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I'm thinking Andrew Susac was sending congratulatory texts to his old High School teammate last night.

2012 2nd round draft pick Martin Agosta has had a strange and troublesome minor league journey and he's not even made it out of A ball yet. He's had a near sensational year that was marred by command problems and second half injury woes. He's had a completely lost season. And now he's having a year that's a little bit equal parts of both. After getting knocked out of the rotation early, he's back in it now and racking up some of the best peripherals of his career, with a 10.41 K9 (near the equal of his Sally league campaign in 2013) and a 2.70 BB9 which is by far the best of his career. But he's also giving up runs and HRs by the bushel full, leading to a 6.36 ERA and a nearly equal 5.24 FIP. In his previous two starts, he piled up 16Ks against only 1 BB, but he also gave up 5 runs in 6 IP and 6 runs in 5 IP (with 3 HRs allowed over the two games), leading to decidedly mixed reviews here.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/mccoveychron">@mccoveychron</a> Martin Agosta is having himself a night in SJ. Perfect through 5.2, 0 R,1 H, 1BB, 9K through 6</p>&mdash; My Info (@dkgiantsfan) <a href="https://twitter.com/dkgiantsfan/status/612107966087499777">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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But last night, Agosta finally delivered a pure masterpiece with no "if onlys".... no, "but look heres..." no mixed feelings at all.  7 innings, 1 hit, 1 BB, 9 Ks, 0 runs. That's 25 Ks and 2 BBs over his last 3 starts (18 IP). Keep the ball in the park, stop giving up 4 run innings, and keep the peripherals rolling, Martin. Maybe there's a zombie prospect there yet.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Kelvin Marte and Martin Agosta combined for 13 scoreless innings. Seth Harrison had 6 RBIs. Francisco Medina returned to hit his 5th HR of the year.

Sacramento lost to Reno (Diamondbacks), 6-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Ehire Adrianza

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.315

1b

Travis Ishikawa

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.279

C

Trevor Brown

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.290

CF

Darren Ford

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

.251

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Ty Blach, L, 5-7

7.0

8

6

6

0

3

3

0

0

4.00

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wonderful evening for a <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats">@RiverCats</a> game, our first game here! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sacramento?src=hash">#sacramento</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/baseball?src=hash">#baseball</a> <a href="http://t.co/JoJqTi5Tf1">pic.twitter.com/JoJqTi5Tf1</a></p>&mdash; Matt Beckwith (@mattbeckwith209) <a href="https://twitter.com/mattbeckwith209/status/612110411815497729">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Ty Blach is normally a pitch to contact guy, but last night's contact was little louder than Blach hopes for.  All six of the runs Blach allowed came via the HR.  He allowed a solo HR to D'backs #8 prospect Pete O'Brien (acquired for Martin Prado at the trade deadline last year). That was O'Brien's 14th of the year to pull into a tie with Adam Duvall and Fresno's Jonathan Singleton for the most HRs in the PCL. Later Blach would give up a 3 run HR to Reno 1b Nick Evans (his 10th). And finally came a 2 run shot from ex-Giants Cody Ransom.

All of which was too much for a sputtering Sacramento offense. Only three RiverCats hitters reached base twice (Ishikawa, Brown, Ford) and the team had 0 XBH among its 7 hits. Ehire Adrianza, who singled in two of Sacramento's runs, is batting 3rd for this team, and with an .814 OPS which is second on the current roster (and just .006 behind Duvall) he justifies being there. But it seems valid to say that no functioning offense should have Ehire Adrianza batting in the 3-spot.

Richmond beat New Britain (Rockies), 1-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Mac Williamson

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.290

3b

Mitch Delfino

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.254

CF

Engel Beltre

3

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.316

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kelvin Marte, W, 6-0

6.0

2

0

0

3

8

0

0

0

2.66

Tyler Mizenko, S, 1

2.1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.37

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Squirrels are back home for an eight day, nine game homestand. Check out the lineup against the <a href="https://twitter.com/RockCats">@RockCats</a>. <a href="http://t.co/AApgyhFMKE">pic.twitter.com/AApgyhFMKE</a></p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/612017801054801920">June 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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27 year old Kelvin Marte has been in the Giants system since 2007. I believe he might be the only player in the system who has played at every one of the Giants 7 levels (though since his AAA time was in Fresno, he has not played for all 7 current teams). Arm injuries in the 2011-13 period probably wiped out his time as a prospect, but he's been a tremendously valuable member of a lot of affiliates over the years. For a long stretch of the 2014 season he was the best starter on division winning Richmond team. And this year, his insertion back into the rotation helped stabilize a reeling team. It was Marte who finally helped stop the 15 game losing streak with a 7 inning, 1 run performance in his first start of the year.

