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SQUIRRELS WIN! SQUIRRELS WIN! SQUIRRELS WIN!

It looked just like this:

and also a bit like this:

HIGHLIGHTS: Kelvin Marte threw 7 one-run innings in first start of season. Curtis Partch K'd 4 of the 6 batters he faced. Dylan Davis gets first hits of the season. Austin Slater with a combo meal. Also this:

Just to contextualize that a bit, over Arenado's last 13 games he's 19 for 48 with 2 doubles, a triple, and 2 HRs, and a 5:5 BB:K. Nice stretch Jonah!

Sacramento won at Reno (Diamondbacks), 8-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

wRC+*

CF

Ryan Lollis

4

1

2

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

48

RF

Jarrett Parker

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

148

C

Ben Turner

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

411

3b

Juan Ciriaco

5

2

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

25

PH

Adam Duvall

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

164

*a month into the season thought I'd throw up a wRC+ but it's important to note that Fangraphs doesn't update their minor league site as quickly as others so these numbers do not include yesterday's games.

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jake Dunning, W, 2-1

5.1

8

4

4

4

5

1

0

0

5.61

Curtis Parth

1.2

1

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

1.84

Clay Rapada

1.0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0.00

Mike Broadway

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.77

Reno didn't seem to have the humidor in working order last night as the two teams pounded out a collective 25 hits. The RiverCats had 14 hits among their 20 baserunners, though only 2 of the 20 were XBH, including Ryan Lollis' 1st PCL HR of the year (he also had one in SJ), and this:

The 31 yr old Ciriaco is now in his 10th year in the Giants system, first appearing in the PCL way back in 2009, though, like Ryan Lollis (28 yr old 37 rd pick in 2009) he has moved up and down the system since then plugging holes wherever needed, in true, and definitive, org filler style. Another newcomer from SJ, C Ben Turner had a big night as well, reaching base four times.

The relative ERAs of Sacramento's SP and relief corps yesterday provides an excellent snapshot of the way this pitching staff has performed thus far this year. If the SP can make it through 5 innings relatively unscathed, the bullpen can normally shut the door for the remaining few innings. Its a strong and deep corps mixing vets looking for another chance and young guys on the way up. Reno's team isn't exactly prospect central, but it does feature Arizona's #8 prospect, powerful sorta C (yesterday 1b) Pete O'Brien, obtained from NYY for Martin Prado last July.

Richmond won at Altoona (Pirates), 5-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

wRC+

SS

Kelby Tomlinson

3

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

1

124

RF

Mac Williamson

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

110

3b

Mitch Delfino

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

113

2b

Myles Schroeder

2

1

1

3

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

54

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

-5

Is -5 a bad wRC+? I'm thinking it's not so good.

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kelvin Marte, W, 1-0

7.0

4

1

1

0

4

0

0

0

1.62

Stephen Johnson

2.0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

3.86

Prior to the game, Richmond play by play man Jon Laaser noted that they'd been digging into the record books and as far as their crack team of researchers could find, since 2000 the longest losing streaks in the minors had been 17 games, accomplished (?) by four different teams. With a 15 game streak coming in, that put Richmond squarely at the gate of infamy, but they were finally able to come out on the right side of a game and beat the streak. And like Sacramento, the old shall lead them as two long time vets of the system set the tone for the game.

Kelvin Marte, the 27 year old lefty who's been part of the Giants system since 2007 in the DSL, has pitched at all 7 levels in the Giants system (and for every current team except Sacramento). He spent much of last year as a very valuable member of the Richmond rotation, but he had thus far been used only in long relief this year. His first start was very much in line with 2014, as he kept Altoona off the bases and mostly off the scoreboard. The other vet that spurred the victory was another guy who's been around since 2007, the 27th round draft pick in 2007, Myles Schroeder, sometimes C, and UT infielder. Schroder was left behind in XST when camp broke and looked like he might be running out of time in the org, but he's recently joined Richmond and here he came up with the big hit to support Marte's gem. Myles also walked and was HBP, as he and Kelby Tomlinson were the only Squirrels to reach base more than once.

Congrats to the Squirrels! Do this more often! Interestingly, the Erie SeaWolves, owners of a 12 game losing streak entering the game, also won so good feelings were had all over the EL on this day.

This was the first of a four game series with the Curve, who at 15-7 are one of the strongest teams in the EL, and specifically have started out the year with very strong pitching, so it will be a challenge for Richmond to try and take the series. A particular highlight to look forward to will be the third game of the series on Wednesday, when the Richmond hitters will go up against Tyler Glasnow, the #1 prospect in the Pirates' system, though sadly the rotations won't line up to give us a Glasnow/Crick matchup in an all-velo, no-control contest.

San Jose lost to Lake Elsinore (Padres), 5-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

wRC+

2b

Hunter Cole

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

90

DH

Austin Slater

5

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

2

1

0

127

1b

Travis Ishikawa

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

3b

Ryder Jones

5

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

136

RF

Dylan Davis

3

1

2

0

1

0

0

2

1

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Tyler Beede, L, 1-2

6.0

5

5

2

1

3

0

0

1

2.63

The now 8-17 San Jose team put 15 runners on the bases last night as 5 spots in the lineup reached base 2 or more times, but they were only able to put 4 runs on the board and that ended up just a little bit short. The talented lineup has been plagued by three main issues this season: 1) health, which continues to be an issue as they still haven't really put their best 9 on the field together; 2) strikeouts, as they are second in the league (behind the Visalia Rawhide, who have been the best and best scoring team in the league), averaging a strikeout an inning. In this game they K'd 11 more times vs 4 BB.  On the season they now have 221 Ks to 85  BBs. And 3) Errors, and that proved to be a problem in this game as well.

