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Actual soundbite from the Albuquerque broadcaster: "If Adam Duvall played his home games here in Albuquerque he'd hit 100 HRs in a season."

Is Miguel Gomez about to put a second consecutive league MVP on his mantel?

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Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.

HIGHLIGHTS: Adam Duvall had four hits including 2 HRs in a double header. Skyler Ewing reached base in all four PA.

Sacramento won at Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 10-0 in Gm 1 of DH (7 inn)

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Kelby Tomlinson

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.310

CF

Ryan Lollis

3

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.352

RF

Juan Perez

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.252

LF

Adam Duvall

4

1

3

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.279

1b

Kevin Frandsen

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.299

P

Ty Blach

4

1

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.233

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Ty Blach, W 9-8

7.0

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.00

69

52

Sacramento won at Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 10-1 in Gm 2 of DH (7 inn)
won their four game series, 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Everth Cabrera

4

2

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

.353

2b-SS

Kelby Tomlinson

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.310

RF

Ryan Lollis

5

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.353

1b

Adam Duvall

4

2

1

3

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

.279

LF

Jarrett Parker

5

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.264

SS

Carlos Triunfel

3

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.279

P

Chris Stratton

3

1

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.500

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Chris Stratton

7.0

3

1

1

2

4

0

0

0

3.02

92

57

So... uh... I'm guessing Albuquerque mixed up the humidor balls and the non-humidor balls in this one? 'Cuz these two teams did not seem to be playing under the same conditions yesterday. Ben Turner put up an 0 for 4 in Gm. 2. And that's significant because he was the only one of the 18 players the RiverCats started yesterday who failed to get a hit. Over the two games, the RiverCats had 11 different multi-hit lines. Sacramento's pitchers even collected 4 hits and 4 RBIs on the day (actually Sacramento's SP performance at the plate this year has been hella-impressive)! Sacramento outhit the Isotopes over the 14 innings 30-7. add in walks and it was 37 baserunners to 9. Yowza!

So, how'd you enjoy your day, Mr. Duvall?

Why yes, I see your point! He also just missed a Grand Slam in the first game Just before the second HR the Isotope radio man was talking about Duvall's success in that ballpark. In 12 games in Albuquerque over two years, he has 7 HRs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, and 26 RBIs.

Duvall took two ex-big leaguers deep. First former Nat John Lannan and then former Brave Jair Jurrjens. Duvall's 25 HRs leads the PCL by 5 and he's in the running for HR champ of the entire minors. I know A.J. Reed has 26 at this point. It's hard to track leaders across levels but if anybody wants to check it out we're all ears!

Sacramento got CG from both SP on the day. Both Ty Blach and Chris Stratton executed "pitch to contact" to perfection and in the launchiest launching pad in North America, they got away with it, BABIPing the bejeezus out of the 'Topes. Stratton and Blach K'd 5 hitters total, but they only walked 2 and induced grounder after grounder (13 for Blach, 8 for Stratton).

Final thing I learned during this double header: Glenallen Hill is the Rockies AAA manager. Go G-Hill! G-Hill hit ball hard!

* * *

Richmond lost at Altoona Curve (Pirates), 3-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Hunter Cole

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.319

3b

Mitch Delfino

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.262

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Joan Gregorio

3.2

4

1

1

1

3

0

0

1

3.52

62

38

Phil McCormick

1.1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.88

17

13

The strange "not sure what to make of it" season of Joan Gregorio continues. He's started three games now and hopefully will get stretched out soon. For the season he's K'd about a batter per inning and has better than a 2:1 K:BB with a WHIP just over 1. Ultimately  perhaps we'll look at this season as an excellent development leap if the bullpen experiment successfully integrated him into the big leap to AA enabling him to start there more comfortably.

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In just about 100 PA Hunter Cole's numbers in AA now are a near mirror image of his line in the Cal league (about 250 PA). In SJ, Cole hit .313/.373/.493, while in Richmond thus far he's hitting .319/.347/.500. The most notable difference, of course, is that his walk rate has cut in half so hopefully the second half of the year we'll see that move back up as he feels more comfortable in AA environment. Interestingly, Austin Slater has seen an opposite move in the step up to AA with his walk rate going from 3.8% in Sj to, so far, 6.7% in Richmond.

Richmond's second run came courtesy of fan favorite utility man Myles Schroder. Myles doesn't get enough play on minor lines so let's give him a highlight:

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Final Note: I think I forgot to put up the last Flying Squirrels Insider episode. It's pretty dated, and there's a bunch of "goodbye" talk for Jon Laaser, but there's a good interview with Derek Law here at around the 14:30 mark, as well as a whole host of other talk about the Squirrels season. Derek's story of finding out he needed TJ and then going through the rehab process is pretty compelling and heart-tugging stuff. Law also goes over some of the exercises he used in his rehab to get back and describes the surgery and rehab process in much greater detail than I've ever heard it from someone who went through it. Definitely worth wading through the prelim stuff.

