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Memorial Day is a traditional quarter pole for baseball. Nearly two months into the season. So it seems a good day to take a breath, before the short season leagues begin play, and see where we are in 2015. Before I get to the games let's take a quick look at the teams' positions in their league standings and a few Best and Worst statistical lists for the season thus far.

After a run in 1st, Sacramento has lately fallen to 2nd in the Pacific Northern Division of the PCL

Pacific Coast League Pacific Northern

W

L

PCT

GB

ELIM#

HOME

AWAY

L10

Streak

Fresno Grizzlies (HOU)

25

19

0.568

-

-

16-9

9-10

7-3

L1

Sacramento River Cats (SF)

21

24

0.467

4.5

96

12-13

9-11

4-6

L6

Reno Aces (ARI)

19

24

0.442

6.0

96

10-9

9-15

4-6

W1

Tacoma Rainiers (SEA)

18

26

0.409

7.5

94

9-11

9-15

4-6

L3

Richmond has spent May trying to dig their way back from the disastrous April:

Eastern League Western

W

L

PCT

GB

ELIM#

HOME

AWAY

L10

Streak

Altoona Curve (PIT)

25

17

0.585

-

-

12-8

12-9

4-6

W1

Bowie Baysox (BAL)

22

21

0.512

3.0

-

10-7

12-14

4-6

L1

Harrisburg Senators (WSH)

19

23

0.452

5.5

98

14-12

5-11

5-5

W1

Akron RubberDucks (CLE)

19

24

0.442

6.0

97

10-9

9-15

5-5

W1

Richmond Flying Squirrels (SF)

18

23

0.439

6.5

98

10-12

8-11

6-4

W2

Erie SeaWolves (DET)

16

26

0.381

8.5

95

10-15

6-11

4-6

L1

San Jose has had a similar rhythm with early disaster but much better play of late:

California League North

W

L

PCT

GB

ELIM#

HOME

AWAY

L10

Streak

Visalia Rawhide (ARI)

31

14

0.705

-

-

15-6

16-7

6-4

L2

Modesto Nuts (COL)

23

22

0.500

8.0

18

12-8

10-14

4-6

W2

Stockton Ports (OAK)

21

24

0.455

10.0

16

10-11

10-13

5-5

W1

San Jose Giants (SF)

19

26

0.422

12.0

14

13-11

6-15

7-3

W7

Bakersfield Blaze (SEA)

17

26

0.395

13.5

14

8-15

9-11

3-7

L3

While Augusta bobs up and down and hangs around:

South Atlantic League Southern

W

L

PCT

GB

ELIM#

HOME

AWAY

L10

Streak

Greenville Drive (BOS)

26

18

0.581

-

-

13-13

12-5

7-3

W1

Charleston RiverDogs (NYY)

23

21

0.535

3.0

26

10-9

13-11

4-6

L1

Augusta GreenJackets (SF)

21

22

0.488

4.5

23

8-13

13-9

4-6

L1

Lexington Legends (KC)

20

24

0.442

6.0

22

7-13

12-11

5-5

W2

Rome Braves (ATL)

19

25

0.442

6.0

22

9-18

10-6

4-6

L1

Savannah Sand Gnats (NYM)

19

25

0.442

6.0

22

9-12

10-12

7-3

L3

Asheville Tourists (COL)

19

25

0.419

7.0

21

9-12

9-13

4-6

W1

One thing you can see in the Cal league standings is that for leagues that crown first half winners, it gets late early as Yogi used to say. And a second thing of note is that we're now in the 40-45 game range for most of these teams, so players suspended 50 games are nearing the end of their suspensions. Now some stats. I did a 75 PA min for these Best/Worst lists. All the names are linked to Minor League Central player pages. Also, these probably don't include Sunday's games.

