Friday, September 30, 2011

Volcanoes ' 11 Joseph Staley

All season long, Volcanoes Watching will feature a different player and coach from the 2011 Volcanoes team. Today it is Volcanoes infielder, and 2011 team home run champion (8), Joseph Staley.

Joseph was born in Dallas, Texas and went to college at Lubbock Christian. He stands 6'1", 235 pounds; throws right and switch hits. Joseph was drafted in the eighth round by the Giants in 2010.

At the plate this season, Joseph batted .280 (44/157) and also had 9 doubles.

Click here to see Joseph's official stats on MILB.com

Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Opening Day 2.0 starts for Volcanoes alumni Oct. 4

Volcanoes Nation - are you ready for one more pennant race in 2011? Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11) and the Scottsdale Scorpions are five days away from Opening Day of the 2011 Arizona Fall League. The Scorpions are loaded with Volcanoes alumni looking for another shot at a Minor League title.

Scorpions skipper Arnie Beyeler will manage a club that along with Panik has pitchers Stephen Harrold (Volcanoes '10), Daryl Maday (Volcanoes '07), Seth Rosin (Volcanoes '10), shortstop Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08), and center fielder Gary Brown (Volcanoes '10).

Click here to see the Arizona Fall League schedule. Email Jerry Howard to order your 2012 Volcanoes Season Tickets: j.howard@volcanoesbaseball.com

Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Multiple Volcanoes alumns finish Giants stats leaders

The 2011 season ended for the six-time World Champion, San Francisco Giants with multiple Volcanoes alumni finishing with team leads in key stats.

The Giants (86-76) saw their 2011 runs title go to Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '08); Pablo also won the team's 2011 home run title (23) and RBI crown (70).

On the mound, Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98) and Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06) finished tied for the team win title with 13. Tim won the strike out crown (220) and Ryan won the ERA title for starters (2.71)

Stay tuned as we now go full coverage into Volcanoes alumni playing Fall ball. Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Volcanoes '11 Ryan Honeycutt

All season long, Volcanoes Watching will feature a different player and coach from the 2011 Volcanoes team. Today it is Volcanoes outfielder, Ryan Honeycutt.

Ryan was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and went to college at New Mexico. In his first season with the Volcanoes, Ryan went 11/64 at the plate with a home run in 28 games. Ryan made the most of his big chance at the end of the year, getting a call-up to Triple-A Fresno where he played 2 games and had 3 hits in 6 at-bats, scoring 2 runs.

Click here to follow Ryan's stats on MILB.com.

Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Volcanoes '11 Keith Bilodeau

All season long, Volcanoes Watching will feature a different player and coach from the 2011 Volcanoes team. Today it is Volcanoes pitcher, Keith Bilodeau.

Keith was a late addition to the Volcanoes this year, but has shown promise going into 2012. In 8 games and 14 innings this year between rookie ball and the Volcanoes, Keith did not allow a single run!

Keith was born in Bourne, MA and stands 6'4" 195 pounds.

Click here to follow Keith on MILB.com

Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Volcanoes '11 Garrett Buechele

All season long, Volcanoes Watching will feature a different player and coach from the 2011 Volcanoes team. Today it is Volcanoes infielder, Garrett Buechele.

Garrett batted .235 (47/200), hitting 5 home runs while driving in 27 runs; Garrett also scored 22 runs and was walked 14 times. Garrett also hit 2 home runs in rookie ball this year.

Click here to follow Garrett on Twitter.

Click here to follow Garrett's stats on MILB.com

Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Giants 2011 season to end Wednesday - off-season excitement starts Thursday

The six-time World Champion, San Francisco Giants conclude their 2011 season on Wednesday; and your Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and Volcanoes Watching move forward with an action-packed off-season. Between now and the start of 2012 Spring Training you will get the latest updates on the organization, exclusive web radio broadcasts and some exciting fan events - to be announced at a later date.

Volcanoes Watching will also be bringing you updates of your Volcanoes in the Arizona Fall League, Australian Baseball League, and any alumni who play in the Latin Winter Leagues.

This is also a great time to get your 2012 season tickets and/or talk with the team about advertising opportunities if you own a small business. The Volcanoes staff also is ready to help plan your summer 2012 group events. The season may end, but your Volcanoes Front Office is working for you year-round.

