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Dear SF Giants: Please promote Austin Slater to AA Richmond so I can watch him hit. Yours truly, Minor Lines.

Month

Level

G

PA

HR

BABIP

K%

BB%

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

wOBA

July 2014

AZL

2

9

0

.429

22%

0%

.333

.333

.556

.889

.484

July 2014

NWL

5

25

0

.476

4%

8%

.455

.520

.455

.975

.482

Aug 14

NWL

23

103

2

.360

14.6%

8%

.315

.388

.446

.834

.384

Apr 15

Cal

14

56

0

.364

18%

2%

.302

.321

.377

.698

.308

May 2015

Cal

6

30

2

.429

20%

3.3%

.379

.400

.759

1.159

.452

I'm here to help you get over your Gary Brown induced trauma and fear of Cal League performances. As many of you are no doubt about to say, the above table is broken down into such tiny tiny bite sizes of data, that it doesn't really mean anything. I say that even tiny sample sizes are no match for Austin Slater's ability to hit! Austin Slater has done nothing but hit hit hit and hit some more on a regular and consistent basis since the day he entered pro ball. Take any three games at random out of his career and you'll find numbers that look similar to the above. He's played 52 games as a pro: he has at least one hit in 42 of them; he's reached base safely in 45 of them. The longest hitless streak of his career thus far is 2 games. He has more than twice as many multi-hit games (21) as no hit games (10). He has 9 different games in which he's had 3 or more hits. Some will complain about the BABIPs and the BB rates and I'll grant those knitted brows. Others try to calculate this revolutionary new defensive shift the Giants are planning involving 8 different 2b. Again: granted. But I humbly suggest, as the saying goes, that "hitters hit" and Austin Slater, 8th round pick, is a hitter. Austin Slater just may be a hitting savant.

This is actually from Wednesday, but it looks like every other day anyway.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Austin Slater YOU FOOL! Also, Ian Gardeck struck out 3 of the 4 batters he faced. Johneshway Fargas had 3 hits, 2 SB and knocked in the go ahead run in the 9th. Jonah Arenado reached base 4x. And I got this in my Inbox:

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Sacramento lost at Reno (Diamondbacks), 7-3
splitting the four game series 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

LF

Juan Perez

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2b

Juan Ciriaco

4

1

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1b

John Bowker

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Austin Fleet, L, 1-2

4.2

8

4

4

3

2

0

0

0

5.79

Curtis Partch

3.0

3

3

3

1

3

0

0

1

3.24

Cory Gearrin

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Steven Okert

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

2.92

As is often the case with the RiverCats, as goes the starting pitching so goes the game. Austin Fleet, on his rapid return to the PCL wasn't able to get to the 5 inning mark, leaving with the team behind 4-1 and they never really got back in the game. When Curtis Partch surrendered three runs in his third inning of work, the 7-1 game was all over but the shouting. Sacramento's offense never really got started in this game until they scored two meaningless runs in the 9th. On the whole they managed 10 baserunners on 10 hits, 8 of them singles. They head home for a four game series with Albuquerque starting tonight followed by another road trip to the desert.

Richmond won at Altoona (Pirates), 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

SS

Kelby Tomlinson

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

CF

Javier Herrera

5

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

RF

Devin Harris

3

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

1b

Ricky Oropesa

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

LF

Daniel Carbonell

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Lujan, W, 1-2

6.0

6

2

2

4

5

1

0

0

4.05

Jose Casilla

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.66

Joan Gregorio

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.80

Josh Osich, S, 3

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.92

Richmond continued their winning ways, completing the 4 game road sweep over the first place Curve, or actually the former first place team as Richmond swept Altoona right into second place. Possibly not that strange, given how few wins the Squirrels had on the year, but this was their first victory in a day game as they entered 0-7 in such for the season.  And if that's not enough statistical oddity for you, Ricky Oropesa knocked in the 2nd run of the game by lining a single off the opposing pitcher's shin which was his third hit off the pitcher (physically, that is, striking the pitcher and bouncing off) in the series.

The margin of victory was provided by Javy Herrera, who blasted his first HR of the year in the 4th to break a 2-2 tie. The HR scored Matt Lujan who had doubled earlier in the inning. Help your cause Matt!

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Matt Lujan wasn't exactly in control with 4 BB in 6 IP, but he muddled through well enough. The only scoring he allowed in the game was a long 2 run HR to Stetson Allie in the 1st, the third HR Lujan has allowed in his 5 starts. After Lujan, the bullpen threw three near perfect innings, retiring 9 of the 10 batters they faced, albeit with only 1 K.

Richmond returns home tonight to begin a series with the new 1st place team, Bowie Baysox, who absolutely demolished and demoralized the Squirrels in a two game set in Bowie last month. Time for some payback!

San Jose lost to Lake Elsinore, 5-3
getting swept in the four game series, by nearly identical 5-4 scores!

