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Another Minor Lines, another sight for sore eyes!

Clayton Blackburn makes his return to the mound and AAA debut, and gets some help from his friends:

HIGHLIGHTS: Hunter Cole went 3 for 4 with double, triple. Mac Williamson went 2 for 4 with a double. Nick Vander Tuig threw 8 innings of 1 run ball. Hunter Strickland threw a perfect inning with 2 Ks.

Sacramento lost to Albuquerque (Rockies), 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

CF

Brett Jackson

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

RF

Hunter Pence

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1b

Travis Ishikawa

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

3b

Adam Duvall

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

LF

Jarrett Parker

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Clayton Blackburn L, 0-1

5.0

3

2

2

3

4

0

1

0

3.60

Clay Rapada

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0.00

Juan Gutierrez

2.0

3

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

5.40

Hunter Strickland

2.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.30

Before the game the RiverCats made several transactions, bringing Carlos Truinfel and Ehire Adrianza back onto the team from the DL and sending Ryan Lollis back to San Jose and Skyler Stromsmoe all the way to XST. Sigh. The life of org fillers.  To catch up on a few of the other flurry of moves they've made this week, Brett Jackson, Austin Fleet, and Cory Gearin were all reinstated from the DL, while Adam Sonabend (transferred to XST), Brett Bochy (DL) and Jake Dunning (DL) were all taken off the active roster. Hunter Pence and Travis Ishikawa both joined on rehab assignments.

The Sacramento hitters put on a somnambulant performance in this one (he says, having just read Grant's front page story), managing only 6 baserunners on 4 hits on the night (all singles), while striking out 12 times vs a quartet of fairly undistinguished pitchers (including Fresno St. alum Justin Miller). Their lone run scored courtesy of a WP.

The cold bats spoiled a nice 2015 and AAA debut from Clayton Blackburn, who had been on the DL with some shoulder discomfort since spring training.  Blackburn wasn't his normal sharp self (witness the walks and HB) but he mostly kept hits and runs off the board.

Having Blach and Blackburn together again in the AAA rotation feels like getting the band back together. Hopefully soon we'll get a sighting of Adalberto Mejia again as well, and Kyle Crick can get himself back on a mound again and by August the old San Jose rotation will be all together in Sacramento.

Hunter Strickland continues to have a very strong season. He's now K'd 19 of the 60 batters he faced on the year, walking 2 and allowing 12 hits.

And speaking Hunters, while Pence went hitless on the day he's doing other great and amazing things:

Richmond beat Bowie (Orioles), 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Kelby Tomlinson

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.288

DH

Mac Williamson

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.300

3b

Mitch Delfino

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.255

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.151

RF

Devin Harris

2

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.277

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kelvin Marte, W, 2-0

6.0

3

1

1

4

1

0

0

0

1.59

Jose Casilla

2.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.57

Josh Osich, S, 5

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.51

The Squirrels have come back from their notorious 15 game losing streak by winning 6 in a row, all against 1st place teams. They still have a long way to go find .500, but they're climbing their way to respectability. Richmond's game shows the whisker thin line between winning and losing baseball. They didn't do anything spectacular. They managed 11 baserunners on 8 hits, including 2 doubles. They scored all 3 runs on Sac Flys (from Oropesa, Delfino, and Schroeder) and then when the crucial moment of the game came, they survived it:

And the end result was a crisp 3-1 victory played in under 2.5 hours (the Commissioner approves!). Kelvin Marte, Giants minor league vet who broke the losing streak, provided another strong start, though without his normal control, but Jose Casilla was really the pitching hero of the game. He came into a no-out situation with runners on 1st and 2nd and almost immediately a Jackson Williams PB moved the runners up to scoring position. And then a dribbler to 3b loaded them up. But a K, a force out at home and a fly out ended the last real threat for Bowie and Josh Osich sent them home happy.

Speaking of which, we dont often think about the minor league organizations, but I continue to be amazed at what a great job the Richmond management has done of building the fanbase for that team. A 3-17 April and they come home to this:

I can usually almost count the crowds at Bowie, and that's a AA team playing about 25 miles from its major league affiliate. Great job Squirrels org!

