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A short but sweet performance from Keury Mella and singles by the bushel full!

How's the rehab going, Jake? Just about ready?

No rush! You just stay down there a little while and get yourself ready.

HIGHLIGHTS: An 8 run inning, a 6 run inning, and a couple of 4 run innings punctuate some serious scoring.

Sacramento lost to Nashville (A's), 11-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Ronny Cedenno

4

2

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.276

C

Trevor Brown

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.228

LF

Adam Duvall

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.308

DH

Jarrett Parker

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.264

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jake Peavy

4.2

9

6

6

2

2

1

1

0

11.57

Cody Hall

2.0

4

5

5

2

1

0

0

0

4.13

Cory Gearrin

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.42

Mike Broadway

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.29

Sacramento is in full scuffle mode at this point. They've now lost 8 consecutive games (third member of the org to hit that mark this year) and as they take the field this afternoon they're in danger of getting swept in an 8 game homestand (the inverse version of SJ's perfect homestand this week).   The final score here, doesn't even tell the story of how non-competitive this one was, as the RiverCats entered the bottom of the 9th trailing 11-1 before mounting a meaningless 3-run rally.  The struggles right now are pretty consistent up and down the lineup, but one example would be Jarrett Parker who started the year so hot. In May, Jarrett is hitting .229/.345/.386 with a 40% K rate. Ouch.

Most of the damage the Sound did came against the first two pitchers. Jake Peavy's AAA rehab start didn't have quite the same feel as his A+ start, as he was pounded for 6 runs.  But he got in nearly 80 pitches, which is more the point of rehab. And he showed solid control if nothing else:

That's good enough to be going on for now. Peavy was followed by Cody Hall who got pounded pretty severely in two innings of work. Hall hasn't been able to keep his fantastic winter league performance rolling in the PCL this year, and of particular concern is his declining ability to miss bats as he moves up the ladder. Hall had a 38% K rate in the Cal League and about 28% in Richmond. But so far this year, he's down to 20% K rate in the PCL with a K9 of only 7.36. For a guy who's premium asset is fb velocity that's a somewhat bothersome trend. Mike Broadway was his usual awesome self though, K'ing 2 of the 3 guys he faced.

And in case you missed it:

he has three days to decide if he will accept the assignment to Sacramento.

Also, as a devoted locovore, I'd be remiss not to note this. Love me some fresh veggies!

Richmond beat Harrisburg (Nats), 12-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.325

RF

Mac Williamson

5

2

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.326

LF

Devin Harris

5

3

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.303

3b

Mitch Delfino

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.252

1b

Ricky Oropesa

3

0

1

3

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

.269

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Joe  Biagini, W, 3-3

6.0

3

0

0

4

5

0

0

0

1.53

Joan Gregorio

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.68

Richmond's heading the opposite direction from Sacramento, as they're rapping up a very successful homestand today. They're 5-1 on this homestand and 10-4 overall the last two weeks. And, again unlike Sacramento, they've got a lineup full of guys having great months. Here's the May slash lines for a few of them:

Kelby Tomlinson .322/.374/.411 (13% K rate)
Rando Moreno .333/.375/.379 (5% K rate!)
Mac Williamson .358/.419/.537
Devin Harris .329/.387/.576
Ricky Oropesa .344/.368/.611

This game was a 0-0 tie entering the bottom of the 5th inning. The Squirrels had two men on, Jackson Williams at bat and starting pitcher Joe Biagini on deck. You wouldn't think that a propitious way to start an 8 run rally, but Jax walked and Biagini got the first of five straight hits. In all in that inning alone, the Squirrels had 8 hits and 2 walks, with Devin Harris' double being the lone XBH. Poor Daniel Carbonell made two outs in the inning. In the 6th they tagged on 4 more, again all scoring with two outs. In just those two innings, they went 9 for 11 with two outs and RISP.

On the pitching side, Joe Biagini's command wasn't as sharp as normal, but a shutout's a shutout! Richmond pitchers actually walked as many batters in this one as they allowed hits, with 5 of each. Four of the five hits were singles, and unlike Harrisburg, Richmond successfully spread out the damage. While the end score was a laugher, as noted above Biagini was working a 0-0 game for 5 of the 6 innings he pitched so it was definitely a well deserved W for him.

The EL, btw, is letting fans select one pitcher and one position player to the EL All-Star game, so if you feel so moved, vote here (though beware, they're gonna spam the bejeesus out of you afterward):

San Jose won at High Desert (Rangers), 10-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Seth Harrison

5

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.316*

LF

Jesus Galindo

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.269

RF

Tyler Horan

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.224

DH

Dylan Davis

4

3

2

2

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

.253

C

Ben Turner

5

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.250

*SJ only

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Keury Mella

3.0

1

1

1

3

6

0

0

0

3.05

Jason Forjet, W, 1-1

3.0

1

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

2.51

Jeff Soptic

1.0

7

3

3

0

1

1

0

1

3.24

Luis Ysla

2.0

2

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

9.78

The streakiness of the org continues as SJ has now won 8 straight games to match Sacramento's 8 game losing streak. In their last 5 games, the SJ offense has averaged 8 runs per game. And they're getting healthier. For this one, Tyler Horan was put back on the active roster, and we'll start to see much more of a daily rotation as guys begin getting regular rest while everybody moves around to get playing time. Hunter Cole took this one off and Dylan Davis moved to DH.

