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Because tonight, the world turned in me (oddly, this is a reference to a song I don't actually like but my next door office mate used to play it a lot)

As San Jose took the field last night, attention was on the rehabs of Tim Hudson and Andrew Susac. They both had fine nights, but when it was all over, it was Chase Johnson's performance that had people buzzing:

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Johnson's performance was the most K's by a SJ pitcher since, I believe Paul Oseguera. At one point he K'd 9 in a row which was one off the franchise record (Jeff Clark), and he ended up two off the all time record for a single game.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chase Johnson with a career-high 14 strikeouts over six scoreless innings to pick-up the win (3 H, 1 BB). Lowers ERA to 2.43. FB was 91-98.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/632411380512002048">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chase Johnson&#39;s 14 strikeouts tonight the most by a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> pitcher since 2009 - two shy of the team record (16) held by Keith Foulke.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/632420439726272513">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Chase hit 98 in his first inning of work, but Ritzo reported that he actually touched 99 later in the game. All of this coming in a shortened 6 inning effort due to Hudson's rehab start. Tremendous night for Mr. Johnson! I'm not even going to say anything about whatever was going on with those jerseys.

HIGHLIGHTS: That would be Chase!

* * *

Sacramento won at Tacoma (Mariners), 7-5
sweeping their four game series, 4-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Everth Cabrera

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.262

.338

.323

DH

Joaquin Arias

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

2

.444

.444

.556

RF

Jarrett Parker

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

2

.280

.381

.493

LF

Mac Williamson

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

.250

.367

.389

3b

Carlos Triunfel

4

1

2

3

0

0

1

0

0

.278

.300

.425

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tommy Hanson W 1-5

5.2

4

1

1

2

4

1

0

1

7.71

102

60

Jake Dunning

1.1

1

2

2

1

2

1

0

0

5.35

29

19

Coming off an effort in which he was knocked out in the third inning, Tommy Hanson had his best start for Sacramento giving them nearly 6 innings of one run pitching. It was enough to gain him his first AAA win of the year, backed by a strong offensive effort including two-hit nights from five of the RiverCat starters. In all, the team had 12 hits, half of which went for extra bases, including HRs from Triunfel and Nick Noonan. They also managed 4 walks and a HBP.

Triunfel's shot, a three-run HR in the 8th inning was the decisive blow, extending a 4-3 lead and allowing the team to withstand Tacoma's two run rally in the bottom of the inning.

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Mac Williamson had an excellent series in Tacoma, as he reached base three times in this game and recorded his third consecutive mulit-hit game with an XBH.  Over the four game series, Williamson was 7  for 14 with four doubles and three walks.

Sacramento returns home tonight, and they'll bring a native son with them:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Andrew Susac is set to continue his rehab assignment in his home town of Sacramento with the <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats">@RiverCats</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sfgiants?src=hash">#sfgiants</a></p>&mdash; #FreeSusac (@teamandrewsusac) <a href="https://twitter.com/teamandrewsusac/status/632346849836298242">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Richmond beat Altoona (Pirates), 5-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Austin Slater

4

0

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

.304

.360

.379

LF

Devin Harris

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.230

.297

.394

1b

Ricky Oropesa

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.249

.308

.392

PH

Rando Moreno

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.280

.328

.346

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Joan Gregorio

5.0

6

4

4

3

7

1

0

1

3.36

89

59

Phil McCormick

2.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.36

27

17

Kyle Crick

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.97

16

10

Desperately needing to make up ground, the Squirrels entered the bottom of the 9th of this first of three down 4-2 and seemingly headed for yet another desultory loss. But Devin Harris opened the inning by working a walk, and Ricky Oropesa doubled to put the tying runs in scoring position with 0 outs. Harris would score on a WP to make the game 4-3. But the rally appeared to be in trouble when Engel Beltre, who was HBP, got caught stealing 2b, and Eliezer Zambrano grounded out to a drawn in infield, leaving Oropesa still at 3b.

With two outs and hoping dwindling, Rando Moreno was sent up as a PH, and Moreno lined a clean single to right to tie the game. At which point, Altoona closer Jhondaniel Medina, who had already had a walk, a WP, and a HBP in the inning, imploded completely, walking the next two batters to force in the winning run. Austin Slater, up with the bases loaded got down in the count 1-2, but after fouling off a couple of pitches he ended up working the game winning walk for a true and literal walk off win.

