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One of these games is not like the others, one of these games just doesn't belong.

In the second inning of yesterday's Augusta-Lexington game, Dylan Davis hit his second HR of the game to make the score 7-4. The night was just beginning,

(PS. pay close attention to the flag poles; I suspect they hold a clue)

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HIGHLIGHTS: Pick your Greenjacket. Dylan Davis hit 2 HRs and drove in 5. Aramis Garcia and Jonah Arenado both had 4 hits including a HR. Andrew Cain had 3 hits including a double and a HR. Dusten Knight somehow threw 5.1 scoreless innings in a game that featured 30 runs.

Sacramento won at Salt Lake City Bees (Angels), 4-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Juan Perez

3

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.265

LF

Mac Williamson

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.250

3b

Kevin Frandsen

4

0

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.299

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tommy Hanson

4.0

4

1

1

2

2

0

0

0

5.64

84

57

Cody Hall

2.1

2

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

4.02

30

16

Steven Okert, W, 4-3

1.2

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

4.34

27

16

Josh Osich, S, 2

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

10

8

The Juan Perez to SF in September Push keeps on trucking, as he stays hot with a perfect 3 for 3 (he also had a Sac bunt), though his tough time in the OF also continued as he made his 9th error of the season, once again letting a ground ball single bounce past him.  I'm thinking at this point Juan might not have such a great opinion of the Sacramento grounds keepers or something.

The game was tied 1-1 in the top of the 9th when Kevin Frandsen came to the plate with the bases loaded:

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A walk, an error, and a HBP had set up the game winning hit.

Great to see a strong, bat missing, outing from Steven Okert who's had such a muddle through the middle of the year, while Josh Osich continues to be nearly perfect since coming to the PCL. In 6 games with the RiverCats, he's allowed 3 hits, 2 walks and 0 earned runs over 7 IP with 11 Ks.

Sacramento finishes up its four game series tonight then heads back to Fresno and its contemptuous, spurned fanbase.

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Richmond had a scheduled off day

They begin a home series vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats tonight

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San Jose won at Modesto Nuts (Rockies), 5-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.328

3b

Ryder Jones

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.274

DH

Brian Ragira

3

1

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.253

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Luis Ysla, W, 2-5

5.1

7

1

0

1

6

0

0

0

5.74

Ian Gardeck

1.2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.90

Ray Black

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.38

Christian Jones

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.14

Christian Arroyo's really expanding his stat lines lately. Yesterday he hit his 6th HR of the year, and today he gets his 5th SB. The man's working those tools. SJ's two youngest members, the 1st and 2nd round pick of the 2013 draft, accounted for 4 of SJ's 9 hits, including the only XBH the team had (Ryder's double), and 3 of their 5 runs scored. And the young shall lead them.

Luis Ysla continued his season turnaround with 5.1 one run (unearned) innings. The only run allowed was set up by a PB from the normally reliable Ty Ross. Ysla's 6 Ks gives him 22 in his last 13.1 IP over three games, against 5 BBs.

After Ysla departed the bullpen really put the wraps on this game with 3.2 perfect innings as Ian Gardeck, Ray Black, and Christian Jones combined to retire all 11 batters that they faced.

Pretty amazing run SJ's been on the last month:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> open road trip with a 5-1 victory - move above .500 (54-53) for the first time since the opening week of the season (2-1 on 4/11).</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/628431663677218817">August 4, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Remarkable turnaround for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> in the Wild Card race - now tied with Stockton. Were 11 games back on July 4. SJ is 1 GB in second half.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/628432918537482240">August 4, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Also, I have no idea what the heck was happening here but I find it a little disturbing (this is actually from Sunday's game):

<blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Let em fly! <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants">@SJGiants</a> <a href="http://t.co/54ul9HlxVj">pic.twitter.com/54ul9HlxVj</a></p>&mdash; Justin Allegri (@justinallegri) <a href="https://twitter.com/justinallegri/status/628028938544021504">August 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

6

2

3

2

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

.288

2b

Will Callaway

6

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.276

C

Aramis Garcia

6

2

4

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.277

RF

Dylan Davis

5

2

2

5

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

.250

3b

Jonah Arenado

6

3

4

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.271

LF

Chuckie Jones

5

3

3

1

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

.213

DH

Andrew Cain

5

2

3

4

2

0

1

1

1

0

0

.225

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Samuel Coonrod

1.0

5

4

3

0

0

0

1

0

3.18

Dusten Knight, W, 7-1

5.1

6

0

0

0

8

0

0

0

1.39

Raymundo Montero

0.2

6

7

7

1

1

1

0

0

3.08

What kind of game was this? It was the kind of game in which Johneshwy Fargas could reach base four times, collect an XBH, steal his 54th base of the year and yet be a complete afterthought!

Wanna watch some dingers? Everybody likes dingers, right? Let's watch some dingers!

oh boy, dingers!!!

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So, that was fun! A couple thoughts: lord knows video is a terrible way to judge this and I hate to take a swipe at a guy after a great game, but did anybody else feel that Dylan Davis was looking a tad bit rotund in those videos? Perhaps a little fitness Jesus might help Dylan prepare for a better 2016.