The "Peripherals be Damned!" Giants continued their free-swinging ways, with a 10:1 K:BB ratio in this game (they did have two HB), but they pounded out 15 hits, including 14 singles. The only XBH was Dylan Davis' 3rd HR of the year.  Davis was the only SJ hitter to reach base 3x in this game, but 8 of the 9 starters reached base twice so they spread it around.  With RafRod and Arroyo both due back soon, this roster should be stacked deep with singles hitting maniacs.

On the mound, the early story was this guy:

Mella ended up only pitching 3 innings due to pitch count concerns, as he got up to 68 pitches.  Most of the damage was done in the 2nd inning, when he walked the bases loaded and suffered a long inning. After a leadoff single in the third, he struck out the next 3 batters, but the SJ staff at that point decided he'd done enough and removed him before he got too fatigued. The stuff is explosive and should play at the highest levels, which is the good news. There's still development work to be done getting there, of course, but the stuff will play.

Hey, me too!

Jeff Soptic ran into a BABIP buzz saw in his inning of work, though it's worth remembering that HD is one of the most difficult pitching environments in the country. Luis Ysla continues to scuffle with his control. In all the SJ pitchers struck out 13 in this game and between the two teams there were 23 Ks.

Joe Ritzo's guest on yesterday's pre-game show was pitching coach Mike Couchee, who has things to say about Ray Black (who's on the DL now because he's  "a little tight"), Daniel Slania, Martin Agosta, and Keury Mella. Have a listen:

Augusta beat Greenville (Red Sox), 5-2 in Gm 1 of a DH

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneswhy Fargas

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.308

2b

Travious Relaford

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.262

LF

Cristian Paulino

2

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.316

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Samuel Coonrod

5.2

8

2

0

0

6

0

0

0

3.24

Aramis Garcia was placed on the DL prior to this game, though he's staying with the club so they're hoping it's a short stay. However, with a DH and only one able bodied C on the roster they had to make a move so Jared Deacon didn't have to Catch both games.

Augusta scored 5 runs on only 3 hits in this one. In a wild bottom of the 6th (in a 7 inning game, as normal of minor league DH), the Greenjackets scored 4 runs on a rally that included a HBP, 3 BBs, 2 WP, an Error by Michael Chavis, and a single hit. To punctuate the craziness, the inning ended when Cristian Paulino got picked off 3b.

Johneshwy Fargas stole his 18th base in this game, and in a continuing trend for him this year, he stole 3b. Not sure what the total count on that is, but Fargas certainly has half a dozen steals of 3b, so he's definitely looking to take advantage of pitchers' indifference to his lead off 2b. He's also had several more SB where he has ended up taking 3b on errant throws to 2b, although that would bite him in the nightcap, when he made the cardinal sin of getting thrown out at 3b to end the bottom of the 7th and send the game to extras.

Sam Coonrod K'd a batter per inning, and only surrendered 2 unearned runs, but it does sound like his stuff wasn't as crisp in this one

Augusta lost to Greenville, 3-1 in 8 innings (extra), in Gm 2 of the DH
losing the three game series 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneswhy Fargas

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

.309

LF

Cristian Paulino

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

.329

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes

5.0

2

1

0

2

3

0

0

0

1,53

Jake McCasland

2.0

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

Michael Kopech (G’ville)

4.0

3

1

1

2

8

0

0

0

2.76

In addition to his 2 SB on the day, Fargas also reached base twice on HBP. Cristian Paulino continues to be a nice surprise for Augusta as the 23 year old is now up to a .329/.409/.537 line on the year. His swing has been called "almost violent" but he's definitely stinging the ball.

Now, other than Boston's AAA squad, Greenville is quite probably the most talented and prospect-laden team in all of the minor leagues and their uber-prospects did plenty in this DH to get David Lee salivating. So if you'd like to read lots and lots and lots of notes on how gob-smackingly talented Yoan Moncada and Javier Guerrera and Rafael Devers and Michael Kopech are, I invite you to check out David Lee's twitter feed from last night, or just look here:

Aside from getting his first look at Moncada, it sounds like Kopech, who was the 33rd overall pick in last year's draft, was the real eye-opener last night:

Kopech was the pitcher of the day at BP's Minor League update, where they note that of the 16 batters he faced 8 K'd and nobody managed to hit a fly ball. Though it's worth noting that Fargas hit a line out off him to start the game and a ground ball 2b the opposite way.

Oof! I'll admit to a doozy of a case of envy when I look at all the prospects in these Greenville box scores.

Ah, yeah, that's better. Still, I can't deny that I'm a little desperate for a pop-up explosion out of the Beltre/Edie/Gustavo/Javier group when SS ball starts.

***

Four games today, including an afternoon set at Sacramento that could well be Kevin Correia's final game for the RiverCats as he has an opt out clause kicking in next Monday. Other scheduled starters are Kelvin Marte, DJ Snelten, and Nicholas Gonzalez, so not the most thrilling group of starters for the day.