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Which involves a love letter, of sorts...

As many of you no doubt know, I have a few baseball biases. One of them is that I love athletic players who can beat teams in a lot of different ways. Players like Gregor Blanco, for instance. And players like Johneshwy Fargas. Fargas has had a rough go of it at the plate since coming back from the DL, and that continued yesterday as he went 0 for 4 with a hat trick. But here's what Johneshwy did on the second Charleston batter of the game:

In the third, when starter DJ Snelten was getting knocked around, here was the first out of the inning:

and here was the second:

Go ahead and develop that bat as well as you can Johneshwy. You've got a fan. Do that voodoo that you do so well.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ty Blach twirled a PCL masterpiece (that probably should have been the open; what can I say, the heart wants what it wants). Juan Perez reached base 4 times and hit a HR.

Sacramento won at Oklahoma City (Dodgers), 7-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF-LF

Juan Perez

3

2

2

2

0

0

1

2

0

0

1

.239

3b

Casey McGehee

5

2

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.351

1b

Travis Ishikawa

4

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.308

RF

Jarrett Parker

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.277

C

Trevor Brown

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.278

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Ty Blach, W, 5-5

8.0

8

2

2

0

7

0

0

0

3.63

Like much of the eastern half of the PCL, OKC is  not one of the unfair pitching environments of the league. Still, what Ty Blach did yesterday is about as much of a masterpiece as you can offer up in the PCL and deserves a solid Wow! 7 K, 0 BB, is a real good way to go through life, son.  For the season those numbers are 40:7 in 69.1 IP.  The 8 inning stint was the longest appearance for any RiverCat pitcher this year. He returned to the mound for the 9th, with his pitch count at around 100, but after allowing hits to the first two batters he was relieved. Jake Dunning allowed both to score when he surrendered a HR to Andy Wilkins, causing the only mar on Blach's line for the night. His ERA is now in the top 10 for the PCL among qualified pitchers.

Juan Perez hit the second pitch of the game out for his 3rd HR and just kept getting on base the rest of the game. Two hits, two walks, two RBIs, and two runs scored made him the offensive star of the game, and his numbers have been creeping up lately.  In all, six of the RiverCats reached base multiple times, with four different players collecting two hits. One of them wasn't Adam Duvall, however, whose 0 for 4 continued his recent slide.

Richmond lost at Portland, 4-3
the rubber game of the three game set is this morning

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

4

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.328

SS

Rando Moreno

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.304

C

Jackson Williams

4

2

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.214

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kelvin Marte

5.1

5

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

3.18

Joan Gregorio

0.0

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

4.84

Phil McCormick

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.81

Pedro Rodriguez, BS, L

0.1

3

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

3.60

The Squirrels really let one get away here. Protecting a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the 8th, a combination of bullpen failure and a mistimed error prized defeat from the jaws of victory. I'm not entirely sure why Josh Osich didn't come out to handle the 9th. He had pitched in back to back games, but he's done three straight games before this year. Regardless, Pedro Rodriguez was given the 3-1 lead in the 9th and with one out he surrendered three straight hits to tie the game. After an IBB, he induced a groundball to 3b which Mitch Delfino booted, allowing the winning run to come around and score.

Joan Gregorio got something of a quick hook in the 9th as he faced only 2 batters, allowing a single and a walk. His usage patterns are something of a mystery to me, but he has now retired only 1 of the 10 batters he's faced in his past three outings. And the longest of his past four outings have been 0.1 IP.   He has 17 Ks and 11 BBs now in 22.1 IP on the year, with a K rate of 18%. And for a super tall pitcher, he has had little luck getting good downward plane on the ball as his gb rate is only 35%.

I have no idea where they could put him (particularly given the Kevin Frandsen signing), but Kelby Tomlinson is making a very strong case for promotion. With three more hits yesterday, he now has had 12 multi-hit games in his past 20. He's slashing .328/.389/.430. He also stole his 13th base of the year. And he showed some nice baserunning instincts to score on the play that would have been the game winner without the 9th inning collapse.