San Jose defeated Stockton (A's), 4-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Hunter Cole

4

1

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

.305*

SS

Austin Slater

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.330

RF

Dylan Davis

3

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

.313

LF

Brennan Metzger

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.292

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nick Vander Tuig, W, 3-0

8.0

6

1

1

2

3

0

0

0

2.22

Daniel Slania, S, 4

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.70

San Jose hitters had 9 baserunners on 9 hits and 0 BBs, but 5 of their hits went for XBH leading to 4 runs. Most of the damage was done in the 4th inning, when Cole and Slater started the inning with a double and a hard hit single. After Ryder Jone's Sac Fly, Dylan Davis stepped up and showed off a little of his LTP:

In his 10 games for SJ, Davis is showing off a bit of three true outcome tendencies with 10K, 6 BB, and 3XBH in 38 PA.

Along with Brennan Metzger's 8th inning HR, that was plenty to back the pitching of Nick Vander Tuig, who I apparently should have saved my "soft tosser" joke for from yesterday (hmmpf!). Vander Tuig, who was treated quite rudely by the Cal League in 2014, has handled things much better this time around since taking Martin Agosta's place in the rotation. Even with his 5 run outing in his previous start, he's kept his ERA in the low 2s and his WHIP under 1.00. Daniel Slania, who has reportedly come up with an excellent splitter this year, threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Now enjoy some excellent photography from friend of ML, phibear!

and this as well

Augusta won at Delmarva (Orioles), 7-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

LF

Will Callaway

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

.298

3b

Jonah Arenado

5

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.304

1b

John Riley

5

2

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.266

SS

Travious Relaford

4

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.264

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nicholas Gonzalez

3.2

5

5

4

3

6

1

0

0

5,73

Dusten Knight

4.0

2

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

2.08

Carlos Alvarado, S, 4

1.0

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

3.86

The GreenJackets continue to swing it. Twelve more hits (14 baserunners) including 3 XBH added up to constant offensive pressure and lots of runs. Five of the starting nine reached base multiple times in the game and they scored in four different innings. They got two of their XBH in the first inning on a back to back John Riley triple and Skyler Ewing double, keying a two run rally. Jonah Arenado later hit his 5th HR of the season, which is the best in the organization outside of the Sacramento duo of Duvall and Parker.

All of this offensive production came without leadoff hitter Fargas, who skipped his second consecutive start and must be presumed to have some kind of day to day injury (he did PR in the 17 inning game on Thursday).

On the mound, Nicholas Gonzalez had another rough night, surrendering 5 runs for the second consecutive start (albeit in his previous start he managed to last two more innings).  Indeed, it was the third time in 5 starts on the year that Gonzalez surrendered 5 Runs, and the third time he failed to go more than 4 IP. However, Dusten Knight stepped in with by far his best appearance of the year, going 4 scoreless innings and K'ing 5 of the 15 batters he faced. Carlos Alvarado managed to dance around two walks and an error by SS Travious Relaford (Augusta fielders made four Es on the night including 2 by Relaford, his 8th and 9th, and Arenado's 7th), by striking out the side to close out the win.

Speaking of the Augusta bullpen, they've taken a good amount of bashing here, so it's only fair to give them credit where due:

Excellent work, guys! Hunter Pence would be proud.

And, what's a minor league season without silly contests, and Augusta would like your help in winning this one:

So, uh, vote I guess? If you'd like to?

Finally, I dropped a link from here in passing, but there's another great new Minor League data resource out there now called MLBfarm.com. They have pages for each farm system, like the Giants, and on it they accumulate a massive amount of data, including all of last night's box scores with full links to player pages, top performers sorted by day, last 10 days, or last month; player videos; and some pretty incredible data for players including spray charts for both hitters and pitchers and data vs. MLB Top 20 prospects. Pretty incredible stuff. We truly are in the golden age of minor league data.

Tremendously exciting slate tonight. Sacramento and Richmond each a face a top 5 pick in the draft and two of the best pitching prospects in baseball. The RiverCats go up against Rockies #2 prospect Jon Gray, who was the 3rd overall pick in the 2013 draft. BA ranked him as the #24 prospect in baseball this year. Meanwhile, Richmond faces Dylan Bundy, the 4th overall pick in the 2011 draft and #1 prospect in the Orioles system. Bundy was BA's #2 prospect in baseball two years ago, prior to TJ surgery, and was their #48 prospect going into this year.  So great challenges for the upper minors hitters. And in SJ, our own #1 draft pick Tyler Beede takes the mound vs Oakland's 2nd round pick of 2013, Dillon Overton. So great reasons to go out to that game as well. And in Delmarva, Jose Reyes faces off again vs. Darth Vader.