We also want to take a moment to thank you for amazing support this 2011 season. You all truly help prove: Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Volcanoes '11: Charles Jones

All season long, Volcanoes Watching will feature a different player and coach from the 2011 Volcanoes team. Today it is Volcanoes outfielder, Charles Jones.

Charles, like his team mates, has great potential. This year he batted .218 (41/124); 8 of his 41 hits were for extra bases (2 HR, 6 2B) this season. Charles was born in Boonville, Missouri and stands 6'3" and 235 pounds. Born July, 1992 - he also was the youngest Volcanoes player this season.

Click here to see Charles' complete stats on MILB.com

Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Volcanoes alum Surkamp gets start tomorrow against Arizona

It's been quite a September for Volcanoes alum, Eric Surkamp, (Volcanoes '08); Eric will make his final start of the 2011 regular season against Arizona sporting a 2-0 record, 2.95 ERA and a 10 strike outs in 21.1 innings.

If the Dodgers hold on to win tonight, the 2010 World Champions will be four games off the NL Wild Card with six to play. The Giants look to sweep the D'backs and get help so that the Giants last series against Colorado would give a shot to at-least force a one-game playoffs.

For now, the path is simple. The Giants need to treat every game like a Game 7 and see who is standing on Wednesday when the regular season comes to an end.

Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes alumni updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Volcanoes alum Vogelsong fighting to keep Giants playoff hopes alive

Volcanoes alum, Ryan Vogelsong is fighting to keep the Giants 2011 playoff hopes alive as the Champs are battling the Dodgers in a critical game tonight.

At the end of 5 innings, the Giants have a 5-4 lead in a game sure to have additional fireworks. With 7 games to play for the 2010 World Champions after tonight, the only true path to the playoffs now is the NL Wild Card.

A Giant win tonight will bring them within 3.5 games of the NL Wild Card;  with Atlanta cooling off, but a surging St. Louis in between; the Giants will need to win 5 of the last 7 at a minimum to have a realistic shot.

This is what September baseball is all about! Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes alumni updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September 20, 2011 Volcanoes Watching Radio

In this first Volcanoes Watching Radio we look at the fact that Volcanoes Nation truly makes support of this franchise a year-round activity.

Plus: there is still plenty of meaningful games with Volcanoes alumni being played. Click here to listen.

Arizona Fall League update: The Scottsdale Scorpions kick off action October 4; the Scorpions have Volcanoes alumns / current Giants organization members: Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11); Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08), and Gary Brown (Volcanoes '10).

Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Giants 3.5 games out of Wild Card with 9 to play

Starting tomorrow, the 2010 World Champion Giants make their final stand and final run at making the 2011 playoffs. Odds are, the path will be through the NL Wild Card.

Atlanta lost again tonight 6-5 against Florida and has a 2.5 game lead over St. Louis and 3.5 game lead over the Giants.

The Braves have 8 games left: 2 at the Marlins, 2 at the Nationals, 3 hosting the Phillies.

Giants last 9 games: 3 at the Dodgers, 3 at Arizona, 3 home with the Rockies to conclude the regular season. Volcanoes alum Tim Lincecum takes the mound tomorrow.

At this point; the Giants need to realistically win 6 of the last 9 and then get the needed help from the Braves and Cards.

Buckle your seat belts -- the final drive is here! Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes alumni updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Panda Power! Giants win eighth straight - trail Wild Card by 4

Volcanoes alum Pablo Sandoval hit two monster home runs tonight as the 2010 World Champion Giants topped the Rockies 12-5. Pablo has 22 home runs on the year; the Giants trail Atlanta by 4 for the Wild Card, Arizona 5 for the NL West crown. The champs have 9 games left in the 2011 regular season.

Home run #22 came in Pablo's 407th at-bat; his career high of 25 in 2009 with the Giants came in more than 560 at-bats. Translation: Pablo is getting better!

Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) had 2 hits, an RBI and scored 2 runs helping the Giants win their eighth in a row.

Looking at the math for the playoffs, the Giants need to finish at least tied for either Wild Card of NL West crown after game #162. A tie would mean a one-game playoff.

Giants last 9 games: 3 at the Dodgers, 3 at Arizona, 3 home with the Rockies to conclude the regular season.

