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The playoffs are here! The Playoffs are here!

In point of fact, I'm more of a cat person myself, but still, how can one resist Jarrett Parker being licked by puppies:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NationalDogDay?src=hash">#NationalDogDay</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats">@RiverCats</a> ⚾️ <a href="http://t.co/j6UBwjqJSC">pic.twitter.com/j6UBwjqJSC</a></p>&mdash; alexis ⚾ (@BiebsPoseySFG) <a href="https://twitter.com/BiebsPoseySFG/status/636590642966106113">August 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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So! On to the dog days of summer:

HIGHLIGHTS: Matt Lujan threw 7 shutout innings and had a hit. Angel Villalona hit 2 HRs. Ronnie Jebavy had two doubles, a SB and a game winning run scored. Phil Bickford had 6 Ks in 3 IP. Hengerber Medina K'd 6 of 8 batters.

* * *

Sacramento lost at Omaha (Royals), 5-1
losing their four game series, 1-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

CF

Angel Pagan

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.429

RF

Ryan Lollis

4

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

1

.335

DH

Mac Williamson

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.270

HBP

SS

Nick Noonan

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.283

C

Ben Turner

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.300

PB (2)

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Clayton Blackburn L 8-4

6.2

9

3

2

1

4

0

1

0

3.23

94

63

Clay Rapada

0.1

3

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

2.58

14

9

This was the 11th consecutive start in which Clayton Blackburn has given up 2 or fewer runs, and the 15th in the last 16. In fact, 2 earned runs is clearly Clayton's preferred outing, as he has given up exactly that many in 13 of his 18 starts on the year.  This was also the sixth time in his past eight starts that Blackburn has delivered a Quality Start. Since surrendering 9 runs in a game on the moon (otherwise known as Albuquerque) way back in May, Blackburn has allowed just 29 earned runs in 92.1 IP, striking out 73 against 27 BBs in that time.

He was one out away from matching his season high with 7 IP when he walked Alex Gordon.  With two on and two outs in the 7th, the call went to the bullpen and Clay Rapada came in and let the game slip away from the RiverCats.

Rapada would allow both of Blackburn's runners to score and, with the help of a Brandon Hicks throwing error, add a couple extra of his own. The inning also featured a dropped foul pop up by Jarrett Parker and a PB from catcher Ben Turner, so it was sloppy all around the diamond.

With the bats the RiverCats scattered eight hits in the game, along with a walk and a HB (both Mac Williamson), but they were mostly stray singles scattered through the various innings. They went 0 for 6 with RISP and never really mounted much of a sustained attack. The only extra base hits for Sacramento came off the bat of Ryan Lollis who doubled twice.

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Sacramento now heads up the road to Iowa to face the I-Cubs in their final road series of the year befor coming back home to finish the year with an 8 game homestand.

* * *

Richmond beat Harrisburg (Nationals), 3-0
winning their three game series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

2b

Austin slater

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.304

GIDP

LF-2b

Juan Ciriaco

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.238

GIDP

RF

Hunter Cole

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.302

1b

Ricky Oropesa

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.248

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Matt Lujan

7.0

5

0

0

3

7

0

0

0

3.20

81

54

Kyle Crick

0.2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

2.98

15

3

Pedro Rodriguez S 1

1.1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.29

14

10

Mat Lujan combined with the bullpen on a five-hit shutout over the Senators. The Squirrels had 10 hits, all but one of them singles, along with one walk. Unlike Sacramento, however, they were able to string several of their hits together in the 2nd and 3rd innings, going 4 for 9 with RISP. They did hit into four double plays, which hindered things a bit, but in the end they did enough to scratch out a victory.

The only extra base hit of the game was Juan Ciriaco's fourth double of the series. Unlike some of the other more legitimate doubles he's hit in the series, this one was just a little flare that managed to drop in down the RF line. It came at a good time though, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs and setting up the Squirrels two run rally in the 3rd. Next up was Hunter Cole who had lined into an out his first at bat.

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Ricky Oropesa followed with a single of his own and that was all the scoring for the game.

