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Not as happy as yesterday, with some ugly and even some concerning outcomes on this day.

HIGHLIGHTS: Chuckie Jones and Andrew Cain both went 2 for 3 with a HR. John Riley had three hits. Mikey Edie reached base three times with a SB.

Sacramento lost at El Paso (Padres), 15-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

LF

Nori Aoki

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.167

CF-LF

Juan Perez

4

1

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

.244

RF

Jarrett Parker

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

.256

E (7)

P

Chris Stratton

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.429

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Chris Stratton, L, 0-3

4.1

8

6

6

3

2

0

1

0

3.25

82

49

Steven Okert

0.0

2

4

4

3

0

0

0

0

4.69

23

10

Cody Hall

1.0

3

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

3.68

23

16

Mike Broadway

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.00

16

11

It was a beautiful day for a ballgame in Sacramento yesterday. Unfortunately, this happened instead.  In the 5th inning of yesterday's game, Chris Stratton's AAA pixie dust ran out, as he allowed four of the first five batters to reach base. Steven Okert then came in and had the worst appearance of his career.  Okert walked three consecutive batters, with two of those walks forcing in the last of Stratton's runs. Then Okert gave up back to back doubles, both hard hit. Something is clearly off with the promising left-hander, and I'm guessing a DL stint could be in the offing. As I noted yesterday on twitter, Okert seems to have his own personal odd year curse going on, as his first year in Augusta his mechanics started out so bad he dropped 6-8 miles off his fastball and had to be DL'd for mechanical tweaking. In a sensational 2014 he zoomed through the system and opened a lot of eyes in the Arizona Fall League. In April he appeared to be in line for any lefty DL stint promotion, but that opportunity would ultimately go to Osich and right now Okert's looking at something of a lost summer. Something needs to get right with the kid before year's end.

ah, thanks for that RiverCats promotional team.  Just for that have a fairly meaningless highlight of Juan Perez continuing to try to turn his season around:

It looks like this was Aoki's final game with Sacramento and he should be back with SF to start the next series.

* * *

Richmond beat Akron (Indians), 5-3
sweeping their three game series, 3-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

CF

Engel Beltre

4

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.308

SS

Rando Moreno

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

.296

DH

Ricky Oropesa

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

.265

2b

Austin Slater

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.308

E (4)

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Kelvin Marte

6.0

3

0

0

5

1

0

1

0

2.14

104

59

Brualio Lara

0.0

1

3

2

1

0

1

1

0

4.22

14

8

Tyler Mizenko, BS, 2, W4-1

2.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1.56

21

17

More day baseball. And fortunately, Richmond din't make the kids cry.

Excellent series for the Squirrels, who swept past the Rubber Ducks in the standings and now sit just one game behind 1st place co-leaders Altoona and Bowie. Coincidentally, 13 of their next 24 games are against Altoona and Bowie with all but three of those games coming on the road (as they head to Altoona on two consecutive road trips in some classic EL scheduling).

Weird game for the pitching staff. Kelvin Marte, normally a pitcher with solid control, walked five and hit a batter, but escaped without a run scored and was in line to pick up his 9th win until Braulio Lara and Tyler Mizenko combined to vulture it away, allowing a game-tying 3 run outburst in the top of the 8th.

But they came back in the bottom of the 8th on back to back two out, run-scoring singles from Myles Schroder and Jackson Williams. The winning rally was started by a leadoff walk to Ricky Oropesa. Oropesa, who has only 20 walks on the season in 333 PA, had his second two walk game of the week.

With Osich gone, Mizenko is going to play a key role in the Squirrels bullpen down the stretch.

* * *

San Jose had a scheduled off day

* * *

Augusta beat the Greenville Drive (Red Sox), 11-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

4

3

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

.277

C

Aramis Garcia

4

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.268

3b

Jonah Arenado

5

1

2

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.267

1b

Skyler Ewing

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.225

RF

Chuckie Jones

3

2

2

3

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

.250

LF

Andrew Cain

3

2

2

2

1

0

1

0

1

1

1

.196

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pat Young, W, 7-1

5.2

6

3

2

3

3

1

0

1

3.23

Tyler Cyr

1.1

1

0

0

2

3

0

0

1

1.23

Connor Kaden

2.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

5.81

Augusta is also hanging around in the playoff race, though they have spent the entire summer trying and failing to escape the gravitational force of .500 ball. On the year, they're now 47-48 and in the second half they're 14-12 and in second place in their division. What they really need at some point is to rip off a win streak, but neither their pitching or their offense seems strong enough to drive sustained success.

They took it to the super talented Drive yesterday, getting big contributions from Sally league vets Chuckie Jones and Andrew Cain to reach their highest runs scored total in more than a month. Johneswhy Fargas reached base three times for the first time in the month of July. It was his first multi-hit game in ten days and only his third of the month. Fargas also showed off his tools stealing his 46th base of the year and throwing out Yoan Moncada trying to stretch a single into a double.

EDIT: Hey, Augusta Chronicle produced video from Jon-Michael Sullivan. Awesome!

