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In which a landmark occasion is celebrated

With Sacramento's historic victory tonight they lifted themselves back to the .500 mark for the first time since a 10 game losing streak back in May plunged their record to ten games below. With that, let's take another look at the system records:

Team

W

L

Sacramento

63

63

Richmond

61

61

San Jose

62

61

Augusta

61

60

Salem-Keizer

31

29

AZL

27

21

DSL

51

19

The last time the entire system was at .500 was on April 12, four days into the season, when Richmond, San Jose, and Augusta all had 2-2 records while Sacramento sat at 3-1.  Richmond's play of late gives causes to wonder how many more of these days we'll see this year, but it's something to shoot for. Because as Nuke Laloosh so memorably said:

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HIGHLIGHTS: Andrew Suarez threw 4 one-hit innings in his A+ debut.

* * *

Sacramento beat the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 4-3 in 14 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

2b

Everth Cabrera

5

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

.256

LF

Mac Williamson

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

1

.252

3b-2b

Brandon Hicks

6

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

2

.257

GW hit

P

Clayton Blackburn

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.227

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Clayton Blackburn

6.0

8

2

2

1

4

0

0

0

3.26

93

61

Cody Hall

2.2

4

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

3.71

48

32

Sacramento set franchise records with their 11th consecutive victory and their 9th consecutive home victory in this extra innings affair, lifting them back to the .500 mark for the first time since May 21. At one point in late June they were 13 games below .500.

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Many hours before it was over Clayton Blackburn took the hill and delivered another Quality Start, his only hiccup being the 3rd inning, when he allowed half of his 8 hits. RF Jarrett Parker helped bail him out of that inning with a strong throw that led to an out at home. After that Blackburn sailed through his final three innings of work.

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You may recall that Blackburn drilled a HR in the last game in which he hit. He kept it up in this game, knocking New Orleans' SP out of the game with a double that led to the RiverCats first score. The Giants might want to bring Blackburn to SF so that they have a PH option on days when Bumgarner is pitching. Clayton might want to work on that slide though:

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* * *

Richmond's game at Binghamton was rained out
This game will not be made up

Prior to the game Hunter Cole was activated from the DL and Chase Johnson was added to the roster.  Also, of course:

* * *

San Jose beat the Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners), 3-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

.322

3 E (12)

RF

Tyler Horan

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

.208

C

Aramis Garcia

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

.189

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Andrew Suarez

4.0

1

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

0.00

69

44

Christian Jones W 6-1

1.0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

3.30

23

13

Luis ysla

2.0

1

1

1

0

3

1

0

0

6.41

28

16

Ian Gardeck S 3

2.0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

3.59

38

20

Andrew Suarez had a fantastic San Jose debut, with 4 one-hit innings. Suarez had 5 Ks vs 1 BB and the one walk came on a very borderline call that could easily have been his 6th K.  At least from the top two rounds of the 2015 draft, Suarez is just the fifth player to be promoted to A+, joining top 10 overall picks Alex Bregman, Tyler Jay, and Carson Fulmer, as well as Dodgers 2nd round pick Josh Sborz, a relief pitcher out of UVA. If Suarez had any jitters on the big promotion, his teammates didn't help him with the adjustment any as he had to pitch around two 1st inning throwing errors from SS Christian Arroyo (who had 3 errors on the night, a quarter of his errors for the year).  In all, more batters reached against Suarez by errors than he allowed by walk or hit. However, he did get a big play from his defense in the 3rd inning.

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Horan has had a really brutal month of August at the plate, but he's still giving it his all on the defensive side. Arroyo would ultimately make up for his defensive lapses, when he came to the plate with two on and two outs in the 5th:

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Luis Ysla, in his first game back in the bullpen, surrendered a HR to the first batter he faced (Tyler O'Neill's 28th HR, which leads the Cal League for the year and is 3rd highest in all of minor league baseball), however Ysla settled down after that, striking out three of his final four batters. Joe Ritzo had announced prior to this game that Christian Jones would be taking Ysla's spot in the rotation, but he did make another relief appearance here.

With Jake Smith having been worked hard lately, including a six-out save on Wednesday, Ian Gardeck was called on for the six-out save in this game. He made it an adventure with two, two-out, walks in the 9th, but got out with the save nonetheless.

With the victory, San Jose moved just a game back of Visalia for 1st place, and into a three way tie for the Wild Card lead with Stockton and Modesto. They have a scheduling advantage down the stretch as Stockton and Modesto play each other 7 times in the final 2+ weeks of the year. This note from Joe Ritzo came before last night's victory:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">At 31-21 in the second half, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> have already surpassed their first half win total (30-40). Tied for final Wild Card spot w/18 to play</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/634540665859350528">August 21, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Also, the August edition of Inside the SJ Clubhouse is now out:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New podcast - <a href="https://twitter.com/benctaylor">@benctaylor</a> and I discuss Chase Johnson, SJ&#39;s new-look rotation and make our team award picks. Listen: <a href="http://t.co/AXLrtEa2Xy">http://t.co/AXLrtEa2Xy</a></p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/634497720322011139">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

Augusta lost at Charleston (Yankees), 5-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

CF

Johneshwy Vargas

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.278

HBP

2b-LF

Will Callaway

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

.270

3b

Jonah Arenado

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.269

LF-CF

Chuckie Jones

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.263

CS

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes, L 7-6

6.1

4

2

2

0

6

0

0

0

2.27

Dusten Knight

0.2

3

3

3

1

1

0

0

0

2.01

Tyler Cyr

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.50

The most important thing about this game was that Johneshwy Fargas took a fastball to the face and was down for several minutes. I clipped the video and will attach it below but you might not want to watch. It looks like the ball might have clipped the helmet first and ricocheted so he didn't take it flush to the cheek, but it was very definitely scary and concerning. He seemed dazed and it looked like there was some blood as well.  He was removed from the game and I suspect we won't be seeing Johneshwy again for a bit.

