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This stuff is easy: I say Hunter Cole has no power, he goes out and hits his first HR. Now you try it at home!

Some of the best and biggest news of the day for the system took place outside the box scores, on the back fields of the Giants' minor league complex in Scottsdale:

Congrats Derek! Can't wait to see you back in a real game!

HIGHLIGHTS: Tyler Beede threw 6 shutout innings. Hunter Cole doubled and homered.

Sacramento lost to Memphis (Cardinals), 6-4
Sacramento has gone 6-11 over their last 17 games

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Ehire Adrianza

5

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.350

.429

.475

3b

Adam Duvall

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.325

.359

.633

1b

Travis Ishikawa

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

.310

.359

.379

LF

Jarrett Parker

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

.263

.371

.489

RF

Juan Perez

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

.232

.280

.344

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Austin Fleet

4.2

9

4

4

1

4

0

0

0

4.99

Curtis Partch

0.1

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

3.22

Clay Rapada, L

2.0

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

3.60

Steven Okert

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.75

Mike Broadway

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1.35

Sacramento had 17 baserunners on 12 hits in this game, but 10 of those were singles and except for a burst in the 5th inning, they were unable to turn those scoring opportunities into runs.  Going into the 5th, down 4-0, they put together four consecutive two out singles, producing all of their runs for the night, and momentarily tying the game back up 4-4. But a Juan Perez error (overruning a ball) in the 7th opened the door for the losing rally. The game had a historic element to it when Carlos Triunfel was called out on strikes for a violation of pace of play rules.  The home plate umpire determined Triunfel had taken too long getting back in the box and penalized him with an automatic strike which ended the at bat.

Starter Austin Fleet retired 10 batters in a row at one point, from the 2nd through the 5th innings, but when the streak ended so, essentially, did his night as he allowed three singles and a walk in the 5th inning and all came around to score. Curtis Partch, who has probably been the least effective member of the Sacramento bullpen, relieved Fleet with two aboard and promptly walked his first two batters, forcing in Fleet's final run.

Sacramento takes the field this evening with the possibility of getting swept in a four game home series staring them in the face.

Richmond lost to Bowie (Orioles), 3-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.315

.370

.430

SS

Rando Moreno

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.320

.368

.397

RF

Mac Williamson

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

.311

.366

.464

1b

Ricky Oropesa

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

2

.267

.279

.458

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chris Stratton, L, 0-5

6.0

4

2

2

1

6

1

0

0

4.50

Joan Gregorio

1.0

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

3.74

Jose Casilla

1.2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.23

With two pitches left to go in his outing, Chris Stratton was having his best AA start and maybe his best start period. He had gone 6 shutout innings, allowing only two singles while striking out 6. Sadly, his final two pitches (starting the 7th) resulted in a single and a HR which took a little of the shine off his line and hung him with his 5th loss of the year, thanks to a lack of support from the offense. Jose Casilla took a wicked liner off his leg in the 9th, but stayed in the game following a visit from the trainer. He continues to be one of the most reliable options in Richmond's bullpen.

Sequencing is life when it comes to offenses. Ricky Oropesa hit his 5th HR in the 8th but when he came up with men on 1st and 2nd in the 3rd, he grounded out to end the inning. Kelby Tomlinson had two hits, but when he came up with runners on 1st and 2nd in the 6th he grounded out to end the inning. Of such things are 3-2 losses made.

And by the way, the Squirrels would you like all to know just what a rally pig looks like:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So, <a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiantsFans">@SFGiantsFans</a>, this is what a rally pig looks like. <a href="http://t.co/14MSJXbaqC">http://t.co/14MSJXbaqC</a></p>&mdash; Josh Mathews (@SquirrelsRVA) <a href="https://twitter.com/SquirrelsRVA/status/602274801764425729">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Sadly, this pig had little enough magic on this night. Though Rando Moreno's double did put the tying run into scoring position in the 9th, neither Williamson nor Delfino was able to deliver him home. Speaking of Delfino, he was the subject of a John O'Connor feature story yesterday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Richmond Flying Squirrels third baseman Mitch Delfino working OT to upgrade D. <a href="http://t.co/Yx36jFehDO">http://t.co/Yx36jFehDO</a> <a href="http://t.co/r7hcmANdUM">pic.twitter.com/r7hcmANdUM</a></p>&mdash; John O&#39;Connor (@RTDjohnoconnor) <a href="https://twitter.com/RTDjohnoconnor/status/602228018652835842">May 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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San Jose beat Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers), 11-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Seth Harrison

