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Heading down the stretch nearly all of the teams are at least on the periphery of a playoff race as they struggle to remain relevant down the stretch.

HIGHLIGHTS: Focus on middle relief. Cody Hall threw 3.1 scoreless innings with 3 Ks. Eury Sanchez went 3 scoreless with 3 Ks. And Eric Sim K'd 5 out of the 6 batters he faced.

* * *

Sacramento beat the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 3-2 in 13 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Darren Ford

5

1

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

2

1

.291

RF

Jarrett Parker

5

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.281

1b

Kevin Frandsen

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.283

C

Andrew Susac

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.292

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Clayton Blackburn

6.0

4

2

2

1

3

1

0

0

3.28

92

61

Steven Okert

1.2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.83

19

16

Cody Hall

3.1

3

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3.73

33

27

Brett Bochy W 4-0

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.85

15

10

Sacramento won their sixth straight game, winning their first matchup of the season (beginning their only series of the season) vs Round Rock. Like most of the minor leagues the PCL schedules are extremely asymmetrical, in this case with the teams from the old American Association and the teams from the old PCL playing each other infrequently. With their winning streak the RiverCats have put themselves into position to burst above .500 with a strong push down the stretch.

Trevor Brown, who came in after 9 innings to replace the rehabbing Andrew Susac, singled in the winning run with two outs to set off the merriment:

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The rally was started by the suddenly red-hot Darren Ford, who had singled and stolen 2b for his second steal of the game, and 27th SB of the year.

Sacramento's bullpen had a tremendous night, throwing 7 shutout innings, allowing just five hits and no walks over that time. Particular credit goes to Cody Hall who went 3.1, filling up the strike zone the whole time. Hall showed tremendous control with 27 strikes in 33 pitches.

Amateur scout Chris Kusiolek was on hand and had a few observations via twitter. You can got to his twitter feed to see all, but a few selected:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Blackburn 86-87 T88, arm speed wavering. Good plane/sink action; working east-west. CB 70-74, slot/grip telegraph. 78-80 tumble sink to CH</p>&mdash; Chris Kusiolek (@CaliKusiolek) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaliKusiolek/status/632742147205173248">August 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Steve Okert 87-89 CT, 91-92 4S, 80-82 SL, 76-79 CH. Lengthy arm path, orients front inward; parallel to 1B. Powerful drive and turn</p>&mdash; Chris Kusiolek (@CaliKusiolek) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaliKusiolek/status/632767367764840448">August 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cody Hall w/ mechanical front: hip rotation, strike w/ glove pump. Avg path, 3/4. 86-88 w/ moderate plane. 82-83 splitty w/ sink and cut</p>&mdash; Chris Kusiolek (@CaliKusiolek) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaliKusiolek/status/632794374036787201">August 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Those velocity readings are really low, and a tad concerning, for both Okert and Hall. Blackburn's are low as well, but more in line with where he's been the last couple of seasons as far as I know.  Okert was definitely throwing in the mid-90s on his fastball and mid 80s with his slider in the AFL last fall.  Hall I know had declined in velo between Augusta and Richmond, but he certainly wasn't down into the 80s with his fb at that point.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Joey Gallo with a 7.01 hang time on a Steve Okert slider&#10;<a href="https://t.co/GeRwZsEJJs">https://t.co/GeRwZsEJJs</a></p>&mdash; Chris Kusiolek (@CaliKusiolek) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaliKusiolek/status/632794870445305857">August 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Richmond lost to Altoona (Pirates), 5-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

3b

Mitch Delfino

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.257

LF

Devin Harris

4

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.231

1b

Ricky Oropesa

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.249

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Joe Biagini L 9-6

5.0

6

4

4

3

4

0

0

0

2.59

97

58

Derek Law

1.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

4.91

17

12

Tyler Mizenko

1.0

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.83

15

6

Richmond began the game with a three-run rally in the bottom of the first to open a 3-0 lead. The rally began with an error, and then two singles mixed with three walks brought in the runs. Unfortunately it was all downhill from that point, as Richmond would only put four more runners on base the rest of the night. Mitch Delfino and Ricky Oropesa were the only Squirrels to reach base twice. Meanwhile the Curve successfully came back against starter Joe Biagini, who hasn't had the same success since his back flared up on him and landed him on the DL. Though he did come out strong in this game, a three run 6th inning ultimately doomed him.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Biagini looks good early, fastball sitting low 90s. Has put together a breakout year for the <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels">@GoSquirrels</a>.</p>&mdash; Josh Mathews (@SquirrelsRVA) <a href="https://twitter.com/SquirrelsRVA/status/632683151303790596">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Biagini in a bit of trouble, seemed to be rolling until Mel Rojas Jr fouled a pitch off his leg and was down for a couple minutes. Rhythm.</p>&mdash; Josh Mathews (@SquirrelsRVA) <a href="https://twitter.com/SquirrelsRVA/status/632684852970680320">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Derek Law shook off his rough outing in Bowie the other night for a strong inning of work, with 12 strikes in 17 pitches.  Tyler Mizenko had something of an opposite inning, throwing just 6 strikes in 15 pitches, which is honestly a little tough to do when you give up three hits and accumulate three outs.

