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Lots of low scoring affairs throughout the system tonight as offenses struggled everywhere.

Jeremy Affeldt's rehab gives me the opportunity to reflect once again on the fact that these guys are not just engines of statistical production, they're professional competitors.

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By the Standard Rules of Affeldt that play probably should have cost him another 3 months on the DL, all for an out in a AAA rehab game. But he went after it because that's what competitors do; they compete. Nice job, Jeremy! And a fine scoop on the other end from Adam Duvall.

HIGHLIGHTS: Rando Moreno reached base in all 4 of his PA. Tyler Horan HR'd for the 3rd straight game. D.J. Snelten threw 7 shutout innings with 7 Ks. Cory Taylor K'd 7 in a 3 inning save.

Sacramento lost to Tacoma (Mariners), 6-5 in 10 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Ryan Lollis

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.348

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.318

1b

Adam Duvall

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.273

C

Hector Sanchez

3

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.280

LF

Jarrett Parker

4

1

1

2

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

.260

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tommy Hanson

5.0

7

5

5

1

3

2

0

0

7.11

87

57

Jeremy Affeldt

2.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0.00

27

14

Cody Hall

1.2

1

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

3.59

23

15

Never know who you're going to run into in a AAA game. This game featured a SP matchup of two former stars still chasing the dream: the 2009 3rd place vote-getter for Rookie of the Year (Tommy Hanson) and the 2006 Cy Young Award runner up (Chien-Ming Wang).  Hanson once again didn't have great stuff and he's now surrendered 10 runs in 12.2 IP with Sacramento.

Affeldt has had two clean appearances and looks set to return to SF in the Padres series, causing yet more interesting personnel choices. As usual, I would expect the Giants to do everything possible to maintain their inventory, so likely either Osich comes back to Sacramento or there's more DL'ing about to happen.

Down 5-2 in the 6th the RiverCats came back to tie it and send it into extra innings, in no small part thanks to Jarrett Parker:

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That's some nice opposite field power, Jarrett! So many tools. Sigh.  Hector Sanchez running around the bases in front of Parker was just about the last sight of him in this game as shortly after he was removed and sent on his way to Arizona to take Susac's place. His final at bat of the night was a roped 1 hopper off the fence in the RF corner.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ladies and gentlemen, for the 13th time this season, the Sacramento <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiverCats?src=hash">#RiverCats</a> proudly present...FREE BASEBALL ⚾️⚾️⚾️</p>&mdash; River Cats (@RiverCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats/status/622630336543899648">July 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Sacramento lost it in the 10th on an infield single that was initially ruled an error, and then a FC that was quite definitely an error, as Kevin Frandsen air mailed the throw to second.  A Sac Fly to CF ended it.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RECAP: Extra Inning Errors Hand <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiverCats?src=hash">#RiverCats</a> 6-5 Loss <a href="http://t.co/KE1Nagq5yL">http://t.co/KE1Nagq5yL</a> <a href="http://t.co/GT2sMhApiM">pic.twitter.com/GT2sMhApiM</a></p>&mdash; River Cats (@RiverCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats/status/622657360914296832">July 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Richmond lost to Altoona Curve (Pirates), 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Rando Moreno

3

1

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.291

RF

Hunter Cole

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.250

CF

Engel Beltre

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.302

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Adalberto Mejia, L, 4-2

6.0

7

2

2

2

4

0

0

1

2.82

101

65

Stephen Johnson

1.0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

3.64

15

7

Derek Law

1.0

2

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

5.23

25

14

Rando Moreno had half of the Squirrels six hits in this game, as well as one of their three XBH and their only walk. Excellent work, Rando! The rest of you not so much, as Richmond's offense continues their recent doldrums. Engel Beltre's solo HR and Hunter Cole's run-scoring double were the only run scoring hits, though its not like they wasted lots of scoring opportunities as the team was just 1 for 3 with RISP.

Adalberto Mejia had a solid start, though the pitches/strikes counter suggest that perhaps his control wasn't as sharp as it normally is. His peripherals are still uninspiring, as he now has 20 Ks and 16 BBs in 38.1 IP. He does have a fine WHIP of 1.15 though that's driven by and large by his .213 BABIP.  Currently his ERA is about a run and a half lower than his FIP (4.18). Pretty hard to read the tea leaves on the season he's having thus far. Hopefully I'll get to see him first hand in the not too distant future.

Stephen Johnson's K rate has been falling a bit lately, but he's still at a healthy 28% with 11.14 K9, though that comes attached to a  4.50 BB9. Derek Law's been scored upon a good deal since his return from TJ, but I personally don't find that odd or worrying. Law's hard curve is his best pitch and his command is the best attribute of his running fastball, and both of those things take longer to come back from TJ. I'd suspect he's pitching like his old self in 2016 when it feels like he's using his own arm once again.

