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On Keith Law's chat this week somebody asked him a question about Christian Arroyo. Klaw's response captured the essence of Arroyo's charm, in brief:

Can really hit. Really, really hit.

Visual evidence!

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We're gonna really like this kid some day. Really, really like him.

HIGHLIGHTS: Christian Arroyo had three hits, including double and HR. Ray Black struck out all three batters he faced. C.J. Hinojosa had three hits including double and HR. Hengerber Medina K'd six of the 10 batters he faced.

* * *

Sacramento won at Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 9-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Darren Ford

5

1

2

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

.265

.331

.418

3b

Kevin Frandsen

3

1

2

2

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

.292

.358

.374

RF

Jarrett Parker

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

.280

.381

.497

LF

Mac Williamson

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.214

.330

.327

SS

Everth Cabrera

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.250

.333

.292

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Nik Turley

5.0

3

4

4

3

3

2

0

0

5.02

75

40

Jake Dunning, W 3-1

3.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

5.01

28

18

Clay Rapada

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.57

11

8

Sacramento entered the 7th inning of this game trailing 4-0, but then exploded for nine runs over their final nine outs. Darren Ford put them on the board with a 3-run homer in the 7th, Ford's second HR in two games.

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In the 8th they strung together four hits and a walk for a four-run rally, and Kevin Frandsen topped the scoring off with a two-run homer in the 9th. Frandsen had the HR+SB combo meal in the game. Ford tried to do the same but was CS instead.  Jarrett Parker had his 15th SB of the season during their 8th inning rally. Parker is third on the team in SB as well as being the active leader in HRs.

Jake Dunning made his return to the PCL a successful one with three shutout innings, which were perfectly timed to earn him the victory. Dunning last made an appearance for Sacramento on June 7.

* * *

Richmond lost at Bowie Baysox (Orioles), 5-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

RF

Myles Schroder

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.254

.295

.645

2b

Austin Slater

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

1

.304

.360

.378

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Matt Gage, L 2-2

5.1

5

5

5

2

8

0

0

0

3.18

83

53

Stephen Johnson

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.57

12

7

Richmond lost for the 9th time in its past 10 road games, a crucial stretch that is knocking them further and further from potential playoff contention as they now sit in 4th place eight games back of 1st and 3.5 games out of the 2nd place WC slot. They were a game out of first just two weeks ago, so it's been a rough patch.

The big failure once again was a complete lack of offense. It can't help that they're now employing a leadoff man (Schroder) with a .295 OBP (Tomlinson's was .387 at the time of his promotion), but Schroder can't be blamed for this game as he was one of only two Squirrels who had a hit in the game along with Slater. Devin Harris, who had 1 walk and was twice HBP, was the only other Richmond batter to reach base.

Matt Gage threw 5 fantastic innings in this start. Walking off the field after the bottom of the 5th, Gage was working on a two-hit shutout with 8 Ks. Austin Slater's double in the top of the 6th put Richmond ahead 1-0, but taking the field to protect his new-found lead in the 6th, Gage collapsed completely. The only other out he would accumulate in the game came on a sacrifice bunt. Five of the six batters Gage faced in the 6th reached base (albeit one on an IBB, which allow me to say, I hate) and all five would eventually score. The 6th ended up being the only inning that either team scored in in the game.

Hunter Cole missed his third consecutive game, though there's no word on what's keeping him out. Also, tonight should be Tyler Beede's turn in the rotation, but Richmond is currently listing tonight's starter as TBD and shows Beede as tomorrow's starter, so we'll keep a watch on that as well.

* * *

San Jose lost to Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks), 6-4 in 11 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Christian Arroyo

5

1

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.320

.364

.495

DH

Andrew Susac

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.250

.250

.250

3b

Brandon Bednar

5

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

1

.244

.283

.346

LF

Daniel Carbonell

6

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.261*

.309*

.379

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Luis Ysla

6.0

7

4

4

3

6

1

0

0

5,76

94

64

Ray Black

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3.00

15

9

Jake Smith L, 4-4

2.0

4

2

2

0

3

1

0

0

2.51

38

26

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> lose their fifth extra-inning game in the last 14 days with a 6-4, 11-inning defeat tonight.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/631337415219654656">August 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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To say Luis Ysla got off to a rough start in this game is an understatement.  He gave up singles to the first three batters he faced to load the bases, and then walked the fourth. Another single and another walk would result in three runs scoring (and the bases still loaded) just 0.1 innings into the game. A double play grounder got him out without any further damage, and from there he settled down and threw a terrific five innings. From the 2nd to the 6th Ysla allowed only 3 hits and 1 BB against 5  Ks, with the only run against him coming on a solo HR. The 6 innings was a season high for Ysla after he came within a single hitter of being removed in the 1st.

However, the damage had been done. Though the Giants would come back to tie the game and force extra innings, ultimately they would go down to their 14th defeat in 17 games this year vs the Rawhide, when Kevin Chron (brother of the Angels C.J. and a very similar style player) hit his 23rd HR of the year (2nd in the Cal) in the 11th inning.

