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Four 1st round picks on the mound around the system produced a lot of zeros on the boards... more than maybe some of the fans thought, strictly speaking, necessary.

It's Minor Lines, Happy Mother's Day version

And in honor of the occasion, Sacramento not only offered up a passel of free baseball, they threw out one of my all time favorite extra inning phenomena: the "hide the Pitcher" trick!

HIGHLIGHTS: Tyler Beede allowed 0 ER in 6+ innings. Jose Reyes threw 8 scoreless innings with 8 Ks. Seth Harrison had 3 hits and a SB.

Sacramento lost to Albuquerque (Rockies), 5-4 in 17 innings
they finish up their four game series tomorrow afternoon

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Darren Ford

7

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.256

2b

Ronny Cedeno

7

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.275

1b

John Bowker

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

.303

RF-3b

Juan Perez

6

1

1

0

0

1

0

2

1

0

0

.241

LF-RF-LF-RF-LF-RF-LF

Jarrett Parker

6

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

4

1

0

.255

3b

Carlos Truinfel

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

.243

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Robert Coello

6.2

8

3

3

1

4

2

0

0

3.98

Erik Cordier

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

1

2.57

Cody Hall

1.0

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1.56

Mike Broadway

2.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.23

Hunter Strickland

2.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.04

Steven Okert

2.0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0.55

Clay Rapada

1.0

1

1

1

0

2

1

0

0

0.87

You may recall the entertainment value that Sacramento has mined in this kind of game before. But this 17 inning game was The Empire Strikes Back to that game's A New Hope. Allow me to direct your attention to Jarrett Parker's listed defensive position. Yes! This game featured Ty Blach: OF! Let's watch it (with bonus Steven Okert K footage)!

Well, it looks like Bob Mariano outsmarted my desire to see Ty Blach made a play. I'm suddenly finding myself wondering how Augusta managed to play such an entertainment FREE 17 inning game this weekend. Why they only used five pitchers total!

In addition to heroically sprinting back and forth across the OF multiple times in the very very late innings of this game, Parker also accomplished something of a Toolsy Triple Crown in this game with a HR, SB, and an OF Assist. This is an accomplishment that definitely needs a cooler name. Minor Lines Crowd: get on it! To make matters even better, the HR (his 7th) came off Rockies #3 overall pick Jon Gray and his premium stuff. Jarrett, I salute you and your tools and I totally won't mention that other thing you did there.

Blach's entry into the game was the result of Carlos Triunfel managing to get himself ejected from the dugout in the bottom of the 14th inning when the RiverCats had no more position players. Hunter Pence had a scheduled night off from his rehab and wasn't available. Nor apparently was Travis Ishikawa, OF extraordinaire!, so Sacramento was short-handed to begin with. Ronny Cedeno hit a hard grounder over the bag which the 3b ump called foul, eliciting a cry from the Sacramento bench. And in what was likely a bit of unnecessary rabbit ears the 3b immediately called can ejection. It took some time after that to figure out who had been ejected (a different player started to head to the showers and was stopped and sent back before Triunfel was pointed out). Prior to that Triunfel had been one of only two Sacramento hitters (along with fellow MI Ronny Cedeno) to record 2 hits in the game, and one of only two Sacramento hitters (along with RF-3b Juan Perez) to reach base 3 times.

There were no position players pitching for the RiverCats, though with 9 different pitchers they had to be getting fairly near to that point. However, to go along with Blach's fine OF play, I will just note the recap of the bottom of the 17th inning, the final half inning of play:

Sacramento Bottom of the 17th
  • Darren Ford strikes out swinging.
  • Ronny Cedeno grounds out, third baseman Tim Smalling to first baseman Ben Paulsen.
  • Clay Rapada singles on a line drive to center fielder Brandon Barnes.
  • Juan Perez lines out softly to shortstop Cristhian Adames.

Excellent job Clay! I salute you, and I totally won't mention that other thing you did there.

Richmond lost to Bowie (Orioles), 2-0
winning the series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Javier Herrera

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

.214

3b

Mitch Delfino

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.250

RF

Devin Harris

2

0

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.299

LF

Daniel Carbonell

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.146

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chris Stratton, L, 0-4

5.2

3

2

1

3

5

1

0

0

4.94

Tyler Rogers

2.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

8.22

Dylan Bundy (Bowie)

3.0

2

0

0

2

3

0

0

1

2.25

The highly sung Dylan Bundy, the considerably less sung 29 year old Terry Doyle (Boston College represent!) and the modestly sung Mychal Givens (#27 Orioles prospect) completely shut down the Richmond hitters on this day. Devin Harris provided the lion's share of the offense with half the team's 4 hits, it's only XBH, and 1 of their 4 walks.  Mitch Delfino and Javy Herrera were the only other Squirrels to reach 1b twice, though neither ever saw 2b and Herrera was erased on a CS on one of his trips. They did however, have one serious scoring opportunity against Bundy when singles by Harris and Tomlinson and a WP put runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. But a bit of bad luck and some poor baserunning cost them as Herrera lined out to LF Mike Yastrzemski and Tomlinson was doubled off 2b, apparently thinking that Harris would try to score on the play.

We all know David Lee's beat work for Augusta, but did you know Richmond has a staff writer as well? Meet John O'Connor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Here's a piece on the difficulty for power hitters at The Diamond:

Wow! Big Mac is Big!