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For other notes, here's David Lee:

And here's a full series preview from David, most notable for the quick scouting summaries of all the starting pitchers:

Lastly, I love the pride minor league teams take in their former players. Wonder who from this year's team will be getting this treatment down the line:

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City (Padres), 4-2
losing their five game series, 2-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.238

C

Miguel Gomez

4

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.370

1b

John Riley

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.184

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Andrew Leenhouts, L, 4-2

5.0

10

4

3

3

6

0

0

1

2.33

Cory Taylor

3.0

2

0

0

1

6

0

1

0

1.53

After back to back 8 run games, the offense petered out in this rubber game of the series, costing the team an opportunity to move into 1st place with just over a week to go in the half.  John Riley's three hits represented one half of the team total for the game, and Riley was the only Volcanoe to reach base twice. They had just six singles and two walks as a team, vs. 10 Ks. Uh oh. TB+BB < Ks. We know what that equation means.

If you read Lee's tweet above regarding Tyler Cyr, you can go ahead an mentally apply it to Cory Taylor as well, as the two RHP have much in common. Working a level down from Cyr, Taylor now has a K rate approaching 40% as he struck out one half of the 12 batters faced in this game. He has 28 K's in 17.2 IP for Salem-Keizer.

The World Series trophy is on an east coast affiliate tour at the moment (it'll be in Augusta tonight), but don't think for a moment that the Volcanoes aren't getting in on the Giants' championship action. Check out this promotional GIF.

The championship trophy will make it to SK in late August.

* * *

AZL Giants lost to AZL Royals, 6-5 in 10 inn.

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Jalen Miller

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.256

CF

Mikey Edie

3

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.370

DH

Cody Brickhouse

3

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.143

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jordan Johnson

4.1

5

1

1

1

5

0

0

2

3.45

Stetson Woods

0.2

1

3

3

3

2

0

0

0

4.80

Grant Watson, BS, 1

1.0

2

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

2.08

Dylan Brooks

2.0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

3.00

Ryan Koziol, L, 0-1

1.2

2

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

5.19

Like SK, the AZL team managed only six hits and two walks. Unlike, SK they did manage one XBH, and Cody Brickhouse's two-run double keyed the team's four-run outburst in the second inning. The 18 year old Brickhouse was the Giants' 15th round selection this year out of Sarasota HS in Florida.

Two more 18 year olds on the AZL team are, at this point, off to somewhat similar starts to the season.

Jalen Miller, in 89 PA, is hitting .256/.337/.321 with 21:8 K:BB. He has 8 SB.
Mikey Edie, in 74 PA, is hitting .279/.375/.311 with 12:6 K:BB. He has 7 SB.

It will be interesting to see if the two move up together next year to provide some really exciting up the middle athleticism.

Neither Stetson Woods nor Dylan Brooks has, thus far, been able to build on last year's successes. Tiny sample sizes, of course, but in almost exactly as many innings as he had last summer in the AZL, Woods K9 has dropped significantly from last year (11.2 to 7.8) while his BB9 has tripled (2.2 to 6.6). Again, this is a basketball player maturing into his body. So: caveat.

Dylan Brooks is in his third AZL season. Prior to this year he had 53 K's in 41.1 IP. This year he has just 9 Ks in 15 IP, though he has cut his walks down significantly (just 3 so far).

Jordan Johnson, on the other hand, is having a fine AZL season, but it's very difficult to see what that means. Johnson was the Giants' 23rd round pick in 2014 out of Cal St. Northridge. He was young for a college Jr, and didn't turn 21 until after the end of last season.  Still a college Jr returning to the complex leagues for a second trip doesn't sound like success to me, especially a 23rd rounder who had just 39 Ks and 15 BBs in 72.2 IP in his Jr year at CSUN.

* * *

DSL Giants lost to DSL Mariners1, 13-5

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

19.4

Robert Antunez

5

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.326

3b

17.4

Francisco Medina

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.271

SS

17.2

Jose Rivero

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.220

CF

17.7

Jose Patino

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.260

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.9

Prebito Reyes

3.0

8

7

6

1

2

1

0

0

3.68

19.7

Weilly Yan

1.0

2

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

4.76

17.8

Jose Maita

1.0

5

4

1

0

0

0

0

1

4.50

A clean sweep against the short-season clubs as the DSL team really had a flat performance in all phases of the game. Their pitchers allowed 16 hits and 20 base runners. Their defense made 6 errors (plus a PB). And their offense was a tad less dynamic than normal, though they did have 12 hits.

Robert Antunez, who got off to a torrid start to the year, had just his second start since July 10, as I assume he's been nursing some sort of injury. SS Jose Rivero is really showing signs of life suddenly, as he reached base twice for the third straight game, though he did also commit two errors. And Jose Patino had just his second XBH of the season in almost 150 PA.

* * *

Keury Mella is our feature attraction today, in a slate that also includes Tommy Hanson, Matthew Gage (making his second AA start), Chris Johnson and Michael Connolly. Mella's going to need his heavy sinker, pitching in the park with the smallest OF proportions in all the minor leagues, Bakersfield's decrepit Sam Lynn Ballpark.