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In which I finally get a first hand look at Tyler Beede.

Finally got my first in person look at Tyler Beede last night, and I do want to take a moment to note that one thing I can say that I love about Beede unconditionally is that he is really rocking the high socks look. Nicely done, Tyler! This is how a ball player should look:

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HIGHLIGHTS: Mac Williamson had two doubles and drove in three runs. Christian Arroyo reached base three times with a double. Christopher Shaw, Byron Murray, and Manuel Geraldo each had a double and HR.

* * *

Sacramento won at Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 5-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

1b

Joaquin Arias

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.500

LF

Mac Williamson

3

0

2

3

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.240

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Chris Stratton, W 3-4

5.1

5

3

3

2

4

0

2

1

3.62

89

54

Cody Hall

1.2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.95

19

14

Mike Broadway, S 11

1.0

2

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1.02

19

14

Sacramento secured a series win taking their third straight game in this road series at Tacoma.  Though they were out-hit 10-6, the RiverCats rode a big night from Mac Williamson to the victory. Williamson, who had been slumping since returning from the Pan Am games and suffering some nature of injury to his thumb has now had two straight games where he's hitting the ball with authority. He came up in the 4th inning with Sacramento leading 1-0 and two men on with a chance to do damage, and damage he did do:

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And then in the 6th and a man on, Williamson won a great battle with starter Roenis Elias, ultimately knocking Elias out of the game. Let's watch, picking the at bat up at a 2-1 count:

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Sacramento had 6 hits, 5 walks and a HB (Williamson) for a total of 12 base runners, with only Williamson, Arias and Darren Ford reaching base multiple times. Ford, who's been red hot lately, had a violent collision with Tacoma 1b Patrick Kivlehan beating out an infield hit in the 4th. He appeared to be shaken up but played through the rest of the game (Sacramento was playing a little short-handed in the OF, with Ryan Lollis called up before the game).

Chris Stratton had another solid outing, though he was unable to get a quality start. He threw 5 shutout innings, but came out very shaky in the 6th, hitting two of the first three batters he faced and mixing a WP in between. A ringing double from Kivlehan that scored the first Tacoma run ended his night, and Cory Gearrin would ultimately allow both of his inherited runners to score.

Mike Broadway provided a little drama in the 9th, allowing two singles, but with two on and 1 out he struck out Justin Ruggiano and Kivlehan swinging to end the game.

Sacramento finishes up its four game series tonight with Tommy Hanson taking the mound. And then they return home on Saturday with what the heck is this I don't even

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Two days until 90&#39;s Nickelodeon Night got you like <a href="https://twitter.com/NickSportsTV">@NickSportsTV</a> <a href="http://t.co/2Ei3bffp5f">http://t.co/2Ei3bffp5f</a> <a href="http://t.co/W3PU9agOzk">pic.twitter.com/W3PU9agOzk</a></p>&mdash; River Cats (@RiverCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats/status/631953761196486656">August 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Richmond lost at Bowie (Orioles) 6-1
losing their four game series, 1-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Austin Slater

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.306

LF

Devin Harris

4

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.229

1b

Ricky Oropesa

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.246

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tyler Beede, L 2-7

6.0

4

2

2

3

3

1

0

0

4.72

94

53

Derek Law

0.1

6

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

5.19

23

12

Such a pleasant night for baseball even Buck Showalter came out to enjoy some minor league action!

So, back to Tyler Beede. Beede's night began roughly as he walked his first batter on four pitches and one out later gave up a 2 run HR to Trey Mancini (a 23 yr old RHH 1b who's had a tremendous year in the Orioles system) and then a ripped double off the top of the left field wall. After that, he settled down and would never allow another run, though his performance had some uneven elements.