Arizona last 9 games: all at home - Pirates, Giants, Dodgers.

Atlanta last 9 games: at Marlins, at Nationals, host Phillies.

Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes alumni updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Volcanoes alums Surkamp, Pill get Giants within 5 of division

With all due respect to recent national television ads showing Arizona as the NL West representatives -- this race isn't over just yet. Volcanoes alum Eric Surkamp (Volcanoes '08) went 4 2/3rd innings allowing only 1 run as the 2010 World Champion Giants topped the Rockies 6-5. Brett Pill (Volcanoes '06) had 2 critical hits and 3 RBI; With Arizona's loss tonight; the Giants are now only 5 games back with 10 to play. The 82nd win of the season also clinched a winning record for the Champs who have battled hard all season in the face of some key injuries - but that can be said for most teams in any given year. What is impressive is rather than folding, the team has found ways to win with young stars - many Volcanoes alumni, and now the Giants are back in the NL West race, as well as, remaining 5 games out of the NL Wild card.

The Giants and Arizona have a three game set starting September 23. For the Giants to regain control of their destiny; they would need to be no worse than 3 games out of first and then sweep Arizona. That scenario would have both teams tied with 3 last games against other opponents.

There are multiple of other scenarios where the Giants could make the playoffs - but that's the best one.

Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes alumni updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.


Friday, September 16, 2011

A step closer! Volcanoes alums help Giants to 81st win

The Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) had a hit and scored a run while Waldis Joaquin (Volcanoes '07) pitched a scoreless 8th inning as the 2010 World Champion Giants topped the Colorado Rockies 9-1 tonight.

The win was the Giants' 81st of the season, clinching the .500 mark, and brought the team within 5 games of the NL Wild Card (Atlanta) and 6 games of the NL West (Arizona) with 11 games to play. Tied record at the end of the regular season forces a one-game playoffs in the MLB, so the best chance for the playoffs would be the Giants to win 8 of their last 11 with Atlanta going 3-8.

Tall order, but it has been done before.

Both teams are back in action tomorrow; the Giants send Eric Surkamp (Volcanoes '08) to the mound.

Around the organization, the Richmond Flying Squirrels are back in action tomorrow against New Hampshire in the Double A, Eastern League Championship Series. Richmond trails the best of 5 series 2-1. Games 4 and if necessary 5 are this weekend.

Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes alumni updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Still standing! Volcanoes alumni keep Giants alive

Volcanoes alums, Pablo Sandoval ('08), Ryan Vogelsong ('98)  and Brandon Crawford ('08) all came up big as the 2010 World Champion Giants won their 80th game of the season tonight over Colorado 8-5.

Pablo went 4-for-4 and hit his 20th home run of the season; Brandon had two hits, and so did Ryan who helped his own cause scoring two runs and raising his batting average to .220; impressive since Ryan also got the win improving to 11-7 with a 2.68 ERA.

The Giants (80-70) have 12 games remaining in the 2011 regular season; they need to keep winning and get help. In the NL West, they trail Arizona by 7; so when the two meet, the Giants need to sweep and still make up at least 4 games.

The path, while challenging, is somewhat easier in the NL Wild Card; the Giants and Cardinals both trail Arizona - the Giants having the harder road, 6 games behind the Braves.

With 12 games to play, there is still hope and exciting baseball to be played this regular season. Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes alumni updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Volcanoes '11 John Eshleman

This fall, Volcanoes Watching will feature a different player and coach from the 2011 Volcanoes team. Today it is Volcanoes shortstop,  John Eshleman.

This season was John's third with the Volcanoes. John appeared in 44 games, had 15 RBI and 40 total bases.

Click here to see John's player card on MILB.com.

John was born in Yuciapa, California and attended Mt San Jacinto Junior College before being drafted by the Giants in the 11th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Volcanoes alum, Stromsmoe gives Richmond Game 1 win

Skyler Stromsmoe  (Volcanoes '08-'09) hit a dramatic home run in the top of the 9th inning tonight, giving the Richmond Flying Squirrels a 10-9 win and 1-0 lead over the New Hampshire  Fisher Cats in the Eastern League Championship Series.

Both teams battled hard all night; and as expected in a 10-9 game, there were five lead changes. It was the fifth lead change that gave Richmond the win.

