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The affiliates managed only one victory, but it was a sweet one long in coming...

For me the pure distillation of the beauty of baseball is this moment: the bat swings, you hear the crack, you twist your neck quickly, following the arc of the ball. Scanning the defenders. Will he get there? Will it fall? The moment of anticipation. The pure thrill of will it/won't it.

"On the move is CF Roger Bernadina. He leaps and..." oh boy that's gonna be trouble, Roger...

HIGHLIGHTS: RAY BLACK IS BACK!!!

To the stadiums!

Sacramento lost at Albuquerque (Rockies), 6-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

OPS

RF

Brett Jackson

5

2

3

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.848

CF

Darren Ford

4

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.694

1b

Travis Ishikawa

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.723

3b

Adam Duvall

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.933

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kevin Correia, L, 0-1

7.0

7

6

5

2

4

1

0

0

4.38

Curtis Partch

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.10

Throwback power!

Facing former Nationals starter John Lannan for the second time in a week, Sacramento pounded out 11 hits in this game, including 4 XBH, but they struggled to convert them into runs. A game opening double from Brett Jackson led to a 1st inning run and after that they were kept off the scoreboard until the 7th inning, by which time they were behind 5-1.  In the 7th, an error, another Brett Jackson double, and the Darren Ford HR seen above created 3 runs to start a comeback. And in the 9th the RiverCats got the tying runs into scoring position with no outs, but Ks from Parker and Jackson and a Bowker pop up ended the rally.

After a scorching hot April, Adam Duvall has had a decidedly cooler May. So far this month he's hitting .216/.273/.451 to bring his season OPS down to a still robust .933, with a 146 wRC+.

Kevin Correia was essentially done in by two innings. He entered the 4th with a no-hitter, but left the inning with 3 runs on 4 hits including two doubles. A Roger Bernadina HR in the 5th pushed the lead out to 5-1 before he settled down in the 6th and 7th, but by then the damage was done.

Richmond lost at Bowie (Orioles), 8-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

OPS

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

.794

LF

Devin Harris

5

0

1

2

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.799

RF

Mac Williamson

5

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.768

C

Eliezer Zambrano

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.432

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chris Stratton

5.0

6

3

2

3

5

1

0

0

4.75

Edwin Quirarte, BS

0.2

2

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

13.50

Jose Casilla

1.0

4

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.92

If you watched the Preakness yesterday you have a pretty good notion of the weather conditions for this one, which was delayed nearly two hours at the beginning. Fortunately play by play man Jon Laaser kept himself busy!

Once it got started the Richmond hitters broke loose with a huge four-run 2nd inning which was set up by three consecutive walks to the 6-7-8 hitters, two of whom were batting under .150. A single by Tomlinson and a double from Devin Harris brought everybody in and the Squirrels had a 4-0 lead. The game went pretty much downhill from there however, as Richmond never scored again.  On the whole, they managed 12 baserunners on 8 hits, including three doubles. Also, raise your hand if you knew Eliezer Zambrano was still in the system! Fun fact: Zambrano has been a member of every Richmond Flying Squirrels team since its inception in 2010. He's been with the Giants since 2006, starting as a 19 year old in the DSL.

Chris Stratton delivered what is, by now, a recognizable Chris Stratton performance. He went 5 innings, allowed three runs on six hits and 3 bb, and struck out 5.  It was quite nearly his best performance of the year, had he not been touched up for a two-run HR from the #9 hitter in the Bowie order, the light hitting shortstop Ozzie Martinez.  He left after 5 holding on to a 4-3 lead.

So remember this note from yesterday?

Yeah, scratch that one. They've allowed a run or two now. There were several changes to the bullpen roster before the game as Tyler Rogers was sent to SJ and Tyler Mizenko was placed on the DL. Phil McCormick was brought back from the DL and Edwin Quirarte was re-signed as a FA and rejoined Richmond. Quirarte has now appeared on every Squirrels team since 2011, nearly matching Zambrano.

However his first appearance wasn't one of his best. Taking over for Stratton, Quirarte quickly found himself in trouble. He surrendered a walk, single, and double within the first four batters (sandwiched around a bunt) tying up the game. Fortunately, the double failed to drive a runner in from 2b or the lead would have been gone already. Ultimately, Quirarte and McCormick were able to snake out of a bases loaded, 1-out situation to preserve the tie. But then Jose Casilla's 7th inning blew the game up. Only one of 4 runs allowed was earned, due to his own throwing error (which I've always felt should count on their ER line anyway!).  Regardless, a barage of singles led to a 4 run rally. Bowie had scored 8 unanswered runs and a game that started drearily in rain ended drearily in ruin.