His fastball velocity was pretty consistently between 88-90, not touching much more than 91-92 and I did hear a little chatter from the scouts sitting behind me about this, although it seems like he's been in this 88-91 range pretty consistently since the Future's Game. And, as was the report from his last game on Baseball America, his command of the fastball came and went as he would frequently throw really non-competitive pitches well out of the zone for two or three pitches in a row. It seemed to me that with the fastball in particular, this happened much more often when he was throwing to the arm side (and even more particularly to the arm side vs LHH) then it did when he threw to the glove side, where he seemed to have an excellent feel for the cutter to get strikes on the outside. Even with the reduced velocity, he got excellent movement and run on the fastball, particularly when he kept it down in the zone.

His best pitch last night, particularly for swing and misses, was the change up. He had good arm action on it and it ran and tailed nicely. It was his most consistent pitch for getting swing thrus. The strikeout pitch on the clip at the top was a change, in fact, I believe all 3 Ks last night came on swing thrus against his change. He didn't seem to have a great feel for the curve last night. Mostly he used it early in counts to try to get ahead but he wasn't getting it to break consistently and threw a couple spinners up there. On the whole, he kept a pretty good offense off the board after the first three batters, and he showed the excellent movement that we've been seeing all year from him. It would be nice to see that velocity bump back up into the low to mid-90s and to start missing more bats with the fastball next year.  But in general, I saw most of the same things that Hudson Belinsky saw in this recent report, with perhaps a slight decline in fastball velocity. The Giants did push Beede back a day for this start, and I wonder if they might shut him down at some point before the end of the year as he gets into innings totals well beyond his previous high.

Let's watch a bit more Beede. Here he is getting out of an inning with a DP grounder (that's Austin Slater in the background making the turn):

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Coming in to preserve a 2-1 deficit in the bottom of the 8th, Derek Law had a painfully difficult outing as six out of seven batters had base hits off of him. The only out Law got came on a Sac bunt. Law was throwing his fastball 95-96 consistently, but his command wasn't sharp and he struggled to finish off his curveball, often hanging it just enough that the hitters could get good wood on it. There was a doink in the group but it was mostly solid contact and the last three singles in particular were lashed viciously.

WIth Hunter Cole on the DL, Richmond's offense is struggling to find a groove. Ricky Oropesa's white-hot hitting of June/July has faded now, and Devin Harris has been in a tailspin at this point since June. But last night he provided the Squirrels' one run with a mammoth blast over the 30 foot back wall (which is itself 20 feet beyond the OF fence) and into the forest right down the left field line. The report off his bat was easily the loudest sound of the night. Harris singled later in the game (he had a third of Richmond's hits) so maybe the game promises a rebound in the last few weeks of the year.

Richmond comes back home after a 2-4 roadtrip against two of the three teams in front of them. Now just 59-58, they sit 3.5 games back of second place Akron who they will meet for a four game series later in the month. For now they come home to play their final series of the year against the Altoona Curve who sit 2.5 games in front of the Squirrels in 3rd place. It's a short three game homestand and then back out on the road again on Monday.

* * *

San Jose beat Visalia (Diamondbacks), 4-3
losing their three game series, 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

2

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.318

DH

Andrew Susac

3

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.200

1b

Angel Villalona

4

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.249

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Jason  Forjet

7.0

5

3

2

2

4

0

0

0

3.39

102

69

Tyler Rogers, W 5-1

2.0

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

1.47

26

18

Three innings away from their 16th loss of the year to the Rawhide (I believe I miscounted yesterday, they had been 3-15 on the year vs Visalia), the Giants rallied to take the series ender, mostly thanks to Christian Arroyo, Andrew Susac, and Angel Villalona who knocked in two of SJ's runs on the game including the winner:

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Prior to Villalona's dramatics, Andrew Susac did his bit for SJ, knocking in the tying run with a double in the bottom of the 7th.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Susac finishes his day 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Was hit in the shoulder with a pitch (change-up) in the ninth inning, but is fine.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/631959587881553921">August 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Christian Arroyo had a big game, reaching base three times and scoring twice, including the game winner. Arroyo came to the plate in the 9th with two outs and nobody on base and got the winning rally started like this:

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Let me help out Kruk and Kuip: He can hit!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tyler Rogers continues impressive year out of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> bullpen w/two scoreless innings for the win (1.47 ERA, 67 SO/13 BB in 61 inn).</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/631966296670777345">August 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Tyler Rogers has a disappointing beginning to his season in AA, but in San Jose he's been his old terrific self. He's K'd 33% of batters in SJ, and 28% overall this year. As I tend to love funky sidewinders, I'm really hoping Rogers excels when he gets another chance at AA.

San Jose, now 27-19 in the second half and a game out of first, welcomes the Lancaster JetHawks to the Muni tonight, in a game that will feature starting pitcher Tim Hudson, probably throwing to Andrew Susac.

* * *

Augusta lost to the Hagerstown Suns (Nats), 12-0
winning their three game series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

1b

Skyler Ewing

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.242

SS

Travious Relaford

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.235

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes, L 7-5

6.0

5

5

1

2

4

0

1

3

2.24

Tyler Cyr

0.2

2

3

3

2

1

0

0

1

5.54

Rodolfo Martinez

1.1

3

2

2

0

3

0

0

0

3.41

Reyes Moronta

1.0

3

2

1

0

2

0

0

0

5.79

On the positive side:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Andrew Cain just laid out for a tremendous diving catch on the foul line in LF. It was a sac fly RBI, but he stole an easy double.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/631984755412701184">August 14, 2015</a></blockquote>

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on the negative side... pretty much everything else. The offense had 10 Ks vs just six singles and a walk. The defense made four errors (two from Relaford, which rather dulls the sheen of his two hit night).  The bullpen allowed 7 runs in the 7-8-9 innings.

Now let us never speak of this again.

The Greenjackets head now to 1st place Asheville, whom they trail in the standings by 3.5 games. They need to gain some ground this weekend.

* * *

Salem-Keizer beat Spokane (Rangers), 5-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

.247

1b

Christopher Shaw

5

2

2

2

1

0

1

0

2

0

0

.286

SS

C.J. Hinojosa

4

2

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.302

C

Fernando Pujadas

4

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.314

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Andrew Suarez W 1-0

5.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.40

C.J. Hinojosa failed to hit a HR in this game. Shame on him! He did, however, keep his streak of multi-hit games with an XBH going, and had his fourth 3 hit game in six days.  In those six days, Hinojosa has boosted his BA from .248 to .302 and his SLG from .350 to .494. Have a week, C.J.

Otherwise on display for this game was the Giants 2nd and 3rd picks of the 2015 draft. Andrew Suarez threw a cool and efficient five innings, facing the minimum 15 batters. He allowed a leadoff single to open the 1st, but immediately erased the runner with a double-play ball. After that the only runner to reach came on an error from 3b Jose Vizcaino, and that runner was also erased with a double play.

Supplementary rounder Chris Shaw provided Suarez with offensive support with both his fifth double and fith HR of the year. Shaw joins a group of five Volcanoes tied for the team lead in HRs.  On the whole, Salem-Keizer out hit the Indians 12 to 2, with five of their hits going for extra bases. They added four walks for a well rounded offensive attack, while the SK pitchers (Nathanael Santiago and Ryan Halstead following Suarez) faced only 28 batters the entire game in the shutout effort.

