Highlights: Jarrett Parker continues his hot hitting in Sacramento with a two-hit performance, and Ty Blach has another great start. Chuckie Jones had a three-hit performance. Deiyerbert Bolivar had his best start yet for the AZL Giants.
|Mike Broadway, W 2-0||2.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0.93||26||16|
It was a thrilling extra-inning victory to keep Sacramento's win streak alive, now up to 13 games. For most of the game, it was a pitching duel between the similarly named Ty Blach, and Travis Blackley. Yes, both former Giants farmhand and former Sacramento River Cat Travis Blackley. The starters nearly completely matched each other, each giving up three hits and one run, but Blach went one more inning, and Blackley had more strikeouts (8 to 4) and less walks (0 to 1). That left the game up to the bullpens, and the River Cats had a Mike Broadway, and New Orleans did not.
In the 10th inning, Jarrett Parker led the way, with a lead off double (and being the only River Cat with more than one hit). After Mac Williamson flew out and Hector Sanchez struck out, Nick Noonan came up with two out. He had a sacrifice fly earlier in the game to knock in Parker, but this time, he lined a ball back up the middle to bring home the winning run.
It was the ninth walk-off victory for the River Cats this season, and the third this week alone. Also, the 13-game win streak is one shy of the PCL season-high win streak of 14 games that Las Vegas posted earlier this season. That 14 games is the longest win streak since 2005. This also is the third straight sweep of a series by Sacramento, their first time ever doing that in their history.
Jarrett Parker continued his hot hitting, but Williamson had only his second hitless game in the last ten. However, Williamson still had an impact on the game...
Williamson with an incredible catch at the wall. They're playing "I Need a Hero" at the park.— Kristin (@legaleagle88) August 23, 2015
Also, the River Cats sure don't have the cutesy animal nicknames that the Giants do...
— River Cats (@RiverCats) August 23, 2015
Ty Blach had his second strong start after a series of three 5-inning, 9-hit performances to open up August. His eight inning performance is his second longest of the season, only short of his last start, a nine inning complete game. Meanwhile, the Bone Crusher, Mike Broadway, continued to dominate the PCL He hadn't gone two innings since mid-July, but it didn't phase him. He has a 64:8 K/BB ratio in 48.1 innings this season now in Sacramento.
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|Tyler Beede, L 2-8||6.1||11||8||8||2||5||1||0||0||5.35||95||57|
To put it mildly, this wasn't the best start for Tyler Beede. While Tyler made it into the seventh inning, this game wasn't the case of Beede getting pushed too far. Trenton jumped on him for seven runs in the second and third innings. The eight runs and 11 hits allowed were both season highs for him at either level. The 8 line drives were also a season high allowed, likely a big indicator to what happened in this game.
Mitch Delfino led the offense, the only hitter with two hits, and his fourth straight game with a hit. Meanwhile, Austin Slater continues to hit well, now batting 12-for-37 over his last ten games, for a .324 average.
The loss drops Richmond to 61-63 as they continue to fade in the Eastern League this season. They have one more game with Trenton on Sunday before heading home for a short three-game homestand.
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|Martin Agosta, L 4-8||5.0||8||6||6||2||6||1||0||0||4.84||96||61|
As the playoff race continues, San Jose took a tough loss to the now-tied for last place Bakersfield Blaze, a late comeback falling short. Bakersfield ambushed starter Martin Agosta for four runs in the first inning, and jumped out to a big lead. It was Agosta's highest number of runs allowed since June 12th. He's also struggled with his control since July 9th, having walked nine batters in his six appearances since that time (31.1 innings), with just 15 walks in his other 18 appearances (61.2 innings).
However, after a Brian Ragira double in the seventh put the Giants on the board, the Giants pushed for a rally in the 9th. Angel Villalona was hit by a pitch, and Ryder Jones doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. Armies Garcia had an RBI groundout, and Ragira had an RBI single, but the rally would stop there.
There's not much pretty to talk about with this game, so let's take a look at Sunday's giveaway, an ugly bobblehead! (Okay, not so ugly...)
— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) August 23, 2015
San Jose remains two games back of the Visalia Rawhide for the second half division title, which would get them into the playoffs. They are tied with the Nuts for the possible second wild card spot, two games behind the Stockton Ports for the top spot. Bottom line is, the team needs to win if San Jose is going to get into the playoffs. The Giants finish up with the Blaze on Sunday, before departing for a seven-game road trip down south.
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|Dusten Knight, BS 5, L 7-3||0.0||2||5||5||2||0||0||1||4||2.69||20||8|
Well, this one didn't get ugly early on, but it got ugly in the middle. Michael Santos wasn't particularly ineffective, matching his season-high in innings pitched for the third time, but also giving up a high in runs allowed. He left the game behind 3-2, but the GreenJackets got two in the top of the sixth, led by back-to-back doubles by Chuckie Jones and Matt Pare.