The Flying Squirrels were trailing 9-8 going into the 9th inning and were down to their last two outs after Jackson Williams (Volcanoes '07) singled into left field bringing Skyler to the plate. Facing New Hampshire pitcher Bobby Korecky, Skyler sent a pitch over the right field wall to give the team the lead and eventual win.

Both teams are back in action tomorrow night. Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Volcanoes alum Surkamp making his mark in the Majors

Eric Surkamp (Volcanoes '08) had his third strong start tonight with the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants; giving the big club another arm to compete for a full-time starting spot in 2012.

Click here to follow Eric on Twitter.

The Giants are mathematically still alive in the NL West race and NL Wild Card race; statistically, they have a better chance at finishing strong over the .500 mark and getting back key bats like Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08) to make another run at the title in 2012.

For recent call ups like Eric, his performance - 3 starts, 16.2 innings, 2 wins and a 3.24 ERA has not only gotten immediate attention, but kept the Giants alive going into the final 15 games of the regular season.  Tonight, Eric got help from fellow Volcanoes '08 team mate Pablo Sandoval, who hit his 19th home run of the season.

The Giants continue their series with the Padres tomorrow. Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Volcanoes Store:2011 team set and 2008 team pin

Volcanoes Nation - tonight we feature two great deals from the Volcanoes Team Store (click here to order).

The 2011 team set, loaded with stars from this season's team, is only $8 per set. Another instant collector's item is the 2008 team pin for $5, honoring the National Team of the Year.

In addition to being great for collecting, Volcanoes merchandise has shown to have national following. For example, the $8 2011 team set from the official Team Store is going for $13.50 from some ebay sellers.

Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

2011 Playoffs: Richmond one win from Eastern League Championship Series

Multiple Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are one win a way from playing for the Eastern League (Double-A) Championship. Richmond won Game 2 of the best-of-five series with Harrisburg tonight 4-2, in 11 innings.

Johnny Monell (Volcanoes '08) was huge again for the Flying Squirrels, getting 2 hits and a RBI; Johnny is batting .571 in the series so far; Chris Dominguez  (Volcanoes '09) had a hit and scored a run - Chris is batting .400 in the playoffs; Skyler Stromsmoe (Volcanoes '09) had a hit and scored a run also; Ryan Lollis (Volcanoes '09) had a pinch hit.

The semi finals will be decided by Monday with the EL Championship Series to start later in the week. Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Volcanoes alum Maday blanks Double-A foes

Volcanoes alum Daryl Maday (Volcanoes '07) pitched seven scoreless innings as the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Double-A, Giants) topped Harrisburg 6-0. Richmond has a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five Eastern League semi finals.

Chris Dominguez (Volcanoes '09) was the hero at the plate going 3-for-5 with a three-run home run. Johnny Monell (Volcanoes '08) was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI.

Francisco Peguero (Volcanoes '09), Skyler Stromsmoe  (Volcanoes '08),  and Ryan Lollis (Volcanoes '09) all had hits.

Both teams are back in action tomorrow; Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

2011 Playoffs: Volcanoes alumni take the mound tomorrow

Volcanoes alumni on three affiliates of the San Francisco Giants are in playoff action this weekend.

After weather delays, the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Double-A, Giants) begin their bid to win the Eastern Division crown, sending Daryl Maday (Volcanoes '07) against the Harrisburg Senators (Double-A, Nationals).

Click here to follow Daryl on Twitter.

The Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League) already have a 1-0 lead against Savannah going into Friday's game and will announce their starter (multiple Volcanoes options) tomorrow morning.

The San Jose Giants begin their bid for a third consecutive California League title starting Saturday. San Jose is loaded with Volcanoes alumni.

Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

2011 Playoffs: Volcanoes alumni help Augusta take 1-0 lead

Adam Duvall (Volcanoes '10) hit a three-run home run and Jose Valdez (Volcanoes '09) got the win in relief as the Class A Augusta GreenJackets (Giants) topped the Savannah Sand Gnats 4-1. Augusta leads the best of 3 semi-finals, 1-0.

 Duvall went yard in the bottom of the seventh inning in what was a pitchers' dual to that point. Devin Harris (Volcanoes '10) had two hits; and the GreenJackets also got hits from Chris Lofton (Volcanoes '10), Joel Weeks (Volcanoes '09), Ben Thomas (Volcanoes '11) and Jeff Arnold (Volcanoes '10).

