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The last major debut of the minor league season

Sometimes you just want to stop baseball in the moment, stop it and never know what comes after. I'm thinking of the J.T. Snow HR vs the Mets, of course, or perhaps even Willie McCovey at the bat, having just blasted a ball about a billion feet but foul,  menacing bat waggle staring out at the tiring Ralph Terry. Stop it there and never know.  Stop it right there, and let Ricky Oropesa be the hero...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Kevin Frandsen reached base 3x and drove in 3. Aramis Garcia had 3 more hits including a HR. Phil Bickford K'd 1 in 2 scorless innings.

Sacramento lost to Fresno (Astros), 8-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.333

3b

Kevin Frandsen

2

1

2

3

0

1

0

1

0

.311

SF, E

1b

Adam Duvall

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

.261

E

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Nik Turley, L, 3-4

6.0

5

3

1

1

4

0

0

0

5.56

107

70

Clay Rapada

0.2

4

5

3

2

0

0

0

0

4.23

34

19

Steven Okert

1.1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.96

18

14

Kevin Frandsen has 4 hits in his last 5 ABs and he provided the biggest jolt of offense in this game with his 2 run triple:

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Kelby Tomlinson keeps on hitting with his third straight 2 hit game. In 14 games with Sacramento, he now has 6 multi-hit game, including a five-hit night. It's looking like the Giants really do need to invent a shift that includes 7 middle infielders somehow.

Clay Rapada's disastrous appearance in the five run 7th shifted the tone of the game, but Sacramento put on a spirited comeback, scoring 4 in the 8th and then...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wait. A. Minute. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiverCats?src=hash">#RiverCats</a> have &#39;em loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth. Trail <a href="https://twitter.com/FresnoGrizzlies">@FresnoGrizzlies</a> 8-5. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClawsUp?src=hash">#ClawsUp</a></p>&mdash; River Cats (@RiverCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats/status/619737727924224000">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Kelby struck out, and then Ryan Lollis lined out sharply to third...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bases loaded. Two outs. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiverCats?src=hash">#RiverCats</a> trail by three. Duvall at the plate. Dare we say it? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClawsUp?src=hash">#ClawsUp</a></p>&mdash; River Cats (@RiverCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats/status/619740183030661120">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Nope. Apparently we daren't. Duvall grounded out to end the game. But drama was had! Also, there was this for some reason...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats">@RiverCats</a> <a href="http://t.co/rwLDX0j8zj">pic.twitter.com/rwLDX0j8zj</a></p>&mdash; MacKenzie Smith (@MacKenz56823241) <a href="https://twitter.com/MacKenz56823241/status/619727038992158720">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Richmond lost to the Trenton Thunder (Yankees), 3-2 in 10 inn.

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

DH

Ricky Oropesa

4

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

1

.269

Rest of Team

29

1

3

0

1

0

0

2

5

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Joe Biagini

7.0

8

2

2

0

3

0

0

1

1.91

92

60

Kyle Crick

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.91

15

10

Jose Casilla, L, 2-5

1.2

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1.75

25

16

Well, there I've gone and done it, letting time play on and stealing Oropesa's glory. He wasn't the game's hero, he just lifted a struggling offense for a moment with his 2-out 9th inning thunder (well, maybe not quite thunder). A walk and a two-out double in the bottom of the 10th sent the Trenton folks home happy instead.  I should note, that Oropesa's opposite field foul pole scraper was a game tying HR, because Austin Slater, who went 0 for 3 in the game, had worked a walk to start the inning. Not making outs is important, folks!

Even in one inning stints it's rare to see a Kyle Crick appearance that features neither a K nor a BB. And 10 strikes in 15 pitches.  Nice to see Kyle! His appearance included nothing but airborn balls: two pop ups, a line drive, and a double.

Joe Biagini might have snuck away with a victory, were it not for one thing which has bizarrely plagued the Squirrels team all year, a thrown away pick off which allowed one of Joe's two runs to score. I haven't been keeping count of that particular error type, but this team has given away far too many runs this year by not being able to throw the ball from the pitcher's mound to 1b without mishap.  One of the worst offenders has been Jose Casilla, who also had a chance to prolong the game in the 10th had he been a better fielder. But he was unable to turn a bouncer back to the mound into a DP, instead just getting one out at 1st. The following batter walked it off bringing in the run from 2b.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">After the 3-2 loss tonight to Trenton, the Squirrels drop to 44-41 this season.</p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/619700125477306368">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

San Jose beat Bakersfield (Mariners), 3-2 in 12 inn
sweeping their four game series, 4-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Jeff Kobernus

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.262

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.333

3b

Ryder Jones

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.284

CF

Juan Perez

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.250

RF

Tyler Horan

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

1

0

.205

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Jason Forjet

7.0

6

1

1

0

7

0

0

0

3.09

99

69

Ian Gardeck

2.0

1

1

0

0

3

0

0

1

4.73

35

25

Dan Slania

2.0

2

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

2.51

31

21

Balancing out the scales, SJ also delivered a walk-off 3-2 extra-inning win, this time for the good guys.