I didn't realize this until listening to the Lexington announcer mentioned it, but Jonah Arenado is first in the Sally in both games played and ABs (by about 20 over 2nd place). If nothing else Arenado seems to be successfully negotiating the physical demands of the everyday game in his first full season.

Of all the HR swings the one I really loved was Garcia's because it showed off his opposite field swing and his ability to impact balls that way. Looked to me most of the night that the wind was blowing out to left-center, and Garcia drilled a line drive out to straightaway right.  Perhaps surprisingly, Garcia is now the active HR leader in the Sally. He's in 2nd place in the league behind the Royals Ryan O'Hearn, formally of Lexington, but now moved on to the Carolina league. With his BA up near .280 and his OPS now at .829 Garcia's starting to look like the hitter he was in college with an excellent second half.

For more on Garcia, here's a feature on him up today at John Sickels' site from a first hand view.

Samuel Coonrod's season seems to be moving in the opposite direction as he suffered his second consecutive disaster outing in which he failed to pitch two innings. He took the mound with a 4-0 lead in the first and got two quick outs before the roof caved in. An error from Evan Potter contributed to the mess, but the fact remains that Coonrod has now pitched just 2.1 innings in his last two starts combined and he's allowed 10 runs, 8 earned in that time.

Dusten Knight, take a bow! In a game that featured 30 runs, 44 hits and 6 errors, Knight pitched 5.1 scoreless innings with 8 Ks. Not too surprisingly, this was by far the best line of the night. Of the eight pitchers who appeared in this game, only two had scoreless appearances. One was Knight, and the other was Carlos Diaz, who faced just one batter, the final one of the game.  Knight's performances was an island of sanity in a sea of madness; he was basically the guy you hate in any Marx Brothers' movie. But here, he was magic.

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Salem-Keizer had the first day off of the NWL All Star break
The NWL-Pioneer League ALG is tonight

in the meantime, there's some good stuff here in the "get to know your Volcanoes All Stars" feature.

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Good stuff. Jose Vizcaino: Professional Surfer! And Miguel Gomez choice of the pitcher he'd most want to face is pretty awesome. Also, Seriously, I don't know about Drew Leenhouts left arm, but his hair would absolutely fit in the Giants' locker room.

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Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Mikey Edie

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.264

2b

Kelvin Beltre

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.244

C

Matt Winn

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.143

RF

Jean Angomas

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.231

SS

Hector Santiago

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.125

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nicholas Gonzalez, L, 2-1

5.0

6

2

2

2

3

0

0

0

0.90

Dylan Brooks

1.0

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

3.57

Heath Slatton

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.77


Couple of more returns, as Mikey Edie and Kelvin Beltre resurfaced for their first games since July 26 (Edie) and 21 (Beltre).  Both reached base twice (Edie had a HBP) and Mikey stole his 8th base of the year. Hector Santiago had a bit of mixed bag in this game. On the one hand he recorded his first professional hit. On the other, he struck out twice (now 5 in 8 PA), and he made three different throwing errors.

Heath Slatton's appearance allows me to use this week old video that i missed last time!

<blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Heath Slatton ⚾️ AZL <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash">#SFGiants</a> &#10;2015 18thR - bats L, throws R&#10;0.93 (ERA) .216 (AVG) 1.14 (WHIP) &#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/heath_slatton">@heath_slatton</a> <a href="http://t.co/m7oT9lUEgU">pic.twitter.com/m7oT9lUEgU</a></p>&mdash; Karen Rambat (@rambat) <a href="https://twitter.com/rambat/status/626114207176458240">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Slatton was the Giants 18th round pick this year out of Middle Tennessee St.

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Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

20.11

Juan Rodriguez

2

2

2

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

1

.354

LF

18.7

Mecky Coronado

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.382

1b

19.3

Robinson Madrano

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.297

3b

17.4

Francisco Medina

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.267

DH

17.8

Brayan De Pena

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.148



Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.9

Prebito Reyes, L 2-3

3.2

9

5

5

1

4

0

0

0

4.02


Hits were in short supply for the Giants in this one. Juan Rodriguez was pretty much the entire offense as he reached base four times and scored both of the team's runs. Rodriguez led off the bottom of the first with a solo HR and later walked, advanced to third on a Manuel Geraldo single, and scored on a WP. In all the team had seven hits, four walks, and 11 Ks, about half of which came from Medina and De Pena. Brayan did, however, collect his first career XBH.

The Giants still maintain the league's best record with playoffs beginning in three weeks. They have made the playoffs in each of the past two years but failed to advance to the championship series either time. Getting a healthy Victor Concepcion back would certainly help their cause.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jordan Johnson has joined the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> - will start tomorrow night. Johnson with a 1.93 ERA in 8 starts for Salem/AZL (38 SO/1 BB in 28 IP)</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/628313549266419712">August 3, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Interesting development with Jordan Johnson getting the big bump up to SJ to take Keury Mella's place. Again, it's hard to know what to make of Johnson's career and development. At this point in the year, the Giants will make assignment decisions that are more about not wanting to move other people, as for instance Nick Vander Tuig joining the SJ rotation for a couple of starts at about this time of year two seasons ago. That said, Johnson had good velocity readings in his SK start and as a TJ recoveree it's possible his arm is just coming back into pitching shape and the Giants found an uncovered gem. We shall see.