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I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.

A brief history of Tim
(Lincecum's astonishing pro debut)

Timmy's career began not too far from home, with a 1 inning start for Salem-Keizer versus the Vancouver Canadians on July 26, 2006. Timmy faced four batters, striking out three. The one batter who managed to put a ball in play apparently shocked Manny Burriss so much that he failed to field the easy grounder.  No matter, said Tim, who proceeded to get the remaining outs without help.

Five days later in Boise, Idaho, Lincecum was stretched out to 3 innings. Facing a lineup that included future big leaguers Tyler Colvin, Russ Canzler, and Steve Clevenger (there were also five future big leaguers in the field behind him), Lincecum faced 10 batters, striking out 7.

At this point, it seemed clear that the NWL wasn't the place for Timmy and he would spend August in the Cal League with the SJ Giants.

Here success was a little tougher to come by [insert sarcasm font here] as he struck out only 11 of the first 28 batters he faced of this higher competition. And rather shockingly he gave up his first professional runs on a HR by the illustrious Adam Fox.

Lincecum was held to a strict pitch count, and it wasn't until August 16 in Bakersfield that he was able to qualify for the first win of his career, going past the 4th inning for the first time. In getting the win he struck out 7 of 21 batters, walking one.  This was also the 2nd game that he surrendered a run, and again it came on a HR (he would allow 3 HRs on the year, and 6 earned runs total).

Back home on August 22 against the Stockton Ports, Lincecum had the very first double digit strikeout game of his professional career, striking out 10 of the 20 batters he faced. This began quite a final kick for Tim. Over his final four games (including post-season) he struck out 10, 11, 9, and 10 batters in 4.2 IP, 5.2 IP, 5 IP, and 7 IP.

It's a little tough to dig up, but here is the box score from Timmy's one minor league playoff game. Game 1 of the Division finals vs the Visalia Oaks, played almost exactly nine years ago (a series the defending champion Giants would ultimately lose in 5 games).

And that was that. 150 batters faced over 38.2 innings, 68 of them Ks (14 BBs).

He would pitch just five more times in the minors before making his major league debut in May of 2007. The fortunes of the franchise were about to change. Thank you, Timmy. You had the magic in you. The lightning in a bottle that Sabes was looking for.

And of course for tons and tons of wonderful memories of his major league career, everybody should already have gone here.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Devin Harris had three hits, including double and HR. Jose Reyes K'd 7 in 7 one-run innings. Mark Reyes allowed 1 run in 6 innings.

Sacramento lost to Reno (Diamondbacks), 9-5
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

2b

Joe Panik

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

CF

Jarrett Parker

4

2

2

4

0

0

1

0

0

.284

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Ty Blach L 11-12

5.0

10

7

7

3

1

1

1

0

4.46

Jake Dunning

2.0

4

2

2

2

1

0

0

0

6.85

Here's pretty much everything you need to see from last night's game:

Other than that? Ty Blach ended his AAA season on  down note. Overall the year casts doubts on whether or not he could be a decent back end starter in the majors. Jarrett Parker hit a 9th inning Grand Slam (that made the score 9-5), so maybe he is cementing his reputation as "A Cepeda."

The RiverCats will need to sweep their season-ending four game series to finish at .500.

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Richmond beat Harrisburg (Nationals), 4-2
winning their three game series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

3b

Myles Schroder

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.249

RF

Hunter Cole

3

0

1

1

0

1

0

1

1

.287

LF

Devin Harris

4

2

3

2

1

0

1

0

0

.242

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Gage

5.2

5

2

2

1

4

1

0

0

4.66

Tyler Mizenko,

1.1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1.98

Derek Law, S 12

1.0

2

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

4.74

Taking the field for the bottom of the 9th, word came in that Altoona's loss vs. Bowie had gone final. If they could hold onto their 4-2 lead, Richmond would pick up another game in the standings. A loss could be devastating. Derek Law came in to get the save. The first batter of the inning reached on an infield single to the hole. Law walked the next batter. The third hit a dribbler down the 1b line that Law raced over and fielded, but his swipe tag was unable to get the runner who swung way outside of the runner's lane toward the dugout.  Richmond manager Jose Alguacil bitterly argued the runner should be out for leaving the lane but to no avail. Law faced a bases loaded, no outs situation, protecting a two run lead.

A pop up to SS and a ground out finished it off, and the Squirrels crept one improbable step closer to a playoff scenario.

As Ricky Oropesa's hot hitting subsided, Devin Harris picked up the slack. He has 11 hits over the last four games, included 3 HRs. He had a third of Richmond's hits in this game, and two of their three XBH, including his 13th HR.

