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Who on earth is Nathanael Santiago?

Seriously? Hunter Pence's 1st HR of the year and this is what I get? C'mon Vegas! That's some serious half-hearted effort on the telecommunications!

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Elsewhere in the system, it's Day 6 on the Johneshwy watch. Have you seen this man?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">Desde Augusta, el boricua Johneshwy Fargas de los GreenJackets. Gracias a nuestro colaborador <a href="https://twitter.com/franaldoni">@franaldoni</a> <a href="http://t.co/7f2CFlTQLJ">pic.twitter.com/7f2CFlTQLJ</a></p>&mdash; BoricuasMenoresUSA (@BLMUSA) <a href="https://twitter.com/BLMUSA/status/595794490067132416">May 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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HIGHLIGHTS:  Ehire Adrianza went 4 for 5 with 2 doubles. Aramis Garcia went 2 for 4 with a 3 run HR. Cristian Paulino went 3 for 6 with 2 doubles over DH. Nathanael Santiago threw 5.2 scorless innings with 10 Ks.

Sacramento lost at Las Vegas (Mets), 12-8

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

CF

Brett Jackson

5

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

.259

.333

.362

89

SS

Ehire Adrianza

5

2

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

.298

.365

.468

126

RF

Hunter Pence

4

2

1

2

0

0

1

1

1

3b

Adam Duvall

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.315

.353

.623

154

LF

Jarrett Parker

4

1

1

3

0

0

1

1

3

.252

.361

.495

128

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Austin Fleet, L, 1-3

2.2

8

8

6

1

2

0

1

0

7.59

Juan Gutierrez

2.1

1

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

4.74

Clay Rapada

2.0

3

4

4

2

0

1

0

0

3.65

Erik Cordier

1.0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2.25

What with all the 3-1, 4-3 type games the RiverCats have been in this year, I almost forgot they played in the PCL. But a trip to Las Vegas sets all to right again, and this here was a good old fashioned PCL'ing. Sacramento got out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, and then was broadsided by an 8 run 3rd inning which chased starter Austin Fleet from the game, and from which they never recovered, despite 3 runs on two HRs in the 9th inning. Ehire Adrianza had the huge game with 4 hits in five trips, including two doubles.  Jarrett Parker hit a 3-run HR in the first inning to start the scoring. Parker is now tied with Duvall for team lead in both HRs (8) and RBIs (27). However he also K'd three more times and now has 47 Ks in 111 ABs on the year.  Hunter Pence homered and walked in his fourth rehab game. He will likely rejoin the Giants this weekend.

Austin Fleet's AAA season has been extremely up and down, mixing three scoreless or 1 run appearances with three runsapaloozas. It no doubt hasn't helped that he's started at El Paso, at Reno, and at Las Vegas in those starts, but still his ERA is showing the toll of the disaster outings, and he's so far made it past the 4th inning only twice. Erik Cordier pitched another scoreless inning, though he did allow two baserunners.

Richmond lost to Binghamton (Mets), 4-1
they finish up the three game set this morning

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.296

.352

.426

123

RF

Mac Williamson

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.286

.322

.411

107

3b

Mitch Delfino

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.250

.331

.317

89

C

Jackson Williams

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.152

.282

.258

62

P

Matt Lujan

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.300

.364

.400

121

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Lujan, L, 1-3

6.0

10

4

4

1

6

1

0

0

4.41

Tyler Rogers

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

7.27

Sometimes you can find a single stat so incisive that it may sum up an entire ballgame. This is such a game, and here is that stat: the only Richmond batter to reach base twice was starting pitcher Matt Lujan, who's having quite a fine season with the bat! Not quite as fine a season on the mound unfortunately though he actually matched his season high in Ks in this game, but also set a season high for hits and baserunners and saw his ERA rise to 4.41 (EL league average is currently 3.78). Tyler Rogers is meanwhile slowly (but we hope, surely) bringing his ERA back the other way from its early season heights.

The Squirrels managed eight baserunners on six hits, and one XBH. They scored their lone run on a Jackson Williams double and a Rando Moreno single. Despite the double, Jax, who has been in pro ball for 8 years and has a major league HR on his record, is currently producing a AA OPS of .540.  It's games like this that produces pictures like these:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Underway in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RVA?src=hash">#RVA</a>! Third pitch of the game and there is already a bat in the net. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSquirrels?src=hash">#GoSquirrels</a> <a href="http://t.co/xcykxnqx5i">pic.twitter.com/xcykxnqx5i</a></p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/598256414948229121">May 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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San Jose lost at Modesto (Rockies), 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

LF

Ryan Lollis

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

.371

.425

.484

159*

DH

Hunter Cole

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.296

.351

.423

115*

2b

Austin Slater

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

.317

.340

.475

122

3b

Ryder Jones

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.296

.339

.426

108

1b

Brian Ragira

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.175

.286

.258

59

*Cal league stats only

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chase Johnson

6.0

5

0

0

1

4

0

0

1

1.99

Jake Smith, BS

1.0

1

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

1.52

Mason McVay, L

0.1

2

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

4.70

Daniel Slania

0.2

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.57

San Jose got their first look of the year at one of the more prospect laden teams in the Cal league, and likely its best offense. The Modesto Nuts feature Colorado's #5 (Ryan McMahon), #8 (Antonio Senzatela), #9 (Rosell Herrera) and #10 (Raimel Tapia) prospects on BA's list. The Giants hitters got to face the 20 yr old Venezuelan Senzatela in this first game and didn't fare particularly well against him.  Senzatela features a fb that has been reported as sitting 93-96 so this was a good test against some premium velocity. Brian Ragira actually fared the best against him, with a grondball single and a walk, though SJ did reach him for a run in the third on consecutive singles from three Cal league vets: Bednar, Galindo, and Lollis. Lollis, just back from AAA, knocked in the Giants first run and scored their second and had the best line of the night. Slater's RBI double was one of only two XBH for the team (Lollis had the other).