Then, Dusten Knight came in for the sixth. Knight just did not seem to have any control. After a leadoff single, Knight threw two wild pitches while walking the next batter, and had four wild pitches total as he let all five batters he faced get on base, two by hit, two by walk and one by hitting him with a pitch. Carlos Diaz didn't help, letting all three runners Knight left on for him score, but it was enough to kill the game. Knight's ERA jumped from 2.01 to 2.69. Knight has hit a wall recently after getting a spot start. He had pitched two 5+ inning stints in relief, but took a loss in a start on August 9th, going just three innings and giving up four runs (three earned). Including that game, he's given up 11 earned runs in 8.2 IP (11.42 ERA), after having given up just nine in 58.1 IP before that.
Meanwhile, Jones continues a bit of a resurgence for him, now batting 10-for-31 over his last ten games (.323). He has 11 doubles and 3 home runs in 32 games this season. But since we don't have his double on video, let's take a look at Matt Pare, albeit in Friday's game.
With the loss, Augusta to third place in the race for the wild card, 2.5 games behind the Asheville Tourists and one game behind Greenville.
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It was an exciting ninth and tenth innings in Keizer tonight. Going into the 9th, the Emeralds held a 3-2 lead, but a two-run double extended their lead to 5-2. However, in the bottom half, Miguel Gomez, Chris Shaw and Fernando Pajamas had back-to-back-to-back one out singles to make it 5-3 and set up the big rally. Richard Amion had an RBI groundout, and Mark Nelson hit into a two-out error that allowed the tying run to score. Of note, Shaw was replaced by a pinch runner after his single...this will be important later.
In the bottom of the tenth, a one-out walk by Steven Duggar got things going, followed by Miguel Gomez singling Duggar to third. Coming up in Shaw's spot was Scott Price, who was batting .314 in 13 games between Salem-Keizer and the AZL this season. As Volcanoes Twitter so elegantly put it...
Price lays down a perfect bunt for Duggar to score! Volcanoes win 6-5 in the tenth inning! #GoSKV— Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) August 23, 2015
The win evens the Volcanoes' 2nd half record at 12-12, two games behind the Emeralds, who lead the second half race, and one game behind the Hillsboro Hops (the first half winner). The win salvages a 1-2 record with Eugene in this series, and the Volcanoes head out for a five-game road trip at Everett. The Volcanoes still have another three-game stint at home against Eugene coming up.
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|Deiyerbert Bolivar, W 1-1||5.0||5||1||0||0||6||0||0||0||2.13||-||-|
Don't get too excited about those numbers from Kleiber Rivas. He's a 20-year old from Venezuela, and he's in his second season in the AZL (he played 11 games last season). He has six this season, but to be fair, he has at least one hit in each of them, and two hits in each of his last two. Jalen Miller continues to do some water treading in the Arizona League. He's batting .244 over his last ten games, and today's game was only the second in his last five he didn't draw a walk. Mikey Edie now has two hits in each of his last three games, and the 18-year old Venezuelan is now batting .318 over his last ten games.
Deiyerbert Bolivar matched his season high with five innings of work, but this time he didn't allow a run and showed some dominance with a season-high six strikeouts. The 19-year old Venezuelan has just a 2.13 ERA this season, after posting a 1.27 ERA in the DSL last year, and has 22 strikeouts against 12 walks in 25.1 innings. 13th rounder Matthew Pope had a bounce back after getting only one out in his last outing, and struck out three in two innings. The community college draft pick has struggled with giving up big games between solid outings. 18th round pick Heath SLatton continues to roll. He's only gotten three strikeouts in his last four outings (3.2 IP), but his two today puts him with 22 against four walks in 20.2 IP.
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|20.062||Sandro Cabrera, W 6-2||7.0||4||1||1||2||4||0||0||0||2.32|
|22.033||Orleny Quiroz, S 1||2.0||2||1||1||0||3||0||0||1||5.40|
The Dominican Giants had seven hits, and five of them were for extra bases (four doubles, one home run). The home run came off the bat of the 17-year old Fabian, who has three home runs in 65 games this season. He also has ten doubles and two triples, giving him a .364 slugging percentage. The leadoff man Juan Rodriguez was one of the men with a double, his third of the season. At the back end of the lineup, Robert Antunez also got his third double of the year, and he upped his on-base percentage to .402 by getting on base two times.
Sandro Cabrera put up a season-high with his seven innings of work, and continues to be unhittable. He's given up just 49 in 77.2 innings, holding batters to a .178 average. He also has a WHIP of 0.97. Orleany Quiroz worked just his fifth game this season, but he's given up runs in all but one of them.