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Organization goes 0-8, gets outscored 51-16, wonders why you're reading this.

Earnest ragging, minor league teammates style!

Sacramento has been promoting Mac Williamson's inside-the park-HR for Minor League Baseball's Play of the Week on social media (which you can totally vote for by the way, and get Mac some pub):

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/mwilliamson7">@mwilliamson7</a>&#39;s inside-the-parker for the <a href="https://twitter.com/MiLB">@MiLB</a> play of the week? You better believe it. Vote now! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiverCats?src=hash">#RiverCats</a> <a href="https://t.co/IXMQGDGrF2">https://t.co/IXMQGDGrF2</a></p>&mdash; River Cats (@RiverCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats/status/626153884491198465">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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So yesterday, in response, Clayton Blackburn dredged up and posted a somewhat less successful and definitely less graceful looking trip around the bases from Mac's Wake Forest days:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/MiLB">@MiLB</a> Mac has definitely shown better athleticism since his college days <a href="https://twitter.com/mwilliamson7">@mwilliamson7</a> <a href="http://t.co/un43z3XNRV">http://t.co/un43z3XNRV</a></p>&mdash; Clayton Blackburn (@C_Blackburn16) <a href="https://twitter.com/C_Blackburn16/status/626139664508973057">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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What a bunch of jokers!

HIGHLIGHTS: Luis Ysla struck out 8 in 3 innings in his return to the rotation. Christian Jones K'd 6 in 3.2 innings of relief. Jonah Arenado reached base three times and drove in three runs.

Sacramento lost to El Paso 51s (Mets), 14-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.317

1b

Adam Duvall

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.278

RF

Juan Perez

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.255

2 Es

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tommy Hanson L, 0-4

3.1

8

8

7

4

3

0

0

0

8.22

84

46

Cody Hall

1.2

3

3

3

2

2

0

0

0

4.29

46

29

Erik Cordier

1.0

3

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

1.08

27

21

Josh Osich

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0.00

17

11

Theorem: Tommy Hanson is probably not so good. Which is truly sad because his stuff was really electric once upon a time. That wicked slider just apparently ravished his arm good with lightning speed. Amazingly, he's still just 28. Keep trying, Tommy!

Evidence on the mercurial nature of relief pitchers, Part the Millionth: Coming into the season, Josh Osich's career was listing, following two straight mediocre seasons in the Eastern League. Mike Broadway's career was barely hanging on, having been released by three different orgs in four years, and spent much of 2014 in the rookie complex at Scottsdale rehabbing his back. In 2015, both healthy and throwing bullets, Osich and Broadway have both made their major league debuts and both will assuredly be back in SF in September and put themselves in position to play major roles in 2016.

Coming into the season the two relievers who I was most excited to see perform in the PCL were, rather Steven Okert and Cody Hall. Okert we've talked about a lot here, but not so much Cody.  Hall was spectacular in winter ball in Venezuela, was placed on the 40 man in December, and looked to be coming into 2015 ready to make his own big league debut. Instead, the PCL has really gotten the best of him his first time through. Cody is posting the worst K rates of his career by a lot and the worst BB rates as well (by a little). He's putting nearly 1.5 batters on base per inning pitched. In his last 9 appearances, he's allowed 13 earned runs in 16 IP. His K9 is down below 7 (it's never before been below 9).  And at 27 years old, Cody's definitely in danger of getting passed up on the depth chart by some of the younger guns coming from down below. Here's hoping for a second half surge for Cody.

Not much good to say about the offensive side of this game either, as only two members of the team reached base twice (yeah, Kelby!) vs former Met Dillon Gee who went the distance for the CG victory. One of the two was Juan Perez, but in a continuing mystery of Perez' 2015 season he also made two fielding errors giving him 8 for the year. It's a little bit amazing what's happening to his defense this year. He's lost easy balls in the lights several times in games I've seen, and he's doing this a little over-regularly as well:

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It's really very perplexing how he can go from the plus defender we saw the last two years to what's going on in Sacramento in 2015. Hoping JCP can get it fixed. Anyway, I've probably spent too much time on this game. Here's Adam Duvall hitting the ball hard:

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Richmond lost at Altoona Curve (Pirates), 3-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

RF

Hunter Cole

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.316

1b

Ricky Oropesa

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

.258

2b

Austin Slater

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.311

C

Eliezer Zambrano

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.200

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kelvin Marte, L, 8-3

7.0

8

3

3

2

3

0

0

0

2.27

Derek Law

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.15

That is a comprehensive list of all the Squirrels who reached base in this game: three singles, two walks. There were also 11 strikeouts, as the Richmond bats were just completely overwhelmed by Altoona's pitching.  Steven Brault, who BA listed as Baltimore's #18 prospect before 2014, and who was a throw in to the Travis Snider deal, threw 6 shutout innings with 9 Ks.

Derek Law threw a perfect 8th inning in relief of Kelvin Marte. It was just Law's third 3 up/3 down appearance of the year (14 games) as he continues the comeback trail. Nicely done, Derek. He has 18 Ks, 4 BBs, now in 13 IP.

