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Ok, so we didn't do so well against King Felix tonight. But you can watch Kelby Tomlinson double off Stephen Strasburg here at Minor Lines!

Well isn't that a pretty sign!

HIGHLIGHTS: Ricky Oropesa reached base 3x and hit his 9th HR. Jonah Arenado went 5 for 5 in style.

Sacramento defeated Fresno (Astros), 4-1
losing their three game series, 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Ehire Adrianza

5

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.314

3b

Adam Duvall

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

.270

1b

Travis Ishikawa

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.270

CF

Darren Ford

4

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.249

LF

Ryan Lollis

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

.333

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chris Stratton

6.0

2

1

1

3

4

0

0

0

2.08

Jean Machi, W, 1-0

2.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

Erik Cordier, S, 4

1.0

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

2.20

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiverCats?src=hash">#RiverCats</a> take the finale 4-1 over the <a href="https://twitter.com/FresnoGrizzlies">@FresnoGrizzlies</a> behind Chris Stratton. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClawsUp?src=hash">#ClawsUp</a> <a href="http://t.co/X1dcSSVQE9">http://t.co/X1dcSSVQE9</a> <a href="http://t.co/wLNJQVdA0a">pic.twitter.com/wLNJQVdA0a</a></p>&mdash; River Cats (@RiverCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats/status/611409662194233344">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Chris Stratton continued to avoid the scoreboard even while scuffling a bit with control in his third AAA start.  Stratton threw 52 of 93 pitches for strikes, walking three and striking out four, but only allowing 2 hits. He got bushels of ground balls though, with 10 groundball outs, and at one point retired 13 of 14 batters.  An A's blogger on hand for the game provides a scouting report:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chris Stratton w/ fluid path towards plate, deceptive/short path prior w/ short 3/4. Minimal LH, some C-B, shoulder extension off at times</p>&mdash; Chris Kusiolek (@Oak_AllDay) <a href="https://twitter.com/Oak_AllDay/status/611364713025269760">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chris Stratton pitching well, showing CB w/ 11-5, shifts back shoulder; better feel to AS. 4S release off, flashes DH. SL exaggerated sweep</p>&mdash; Chris Kusiolek (@Oak_AllDay) <a href="https://twitter.com/Oak_AllDay/status/611374392170295296">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I don't know Chris' work, or quite what all his abbreviations are in that first tweet, but as long as I'm using his work, let's see what he had to say about the other pitchers as well:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jean Machi 92-94 w/ good arm speed, LH repetition; avg 3/4, slot/grip variants. Split w/ lively GS wiggle 83-85. Slurve w/ vert spike 78-83</p>&mdash; Chris Kusiolek (@Oak_AllDay) <a href="https://twitter.com/Oak_AllDay/status/611384795059204097">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Erik Cordier w/ bad arm speed, shape replication on SL; compromises for feel, flash + (84-86). 4S 96-98; feel, shoulders inconsistent</p>&mdash; Chris Kusiolek (@Oak_AllDay) <a href="https://twitter.com/Oak_AllDay/status/611397670922403840">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Machi also had a nice defensive moment during his outing:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WHOA! Nice grab, Jean Machi. Snags a liner back up the middle for the first out in the 7th. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClawsUp?src=hash">#ClawsUp</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Defense?src=hash">#Defense</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiverCats?src=hash">#RiverCats</a></p>&mdash; River Cats (@RiverCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats/status/611383083481169920">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Visual evidence!

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On offense the RiverCats used 10 hits and 6 walks to score their runs. The game was a 1-1 tie into the 7th but Travis Ishikawa lined a single to drive in a second run (and extend his hitting streak to 9 games), and they scored two more in the 8th to salt it away.  Darren Ford had a big game with two hits including his 5th HR of the season. His other hit traveled a wee bit less far

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A Darren Ford specialty. Infield chopper that he beats out for a hit! </p>&mdash; Julie (@phibear35) <a href="https://twitter.com/phibear35/status/611392296790044672">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Richmond won at Harrisburg (Nationals), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.336

RF

Mac Williamson

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.291

1b

Ricky Oropesa

3

1

2

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

.288

CF

Engel Beltre

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.294

P

Adalberto Mejia

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.000

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Adalberto Mejia, W, 1-0

5.0

3

1

1

1

3

1

0

0

2.31

Edwin Quirarte

1.0

2

2

2

2

1

0

0

1

4.87

Josh Osich, S, 18

1.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1.41

Stephen Strasburg

5.0

4

2

1

0

6

0

0

0

1.80

Kelby Tomlinson continues on his quest to force Giants fans to wonder: how hard can it be to replace Joaquin Arias, anyway?