Once again, it's worth noting what a great organization the Giants have teamed up with in Richmond. Though they're definitely going through frustrations attempting to get the city officials to help them with a site for a new ballpark, there's no doubt the Squirrels management team has done a tremendous job energizing the locals for a sustainable fan base. This year will mark the third straight time they're led the EL in attendance. Salute!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">No matter the outcome of the game, we are truly grateful for having such amazing fans. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sellout?src=hash">#Sellout</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RVA?src=hash">#RVA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSquirrels?src=hash">#GoSquirrels</a> <a href="http://t.co/nBioZGYHLC">pic.twitter.com/nBioZGYHLC</a></p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/632717522555551744">August 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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San Jose lost to Lancaster (Astros), 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

C

Aramis Garcia

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.217

1b

Angel Villalona

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.253

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.254

DH

Brian Ragira

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.235

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Jose Reyes, L 3-5

6.0

6

2

2

1

4

0

0

0

6.75

87

61

Dan Slania

2.0

2

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

2.86

28

22

Ian Gardeck

1.0

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

3.82

16

12

The San Jose lineup is also going through some tough times lately. Losing Christian Arroyo after already having lost Ryder Jones is a big blow, especially as the various vets in the lineup have ceased pulling their weight. Former Washington National Jeff Kobernus, who has been at the top of the order since the All Star break is hitting .210 in the Cal league (he was a .320 hitter in the International League two years ago).  After a hot spurt upon being demoted from AA, Daniel Carbonell is now hitting just .208/.255/.297 over his last 30 days. Ty Horan over the last 30 days is hitting .196/.299/.343 and Brian Ragira .237/.286/.371.  The Giants have the league's best pitching by ERA, but it's tough to overcome a lineup full of .280 OBP.

Closest I can come to a highlight in this game is unfortunately ruined by your typical minor league video operator, but it was still a great play. To set the stage, with Jose Reyes struggling badly, Lancaster has loaded the bases in the 5th with one out. Reyes first pitch to batter Chase McDonald was a spinning curve that very nearly hit McDonald and forced in a run. On his second pitch, this happened:

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The best news of the day for SJ came off the field:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Christian Arroyo (elbow) taking some swings during BP right now. Giants expect he&#39;ll return soon, will evaluate on a day-to-day basis.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/632693585326903296">August 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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If you're still feeling giddy about the previous night's performance by Chase Johnson, you can listen to Chase's own thoughts on the game as he spoke to Joe Ritzo before last night's game:

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Augusta won at Asheville Tourists (Rockies), 3-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

.283

3b

Jonah Arenado

5

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.268

1b

Skyler Ewing

3

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.243

C

Matt Winn

4

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.350

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Michael Santos

4.0

6

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

2.55

63

36

Eury Sanchez W 1-0

3.0

2

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

2.31

31

19

Carlos Diaz S, 5

2.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

1.94

32

18

Michael Santos didn't have much feel for the strike zone and he labored through four innings. But he was able to limit Asheville to just two runs in a tough pitching environment, and a great effort from relievers Eury Sanchez and Carlos Diaz kept the Tourists off the board the rest of the way. The key point in the game came in the bottom of the 4th, when Asheville opened the inning with four straight singles off of Santos. A Sac Fly followed to drive in the second run of the inning and tie the game at 2-2. But then on a second fly ball, the threat of Fargas' arm in CF held the runner at 3b, and a ground out ended the threat. That would be the end of Santos' night.

Matt Winn would hit a solo HR in the 6th to provide the winning run. Jonah Arenado had the big hitting game with three hits including  a double. Johneshwy Fargas reached base three times, including his league leading 16th HBP, and he stole his 59th base of the year, while getting CS for the 19th time.

Augusta is now just 1.5 games behind Asheville for the second half playoff spot and they send Sam Coonrod to the hill today to go for the sweep. The Greenjackets have won 8 of 10 meetings vs Asheville this year.

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost at Spokane (Rangers), 4-3 in 11 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Steven Duggar

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.286

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

5

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

.251

1b

Christopher Shaw

5

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.281

SS

C.J. Hinojosa

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.302

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Luis Pino

6.0

5

3

0

1

1

1

1

0

0.33

Rayan Hernandez

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.77

Eric Sim

2.0

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

3.22

This was a game the Volcanoes should have had but kicked away. Every Spokane run of the game was unearned. It seems like a perpetual issue in the system this year has been pitcher's making throwing errors to 1b, and it showed up again last night in Spokane as the Volcanoes tossed the game away in the 11th:

