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A limited schedule plus a rainout led to the first perfect day the org has had in 2015, two wins and no losses.

Two tight, fairly low-scoring games reminds me that I don't emphasize defense enough in these lines, so let's take care of that up top with a beauty courtesy of Carlos Triunfel:

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HIGHLIGHTS: Mike Broadway struck out all 3 batters he faced. Juan Perez had two hits including walk off double. Kelby Tomlinson had a double and triple.

Sacramento defeated Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 5-4
splitting the four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Ehire Adrianza

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

.238

LF

Juan Perez

5

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.248

RF

Hunter Pence

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.125

1b

Travis Ishikawa

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.241

3b

Adam Duvall

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.328

CF

Brett Jackson

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

2

0

1

0

.264

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kevin Correia

5.2

7

3

3

2

4

0

0

1

3.57

Curtis Partch

1.1

1

1

1

0

2

1

0

0

3.44

Cody Hall

1.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1.47

Mike Broadway, W, 1-0

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1.15

Sacramento ran out what almost could have been a day game after a night game SF Giants lineup yesterday, with 8 former (or current) big leaguers in the starting lineup facing another former major leaguer, John Lannan. And while the Cats didn't have a great offensive night, they did enough to claw their way to a win (Cats: claw, see what I did there? It's an art I tell ya! Also, fits right in with Sacramento's #ClawsUp marketing campaign:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here at my first <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats">@RiverCats</a> game with my <a href="https://twitter.com/karoline_jelly">@karoline_jelly</a>!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClawsUp?src=hash">#ClawsUp</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bestfriend?src=hash">#bestfriend</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/baseball?src=hash">#baseball</a> <a href="http://t.co/XUBlbvf7DX">pic.twitter.com/XUBlbvf7DX</a></p>&mdash; Ashlyn Matte (@Ashlyn365) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ashlyn365/status/594680600277069824">May 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The RiverCats put 14 men on base with 9 hits and 5 bb, and had 4 XBH, all doubles, most of which figured in the scoring. Three of the doubles drove men in from first base, including Hunter Pence twice. Hey, let's watch Hunter run the bases! That should be fun:

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Pence singled in the 4th and came in on Adam Duvall's double, and walked in the 6th and, as we saw, scored on Ishikawa's double, which began Sacramento's come back from a 4-1 deficit. In the 8th, Brett Jackson, who had doubled earlier, walked with two outs then stole second and came around on Triunfel's ground ball single. Setting the stage for 9th inning dramatics courtesy of JCP (Warning: more bad TV directing):

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On the mound, Kevin Correia, who missed all of ST, is clearly still working his way back to sharpness as his control was ragged throughout the early innings (he threw just 58 of 96 pitches for strikes). Still he did what Correia does, which was mostly avoid hard contact and too many baserunners and he sailed into the 6th inning protecting a 1-0 lead. But it all fell apart there. The first two batters singled and doubled, but it looked for a moment like Correia would get out of it when the runner on third was caught off base on a comebacker and thrown out at home, and the subsequent hitter struck out swinging. But Jose Rivera doubled off the wall to end Correia's day and then Curtis Partch gave up a HR to the first batter he saw and a tight 1-0 game was suddenly 4-1, setting the stage for the Cats late innings comeback.

Mike Broadway was nothing short of brilliant, dispatching three straight hitters on strikeouts, two of them swinging. One thing this org seems to be fully stocked to surplus inventory on right now is hard throwing relievers, and I find myself hoping one of the guys up in SF would come up with just a touch of fatigue so I can see Broadway or Strickland or Okert pitch in the big leagues this year!

Speaking of which, Erik Cordier's rehab should end by regs on Friday and given the way Machi has pitched I wonder if a little Machi DL stint might be the option they take there rather than waive Cordier just yet. He's K'd 11 in 7 innings since moving up to Sacramento, though he's also BB'd 6 which has always been the bugaboo for Erik.

Next up, Sacramento heads to Sin City for a three game set with the Las Vegas 51s, newly void of Noah Syndergaard.

Richmond defeated Binghamton (Mets), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Kelvy Tomlinson

3

0

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.297

CF

Javier Herrera

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.216

RF

Mac Williamson

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.287

1b

Ricky Oropesa

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.234

3b

Myles Schroeder

4

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.208

PH

Angel Villalona

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.118

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jack Snodgrass

6.0

3

3

3

3

2

1

0

0

4.94

Tyler Mizenko, BS

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6.14

Stephen Johnson

0.1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

4.30

Josh Osich

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.40

Joan Gregorio, S, 1

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.24

Richmond continued their recent turn of fortunes, winning their 7th in 8 games on the ever popular minor league promotion, bark in the park night:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BarkInThePark?src=hash">#BarkInThePark</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels">@GoSquirrels</a> <a href="http://t.co/yW8ycy3jdu">pic.twitter.com/yW8ycy3jdu</a></p>&mdash; Sean Waltman (@derekwaltman) <a href="https://twitter.com/derekwaltman/status/597917959592480768">May 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Their offense still wasn't exactly performing at peak efficiency, seen right from the top when Kelby Tomlinson hit a lead off triple in the first and they couldn't get him in.  In particular, their peripherals were telling of one of the problems the Squirrels have offensively as they posted 9 Ks to 1 BB.  On the season the numbers are 219 Ks to 73 BB. Really need to do a better job on the approach there.