* * *

San Jose won at Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks), 9-5 in 10 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.326

LF

Daniel Carbonell

3

1

2

3

1

0

0

1

0

0

1

.299

RF

Tyler Horan

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

0

1

.229

DH

Brian Ragira

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

.252

3b-1b

Brandon Bednar

4

1

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.243

C

Ty Ross

5

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

.233

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jose Reyes

5.2

9

4

4

0

3

1

0

0

8.61

Jake Smith, W, 4-2

2.0

1

1

0

2

2

0

0

0

2.59

The first game in SJ's series in Visalia began in depressingly similar style to most of their other games at Recreation Park. But it ended as a stirring come from behind victory. Down 4-0 going into the 7th inning, the Giants rallied to tie the game 4-4 int he 8th and take the lead 5-4 in the 9th. But in the bottom of the 9th, a fielding error by Arroyo (just his 7th on the year) allowed the tying run to score and send it to extras. There the Giants just kept on scoring, piling four more runs on in the 10th, with the big blow being Ty Ross' two-run HR.

In all the Giants pounded out 12 hits, including 4 for XB, and added 9 walks to their attack, showing the kind of approach that a veteran lineup really should have. Everybody but Angel Villalona reached base at least once, and four different members of the lineup reached base at least 3 times!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">At game #100, the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> (50-50) have returned to .500 - first time since the club was 2-2 on April 12. SJ has won 16 of last 19.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/625912363812802560">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The Giants were 13 games below .500 at the All star break just one month ago. It's really been an incredible month. Stacking the roster with higher minors vets might not sit well in the stomach, but I can't deny it's been a successful strategy.

Final SJ note: apropos of nothing, this really IS an awesome photo!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Found this awesome <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants">@SJGiants</a> pic from 2009. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TwoMVPSOneMound?src=hash">#TwoMVPSOneMound</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/reddit?src=hash">#reddit</a> thread: <a href="https://t.co/4h04n8inZg">https://t.co/4h04n8inZg</a> <a href="http://t.co/Y8MHLuPDiY">pic.twitter.com/Y8MHLuPDiY</a></p>&mdash; r/SFGiants (@SFGiantsReddit) <a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiantsReddit/status/624473043805417472">July 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Augusta lost to Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles), 9-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

1b

Skyler Ewing

2

1

2

2

2

0

0

2

0

0

0

.235

DH

Andrew Cain

4

1

2

1

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

.201

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Samuel Coonrod

1.1

6

6

5

2

1

0

0

0

2.91

Connor Kaden

4.0

3

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

4.99

One day after Beede's rough outing, Sam Coonrod has his own "fight another day" start. Coonrod had a similar 1.1 IP start a month ago, and on that day too he struggled with his release point, walking five. Coonrod's at the point where he's hit his career high in innings, so it's possible he could be feeling some fatigue as well. All part of the learning curve of pro ball. Speaking of Coonrod:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to Sam Coonrod for being named the SAL Pitcher of the Week! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CatchTheBuzz?src=hash">#CatchTheBuzz</a>&#10;<a href="http://t.co/g66r7XBsPd">http://t.co/g66r7XBsPd</a> <a href="http://t.co/j9RSVvF1zS">pic.twitter.com/j9RSVvF1zS</a></p>&mdash; Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets/status/625748168442048513">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Skyler Ewing really drove Augusta's offense with his best night of the year as he reached base in all four PA with two walks and two doubles. It's still hard to believe that he hasn't hit a HR all year.  Andrew Cain has done little else this year. The return after a year lost to surgeries, pain, and weight loss has been a struggle for Cain, but when he does him 'em they stay hit. Cain's line on the year is just .201/.293/.388, but he hit his 8th HR of the year last night and his 11th double. Fully 50% of his 44 hits on the year have been XBH.

The game snapped Augusta's seven game winning streak, but they remain in second place, 1.5 games behind Ashville.

* * *

Salem-Keizer won at Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 9-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Steven Duggar

3

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.273

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

4

2

2

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.248

3b

Miguel Gomez

5

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.376

C

Fernando Pujadas

4

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.329

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Andrew Leenhouts,W, 5-2

5.0

3

1

1

4

2

0

0

0

2.27

Nolan Riggs

3.0

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

2.03

Eric Sim

1.0

2

1

1

2

2

0

0

0

3.94

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Salem-Keizer crusies by Hillsboro in the second-half opener.&#10;&#10;Interactive Recap » <a href="http://t.co/MnTLcg1jMq">http://t.co/MnTLcg1jMq</a> <a href="http://t.co/3PDcTVxNcA">pic.twitter.com/3PDcTVxNcA</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/625910211316813824">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Miguel Gomez collected three more hits, and is starting to make an assault on the .400 mark, as the Volcanoes cruised to an easy victory over the first half champs. SK's 3-4-5 hitters collected 7 hits and a walk to lead the attack, but the Volcanoes got offense from everywhere as (theme of the night!) every member of the starting lineup reached base at least once and seven of the nine reached base at least twice.

