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Hunter Cole, man, have a year. The answer was Hunter Cole.

Lots of big innings deciding games yesterday. Most of them were on the wrong side of the scoreboard, but the biggest of them all was put up by the AZL Giants who had a monster 1st.

And we got to see this guy again:

<blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash">#SFGiants</a> 2015 1stR Phil Bickford &#10; ⚾️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/philthy?src=hash">#philthy</a> <a href="http://t.co/L9840aiezE">pic.twitter.com/L9840aiezE</a></p>&mdash; Karen Rambat (@rambat) <a href="https://twitter.com/rambat/status/626111941417644032">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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HIGHLIGHTS: Hunter Cole with 3 hits, a double, HR. Byron Murray doubled and homered. Ashford Fulmer had 4 hits.

Sacramento lost at Salt Lake City Bees (Angels), 6-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

SS

Kelby Tomlinson

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.321

DH

Juan Perez

4

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

1

.255

RF

Jarrett Parker

4

1

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

.272

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Ty Blach, L 9-9

5.0

9

6

6

2

3

1

0

0

4.27

91

59

Cody Hall

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.21

21

14

Big inning #1: Ty Blach was clinging to a 3-1 lead when he took the mound int he 5th. A leadoff walk to former Giant Gary Brown set things in motion, but Blach still had a 3-2 lead with a man on third and two outs when three straight hits, the last one a three-run HR ruined his night. The five run inning was enough for Salt Lake to take the opening game of the series. Blach's K9 at this point is 5.2, which is a whole lot of contact in the western skies of the PCL.

Juan Perez has put about 35 points on his OPS since coming back from the DL on July 17. And yesterday, he put the team on the board in the first inning.

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The RiverCats also got a two-run double from Ryan Lollis, who otherwise had a forgettable game with 3 Ks. Jarrett Parker had the rest of XBH for Sacramento with two doubles.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Salt Lake Gulls v Sacramento Rivercats <a href="http://t.co/dcqOJ96ptN">pic.twitter.com/dcqOJ96ptN</a></p>&mdash; Bean (@beanmace) <a href="https://twitter.com/beanmace/status/627652099518545920">August 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Richmond lost to Binghamton Mets, 6-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

SS

Rando Moreno

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

.288

RF

Hunter Cole

5

2

3

2

1

0

1

0

0

.316

1b

Ricky Oropesa

5

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

1

.257

CF

Engel Beltre

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.285

C

Jackson Williams

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.242

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tyler Beede, L, 2-5

5.1

5

6

6

4

7

0

0

1

5.51

98

51

Big inning(s) #2 (a and b): Two separate three run innings brought Tyler Beede down in this start. Pedro Rodriguez, who relieved Beede in the 6th allowed both of his inherited runners to score to make Beede's final line look worse. He had the change working for Ks, but as both the walks and the Pitches/Strikes ratios suggest, his command wasn't as sharp as it has been earlier in the year.

One of Baseball America's staff took in the game and gave out some impressions. The second tweet here was in response to someone asking about velocity.

Richmond actually out hit Binghamton 14-7, with five different members of the lineup collecting multiple hits. Hunter Cole once again was the big stick. Of Richmond's five runs he scored two and drove in two on three hits including a double and his second HR in the Eastern League (8th overall). A year ago on this date, the 26th rounder out of the U of Georgia, had played four games with short-season Salem-Keizer and was 1 for 13 with the Volcanoes. What a year for the Bulldog, who the Giants signed based in no small part to his success in the Cape Cod League in the summer after he had been drafted.

Finally, just for the fun of it:

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San Jose lost to Stockton Ports (A's), 8-5 in 12 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

6

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

.327

DH

Brian Ragira

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

3

.252

3b

Brandon Bednar

6

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

.243

LF

Skyler Stromsmoe

6

0

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

.259

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Chase Johnson

5.0

5

3

1

2

5

1

0

0

2.72

85

56

Jake Smith

2.0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

2.47

28

19

Christian Jones

1.0

5

4

4

1

2

0

0

0

3.20

43

26

Big inning #3: The San Jose bullpen had thrown five shutout innings (including two more exceptional innings from Jake Smith), when Christian Jones went back out for the top of the 12th in a 4-4 game. Jones had worked out of a jam in the 11th, striking out back to back batters with the bases loaded and no outs, but he never retired a batter in the 12th. He faced five and four of them ended up scoring as the Ports blew the extra inning game open.

Chase Johnson's night was also determined by a single inning, and he was hurt by the defense of Angel Villlalona, who first dropped and pop up and then couldn't beat a runner to 1b on a grounder behind the bag. Johnson then gave up a 3-run HR to Ports power hitting 3b Matt Chapman (who tied for the Cal league lead with 23) and the home town fans let Angel hear it.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wow! Its getting ugly out here. Angel Villalona drops a pop up &amp; then the next batter reaches when he can&#39;t beat him to the bag.</p>&mdash; Julie (@phibear35) <a href="https://twitter.com/phibear35/status/627643852027854848">August 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ugh, the next batter hits a home run &amp; people in the stands are calling for Brian Ragira to be put in at first base &amp; to take Angel out</p>&mdash; Julie (@phibear35) <a href="https://twitter.com/phibear35/status/627644117883850752">August 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Christian Arroyo led the Giants with three hits, including this one to drive in a run. Like some Giants having success in the big leagues, Arroyo can really work that opposite field stroke. He also lined out to the RF on a nice running catch for one of his outs.

