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There was a record setting performance in the system last night. Can you guess what it was?

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rays <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MiLB?src=hash">#MiLB</a> affiliate encountered this alligator in the dugout today: <a href="http://t.co/lslFWMVAH7">http://t.co/lslFWMVAH7</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB">@MLB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball">@RaysBaseball</a> <a href="http://t.co/6piS01PhrI">pic.twitter.com/6piS01PhrI</a></p>&mdash; MiLB.com (@MiLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/624693247294734336">July 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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HIGHLIGHTS: Adalberto Mejia K'd 8 in 7 innings of 1-run ball. Dylan Davis doubled and HR'd in a three-hit day. Miguel Gomez extended his hitting streak to 19 games.

Sacramento won at Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 7-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

LF

Nori Aoki

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.100

SS

Everth Cabrera

5

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.333

3b

Kelby Tomlinson

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

.306

1b

Adam Duvall

5

0

3

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.274

RF

Jarrett Parker

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.257

2b

Carlos Triunfel

4

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.275

P

Clayton Blackburn

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.167

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Clayton Blackburn, W, 5-3

7.0

6

2

2

2

3

1

0

1

3.84

84

54

Josh Osich

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

14

11

Sacramento exploded for 5 runs in the 8th inning to turn a 2-2 pitcher's duel into a rout. The inning made a winner of Clayton Blackburn who had been matched up in a duel with Colorado's 1st rounder from 2013, Jon Gray (the 3rd overall pick that year). Blackburn had his season high in innings pitched (previous high was 5) while tying for the fewest runs allowed in a start.  Other than allowing a HR to former National Roger Bernadina, Blackburn was terrific. And, as has been true of a lot of Sacramento pitchers this year, he helped his own cause, singling in a run after an intentional walk to Carlos Triunfel.

Clayton also appears to have shorn his shaggy locks:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Looking for some family fun in Sacramento? Check out <a href="http://t.co/aElrnPSf3V">http://t.co/aElrnPSf3V</a> Stories via <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats">@RiverCats</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/First5Sac">@First5Sac</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/visitlodi">@visitlodi</a></p>&mdash; Laura Good (@goodlaura) <a href="https://twitter.com/goodlaura/status/624990366366846977">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Triunfel and Duvall paced the offense with 3 hits each. The lineup also included Nori Aoki making another rehab start, though it had been anticipated that he'd stay behind when Sacramento hit the road, and be activated to SF last night. Instead he traveled to New Mexico.

* * *

Richmond won at Erie Sea Wolves (Tigers), 4-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Hunter Cole

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.311

1b

Ricky Oropesa

3

1

1

2

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

.262

2b

Austin Slater

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.302

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Adalberto Mejia, W, 5-2

7.0

6

1

1

1

8

0

0

0

2.58

99

70

Kyle Crick

1.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.04

16

11

Adalberto Mejia had his finest outing of the year, setting his season high for both IP and K's, in fact, he doubled his previous high in Ks, while allowing just one run.  Mejia got minor league vet Tony Thomas swinging three different times in the game, including his final K of the night:

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Kyle Crick threw an impressive inning, throwing 11 of his 16 pitches for strikes and K'ing two batters, including back to back with a runner in scoring position following a Jackson Williams PB:

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Richmond's pitching staff leads the EL in ERA and Runs allowed by a considerable margin. Their 2.92 team ERA is not only the best in the league, it's the only team ERA under 3.00. Trenton, the 3rd best pitching staff in the league, has allowed 50 more runs than Richmond on the year.

The winning swing of the bat came in the 7th inning, when Ricky Oropesa broke up a 1-1 tie with this blast, his 11th HR of the year.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Squirrels win their sixth straight game by a final score of 4-1 over the SeaWolves! Richmond is a season high eight games above .500 (53-45)</p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/624753857021784064">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Playing a series against Erie provides a stark relief on Richmond's season. On May 4, both Richmond and Erie won games that broke long losing streaks. For Richmond it was a 15 game streak and for Erie it was a 12 game losing streak. For Erie that day was just a momentary pause in a long,desultory season of failure. They now sit at 37-61 in last place of the Western Division of the EL. For Richmond, of course, that day began a remarkable turnaround, and they now sit a game out of first place.