On the mound, Phil McCormick (Volcanoes '11) got the hold.

Both teams are slated to resume their series tomorrow - weather permitting. Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes updates; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Volcanoes alum Brett Pill homers in first MLB at-bat

Brett Pill (Volcanoes '06) homered in his first Major League at-bat tonight, joining an exclusive Giants group that includes Will Clark.

Pill was facing Padres pitcher Wade LeBlanc when the Volcanoes alum launched an 0-1 pitch into the left field stands.

Brett and the Giants are fighting tonight to get within 6 games of Arizona in the NL West race; Both the Giants and Arizona meet three more times later this month.

While this is home run #1 in The Show for Brett, he is no stranger to the long ball having hit 84 in the Minors over six season.

Giants and Padres conclude their series tomorrow. Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Volcanoes, Sandoval goes yard twice, Giants win

Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '08) had two monster home runs helping the 2010 World Champion, Giants top the Padres 7-2. The Giants remain 7 games behind Arizona.

Pablo has 18 home runs this season, which is second on his personal best (25); consider that Pablo missed more than a month due to injuries; this is another strong season for "Panda".

Giants and Padres are back in action tomorrow; Arizona takes on the Rockies. The Giants have 16 games in the 2011 regular season and need to win the NL West to make the playoffs this year.

Stay tuned to track you Volcanoes still in action. Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Volcanoes '12 - plenty of talent to consider

No decisions have been made with respect to members of the Arizona Giants (club below your Salem-Keizer Volcanes), but multiple players from Arizona could make their Volcanoes debut in 2012.

The Arizona Giants made it to their league championship game this season after a dominant 41-15 (.732) regular season.
  • Three Giants had at least 50 hit and on-base percentage above .400 -- Jose Cuevas, Eric Sim and Kelby Tomlinson.
  • Cuevas led the team with 46 RBI in 46 games, followed by Eric Sim (37), Leonardo Fuentes (31) and Ben Thomas (29). Cuevas also led the team with 106 total bases.
  • Miguel Ferrer led all Giants pitchers with 6 wins; and a total of 22 Giants pitchers either had a win or finished with a .500 winning percentage.
  • Keurin Feliz led the Giants with 7 saves; Joan Gregorio and Edwin Escobar had 43, and 42 strike outs a piece.
It will be nine months before the 2012 Volcanoes roster is announced but one thing is for sure; there are many talented players in the Giants system and even more future draft picks to choose from.

Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Lincecum makes history again

Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '08) made history again, becoming only the third Giants pitcher in the last 120 years to have four consecutive 200-strike out seasons.

Tim joins the 4-by-200 club which also has Amos Rusie (1890-93) and Hall of Famer, Juan Marichal (1963-66).

In 151 career MLB games so far, Tim has 1,100 strike outs (an average of seven strike outs per game.

The Giants are six games behind Arizona and both teams resume play tomorrow in their rubber match. Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Volcanoes alumni lead San Jose into playoffs

Multiple Volcanoes alumni have helped the San Jose Giants back into the 2011 California League playoffs starting next week.

Gary Brown (Volcanoes '10) leads the team with 183 hits, 34 doubles, 50 stolen bases and is batting .339.
Craig Westcott (Volcanoes '09) is 13-4 with a 3.15 ERA, having 87 strike outs and only 27 walks in 151 innings;  Kelvin Marte (Volcanoes '08) is 11-6 with a 3.47 ERA having pitched 142.2 innings.

San Jose has a first round bye and will open the best-of-five Division Series at home on September 10.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tri-City tops Volcanoes

Tri-City topped your Volcanoes tonight 7-2. With two games left in the season, the Volcanoes (18-18) still have a chance to finish the 2nd half of the season above .500.

Click here to view the final box score from MILB.com

Going into the final two games of the 2011 season for the Volcanoes, Joe Panik has locked up the league batting title; and Mike Murray is on pace to finish second in batting. Both players are also on pace to finish 1-2 in the NWL RBI race.

Jesus Galindo is on pace to be the NWL 2011 stolen base champion.

Stay tuned all weekend for updated Volcanoes news from this season. Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.