The best moment of the game for Richmond came on defense, as Hunter Cole showed off his arm, gunning down a potential score at home plate:

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Altoona has now taken the first two games of the series, and Richmond takes the field this morning needing a win to avert a sweep in this showdown.

In happier news, read this nice story about Tyler Beede:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">READ!!!! My newest story! <a href="https://twitter.com/tylerbeede">@tylerbeede</a>: Young Beedah, Top Prospect, Humanitarian. <a href="http://t.co/GWk0lnrHDK">http://t.co/GWk0lnrHDK</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RVA?src=hash">#RVA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash">#SFGiants</a></p>&mdash; Josh Mathews (@SquirrelsRVA) <a href="https://twitter.com/SquirrelsRVA/status/626195211220307968">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

San Jose lost at Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks), 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

.325

RF

Tyler Horan

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

.234

C

Jeff Arnold

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

.254

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Luis Ysla, L, 1-5

3.0

3

2

2

2

8

0

0

0

6.25

Christian Jones

3.2

1

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

2.54

Ian Gardeck

1.1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.98

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> have won 16 out of 19. SJ looking for first series win in Visalia since April of 2013 (8-22 at Rec Park since).</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/626199307029495810">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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That elusive series win will have to come tonight if it's going to come this week, as SJ lost a tough pitcher's duel. Jeff Arnold and Tyler Horan were the only Giants to reach base twice, and Arnold recorded the only XBH for the team as they had just 9 baserunners and were K'd 16 times in the game. Jeff Kobernus, Brian Ragira, and John Polonius all recorded hat tricks in the game.

In fact, rather amazingly, both teams in this game had 16 Ks (which does kind of make you wonder about the hitting conditions on this night). The SJ pitchers were almost uniformly excellent in this game.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Luis Ysla strikes out eight over three innings tonight in his return to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> starting rotation (3 H, 2 R, 2 BB). FB was 91-96.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/626230005643657217">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Ysla's stuff was dominating in his first return to starting, as he had his second consecutive 8 K performance. The only flaw in his three innings was that all three of the hits he allowed were doubles. The first two came back to back with two outs in the 2nd inning, and the third one followed a walk in the third inning, scoring the ultimate winning run.

Despite getting only three innings from Ysla, SJ used only three pitchers on the night as they got a fantastic long relief outing from Christian Jones.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Christian Jones continues impressive season in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> bullpen - 3 2/3 scoreless tonight w/1 hit &amp; 6 K&#39;s. 2.54 ERA, 57 SO in 49.2 inn.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/626261632017125376">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Augusta lost to Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles), 5-4
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

4

0

2

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

1

.285

C

Aramis Garcia

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.271

3b

Jonah Arenado

3

1

2

3

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.271

LF

Andrew Cain

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.206

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pat Young

1.0

2

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

3.33

Rodolfo Martinez, L, 1-2

1.1

1

2

2

3

2

0

0

0

3.49

Dusten Knight, BS, 4

5.2

2

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

1.53

Raymundo Montero

1.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

2.11

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">GreenJackets drop the final game of the homestand tonight with score of 5-4 to the <a href="https://twitter.com/shorebirds">@shorebirds</a> <a href="http://t.co/tmKJKa2Y3S">http://t.co/tmKJKa2Y3S</a> <a href="http://t.co/tYcDXkiWr3">pic.twitter.com/tYcDXkiWr3</a></p>&mdash; Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets/status/626234796780486656">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Oh that gravitational force of .500. I thought the Greenjackets were pulling away from it, but it drags them back in. Augusta was on their third pitcher by the third inning of this game, and though Dusten Knight and Raymundo Montero held Delmarva scoreless for the final six innings, the damage was already done.

As usual, we go to David Lee for the scouting notes:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pat Young gives up three runs in the first and is pulled for the second. Rodolfo Martinez throws 96-98 in scoreless second.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/626178189279281152">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We&#39;re more than an hour into the game, it&#39;s the top of the third, Augusta is on its third pitcher and it&#39;s 4-3. I can make it. I can do this</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/626184897380642817">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Johneshwy Fargas bunts for a single and second hit tonight. Two-hit games in four of his last six played. Steals his 53rd bag.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/626190878877581313">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Fargas also tripled earlier (a crucial missed opportunity) as he concluded a fantastic homestand that began with me saying he was probably starting to wear down. Never miss an opportunity to be proven wrong, that's my motto! However, Fargas showed once again that there's still much learning to do in his development process:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Johneshwy Fargas gets on by HBP to lead off 9th. Goes on first move, picked off/CS. Has never seen pitcher&#39;s move. Can&#39;t make that mistake.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/626209550660698112">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Final note, an ICYMI for the homestand:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In case you missed it, Sunday night&#39;s game is getting national attention: <a href="http://t.co/8YzBzpCDkW">http://t.co/8YzBzpCDkW</a> GreenJackets baseball <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CatchtheBuzz?src=hash">#CatchtheBuzz</a></p>&mdash; Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets/status/626205087933837312">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Salem-Keizer lost to the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 10-0
losing their three game series, 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

C.J. Hinojosa

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.246

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

.248

1b

Scott Price

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.248

2b

Richard Amion

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.215

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jordan Johnson, L, 0-1

4.2

5

2

2

0

6

0

0

0

3.86

David Owen

1.1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.50

Luis Pino

1.1

1

2

0

1

2

0

0

0

0.00

So, uh, yeah. This game happened. It even had a highlight!