Yeah, that's pretty much what I thought too!

The Squirrels also got more contributions from two vets, as Engel Beltre chipped in with two hits, including a double, stole a base to put himself into position to score on a Sac Fly, and threw a runner out at home. Meanwhile, the en fuego Ricky Oropesa hit his 9th HR of the season, tied for 4th in the league (that came off reliever Colin Bates, not off Strasburg).

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Someone the other day asked me what I thought about Oropesa's season. Personally, despite his success the last six weeks, I would say there's still plenty of reasons to be skeptical of Oropesa's ability to compete at higher levels. The 25 year old now has about 900 PA in AA over three years with a .242/.295/.357 line at the level, and even with his hot stretch this year he's boasting a .307 OBP, powered by his 8 BB to 44 Ks peripherals on the year. And, of course, as a 1b only guy he really offers no potential for production beyond his bat.

On the mound, Adalberto Mejia continued to look good, with only a Cutter Dystra solo HR doing him any harm.  He isn't missing all that many bats, but he continues to induce a lot of weak contact. He was definitely around the strike zone all day, throwing 46 of 63 pitches for strikes. I wouldnt be surprised if learning how to throw pitches out of the zone isn't a big development step for him as he goes along this year.  He threw a lot of a something that looked like it was a family member of Bumgarner's "sludder" today, a cutting fastball that got in on RHH hands and moved hard away from lefties. He also ran like the wind! in scoring the first run of the game, as seen above.

Edwin Quirarte, the Indy ball returnee who's soaking up middle innings for the team got the Senators back into the game with his inning of work. With two outs and a man on he walked a batter and then uncorked a WP which set up Trea Turner's two run single. Turner would also later double off Osich to create some two-out, 9th inning dramas, but Osich got Matt Skole to ground out to end it.

Richmond has now moved into 2nd place in their division and is just 2.5 games back of 1st.

San Jose lost at Modesto (Rockies), 7-2
losing their three game series, 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Seth Harrison

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.272

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.283

RF

Hunter Cole

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.327

2b

Austin Slater

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.298

3b

Ryder Jones

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.286

DH

Brain Ragira

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.205

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jason Forjet, L, 2-2

5.0

5

1

1

1

4

1

0

0

2.08

Luis Ysla

1.0

5

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

8.63

Tyler Rogers

2.0

4

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

2.57

As the first half winds down, the now 28-38 Giants lounge pretty close to the bottom of the league standings, with only Bakersfield and Lake Elsinore sporting worse records. They've played somewhat better in June and May than they did in April, but right now they're looking like they could be the first losing Sj team in over a decade and the dyansty that rode havoc over the Cal League looks to be in the wane.

The Giants collected just five hits, along with a walk and HB. Doubles by Arroyo and Ragira were the lone XBH. Seth Harrison was the only member of the lineup to reach base twice, and that came thanks to a HBP. And they made 3 more errors, including Austin Slater's 11th of the season as he continues to work on re-learning the IF defense. Speaking of Harrison, he was Joe Ritzo's pregame guest yesterday, discussing among other things his first pro HR.

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The other side of the ball was in stark contrast. Giants pitchers surrendered 14 hits, including a solo HR, and chipped in with a couple walks.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Modesto Nuts&#39; Ryan McMahon K&#39;d 4 times Monday night, once on 96-mph fb by SJ reliever Luis Ysla. Tonight, McMahon RBI 2b off Ysla. 3-0 thu 6</p>&mdash; Ron Agostini (@ModBeeSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/ModBeeSports/status/611383751902269441">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Among the things that pop into my head at 5:30 in the morning when I'm trying to wake up: if you pronounce "luis" quick like "loose" you can make "How do you solve a problem like Luis Ysla" scan appropriately to the Sound of Music number. Among the many things that have gone wrong for the SJ team, Ysla descending from what they thought would be an anchor of the rotation into an undependable member of the bullpen has to rank very high on the list.

SJ also got tough news off the field, as they learned that former UCLA star Nick Vander Tuig's season is over

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tough injury news for Nick Vander Tuig - was having a nice first half in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> rotation <a href="http://t.co/KgUzGMIODl">http://t.co/KgUzGMIODl</a></p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/611406286165401600">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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They're back home tonight to start a four game set with Inland Empire leading into the All Star break.