Missed opportunities killed the Giants as they put runners in scoring position in every inning from the 8th through the 11th but never could push one in. Three times they had a runner on 3b in the late innings with one out, only to see a batter strike out and fumble the opportunity. Just another in a series of really frustrating losses to the Rawhide for San Jose, as well summed up here from friend of Minor Lines, phibear:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How I feel after that last inning <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sjgiants?src=hash">#sjgiants</a> <a href="https://t.co/WScApIHVB7">https://t.co/WScApIHVB7</a></p>&mdash; Julie (@phibear35) <a href="https://twitter.com/phibear35/status/631330245312786432">August 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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With the victory, Visalia took a 1 game lead over SJ.

A few notes on the positive side.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">After three hits tonight, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> shortstop Christian Arroyo is now third in the Cal League with a .320 AVG.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/631362130449530880">August 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Arroyo's HR was his third in the last 10 days. There was a scouting note earlier in the year (BPro I believe) that Arroyo's swing had gotten a little more loft into it this year that should lead to more power down the line but could also increase Ks. His K rate spiked earlier in the year, but it's now down to a respectable 17%, though the 5% walk rate could use a little oomph.

This game was Aramis Garcia's home debut for SJ. And while he went hitless in the game (indeed, he grounded into a DP to end the 10th), he still made his presence felt, throwing out three would be base runners.  The Rawhide, third in the league in SB, went 0 for 3 in attempts in this game (they also had two runners picked off by Ysla).

Andrew Susac made his first rehab appearance, going 1 for 4.

And finally, Ray Black did Ray Black type things:

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With this performance, Black came very close to hitting 50% with his K rate, as he's now K'd 37 of 80 batters faced this year. He's allowed just 9 hits.

Final note on the game is unfortunate, but not 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 3B Ryder Jones (quad strain) on the 7-day disabled list. Jones&#39; second DL stint in the last three weeks (finger).</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/631345761205116928">August 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Pitching coach Mike Couchee was Joe Ritzo's guest on the pre-game show, and he talked Luis Ysla, Jake Smith, Jordan Johnson and other topics:

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* * *

Augusta beat the Hagerstown Suns (Nats), 9-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Will Callaway

4

1

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.277

.324

.384

1b

Skyler Ewing

4

2

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

.241

.327

.332

LF

Chuckie Jones

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.250

.355

.438

C

Matt Winn

2

1

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.375

.500

.625

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pat Young W 8-2

6.0

6

1

1

1

4

0

0

0

3.62

Connor Kaden, S, 1

3.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3.99

Erick Fedde (Hagerstown)

4.1

5

6

6

2

3

1

0

0

12.46

Augusta went up against Nats 2014 1st round pick Erick Fedde (#7 propsect in the Nats system in BA's midseason ranking). Fedde, who is coming back from TJ surgery, made his Sally league debut in this game and the Greenjackets treated him rudely. Already leading 2-1, Augusta knocked Fedde from the game in a 7-run 5th.

The offensive hero of the game was 23 year old Matt Winn, who himself was playing in just his 3rd Sally game. Winn, the Giants 2015 14th round pick out of VMI has replaced Aramis Garcia on the roster. He picked up his first RBIs for Augusta with a two-run double in the second inning. In the 5th, after singles from Chuckie and Fargas sandwiched around a Winn walk, Will Callaway broke the game open with a bases clearing double. Singles from Davis and Arenado and another bases clearing triple from Ewing then made it a rout.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fedde&#39;s command wavered. FB was often flat. Run/sink was minimal. I like the projection and SL movement, but didn&#39;t see plus anything.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/631293984195788800">August 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pat Young: 6 IP, 6 H, R/ER, BB, 4 K, 9 ground balls, 4 fly balls, 5 line drives, 7 swinging strikes. Early command issues, settled in.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/631291198745894912">August 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Pat Young happily took the run support in garnering his 8th win, but the pitching star of the night was really Connor Kaden who retired 9 consecutive batters. Kaden was the Giants 27th round pick in 2014 out of Wake Forest.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thanks to the 4,000 <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets">@GreenJackets</a> fans who joined us for <a href="https://twitter.com/SU2C">@SU2C</a> Night. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/howifight?src=hash">#howifight</a> <a href="http://t.co/DC8LxcWciy">pic.twitter.com/DC8LxcWciy</a></p>&mdash; Fifth Third Bank (@FifthThird) <a href="https://twitter.com/FifthThird/status/631480274434588672">August 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Salem-Keizer beat the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 7-0
losing their three game series, 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

3b

Miguel Gomez

5

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.356

.363

.489

DH

Christopher Shaw

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.280

.376

.440

SS

C.J. Hinojosa

4

1

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.288

.319

.458

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nolan Riggs, W 3-1

6.0

3

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

2.28

Rayan Hernandez

2.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.00

Caleb Smith

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1.69

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Beautiful night! <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes">@SKVolcanoes</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/johnriley_25">@johnriley_25</a> <a href="http://t.co/IZQloJCHlZ">pic.twitter.com/IZQloJCHlZ</a></p>&mdash; Jackie Nocera (@JackieNocera) <a href="https://twitter.com/JackieNocera/status/631306325629145088">August 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Salem-Keizer finally broke through against the Hops and they did it in a big way. 1st inning HRs from Miguel Gomez (4th) and C.J. Hinojosa (3rd) boosted the Volcanoes to a quick 4-0 lead and they cruised the rest of the way.