In the 8th, Kyle Crick came on in relief and Kyle came about as close to not throwing a strike as you can get. He managed just 3 strikes in his time on the mound, and one of them was this:

Oh Kyle. Pedro Rodriguez, cleaned up Crick's two walk mess and put the game to bed.

After the quick three game home series it's right back out on the road for Richmond. They head now to 3rd place Akron for four games and it they have any wild hopes at all about making the final week interesting, they should probably think about taking at least three of those games. Chase Johnson will get the series opening start.

* * *

San Jose won at Inland Empire (Angels), 8-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

1b

Angel Villalona

5

2

3

4

0

0

2

0

1

.250

C

Aramis Garcia

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.222

PB, 2 CS

RF

Tyler Horan

4

1

2

3

1

0

0

0

0

.205

OF Assist

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Andrew Suarez W 1-0

6.0

5

1

1

0

5

1

0

0

0.90

70

48

Luis Ysla

2.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

6.08

22

16

Andrew Suarez hasn't seemed to have found a level that presented a challenge yet in his pro career, as his second Cal league outing was just as sharp as his first.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/giantsprospects">@giantsprospects</a> saw 87-92 on the stadium gun. Had a good slider working. Change also effective. He&#39;s been impressive.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/636777312403386368">August 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Suarez has allowed just 1 run in 10 innings thus far in the Cal league, while striking out 10 and walking 1. Interestingly, Suarez has allowed just 5 runs at all levels this year and 3 of them have come on solo HRs. Suarez also got some help controlling things from his battery mate who had a good game on both sides of the ball:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Aramis Garcia continues to shut down opposing running games - has thrown out two tonight (57% - 13-for-23 since joining the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a>).</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/636736400902127616">August 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Angel Villalona hits a first-inning home run tonight - his 34th career HR with the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> - tied for 5th in team history (G. Chiaramonte)</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/636724950020173825">August 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Angel Villalona started the scoring with a two-run HR in the 1st and helped make it a blow out with another 2 run HR in the 5th.

Ok, let's play some Minor Lines trivia! This was Villalona's second two-HR game since rejoining San Jose. He is the 4th person in the Giant's system this year to have multiple, multiple-HR games. Can you name the other 3? And for extra credit, their have been 17 multi-HR games in the system this year, each and every one of them detailed right here at ML. Other than Villalona's two, how many of the other 15 can you name (answers at the bottom).

San Jose has now gone 7-3 over its last 10 games and climbed into a tie for first place with Visalia. They are also in a tie with Stockton for the Wild Card lead with Modesto two games behind. The top two Wild Card teams will go to the playoffs if Visalia wins the second half title. Once SJ finishes with this southern trip on Sunday, the Modesto Nuts will come to SJ for a crucial three game series, SJ's final home series of the year.

* * *

Augusta lost to West Virginia (Pirates), 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

3b

Will Callaway

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.272

E

RF

Dylan Davis

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.275

CF

Chuckie Jones

3

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

.269

HBP

LF

Andrew Cain

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.215

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chris Johnson L 1-4

6.0

7

2

1

1

3

0

1

0

5.17

Carlos Diaz1.2

1.1

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

1.78

Augusta, unfortunately, is running they other way as they appear to be sucking fumes at this point and short on talent with Garcia up to SJ and Fargas out. With their 8th consecutive loss they're now 4.5 out in the Wild Card chase and their tragic number is down to 4. They are going very quietly into that good night.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chuckie Jones blasts a solo homer in the 8th to cut the deficit to 4-2 West Virginia. Jones&#39; 4th of the season.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/636714820591583232">August 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Chuckie needed a big year this year to resurrect whatever prospect hopes he had. This really wasn't it. Suspended for a drug of abuse at the beginning of the year, and then playing the second half down a level in the Sally where he had been twice before in 2012 and 2013, and not performing all that well there. Chuckie is a man of many tools, but he's just never figured out how to turn those tools into consistent in-game performance, sadly.

Carlos Diaz has put together a very nice year, with 70 Ks vs just 15 BBs in 50 IP.  Plus he got the quick callup to AA when they were short on arms. Carlos is on the old side at 22 in A ball, but it's possible there's a situational lefty there.