Augusta beat Lexington (Royals), 8-7 in 11 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

6

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.294

RF

Cristian Paulino

5

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

.294

C

Aramis Garcia

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

.220

3b

Jonah Arenado

5

2

5

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.283

1b

Skyler Ewing

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.219

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chris Johnson

4.0

7

7

5

2

4

1

0

1

7.07

Jake McCasland

3.0

1

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

5.65

Reyes Moronta

1.1

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

4.82

Carlos Diaz, W, 1-1

2.2

1

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

2.70

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AGJ?src=hash">#AGJ</a> comeback from 6 runs to in a walk-off style win tonight to keep their playoff push alive!&#10;<a href="http://t.co/RcE87sjq6b">http://t.co/RcE87sjq6b</a> <a href="http://t.co/hOw9VML6mI">pic.twitter.com/hOw9VML6mI</a></p>&mdash; Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets/status/611394570358759424">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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A wild one. Augusta was down 7-1 in the 6th inning and came all the way back to win this one, with the star night coming from Jonah Arenado who not only went 5 for 5, he did it with drama. The comeback started when Aramis Garcia drove a deep deep HR into the night, and then the hits just started poring out. WIth two outs in the 9th and a man on 1st, Lexington's Yunior Marte (who had previously allowed a run to score on a WP) hit Paulino and Garcia back to back to load the bases. Up stepped Arenado and he drilled his fifth hit of the night, bringing in two to tie the score and send it to extras. Arenado was on deck when the game ended with Jared Deacon (who replaced Garcia after the HBP) singled to score Fargas with the winning run. Amazingly Augusta, which has been just on the bad side of .500 seemingly the entire first half, still has a miniscule hope of winning the first half crown, though it would take a good deal of help.

Org pitcher Chris Johnson had a miserable night, and seems to be finding the Sally more difficult his second time through. But once again the much maligned bullpen was fantastic, throwing 7 innings of three-hit shutout ball, with 10 Ks against 1 BB. Carlos Diaz has been particularly good lately. Since giving up 3 ER in his third appearance of the year (April 15), Diaz has allowed only 4 ER the rest of the season. That covers 19 IP over 14 appearances, in which he's had 26 Ks and only 2 BBs.

And unlike SJ, Augusta got good news off the field yesterday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Court backs Project Jackson, which includes proposed Augusta GreenJackets stadium. <a href="http://t.co/Rek21nuX3t">http://t.co/Rek21nuX3t</a></p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/611211085199314944">June 17, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Salem Keizer

The policy of Minor Lines is not to use lines from exhibition games (which policy I'll likely break when we get to All Star games), especially when those exhibitions have no easy-to-find box scores. But I can tell you that Salem Keizer played their annual warm up game last night. And I must agree with the sentiments others here have shared, that compared to what we were hoping for from this roster, this is a pretty low impact opening lineup:

Still that low excitement roster went out and put a whupping on the local college players last night.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How&#39;d tonight&#39;s game vs. the College All-Stars go? Here&#39;s the recap. <a href="http://t.co/xiiimDVt4Z">http://t.co/xiiimDVt4Z</a> <a href="http://t.co/K78ZJyNDZ6">pic.twitter.com/K78ZJyNDZ6</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/611417080835891201">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Did you know that new SK manager (and Giants 2004 draftee) Kyle Haines is the first person to both play for and manage the Volanoes? Or that he played with most all of the homegrown Giants who danced around Kaufman Stadium last October? Or that he also played for an Indy League team that had no home field and was owned by the rest of the league? You can learn all these things and more right here:

DSL Giants lost to the DSL Mets, 7-4

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

17.3

Sandro Fabian

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.259

2b

19.3

Robert Antunez

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.312

SS

18.9

Manuel Geraldo

4

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.277

3b

20.9

Hengerber Medina

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

CF

17.6

Jose Patino

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

.182

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

18.12

Sandro Cabrera

6.0

4

2

1

2

4

0

1

2

3.86

17.6

Jasier Herrera

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

5.14

Weird. The wrong Medina was playing 3b yesterday. Hengerber, who's been fairly successfully converting to pitcher this year, returned to the lineup yesterday, though not terribly successfully. The DSL team managed only 5 hits on this day, with Antunez and Patino being the only members of the lineup to reach base multiple times. Patino, with a HBP was on base three times. They did steal 5 bases, with Antunez and LF Juan Rodriguez both nabbing their team leading 8th.

Sandro Cabrera, who turns 19 next week, hasn't shown much of the promise that induced the Giants six figure bonus, though box scores, of course, can be deceiving. Seventeen year old Jasier Herrera struck out all 3 batters he faced and now has 12 Ks (3 BBs, 0 HB) in 7 IP.

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Tyler Beede takes the prime start tonight, and again it's on MiLBTV. Other scheduled starters include Nik Turley, Jose Reyes, Pat Young, and Nick Gonzalez in SK's season opener. Gonzalez is one of many players returning to SK from 2014.