NAME

Age

Level

BA

NAME

Level

Age

BA

Ehire Adrianza

25.83

Sac

.350

Daniel Carbonell

24.25

RIC

.154

Ryan Lollis

28.50

SJ/Sac

.348

Brian Ragira

23.42

SJ

.173

Rando Moreno

23.00

RIC

.333

Randy Ortiz

22.00

AUG

.192

Hunter Cole

22.67

Aug/SJ

.329

Skyler Ewing

22.83

AUG

.194

Adam Duvall

26.75

SAC

.325

Jackson Williams

29.08

RIC

.194

Kelby Tomlinson

25.00

RIC

.315

Brandon Bednar

23.25

SJ

.203

Mac Williamson

24.92

RIC

.311

Andrew Cain

25.25

AUG

.209

Austin Slater

22.50

SJ

.311

Javier Herrera

30.17

RIC

.211

Johneshwy Fargas

20.50

AUG

.311

Jeremy Sy

25.67

AUG

.211

Brett Jackson

26.83

SAC

.299

Ty Ross

23.42

SJ

.214

NAME

Age

Level

OBP

NAME

Level

Age

OBP

Ehire Adrianza

25.83

Sac

.429

Daniel Carbonell

24.25

RIC

.197

Ryan Lollis

28.50

SJ/Sac

.427

Juan Ciriaco

31.83

SAC

.225

Hunter Cole

22.67

Aug/SJ

.408

Randy Ortiz

22.00

AUG

.241

Rando Moreno

23.00

RIC

.379

Brandon Bednar

23.25

SJ

.244

Brett Jackson

26.83

SAC

.374

Skyler Ewing

22.83

AUG

.257

Jarrett Parker

26.42

SAC

.371

Carlos Triunfel

25.33

SAC

.265

Kelby Tomlinson

25.00

RIC

.370

Guillermo Quiroz

33.58

SAC

.278

Mac Williamson

24.92

RIC

.366

Ricky Oropesa

25.50

RIC

.279

Johneshwy Fargas

20.50

AUG

.364

Juan Perez

28.58

SAC

.280

Adam Duvall

26.75

SAC

.359

Brian Ragira

23.42

SJ

.283

NAME

Age

Level

BB%

NAME

Level

Age

BB%

Jarrett Parker

26.42

SAC

15.1%

Juan Ciriaco

31.83

SAC

0%

Jackson Williams

29.08

RIC

13.1%

Ricky Oropesa

25.50

RIC

1.5%

Brian Ragira

23.42

SJ

12.6%

Carlos Triunfel

25.33

SAC

2%

Jeremy Sy

25.67

AUG

11.8%

Daniel Carbonell

24.25

RIC

2.9%

Dylan Davis

21.92

SJ

11.4%

Austin Slater

22.50

SJ

3.2%

Javier Herrera

30.17

RIC

11.1%

Will Callaway

25.50

AUG

3.7%

Aramis Garcia

22.42

AUG

11.1%

Myles Schroder

27.83

RIC

4.4%

Brett Jackson

26.83

SAC

11.1%

Brandon Bednar

23.25

SJ

4.5%

John Riley

21.33

AUG

11%

Jonah Arenado

20.33

AUG

4.7%

Hunter Cole

22.67

Aug/SJ

10.9%

Ben Turner

25.17

SJ/SAC

5%

NAME

Age

Level

K%

NAME

Level

Age

K%

Rando Moreno

23.00

RIC

8.7%

Jarrett Parker

26.42

SAC

34%

Jackson Williams

29.08

RIC

12.1%

Andrew Cain

25.25

AUG

33.3%

Mitch Delfino

24.42

RIC

12.3%

John Riley

21.33

AUG

32.2%

Travious Relaford

23.08

AUG

12.5%

Javier Herrera

30.17

RIC

30.2%

Guillermo Quiroz

33.58

SAC

12.7%

Jeremy Sy

25.67

AUG

29.4%

Ben Turner

25.17

SJ/SAC

12.9%

Aramis Garcia

22.42

AUG

27%

Johneshwy Fargas

20.50

AUG

13.6%

Randy Ortiz

22.00

AUG

25.8%

Ronny Cedeno

32.33

SAC

14%

Devin Harris

27.17

RIC

25.6%

Myles Schroder

27.83

RIC

14.4%

Brian Ragira

23.42

SJ

25.2%

Ryan Lollis

28.50

SJ/Sac

14.6%

Brett Jackson

26.83

SAC

24.2%

Kelby Tomlinson

25.00

RIC

15.7%

Daniel Carbonell

24.25

RIC

23.4%

NAME

Age

Level

SLG

NAME

Level

Age

SLG

Adam Duvall

26.75

SAC

.633

Daniel Carbonell

24.25

RIC

.169

Ryan Lollis

28.50

SJ/Sac

.508

Brian Ragira

23.42

SJ

.245

Jarrett Parker

26.42

SAC

.489

Randy Ortiz

22.00

AUG

.256

Ehire Adrianza

25.83

Sac

.475

Brandon Bednar

23.25

SJ

.260

Devin Harris

27.17

RIC

.470

Skyler Ewing

22.83

AUG

.266

Hunter Cole

22.67

Aug/SJ

.467

Jackson Williams

29.08

RIC

.269

Mac Williamson

24.92

RIC

.464

Ty Ross

23.42

SJ

.272

Darren Ford

29.67

SAC

.459

Javier Herrera

30.17

RIC

.275

Ricky Oropesa

25.50

RIC

.458

Guillermo Quiroz

33.58

SAC

.278

Austin Slater

22.50

SJ

.453

Mitch Delfino

24.42

RIC

.299

Jonah Arenado

20.33

AUG

.452

Juan Ciriaco

31.83

SAC

.300

NAME