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I know the Giants hate hate hate to see the SJ team lose, but I have to say that stocking an A+ ball team with major leaguers and high minors vets strikes me, personally, as bad form.  Jeff Kobernus was a .300 hitter in the International League (AAA) two years ago. He's made cup of coffee appearances with the Nats in each of the last two years. And he's now delivered walk off wins for SJ twice in this series (without hitting the ball hard either time)! Four of the starting nine for SJ yesterday have significant experience at AA or higher.

Fight Another Day, Ryder Jones, as Jones interrupted his hot streak for a tough 0 fer with a hat trick. Christian Arroyo did stay hot though, with two hits including a double and a IBB.

Get to know Tyler Horan, guest on Joe Ritzo's pregame show yesterday. He relives his great catch at the wall the other night, as well as other topics:

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* * *

Augusta beat Rome (Braves), 8-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.289

C

Aramis Garcia

5

1

3

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.251

1b

Skyler Ewing

4

2

3

2

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

.239

3b

Jonah Arenado

5

1

2

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.258

LF

Will Callaway

4

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.255

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Gage, W, 4-4

7.0

3

0

0

1

9

0

0

0

4.07

Tyler Cyr

2.0

1

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0.00

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Aramis Garcia is about as hot as it gets right now. Just destroyed a pitch well over the ad boards in LF for a solo HR.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/619671346004537344">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Back in April, this is probably the kind of box scores we thought we'd be seeing on a routine basis from Garcia and Ewing.  And maybe, in the second half we will. Garcia is certainly hitting out of his gourd at this point. In his last three games he has 8 hits, half of them for extra bases including HRs in each of the last two days, giving him 10 on the year. And he's not just one dimensional

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Aramis Garcia pops a 1.9 to nab Gaylor at second. Contributing in all phases this series.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/619657103498719233">July 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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And now, maybe yesterday's Earnest Ragging (TM) will wake up Jonah Arenado as well!  His two-run HR was his first round-tripper since May 23. He had 5 HRs on May 9th.

Tyler Cyr, we remember, walked 50 batters in 86 IP this spring in college, and some of that unrefined control was on display in his first Sally league appearance, though he escaped his 2 innings unscathed thanks to some premium stuff:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Relief name to remember: Tyler Cyr. Giants &#39;15 10th-rd. FB 94-96, comes easy, plus arm speed, great extension. Breaker shows depth.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/619683563059982336">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Matthew Gage has had something of an up and down season, as his 4.07 ERA isn't what you'd like to see in A ball from a college pitcher. But he's definitely been on an upswing lately, using his command to his advantage against the young hitters:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gage got Albies on a cutter under the hands for a K in his second AB. Gage looks good. Filling the zone to both sides with two FB looks.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/619660170331836416">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Augusta LHP Matt Gage is up to a 14.2-inning scoreless streak. Had 19.1-inning walk-free streak snapped in 5th. Locating FB/cut really well.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/619701223202099202">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Salem-Keizer won at Vancouver, 8-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Steven Duggar

4

1

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.238

DH

Miguel Gomez

5

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.354

1b

Christopher Shaw

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.293

3b

Jose Vizcaino

4

0

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.333

SS

C.J. Hinojosa

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.228

C

Fernando Pujadas

5

2

2

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.298

LF

Mark Nelson

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.211

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nolan Riggs, W, 2-0

5.0

4

1

1

1

4

0

0

0

0.42

The Volcanoes played an ultra-rare Friday afternoon game, and like the Greenjackets they poured on the offense. SK pounded 17 hits, including 15 singles. They added four BBs to basically keep the train moving all day long. Every starter had at least one hit and seven of them had two hits. Jose Vizcaino, who reached base four times was the leader, but basically everybody had big days. In his first 50 pro at bats, Vizcaino is slashing .333/.417/.510.

