Reynolds, Garcia hit homers in narrow loss

BOX SCORES: SJ / AUG / SK / AZL / DSL

Minor league addicts needed some baseball action after Tuesday's near desert of games. All teams but the upper minors were in session Wednesday, and were highlighted by a couple bombs from San Jose sluggers Bryan Reynolds and Aramis Garcia. Observe!

That was Garcia's 14th of the season, putting him in third place in the California League. It increased his isolated slugging percentage to .241, which is second best in the league. His second half of the first half has shown nice improvement in the strikeout department. Since the beginning of June, Garcia is striking out in 20% of his plate appearances compared to 23% in April and May. 

For Reynolds, it was his fifth of the season, tying him with his total in 2016 with Salem-Keizer, which he accomplished in half the time. 

Grant Watson followed three rehab innings from Albert Suarez with six of his most productive innings of the year. Entering the game with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP, Watson allowed a single and two walks while striking out four. In what is still a young season for Watson, he was able to lower his ERA to 3.69 and his WHIP to 1.61. 

OTHER NOTES

— More encouraging news from Augusta as left-hander Garrett Williams, who like Matt Krook struggled in his debut season with free passes, walked one in seven innings to make it just three walks in his last 20 innings. His ERA is now 2.13 through 10 starts thanks to a .231 opposing batting average and .050 opposing ISO, which includes zero home runs allowed thus far.

— The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes average 9.96 hits per night, so there's always something offensive to talk about when the Giants' Northwest League affiliate plays. On Wednesday night, among 12 hits, were three more from center fielder Malique Ziegler, whose batting line is now .347/.413/.510 with a 15.2 K% through 112 plate appearances. 

Logan Baldwin had two hits, including his second home run in as many games after hitting his first pro dinger on Monday. Baldwin, from Georgia Southern University, has 10 hits and two walks in his first 10 games for the Volcanoes while striking out 13.5% of the time.

— In Arizona, the focus has shifted to 20-year-old 12th-rounder Aaron Bond, who went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for his fifth multi-hit game in just eight opportunities. Bond, who played for San Jacinto College in Houston, is slashing .536/.567/.821 in 30 plate appearances.

— Right-handed Venezuelan Norwith Gudino is on his third trip with the DSL Giants — what some say is likely a player's last leg. I'm curious, though, as to why at 21 he is repeating considering he put up numbers like a 2.84 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and .232 OBA in 50.2 innings last year. Regardless, he's making the most of this year. In his seventh start of the season, Gudino struck out eight, allowed five hits, and walked none in six strong innings. It's his third game of the year with eight or more strikeouts and zero walks. All total, Gudino has raised his strikeout rate by almost 10% and cut his already good walk rate (6.2% in 2016) in half. It's safe to say we'll see this six-foot, two-inch, 200-pounder in Arizona or Salem-Keizer next season.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: DNP
  2. Christian Arroyo: DNP
  3. Bryan Reynolds: 2-for-3, 3 R, HR, BB
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: DNP
  6. Sandro Fabian: DNP
  7. Heath Quinn: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO
  8. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  11. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  12. Matt Krook: DNP
  13. Aramis Garcia: 3-for-5, R, 2B, HR
  14. C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
  15. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  16. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  17. Austin Slater: DNP
  18. Kelvin Beltre: 1-for-4, R, SB
  19. Dan Slania: DNP
  20. Cory Taylor: DNP
  21. Chris Stratton: DNP
  22. Chase Johnson: DNP
  23. Jalen Miller: 2-for-4, R, HR, SO
  24. Melvin Adon: DNP
  25. Garrett Williams: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  26. Dylan Davis: DNP
  27. Ryder Jones: DNP
  28. Hunter Cole: DNP
  29. Miguel Gomez: DNP
  30. Ryan Howard: 1-for-4, SO

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