But yesterday, 5 of their 8 hits went for extra bases and that helped get them over the hump. Ricky Oropesa led off the scoring with a solo HR. Oropesa, the 25 yr old 3rd rd pick in 2011, has been swinging a hot bat the last week, though he is still OPSing .638 in this, his third EL season. Another guy on this third EL campaign (two full and a cup of coffee) is Kelby Tomlinson and at 24, the 12th round pick out of Texas Tech is definitely having a breakout year. With two hits, including a double and triple, he's now got a slash line of .297/.355/.432 and could be having a Juan Perez sort of AA renaissance that could lead to him being a useful player to the Giants down the line as a MI utility man (which seems to be something of an organizational specialty right now). Oddly, SB which have been the biggest part of his offensive profile in the past, have been greatly de-emphasized for Kelby this year as he's just 6 for 11 in SB attempts. Last year he was 49 for 61.

Mac Williamson doubled and scored in 6th and later he drove in the winning run on a ground out, but he also K'd twice more and his 25:4 K:BB ratio is a concern. Approach can definitely be a limiting factor for Mac in accessing his game power.

Jack Snodgrass mostly put zeroes on the board, having surrendered only a Gavin Cecchini solo HR entering the 7th, but he walked his first two batters in the 7th and both would end up scoring after Tyler Mizenko relieved him. After Richmond retook the lead in the bottom of that inning, they match-upped through the 8th with Stephen Johnson and normal closer Josh Osich, which then left the 9th to Joan Gregorio, who picked up his first save, retiring three in order, including a final K.

San Jose was off. Begins a three game set at Modesto tonight.

Augusta was rained out. Plays a DH beginning at 10:30 am EST today

And with such a light schedule, lets end by looking at some of the hotter hitters in the org of late (from MLBfarm.com):

(Hmm... night quite as pretty as I was hoping, but check out the player pages on the hyper links, some cool stuff there).

TOP PERFORMERS LAST 10 DAYS

Hits

Doubles

HR

RBI

SB

Austin Slater [SJ ]

18 for 49

Brandon Belt [SF ]

6

Adam Duvall [SAC ]

4

Adam Duvall [SAC ]

10

Seth Harrison [AUG ]

5

Jonah Arenado [AUG ]

16 for 43

Devin Harris [RIC ]

5

Ricky Oropesa [RIC ]

2

Austin Slater [SJ ]

10

Johneshwy Fargas [AUG ]

5

Ricky Oropesa [RIC ]

15 for 42

Austin Slater [SJ ]

5

Joe Panik [SF ]

2

Ricky Oropesa [RIC ]

10

Nori Aoki [SF ]

3

Mac Williamson [RIC ]

15 for 42

Ricky Oropesa [RIC ]

4

Brian Ragira [SJ ]

2

Ryder Jones [SJ ]

9

Jesus Galindo [SJ ]

3

Brandon Belt [SF ]

14 for 34

Hunter Cole [SJ ]

4

Austin Slater [SJ ]

2

Jonah Arenado [AUG ]

8

Jarrett Parker [SAC ]

3


TOP PERFORMERS LAST MONTH

Hits

Doubles

HR

RBI

SB

Adam Duvall [SAC ]

39 for 122

Adam Duvall [SAC ]

11

Adam Duvall [SAC ]

8

Adam Duvall [SAC ]

26

Johneshwy Fargas [AUG ]

15

Johneshwy Fargas [AUG ]

36 for 106

Hunter Cole [SJ ]

10

Jarrett Parker [SAC ]

7

Jarrett Parker [SAC ]

24

Nori Aoki [SF ]

9

Jonah Arenado [AUG ]

35 for 113

Kelby Tomlinson [RIC ]

8

Jonah Arenado [AUG ]

5

Jonah Arenado [AUG ]

20

Randy Ortiz [AUG ]

7

Angel Pagan [SF ]

33 for 103

Brandon Belt [SF ]

8

Brandon Crawford [SF ]

4

Ryder Jones [SJ ]

16

Jesus Galindo [SJ ]

7

Ryder Jones [SJ ]

32 for 107

Ronny Cedeno [SAC ]

8

Ricky Oropesa [RIC ]

3

Aramis Garcia [AUG ]

15

Randy Ortiz [AUG ]

7

Five games on tap today with a morning DH in Delmarva. Enjoy the games.