San Jose defeated Visalia (Diamondbacks), 5-4 in 11 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

OPS

CF

Jesus Galindo

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.691

LF

Hunter Cole

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.839*

2b

Austin Slater

5

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.802

3b

Ryder Jones

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.724

DH

Ty Ross

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.463

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nick Vander Tuig

4.2

5

3

3

2

3

0

2

0

2.73

Jeff Soptic

2.1

2

1

1

0

2

1

0

0

2.13

Ray Black

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

Ian Gardeck, W

2.0

3

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

3.46

Dan Slania, S, 6

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.25

No burying the lede here, let's get right to the important stuff!

Now with that bit out of the way (101! 101! 101! 101!) ...it took 11 innings for the Giants to finally end their 11 game losing streak at Visalia (pattern recognition alert!).  There was a small lineup shakeup, as Ryan Lollis moved to 1b, taking over for the struggling Brian Ragira and Hunter Cole moved to LF. Of course the upshot of that was they managed to get two catchers hitting a collective .200 into the lineup, so I'm not sure how much that helped (well: alot apparently, Mr Smartypants as Ben Turner singled in two runs and Ty Ross had two hits!). Nonetheless, the top of the order, led by Galindo, Cole, and Slater drove the production for the night. Along with Lollis in the two-hole, those four accounted for 10 of the team's 14 baserunners on the night, four of their five runs, and three RBI. Jesus Galindo's two-out single in the 11th provided the winning run in a victory that's been tough for SJ to get. This win also was their first against Visalia this year, against 7 defeats.

Another guy who's scuffling a bit in May is Ryder Jones who took a hat trick in this one and made his 8th error. For the month of May Ryder is hitting .250/.280/.341 and his wRC+ is down to just about league average.

Starter Nick Vander Tuig's night ended somewhat early and not happily:

His replacement, Jeff Soptic immediately surrendered a two-run HR to power hitter Kevin Cron. From that point on, however, the bullpen shut down the Rawhide attack, pitching 6.1 scoreless innings on 4 hits, with 8 Ks to 1 BB. Of course, the highlight of the night was Black's 2015 debut (101! 101! 101! 101!). Soptic, Black, and Gardeck back to back is some serious velo coming out of an A ball pen! Whoop!

Today's pre-game show guest is the newly re-startered Martin Agosta.

Augusta lost to Hickory (Rangers), 5-0
They complete their four game series today

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

OPS

DH

Jonah Arenado

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.795

C

Aramis Garcia

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.711

LF

Cristian Paulino

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.891

RF

Steven Neff

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nicolas Gonzalez, L, 1-2

5.0

4

5

3

1

3

2

1

0

5.67

Reyes Moronta

3.0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

2.25

E.J. Encinosa

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

7.36

Seriously. Greenjackets. These are good crowds you're getting. You might want to try scoring a run for them sometime.

The Jekyl and Hyde Augusta offense continues to be completely Mr. Hyding at Lake Olmstead Field. Coming off a roadtrip on which they averaged 6 runs per game, they've now scored a total of 2 runs in their first three games at home, and have been outscored 12-2 in the last two games.

They managed only 5 baserunners in this game, on 4 singles and a walk, while striking out 9 times including a hat trick from Arenado.  SSS of course, but Arenado is hitting .255/.309/.392 at home vs. .333/.367/.542 on the road. Come on guys! These people need excitement (Seriously look at 'em: sitting on their hands, heads down, staring into space)!

The game featured an unusual comeback story for Augusta which you can read about in David Lee's story here. Former Greenjacket relief pitcher (and USC Gamecock) made his debut as a position player, starting the game in RF. The 26 yr old Neff was the 41st round pick of the Giants in 2011.

In the end Neff ended up with an 0 for 3 start, and a very quick 0 for as well, as he was retired on the first pitch in his first 2 ABs. Also, in this game, Jeremy Sy came back from the DL.

Of course, here I have buried the lede, because I really should have started with this: a Rock Shoulders sighting!

Lee's full scouting notes for the game can be found here (though not surprisingly they tend heavy towards the toolsy Hickory team's side):

Everybody's playing day games today, if the east coast weather permits. Tyler Beede takes the mound in Visalia, hopefully extending a newer, better streak there.