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Yesterday, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-3 at Coors Field. It also was the day that Hunter Pence hit a colossal home run to left field. The 476 ft bomb cleared the seats and hit the brick wall located behind the bleachers, next to the beer stand of course. Dwarfed by Pence and a Giants victory, Yusmeiro Petit had a quality outing. He tossed six strong innings of two run ball, while allowing three walks and striking out six. Earning a much deserved and surprising win. Petit was called up when Matt Cain was moved to the disabled list for the first time in his career.
With a few days left in August, I found it appropriate to start discussing September call ups. The season, as I hate to admit, is almost over. The Giants sit 18 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers with 30 to go. Those ‘dam bums’ would need to hit a severe slump, which every Giants’ fan is praying for. But the odds are slim. The bigger concern for me is the evaluation of our farm system. This year was evident that San Francisco lacks major league ready arms and outfield production.
I anticipate the call ups to include familiar names, some I agree with and others not so much. Let’s start with what everyone wants to talk about, Gary Brown. His path to the majors is blocked by Angel Pagan’s four year deal, and ironically blocking Brown’s September call up. Pagan is currently rehabbing in Fresno and is set to return to the big leagues when the roster expands. With a month to go, I expect the Giants to give it’s centerfield job for the remainder of the season to the $40 million dollar man, Pagan. I don’t see Brown getting a shot at left field either because of the surplus of outfielders like Juan Perez, who make quite a splash in his debut, and Kensuke Tanaka, the Japanese player who has won the gratitude of Giants’ fans. Perez and Tanka has shown flashes of talent and athleticism, which earns them a ticket to San Francisco.
For the infield call ups, expect these names to ring a bell. Tony Abreu is rehabbing in Fresno and if healthy, he’ll get the call. I’m confident that Nick Noonan, who spent time with San Francisco earlier in the season, and Ehire Adrianiza will join the Giants in September. Also, catcher, Quierllmo Quiroz, sets an example for the young guys and is a positive presence in the clubhouse, which is much needed on a last place team.
The more complex situation is what pitchers to bring up. This is the department that needs a fall cleaning. Having a good sense of Bochy and his favoritism towards veterans and experience, I assume George Kontos and Shane Loux will get the call. Dan Runzler, Michael Kickham, who was mishandled by the Giants in desperation, and Eric Surkamp will have an opportunity to display their talents at home and on the road. The Giants have no timetable on Cain’s return but there’s no rush. He’s the horse and needs to be 100% for next season. Steve Edlefsen, who’s had a cup of coffee with San Francisco, and Jake Dunning will receive a call as well. I’m going out on a limb anticipating Brett Bochy, no introduction needed, and Heath Hembree will debut with the Giants this season.
September is almost here and so will be the majority of the Fresno Grizzlies. Despite a disappointing season, I always look forward to evaluating the Giants’ of tomorrow. This gives us a glimpse into the future and allows us to distinguish areas that need improvement. During the offseason, keep a close eye on promotions because the San Francisco Giants have power arms and bats developing in the lower levels of the farm system. Kyle Crick, Clayton Blackburn, Chris Strantton, Joe Panik and Christian Arroyo are making splashes at multiple levels. One day, perhaps in 2015, a few of these names will be wearing the Orange and Black and call San Francisco home.
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We learned a few things this week; the San Francisco Giants placed Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence and Javier Lopez on waivers, and all three of them were claimed. Don’t panic Giants fans, this doesn’t mean they’ll be going to another team. The Giants will pull them back off waivers and keep them. The team has expressed interest in re-signing all three players.
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