So going to the final weekend, here's how things stand. Richmond and Akron sit two games behind Altoona for the final spot. All three teams have four games remaining.  Richmond and Altoona both have tough draws, facing the two best teams from the Northern Division (Binghamton for Altoona, Reading for Richmond), although at this stage promotions and trades have drained everybody.  Akron gets to face these Harrisburg Senators, the fourth place team in the Southern Division. After spending much of August on the road, Richmond gets to end the season at home, while the other two teams finish on the road.  Richmond has a tie-breaker advantage on both Akron and Altoona, so all they need to do is make up those two games.

Gage, by the way, took Beede's turn in the rotation for this game. Beede's spot was skipped as the Giants were concerned about his workload at this point. It's unclear how that would play out if the Squirrels were to make the playoffs, but for now it appears we've seen the last to Tyler for the 2015 season.

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San Jose beat Modesto (Rockies), 8-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

5

2

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

.309

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.277

3b

Ryder Jones

2

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

.270

RF

Tyler Horan

4

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.214

C

Ty Ross

4

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

.248

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jose Reyes W 5-6

7.0

3

1

1

0

7

0

0

0

5.82

Dan Slania

1.0

2

1

1

0

3

0

0

0

3.63

Jarret Leverett

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0.00

San Jose continues to push to the playoffs. Now 9-1 over their last 10 games, the Giants have taken a two game lead in the division with four to play. Christian Arroyo had a nice bounce back game with three hits including a double:

He also received lots of honors for his season's work.

Arroyo's year, playing a crucial defensive position, while also playing as one of the very youngest players in the league, is fairly unprecedented for San Jose in recent memory. When was the last time they had an up the middle player this young for his level performing so well statistically? Might go back to the days when Chili Davis was a Catcher.

Jose Reyes, who has definitely had his struggles in the Cal league, had his second straight excellent outing. He's surrendered just two runs in 15 innings in his last two starts.  He'll be another interesting 40 man decision this winter.

At this point, the only thing left to be determined for the 1st round of the playoffs is whether SJ or Stockton will have the home field advantage in the mini-series. The Giants magic number for clinching it is 3.

And lastly, the 180th former SJ Giant made his big league debut last night:

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Augusta beat Charleston (Yankees), 7-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

3b

Jonah Arenado

5

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.265

1b

Skyler Ewing

3

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

.233

DH

Chase Compton

4

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

.243

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes, W 9-6

6.0

3

1

1

1

3

0

0

0

2.13

Rodolfo Martinez S 1

3.0

2

1

0

0

5

0

0

0

2.58

Mark Reyes took center stage here, as he hopes to contend for the Sally ERA crown.  Yeudy Garcia, at 2.02, is currently the ERA leader and he should have one more start. Reyes took a shutout into the 6th and ended up lowering his ERA just a point down to 2.13.  Garcia is by far the better pitching prospect, but that doesnt mean there's no honor in competing for these titles.  If Reyes passes Garcia, it would give Augusta the ERA leader for the second year in a row, following Luis Ysla.

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Salem-Keizer lost to Eugene (Cubs), 5-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.264

3b

Dillon Dobson

4

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

2

.222

RF

Julio Pena

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

.235

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Logan Webb L 3-6

7.0

9

3

3

2

5

0

0

1

4.92

Eric Sim

1.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.53

Caleb Smith

1.0

3

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

3.51

This one's gonna leave a mark. The Volcanoes fell a game behind Eugene for the Wild Card, and let Eugene leave town still in possession of the division lead over Hillsboro, thanks to this truly flat effort. The SK batters were thoroughly dominated by Eugene's Adbert Alzolay, who came in the 4th and K'd 10 SK hitters in 5.2 innings of relief work. Alzolay has been a piggyback starter much of this year, to great success.

SK's only run came off of a solo HR from Julio Pena, and otherwise they managed just four hits and two walks in the game. The best thing you could say for them is that, as a team, they managed to hit for the cycle.

Eugene finishes their season in Hillsboro while the Volcanoes head to Boise. SK's only hope is that Hillsboro moves back into 1st place in their head to head series with Eugene. As far as I can tell the Volcanoes have two potential paths to the playoffs: 1) Hillsboro wins two of three (thus moving back into first place) and the Volcanoes sweep Boise; 2) Hillsboro sweeps the series, and the Volcanoes take two of three which I think would qualify SK for a play-in game against Eugene.

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Final weekend of games. Man time passes quickly!