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There's a Chris Heston in here somewhere... can you spot him?

Ok, super magical wonderful day after the no-hitter and Matt Cain debut, but I just have to start this Minor Lines on a sour note before going on to the games.  What in the flaming heck is this, Corpus Christi Hooks?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/cchooks">@cchooks</a> fans, if you haven&#39;t heard, tonight is Hunter Pence Bobblehead night <a href="http://t.co/FDJh9Ozj6r">pic.twitter.com/FDJh9Ozj6r</a></p>&mdash; Minor League Promos (@MiLBPromos) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiLBPromos/status/607278849638993922">June 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I don't mind the Hooks laying claim to Pence. He is after all an alum of Corpus Christi and had a breakout AA year there in 2006, as well as a native Texan. But I very much mind them creating a bobblehead that not only fails to capture any of Pence's unique charm, but also appears to have been designed by people who have never actually laid eyes on Hunter Pence. BOBBLEHEAD FAIL! CORPUS CHRISTI!

HIGHLIGHTS: Big strikeout games aplenty. Clayton Blackburn struck out 9 in 6 innings. Keury Mella struck out 8 in 5.1 innings. And Sam Coonrod struck out 10 in 7 enormously impressive innings.

Sacramento lost to Tacoma (Mariners), 6-3
losing their four game series, 1-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Juan Ciriaco

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.239

3b

Carlos Triunfel

4

1

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.264

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Clayton Blackburn

6.0

8

3

3

2

9

0

0

1

4.50

Erik Cordier, L

2.0

3

2

2

0

2

0

0

0

2.70

Mike Broadway

1.0

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

1.35

Clayton Blackburn struck out a season high 9 batters in route to his third Quality Start of his AAA career.  With the exception of one inning, Blackburn was outstanding all night, retiring 9 of the first 10 batters he faced before faltering slightly in the later innings.  In the 4th, he gave up 5 consecutive singles to start the inning, and all 3 of his runs allowed. A DP and a K got him out of that and he righted the ship again in the 5th and 6th before leaving at the end of 6 with a pitch count of 109. His final inning was a little hairy as the first two runners reached base. But Hector Sanchez threw out an attempted base stealer at 3b to get the first out, and then Blackburn finished off his night in style, getting his 8th K swinging

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and on his final batter of the night, a dandy of hook.

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On a night when Adam Duvall and Jarrett Parker were getting rests ahead of an off day, the Sacramento offense was pretty silent. They had only 1 RBI for their 3 runs, scoring once on a throwing error and once on a DP.  What production they did have came entirely from the bottom third of the order as Trevor Brown, Juan Ciriaco, and Carlos Triunfel produced six hits, all three Runs scored, the RBI, a double and a triple and the team's only SB.

Still they did manage a two run rally in the 7th inning that tied the game and got Blackburn off the hook for the loss.  Alas, Erik Cordier immediately untied the game with an uncharacteristic performance and even Mike Broadway allowed a run (only the 5th time he's done that in 22 appearances) for the final tally.

The RiverCats are in the middle of a strange schedule which had them come home from Oklahoma City for this four game homestand, before going on a four game road trip to El Paso, and then back home again. Unfortunate scheduling that. Ciriaco, btw, is back on the roster because Adrianza was put on the DL.

Richmond beat Portland (Red Sox), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Engel Beltre

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.278

DH

Mac Williamson

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

.294

1b

Ricky Oropesa

4

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.273

3b

Mitch Delfino

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

.262

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Cain

3.2

3

2

2

1

2

0

0

0

4.91

Kelvin Marte, W, 5-0

4.0

4

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

3.09

Josh Osich, S, 15

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.61

The incredible Flying Squirrels keep flying high as they've now won 7 of their last 8 games and 13 of their last 16.

The most important and notable thing about this game, of course, was that it featured Matt Cain throwing in a regulation game for the first time since last July 9th. Cain threw 55 pitches, 36 for strikes (though he politely questioned some of the plate umpire's decisions on corner pitches; as Jon Laaser noted, it's AA for umps, too).  He didn't induce a lot of swings and misses but he did get a steady string of ground balls. As play by play man Laaser described it, a poor circle route by Daniel Carbonell on a catchable ball on the warning track led to the two runs (though the play was charitably ruled a double, Laaser said Carbonell "played in into a double"). In all it sounded like he threw free and easy and threw all his pitches, which is by far the best news.

