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Heralding a summer's early sway

It's been a week full of big news for pitchers in the system, and the big news just keeps on coming:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels">@GoSquirrels</a>&#39; Adalberto Mejia returns from suspension w/ 4 no-hit innings&#10;#6 on <a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiants">@SFGiants</a> 30: <a href="http://t.co/GeigIii2eL">http://t.co/GeigIii2eL</a> <a href="http://t.co/6Ev0rg5QPn">pic.twitter.com/6Ev0rg5QPn</a></p>&mdash; MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBPipeline/status/606635977944236032">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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HIGHLIGHTS: Clayton Blackburn pitched 7 strong. Adalberto Mejia threw 4 hitless innings in his season debut.

Sacramento won at Oklahoma City (Dodgers), 5-4
they finish up their four game series tonight

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

wRC+

3b

Casey McGehee

5

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

155

1b

Travis Ishikawa

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

111

LF

Adam Duvall

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

126

2b

Carlos Triunfel

3

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

61

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Clayton Blackburn, W, 2-3

7.0

8

2

2

1

3

0

1

0

4.50

Brett Bochy

0.1

2

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

5.60

Erik Cordier, S, 1

1.0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

1.74

Ah, why doesn't Ishikawa get to go to the White House? Mikey Mo was there!

Sacramento won their third straight vs OKC and are now on a 5-1 roll following their 10 game losing streak. The RiverCats scattered 11 hits (plus 1 walk) including six doubles throughout the lineup and were particularly effective at picking up two out hits.  In fact, in the series, 13 of their 18 runs have been scored with two outs.  Also of note, Sacramento hitters only had 3 Ks in this game, one of which came from SP Clayton Blackburn, which without looking it up I would guess is one of the lowest totals in organized baseball this year. With two hits and a double, Adam Duvall had his second multi-hit game in the last 10 days. Though I will go out on a limb and say that maybe there are some OFs who might have caught his double

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Blackburn didn't miss many bats himself, but he got ground ball outs when he needed them and though he allowed 8 hits, only two went for XB, helping him limit the damage to 2 runs over 7 strong innings. Blackburn has had an uncharacteristically low K:BB ratio thus far in AAA, at 21:11 in 32 IP. The PCL is definitely challenging Clayton's advanced feel for pitching style. His K9 in the early going is 6.5, about 2 lower than his lowest total in lower leagues, while his BB9 (3.6) is nearly double what it was in AA last year. Only 30 innings into the season though, but I suspect like Chris Heston before him (another feel over stuff guy) it could take Blackburn awhile to learn to adjust to this environment.

This game was an emotional return home for the native Oklahoman, and if you want to get to know something of Clayton as a person, here's a lovely and painful story on him from the Oklahoman newspaper yesterday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Oklahoma City Dodgers: Former Edmond Santa Fe standout Clayton Blackburn moves on after brother&#39;s death <a href="http://t.co/LVR4mzH0Ja">http://t.co/LVR4mzH0Ja</a></p>&mdash; Jacob Unruh (@jacobunruh) <a href="https://twitter.com/jacobunruh/status/606602986500947968">June 4, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Richmond won at Portland (Red Sox), 4-3
winning their three game series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

wRC+

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

139

SS

Rando Moreno

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

111

RF

Mac Williamson

5

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

125

1b

Blake Miller

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

69

3b

Myles Schroder

4

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

77

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

8

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Adalberto Mejia

4.0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0.00

Stephen Johnson

1.0

2

3

3

2

2

0

0

0

4.44

Josh Osich, S 13

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.80

Adalberto Mejia's return from a 50 game suspension was a good one! Mejia had a 60 pitch limit going into this game and coach Steve Kline hoped to get four innings out of him. Mejia got him those four innings with several pitches to spare (he only threw 53 total). He was nearly perfect over the first three innings, with only his own throwing error on a topper down the first base line allowing a runner on. In the fourth inning he walked the first batter he faced, but then came back with three quick fly balls to end the day.

He didn't miss many bats. By my count he had 4 swing thrus on the day: two fastballs and two changeups. But he worked at a crisp pace that was far removed from the often glacial working pace of last year that, as play by play man Jon Laaser said yesterday was sometimes hard to watch. He threw with a great rhythm yesterday and a quick pace and looked confident and in charge. According to the charting pitchers (again from Laaser) his fastball sat 91-93 and topped out at 94. The story below includes an embedded video of the full at bat that ended the 2nd inning, one of his three Ks on the day:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Back from 50-game suspension, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash">#SFGiants</a> No. 6 prospect Adalberto Mejia threw 4 no-hit innings today for <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels">@GoSquirrels</a>: <a href="http://t.co/gqgsjyzgre">http://t.co/gqgsjyzgre</a></p>&mdash; MiLB.com (@MiLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/606558682524958720">June 4, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Richmond hitters used a 12 hit attack (plus 1 walk) to back Mejia's effort, with 5 multi-hit games spread throughout the lineup, including the top three hitters. They started the scoring in the 3rd inning when Tomlinson doubled to the gap, Moreno lined a single just past a leaping SS, and then Mac Willaimson drilled one deep off the Portland replica Green Monster (nearly all the Red Sox affiliates feature this element):

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In most stadium that shot was a three run HR. Nevertheless, it was a good game for Mac, who's been on a little slide on this trip.