Nolan Riggs, the 22 year old UDFA signed last summer is certainly taking advantage of his opportunity with SK. He was something of an afterthought in the AZL bullpen last year. But he's already moved from the bullpen to the rotation for SK and could be opening eyes with his performance. Yesterday he allowed his first ER of the year. In 21.2 IP for the Volcanoes he has 19 Ks, 6 BB and an 0.78 WHIP.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Volcanoes cruised past Vancouver in a matinee affair in Canada. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSKV?src=hash">#GoSKV</a>&#10;Interactive Recap » <a href="http://t.co/yTU2pmZB5z">http://t.co/yTU2pmZB5z</a> <a href="http://t.co/Q5LSUQCQQm">pic.twitter.com/Q5LSUQCQQm</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/619680603571490816">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

AZL Giants lost to AZL Cubs, 6-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Jalen Miller

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.375

2b

Kelvin Beltre

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.182

LF

Byron Murray

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.274

CF

Mikey Edie

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.244

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Phil Bickford

2.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

Randy Ortiz

0.1

3

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

10.13

Charles Owen

2.0

3

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

9.82

Matthew Pope

1.0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0.00

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2015 Giants 1st Rounder Phil Bickford&#10;Giants vs Cubs @ Sloan Field in Mesa, AZ&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sfgiants?src=hash">#sfgiants</a> ⚾️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/philthy?src=hash">#philthy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiants">@SFGiants</a> <a href="http://t.co/jfekad0amZ">pic.twitter.com/jfekad0amZ</a></p>&mdash; Karen Rambat (@rambat) <a href="https://twitter.com/rambat/status/619701438336204802">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Giants 1st round pick Phil Bickford made his pro debut last night in Scottsdale, in an excellent rookie league pitching matchup with Cubs' Dylan Cease (who some think is the best pitching prospect in the Cubs system) and it was a fine one. The 20 year old from the College of Southern Nevada by way of Cal St. Fullerton threw two scoreless innings with 1 K 0 BB, and 3 groundball outs.

Unfortunately, Bill Mitchell, maven of the Arizona back lots was unable to make it for Bickford's appearance:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pitchers starting games in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AZL?src=hash">#AZL</a> tonight: Phil Bickford, Julio Urias, Juan Hillman. One of those nights I wish for staggered start times!</p>&mdash; Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) <a href="https://twitter.com/billazbbphotog/status/619685177535524865">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/AlNadim">@AlNadim</a> Wish I could get there in time, but I will get him next time.</p>&mdash; Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) <a href="https://twitter.com/billazbbphotog/status/619683021596155904">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I'm sure we'll get a scouting report on Bickford from Bill soon. However, he did arrive to tell us something else of cheer:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jalen Miller sure can pick &#39;em at shortstop. I&#39;m a fan of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a> 3rd round pick.</p>&mdash; Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) <a href="https://twitter.com/billazbbphotog/status/619718255637204992">July 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Not much doing for the AZL bats in this game, as they managed just 4 hits (all singles) and 2 BBs. Miller, who had one of each, was the star. After an ice cold start, Mikey Edie is starting to warm up a bit, with four hits in his last three games.

On a side note, Shawon Dunston Jr. appeared in this game on a rehab assignment for the Cubs, and he WALKED! I can't believe Shawon didn't teach his own kid how not to cheat the game. /smdh

* * *

DSL Giants beat the DSL Red Sox1

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF-LF

20.10

Juan Rodriguez

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.343

SS

18.9

Manuel Geraldo

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.343

RF

17.4

Sandro Fabian

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.256

DH

18.7

Mecky Coronado

3

1

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.388

LF-RF

17.4

Beicker Mendoza

5

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.290

C

19.3

Jesus Tona

4

2

2

3

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.367

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.7

Norwith Gudino, W 1-1

5.0

3

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

3.15

That's more like it! After a cold week, the DSL team got it's hitting shoes back on with 12 hits (4 XBH), 6 BBs, and 2 HB (both poor Sandro Fabian, ouch!).  Young Beicker Mendoza is putting together a solid year, now hitting .290/.340/.398 at right about the 100 PA line.  In more limited action, Venezuelan C Jesus Tona is also having a nice DSL campaign, hitting .367/.548/.667, but having played in just 14 games and 42 PA.

This was the second consecutive turn through the rotation in which Victor Concepcion's spot was skipped and instead Norwith Gudino started.  While it's tempting to hope Concepcion's domination of the league earned him a promotion stateside, I can't actually remember the Giants ever giving an in-season promotion to a DSL player, so it seems more likley there's a medical reason behind his absence.

* * *

Interesting development today for the Squirrels, as Joan Gregorio is scheduled to take the start. It doesn't really seem like they've had much luck turning him into an impact reliever thus far this year, so getting him stretched back out to start seems like a good idea for the second half. Chase Johnson is also among the scheduled starters for the system.