For Hinojosa, it was his second consecutive three-hit game, and his third three-hit game in the past four! In the last two nights, the 21 year old SS out of the University of Texas has gone 6 for 8 with a double, triple and two HRs.  That deserves a Wow! You can read all about Hinojosa's hot hitting in this MiLB feature story:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a> 11th-round pick <a href="https://twitter.com/C_Hinojosa9">@C_Hinojosa9</a> is making himself right at home at the plate of late with the <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes">@SKVolcanoes</a>. <a href="http://t.co/1Qt0SjeBpQ">http://t.co/1Qt0SjeBpQ</a></p>&mdash; MiLB.com (@MiLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/631344405459308545">August 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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You'll also find a special note on Miguel Gomez down at the bottom.

Nolan Riggs returned to starting for this game. It appears he might have taken Mac Marshall's place as Marshall hasn't started since July 31. After a couple of rough outings, the Giants are no doubt working with Marshall on the side. Caleb Smith retired the side in order in the 9th, King one of the three batters he faced, which actually lowered his K rate down to 40%.

With the win, SK climbed back into a 3 way tie for 1st place with 25 games to play.

* * *

AZL Giants beat the AZL Angels, 7-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Jalen Miller

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

.234

.314

.290

CF

Mikey Edie

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.278

.376

.300

1b

Dillon Dobson

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.303

.355

.507

LF

Byron Murray

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

.290

.333

.500

3b

Mark Weist

5

2

2

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.229

.270

.429

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Phil Bickford

3.0

3

2

2

0

3

0

0

0

3.21

Dylan Brooks, S, 1

2.0

2

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

2.86

Not quite as clean an outing from Phil Bickford as we've been used to. After giving up just 1 hit in his past three starts combined (6 innings total), Bickford gave up three in this one. And as it happens, they all came in succession to the first three batters he faced in the 2nd inning. A strike 'em out/throw 'em out double play helped him escape the jam. Then, for the first time this year, the Giants sent him back out for the 3rd, so he could end on a positive note, which he did, throwing a 1-2-3 third inning. He now has 14 Ks vs 4 BBs in 14 IP, showing the fastball command he's known for.

ESPN's Eric Longenhagen was at the game and posted video, interestingly enough, of Bickford's roughest stretch of the game:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here&#39;s Bickford tonight. 88-92, 50 slider. <a href="https://t.co/qGYpJ6a3ET">https://t.co/qGYpJ6a3ET</a></p>&mdash; Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) <a href="https://twitter.com/longenhagen/status/631296145180917762">August 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The "50 slider" note is nice to see!

Jalen Miller had a nice game, reaching base three times and stealing his 11th base. Miller had multi-hit games in four of his first six games in the pros, but this was just his second such in the previous 16 games, stretching back to July 17.

Dillon Dobson continues to knock around the the AZL, no doubt wondering what he's doing there. But there's no room at the inn for him in the NWL. Mark Weist was the Giants 37th round pick this year out of Michigan St. He's had just 35 pro at bats so far.

* * *

DSL Giants beat DSL Orioles2, 5-3 in 11 inn

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

19.4

Robert Antunez

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.326

.410

.356

DH

18.8

Mecky Coronado

6

0

3

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.373

.434

.494

DH

17.8

Brayan De Pena

4

0

1

2

1

0

0

2

1

0

0

.214

.313

.333

RF

17.5

Beicker Mendoza

2

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.313

.360

.399

CF

17.7

Jose Patino

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

.247

.330

.273

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

20.1

Sandro Cabrera

4.2

4

3

1

4

3

0

0

1

2.64

20.10

Hengerber Medina

3.0

1

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

1.30

After two fantastic outings, Sandro Cabrera hit a bit of a clunker, as he struggled with his control, though a crucial error from SS Jose Rivero didn't help him any.

Down 3-2 with two outs and nobody on in the 9th, the Giants strung together three consecutive hits, with Beicker Mendoza's line drive RBI single brining Robert Antunez in with the tying score. They would go on to win scoring two in the 11th on three singles and some typical DSL sloppy fielding.  The ultimate winning run was scored by speedy Jose Patino who beat a throw to the plate on a ground ball to SS. Patino reached base three times in the game (including a HBP) and stole his 18th and 19th bases. Mecky Coronado, with three more hits, is now just four points away from the league lead in BA.

Preserving first the tie and then the lead (the Giants were road team in this game) was Hengerber Medina who came on in the bottom of the 9th and stayed on through the end. Medina retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, including six Ks. Medina's K rate stands at 37% as he's struck out 49 of the 133 batters he's faced this year.

* * *

Final notes: no Giants prospects, but the usual fantastic photog'ing in this week's Photos of the Week. But you'll find both current and former Giants in this roundup of the Minor Leagues' Players of the Month. Nice going, guys!