* * *

Salem-Keizer won at Everett (Mariners), 3-2 in 10 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

5

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

2

.268

SB (20)

RF

Steven Duggar

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

2

.280

1b

Christopher Shaw

4

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

.283

2b

Richard Amion

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

.239

PO

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Grant Watson

3.1

3

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

3.86

62

36

Eric Sim

1.2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2.54

14

7

David Owen

2.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.84

23

15

Cory Taylor

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

2.25

21

10

Caleb Smith BS, 2 W 3-2

2.0

2

2

2

1

2

0

0

0

3.13

30

19

The Volcanoes wobbled but they didn't fall down, allowing a two-run rally in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings, but sneaking out with the win anyway.

SK pitchers had a bit of difficulty finding the strike zone in this game, as three of them (starter Watson, Eric Sim, and Cory Taylor) could only manage a 50% strike/pitches rate (not even in Taylor's case). Nonetheless, they held the AquaSox scoreless through the first 8 innings. Their hitters meanwhile, were busy making the least out of the most, as they piled up up 13 hits but managed just 2 runs in regulation. Their first run came on back to back doubles from Amion and Shilo McCall and their second on Chris Shaw's solo blast (his 8th) in the 9th inning.

In the bottom of the 9th, Caleb Smith put himself in immediate trouble by walking the first batter and then failed to field a bunt single. A sac bunt put the tying runners at 2b and 3rd and a two-out ground single blew the save and tied it up.

Ronnie Jebavy picked Smith up in the 10th though, hitting his second double of the game and then stealing 3b. Steven Duggar singled Jebavy in with the go-ahead run, and given a second chance, Caleb shut Everett down for the win.

In addition to being the offensive hero for the game, Jebavy also posted this, which was awfully sweet.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wcw?src=hash">#wcw</a> Not just because she&#39;s beautiful and I have a crush on her, but for… <a href="https://t.co/1xnobC1AoN">https://t.co/1xnobC1AoN</a></p>&mdash; Ronnie Jebavy (@RonbonJebavy) <a href="https://twitter.com/RonbonJebavy/status/636636508091478016">August 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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SK's situation didn't change much (though it didn't get worse!). They sit 3 games behind 1st place Eugene, who's a game in front of Hillsboro.  And they are tied with Eugene in the Wild card. Their mission: knock  Eugene out of 1st place, and race past them in the Wild Card chase. They have 10 games to go, three against Eugene. It's going to be tight. Winning games will help significantly.

* * *

AZL Giants lost to the AZL Reds, 6-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

SS

Jalen Miller

5

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

1

.229

CF

Mikey Edie

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

.277

LF

Byron Murray

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.274

2b

Tyler Brown

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.392

PO

RF

Jean Angomas

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.276

OF Assist

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Phil Bickford

3.0

1

0

0

0

6

0

0

1

2.01

David Graybill

1.0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

18.00

Randy Ortiz

0.2

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

6.50

Matthew Pope L 0-2

0.1

3

2

2

0

1

0

1

1

4.91

Dylan Brooks

1.1

2

1

1

3

2

0

0

1

2.25

2015 1st round pick Phil Bickford was terrific once again, retiring 9 of the 10 batters he faced, with 6 of them on Ks. Fastball command was supposed to be Bickford's primary asset and he's suggested that in his pro debut with a 32:6 K:BB ratio in 22 IP.  Solid excellent debut for the first rounder.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Phil Bickford is finished after 3 effective inn. 1H, 0R, 6K, 0BB. FB up to 93. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a></p>&mdash; Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) <a href="https://twitter.com/billazbbphotog/status/636732958229970944">August 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just catching a little Phil Bickford in the desert. Better photos later. Struck out the side in the 1st. <a href="http://t.co/8eqHrjJiYR">pic.twitter.com/8eqHrjJiYR</a></p>&mdash; SF Lunatic Fringe (@sflunaticfringe) <a href="https://twitter.com/sflunaticfringe/status/636724245083492352">August 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Unfortunately, once Bickford's night was done the game descended into a messy loss that the team could ill-afford. Every other pitcher the Giants sent to the mound (and there were 5 more of them) allowed at least one run as the Reds scored in each inning from the 4th on.

Jalen Miller went 2 for 5 and Mikey Edie in the two spot also reached base twice.  But the Giants just couldn't hang with the constant offensive pressure of the night from the Reds.

