Down on the Farm: Giants force Game 3, lose Arizona League championship


Down on the Farm: Giants force Game 3, lose Arizona League championship

With a blowout 10-run loss to the AZL Cubs, the AZL Giants fell short of the coveted trophy in the Arizona Rookie League championship Thursday night at the Giants Baseball Complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. 

After dropping Game 1 of the three-game series, 10-4, the AZL Giants forced a Game 3 with a 6-5 win by breaking a tie in the ninth inning of Game 2, only to loss 13-3 in the final game of this short season. 

Giants third-round pick Seth Corry took the loss on the mound. The 18-year-old started Game 3 and allowed two earned runs over 2.1 innings pitched. He finished his first season of pro ball 0-3 with a 5.84 ERA. 

Corry, the highest-drafted prep out of Utah since 2005, struggled with his command the whole season and walked two more batters Thursday night. Over 26.2 innings pitched, the lefty finished with 24 strikeouts as well as 24 walks. 

The Giants are one of the best organizations in baseball at developing pitching. Corry is far from a finished prospect and missed most of his junior year in high school on the mound after the All-State safety tore his ACL in football. 

At the plate, the Giants were led by second-round pick Jacob Gonzalez. The third baseman went 1-for-4 to finish his first season of pro ball. In the three-game championship series, Gonzalez was the AZL Giants’ top hitter, boasting a .417 batting average (5-for-12). 

The 19-year-old son of Luis Gonzalez gave the Giants plenty of reasons to be excited with his 50 games in Arizona. Gonzalez was named the Arizona Rookie League Player of the Month in August after hitting .322 to go with his lone home run. 

Including the playoffs, Gonzalez finished with a .346 batting average. He also drove in 26 runs and hit 17 doubles. 

The AZL Giants were without their top prospect, center fielder Heliot Ramos. Selected No. 19 overall by the Giants in the 2017 MLB Draft, Ramos missed the rest of the season after suffering a concussion on Aug. 20. 

Ramos, seen as a young Yoenis Cespedes by his manager, slugged six home runs in 35 games. The powerful teenager — he just turned 18 on Sept. 7 — batted .348 with a 1.049 OPS. 

Chase d'Pitcher? Watch the infielder take the mound for Giants in blowout loss

Chase d'Pitcher? Watch the infielder take the mound for Giants in blowout loss

On April 28, Pablo Sandoval took the mound in a Giants blowout and pitched a perfect inning against the Dodgers.

Nearly four months later, Chase d'Arnaud was called on to pitch in a lost-cause game and almost matched Sandoval.

With the Giants trailing 11-4 in Cincinnati on Sunday, Bruce Bochy had d'Arnaud pitch the bottom of the eighth inning.

The first batter d'Arnaud faced, All-Star third baseman Eugenio Suarez, flew out to right field. Reds right fielder Phillip Ervin ruined d'Arnaud's big for a perfect inning by singling to right. Pinch hitter Preston Tucker followed by flying out to center field. d'Arnaud retired the side by getting second baseman Dilson Herrera to fly out to right field.

Watch the highlights from d'Arnaud's inning of work above.

Giants swept by lowly Reds in Cincinnati, sink deeper into hole

Giants swept by lowly Reds in Cincinnati, sink deeper into hole


CINCINNATI -- Eugenio Suarez and the Cincinnati Reds closed out a nice weekend with another solid day at the plate.

It was quite a response to a tough series against Cleveland.

Suarez hit a two-run homer during Cincinnati's seven-run third inning, and the Reds swept the San Francisco Giants with an 11-4 win on Sunday.

Jose Peraza also hit a two-run homer for last-place Cincinnati, which outscored San Francisco 18-5 in the last two games. Billy Hamilton tripled twice and drove in three runs.

The Reds also swept the Giants in Cincy last season. Nine different Reds scored at least one run, helping Cincinnati bounce back after it was swept by Cleveland.

"Sometimes it is when you play a club," interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "We had a hot Cleveland team, then we get a Giants team that's been struggling with the bats. We got them at the right time."

San Francisco had a chance to sweep Los Angeles before the Dodgers' 12-inning victory on Wednesday night. The Giants then managed just six runs in the sweep by the Reds, extending their slide to four games.

"It's frustrating," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't hit much, The offense didn't do anything here. We were hoping for more."

Giants left-hander Andrew Suarez (4-9) was tagged for seven runs, five earned, and seven hits in a season-low 2 2/3 innings in the finale.

"I got ahead," Suarez said. "I just couldn't put them away. I didn't have that putaway pitch today. I thought I had good stuff. The location wasn't there."

Giants infielder Chase d'Arnaud worked a scoreless eighth in his first career pitching appearance.

Suarez's career-best 27th homer made it 6-1 in the third. Scooter Gennett hit a two-run triple before Suarez's drive to center.

Curt Casali also had two hits and drove in two runs in Cincinnati's big inning.

"It was an awesome inning," Casali said. "I'm sure I've had two hits in an inning at some point in my career, but not in the big leagues. Any time you put up a crooked number against a club like that, it's important."

Reds right-hander Luis Castillo (7-10) struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings. He was charged with three runs, one earned, and six hits.

"Everything was working for me today," Castillo said. "I was commanding my changeup. My slider was good and I was throwing strikes. I think, like last year, I'm able to throw my pitches in any situation."

Castillo retired 13 straight batters before Stephen Duggar's two-out single in the seventh.

"You look at his velocity," Bochy said, "I don't know of anybody in the National League who throws harder on average, and his changeup was biting. He was on top of his game."

Peraza finished with three hits as Cincinnati closed out a 5-4 homestand. Phillip Ervin had two hits and scored a run.

Brandon Belt became the first first baseman to lead off for the Giants since David Bell on July 6, 2002, at Arizona. Belt went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

Aristides Aquino made his major league debut when he ran for Gennett in the sixth inning. Aquino was recalled from Double-A Pensacola on Friday when Joey Votto was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

The Reds had three triples in one game for the first time since Hamilton, Peraza and Devin Mesoraco tripled against the Dodgers on June 17, 2017. Hamilton is the first Red with two triples in one game since Jay Bruce on May 2, 2015, at Atlanta.

Reds: OF Scott Schebler (strained AC joint in his right shoulder) is set for a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola. The Reds hope he will be ready to join them in Chicago during their weekend series with the Cubs.

Giants: LHP Derek Holland (6-8) makes just his second career start against the Mets in Monday's series opener in New York.

Reds: Homer Bailey (1-10) is scheduled to start Monday in Milwaukee. The Reds are 1-15 in Bailey's starts this season.