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The Squirrels will welcome a new player today:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">OF Engel Beltre has been added to the Squirrels roster from extended spring training.</p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/606144462679646208">June 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Beltre was once upon a time quite a hot prospect for both the Red Sox and the Rangers, ranking as high as #5 on the BA Rangers prospect list in 2010, though he's had a tough time of it with injuries the last few years. But he still has his fans.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Great to see longtime friend Engel Beltre playing with Giants extended spring team. Just hit a triple. Always plays with enthusiasm.</p>&mdash; Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) <a href="https://twitter.com/billazbbphotog/status/605435194095464449">June 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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oh, and, I buried the lede here... (that's known in the business as a tease!). Check the bottom for another addition to the club.

San Jose had a scheduled off day.
They begin a 7 game homestand tonight vs the High Desert Mavericks.

Augusta lost at Charleston (Yankees), 6-3
losing the three game series, 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.291

C

Aramis Garcis

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.210

3b

Jonah Arenado

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.277

DH

Skyler Ewing

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.201

1b

John Riley

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.214

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

DJ Snelten, L, 0-1

2.1

6

4

4

1

0

0

0

0

15.43

Rodolfo Martinez

1.2

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.02

Carlos Diaz

2.0

3

1

1

0

5

0

0

0

3.06

D.J. Snelten's first start since his demotion couldn't have gone much worse, as he was hit hard in his short stint both figuratively and literally. After a 1-2-3 first inning (albeit, one that included the fly ball to CF seen at the top) he took a hard shot off his shin in the 2nd inning, and though he got out of that inning without any damage, he was clearly not the same pitcher in the 3rd, when Charleston reached him for 5 hits and 4 runs, which as we saw at the top could have been much worse were it not for the defensive efforts of Fargas.

Rodolfo Martinez came in humping 95+ fastballs, but it continues to interest me that he gets as few swing throughs as he does with his velocity. There's a lot of life in that arm. Seems like he's the type who's going to find a new grip or some such, at some point that gives his pitches a little more movement and just take off. LHP Carlos Diaz had a 5K night in his two innings, and now has 24:4 K:BB ratio in 17.2 innings.

In an odd coincidence, the Augusta batters went up against another pitcher making his first start in the Sally after a demotion from A+, and they reached Matt Wotherspoon for 3 runs in the 5th, thanks to singles from Ewing, Riley and Cain, and a Will Callaway double. But two Charleston relievers totally shut the Greenjackets down over the rest of the game. The lineup included Aramis Garcia, fresh back from the DL, though he did little of note here with an 0-fer and 2 Ks. In all the Augusta hitters struck out 13 times vs. only 9 hits and 1 bb.

The Charleston video recap of the game is here (but it's pretty light on Augusta highlights):

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DSL Giants lost to DSL Dodgers, 7-8

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Juan Rodriguez

4

3

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

.462

2b

Robert Antunez

4

2

4

2

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1.000

RF

Sandro Fabian

5

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.313

C

Andres Angulo

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

.333

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Melvin Adon

3.0

3

3

3

3

3

0

0

0

9.00

Wilme Almanzar

1.2

4

3

3

1

3

0

2

0

16.20

Luis Amaya

2.0

0

0

0

1

3

0

1

0

0.00

Ah, the old 1.000 BA! When's the last time you saw that in a box score? 2b Antunez turned 19 in March and is in his third DSL campaign.  Last year he hit .188/.370/.225 in about 170 PA. Juan Rodriguez is a 20 year old OF in his second DSL season. Neither of the two seems likely to be of much interest stateside Sandro Fabian hopefully will. He continues his nice start with his 3rd double of the year in his two hits. He turned 17 in March.

LHP Luis Amaya's K% dropped all the way from 100% to 60% when he failed to strike out every batter he faced in his second outing. He did however, K 3 out of 7.

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First thing you're going to want to do after reading this this morning is check the Richmond box score (or possibly even tune in on your MiLBtv account), because it features some more big news in what's been a week of big news:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">LHP Mejia makes his 1st start of the season coming off 50 G suspension for dietary supplement. Beltre makes debut. Rubber-game in Portland.</p>&mdash; Jon Laaser (@LazePXP) <a href="https://twitter.com/LazePXP/status/606458283868733440">June 4, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Besides Adalberto, the big starter for tonight is Clayton Blackburn. Elsewhere we mostly have fill-ins as Jason Forjet moves into SJ's rotation and Chris Johnson joins Augusta from XST to take their start (replacing Jose Reyes who got the call up to SJ).