I also learned listening to the game that Cain has become good friends with Mac Williamson, as they rehabbed from elbow surgery together in Scottsdale much of last year. Which is a nice generational story, I think, passing on the Giants way. In this game, Cain allowed Mac to choose his walk up music for him, and Mac jokingly had them play Taylor Swift (which seems to be the preferred music for much of the Giants' minor league clubhouses) "Shake It Off." Very funny, Mac.

San Jose lost to Bakersfield (Mariners), 5-2 in 10 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.297

RF

Tyler Horan

4

1

2

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

.237

3b

Ryder Jones

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.277

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Keury Mella

5.3

3

1

1

3

8

0

0

0

2.76

Tyler Rogers, BS, 2

2.2

1

1

0

0

4

0

0

0

2.25

Ian Gardeck, L, 2-4

2.0

3

3

1

1

3

0

0

0

4.38

Watching this game, I'm reminded of something Ben Taylor said on the latest Inside the SJ Giants podcast. Of Keury Mella, Taylor said, "the thing about Mella is, he throws HAAAAARD." And you can really see it even on these tinny video feeds. The ball just explodes out of his hand and the sound of the ball hitting the mitt is like a rifle report. It's noticeable. This isn't just any 94-96 mph. This is haaaaard 94-96.  There can be no doubt that this is a major league arm:

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Mella's 8 Ks were a season high and were the 2nd highest amount for him in American pro leagues (he had one 10 K game with Augusta last year).  Unfortunately his performance wasn't enough for the Giants in this one, as their offense failed to do much of anything with the Bakersfield pitching and they were beset by an old problem with the return of super sloppy fielding. The Giants committed 5 errors in this game, including 3 in the decisive 10 inning, an inning which also featured a FC on which nobody was retired. So essentially a 4 error 10th inning. I'm going to guess there aren't many teams in baseball history that have managed to do that and come out with a victory.

Tyler Horan was most of the Giants' offense in this game, as his double and triple were the only XBH, and he also reached base via HBP. No other SJ player reached base twice. They did put some drama into the game with a bottom of the 9th game-tying rally which featured two errors by the Bakersfield side, but Arroyo's groundout to end the inning left Bednar stranded on the 3rd with the potential winning run and their last best chance was gone.

Of course, SJ always has it's proud history to cheer it up:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to former <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> RHP <a href="https://twitter.com/Hesto23">@Hesto23</a> on his <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NoHitter?src=hash">#NoHitter</a> tonight for the <a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiants">@SFGiants</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GiantTogether?src=hash">#GiantTogether</a> <a href="http://t.co/VK1Z8iLyXC">pic.twitter.com/VK1Z8iLyXC</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants/status/608511755497558016">June 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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And it's not like the day was a total loss:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thanks to <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants">@sjgiants</a> players Dan Slania and Seth Harrison along with mascot <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gigante?src=hash">#Gigante</a> for visiting our school today. <a href="http://t.co/UGvzQQIAlx">pic.twitter.com/UGvzQQIAlx</a></p>&mdash; Morgan Autism Center (@MorganAutism) <a href="https://twitter.com/MorganAutism/status/608384619097018369">June 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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SJ finishes up its series and homestand with an afternoon game today, hoping to avoid an embarrassing sweep at home at the hands of the league's worst team.

Augusta won at Greenville (Red Sox), 5-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

5

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.301

C

Aramis Garcia

5

1

2

2

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

.225

1b

Skyler Ewing

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.216

3b

Jonah Arenado

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.277

RF

Dylan Davis

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.500

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Sam Coonrod, W, 3-1

7.0

2

1

1

2

10

0

0

0

2.63

Dusten Knight

1.0

1

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

1.83

Reyes Moronta, S, 5

1.0

2

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

5.19

Edwin Escobar (G’vle)

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Ok, I'm going to be a little controversial here and say, that on a day when Chris Heston threw a major league no-hitter with 11 Ks, and on a day when Matt Cain made his 2015 debut, and on a day when Keury Mella had a season high 8 Ks, that this here was actually the most impressive pitching performance of the night (in its context).

Considering just position players, the Greenville Drive are probably the most stacked prospect team in the minors this year. They have $70mm Cuban Yoan Moncada. They have the guy who was considered the best HS hit tool in last year's draft in Michael Chavis. Mauricio Dubon, Nick Longhi, Rafael Devers (who didn't play last night): this is a team full of guys who are outstanding fastball hitters, playing in one of the best hitting environments in the Sally.

And Sam Coonrod went out there and shoved fastballs right down their collective throats.

