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Travel and rain made for a short night. Meanwhile, the Sacramento hitters are still in line trying to get Zito's autograph.

A much anticipated night of celebration and  pageantry descended upon Raley Field last night. Let's have a look:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Going through Chris&#39; photos of the Sounds/River Cats game today. Here&#39;s a shot of Barry Zito &amp; the ceremonial jersey <a href="http://t.co/uMgzPoTWlD">pic.twitter.com/uMgzPoTWlD</a></p>&mdash; Melissa Lockard (@oakclubhouse) <a href="https://twitter.com/oakclubhouse/status/603041911968899073">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You know we mean business Zito head &amp; the selfie sick <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats">@RiverCats</a> game with <a href="https://twitter.com/KSay4SF">@KSay4SF</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DRey2531">@DRey2531</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BakingInHeelz">@BakingInHeelz</a> <a href="http://t.co/TWVK0YzQwo">pic.twitter.com/TWVK0YzQwo</a></p>&mdash; Sarah Gruber (@Its_Sare_Marie) <a href="https://twitter.com/Its_Sare_Marie/status/603400700677132288">May 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiverCats?src=hash">#RiverCats</a> president Jeff Savage presenting Barry Zito with a jersey before today&#39;s game. <a href="http://t.co/D7GSsvD3aO">pic.twitter.com/D7GSsvD3aO</a></p>&mdash; River Cats (@RiverCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats/status/602926943730696192">May 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zito on the mound for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Soundsramento?src=hash">#Soundsramento</a> <a href="http://t.co/YifBf10Xs3">pic.twitter.com/YifBf10Xs3</a></p>&mdash; Eric Nelson (@gallopingael) <a href="https://twitter.com/gallopingael/status/603386790712463360">May 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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And how did Barry do?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zito just threw a 66 mph pitch.</p>&mdash; Kristin (@legaleagle88) <a href="https://twitter.com/legaleagle88/status/603397528696983552">May 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zito struck out McGehee LOOKING. Fabulous.</p>&mdash; Dave (@gggiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/gggiants/status/603388947712974848">May 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Yup! That's the way of things.

Sacramento lost to Nashville (A's), 3-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

3b

Casey McGehee

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.250

SS

Ehire Adrianza

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

.352

RF

Jarrett Parker

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.264

DH

Juan Perez

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.226

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Robert Coello, L, 5—3

5.0

3

2

2

6

5

0

0

0

3.45

Brett Bochy

2.0

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

4.11

Clay Rapada

2.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.18

Barry Zito (Nash)

6.0

3

0

0

2

5

0

0

1

4.72

Ryan Verdugo (Nash)

1.2

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.67

Not  just one, but two old friends on the Nashville staff this night. And between the two of them they tossed 7.2 shutout innings.  This was Sacramento's second consecutive night being shut out and they only had 10 hits in the two games combined (plus 5 walks). It was also their 7th consecutive loss, as long streaks have become something of a theme in the org this year. With two hits, a walk, and a SB, Ehire Adrianza was the offensive star of the night accounting for a third of their base runners.  Bowker was the only other RiverCat to reach base twice as Zito lulled Richmond to sleep with those 66 MPH screamers.  Let's enjoy a highlight!

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Richmond beat Harrisburg (Nats), 6-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.321

RF

Mac Williamson

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.311

LF

Devin Harris

4

1

1

3

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.291

1b

Ricky Oropesa

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.268

CF

Daniel Carbonell

4

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.170

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Lujan, W, 2-4

5.1

7

3

1

4

4

0

0

1

5.10

Stephen Johnson

0.1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

4.05

Josh Osich, S, 9

1.2

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1.71

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Devin Harris&#39; three run bomb propels the Squirrels to a 6-3 victory. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSquirrels?src=hash">#GoSquirrels</a> <a href="http://t.co/fH8UqgMLFM">pic.twitter.com/fH8UqgMLFM</a></p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/603380216183005184">May 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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That says most of it, as Devin Harris provided the big hit for another Squirrel victory. The Richmond offense, which struggled so badly through April is humming along now. They put 14 runners on base in this one, with 10 hits (two XBH), and 4 walks. Seven different members of the lineup had a hit, including brand new Squirrel Ryan Lollis, who now has a hit for three different affiliates this year.  Mac Williamson went hitless to break his 14 game hitting streak, but he still managed to reach base. Mac has reached base safely in 24 of his past 25 games.

Ricky Oropesa reached base three times, including a walk, which is surprising if you remember from yesterday that his 1.5% walk rate is the lowest in the system of any regular.  And Daniel Carbonell had one of his best days of the season with 2 hits, 2 runs, and a double. He also took over in CF with Javy Herrera on the DL (though he did make a fielding error).