Given a lineup featuring McMahon, Herrera, and Tapia, Chase Johnson's night, which would look good under any circumstances, has to be considered a fantastic effort. He reached 6 innings for the third time this year (and interestingly also had 4 Ks for the third time this year) and had his lowest walk total of the season. His ERA has now dropped below 2.00. Johnson left with a 1-0 lead, but Jake Smith surrendered a solo HR to tie it in the 7th. After SJ retook the lead on doubles from Lollis and Slater, Mason McVay and Daniel Slania combined for a blow up three run 8th that decided it. McVay faced four batters and the only one he retired came on a Sac Bunt.

Nonetheless, the Giants flagship affiliate was able to take valid pride elsewhere on this night:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congrats to former <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mm_duffy">@mm_duffy</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/Hesto23">@Hesto23</a> on great performances in tonight&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiants">@SFGiants</a> win! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GiantTogether?src=hash">#GiantTogether</a> <a href="http://t.co/otqFfRIh7j">pic.twitter.com/otqFfRIh7j</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants/status/598353055256457216">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Augusta won at Delmarva (Orioles) 8-5 in game 1 of DH

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

CF

Seth Harrison

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.267

.302

.383

95

3b

Jonah Arenado

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.311

.353

.492

138

C

Aramis Garcia

4

1

2

3

0

0

1

0

1

.205

.317

.398

108

DH

Skyler Ewing

3

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.191

.256

.255

50

RF

Cristian Paulino

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.340

.365

.540

157

2b

Travious Relaford

3

0

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

.260

.318

.338

89

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Gage, W, 2-1

5.0

9

4

4

1

2

1

0

0

3.82

Ramon Del Orbe

1.0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

4.96

Carlos Alvarado, S, 5

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.48

Augusta won at Delmarva (Orioles) 1-0 in game 2 of DH
sweeping the four game series

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

DH

Cristian Paulino

3

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

1

LF

Andrew Cain

3

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

Nathanael Santiago, W, 2-0

5.2

4

0

0

0

10

0

2

0

Notwithstanding Thursday night's suspended affair, Augusta has now won 6 consecutive games, their longest sustained success of the season. And it's no secret as to what's causing the streak. Even with their sleepy 1-0 victory in the finale yesterday, the team has averaged 6 runs per game in the win streak.

In the morning game they scored 8 more runs on 12 hits (0 BB, 5 Ks) including 3 XBH.  Every member of the lineup other than SS Ryan Jones had at least one hit, and four of them had multi-hit games. The big hit came from Aramis Garcia, who started the scoring with a three-run HR in the 2nd. Garcia's game got him a mention in BP's daily Minor League Update (subscriber only) as a "Best of the Rest" category roundup. Garcia's been a topic of much discussion this year. FWIW, in this writeup at least, they note that "his defense and leadership... could be enough to see him in the big leagues" among other, generally positive comments regarding his offensive potential. Plus according to Sal Graphs, he's a "cool dude."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Aramis Garcia... Such a cool dude <a href="http://t.co/px6cCl3Feo">pic.twitter.com/px6cCl3Feo</a></p>&mdash; sal graphs (@Cardcollector9) <a href="https://twitter.com/Cardcollector9/status/596494349183094784">May 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The second game, which was your classic getaway game rush job, featured only 8 hits and 11 baserunners in total for both sides. Augusta managed just 3 hits, but two of them were doubles by Cristian Paulino who continues to push for more steady play.  The 23 yr old, spent four years in short season rookie leagues: one in the DSL and then three consecutive trips to the AZL in 2011-2013.  He finally got his first taste of full season ball last year, producing a .623 OPS in 92 games in Augusta.

On the polar extreme of the slow moving Paulino, this game featured perhaps the most notable pitching line of the year from the Giants own personal Sidd Finch: Nathanael Santiago, International Man of Mystery.  Making the fourth start of his career, the 25 year old K'd 10 (perhaps eager to skedaddle) Delmarva batters of only 23 that he faced. Santiago, who has also relieved four times this year now has 30 Ks and 8 BBs in 24.2 IP. He has surrendered 10 ER, four of which came in a disatrous relief appearance in which he was credited with 4 runs allowed without retiring a batter.  Wherever the Giants found him, I suspect there's something about the arm that intrigues them.

The Greenjackets are off tonight as they travel back home and try to resume their winning ways on Friday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In honor of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AGJ?src=hash">#AGJ</a> winning their 6th straight game. We are selling our Slammin&#39; Summer 6 Packs! <a href="http://t.co/rkaU2pA0QS">http://t.co/rkaU2pA0QS</a> <a href="http://t.co/WkomTaVNRc">pic.twitter.com/WkomTaVNRc</a></p>&mdash; Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets/status/598236031603888128">May 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Three games today including possibly the best pitching slate of any day yet this year, with three of the top seven prospects in the Giants system on the mound: Ty Blach, Kyle Crick, and Keury Mella. The top two games are both morning affairs out west.