Age

Level

Iso

NAME

Level

Age

Iso

Adam Duvall

26.75

SAC

.308

Daniel Carbonell

24.25

RIC

.015

Jarrett Parker

26.42

SAC

.226

Ben Turner

25.17

SJ/SAC

.032

Ricky Oropesa

25.50

RIC

.191

Guillermo Quiroz

33.58

SAC

.042

Devin Harris

27.17

RIC

.188

Mitch Delfino

24.42

RIC

.056

Darren Ford

29.67

SAC

.180

Brandon Bednar

23.25

SJ

.057

Jonah Arenado

20.33

AUG

.172

Ty Ross

23.42

SJ

.058

Aramis Garcia

22.42

AUG

.167

Randy Ortiz

22.00

AUG

.064

Andrew Cain

25.25

AUG

.163

Javier Herrera

30.17

RIC

.064

Ryan Lollis

28.50

SJ/Sac

.160

Skyler Ewing

22.83

AUG

.072

Mac Williamson

24.92

RIC

.153

Brian Ragira

23.42

SJ

.072

And if you like SB like I do, Fargas leads the system with 17 (70% success), Jarrett Parker next with 10 (91%), Kelby Tomlinson (67%) now with 10 as well, Darren Ford (75%) and Jesus Galindo (60%) have 9, and Juan Perez (89%), and Randy Ortiz (61.5%) have 8.  Lots and lots to discuss from the above I'm sure.

To the Memorial Day games!

Sacramento lost to Nashville (A's), 5-0

Name AB R H RBI 2b 3b HR BB SO SB CS
RF Brett Jackson 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
CF Darren Ford 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
SS Ehire Adrianza 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3b Adam Duvall 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DH Hector Sanchez 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Name IP H R ER BB K HR HB WP ERA
Clayton Blackburn, L, 1-3 5 5 2 2 3 5 0 1 0 5.06
Steven Okert 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2.61
Cody Hall 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.45

The Sacramento offense was completely stifled by Athletics #7 prospect LHP Sean Nolin and relievers in this game.  Brett Jackson, with a single and a walk, qualified as the offensive star of the game, as no other RiverCat hitter reached base twice. In all the full offensive attack was four singles, two walks and a HBP. Only twice in the game did Sacramento advance a runner to 2b. In the 4th, singles by Adrianza and Sanchez put runners on 1b and 2b with 1 out, but a Juan Perez DP ended the inning. And with 1 out in the 9th, Darren Ford took 2b on defensive indifference.  Nolin, who is coming back from injury only threw 4 IP as he's building up his pitch count. And onsite viewer gave this report of his stuff:

Adam Duvall's single kept alive his 9 game hitting streak, which is only the second longest streak of the year for Adam. You can read a feature story on Duvall here:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Adam Duvall had hoped for a better spring, but how he&#39;s hitting <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats">@RiverCats</a> could have him back with the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a> soon <a href="http://t.co/ROUt1VSz4O">http://t.co/ROUt1VSz4O</a></p>&mdash; MiLB.com (@MiLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/602858239110197248">May 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Clayton Blackburn has now made 4 starts in the PCL, two at home and two on the road. His peripherals stand at 17 Ks, 7 BB, 2 HB in 21 IP and his WHIP is 1.31.  The Albuquerque start where he allowed 8 runs is driving the 5.00 ERA. How are we feeling about Clayton's start to the year?

Not a great result but we do have some video footage of Clayton yesterday while you're thinking about that question:

And parenthetically, what in the world is wrong with JCP this year? He seems to have forgotten how to field as well as hit. Aside from the questionable display above, he made two more fielding errors in this game.