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As with Richmond, the above table is a comprehensive list of every Volcano to reach base. Which, among other things, means that Miguel Gomez' franchise record-setting hitting streak is no more as he went 0 for 4 on the day. And as seemed to be the theme of the night, they combined their lack of hits with a boatload of Ks. 10 in this case.

Summarizing:

Richmond: 3 hits, 3 TB, 2 BB, 11 Ks
San Jose: 6 hits, 8 TB, 3 BB, 16 Ks
Salem: 4 hits, 5 TB, 0 BB, 10 Ks

That's a bad night at the Minor Lines. The Volcanoes chipped in with 3 errors as well. Whew!

In a statistical oddity, the Volcanoes faced the league leader in ERA going into each of the three games in this series. Let's let the Volcanoes TV folks wrap it up:

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And let's join those guys in congratulating the four Volcanoes All stars:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congrats to the four Volcanoes represented on the Northwest League All-Star team. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSKV?src=hash">#GoSKV</a> <a href="http://t.co/GKThsxkWlp">pic.twitter.com/GKThsxkWlp</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/626158597253152768">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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AZL Giants lost to AZL Athletics, 8-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Kevin Rivera

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.322

3b

Cody Brickhouse

4

1

2

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.212

DH

Dillon Dobson

5

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.269

RF

Ashford Fulmer

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

.222

SS

Hector Santiago

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.000

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Ricky Romero, L, 0-2

1.0

2

3

3

2

0

0

0

0

5.63

Deiyerbert Bolivar

3.0

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

2.25

David Graybill

1.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

27.00

Stetson Woods

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

6.06

Randy Ortiz

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

10.80

Theorem: Ricky Romero belongs to the Tommy Hanson theorem posited above.

The AZL team that was really exciting to look forward to earlier in the summer, is now really wracked by injuries. Gustavo Cabrera, Kelvin Beltre, Byron Murray, Mikey Edie are all MIA now; Luis Lacen never showed up to begin with. And in this game Jalen Miller, who's been slumping badly got the night off.  Parenthetically, Jalen, Christian Arroyo hit .326/.388/.511 in this league. I'm not sayin'!... I'm just sayin'.

Of course, every opportunity lost is an opportunity gained for someone else. Kevin Rivera continues to hit well when given the opportunity. Last year's 14th rounder out of Puerto Rico is posting an OPS of .800 in the AZL. Hector Santiago, this year's 12th rounder, and a late signee, had his pro debut in this game, taking Miller's spot at SS. Santiago, who won't turn 18 until November, was one of the youngest players in this year's Amateur Draft. Cody Brickhouse was drafted as a Catcher, but he has yet to Catch in 12 games.  He DH'd in his first 10 games, and in the past two games he's played 3b. In each of those games at 3b he's had two hits and two RBIs.

* * *

DSL Giants lost to DSL Yankees1, 4-3 in 12 innings

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

LF

20.10

Juan Rodriguez

6

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.347

DH

18.7

Mecky Coronado

5

1

1

2

0

0

1

1

4

.377

2b

18.10

Manuel Geraldo

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.291

RF

17.4

Sandro Fabian

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.253

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.9

Prebito Reyes

6.0

5

2

1

1

5

0

0

0

3.42

19.7

Weilly Yan

2.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

4.05

20.11

Reymi Rodriguez, BS, 6

2.0

3

1

1

2

0

1

0

0

2.60

Needing a win to keep sole possession of first place, the Giants entered the 9th inning with a one run lead. But Reymi Rodriguez, who's been a bit of a one-man arson squad for the DSL team, allowed a solo HR to tie it and send it into extra innings, where the Giants would lose in 12. Understanding it's not a one to one correlation or anything, but its still kind of amazing to note that Rodriguez has blown 6 saves for a team that's lost only 15 games on the year.

Offensively, the above isn't quite a comprehensive list of everybody who reached base, but it's close, as they managed just six hits and four walks (and, since its the DSL, three HB). The league's best offensive club is in a bit of a teamwide batting slump at this point. Mecky Coronado did hit his second HR of the year, a two run shot in the 8th that dramatically put the team in position to win (before it even more dramatically didn't). But otherwise, it was a pretty forgettable day for Mecky as he had 4 Ks, after coming into the game with only 8 in about 125 PA.

* * *

So there you have it. A thoroughly miserable terrible horrible no good very bad day. Why are you still here reading this?

Clayton Blackburn and Keury Mella lead the list of scheduled starters for today, which will hopefully be better than yesterday.