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Two first round picks, a second rounder and a third took the mound last night. Prepare for low scores!

HIGHLIGHTS: Jose Vizcaino reached base three times, with a HR and a SB. Chuckie Jones and John Riley both had three hits including two doubles. Byron Murray had a triple and a HR.

Sacramento lost at Fresno (Astros), 2-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Everth Cabrera

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.275

RF

Juan Perez

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

1

0

.263

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Chris Stratton, L, 2-4

6.0

4

2

2

5

8

1

0

0

3.52

104

65

Chris Stratton had possibly his best game of the year. He recorded season highs in both K's and BB's in this game, and matched Brett Oberholzer 0 for 0 until the 6th. But one pitch cost him.  A two run HR from Fresno 1b Skyler White was the only scoring for the game.

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Cabrera and Perez were the only RiverCats hitters to reach base twice, though nearly everyone did once. (Jarrett Parker was the only starter who failed to do so). In all Sacramento recorded seven hits, with Perez' double the only XBH, plus two walks.  But they went just 1 for 7 with RISP and that 1 was Juan Perez' infield single.

Sacramento is just 4-10 vs. Fresno this year.

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Richmond lost at Altoona Curve (Pirates), 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Austin Slater

3

0

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.303

RF

Hunter Cole

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.321

3b

Mitch Delfino

4

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.262

P

Tyler Beede

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.333

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tyler Beede, L 2-6

6.0

4

2

0

4

4

0

0

0

4.91

81

44

Tyler Mizenko

1.0

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

1.52

17

10

Stephen Johnson

1.0

2

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.73

20

13

Tyler Beede had a fine start that looked, for five innings like it could be something quite special. After 5 innings of work he was working on a 2-hit shutout in which one of the hits should have been a fielding error on 1b Ricky Oropesa.  He had gotten away with one hanging breaking ball that LF Devin Harris went above the fence to catch, but other than that pitch he had been dominant.  In the 6th, the first two batters reached base (walk and a single) but he worked out of the jam thanks to a DP (set up by an IBB, one of his 4). Going back out for the 7th he again allowed a walk and single to the first two batters and this time he was removed for relief Pitcher Tyler Mizenko. On Mizenko's first batter a sacrifice bunt turned into two runs when Jackson Williams errantly sailed a throw to 1b all the way into the RF corner, and thus (along with poor run support), Beede's gem turned into a loss. His final 1+ innings threw off the strikes/pitches ratio a bit. The first time through the order, though, he pounded the zone and used his change effectively as a strikeout pitch.

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Beede also showed off his excellent athleticism by once again recording a hit, as he's now 2 for 6 on the year with the bat. The rest of the team, however, struggled with the bat, recording 8 hits including two XBH, and 3 walks. They missed two key chances early in the game. In the first, Slater doubled and made it to third with two outs, but Hunter Cole was called out on strikes to end the threat. Then in the 4th, the first three batters reached base with Cole coming around to score their first run. Oropesa and Delfino were at 2b and 3b with nobody out. But the rally died when Harris struck out, and then Williams hit into a fly ball DP when Stetson Allie nailed Oropesa trying to tag up and score. After that the bats went quiet for the rest of the game, excepting only Mitch Delfino's solo HR in the 9th.

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Each loss to Altoona (and there have now been four of them in the last two weeks) is a two game swing in the standings. Richmond has now fallen 5 games behind 1st place Bowie, and 2 games behind second place Altoona. Making things even more complicated, Akron has snuck past Richmond into third place. The six games left on this road trip (Altoona and Bowie) could determine whether or not Richmond can stay in the race to the end.

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San Jose lost at Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres), 2-1 in 13 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

C

Aramis Garcia

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.400

3b

Brandon Bednar

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

.245

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chase Johnson

5.2

4

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

2.57

Tyler Rogers

2.1

2

1

1

0

3

0

0

1

1.57

Dan Slania

3.0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

2.85

John Polonius, L 0-1

1.2

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

5.40

Yet more strong pitching let down by a limp offense. San Jose recorded just five hits and one walk in 13 innings, once again dropping a crucial game to the league's worst team.  LE starting pitcher was working on completing a CG 3-hit shutout, when Brandon Bednar's 9th inning solo HR sent the game into extras. Following on the heels of Thursday night's 15 inning game, manager Russ Morman apparently had no more relievers to turn to after getting 3 innings out of Dan Slania, so in the 12th inning he sent backup SS John Polonius out to pitch. Polonius worked a 1-2-3 inning, but going back out for the 13th he allowed three groundball singles to end it.