And you can read a feature story on Carbonell in the Richmond Times-Dispatch here:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Squirrels Insider: Developing OF Daniel Carbonell is a Giant priority. <a href="http://t.co/Be1g678FtE">http://t.co/Be1g678FtE</a> <a href="http://t.co/SsNtKmclqe">pic.twitter.com/SsNtKmclqe</a></p>&mdash; John O&#39;Connor (@RTDjohnoconnor) <a href="https://twitter.com/RTDjohnoconnor/status/602585768356360192">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Josh Osich had a nice two inning save in this one, including 3 Ks among the 5 batters he faced. His K9 is now up to 7.7 on the year, which is right about where it was last year. His velo has wavered a bit this year, as it has over much of his pro career, which in Osich' case always makes one wonder about how his arm is feeling.

San Jose had a scheduled day off as they traveled down south for a Southern Division tour. They begin a series at High Desert tonight.

Augusta was postponed

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tonight the rain has won. We are postponed until tomorrow starting at 5:05pm for a double header. <a href="http://t.co/wyAZxBo0Vx">pic.twitter.com/wyAZxBo0Vx</a></p>&mdash; Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets/status/603348369365442560">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Since it's such a short night, let's take this opportunity to do a quick preview of the DSL team, which will start their season this coming Saturday. Here are the six figure signees who we might well see play on the DSL Gigantes.

2013 Signees:

Manuel Geraldo, SS. Geraldo signed for $375k on July 2, 2013. The 18 year old is an above average runner with plus arm strength and the footwork to possibly become a quality defender at SS. He played in the DSL last year, hitting .251/.323/.338. He may also be moved up to the AZL.

Alilzon Rodriguez, C. Rodriguez signed for $125k in July 2013 and played sparingly in the DSL last year, putting up a .571 OPS in 28 PA.  He has the size and strength to be a power hitter.

Raffi Vizcaino, RHP. Vizcaino signed for $200k in July 2013. He is the nephew of the prominent Dominican trainer Cachaza who handled another high profile Giants signee, Nathanael Javier (expected to be in SK this year).  Vizcaino threw 2 innings in the DSL last year.

2014 Signees

Sandro Fabian, OF. Fabian was the Giants' highest IFA signee last year (other than Daniel Carbonell) when he signed for $500k. At 6' 180 lbs, Fabian impressed the Giants with his power potential.

Brayan de Pena, LF/1b. At 6'4", 200 lbs, De Pena is a LHH who has shown big power in games, including a 2 HR game in a Dominican Prospect League game prior to signing with the Giants.  He signed for $425k in 2014.

Jose Patino, CF. The switch hitter out of Venezuela is a 70 runner and outstanding athlete. He signed for $400k last summer.

Jose Rivero, SS. Another Venezuelan, Rivero has made a strong early impression on Giants' DSL coaches with his defensive instincts and fundamentals. At 5'11" he has minimal power and fringy speed. He signed for $250k.

Beicker Mendoza, OF. Another Venezuelan, Mendoza is something like Fabian. The Giants like his power potential and his plus arm though he's raw as a hitter without much game experience. He profiles as a corner OF with the arm for RF. He signed for $210k.

Francisco Medina, IF. A skinny kid with the arms, hands, and feet to play on the left side of the infield, but needs to get much stronger. He played in the Dominican Prospect League. He signed for $125k.

Sandro Cabrera. RHP. Cabrera continues the Giants recent trend of signing older pitchers on the IFA market, looking to exploit market inefficiencies. The 19 year old signed for $125K. At 6'2" he has a projectible body and works with a three pitch mix.

Jasier Herrera, RHP. Herrera is a 17 year old out of Colombia who signed for $150k. Somewhat like Michael Santos, Herrera is a very tall, skinny kid at 6'5", 180 lbs currently, which a chance to add much more weight and muscle, and turn a fastball that is currently touching 91-92 into something special. Santos, remember, pitched very sparingly in the DSL while they worked to add weight to his frame.

One other guy worth mentioning is Raiby Barias. Barias was a $115k signing in the 2012 July 2 class (same one where the Giants signed Gustavo and Javier and Michael Santos).  In 2013, he appeared in 13 games in the DSL and has never played since then. It's unknown what became of him or if there's been an injury issue, but he might resurface again in the DSL some day.

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Five games on tap today with (hopefully) a double header in Augusta.  Among the scheduled starters, Jake Peavy makes another rehab start in Sacramento, Keury Mella goes into one of the toughest pitching environments in baseball, and Samuel Coonrod takes the nighcap for the Greenjackets.

Yeah Baseball!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Squirrels have won 15 of last 21 games with today&#39;s win over Bowie. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/rva?src=hash">#rva</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gosquirrels?src=hash">#gosquirrels</a> <a href="http://t.co/eigAGG2ffc">http://t.co/eigAGG2ffc</a> <a href="http://t.co/oqKDM1TnKP">pic.twitter.com/oqKDM1TnKP</a></p>&mdash; Times-Dispatch (@RTDNEWS) <a href="https://twitter.com/RTDNEWS/status/603005752131907584">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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