Gomez did make his 11th error of the year in this game, but with a bat in his hands he's doing everything right.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">With hard work and a good attitude, Miguel Gomez of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a> has run his hitting streak for <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes">@SKVolcanoes</a> to 22 games. <a href="http://t.co/RL0N9mILjP">http://t.co/RL0N9mILjP</a></p>&mdash; MiLB.com (@MiLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/625931050137579521">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Looks like Nolan Riggs will be the loser in the rotation shuffle that comes with Suarez and Marshall's promotions.  This night's starter Andrew Leenhouts (and his great hair!) is interviewed in the Volcanoes game recap, as is CF Ronnie Jebavy.

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* * *

AZL Giants beat the AZL Diamondbacks, 7-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Jalen Miller

5

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.225

2b

Kevin Rivera

5

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.315

3b

Cody Brickhouse

4

2

2

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.172

1b

Dillon Dobson

4

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.263

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Phil Bickford

2.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

3.86

Kendry Melo, BS, 1

0.2

3

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

6.43

Heath Slatton

0.2

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.93

Jose Morel, S, 1

0.1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.57

Jalen Miller's struggles with the AZL continued last night, as he took another 0 fer and committed two fielding errors.  The bulk of the AZL team's offense in this game, came from their 2-3-4 hitters Kevin Rivera, Cody Brickhouse, and Dillon Dobson, who collected 7 of the team's 11 hits (and two of their three doubles) as well as a walk. Rivera, who went briefly to SK last week, and Dobson, the 23rd round draft choice this year out of Appalachian St, are both getting squeezed for playing time as both probably should be in the NWL but there's no room at the inn up there. The 18 year old Brickhouse, a Catcher out of Sarasota HS in Florida, is hitting just .172 and has just 7 hits in 12 games played, but interestingly this was his third two-hit game.

Phil Bickford made his fourth start and this was his best one yet, allowing just one of his six batters faced to reach (and that runner was erased on a CS). As they ease in Bickford's workload, I can see the Giants wanting to get Bickford a few innings in Salem-Keizer in Augusta, especially if the team makes a run for a playoff spot. Having just turned 20 earlier this month, Bickford is just about 5 months older than Mac Marshall.

You may have noted a trend in today's minor lines:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">AZL <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash">#SFGiants</a> beat the Dbacks&#10;Short A <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a> beat the Dbacks &#10;A Advanced <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> beat the Dbacks&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/heath_slatton">@heath_slatton</a> ⚾️ <a href="http://t.co/a75n4jfsyL">pic.twitter.com/a75n4jfsyL</a></p>&mdash; Karen Rambat (@rambat) <a href="https://twitter.com/rambat/status/625906184373993472">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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LOLDbacks!

* * *

DSL Giants lost to DSL Yankees1, 5-4

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

RF

17.5

Beicker Mendoza

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.289

DH

18.7

Mecky Coronado

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

.385

3b

17.4

Francisco Medina

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.289

RF

17.4

Sandro Fabian

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.255

2b

18.10

Manuel Geraldo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.294

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.6

Raffi Vizcaino

4.0

5

3

3

2

6

1

0

0

1.95

16.11

Luis Amaya, L, 3-1

2.1

3

2

1

2

3

0

0

0

1.62

20.9

Hengerber Medina

1.2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.44

The DSL Giants have run into a few losses lately, and with this game against their closest division rivals, their lead over the Yankees has fallen to a single game. The Giants managed only six hits and two walks in this game as their normally potent offense was held in check. Interestingly, five of those hits (plus Sandro Fabian's HBP) all came in the same inning, their four run 6th inning. And had Juan Rodriguez not been thrown out trying to steal in the middle of that rally, it might well have been a five-run inning good enough to send the game to extras.

Two of the team's best pitchers combined to give up the Yankees' 5 runs. This was Raffi Vizcaino's worst start of the year, as it was both his shortest outing and the most earned runs he's surrendered in any game. Vizcaino has allowed just 15 runs this year, and just 11 earned runs, but he's allowed 6 runs and 5 earned runs in his past two starts.  Now at 50 IP after throwing just 2 last year, he's another pitcher you could wonder about fatigue entering in.

As is typical of the DSL schedule, the Giants will play the Yankees1 team again today (DSL frequently plays back to back games against an opponent, one at each complex) and the Giants will need a victory to maintain their sole possession of first place with about three weeks left to play.

* * *

Luis Ysla is the most interesting starter on today's slate as he tries to rebuild his season. Tommy Hanson, Kelvin Marte, and Pat Young are also scheduled to go.