On the bright side, Dylan Davis got his first hit of the year, ripping a double in his first PA. He would go on to reach base 4 times in this game.  And Austin Slater who has done nothing but hit since being drafted in the 8th round last summer out of Stanford, continued to show an all around offensive game with two more hits, a SB, and a solo HR:

Power is definitely a concern for Slater, proud owner of a Stanford swing, especially as the team looks for a defensive home for him. If forced to a corner, there's a clear concern that he could end up a tweener. So it's good to see him go deep. That HR came off Rafael DePaula, who SD acquired from the NYY in the Chase Headley deal. De Paula's a so-so prospect, but he certainly features premium velocity, which makes Slater's attack swing all the more encouraging.

Tyler Beede started the night with three completely dominating innings and on the whole had a very solid night and could easily have gotten through the night without a run scoring. He allowed a two-out triple in the 4th and could have stranded the runner but for a WP. And then in the 6th a series of small events led to a big 4 run inning. Beede opened the inning with a walk, and of course the baseball God's punish leadoff walks with an almost fetishistic zeal. That certainly was the case here as the following hitter beat out a bunt single and then Brandon Bednar made a costly throwing error on what could have been a double play. A couple of seeing eye groundball singles later Lake Elsinore had put 4 on the board and would ride that inning to the victory.

EDIT: Tyler Beede video clip

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But once again Beede produced bushels of ground balls, as he had a 12-2 GO/FO ratio and even the big inning against him featured 6 ground balls, too many of which were able to find holes. Bednar's error led to all of the runs in the inning (though one was earned by scoring rules). If you're wondering if the Giants sloppy defensive play is some kind of aberration, it appears that defense is pretty terrible across the league as 7 of the 10 teams have error totals between 30-34 (SJ now has 32).  Certainly some of the Cal league teams have notoriously poor fields which is always part of the story in minor league error totals.

Travis Ishikawa came back from doing some work in XST and began a rehab assignment as roster crunches are headed SF's way soon.

Augusta lost to Delmarva (Orioles), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

wRC+

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

124

3b

Jonah Arenado

4

0

2

1

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

149

C

Aramis Garcia

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

109

DH

Skyler Ewing

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

57

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jose Reyes

6.0

7

1

1

0

7

0

0

0

0.43

Carlos Alvarado, BS, 2

1.0

3

2

2

0

1

1

0

0

4.26

Reyes Moronta, L, 1-2

1.0

2

1

1

2

2

0

0

1

4.00

The fate of a galaxy far, far away was decided in Augusta last night, as the Greenjackets went up against Sebastien Vader on Star Wars Day, and the plucky rebel alliance was just two outs from a 3-1 victory when a familiar foe raised its evil head: not the new and improved Death Star but rather the Augusta bullpen!

Anybody who had Carlos Alvarado in the daily Blown Save pool, you can redeem your ticket for McCoven Bucks at the teller window.  Alvarado surrendered a majestic two-run HR just past the foul pole with one out in the 9th and then a wild 10th inning transpired that included 3 ejections and a disastrous Reyes Moronta appearance that reached its climax with a bases loaded walk to force in the eventual winning run.

As David Lee has returned from the GA high school playoffs, we'll let him hit the highlights:

Aramis Garcia now has a five game hit streak going and has pulled his BA up to .200 for the first time since early in the year. Scouts continue to like Garcia's swing, which stays flat through the zone and can produce hard contact to all fields. Garcia dominated his college conference in nearly every offensive category last year, and its hard to imagine his early season struggles continuing too long.  My theory is that he's finding that he needs to adjust his approach and find the fine line between patient and passive so that he's not putting himself in as many bad counts. The walk rate is 14%, and the K rate is starting to drop a little from the 35% of early in the year. As he fine tunes his approach and learns which pitches he wants to attack I suspect his fortunes will rise. Poor Skyler Ewing, however, is still struggling with his transition to full season ball.

And finally, as an appreciator of both infield practice and quality bat flips, I feel compelled to include this note:

Final thought: there was some discussion yesterday of David Lee's somewhat tepid response to Jonah Arenado in the early goings, so it's probably a good idea here to remember that scouting reports are always just a snapshot in time and that players can change them by improving their games. And what better way to hone the point than to remember some of the things that were being said about Jonah's brother just a few years back after his challenging 2012 season (mixture of BA, BP, and Keith Law lists from that winter):

During a midseason conference call with Rockies' season-ticket holders, GM Dan O'Dowd said that Arenado's maturity level still hasn't caught up with his ability level, which sent the player into another funk

After the 2010 season, the Rockies expected Arenado to move to first base because he was such a defensive liability at the hot corner, with minimal range and no feel for the position. ...well below-average speed; range at third is merely adequate.

He's generally a hard worker but the Rockies want to see him improve his focus with more consistent effort.

He hasn’t blown away the competition in recent years, despite playing in friendly environments, and the chorus of voices questioning his future offensive output are growing. The bat is good--but not great--and the swing doesn’t pack the type of middle-of-the-order punch his profile originally suggested.The final step of his development will be to take a more mature approach when dealing with failure.

So, yeah. Skills+Effort+Time=Stuff changing sometimes.