Afternoon game today in some brutal heat.  Back at 'em guys.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Late <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RVA?src=hash">#RVA</a> rally comes up short, Squirrels fall to Altoona. Hopefully fireworks help ease the pain. See you tomorrow! <a href="http://t.co/k1M2j9f6mH">pic.twitter.com/k1M2j9f6mH</a></p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/622575466013192192">July 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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San Jose beat Lancaster JetHawks (Astros), 4-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.335

1b

Angel Villalona

4

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.286

RF

Tyler Horan

2

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

.233

CF

Seth Harrison

3

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.247

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Jason Forjet, W, 3-2

6.0

7

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

2.73

92

59

Christian Jones

1.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.18

18

10

Dan Slania

1.0

2

1

1

0

2

1

0

0

2.74

19

16

Jake Smith, S, 5

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.80

8

7

San Jose continues it's run of crazy good pitching, this time getting 6 shutout innings from Jason Forjet. Forjet, the 31st round pick in 2012, has bounced around the lower rungs of the org for several years. He was in the SJ rotation two years ago, but then was sent back down to SK in 2014, before making his SJ return this year when injuries and promotions thinned the staff.

The only run the Giants staff surrendered came on a 9th in solo HR given up by Dan Slania, who's definitely not getting off to the same kind of success in the second half that he had in the first.  It appears that for now at least, Jake Smith has taken the closer role away from Slania. Smith closed out the 9th with a perfect inning including two Ks on just 8 pitches, which is just about as dominating as you can get. The 25 year old now has 82 Ks and 18 BB in 61 IP. His K rate is 35.7%. And it's a legit K rate as his fastball has been clocked int he mid-90s and he's had an at times untouchable slider. He has been touched up for 6 HRs which accounts for most of the damage he's given up this year, but on the whole he's having one of the nicer, off the path sleeper breakouts of the season.

The SJ runs all came via the long ball as well. Angel Villalona didn't have any HRs in 56 at bats in Richmond, but he's got 5 in 77 at bats in the comfy climes of the Cal League. Seth Harrison also HRd. And for the third straight night, so did Tyler Horan. This one, his 10th of the season, was nearly identical to the previous night's, blasting a high arcing shot to the furthest reaches of deep left-center field:

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Afterwards, they had a giant campfire in the OF!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ScoutNight?src=hash">#ScoutNight</a> camp out at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Muni?src=hash">#Muni</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GiantTogether?src=hash">#GiantTogether</a> <a href="http://t.co/oGduymM9mE">pic.twitter.com/oGduymM9mE</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants/status/622649764270600192">July 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Last bit of news from SJ is a small bit of bummer, but not terribly unexpected:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> have placed Ryder Jones on the 7-day DL. Jones left last night&#39;s game after taking a hard ground ball off his finger.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/622557196975390720">July 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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If you want to see some eye-witness reports on SJ players, you might want to check out the twitter timeline of this guy who was at the game tonight and is working on developing his scouting chops:

https://twitter.com/CaliKusiolek

* * *

Augusta lost to Hickory Crawdads (Rangers), 3-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

3b

Jonah Arenado

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.265

DH

Chase Compton

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.222

RF

Chuckie Jones

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.158

Rest of team

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

DJ Snelten

7.0

3

0

0

2

7

0

0

0

2.58

Reyes Moronta, L, 1-7

1.0

2

3

3

3

1

0

0

0

5.36

DJ Snelten had another excellent night for Augusta. Over his last 5 starts, he's allowed 5 runs on 25 hits in 32 IP with 44 Ks and 8 BBs over that time. They've definitely gotten DJ back on track since his demotion back to the Sally. Hopefully, these changes will translate into success when he returns to higher levels.

The game was a 0-0 tie when Reyes Moronta came in in the 8th inning. Moronta has had a penchant for big innings this year. He's allowed runs in 12 of his 32 appearances but 8 of those 12 have been multi-run innings. So when he gives them up they tend to come in bunches.

The Augusta offense was thoroughly shut down in this game by Collin Wiles, a 1st round Supp pick by the Rangers way back in 2012. He's progressed pretty slowly thus far, but he's having an excellent return to the Sally this year. He held the Greenjackets to just three hits plus a walk. Chuckie Jones' double was the only XBH as Augusta had just two at bats in this game with RISP.

David Lee has a piece in the Augusta Journal today on Garcia and Yoan Moncada:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">MiLB Notes: Augusta&#39;s Garcia, Greenville&#39;s Moncada among hottest in MiLB. <a href="http://t.co/daB5iBjHJl">http://t.co/daB5iBjHJl</a></p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/622773946899935232">July 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Salem-Keizer beat the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 1-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Kevin Rivera

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.286

1b

Scott Price

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.500

DH

John Riley

4

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

.174

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Michael Connolly, W, 2-1

6.0

5

0

0

1

7

0

0

0

3.55

Cory Taylor, S, 1

3.0

3

0

0

0

7

0

0

0

1.84

The only run in this game came on back to back double and triple from SK's Scott Price and John Riley. For Price, it was his first game in the NWL, having just been promoted from the AZL. The 23 year old was an UDFA out of the University of Tennessee signed by the Giants in 2014. He spent last summer in the AZL and Augusta and even got in a few games with SJ.

