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Down on the Farm: How Giants prospects performed in minor league All-Star Games

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Down on the Farm: How Giants prospects performed in minor league All-Star Games

Somehow, someway, there are still All-Star Games going on in the minors all the way into August. And they’re still not done with the New York-Penn League All-Star Game set to take place on Aug. 15. 

But, the Giants’ minor league affiliates' time in the apparent full-summer classics ended with the Northwest vs Pioneer League All-Star Game Tuesday night. 

Now that the All-Star season is over for Giants prospects, let’s look back at how each player performed in their respective showcase.

Triple-A All-Star Game 

— Tyler Rodgers, RHP, Sacramento River Cats

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (Hold)
  • Replaced Jean Machi to start the sixth inning 
  • 15 pitches: 9 strikes, 6 balls

Futures Games 

— Bryan Reynolds, OF, San Jose Giants 

  • 0-for-0, 1 BB
  • Six-pitch walk 
  • Replaced Kyle Tucker in right field in the sixth inning 

Eastern League All-Star Game 

— Slade Heathcott, OF, Richmond Flying Squirrels 

  • 1-for-4, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Started in center field and batted leadoff

— C.J. Hinojosa, SS, Richmond Flying Squirrels

  • 0-for-1
  • Grounded out to third base on first pitch he saw in the seventh inning 
  • Replaced Yu-Cheng Chang at shortstop in the bottom of the fifth inning

Tyler Cyr, RHP, Richmond Flying Squirrels

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K (Hold)
  • Entered in the fourth inning 
  • 16 pitches: 10 strikes, 6 balls 

Cal League All-Star Game 

— Bryan Reynolds, OF, San Jose Giants 

  • 1-for-3, RBI, 1 K
  • Batted third and started in center field

— Aramis Garcia, C, San Jose Giants 

  • 1-for-3, 1 R
  • Batted fifth as the starting catcher 

— Ryan Howard, SS, San Jose Giants 

  • 0-for-2
  • Replaced Sergio Alcantara at shortstop in the sixth inning, batted ninth

— Mike Connolly, RHP, San Jose Giants 

  • 1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER
  • Replaced Conner Menez in the fourth inning 
  • 14 pitches: 9 strikes, 5 balls

South Atlantic League All-Star Game

— Kelvin Beltre, 3B, Augusta GreenJackets 

  • 0-for-1, 1 K
  • Replaced Angel Aguilar in the sixth inning at third base and batted eighth

— Domenic Mazza, RHP, Augusta GreenJackets 

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K
  • Replaced Logan Boyd in the third inning 
  • Struck out the first two batters he faced 
  • 13 pitches: 9 strikes, 4 balls 

Northwest vs Pioneer League All-Star Game 

— Malique Ziegler, OF, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

  • 0-for-2
  • Led off and stated in center field

— Manuel Geraldo, INF, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 

  • 1-for-3, 1 SB, 1 K
  • Batted second, played third base and shortstop 

— Stetson Woods, RHP, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K
  • Started on the hill for the Northwest 
  • Struck out the first and last batter he faced 
  • 17 pitches: 10 strikes, 7 balls 

Around The Horn 

— Giants top catching prospect Aramis Garcia has been promoted to Double-A Richmomd. He hit .272/.314/.497 with 17 home runs in 81 games for the San Jose Giants this season.

— Andrew Suarez thre another gem for the River Cats last night. His last two starts have gone like this: 14 IP, 9 H, 4 BB, 15 K, 1 ER

— Ryder Jones is crushing the ball for the River Cats and seeing time in right field. In his last 10 games, Jones is batting .395 with three home runs and 11 RBI. 

Tim Flannery finds inspiration after tragedies, releases new album

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Tim Flannery finds inspiration after tragedies, releases new album

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Flannery has released 14 albums, pulling inspiration from all kinds of sources. Sometimes he would write about the music scene in a certain city, or a character he met during his decades on the road playing and coaching baseball.

But the album Flannery will release Saturday has special meaning. Flannery wrote it after dealing with two different kinds of emotions. 

“This album really started probably out of tragedy,” he said this week.

Last January, Rob Picciolo, a longtime big league coach, and Kevin Towers, the former general manager of the Padres, passed away in the span of a few weeks. Flannery, the former Giants third base coach and current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst, found himself attending the funeral of a close friend on back-to-back weekends. He wrote a song about it called “The Light.”

Later in the year, Flannery’s son, Danny, called him and told him he would be going to rehab in Oregon. That experience was turned into “Ghost Town,” the second track on the album, also called “The Light.”

“That whole episode of dealing with it and even when he got out, some of the things he was thinking and saying about not wanting to go back to his ghost town again, that’s easy for me to relate to,” Flannery said. “I’m sure everybody has their ghost town. The next thing I know I’m writing another song out of it, and something else and something else, and a year and a half later, you’re playing these songs at shows.”

Flannery said he didn’t expect to make another album after his previous one, but he never stops playing, and he found new stories to tell. He said his son was happy that the story was being told through music. 

“He said, ‘I think we can help other people deal with things.’ He’s all-in,” Flannery said. “He’s a changed man and asked me to tell the story.”

Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe will debut the album on Saturday at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. All proceeds will go to the non-profit Love Harder Project for anti-bullying and anti-violence programs across the country.

“This record is for me like a burning light in a world that has gone dark at times,” Flannery said. “It’s gone dark for different people, for different reasons, but this record is a record of hope, a record of love and light.”

Cameron Maybin, on Giants this spring, to visit Oracle Park with Yankees

Cameron Maybin, on Giants this spring, to visit Oracle Park with Yankees

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will face two Yankees lefties this weekend at Oracle Park, and for most of this spring, their plan would have called for Cameron Maybin to start those games. If Maybin is in the lineup this weekend, it'll be for the visitors. 

Maybin, a non-roster invitee in Giants camp this spring, was traded to the desperate Yankees on Thursday morning and added to their big league roster. The Yankees sent cash considerations to the Indians, who stashed Maybin at Triple-A after he was let go by the Giants. 

The Yankees turned to Maybin because of unbelievable injury issues in their outfield. Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks are on the DL, and Clint Frazier -- who hit six homers in fill-in duty -- joined them after spraining his left ankle earlier this season. Frazier became the 15th Yankee to hit the injured list (by comparison, the Giants have just one, the rehabbing Johnny Cueto).

The Giants at one point thought Maybin could form a platoon with Steven Duggar or provide depth in their corner outfield spots. But he had a poor spring on and off the field, and ultimately the front office started the year by taking a look at Michael Reed in that spot. It is now Kevin Pillar who provides the right-handed balance and plays center field.

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The Giants, it's fair to say, are happy with how this all turned out. 

Maybin played 14 games in Triple-A for the Indians, hitting .216 with three doubles and 13 walks.