Aramis Garcia, in his Cal League debut, struck out in his first two at bats, and ended with the hat trick. But he also singled twice, collecting 40% of the team's hits.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> have now played in an incredible 19 extra-inning games this season (9-10) - that&#39;s second-most in all of MiLB (Fort Myers w/21).</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/629897957777768448">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Go figure... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> fall to 0-6 against last-place Storm this yr. SJ has also lost their last 4 extra-inning games - all in last 10 days.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/629908499816787968">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Augusta beat the Rome Braves, 7-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.289

DH

Dylan Davis

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

.264

3b

Jonah Arenado

3

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.272

LF

Chuckie Jones

4

0

3

4

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.260

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes, W 7-4

7.0

5

2

2

3

4

0

2

0

2.28

Rodolfo Martinez

2.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3.16

Minor league scheduling is weird. Case in point:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tonight is Touki Toussaint&#39;s eighth start as a Rome Brave and fourth against Augusta. Totaled 5 ER in 15.1 IP vs. GreenJackets.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/629789744826875904">August 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The familiarity seemed to be in the Greenjackets favor on this night, as Augusta tagged Toussaint for 7 earned runs in 4 IP. Chuckie Jones doubled in two runs in both the first and third innings for the big blows. That said, the youngster showed the flashes that made him a 1st round pick last year.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Toussaint is 91-95, t96, flashes downward plane and run, life down in zone. CB 75-78, t79, hammer, 7-pot. CH 84-86, t88, sink, decent decept</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/629814784150646784">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Toussaint did make Fargas freeze for a called third strike on a hammer CB. Maybe first time I&#39;ve seen Fargas freeze this season.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/629820021024399360">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Which is also a pretty good note on Fargas, all things considered.

Over his last 8 appearances (10.2 IP), Rodolfo Martinez has only been scored upon once. He has 12 Ks, 4 BBs, 5 Hits, 2 Runs in that stretch, with three of the walks, and both runs, coming in one game. Perhaps he's beginning to figure out how to harnass his high 90s/100 mph stuff?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Welcome to the GreenJackets Hall Of Fame Madison Bumgarner! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CatchTheBuzz?src=hash">#CatchTheBuzz</a> <a href="http://t.co/7PxLWNYzDJ">pic.twitter.com/7PxLWNYzDJ</a></p>&mdash; Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets/status/629788650482573312">August 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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This was also the night Augusta inducted Madison Bumgarner into their Augusta Greenjacckets Hall of Fame, and I have questions: are there any other Augusta Greenjackets in this HOF? Did they just erect an empty building and then wait until Bumgarner was eligible? Why would you even build a HOF with nobody in it?**

Perhaps the most important part of celebration, was that it included this fierce-looking little guy. I am ready to eBay the bejeezus out of this thing:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Augusta <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenJackets">@GreenJackets</a> to induct Madison Bumgarner into team hall of fame. <a href="http://t.co/CBrGE17ugf">http://t.co/CBrGE17ugf</a> <a href="http://t.co/NzU6yxYdaH">pic.twitter.com/NzU6yxYdaH</a></p>&mdash; Augusta Chronicle (@AUG_Chronicle) <a href="https://twitter.com/AUG_Chronicle/status/629653659324940288">August 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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**Ok, fine, I do realize that the Augusta Greenjackets franchise stretches back before it's association with the Giants organization and includes such alumni as Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, Hanley Ramirez, and Freddy Sanchez. But Bum should at least get his own wing. Maybe with Freddy along to keep him company.

* * *

Salem-Keizer won at Eugene Emeralds (Cubs), 7-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

.252

3b

Miguel Gomez

5

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.366

DH

Jose Vizcaino

3

2

1

2

0

0

1

2

0

1

0

.333

1b

John Riley

4

1

3

2

2

0

0

1

1

1

0

.229

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Andrew Suarez

4.0

3

1

1

2

5

0

0

1

1.88

Rayan Hernandez, W 2-0

1.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

3.60

David Owen

1.1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

3.24

Ryan halstead

1.0

1

1

0

0

3

0

0

0

2.65

This game, too, looked to be heading the way of a taught pitcher's duel. 2nd round pick Andrew Suarez had a strong start, going four innings with 5 Ks and allowing one run. But going into the 6th inning, that one run allowed by Suarez was the only run of the game.