Cory Taylor was the Giants' 7th round pick this year out of Dallas Baptist College. The tiny Texas school gained renown this year for being one of the hardest throwing pitching staffs in all college baseball, and five members of the Dallas Baptist staff were drafted in the top 10 rounds of this year's draft. Taylor was no exception to the general Dallas Baptist rule: he throws hard. Regularly touching the mid-90s, with a top recorded velocity of 97, and his pre-draft scouting report said that the run and sink on his fastball is even more impressive than the pure velocity. His 3 IP save was one of the more impressive 3 inning saves you might want to see, holding a 1-0 lead the whole time and K'ing 7 of the 11 batters he faced.

Together with Michael Connolly, they K'd 14 Tri-City batters on the night. And when they weren't K'ing people, they were getting help from the D:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">He does it again! <a href="https://twitter.com/AngryMoss">@AngryMoss</a> throws out another runner at third base, his second of the night! It&#39;s 1-0, Volcanoes in the sixth <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSKV?src=hash">#GoSKV</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/622620125317869568">July 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What a throw! <a href="https://twitter.com/C_Hinojosa9">@C_Hinojosa9</a> makes an incredible play to end the sixth. Volcanoes lead 1-0 as we approach the seventh inning <a href="https://twitter.com/GosKv">@GoSKV</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/622620871383842816">July 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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With the win the 17-13 Volcanoes moved into 2nd place, just 1 game behind the first place Hillsboro Hops.

No game recap from the folks at Volcanoes TV today, but they did produce this Social Media Q&A with Volcanoes manager Kyle Haines.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You asked the questions. Manager Kyle Haines answered. Check out our social media mailbag. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSKV?src=hash">#GoSKV</a>&#10;&#10;<a href="https://t.co/MKYlDLWuKZ">https://t.co/MKYlDLWuKZ</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/622845771986042880">July 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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AZL Giants beat the AZL D-backs, 3-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Jalen Miller

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.284

2b

Kelvin Beltre

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.281

CF

Mikey Edie

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.255

RF

Jean Angomas

4

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.133

1b

Dillon Dobson

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.236

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Ricky Romero

2.0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

1

4.50

Stetson Woods

2.0

2

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

3.14

Charles Owen

2.0

2

0

0

1

4

0

0

2

5.40

Jose Morel

2.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.68

Heath Slatton, S, 3

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.29

Jean Angomas had 450 PA over the last two seasons in the DSL.  Yesterday he hit his 1st career HR as a professional. Congrats Jean!

Not too much else doing for the bats as they scratched out 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 BBs. Kelvin Beltre, with a double and a walk, was the only other Giant to reach base twice through his own efforts. (Tyler Brown had a signle and a HBP). Beltre's double was also the only other XBH for the team besides Angomas' HR. Jalen Miller has slowed down a bit from his hot start, potentially as fatigue sets in as he adjusts to the daily schedule of pro ball, or perhaps just random fluctuation.

The Giants used five different pitchers for the shutout, including Ricky Romero, another scrap heap rehab pickup the Giants made last winter. Stetson Woods, last year's 9th round pick had 2 scoreless innings. Woods had one appearance this year in which he gave up 4 runs in 0.2 IP, but outside that game he's allowed only 1 run in 13.2 IP on 10 hits, 7 BBs, and 11 Ks. Here's the former HS basketball star at work:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2014 9thR pick out of HS, Stetson Woods, 6&#39;8&quot; 200lbs, and you can see Kelvin Beltre in the background, via <a href="https://twitter.com/rambat">@rambat</a>. <a href="http://t.co/bkcQd07PrX">pic.twitter.com/bkcQd07PrX</a></p>&mdash; GiantsProspectTalk (@giantsprospects) <a href="https://twitter.com/giantsprospects/status/620625460976717824">July 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Not germaine to today, but here's some video footage of Phil Bickford warming up in his last start:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash">#SFGiants</a> 2015 1st rounder Phil Bickford&#10;AZL Giants vs AZL Angels - Tempe Diablo&#10;7-16-2015 - 104 degrees - wind 9 mph <a href="http://t.co/Psh7sbHBOE">pic.twitter.com/Psh7sbHBOE</a></p>&mdash; Karen Rambat (@rambat) <a href="https://twitter.com/rambat/status/622089743916929024">July 17, 2015</a></blockquote>

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DSL Giants were off for the league's All star break

The DSL, which is a huge league (38 teams) plays its All Star Game by pitting NL affiliates against AL affiliates. The game is being played today and the Giants have three representatives on the NL side (though one is the injured Victor Concepcion).

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">DSL Giants All-Stars(ASG is tomo): RHP Victor Concepcion(0.49ERA), RF Robinson Medrano(.306/.391/.431), SS Manuel Geraldo(.310/.373/.399).</p>&mdash; GiantsProspectTalk (@giantsprospects) <a href="https://twitter.com/giantsprospects/status/622553852391239680">July 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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