A couple of big-leaguers are included in the Cal League transactions this week:
- OF Denard Span has been sent to San Jose on a rehab assignment and went 0-for-2 last night against Rancho Cucamonga. Span has played in 14 games with the San Francisco Giants and has had two different stints of missing time big-league due to injury.
- RHP Rubby De La Rosa had three one-inning outings with the Visalia Rawhide and has now been sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ extended spring training. In his three outings with Visalia, De La Rosa allowed one hit and no runs with no walks and two strikeouts over 3IP.
STOCKTON at LAKE ELSINORE
MODESTO at LANCASTER
RANCHO CUCAMONGA at SAN JOSE
VISALIA at INLAND EMPIRE
All eight Cal League teams are 21 games into the season with the Modesto Nuts (13-8) and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (13-8) atop the divisions. Modesto has a two-game lead in the North over Stockton (11-10) and Visalia (11-10) and is three games up on San Jose (10-11).
The Quakes are four games clear of Lake Elsinore and Lancaster, both 9-12, while Inland Empire sits five games out at 8-13.
Three game sets are on tap for the weekend as follows:
RANCHO CUCAMONGA at LANCASTER
STOCKTON at SAN JOSE
LAKE ELSINORE at INLAND EMPIRE
VISALIA at MODESTO
Starting for Rancho Cucamonga tonight is RHP Mitchell White (1-1, 2.35). White is the Dodgers #10 prospect per MLBPipeline and ranks #19 by Baseball America. Opponents are hitting .248 against the 2016 second-round draft pick and White’s WHIP is 0.98.
In San Jose tonight, the Giants will send RHP Mike Connolly to the mound. Connolly is making his fourth start and checks in with a record of 1-2 with a 1.26 ERA. The 2013 draftee out of Maine has walked four against 13 strikeouts on the season.
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Arenado drilled three homers and slashed .346/.393/.846 over last week to be named Cal League Offensive Player of the Week. The Giants’ 3B also scored eight runs and drove in six. After hitting nine homers in 134 lo-A games last season, Arenado already has six a month into this year.
The Modesto Nuts scored three late runs to make a Sam Howard masterpiece stand up for a 5-2 win Friday night in San Jose. The lefty Howard (2-1) went seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out 10 against no walks to notch his second win of the season and give the Nuts a series-opening victory.
Modesto got on the board in the first with an RBI single by Ronnie Jebavy, only to see San Jose come back to tie it up in the bottom of the second. The Giants went ahead in the bottom of the fourth when 3B Jonah Arenado left the yard for the fifth time this season.
Single runs in the fifth and seventh innings put the visitors back on top and Howard was back in position the get the win for his strong effort. A two-run rally in the eighth saw SS Luis Jean double in two runs for all the insurance the Nuts would need, providing the final margin at 5-2.
Howard is on the fringe of the Colorado Rockies’ prospect list, sitting at #24 by MLB.com and #25 by Baseball America. His first pro season in 2014 had some pretty big rough spots but the Georgia Southern alum had a solid second-half in low-A Asheville last year. He’s alternated good and bad starts with Modesto over his last few outings, but Friday night’s effort was clearly his best of the season, and the first one in which he has finished the seventh inning.
The Stockton Ports and San Jose Giants will continue to be affiliated with their big-league organizations through the 2020 season as both clubs announced Player Development Contract extensions.
On April 4th, San Jose agreed to an extension with the San Francisco Giants, continuing a relationship that dates back to 1988.
Stockton did the same yesterday, extending their agreement with the Oakland A’s. The Ports have been an A’s affiliate since 2005.
Many of the Cal League teams are in the final years of their PDCs, as can be seen on BallparkDigest.com’s Affiliate Dance 2016 page. The stickiest situation is probably High Desert, which is embroiled in a dispute with the city of Adelanto. the city is attempting to have the Mavericks evicted from Stater Bros. Stadium, but the legal process has been stalled at this point.
There is a lot to the High Desert/Adelanto story and you can follow it at the Victorville Daily Press local sports section HERE.
No such drama in Stockton and San Jose. Those harmonious situations are set to go to the next decade.
The San Jose Giants have a new field boss for 2016, as former hitting coach Lipso Nava has been announced as the new manager. Also returning from 2015 are Pitching Coach Mike Couchee and Athletic Trainer Garrett Havig.
New to the staff will be Hitting Coach Todd Linden and Strength and Condidtioning Coach Andy King.
Nava served as hitting coach for San Jose from 2013-2015. The Giants had an overall record of 72-68 in 2015 and landed a wildcard playoff berth after a red-hot second half of 42-28. Series wins over Stockton and Visalia put the Giants in the finals, where they lost to Rancho Cucamonga.
After a string of delays, the High Desert Mavericks were able to get back on the field Tuesday for a double-header with the Inland Empire 66ers. Four straight games in Adelanto had been wiped out due to the Cajon Pass fire and then wet weather, until yesterday.
With the first three games of the four-game home series against Inland Empire postponed, the two teams played a double-header yesterday, with IE taking both games, 7-6 and 3-1. That DH included a makeup from May 7 that was postponed due to high winds, and the originally scheduled game.
Today, a scheduled off day for the whole league, High Desert will host a 10:AM game with a host of $1 features for fans.
SAN JOSE 10, LANCASTER 2
INLAND EMPIRE 3, HIGH DESERT 1
INLAND EMPIRE 7, HIGH DESERT 6
MODESTO 2, LAKE ELSINORE 1
RANCHO CUCAMONGA 8, VISALIA 5
STOCKTON 3, BAKERSFIELD 1
GIANTS WIN STREAK AT 6
The San Jose Giants won their sixth-straight game Tuesday, sweeping a four-game set from Lancaster to improve their second-half record to 17-8. San Jose finished 10 games under .500 in the first half at 30-40, 12 games out of first place, but are now just a game behind Visalia in the North Division second-half standings. Reigning Cal League Player of the Week Tyler Horan went 3-for-5 with his 11th homer to lead the offense while Luis Ysla came into the game at the start of the second inning and didn’t allow a hit over five frames.
The San Jose Giants are the hottest team in the California League and they used both power and strong pitching to down Lancaster 3-1 Saturday night at Municipal Stadium. The Giants (44-48 overall, 14-8 in the second half) got first-inning homers from Angel Villalona and Tyler Horan to jump out to a 3-0 lead and starter Jason Forjet went six shutout innings to pick up the win.
The Giants have now won 10 of their last 11 and are approaching the .500 mark overall after a disastrous start to the season.
The Visalia Rawhide have been a powerhouse this season, winning the first-half title in the North Division and getting out of the gate strong in the second half, despite numerous roster changes. But on Monday they were playing to avoid a sweep at home against the Bakersfield Blaze.
It all looked good for Visalia through seven innings as they held a 4-0 lead and starter Ryan Doran and reliever Bud Jeter had put up a string of zeroes. But Bakersfield got up off the mat in the eighth with four runs to tie the game.
The San Jose Giants and Bakersfield Blaze traded zeroes for most of the night before a 12th-inning walkoff single by Jeff Kobernus gave the Giants a 3-2 win, their fourth straight victory. A crowd of 2,262 at Municipal Stadium saw the home team come back from down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth.
Starter Jason Forjet allowed just one Blaze run over seven innings, striking out seven, but Bakersfield starter Brett Ash went one inning better. Ash allowed one run over eight innings, striking out eight, and left with a 2-1 lead after the Blaze pushed across an unearned run in the top of the eighth.