Stephen Johnson momentarily made this game a nail biter in the late innings, but Josh Osich (who the team had wanted to keep out of action today, because he's been working a lot), came on and got his 13th save of the year, though he did allow a single. Richmond pitchers haven't had a 1-2-3 final inning on this roadtrip and in all three of their losses the winning runs have scored in the home team's final at bat.  They haven't had a 1-2-3 9th inning since May 27th.

Still they now head to New Hampshire in the same position they were in at the starting of the trip. With a win today, they would climb back to .500 for the first time since April 15, the day their 15 game losing streak started. Oh, and the guy they're going to have on the mound trying to get them there is last year's 1st round draft pick, Tyler Beede. No biggie, Tyler!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Very few photos of my sons make me stop in my tracks, this one hit me in a very emotional way....This photo truly... <a href="http://t.co/fvgzgGa9L0">http://t.co/fvgzgGa9L0</a></p>&mdash; walter beede (@baseballifer11) <a href="https://twitter.com/baseballifer11/status/606139518429720576">June 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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San Jose beat High Desert (Rangers), 3-2 in 13 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

wRC+

CF

Jesus Galindo

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

96

SS

Christian Arroyo

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

152

DH

Hunter Cole

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

148

2b

Austin Slater

5

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

98

RF

Tyler Horan

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

108

3b

Ryder Jones

5

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

89

C

Ty Ross

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

64

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jason Forjet

4.0

1

0

0

0

3

0

1

0

1.77

Luis Ysla

2.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

9.47

Christian Jones

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

5.91

Jake Smith

3.0

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

3.41

Dan Slania

2.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1.69

Ian Gardeck, W, 2-3

1.0

3

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.97

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> back at Muni - first of four against High Desert tonight. Jason Forjet makes his first start of the season <a href="http://t.co/KloBVrwb9W">pic.twitter.com/KloBVrwb9W</a></p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/606620786812592128">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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This was, somewhat amazingly, Christian Arroyo's first game of 2015 in front of the hometown fans at the Muni. All 11 of his previous games this year both before and after his injury had come on the road. And he did what he's basically done in every game: got two hits and reached base three times. Arroyo has reached base safely in 11 of his 12 games this year, and had hits in 10 of them. This was his sixth multi-hit game of the year.

Faced with a shortage of starters with Beede and Snelten gone (and Reyes not yet arrived) SJ turned to a Johnny Wholestaff game, and by the time it was over they very nearly had used the whole staff. Jason Forjet started his first game of the year, and they got four outstanding innings from the 25 year old vet. Forjet had made 10 starts for the 2013 SJ team, before spending 2014 with short season Salem-Keizer. Luis Ysla's best outing of the year followed (getting his ERA under 10!) and Christian Jones, Jake Smith, and Dan Slania managed 6 more scoreless innings amongst them.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> have their rally hats on in the 12th, runner on second, one out! Let&#39;s go Giants!!! <a href="http://t.co/s4OFVTLp3B">pic.twitter.com/s4OFVTLp3B</a></p>&mdash; Julie (@phibear35) <a href="https://twitter.com/phibear35/status/606688255900147712">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Entering the 13th inning, the game was still 0-0. Then an A ball game broke out. Ian Gardeck was the victim of a great deal of bad luck. The first two batters reached on back to back infield hits on slow rollers to SS and 2b. On the latter, Slater's error advanced the runners and on the next batter 1b Ben Turner's error allowed former Giant Alex Burg to score the game's first run. A soft two out single to center extended the lead to 2-0.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gotta say <a href="https://twitter.com/GardeckIan55">@GardeckIan55</a> pitched through some tough breaks. He shut down what could have been a big inning &amp; kept them in it! Well done </p>&mdash; Julie (@phibear35) <a href="https://twitter.com/phibear35/status/606700706716741632">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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But then SJ mounted their comeback. Ty Ross lined a single off the pitcher and Jesus Galindo walked. Arroyo followed with a line drive to LF. Hunter Cole was then HBP for the second time in the game to force in the first run. With the bases loaded and no outs, the Giants were able to pick up the tying and winning runs on Sac Flys, the winner coming on little more than a pop up from Ryder Jones, but a pop up to the right place.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> three walk-off wins this season have come on a passed ball, a balk and a sacrifice fly to the second baseman.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/606702959657930752">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Augusta lost to Lexington (Royals), 3-2 in 13 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