* * *

San Jose won at the Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners), 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Tyler Horan

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.235

SS

Brandon Bednar

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.235

C

Ty Ross

2

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.232

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Martin Agosta

3.1

2

1

1

1

3

0

0

0

4.44

Christian Jones, W 5-0

3.1

4

0

0

1

2

0

1

0

2.74

Ian Gardeck

1.1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

4.13

Jake Smith, S 6

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.67

Before the game, SJ announced a change to their pitching rotation, that rewarded Luis Ysla for his recent fine work out of the pen and perhaps is placing Ray Black into a more comfortable preparation routine:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Luis Ysla is back in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> rotation taking Ray Black&#39;s spot. Ysla&#39;s last three appearances (includes a spot start): 14 IP, 1 R, 19 K</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/624753959786262528">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Then during the game, concerning events may have changed it even further:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Martin Agosta helped off the field after throwing a pitch in the fourth inning tonight. Could not put any weight on his left leg.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/624790273684434944">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Martin Agosta carried off the field after apparent left leg injury. He&#39;s the opponent, but send good thoughts. It didn&#39;t look promising.</p>&mdash; Bakersfield Blaze (@BakoBlaze) <a href="https://twitter.com/BakoBlaze/status/624789751904636932">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Very upsetting to hear this news when Agosta was finally starting to perform so well. He had been clocked with his fastball up to 94 in his last start (though that's not where it was living by a good stretch) and had a K:BB ratio of 50:3 in his previous six starts. Hoping it was just a tweak and not something serious with the knee.

With Agosta out early the bullpen went 5.2 scoreless innings to hold on to the taught low scoring win. Well, somewhat scoreless, as Christian Jones allowed a double to the first batter he faced which brought in Agosta's sole charged run. SJ's recent run of dominant pitching doesn't have them leading the league in ERA, like Richmond, but they are now tied for 2nd in the Cal League behind Visalia, with a team ERA of 3.66.

SJ's offense, missing both Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones, couldn't do much. Catcher Ty Ross was the only member of the lineup to reach base twice in the game, including his 5th inning single that brought in Bednar with the eventual game winning run.

Jake Smith struck out 2 more batters in a perfect 9th inning for the save. Smith now has 86 Ks in 64 IP this season.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> (18-9) have won 14 of their last 16 and are now in a three-way tie for first place in the second half North Division standings!</p>&mdash; San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants/status/624816834622001152">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Augusta beat the Greenville Drive (Red Sox), 8-3
sweeping their three game series, 3-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

.281

C

Aramis Garcia

3

1

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.273

DH

Skyler Ewing

2

2

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.227

LF

Chuckie Jones

4

1

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.250

RF

Dylan Davis

5

2

3

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.222

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes, W, 5-4

5.2

3

1

1

3

4

1

0

0

2.42

Jake McCasland

1.1

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

4.51

Rodolfo Martinez

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.00

The Greenjackets really kicked the prospect laden Drive around in this three game sweep, outscoring them 23-9. Coming into the series, Johneshwy Fargas hadn't reached base three times in a game in July. He accomplished the feat in all three games of this series. Coming into the series Dylan Davis was sitting on a .194 BA. Davis had two multi-hit games in the series with 3 XBH. Like San Jose, Augusta seemed refreshed in the second half and is putting themselves into position to make a 2nd half playoff push.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Augusta beats Greenville 8-3 to sweep. GreenJackets are 16-12 in second half, 49-48 overall. Five-game winning streak.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/624770455447171073">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The fans are pleased!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Spotted at the recent Augusta <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets">@GreenJackets</a> game like Stan the Fan? See the photos. <a href="http://t.co/5OJs76rsYf">http://t.co/5OJs76rsYf</a> <a href="http://t.co/iycqeAL4WW">pic.twitter.com/iycqeAL4WW</a></p>&mdash; Augusta Chronicle (@AUG_Chronicle) <a href="https://twitter.com/AUG_Chronicle/status/624746194145779712">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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A few scouting notes from David:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dylan Davis is starting to hit a little for Augusta. Two hits, 2B last night. Just hit a two-run blast to LF. Starting to barrel up.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/624746194271629312">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Callahan tries to triple up Aramis Garcia on FBs after two straight swinging strikes. Pounced on third for two-run single. Garcia can hit.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/624741224327548928">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Johneshwy Fargas steals his 49th base of the season in the 4th. He has four in the past three games and we aren&#39;t done tonight.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/624740007442522112">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New Augusta guy Chase Compton has a good LH swing. Hands are in great spot to fire, good bat speed, shows lift. Just hit a rocket single.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/624738386293735424">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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and since it's Greenville, the de riguer:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">After a week&#39;s worth of games, Moncada shows up for me. Solo bomb to left-center. 400+ feet from the right side. That&#39;s power.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/624743357659631616">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Salem-Keizer won at Eugene Emeralds (Cubs), 6-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Steven Duggar