The victory was the first of Suarez' career, and got him a feature story on MiLB.com which you can find here:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sporting his calm demeanor, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a> second-rounder Andrew Suarez picked up his first career victory for <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes">@SKVolcanoes</a>. <a href="http://t.co/v9GSPiFk5D">http://t.co/v9GSPiFk5D</a></p>&mdash; MiLB.com (@MiLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/632086462989647872">August 14, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

ALZ Giants beat the AZL Cubs, 3-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

1b

Dillon Dobson

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.311

LF

Byron Murray

4

1

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.299

2b

Tyler Brown

4

1

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.375

RF

Ashford Fulmer

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.247

SS

Hector Santiago

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.067

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nicholas Gonzalez

6.0

5

2

2

2

6

1

0

0

1.74

Jose Morel

2.0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1.96

Dylan Brooks

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.74

The raw power that Byron Murray displayed at showcases prior to being drafted is starting to show up in games. Byron hit a tie-breaking HR in the top of the 8th to give the Giants the victory. It was Murray's third HR this month, having never hit a pro HR prior. He also added a double earlier in the game. The 20 year old now has 21 XBH out of his 40 total hits on the year, and is slugging .522. Let's return to ESPN's Eric Longenhagen's video of Murray from earlier in the week to enjoy his swing:

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Murray's HR was actually the only RBI the Giants had in the game, as their first two runs came on an errant pick off throw and a balk (both coming in the same at bat!).

Seventeen year old Hector Santiago, who the Giants took in the 12th round of this year's draft, is the youngest non-DSL player in the system. While the youngster has intriguing tools, it's clear that he's a very raw player and his development will be slow. Santiago has 9 Ks in 17 PA and has made 4 errors in five games.

* * *

DSL Giants beat the DSL Mariners 10-7

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

18.10

Manuel Geraldo

5

2

3

1

1

0

1

0

2

0

0

.321

RF

17.5

Sandro Fabian

5

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.271

1b

19.3

Robinson Madrano

5

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

2

1

0

.291

RF

17.6

Beicker Mendoza

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.308

CF

17.7

Jose Patino

4

2

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.247

C

17.11

Andres Angulo

4

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.257

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.8

Raffi Vizcaino

4.1

9

3

3

1

6

1

0

0

2.42

22.0

Orleny Quiroz

3.0

4

4

4

0

2

2

0

0

7.71

Raffi Vizcaino had one of his lesser starts in this game, surrendering a season high 9 hits and 3 runs. It was the third time in five starts that Vizcaino failed to go five innings. After having skipped nearly all of last year, it's possible that fatigue is getting to Raffi. With Concepcion still missing in action, that's bad news for the Giants playoff chances.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Giants assigned LHP Orleny Quiroz to the DSL. 6&#39;3&quot; 180, 22yr old. Rare to see a very old(for the DSL) signing, must have impressed a scout.</p>&mdash; GiantsProspectTalk (@giantsprospects) <a href="https://twitter.com/giantsprospects/status/630408595025190912">August 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Pouring gasoline on the fire was recently acquired 22 year old Orleny Quiroz, who has now allowed 8 runs in his three appearances (7 IP), no less than two in any of them.

however, the offense bashed its way to victory with 16 hits, including six for XB.  Manuel Geraldo's line is up to .321/.380/.432 and he's clearly benefitted from the repeat of the league. He did make his 21st error of the year in this game. Sandro Fabian followed up the previous day's four hit game with another three. He's raised his BA by 25 points in four days. His OPS is up to .719. Beicker Mendoza is also having a terrific late season push with an OPS up to .743. Over the last 30 days he's hit .323/.342/.385, albeit with an ugly 15:1 K:BB ratio.

* * *

Today's scheduled pitchers include Tommy Hanson, Joan Gregorio, Chase Johnson (following Huddy), DJ Snelten, and Logan Webb.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TBT?src=hash">#TBT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mm_duffy">@mm_duffy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/twitterless?src=hash">#twitterless</a> Devin Harris &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/mwilliamson7">@mwilliamson7</a> in their San Jose days <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoodTimes?src=hash">#GoodTimes</a> <a href="http://t.co/6XGR0g37sh">pic.twitter.com/6XGR0g37sh</a></p>&mdash; Julie (@phibear35) <a href="https://twitter.com/phibear35/status/632002910222614528">August 14, 2015</a></blockquote>

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