  • LeDarious Clark hit by pitch.
  • With Leon Byrd batting, throwing error by Ryan Halstead on the pickoff attempt, LeDarious Clark to 2nd.
  • With Leon Byrd batting, LeDarious Clark steals (20) 3rd base, LeDarious Clark scores. Throwing error by catcher Miguel Gomez.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/SHAWESOME24">@SHAWESOME24</a> with the opposite field home run! 2-1 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSKV?src=hash">#GoSKV</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LavaLaunch?src=hash">#LavaLaunch</a> Counter: </p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/632741642928177152">August 16, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Chris Shaw hit his team leading 6th HR in this game, though he also contributed to the four unearned runs SK allowed on the night by making two errors (also 6 on the year). Shaw had two of the Volcanoes nine hits in the game. Ronnie Jebavy led the attack with three hits. Jebavy also stole his 18 base in this game, which is fifth in the NWL, and he had an assist.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Eric Sim strikes out the side in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SpokaneIndians?src=hash">#SpokaneIndians</a> ninth. Indians, Salem-Keizer head to 10th tied at 3. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NWL?src=hash">#NWL</a></p>&mdash; Chris Derrick (@srchrisderrick) <a href="https://twitter.com/srchrisderrick/status/632763287604559873">August 16, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Salem-Keizer pitchers have retired 19 consecutive <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SpokaneIndians?src=hash">#SpokaneIndians</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NWL?src=hash">#NWL</a></p>&mdash; Chris Derrick (@srchrisderrick) <a href="https://twitter.com/srchrisderrick/status/632769074376765440">August 16, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Former Catcher turned Pitcher Eric Sim turned in a fantastic relief appearance, the best of his season. Sim faced just six batters and he K'd five of them. Having thrown 4.1 scoreless innings over his last three appearances Sim now has his ERA down to a season-low 3.22. His K% is now up over 25%.

* * *

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Jalen Miller

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.241

LF

Byron Murray

4

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

.297

2b

Tyler Brown

4

2

3

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.409

C

Zachary Bowers

4

1

1

2

0

1

0

0

3

0

0

.172

3b

Mark Weist

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

.256

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Grant Watson

5.0

3

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

0.68

Kendry Melo

2.0

0

0

0

2

3

0

1

0

3.75

Randy Ortiz

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

7.53

Heath Slatton

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.50


Grant Watson continues to shine down in the rookie league with another 5 inning, 5 K shutout performance. Taken in the 16th round out of UCLA, Watson has allowed just 2 runs this year in 26.2 IP. He has a WHIP of 0.90 and a 30:3 K:BB ratio.  Watson is UCLA's career leader in starts and IP, and is second all time in career Wins (30), first in career wins by a LHP.

This game was a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the 7th when Tyler Brown hit a two-run HR, his first as a pro. Brown, Phil Bickford's roommate at the JC of Southern Nevada, was the Giants' 26th round pick this year. The 20 year old infielder is hitting .409/.481/.545 over his first 50 professional Plate Appearances.  Sounds like he might need a fan club!

Kendry Melo now has had six consecutive scorleess outings as he begins to turn his admirable arm strength into some results. Over his last 10 innings he's allowed just two hits and no runs while striking out 14. He's allowed four walks in that stretch as he continues to work on refining his control.

After an 8-2 stretch the AZL team now finds itself in 1st place in its division with 12 games to play. The lead is tenuous though, as they're just a half game up on the Diamondbacks.

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Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

17.8

Jose Patino

5

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.246

SS-2b

18.10

Manuel Geraldo

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.329

RF

17.5

Sandro Fabian

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.269

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.9

Norwith Gudino L, 1-2

5.0

5

2

2

1

4

0

2

0

3.81

17.7

Jose Maita

0.1

2

3

3

1

0

0

0

1

4.55

20.11

Reymi Rodriguez,

2.2

4

2

2

0

2

0

1

1

2.37


The DSL team is suffering from a misfortune of geography to some extent. At 48-18, not only do they have the league's best record, they're six games ahead of most of the other division leaders.  Only two teams in the league are within 4 games of the Giants, and it's their misfortune that one of those teams is in their own division. So instead of downshifting through the final week of their schedule, resting and preparing for the playoffs, they're clinging to a one game lead over 2nd place DSL Yankees1 (47-19). The two clubs will meet in their next two games and at stake is who will get the first round bye. The Giants will send one of their best to the mound in Monday's game with Sandro Cabrera getting the start followed by Melvin Adon on Tuesday.

The Giants offense managed just five hits in this lackluster affair, two from Manuel Geraldo who's been their most consistent hitter throughout the year. A strong effort from Gudino had them tied at 1-1 after 5 innings. But Gudino was replaced after walking the leadoff batter in the 6th and a full-scale bullpen meltdown ensued.

Today's the final off-day for the league, as the regular schedule ends next Saturday and the DSL playoffs begin on Monday the 24th.

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Martin Agosta and Sam Coonrod lead today's slate of scheduled starters. Nik Turley, Kelvin Marte, and Andrew Leenhouts are also scheduled to start.