All of which is to say that he, like Ryan Lollis, has been a really good solider and valuable member of this org for a long time. And last night, he was at his best in helping pitch the Squirrels to a 1-0 victory.  Not only did he throw 6 innings of two-hit shutout ball, but he set a career high! with 8 Ks. Here's to you Kelvin!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Go Squirrels! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RFS?src=hash">#RFS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PartyDeck?src=hash">#PartyDeck</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SatellitesAssemble?src=hash">#SatellitesAssemble</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels">@GoSquirrels</a> <a href="http://t.co/7Lv0HU723G">pic.twitter.com/7Lv0HU723G</a></p>&mdash; COTU Brewing (@COTUbrew) <a href="https://twitter.com/COTUbrew/status/612049180564025344">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Former Red Sox and Rangers top prospect Engel Beltre has been a very nice performer for the Squirrels since his arrival as a minor league FA. His RBI single following Mitch Delfino's double provided the only run in this game. The 25 year old has had his career derailed by injuries the last few years, much like the guy he replaced, Javy Herrera (who is back on the DL).

The Squirrels had only 4 hits in this game (with 3 BBs), but thanks to the pitching it was just enough.

San Jose defeated Inland Empire (Angels), 11-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Seth Harrison

4

1

3

6

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

.297

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.282

RF

Hunter Cole

3

2

1

2

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

.324

2b

Austin Slater

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

.297

DH

Tyler Horan

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.216

3b

Ryder Jones

5

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.289

C

Ben Turner

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.279

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Martin Agosta, W, 2-5

7.0

1

0

0

1

9

0

0

0

5.53

Ian Gardeck

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.66

Dan Slania

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1.97

Unlike Marte, Agosta's gem ended up being a laugher, though it was a taught 1-0 game entering the bottom of the 5th. From there on, though, the SJ hitters poured on the support. They had 12 hits, including 4 XBH, 6 walks and even 2 HB. Hunter Cole, who three weeks ago had 0 HRs, hit his 6th in this game for his only hit though he reached base 3 times. That HR tied Cole with Tyler Horan for team lead. Seth Harrison reached base four times (including  a HBP), and his 2 doubles were half the team's XBH, helping him pile up a career high 6 RBI night, which is the most from any SJ hitter this year.

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But the night really belonged to Agosta. He threw 63 of 96 pitches for strikes, used his wipeout slider effectively, and was in command throughout.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Martin Agosta&#39;s no-hit bid broken up on a two-out single in the top of the sixth. Agosta with 9 K&#39;s through 6 scoreless innings.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/612103052816846848">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Only hit allowed by Agosta was a sixth-inning bloop single. Retired 21 out of 24 batters faced. FB was 88-91.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/612109219119022080">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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All in all, a feel good night at the Muni.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bus driver who helped rescue kidnapped boy throws out first pitch for <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants">@SJGiants</a>. <a href="http://t.co/u1JYbJ6A5J">http://t.co/u1JYbJ6A5J</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a>&#10;<a href="https://t.co/AGtGQIiDxd">https://t.co/AGtGQIiDxd</a></p>&mdash; NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) <a href="https://twitter.com/nbcbayarea/status/612088638445203457">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.291

SS

Jeremy Sy

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.223

C

Aramis Garcia

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.224

LF

Andrew Cain

4

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.203

3b

Jonah Arenado

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.280

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Gage, L, 3-4

5.0

9

5

5

2

6

1

0

0

5.34

Reyes Moronta

3.0

2

1

1

3

5

0

0

0

4.65


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="http://t.co/dXHEpU0peW">pic.twitter.com/dXHEpU0peW</a></p>&mdash; Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets/status/612117681400119300">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Thus ends Augusta's late run at a 1st half playoff spot. Actually it ended before this game was done as Greenville's victory eliminated them. Starter Matt Gage put the team behind pretty quickly, getting hit around with some regularity as has been the case for much of the year.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Savannah leads Augusta 4-0 going to the 5th. Matt Gage is getting knocked around a good bit. FB too much on the plate.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/612055276972281861">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Behind 5-0 in the 5th, Augusta gamely fought to the end and actually had chances to take an inspirational come from behind victory. In both the 7th and 8th innings Johneshwy Fargas came to bat with the bases loaded, but both times ended disappointingly:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fargas grounds into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded as Savannah preserves a 5-1 lead into the 8th.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/612068631686590464">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Augusta has the bases loaded in the 8th, down 6-4, two outs. Savannah working on its third pitcher of the inning.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/612076470316462080">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wow. Fargas lines out to third to end the inning. Very hard hit. Awful luck for Augusta. Going to the 9th with Savannah leading 6-4.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/612078019218419712">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Off the field, there was news on Cristian Paulino's leg injury which was positive though not best case:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sounds like Cristian Paulino avoided a serious hamstring injury, but he&#39;ll probably be out for at least a couple weeks.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/612022669907763200">June 19, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Richard Amion