In his fifth turn in the rotation, Joan Gregorio surrendered a season high 4 runs, but he also had a season high 7 Ks. A two run HR to Altoona Catcher Sebastien Valle was the swing that hurt him most. He pitched to two batters in the sixth, allowing a single and a walk, before being replaced by Phil McCormick who allowed Gregorio's 4th and final run. I don't give McCormick as much love as he deserves here, but the funky, sidewinding lefty has been an essential piece of the Richmond bullpen, appearing in 48 of the team's 118 games this year. This is no aberration either, as McCormick was in 50 of Richmond's games last year and 58 in 2013. He's everyday Eddie for the Squirrels for sure.

Good Kyle Crick came to the park today, pumping high octane through one perfect inning. He struck out Sebastian Valle on 3 pitches and ended the inning with a  spirited battle vs. Stetson Allie, getting the power hitter looking on a breaking ball on a 3-2 count.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Squirrels win a nail bitter off a walk-off walk. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSquirrels?src=hash">#GoSquirrels</a> <a href="http://t.co/RcyimI7BuA">pic.twitter.com/RcyimI7BuA</a></p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/632383456463425536">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

San Jose beat Lancaster JetHawks (Astros), 3-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

C

Andrew Susac

4

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

1

.286

.375

.571

1b

Angel Villalona

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

.250

.330

.449

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tim Hudson

2.2

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

31

22

Chase Johnson W 8-3

6.0

3

0

0

1

14

0

0

0

3.40

90

63

Before getting to more Chase, let's dispense with a few other items. Tim Hudson was strong in his first rehab outing, allowing just one of the nine batters he faced to reach base and staying in the strike zone. He was perfect through the first two innings, using only 18 pitches before having a little more difficulty in the 3rd. Three of his five balls in play outs came on fly balls, so the sinker wasn't exactly up to snuff. I'd assume they'll keep Huddy rehabbing through Sept. 1 and then bring him back to SF when rosters expand in a TBD role.

Andrew Susac, in his final rehab game in San Jose, provided the big blow of the game.

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Susac did, however, contribute to the day's bad news:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bad news for the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> - Christian Arroyo injured at shortstop and leaves game after coming into contact with a sliding runner at second</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/632381395617185792">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Arroyo was trying to catch a low and wide throw from Andrew Susac on a stolen base attempt. Looked to injure either arm or hand.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/632381946274811904">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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At this late date, even a minor injury could easily be the end of Arroyo's season. Let's hope not but it wouldn't be surprising.

Now back to Chase's excellent adventure. This was Johnson's first double digit strikeout game in his career, his previous high being 9, which he had done twice.  He faced only 22 batters in all, allowing just four to reach base. Only six of the 22 put a ball in play. Perhaps, had Johnson started the game, rather than coming in in the 4th, he could have come close to Foulke's team record of 16 Ks. At 90 pitches, he probably could have gotten another inning in.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Was mainly in the 93-96 range, actually hit 99 once. <a href="https://t.co/Z9upxtoBXc">https://t.co/Z9upxtoBXc</a></p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/632461035350310912">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chase Johnson in nine starts since the All-Star break: 0.94 ERA (5 ER/47.2 IP).</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/632412008508338177">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Nicely done, Chase.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiants">@SFGiants</a> prospect Chase Johnson had a relief appearance for the ages (14 Ks) for <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants">@SJGiants</a>: <a href="http://t.co/aVUFWmjPcz">http://t.co/aVUFWmjPcz</a> <a href="http://t.co/cDuW48gzik">pic.twitter.com/cDuW48gzik</a></p>&mdash; MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBPipeline/status/632425731633598464">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Augusta won at Asheville Tourists (Rockies), 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Will Callaway

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.273

.318

.376

RF

Dylan Davis

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.260

.327

.448

LF

Chuckie Jones

4

1

3

2

0

0

1

0

1

.276

.376

.483

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

D.J. Snelten W 5-3

5.0

7

2

2

1

7

1

0

0

2.38

86

56

Dusten Knight, S 3

4.0

3

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

1.65

66

44

D.J. Snelten's appearance was overshadowed by his former rotation mate, but he had another strong Sally league start. In 12 starts with Augusta, Snelten has a K9 of 10.25 vs. 1.75 BB9.  He's actually allowed a fairly high BABIP with Augusta (.353) but has still maintained a very low ERA. Interestingly, in both the Sally and Cal this year, Snelten's ERA and FIP were extremely closely aligned. In Augusta he's had a 2.38 ERA and 2.40 FIP, while in SJ it was a 4.84 ERA and 4.90 FIP.