5

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.284

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

2

1

.250

1b

Chris Shaw

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.274

3b

Miguel Gomez

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.370

C

Fernando Pujadas

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.286

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Andrew Suarez

3.2

5

2

2

0

5

2

0

0

2.84

Luis Pino, W, 2-0

3.1

3

1

0

0

4

0

0

1

0.00

Eric Sim

0.0

2

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

3.60

Caleb Smith, S 3

1.1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

2.53

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Miguel Gomez writes his name in the record books, hitting safely in 19 straight games. Ties a Volcanoes record. <a href="http://t.co/to8IM6uFDu">pic.twitter.com/to8IM6uFDu</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/624770539983212544">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Congrats to Miguel Gomez, tying a SK franchise record! His hit streak accounts for more than half of the Volcanoes entire season thus far. Gomez has hit safely in all but 3 of the Volcanoes 36 games this year, and he has reached base safely in all but 2 of them.

2nd round pick Andrew Suarez made his second start for SK, and it was a good one with 5 Ks and 0 BB in 3.2 IP. He did allow two solo HRs for his only damage and left once he hit his hard pitch limit.

This game had something of a wild finish, as an uncaught infield pop up nearly allowed the game tying run to score in the bottom of the eight. But let's listen to the Volcanoes TV guys and relief pitcher Caleb Smith explain it:

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Smith, who can throw some premium velocity from the left hand side, now has 22 Ks in 12.2 IP, nearly half of the 53 batters he has faced.

Despite the win, Hillsboro did clinch the 1st place title last night. But in addition to the chance for a second half title, in the NWL the overall record can also come into play in determining playoff teams.

* * *

AZL Giants beat AZL Padres, 7-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

LF

Roger Edwards

5

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.200

2b

Kevin Rivera

5

2

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.318

C

Matt Winn

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.111

3b

Mark Weist

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

.192

CF

Mikey Edie

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.265

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nicholas Gonzalez, W, 2-0

5.0

3

1

0

0

4

0

0

0

0.00

David Graybill

0.1

1

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

108.00

Deiyerbert Bolivar

1.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0.00

In a game where neither Jalen Miller nor Kelvin Beltre played, 40th round pick Roger Edwards got the leadoff duties and did well with them, with three hits, a SB and a run scored. Also at the top of the order was 2014 14th rounder who was sent to the NWL last week to get some playing time with Miller and Beltre getting most of the MI play in the AZL. Beltre now hasn't played since his 5 K performance on Tuesday, and I now have to wonder if Rivera's return suggests Beltre has another health issue.

Speaking of health issues, two different pitchers who had been suffering arm issues made appearances in this game. David Graybill, the hard throwing RHP who was the 9th round pick this year out of Arizona St, had made just one appearance back on June 26 in which he faced three batters and retired none of them. Good to see him back, even though the results were once again not so encouraging. He's now retired just 1 of the 7 batters he's faced as a pro.

Also good to see Deiyerbert Bolivar show up. Bolivar, the 5'11" 19 year old LHP had an excellent DSL campaign in 2014, with a 1.27 ERA and 67 Ks in 64 IP.

I mentioned yesterday that Phil Bickford's college teammate Tyler Brown was playing on the AZL team. Visual evidence of bro-mancery!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AZL?src=hash">#AZL</a> Giants &#10;Phil Bickford #43 RHP 1stR 2015 &#10;Tyler Brown #1 SS .333 &#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiants">@SFGiants</a> ⚾️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash">#SFGiants</a> <a href="http://t.co/qXz2HKjnsV">pic.twitter.com/qXz2HKjnsV</a></p>&mdash; Karen Rambat (@rambat) <a href="https://twitter.com/rambat/status/624808295086166016">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

DSL Giants lost to DSL Rockies, 11-7

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

18.10

Manuel Geraldo

5

2

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.308

LF

20.11

Juan Rodriguez

5

3

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.348

RF

17.4

Sandro Fabian

4

0

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.263

DH

18.7

Mecky Coronado

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

.382

3b

17.4

Francisco Medina

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.275

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

20.1

Sandro Cabrera, L, 3-2

4.1

6

7

3

3

5

0

0

0

3.00

20.9

Hengerber Medina

2.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.54

Five errors undid the DSL Giants and starting pitcher Sandro Cabrera, as they led to six unearned runs. Cabrera's 53 Ks has him tied for 4th in the league.

Sandro Fabian's two-run triple got the Giants off to a 5-0 lead. He did have one of the team errors (Francisco Medina had his 11th and Manuel Geraldo his 17th) that sparked the comeback, but he also showed off his arm again getting his 7th OF assist of the year. Interestingly, he's had an assist at every base among the 7, including 1b.

* * *

Today's scheduled starters are Nik Turley, Joe Biagini, Jason Forjet, DJ Snelten, and Logan Webb.