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

.200

3b

Miguel Gomez

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.375

DH

Julio Pena

4

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.500

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Logan Webb

5.0

5

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

3.60

Armando Paniagua, W, 1-0

2.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

E.J. Encinosa, S, 1

2.0

4

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

4.50


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Volcanoes get the job done, even the series with <a href="https://twitter.com/vancanadians">@vancanadians</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VolcanoesPOG?src=hash">#VolcanoesPOG</a> is Richard &quot;Junior&quot; Amion. <a href="https://twitter.com/bargarten">@bargarten</a> <a href="http://t.co/9JnlpsV7sC">pic.twitter.com/9JnlpsV7sC</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/612114612192854016">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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The Volcanoes knocked out 9 hits, including 3 XBH with 2 walks to account for their 4 runs. Richard Amion is a 22 year old who was the Giants 19th round draft pick last year out of Alabama St. He posted a .764 OPS last year int he AZL, playing entirely OF.  Miguel Gomez is a 22 year old who has spent the last three seasons in the DSL, playing mostly C.  Last year in the DSL he hit .318/.367/.453 in the DSL.  Julio Pena is a 22 year old OF/DH in his 5th season with the Giants. He spent 2 years in the DSL in which he led the club in HRs both years (4 and 9). And then he spent two years in the AZL as a part time player with mostly middling success (.677 and .619 OPS in the two years).  He popped one into the short porch in LF last night:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It&#39;s called the home run porch for a reason! Julio Pena hits over the left field fence!&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LavaBlast?src=hash">#LavaBlast</a> Counter: </p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/612088084478341124">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="in" dir="ltr">325 foot HR. <a href="https://t.co/6TNWQjK4et">https://t.co/6TNWQjK4et</a></p>&mdash; Trevor Knapp (@trevorknapp16) <a href="https://twitter.com/trevorknapp16/status/612088479380410369">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Logan Webb was the Giants 4th round pick out of HS in last year's draft.  He showed a velocity spike in the late spring leading to the pick, but reports of his stuff were down last year in the AZL and again in fall instrux.  He had just one K in his first start last night, so keeping an eye on his velo and stuff will likely be a continuing story with Webb. It does appear that last night at least, Paniagua's stuff was the more eye-popping:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hard throwing vet Armando Paniagua has some serious heat. Logan Webb&#39;s day is done. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VANvsSK?src=hash">#VANvsSK</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NWL?src=hash">#NWL</a></p>&mdash; Trevor Knapp (@trevorknapp16) <a href="https://twitter.com/trevorknapp16/status/612093509537955841">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

LF

20.9

Juan Rodriguez

4

1

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.403

SS

18.9

Manuel Geraldo

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

1

0

.278

RF

17.3

Sandro Fabian

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.246

3b

17.2

Francisco Medina

4

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.273

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.6

Raffi Vizcaino W, 1-0

5.0

3

2

2

1

4

0

1

0

1.83

19.4

Weilly Yan

1.0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.00

19.7

Norwith Gudino, S, 1

3.0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.38


Seventeen year old Francisco Medina had missed the past few games, but he came back swinging. He now has 5 HRs in 55 ABs and is certainly on pace to have the biggest HR season for the Giants DSL team.  Rey Duran's 11 HRs (most that I know of) came in 264 PA and 63 games.

Raffi Vizcaino continues a nice bounceback from last year's injury plagued summer. He has 22 Ks and 4 BB in 19.2 IP.

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Matt Cain goes back to the mound in Sacramento today and lower down Tommy Hanson gets his second start of the year in SJ. Richmond plays a double header with Matt Lujan taking the first game and middle reliever Edwin Quirarte listed as the second game starter. Sally league All Star Mark Reyes starts for Augusta, and ex-Greenjacket Nathanael Santiago goes for SK.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tonight <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AGJ?src=hash">#AGJ</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/familyyaugusta">@familyyaugusta</a> are set to host the Miracle League game starting @ 5:50pm <a href="http://t.co/qeo2OJ9VuT">http://t.co/qeo2OJ9VuT</a> <a href="http://t.co/4qCOMkssVM">pic.twitter.com/4qCOMkssVM</a></p>&mdash; Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets/status/612273346596745216">June 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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