The Greenjackets managed just six hits (including one double) and three walks, scoring one run. The game was tied 1-1 going to the bottom of the 7th, when Mark Reyes was relieved following a single and a Sac bunt. Dusten Knight however, let the game get away surrendering four runs in the inning.

The Charleston game highlights can be seen here:

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That's Jonah Arenado swinging wildly at the third strike and Chuckie Jones with the CS. The lone Augusta highlight of the game is here, Will Callaway's RBI double (with a massive assist because A ball).

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Augusta is now 1.5 games behind Asheville in the Wild Card race.

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to Eugene Emeralds (Cubs), 12-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

RF

Steven Duggar

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.276

3b

Miguel Gomez

4

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

1

.347

1b

Christopher Shaw

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

.285

DH

Jose Vizcaino

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.309

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Grant Watson L 0-1

3.2

6

3

3

2

2

0

0

1

7.36

Rayan Hernandez

1.1

3

4

4

1

1

1

0

1

5.02

Armando Paniagua

0.2

3

5

3

1

1

0

0

2

8.27

Beginning a crucial series vs. Eugene, the Volcanoes really face planted in the opener. Grant Watson's NWL debut wasn't, naturally, as dominant as his AZL outings had been, but when he left the game in the 4th it was still a competitive 3-2 game. However, relievers Rayan Hernandez and Armando Paniagua allowed 9 runs in the 5th and 6th innings, turning the affair into a rout. Miguel Gomez' 2 run HR was far too little too late to make the game competitive.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A perfect night for taking in an <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes">@SKVolcanoes</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/baseball?src=hash">#baseball</a> game. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSKV?src=hash">#GoSKV</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SalemOR?src=hash">#SalemOR</a> <a href="http://t.co/J4igk3ztMK">pic.twitter.com/J4igk3ztMK</a></p>&mdash; Travel Salem (@TravelSalem) <a href="https://twitter.com/TravelSalem/status/634551956506177537">August 21, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The Volcanoes, who sat in very comfortable playoff position just a week ago have now lost 6 of 7 and 9 of their last 13 games to fall into more precarious position. They still hold a slim 1 game lead over Eugene in the Wild Card race however Eugene has now tied Hillsboro for 1st place which would negate that.

* * *

AZL Giants beat AZL Angels, 7-5 in 11 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

SS

Jalen Miller

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

1

.224

SF

CF

Mikey Edie

5

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

.264

GIDP

LF

Byron Murray

5

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

.277

2b

Tyler Brown

6

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.450

E

C

Zachary Bowers

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

.185

E, PB (4)

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mac Marshall

1.0

1

2

1

2

2

0

1

0

2.25

Randy Ortiz

2.0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

6.23

Matthew Pope

0.1

1

2

2

2

0

0

0

0

4.50

Dylan Brooks

2.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.25

Heath Slatton S 7

1.0

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.92

Down a run going into the 9th, the Giants were helped out when the Angels pitcher hit the first two batters of the inning. The Giants were ultimately able to turn that into the game tying run when Jalen Miller hit a Sac Fly that helped send it to extras. In the 11th the Angels got even more generous, handing out four consecutive walks (and mixing in two WP to boot) to drive a 3 run game-winning rally. The Giants defense got a bit sloppy in the bottom of the 11th giving one of those runs back, but Heath Slatton was easily able to shut it down and ensure the victory.

Tyler Brown went 2 for 6 with a double in this game and his BA as a result plunged down to .450.

Mac Marshall had been removed from the SK rotation as the Giants worked with him on the side on his pitching motion. They got him back on the mound for an inning here, but with two walks and a HB it appears that work will continue. He still features some of the best left-handed stuff in  the system and offers great promise.

With the win the Giants moved into a tie for 1st place with 8 games to play. The Giants, Cubs, and Diamondbacks are separated by just one half game, and only one of them will make the playoffs. The Giants will play both the Cubs and Diamondbacks this weekend.

* * *

DSL Giants beat the DSL Mets1, 2-1

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

DH

20.11

Juan Rodriguez

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.369

LF

18.8

Mecky Coronado

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.350

RF

17.5

Sandro Fabian

3

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.269

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

18.9

Victor Concepcion

4.0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0.42

19.9

Norwith Gudino W 2-2

4.0

2

1

1

1

7

1

0

0

3.52

20.10

Hengerber Medina S 5

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1.49

Victor Concepcion has given up earned runs in just one game this year (and unearned runs in just two others); totaling 2 ER in 43 IP.  They got him stretched out to 4 innings here in time for the playoffs. Norwith Gudino, who had taken Concepcion's spot in the rotation, had an excellent long relief outing here, with 7 Ks in 4 two-hit innings though he did allow the only run of the game for the Mets on a solo HR.

Sandro Fabian knocked in both the Giants runs on ground ball singles, and he also stole his 2nd base. He reached a third time on a HBP.

With the victory the Giants maintained their one game lead over the crazy hot Yankees, who have lost just two games since Aug. 1. With just two games left in the year, the Giants should have the mentality that they need to win them both to secure the first round bye.

* * *

Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and Chase Johnson will make his AA debut tonight in Trenton while further down D.J. Snelten starts a game that Augusta really needs to have to keep their hopes alive. Other scheduled starters are Nik Turley, Jose Reyes, and Logan Webb.

Let's end with this week's edition of MiLB's Photos of the Week, which includes Trevor Brown and Jarrett Parker celebrating a walk off, old friend Manny Burriss turning a double play, and a whole lot of beautiful minor league images.