wRC+

CF

Cristian Paulino

6

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

167

3b

Jonah Arenado

6

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

103

1b

Skyler Ewing

6

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

58

C

Matt Pare

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

1

158

SS

Jeremy Sy

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

1

85

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chris Johnson

5.0

6

2

2

0

2

0

0

0

3.60

EJ Encionsa

4.0

2

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

5.64

Reyes Moronta

2.0

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.24

Jake McCasland, L, 0-2

2.0

2

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

5.63F

For at least a couple of innings yesterday, Augusta hitters got to go up against the 28th overall pick in last year's draft, KC's Foster Griffin. But it was a short and poor night for the first rounder:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Not much life from Foster Griffin&#39;s stuff tonight. FB 87-90, t91, little run. CH 80-82, flashed deception/fade. CB 75-77, flashed ok.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/606611008669499392">June 4, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Griffin walked the 8-9 batters in 2nd and allowed an RBI single to Paulino, then was pulled. Tough outing without life in stuff.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/606611752101507074">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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By the top of the third it was a 2-2 game. And there it would stay for a long long time. Augusta missed chance after chance to regain the lead but could never cash in:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Augusta&#39;s 4th: BB, CS, 1B, CS, BB, SB, K. Yep.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/606618278023299073">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Augusta loads the bases in the 7th, but Arenado strands them with a groundout. Going to the 8th tied at 2.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/606630688612360193">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Winning run on 3rd with 2 outs in 9th. Cristian Paulino, one of the league&#39;s hottest hitters, is up for Augusta.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/606639272762966016">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Augusta strands the winning run on 2nd in the 11th and we go to the 12th.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/606648490215788544">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Arenado doubles down the line, Relaford is thrown out at home to keep the game alive. Wasn&#39;t close. We&#39;re now going to the 13th in Augusta.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/606651804684808192">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lexington CF Downes makes a diving catch with the tying run on 2nd to end the game. Legends beat GreenJackets 3-2 in 13.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/606658074301104129">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Ugh. And in the end it was an Augusta mistake that cost the game:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">McCasland balks to bring home the go-ahead run for Lexington. Obvious flinch with 2 strikes and 2 outs in inning. Augusta down 3-2.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/606654440146399232">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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But the news wasn't all bad:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It&#39;ll only show up as one single in the box score, but Skyler Ewing has roped two to left tonight. Encouraging that he&#39;s turning on velo.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/606634270371782656">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Augusta&#39;s Cristian Paulino went 2-6 and now has 4 straight 2-hit games, totaling 2 HR, 5 RBI in that span.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/606666007541915649">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Johneshwy Fargas mostly took the night off after last night's collision with the wall. But he did enter as a PR and stayed in the game as a DH for the final few innings, going 0 for 1. Chris Johnson, who pitched only 2 innings last year, came out of XST to make his first start of the year in this game.

DSL Giants beat the DSL Rojos 13-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

Other

CF

Jose Patino

4

3

1

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

RF

Sandro Fabian

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

2HBP,  Assist

PH-RF

Yendrys Gonzalez

2

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Awesome name

DH

Mecky Coronado

5

1

5

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CS, PO

LF

Beicker Mendoza

3

1

2

2

0

1

0

1

0

1

3b

Francisco Medina

5

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

E

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Prebito Reyes

3.0

6

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

3.00

Hengerber Medina

2.0

0

0

0

2

6

0

0

0

0.00

Norwith Gudino

1.2

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

4.91

The DLS team pounded out 18 hits, including 4 XBH, and chipped in with 8 more walks and 3 HB to overwhelm the Reds squad. Fabian even without a hit managed an eventful day with 3 times on the bases and an OF assist. 17 yr old Beicker Mendoza tripled and stole a base and is hitting over .400 in the first week of play. While 17 yr old 3b Francisco Medina had just his 2nd and 3rd hits of the year, but one of them was the team's first HR of the season.

The Giants pitchers racked up 16 Ks in this game vs an apparently enfeebled Rojos attack.  Converted infielder Hengerber Medina didn't allow a batter to  put a ball in play as he walked or K'd everybody he faced (mostly Kd) and Norwith Gudino K'd all 5 batters he faced.

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HUGE day full of debuts tonight. Chris Stratton makes his AAA debut for Sacramento. Tyler Beede makes his AA debut in New Hampshire. And Jose Reyes makes his A+ debut in San Jose.  Exciting Friday night!