Dusten Knight had his third straight relief appearance of at least four innings.  Knight's been a very valuable reliever for Augusta this year, picking up 65 IP with a 10.33 K9 against a 2.20 BB9. Knight, a 24 year old RHP, was the 28th round pick in 2013.

Chuckie Jones had the big bat for the Greenjackets here. He put them on the board with a 2 run HR in the 2nd inning, and ended up with a third of their nine hits.

AT 26-21 in the second half, Augusta climbed to within 2.5 games of Asheville. A sweep would really help their playoff hopes.

Final note, David Lee was going through the BA tools list for Sally and commented on Coonrod's inclusion:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BA named Coonrod the SAL&#39;s best pitching prospect and best breaking pitch. Didn&#39;t really expect either. Good arm strength, FB though.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/632241614929416192">August 14, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to Spokane (Rangers), 5-3 in 11 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

RF

Steven Duggar

4

0

3

0

2

0

0

2

1

.291

.383

.373

3b

Miguel Gomez

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.359

.368

.485

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Logan Webb

5.0

4

1

1

1

3

0

0

0

4.53

David Owen

1.2

2

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

2.77

Cory Taylor

1.1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.95

Caleb Smith BS, 1

2.0

2

1

1

1

2

1

0

0

2.00

Caleb Smith, who's had such a strong year for the Volcanoes, let a victory slip away, when he allowed a game tying solo HR with two outs in the ninth.  The hero, Spokane C Tyler Sanchez, ended up having the night of his life when he hit the game winning HR two innings later off Jarrett Leverett.

Logan Webb followed up his best start of the year with another strong effort, allowing just one run in five innings. His year has been a mixed bag, developmentally speaking. He's learning the craft, but his statistical profile has definitely been underwhelming, as the strong armed 18 year old has just a 5.7 K9 on the year. Still, with a player as young and inexperienced as Webb is, the process is the more important issue.

The Volcanoes offense put a lot of pressure on Spokane with 15 base runners, including 8 hits, 6 walks and a HB. But they struggled to turn those runners into runs, going just 2 for 14 with RISP. They scored a single run in three different innings, and each had help from Spokane, as errors led to the first two runs and the third was walked in.  Steven Duggar reached base 5 times to lead the attack.

With the loss, SK dropped into a tie for 1st place with Hillsboro, but they're still in strong position to make the playoffs, with a five game lead over Eugene for the WC slot if they fail to take the 2nd half division crown. They have 22 games left on the schedule.

* * *

AZL Giants had a scheduled off day
They have two more off days in the season with 13 games remaining

* * *

DSL Giants beat DLS Rockies, 8-2

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

19.4

Robert Antunez

3

3

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.329

.412

.357

SS

18.10

Manuel Geraldo

5

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.327

.384

.435

1b

19.3

Robinson Madrano

4

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

.295

.374

.438

C

17.11

Andres Angulo

4

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.284

.346

.392

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

18.8

Victor Concepcion

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.46

The Giants outhit the Rockies 14-6, eight of them coming from the top four batters of the order.  Geraldo had his fourth three-hit game in his past five starts.

The DSL Giants got a huge lift just in time for the playoffs with the return of staff ace Victor Concepcion.  Concepcion pitched two innings in his first appearance since June 28.  In six prior starts back in June, Concepcion had allowed a total of five runs and only two earned runs. He has 42 Ks vs just 6 BBs in 39 IP on the year.  The DSL team has just 7 games remaining, and then will likely/possibly/hopefully get a first round bye, so it may be difficult to get Concepcion stretched out for the playoffs, but whatever he can provide will no doubt be a boost.

The 48-17 Giants magic number for clinching a playoff spot is now 3. Their magic number for winning the division is 6. They will play two games vs. the second place Yankees on Monday and Tuesday. So long as they win their division they are virtually assured of a first round bye (which goes to the 1 and 2 seeds) as only one other division leader is within 6 games of them.