With the Cubs off for the night, this was a killer loss for the Giants, who fell to 0.5 games out of first with just two games remaining.  The Cubs have three games remaining, as the Giants final bye comes on the last day of the league schedule (Saturday). Again, there's no alternate scenarios here: win the division or the season's over.  The AZL, by the way, has the most abbreviated post-season in the minors, as they play only two rounds, both single-elimination games. So they'll have to semi-final games on Monday, and a championship game on Tuesday.

* * *

DSL Giants beat DSL Yankees1 7-0
The Giants lead their Best of 3 semi-final round series, 1-0

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

20.11

Juan Rodriguez

4

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.500

SS

18.11

Manuel Geraldo

5

1

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.400

DH

18.8

Mecky Coronado

4

0

2

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.500

1b

19.4

Robinson Medrano

4

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.500

3b

21.0

Marco Guzman

4

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.750

LF

17.6

Beicker Mendoza

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.250

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

21.2

Melvin Adon W 1-0

6.1

3

0

0

2

4

0

2

0

0.00

20.10

Hengerber Medina

2.2

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

0.00

The Giants thoroughly dominated their first game of the post-season, on both sides of the ball.  Offensively they came out swinging and put the pressure on the Yankees, scoring 4 times in the first two innings. In all, the Giants banged out 13 hits, including three doubles and a triple. They also had two HB in the opening inning which helped start all the fun. Mecky Coronado singled in the game's first run in the first and then doubled in two more with two outs in the 2nd, which knocked the Yankees starting pitcher out of the game and was probably the swing of the day. The Giants actually had two runners thrown out at home in the game, preventing the score from being even more lopsided.

Meanwhile, on the mound, Melvin Adon and Hengerber Medina completely shut down the powerful Yankees offense (which scored 85 more runs than the second best unit in the league) in a three-hit shutout. As I detailed the other day, the Yankees lineup yesterday included seven different players who were signed to six or seven figure deals last year, including Nelson Gomez who led the league in HRs and 2b Ricardo Feirrera who led the league in OPS (but who didn't help the Yankees cause yesterday, committing two errors that helped fuel the 2nd inning rally).

Adon, who was the Giants fourth or fifth best starter this year, went 6.1 shutout innings before handing the ball off to Hengerber Medina who shut the door with authority, retiring all eight batters he faced including six by way of the K. As I noted in the comments yesterday, Medina's career seems highly likely to go the way of the Rule 5 draft because of his late conversion to pitching and his arm strength. Since he's been playing in the DSL since 2012, he'll be Rule 5 eligible next year (in fact, its possible he could be eligible this year, but I seem to remember him signing his contract early in the 2012 season).  Young raw pitcher with arm strength in the low minors is frequently a great equation for a rule 5 selection and as Hengerber is several years away from being someone the Giants would want to protect I wouldn't be at all surprised to see somebody grab him at some point. He has a 38% K rate this year in his first season converting to pitcher.

* * *

Chase Johnson and Logan Webb are the featured starters today, with Nik Turley, Jose Reyes, and Mark Reyes also scheduled as the Dog Days continue:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NationalDogDay?src=hash">#NationalDogDay</a>! <a href="http://t.co/oI6MLmJ3ZA">pic.twitter.com/oI6MLmJ3ZA</a></p>&mdash; River Cats (@RiverCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats/status/636587346746548224">August 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Trivia Answer:

In addition to Villalona, Adam Duvall, Jarett Parker, and Juan Perez have also had two, multi-HR games this year. Duvall's 3 HR game was the tops for the year.

The complete list for the system:

April 10: Jonah Arenado
April 26: Jarrett Parker
May 18: Juan Perez
May 31: Jarrett Parker
May 31: Cristian Paulino
June 9: Francisco Medina
June 13: Kevin Frandsen
June 15: Robinson Medrano
June 24: Devin Harris
July 2: Angel Villalona
July 11: Adam Duvall (3)
July 14: Aramis Garcia
July 19: Adam Duvall
August 3: Dylan Davis
August 8: Juan Perez
August 19: Ronnie Jebavy
August 26: Angel Villalona