By Chandler Guadagnin
The San Francisco Giants announced, Wednesday afternoon, that right handed pitcher and ace, Johnny Cueto, will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery on Thursday; thus, ending his season.
In recent weeks, it has become clear that Cueto would likely undergo the operation. Cueto even admitted, earlier this week, that he was feeling pain with every pitch. Earlier this season, Cueto received an MRI, which revealed a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow.
As others have done, the righty, attempted to pitch through the injury and have it repaired in the offseason. Ultimately, this attempt proved unsuccessful. The recovery for this surgery, takes approximately a year to get back to 100%. Accordingly, Cueto will miss the remainder of the 2018 season and the majority, if not all, of the 2019 campaign. Assuming Cueto returns in 2019, he will have approximately two and a half years left on his current contract.
In 9 starts this season, the 11 year veteran, has posted a 3-2 record, while accumulating a 3.23 ERA.
Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com
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By Chandler Guadagnin Updated: 7:33 PT
Harper has a total of 26 home runs through two rounds; while, Schwarber has smashed 37 home runs through two.
It was close but in the end, the hometown hero, Harper, pulled it out. The final number of bombs that Bryce hit was 45; while, Schwarber smashed 55. Harper becomes only the third player to win the Derby in his own park. Your 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Champion: Bryce Harper!
Statistics courtesy of ESPN
By Chandler Guadagnin
Tonight, at 5 PM PT on ESPN, the Major League Baseball universe centers around Washington D.C. as the All-Star Week kicks off with the Home Run Derby. Participants include: Jesus Aquilar, Rhys Hoskins, Alex Bregman, Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy, and Javier Baez. Below are the matchups for tonight’s contest:
Seeding was based on Home Run totals before a specified date in the first half. This derby marks a historic moment in Major League Baseball, as the youngest field to ever compete in a Home Run Derby.
My favorite to win the Derby is Bryce Harper, of the Washington Nationals. While Harper has struggled for the first half of the 2018 season, I believe that the comfort of competing in his home park, coupled with the fan support will push him across the finish line as a champion of the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby. This will be Harper’s second time participating in the event; his first crack at the contest was in 2013.
Stay locked to kpaysports.com for round by round updates of this year’s derby.
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By Chandler Guadagnin
Three days after the Giants traded Austin Jackson, Cory Gaerrin, and Single-A Pitcher, Jason Bahr, to the Rangers, San Francisco has let the Yankees know that Jeff Samardzija is available for trade.
Samardzija, who is owed $46 million over the next 2 and a half years, has tallied a 1-5 record, posting a 6.42 ERA over 40.2 innings pitched. In 9 games, Samardzija has struck out 29 while walking 25 and surrendering 6 home runs. Samardzija has had an injury-plagued 2018; spending 2 separate stints on the disabled list with a pectoral strain and right shoulder tightness.
With the emergence of the Giants young arms, Samardzija has become a trade chip. Combined, San Francisco’s young starters have posted a 14-12 record over 41 games and 224.1 innings pitched. They have accumulated a 4.13 ERA, with 184 strikeouts, 66 walks and a 1.328 WHIP.
The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31st.
Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com
Big things were expected from the Chico Heat in 2018 but even their most faithful of followers would not have predicted such domination through the first half of the Great West League season.
Chico enters the mid-point of the summer campaign with a 23-6 record with a five game bulge over the Lincoln Potters and seven games clear of the Medford Rogues.
The Heat have done it with a balance of pitching (4.17 ERA) and offense (.307) leading the league in both team ERA and batting average.
The Heat’s starting pitching has been tremendous with Justin Sterner leading the league in wins (5) and strikeouts (49). Will Clawson has four wins while Shane Gustafson has three victories.
The Heat also have three of the top six ERA leaders with Sterner at 2.46, Gustafson at 3.04 and Tucker Weaver at 3.70. The relief corps has impressed as well with Clawson at 1.86 in ten outings. University of Washington products Cole Eigenhuis at 2.25 in six appearances and Cole Galvagno at 2.84 in five outings. Youngster Reid McLaughlin has appeared in 11 games and has a 2.82 ERA and three saves while Brayden Bonner leads the club with 4 saves and has 26 strikeouts in 18 innings.
The Heat offense has been consistent. Up and down their line-up the Heat have gotten production. Brown University product Parke Phillips is leading the GWL in hitting with a .414 batting average. He has banged out 46 hits while driving in 25 runs. The consistency that Creighton Blue Jay Andrew Meggs has given the Heat can not be over-looked. Meggs is hitting .320 while driving in 20 runs. Cole Lemmel is among the league leaders in home runs with 6 and has driven in 18.
UC San Diego is one of Chico State’s biggest baseball rivals but the Triton program has let the Chico baseball fans borrow of couple of their young stars. Sophomore Brandon Stewart has played in 12 games for the Heat has 20 hits and is hitting a cool .400 with 14 RBI’s and 6 stolen bases. Red-shirt freshman Joe DeBaca is hitting .432 in twelve games with 12 runs batted in. The two Tritons have given the Chico Heat a tremendous boost.