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Wowza! That was a performance to put a guy on the map. You can see Coonrod throws with the old Russ Ortiz short-arm motion which enables his already considerable velocity to get on hitters faster than they expect. I don't know if either Coonrod or Chase Johnson make it to the majors as starters, but these are two good looking arms that the Giants picked up on Day 2 of the last two drafts (which coincidentally, was yesterday for this year's draft. So get ready to look forward to some Cory Taylor raves in Minor Lines this time next year!). Coonrod now has 60K to only 15 BB in 54.2 IP.

On the offensive side, Augusta scored three runs over the final two innings (as did Greenville, oddly) to take the one run victory. Fargas had a three hit game to push his BA back over .300 after a mini-slump had dropped it down. He did get CS for the 9th time this year however.  Aramis Garcia, like Tyler Horan, had a 2 XBH hit night, but he one-upped Horan with a triple and his 5th HR of the year. The night edged his SLG just to the edge of the .400 mark and his OPS is now up to .719 as he works to recover from his slow start.  The Greenjackets got 5 XBH in all (out of 12 hits), with doubles from all of the 4-5-6 hitters Skyler Ewing, Jonah Arenado, and newcomer to Augusta Dylan Davis, playing his first Sally league game. Davis, who was struggling a bit at SJ was the loser in the playing time derby for that fully stocked roster, and so the org has sent him down to A ball to get more regular ABs and work on his in-game swing and approach.

yes that was our old friend Edwin Escobar pitching the 1st inning of this game. Escobar, who's been out all year with elbow inflammation was making his first rehab appearance. He threw 10 pitches in a 3 up/3 down inning. This was the 2nd time in the past few days that Augusta got to go up against superior competition, as Kyle Zimmer had made an inning rehab appearance against them this weekend.

Finally the Sally League All Stars were named yesterday, and there are some Greenjackets to congratulate:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congrats to the 2015 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AGJ?src=hash">#AGJ</a> All-Stars! <a href="https://twitter.com/AramisGarcia44">@AramisGarcia44</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Johneshwy">@Johneshwy</a> &amp; Raymundo Montero <a href="http://t.co/Ud70ZIzUku">http://t.co/Ud70ZIzUku</a> … <a href="http://t.co/gOSLOsspSd">pic.twitter.com/gOSLOsspSd</a></p>&mdash; Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets/status/608641127269412864">June 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Let's celebrate by watching Aramis Garcia hit a ball into a land far far away:

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DSL Giants lost to DSL Mariners, 9-8 in 13 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

Other

PH-CF

Beicker Mondoza

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

RF

Sandro Fabian

6

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

OF Assist

LF

Mecky Coronado

4

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3b

Francisco Medina

6

2

3

3

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

2 E (3)

DH

Yendrys Gonzalez

6

2

4

1

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

SS

Manuel Geraldo

7

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

2 E (5)

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Melvin Adon

4.0

5

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

5.14

Jasier Herrera

3.0

2

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3.00

Hengerber Medina

3.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

Norwith Gudino, BS, L, 0-1

1.2

4

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

3.38

The DSL Giants scored runs in both the top of the 12th and 13th innings, but it wasn't enough. The Mariners came back with a tying run in the bottom of the 12th and two more in the bottom of the 13th to win it.  And the kicker is that none of them were earned. In classic DSL style the Giants committed 5 errors to boot victory out of their grasp.

But they certainly did have their hitting shoes on. 19 hits including 4 HRs in this game, 2 of them from 17 year old 3b Francisco Medina.  Medina (i have no idea if he's related to Hengerber) only has 6 hits on the year but 3 of them have left the yard. Hmm.... 3b... HR hitter.... 17 years old.... I believe I just hit Lyle's sweet spot!

Yendrys Gonzalez is an 18 year old (December 1996 DOB) who was signed for an indeterminate five figure deal in 2014. He played sparingly in the DSL last year with 25 ABs in 14 games.  But he's off to a blistering start in 2015 with 6 hits in his first 9 PA, including a double and yesterday's HR.

Jasier Herrera, another of the 1998 DOB 17 year olds had a nice game with 3 Ks in 3 IP. It was his longest stint and his first scoreless one.

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Probably not quite the excitement level for tomorrow's SP, as Joe Biagini,  Jason Forjet, and DJ Snelten are scheduled to go. Sacramento has an off day for traveling.

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Wow! That was an exciting day of minor lines! Better bring back the fireworks for that one:

<blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fans enjoying another great <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> Postgame <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Fireworks?src=hash">#Fireworks</a> show at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Muni?src=hash">#Muni</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GiantTogether?src=hash">#GiantTogether</a> <a href="http://t.co/KAgTUBx7be">pic.twitter.com/KAgTUBx7be</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants/status/607052414282301441">June 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Have a great day at the ballyard!