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

Other

CF

Brennan Metzger

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

HBP

DH

Austin Slater

5

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

GIDP

3b

Ryder Jones

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

SF

1b

Brian Ragira

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

C

Ty Ross

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

E

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

D.J. Snelten, L, 0-4

3.0

4

2

2

2

6

0

1

1

5.32

Jason Forjet

2.0

4

3

2

0

2

0

0

0

3.12

Ian Gardeck

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

1

3.66

Somewhat amazingly, at 8-20, the Little Giants have the worst record in the system after the first month of play, despite Richmond having endured a 15 game losing streak.  Other amazing things: San Jose is now 1-12 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs.  As a team they are hitting .317 to lead off innings and yet are next to last in the league in runs scored.  I would expect those things to turn around, as will hopefully their sloppy play in general. They made three more errors yesterday and had a man picked off first to deflate what should have been a run scoring inning.  In the first game of this series, they ended a game when the tying run (John Polonius) got caught overrunning 3b on an infield hit and was tagged out to end the game. It's been an ugly first month for SJ.

Strangely, San Jose scored first in all four games of this four game sweep, but it did them no good. In this game they kept up the hit attack with 14 baserunners, including 10 hits, nine of them singles. Though they scored a run in the 1st inning, they also left the bases loaded and their failure to press the advantage at the beginning cost them when Lake Elsinore put up 5 runs in the 3rd and 4th inning (once again helped by the SJ defense which made three more errors, two from SS Brandon Bednar), after which SJ never really got fully back in the game despite single runs in the 7th and 9th. Slater's three hits brought his hit streak up to 11 games.

DJ Snelten came out firing with 5 Ks over the first 2 IP. However he ran into trouble int he 3rd. By and large SJ kept leadoff hitter Jose Rondon (Padres #12 prospect) quiet in this series, but he was in the middle of both run scoring rallies in this game and led off the 3rd  with a single and a stolen base. What followed was mostly  a lot of ground balls with eyes, but in totality it ended Snelten's night, likely because he hit a 30 pitch count in the inning. Jason Forjet came out to start the 4th and got hit fairly hard, pushing the lead to 5-1. Ian Gardeck ended the night with a fantastic inning, striking out three of the four batters he faced, with the fourth reaching on a fielding error by Bednar. THIT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LET THEM PUT THE BALL IN PLAY IAN!

Finally, fresh off the podcast presses, don't miss the latest installment of Inside the SJ Giants with Joe Ritzo and Ben Taylor and their enduring faith in the power of 1970s era Kool and the Gang:

Augusta won at Lakewood (Phillies), 4-2
they conclude their three-game series tonight

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

Other

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

5

2

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

PO

RF

Seth Harrison

4

0

2

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

3b

Jonah Arenado

3

0

2

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

IBB

C

Aramis Garcia

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

7 LOB

DH

John Riley

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes

7.0

4

1

1

2

3

0

0

0

2.10

Raymundo Montero

1.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.50

Carlos Alvarado, S, 3

1.0

1

1

1

0

2

1

0

0

4.32

19 of the Greenjackets 27 games this year have been decided by 1 or 2 runs, and an extraordinarily high percentage of those games have been decided in the 9th inning or later (Unlike SJ, Augusta is playing .500 ball in the close games). Tonight was no exception as the game went into the 9th inning tied 1-1. Augusta got tremendous production from the top of their order, as the 1-3 hitters (Fargas, Harrison, and Arenado) collectively reached base 10 times, had both of the team's XBH and all 3 of their SB. Unfortunately the 4-9 hitters went a collective 1-22 with 2 bbs (both from John Riley who is exhibiting real Two True Options form lately).  Aramis Garcia missed the most chances as he accounted for 7 LOB in the game.

The one hit from the rest of the lineup, however, came at an exquisitely well timed juncture: with two outs in the top of the 9th, Will Callaway reached on a fielding error, and Travious Relaford followed with the only hit of the game from the bottom 6 spots in the order. This brought Fargas back up, and he lined a sharp single to CF to give Augusta the 2-1 lead. Seth Harrison (22 yr old 7th round pick last year out of Louisiana-Lafayette) then tripled in two insurance runs which proved crucial when Carlos Alvarado came in and immediately surrendered a lead off HR. But that was all the damage done and the up and down Greenjackets have a chance to climb back to .500 in tonight's game.

Mark Reyes, the 22 year old 22nd rounder from last year's draft out of Crowder JC (MO), continues to have pitch to contact success in the Sally, and looks to be this year's version of Kevin Pucetas for the Greenjackets.

Johneshwy ended the day with three hits (a bunt single and two sharp liners) and his 14th and 15th SB of the year. Johneshwy, if you want to grow up to be a better fielding version of your countryman Angel Pagan, I'm not stopping you:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">Desde Augusta, el boricua Johneshwy Fargas de los GreenJackets. Gracias a nuestro colaborador <a href="https://twitter.com/franaldoni">@franaldoni</a> <a href="http://t.co/7f2CFlTQLJ">pic.twitter.com/7f2CFlTQLJ</a></p>&mdash; BoricuasMenoresUSA (@BLMUSA) <a href="https://twitter.com/BLMUSA/status/595794490067132416">May 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Four games on the dock tonight. Announced starters are Ty Blach, Joe Biagini, Luis Ysla, and Nathanael Santiago, though the Santiago part seems odd given that the box score had him appearing as a reliever in Wednesday's game.

And don't forget to check out Hunter Pence's 2015 debut in Sacramento as he begins what's described as a week long stint with the RiverCats. Those kids gonna get some free kale this week!