Tanner Roundy is hitting .356 in 14 apperances. Arizona product Jordan Parker is hitting .280 and has driven in 18 runs.
One of the biggest challenges for Manager Fred Ludwig has been to keep everyone happy with playing time. It’s a great problem to have with such and competitiveness on the 2018 squad. Ludwig and the brain-trust of Ryan Lauer and Reece Borges know that having depth is important as the 60-game grind can wear down even the best of players.
After tonight’s game with Lincoln the Heat will have 15 more home games and 15 more on the road.
As well as the Heat are playing they know they want to be playing their best baseball in late July into August with the playoffs a little over one month away. But, so far so good for Chico as they look run away with the regular season.
After giving their faithful fans 15 memorable games last year in a newly born rivalry, the lid lifter for the Chico Heat and Lincoln Potters in 2018 did not disappoint.
Trailing the 10-2 going to the bottom of the 3rd and 11-9 going to the bottom of the 9th the Heat rallied for an improbable and thrilling 12-11 win over the Potters in front of a packed house at Nettleton Stadium on Friday night.
Lincoln jumped on the Heat scoring two runs in the 2nd and 8 runs in the third to build the 10-2 lead, but the Heat would chip away four in the 5th and three more in the 6th to cut the deficit to 10-9. After the Potters cashed in a three-base error to start the 7th, the Heat would circle the wagons and deliver another fabulous chapter to this great rivalry.
Heat left-fielder Jordan Parker opened the 9th with a bloop down the left field line. Despite protests from Lincoln that the ball landed foul down the line, the umpire ruled the ball was fair and Parker cruised into 2nd with a double. After a fly out to left, Heat 1st baseman Cade Stephens drew a walk as did Alex Crouch loading the bases with only one out against Potters reliever Josh Ragatz.
With Matt Kimura at the plate and the bases loaded, Ragatz was called for a balk that forced home Parker and moved the tying and winning runs into scoring position and also took away the chance for a game ending double play. Kimura would fly out to deep center and that would bring home pinch runner Tucker Weaver tying the game at 11. The next hitter was UC Riverside product Kai Ho, who had homered earlier in the game, Ho would ground a single into right field bringing home Crouch with the winning run setting off a wild celebration at Nettleton Stadium.
With the win the Heat moved to 8-1 on the season and 6-1 on their current home stand, while the Potters had their four game win streak snapped and they fell to 6-4.
Chico out-hit the Potters 11 to 8 but Chico was quite generous to the Potters issuing 9 walks, hitting 4 Potter batters and throwing three wild pitches, when you throw in the two errors Chico committed the Heat gave the Potters 18 free 90’s in the game. The Potters had a chance to put this game away numerous times but left 12 runners on base, leaving runners at 2nd and 3rd in the 5th, bases loaded in the 6th and runners at 2nd and 3rd in the 9th.
Game two of the series is tonight at The Nett with pre game at 6:45pm and first pitch at 7:05pm
Starting pitching…check. Relief pitching…check. Timely hits…you bet.
All three facets led to a series opening win for the Chico Heat on Monday night as they knocked off the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox in game one of a three game series as Chico continues their eight game home stand. Chico starter Shane Gustafsen pitched six solid innings scattering five hits and giving up only one earned. With relief help from Sean McLaughlin and Samson Abernathy the Heat won their fifth game in six tries.
Chico also flashed the leather as Jordan Parker made a leaping catch at the wall in the 7th quieting a possible Gold Sox rally and Cole Lemmel made a fantastic running catch on the warning track in the 9th to keep the tying run off base. Chico also turned two double plays to keep the Yuba-Sutter bats silent.
Chico didn’t do much offensively but Tanner Roundy drove in a pair of Heat runs with RBI singles in the 2nd and 6th innings.
Chico looks to take game two of the series on Tuesday as they host the Gold Sox at The Nett. Game time is 6:05pm with pregame at 5:45.
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A scheduling quirk in the Bay Area has changed the intial start time of today’s Chico Heat series finale with the San Francisco Seals to 2:05pm. You can join Rory Miller with the pre-game at 1:45pm.
The Heat have their home opener Friday night when they host the Klamath Falls Gems at Nettleton Stadium. Game time is 6:35pm with the pregame at 6:15pm
The Chico Heat open their third season in the Great West League as they take on the San Francisco Seals at the College of Alameda on Wednesday. You can hear the game at 7:05pm with Rory Miller calling the action tonight on KpaySports.com and the KpaySports app. The pre-game comes your way at 6:45pm
Two years removed from capturing the inaugural GWL crown the Heat fell a couple of games short against the Medford Rogues last year in the League Championship Series. While there are some familiar faces returning the Heat have several new players that will be calling Chico home for the next three months.
Chico opens with a two game set against the Seals before they have their home opener Friday night against the Klamath Falls Gems at The Nett. You can hear every Chico Heat game right here as well as the KpaySports app and on your Amazon Echo with the skill of, “hey Alexa, play KpaySports dot-com.”