Jose Vizcaino put the Volcanoes in front in the 6th with a two-run HR, his 5th of the year.  Vizcaino also had his third SB of the year and recorded an all around strong offensive game, as seems to be his wont. Strong all around games came from the top of the order, OF Steven Duggar and Ronnie Jebavy.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bot 7: A FABULOUS defensive inning for the Volcanoes including a diving/rolling catch from Duggar and an outfield assist by Jebavy!</p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/629867378608701440">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Jebavy not only had the OF assist, he reached base twice (including HBP) and stole his 16th and 17th bases, which kicked off a huge 8th inning for the Volcanoes, in which they scored 7 runs and turned the game into a rout.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Top 8: There&#39;s a reason Jebavy is one of the league leaders in runs. He&#39;s hit by pitch, steals 2nd, steals 3rd, and scores on a wild pitch.</p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/629870678179577857">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Top of the 8th tallies:&#10;41 minutes&#10;7 runs&#10;13 batters&#10;6 hits&#10;2 stolen bases&#10;3 walks&#10;1 wild pitch&#10;1 hit batter&#10;&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSKV?src=hash">#GoSKV</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/629878127116718080">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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John RIley has a modest six game hitting streak going. He's 11 for 24 in that stretch with three doubles and two HRs.  Riley was the guest on Volcanoes TV's game wrap:

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19 year old reliever Rayan Hernandez (34th round pick in 2013 out of Puerto Rico) made his first appearance in more than a month.

* * *

AZL Giants beat the AZL Angels, 7-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Jalen Miller

5

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.224

CF

Mikey Edie

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

.265

1b

Dillon Dobson

5

2

2

2

0

0

1

0

3

0

0

.315

LF

Byron Murray

4

2

2

2

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

.292

2b

Kevin Rivera

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.313

C

Zachary Bowers

3

0

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

.149

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Deiyerbert Bolivar

4.0

1

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

1.64

Cesar Yanez

0.0

1

3

3

1

0

0

1

0

22.24

Heath Slatton, S, 5

1.0

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.64

Deiyerbert Bolivar made his second start, and stretched out to a season high 4 IP, allowing just one hit. Bolivar has yielded just 6 hits and 2 runs in 11 IP this year, though he has also issued 6 walks against 8 Ks.

When Bolivar left the game the Giants had a tidy 5-0 lead built predominantly on two-run HRs from Dobson and Murray. Murray also had a first inning triple, which in the game log is curiously described this way:

  • Byron Murray triples (3) on a ground ball to center fielder Jahmai Jones.

which boggles the mind a bit.  After a bullpen meltdown that let the Angels tie it back up, the Giants staged an 8th inning rally started by Kevin Rivera's second hit, with the winning runs scoring on singles from 2015 HS draftees Zachary Bowers and Jalen Miller. Miller otherwise continued to struggle offensively in his rookie league debut. In this game he hit four ground balls and struck out once. On the season he's K'd 27 times in 127 PA.

* * *

DSL Giants beat DSL Rojos, 7-6 in 11 inn

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

20.11

Juan Rodriguez

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

.355

RF

17.5

Sandro Fabian

4

3

2

1

0

0

1

2

1

1

0

.246

1b

19.3

Robinson Madrano

6

2

3

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

.300

DH

17.8

Brayan De Pena

5

0

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.219

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.8

Raffi Vizcaino

6.0

6

3

3

0

6

0

0

0

2.15

20.10

Hengerber Medina,W 2-2

2.2

3

1

1

1

3

1

0

0

1.42

The young Gigantes were down in this game 3-0 in the top of the 2nd inning.  They went down 5-4 in the top of the 9th. And they went down 6-5 in the top of the 11th (when Hengerber Medina allowed the 1st HR of his season and career). But they just kept coming back and ultimately scored a thrilling extra innings victory when Robinson Madrano tripled in the tying run and then Brayan De Pena walked it off with his third hit of the game. De Pena needed only a HR for the cycle in this, his best game so far. De Pena was also HBP, so he reached base four times in the game with 6 Total Bases. Coming into the game he had just 4 hits in 27 ABs this year.

The game was extended to extra innings, thanks to a 9th inning game tying HR from Sandro Fabian, his 2nd.  Other than Cuban FA Daniel Carbonell, Fabian got the Giants highest signing bonus of the 2014/15 year at $500k. He hasn't exactly shown the advanced game hitting skills that got him that bonus, but the athletic Fabian has shown off some tools. In fact, he had the Toolsy Triple Crown in this game, with a HR, SB, and an OF Assist, his 8th of the year.

Raffi Vizcaino continued building his excellent peripherals for the year as he now has 56 Ks, 12 BBs in 56.2 IP.

I feel bad that the poor DSL kids never get videos, because of course nobody's down in the Dominican video taping their games. So let's all watch this old footage from Kiley McDaniel and imagine it's Fabian hitting yesterday's game tying HR or De Pena bringing home the winner:

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