5

1

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

.272*

.316

.380

1b

Ryan Lollis

3

2

3

1

1

1

0

2

0

.355**

.430

.495

RF

Hunter Cole

5

2

2

3

1

0

1

0

2

.348**

.422

.482

2b

Austin Slater

4

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

.311

.340

.453

3b

Ryder Jones

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.276

.307

.388

DH

Dylan Davis

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.234

.318

.338

C

Ben Turner

4

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

.230**

.275

.262

*multiple levels
**SJ only

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Tyler Beede, W, 2-2

6.0

6

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

2.58

Luis Ysla

2.0

2

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

10.29

Jason Forjet

1.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

0

3.18

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthday?src=hash">#HappyBirthday</a> to tonight&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> starting pitcher Tyler Beede! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GiantTogether?src=hash">#GiantTogether</a> <a href="http://t.co/bwAtrr4kzv">pic.twitter.com/bwAtrr4kzv</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants/status/602257969707749376">May 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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One of the really fascinating experiments going on across the minors this year is, I think, the Giants handling of Tyler Beede, essentially taking a 1st round pitcher who did a lot of this:

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to a guy who does a whole bunch of this:

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Beede took the mound in front of family and friends ready to celebrate his 22nd birthday and he turned in a gem, with six shutout innings. And again, he did what he's been successful at doing this year: he pounded the zone. His BB/9 is rather amazingly down to a miniscule 1.6 on the year, but equally amazingly his K9 is only 5.2. As Matt Eddy said in a BA chat this week, it's a fascinating case study that is being watched around the industry and it's been successful thus far. Luis Ysla's year is going less successfully, and though he pitched two scoreless innings here, he did allow four baserunners, including two more walks.

There's a MiLB feature story on the game here:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On his 22nd birthday, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash">#SFGiants</a> No. 3 prospect <a href="https://twitter.com/TylerBeede11">@TylerBeede11</a> tosses six scoreless innings for <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants">@SJGiants</a>. <a href="http://t.co/TE8XneyfSP">http://t.co/TE8XneyfSP</a></p>&mdash; MiLB.com (@MiLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/602369911847923712">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Giants' hitters pounded out 17 hits in this one, including 7 XBH, to completely overwhlem the RC pitching staff. Six members of the starting nine had multiple hits, and four members reached base at least 3x, including Ryan Lollis who was on base 5 times in this one.  Hunter Cole's first inning HR (his first of the year) got the party started and he later chipped in with a double (his 14th between Augusta and SJ).

Finally part two of Joe Ritzo's interview with Farm Director Shane Turner, focussing on the SJ team, including discussions of Beede, Mella, Arroyo, and Ryder Jones.

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Augusta beat Asheville (Rockies), 2-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.311

.364

.385

3b

Travious Relaford

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.257

.322

.337

DH

Jonah Arenado

4

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

2

.274

.309

.439

1b

Skyler Ewing

3

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

.194

.255

.264

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jose Reyes, W, 3-1

6.0

2

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

1.32

Dusten Knight

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1.93

Ramon Del Orbe

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6.04

Carlos Alvarado, S, 6

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.38

Jose Reyes, who's having another of the more interesting season's for Giants pitchers this spring, had almost an inverse outing from his previous one. Last time it was lots of runs early, lots of Ks late. Tonight he came out without his big swing and miss stuff, but kept Asheville off the board. And he was doing it with a different style of pitching.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Augusta&#39;s Jose Reyes is through 5 with a 2-hit shutout. Throwing more CH than usual with different results. FB is 92-94, t95.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/602268435041640450">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Reyes and three relievers ended up combining on a 2 hit shutout, though it came with a little help from their friend in CF:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Johneshwy Fargas just made the catch of the year. Bases loaded, 2 outs in 7th, leading by one. Fargas ranges to left-center for diving catch</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/602278650214481921">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Man do I wish they had TV (or radio for that matter) in Augusta!

Thanks to that catch and strong pitching, the limited offense held up. Skyler Ewing dunked a ball down the RF line to score their first run, and the second was produced courtesy of Jonah Arenado's 6th HR.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jonah Arenado lines a home run to left field for a 2-0 Augusta lead in the 7th. Hard shot on a low line. Definitely caught it all.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/602280435985600513">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Before the game, David Lee noted that Aramis Garcia had gotten dinged up a good bit this week, and he was once again absent tonight.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Second game in three days no Aramis Garcia in the lineup. He was working on coming out of the crouch and throwing with the trainer earlier.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/602213461578350592">May 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Did I stress Fargas' catch enough? NO, apparently I didn't:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I seriously can&#39;t stress enough how amazing Johneshwy Fargas&#39; diving catch was tonight. It&#39;d easily be SC Top 10 No. 1, plus saved the game.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/602318244154834944">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Even with his missed time, I think Fargas is the breakout sleeper prospect for the system on the year for me. His Defense and arm give the bat some leeway for development in a way that, for instance, Cole and Slater don't necessarily have.  Lee's full scouting notes here:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Saturday&#39;s Asheville-Augusta notes: Reyes works in CH more; Arenado&#39;s pull-side power; Fargas&#39; catch. <a href="http://t.co/TXthlSaf1R">http://t.co/TXthlSaf1R</a></p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/602316124034838528">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Augusta is expected to add a starter to the roster for Sunday's game. Will it be Santos?

I hope it's Santos!

The listed starters for today are Ty Blach, Jack Snodgrass, and Chase Johnson.