The next two nights at Raley Field both feature former CYA winners on the mound. Excitement!

Richmond beat Bowie (Orioles), 6-1
winning their four game series, 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

SS

Rando Moreno

5

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

RF

Mac Williamson

3

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

DH

Devin Harris

2

1

2

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1b

Ricky Oropesa

4

1

1

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kyle Crick, W, 1-1

6.1

3

1

1

3

2

1

0

0

2.10

Stephen Johnson

1.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.12

The top five hitters did all the damage here. 1-4 hitters Tomlinson, Moreno, Williamson, and Harris had 9 hits, 3 walks and a HBP between them, while #5 hitter Oropesa chipped in with a big three-run HR. Besides Oropesa's HR, the only other XBH was Williamson's ground rule double, which knocked in Tomlinson with the game's first run. That also gave Mac a 14 game hit streak. Richmond's lineup has become a tale of two halves, as the top 4 are among the most productive hitters in the system, while the bottom four with Schroder, Carbonell, and Jax includes some of the least productive.

With only 52 strikes in 100 pitches, and more walks than Ks it's hard to call this a particularly good outing for Crick. But he did get into the 7th inning for his longest start in AA. And, as is often true of Crick, he was effective at run prevention, only being touched up for a solo HR.

Oh, and the Squirrels also advanced to the championship of logomania:

San Jose defeated Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers), 6-2
sweeping the four game series 4-0, and completing a perfect 7-0 homestand

Name AB R H RBI 2b 3b HR BB SO SB CS
DH Hunter Cole 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2b Austin Slater 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3b Ryder Jones 4 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
RF Dylan Davis 4 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Name IP H R ER BB K HR HB WP ERA
Nik Turley, W, 1-0 6 2 1 1 2 4 0 0 2 1,50
Ian Gardeck 1.2 2 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 3.34
Daniel Slania, S, 10 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2.14

The Giants hitters faced the once and future rehabbing major leaguer Eric Bedard last night, and they got on him early with a three-spot in the first inning. The free-swinging SJ hitters pounded out 12 hits in this one, and put the ball in play with regularity as they had only 3 Ks and 1 BB in the game. They managed a second 3-run rally in the 8th inning when they hit all four of their doubles (all of their XBH for the game). The double explosion came courtesy of Ryder Jones, Dylan Davis, Brian Ragira, and Seth Harrison. As has been the case for most of this week, at game's end the Giants had the top 2 hitters by BA in the Cal league in Hunter Cole (.350) and Ryan Lollis (.345). However, that ends today, as Ryan Lollis adds another affiliate level to his line for the year:

San Jose also had something of a ringer on the mound, as Nik Turley, who started one game for Sacramento before going on the DL, made the start. Seems like a few more guys should be showing up soon from the DL as well:

Arnold tore his ACL in the 1st game at Richmond last year and his been out of action ever since recovering from knee surgery. And a sad day for another member of the SJ staff as Mason McVay hangs it up:

Augusta lost to Greenville (Red Sox), 5-3

Name AB R H RBI 2b 3b HR BB SO SB
CF Johneshwy Fargas 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
3b Jonah Arenado 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
RF Cristian Paulino 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
2b Travious Relaford 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0

Name IP H R ER BB K HR HB WP ERA
Matt Gage, L, 2-2 4 10 5 4 1 1 0 0 0 3.99
Rodolfo Martinez 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4.26
Dusten Knight 3 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1.59

Not much doing for the Greenjacket offense in this one as they broke their four game win streak. Even the 2 run HR that Paulino hit was less than it appeared as the RF lost his line drive in the lights and Paulino circled the bases while they searched for it. Paulino did, however, hit the ball hard, and he recorded two different OF assists so he was showing off the tools tonight. Fargas' SB was his 17th of the year.  Arenado made his 11th fielding error in this game.

Of course, a lot of the excitement around this game happened off field:

But for the Giants fans who are dearly missing regular Ray Black appearances, we did have this:

David's full game notes, including remarks on Skyler Ewing's struggles and Cristian Paulino assessment can be found here:

That's enough for now. Three games on tap tonight, including the highly anticipated return of Barry Zito to Sacramento, while Richmond continues to climb toward .500. Hope everybody had a great holiday. See you at the ballyard