Chris Stratton had perhaps his best start of the year, with 5Ks, 3BBs, and 1 ER in 5.2 IP.  His starts have had a somewhat monotonous consistency this year, nearly always lasting 5-6 innings, allowing 2-4 runs and with a roughly equivalent number of Ks and BBs. On the year he has 23 Ks and 17 BBs in 31 IP (which is not enough of the one and too many of the other) to go along with his near 5.00 ERA.

For those interested in how Dylan Bundy threw:

As has been the case with him all year, Bowie removed him from the game after 3 innings of work. Personally, I call shenanigans. I'd like to place my vote squarely with this guy:

San Jose lost to Stockton (A's), 5-2
Winning the three game series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Ryan Lollis

4

2

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.342*

3b

Ryder Jones

4

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.306

Rest of team

21

0

1

0

0

0

0

4

8

0

1

*Across two levels

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Tyler Beede

6.1

10

2

1

0

2

0

0

0

2.41

Ian Gardeck

1.1

1

2

2

3

0

0

0

0

3.91

Martin Agosta

1.1

1

1

1

1

2

0

0

1

4.57

San Jose's entire offense came from two batters, the recently returned from AAA Ryan Lollis, who doubled twice, and 3b Ryder Jones, who singled him in both times. Though San Jose had four walks and five hits on the day, they managed only two above the minimum ABs, thanks to a variety of outs on the base paths. There was some hard contact interspersed among the outs however, particularly with usual suspects Hunter Cole and Austin Slater.

On the most recent Inside the SJ Giants podcast, play by play man Joe Ritzo described what they've seen out of Tyler Beede as "cutters and sinkers and cutters and sinkers. And when he's done with that cutters and sinkers some more." Beede has obviously bought in full-bore to a philosophy that has him economizing pitches and pounding the strike zone. On this day the results of that approach were on full display, as he walked none of the 29 batters he faced and he produced ground ball after ground ball. He got eleven ground ball outs and nearly all of the hits he allowed came on ground balls.  He perhaps tired near the end of his game, or the BABIP gods got him as four of the five groundballs he got in the 7th inning found holes. In all, 5 of the last 8 batters against him hit groundball singles which chased him from the game, the other three grounded out.

The only run he surrendered on the afternoon scored on a two out error from Austin Slater, manning the SS position. He did leave with the bases loaded and 1 out, however, and his line got a definite assist from Ian Gardeck who induced a DP from the first batter he faced.  For his efforts, Gardeck ended up saddled with the loss as two walks and a double in his next inning of work put the Ports ahead for good.

Given that it's Mothers Day, let's end on a little boy reminiscence from Tyler Beede and all say, d'ahhhh!

Augusta won at Delmarva (Orioles), 6-0
the four game series continues Monday and Tuesday

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Seth Harrison

5

2

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.264

2b

Will Callaway

5

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

.306

3b

Jonah Arenado

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.310

C

Aramis Garcia

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.190

DH

John Riley

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.256

RF

Cristian Paulino

4

0

2

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.318

1b

Skyler Ewing

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.183

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jose Reyes, W, 2-0

7.0

5

0

0

0

8

0

0

0

0.32

Rodolfo Martinez

1.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

6.23

The Greenjackets are now 15-14, the first time they've been above .500 since the 5th game of the season. Given the Jekyll and Hyde nature of their Run Scoring and Run Prevention units, its probably fitting that the team has been within a single game of .500 for all but 6 days this season. A win tomorrow would bring them to 2 games above .500 for the first time all year!

Johneshwy Fargas missed his third straight start (ailment undetermined), but Seth Harrison more than made up for the absence with three hits including a double, two runs scored and a SB (also a CS). Five members of the starting lineup reached base on multiple occasions. Oddly, all four of the other batters in the lineup entered the game hitting under .200 on the season, including the two guys who were supposed to be the heart of this lineup, Garcia and Ewing. In fact, it's worth noting that about 5 weeks into the season there are six guys who are playing every day and roughly 100 PA into their year who are still hitting below .200 a list that includes several guys listed high on our CPL: Garcia, Ewing, Andrew Cain, Brian Ragira, Ty Ross, and Daniel Carbonell. Time for a little regressing to the mean, guys. The good kind!

Once again the top 3 hitters of Augusta's lineup were a hitting machine. On this day that combination was Harrison, Will Callaway, and Jonah Arenado, and the trio accounted for 7 hits, 4 RBI, 3 runs scored, two doubles and a HR (Callaway's first of the year).  They also had only 1 K combined.  At the bottom of the lineup, Cristian Paulino had yet another nice day with 2 doubles. The 23 year old UT OF has gotten three straight starts with Fargas out of the lineup and he's definitely making a push for more playing time, as he's had 5 hits and 8 TB in those games. His slash line for the season is now up to .318/.328/.500 in 41 more or less sporadic PA.

Jose Reyes continued to dominate Sally hitters with his fastball/curve combination. David Lee has reported Reyes having an inconsistent feel for the curve, but it certainly seemed to be working today. Reyes has now allowed just 1 ER in his 5 starts, and has a 28:4 K:BB ratio in 28 IP.  Like nearly all the Augusta rotation, at 24 yrs old he's well too old for the Sally. Still, there's a conceivable path to the majors as a MR for him if he keeps developing the secondaries.

Respect! Following Reyes, Rodolfo Martinez made his first appearance in a week and it was a good one, with 2 Ks out of the 4 batters he faced.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers out there, hope the sons, daughters, husbands, and fathers who love you made it a great one!