Posey and Angel Pagan to a 3-1 win over the visiting Colorado Rockies, who got their only run of the afternoon on a bases loaded Jake Peavy balk. The Richmond Flying Squirrels scored all of the runs, and had a pretty dominant outing from Matt Gage. Here are some of the key contributors from each game played on Monday.

Sacramento River Cats

  • Adalberto Mejia suffered his first loss in Triple A at the hands of the Fresno Grizzlies (Houston Astros). He went 7 innings, allowed seven hits, two earned and walked two while striking out seven.
  • OF Gorkys Hernandez continued his hot streak, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. He is batting .389 over his last ten. 
  • Kelby Tomlinson continued his rehab stint, this time with the River Cats (previously with San Jose), and went 0-for-1 and was hit by a pitch in the 1st. He manned second and was subbed out in the top of the 5th. 
  • 3B Ali Castillo has played five games with Sacramento since his promotion, and is batting .471 after a 2-for-4 night on Monday. 
  • Last year's 3rd overall selection and the Astros top prospect, Alex Bregman crushed two homers off of River Cats pitching as part of a 2-for-4, 3 RBI performance. 

Richmond Flying Squirrels

  • The Reading Fightin' Phils came to Richmond sporting a 60-23 record, but left very much defeated after the Flying Squirrels hung 18 on them. The win brings Richmond within three games of getting out of the basement in the Eastern League Western division. 
  • The star of the show was Matt Gage (5-5, 3.43), who went 7 innings, allowed just five hits and one run (unearned) while allowing three walks and striking out six. 
  • Matt Gage also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a 3-run homer and four driven in. 
  • Christian Arroyo was the only player to get an at-bat that didn't record a hit. 
  • C.J. Hinojosa had been having a hard time finding hits following his promotion, going one for his first ten. On Monday he went 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI and four runs scored while playing short.
  • The other recent promotion, first baseman Chris Shaw, continued his recent tear with a 3-for-5  night that included two doubles and three driven in. 
  • Carlos Moncrief pinch-hit in the 8th with the bases loaded, and, well, unloaded them with a grand slam. 

San Jose Giants

  • Phil Bickford improved his San Jose record to 2-0 with a 2-1 win over the Modesto Nuts (Rockies). After striking out 20 batters in 11 innings in his first two starts, his five strikeouts on Monday in six innings seems rather pedestrian. Bickford went 6 innings, allowed four hits and a walk. The run he allowed came on a solo homer from LF Max White. It was the only extra-base hit allowed by San Jose pitching.
  • Tyler Cyr extended his scoreless streak to begin his San Jose career to seven with a scoreless eighth. 
  • Ronnie Jebavy had one hit on Monday, and it proved to be the game winner, a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. That's his 5th of the season.
  • Jose Vizcaino Jr. hit a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the 2nd to give the Giants an early 1-0 lead. 
  • Jonah Arenado (this Arenado is on out side!) went 2-for-4 with a double. 

Augusta GreenJackets

  • Jake McCasland fell to 1-4 on the season, even with another quality start. He went six, gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits, no walks, and struck out six. McCasland has lost three of his last four starts, even though he has allowed just six runs over 23 innings in that span for a 2.35 ERA. His season ERA is even lower at 1.86. 
  • Ryan Koziol work three hitless frames in relief.
  • Augusta scored single runs in the sixth and seventh to cut the lead to 3-2, but couldn't muster the tying run in the final two frames. 
  • With runners at the corners, Hickory (Rangers) pitcher Peter Fairbanks forced home a run on a balk, so I guess they aren't all bad. 
  • The second run came after CF Johneshwy Fargas tripled home Seth Harrison with two outs. 


  • Raffi Vizcaino got the start and went 5 innings, gave up four hits, two earned and two walks, striking out six. 
  • Sixth rounder Gio Brusa was the Volcano DH for the holiday and went 3-for-3 with a walk. He's batting .435 through six games.
  • Giants top pick Bryan Reynolds went 1-for-12 in his first three pro games, but went 2-for-3 in his fourth with a walk, and an RBI.
  • Ashford Fulmer (28th round, 2015) went 1-for-2 with a walk and scored both Salem-Keizer runs. 

Notes: The SF Giants activated Sergio Romo before Monday's game, optioning Albert Suarez to Sacramento and designating Mike Broadway for assignment. Denard Span received an injection before Monday's game and if he is feeling increasingly better Tuesday, could stay off the disabled list. Joe Panik will be out until after the All-Star break. 

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