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Ty Horan didn't have much of a day at the plate (0 for 5 with a walk), but he gets a highlight anyway for his effort on this Coco Crisp line drive:

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Final note: after this game, Skyler Stromsmoe was reassigned to Sacramento, effectively taking Adam Duvall's roster spot as the veteran moves up and down the system, as he's been doing for years now. Stromsmoe has bounced back and forth between SJ and either AA or AAA every year now since 2009.

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Augusta lost to Rome Braves, 4-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.285

1b

Skyler Ewing

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

.232

RF

Dylan DAvis

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

.245

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

D.J.Snelten, L, 3-3

7.0

8

3

3

0

7

0

1

0

2.55

D.J. Snelten matched up with Touki Toussaint, and though Snelten ended up having a very nice night, (7 Ks in 7 innings without a walk) he took just a little too long to get warmed up and suffered some poor luck in the first couple innings. The first two batters of the night reached base on two balls that collectively wouldnt have left the infield and both would ultiamtely score on a single. And in the second, a Dylan Davis error would move a runner into scoring position who would likewise come in on a single. In all, 6 of the 8 hits Snelten allowed on the night came in the first two innings. After that he threw five fantastic innings. But the damage was done.

Thanks to Toussaint's wildness the Greenjacket batters collected 6 walks, but added only four hits and couldn't manage to sequence them into runs very well. Davis and Will callaway each doubled for the team's only XBH, Davis's knocking in the team's only run. You can really see the bat speed Davis possesses here

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Salem-Keizer lost to Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 11-7

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

2b

Richard Amion

4

2

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

.235

DH

Miguel Gomez

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.368

1b

John Riley

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.209

LF

Shilo McCall

3

0

1

2

1

0

0

1

1

.244

SS

Christian Lichtenthaler

4

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.208

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Logan Webb L, 3-3

0.2

7

6

6

0

0

0

0

0

5.40

Nolan Riggs

5.1

7

4

4

0

4

1

0

0

2.72

Eric Sim

1.0

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

4.00

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Go Giants! Go Volcanoes! Happy bday Madbum! <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes">@SKVolcanoes</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiants">@SFGiants</a> <a href="http://t.co/MQaRbzlwB9">pic.twitter.com/MQaRbzlwB9</a></p>&mdash; Ben Bennett (@benducky76) <a href="https://twitter.com/benducky76/status/627643288586039296">August 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Fake Championship ring day wasn't a happy one for very long because of Big Inning #4: Logan Webb took the hill for his ninth start of the year and he never made it out of the first inning. If you want to look for a bright side, of Webb's 10 batters faced, 8 of them hit ground balls. On the less bright side... pretty much everything else. Webb put up a 6 spot in less than an inning to balloon his ERA up and he didn't miss any bats. Nolan Riggs time as undrafted Cinderella seems to be crashing to a halt, as he was unable to staunch the bleeding in relief, giving up four runs of his own.

Five runs in the late innings helped Salem-Keizer make the game close as they bashed out 12 more hits, including four doubles, with two walks.

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AZL Giants beat the AZL Royals, 13-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

SS

Jalen Miller

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.227

2b

Kevin Rivera

3

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

.303

1b

Dillon Dobson

5

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.283

DH

Byron Murray

5

2

2

2

1

0

1

0

0

.277

LF

Jean Angomas

5

2

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

.213

RF

Ashfor Fulmer

5

1

4

3

1

0

0

0

0

.254

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Phil Bickford

2.0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

3.00

Grant Watson

3.0

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

1.32

Kendry Melo

1.0

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

6.00

Big inning #5 went the good guys way, as the Giants busted out with an 8 run 1st inning and cruised to the easy victory. Six hits, two walks, two errors and a WP all went into the big inning. Jean Angomas, Ashford Fulmer and Kevin Rivera (in his second AB of the inning) all had run scoring doubles in the rally.

Byron Murray, in his first start since July 21, came out swinging, hitting a double and the first HR of his pro career.

The beneficiary of all this offense was 1st round pick Phil Bickford who had his finest effort yet, retiring all six of the batters he faced, four of them by way of the whiff. 16th rounder Grant Watson, out of UCLA, followed up with his own perfect outing, striking out 5 of the 9 batters he faced.

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DSL Giants beat the DSL Red Sox1, 4-3

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

19.3

Robert Antunez

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.301

SS

18.9

Manuel Geraldo

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

.296

DH

18.7

Mecky Coronado

2

0

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

1

.383

CF

17.7

Jose Patino

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

.246

LF

18.7

Yndrys Gonzalez

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.320

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.8

Raffi Vizcaino, W, 7-0

6.0

3

1

1

2

5

0

0

0

1.91

Manuel Geraldo's been slumping a bit of late, but after a couple of days off he came right back with a two hit night.  He also stole his 14th base, to go along with Robert Antunez' 20th SB, and Jose Patino's 17th.

Mecky Coronado's .383 BA is 2nd in the DSL and his .961 OPS is 4th in the league.  He reached base three times in this game (including a HBP) and his two-run double in the first was the big hit for the Giants in the game. Yndrys Gonzalez hasn't gotten much playing time this year, with just 35 ABs, but he's hit when he's played, with a .320/.485/.480 line. He reached base four times in this game (including a HBP).

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