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Prospects. On the march!

PROMOTIONS DAY!

NO! Not that kind of promotion.

YES! Much better. Congratulations to a couple of very deserving Giants' pitching prospects on the move both literally and figuratively.

I can't wait to get to see Suarez in person with the Squirrels soon. Congrats!

HIGHLIGHTS: Austin Slater went 5 for 5 with HR

Sacramento lost to Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OPS

CF

Gorkys Hernandez

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.285

.726

1b

Ryan Lollis

3

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

.312

.780

LF

Mac Williamson

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.333

.961

3b

Grant Green

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.294

.788

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Ty Blach L 4-3

7.0

5

2

2

0

2

0

0

0

3.89

91

62

George Kontos

1.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

16

11

Steven Okert

1.0

3

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

4.82

32

22

The RiverCats have now scored just 3 runs over their last four games, all losses not too surprisingly. They've lost 2-1, 1-0, and now 3-1 in that stretch which has plunged them to the depths of the PCL standings. Now standing at 13-20, Sacramento is the owner of the worst record in the 16 team PCL.

Ty Blach had an excellent start in this one. Though he was touched up for solo runs in each of the first two innings, nothing was hit particularly hard off of him. He held the Aces off the board the rest of the way, retiring the last 16 batters he faced on the night. He also, notably, put a 0 up in the walk column. The strike-throwing smoothy had been a bit wonky in the control department this year, issuing 14 BBs in his first six starts over just 32 IP. This was his first start of the year without a walk and only his second with less than 2. Last year he had 1 or 0 walks in 19 of his 27 starts.

George Kontos made his second rehab appearance and should be making his way back to the Giants soon.

Not too much to say about the offense, which like the big club, is currently mired in an extended schlump. Life is sequencing. Reno managed to bunch a few hits together, while the RiverCats scattered their 7 hits and 2 BBs across the lineup and innings. While Reno went 4 for 8 with RISP, Sacramento was snakebitten again, going just 1 for 10.

Though it came with nobody on, this clip is a good enough image for the way things are going for them right now, as well as a heck of a play from Socrates Brito:

* * *

Richmond lost to the Harrisburg Senators (Nats), 7-6

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OPS

LF

Myles Schroder

5

1

3

1

0

0

1

0

1

.240

.663

SS

Christian Arroyo

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.272

.686

CF

Austin Slater

5

1

5

2

0

0

1

0

0

.282

.826

RF

Hunter Cole

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.245

.620

3b

Ryder Jones

4

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

.257

.644

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Kyle Crick

4.1

6

4

4

2

5

0

1

0

5.11

104

61

Dan Slania

2.1

4

3

3

0

4

1

0

0

4.15

33

26

Ray Black

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.86

13

11

Richmond and Harrisburg lit up the scoreboard a bit in this back and forth affair. Kyle Crick managed the Russ Ortiz-esque feat of hitting the 100 pitch mark in just 4.1 innings. Despite that, he managed to keep the score tight through most of it. But by the 5th he looked gassed and with his final pitch allowed two of his four runs on the night. Dan Slania followed and did something of the same, putting up 1.2 scoreless innings before falling apart in his final inning of work and allowing 3 runs. Prior to that final inning it was looking like a nice bounceback game for Slania, who has now allowed 7 runs in his past 4 appearances covering 6.1 IP.

All of which obscured an offensive explosion from the Squirrels, spurred by a ginormous night from Austin Slater who had five hits and accounted for 9 total bases. He equalled Grant Green's huge night from last week, but without having had the luxury of hitting in Albuquerque. Since coming off the DL on Sunday, Slater's seen his batting average rise by 60 points and he's now hit a homer and three pretty booming doubles in that time.

That said, the hit of the night really belonged to Ryder Jones. Jones continues to struggle to bring his raw power into games, and he's SLG just .357 this year, but jeez Louise, take a look where this thing goes!

At some point Jones will have to find a way to bring his tools into the game with something resembling consistency but if you want insight into why the Giants have shown such faith in him over the years, the jump he put into that ball is a sign.

In all the Squirrels bashed out 14 hits, with 6 XBH, in their best offensive showing in at least two weeks, but it was all for nought as the pitching wasted it on this night. At 10-21, Richmond doesn't quite match Sacramento's feat of having the league's worst record (Portland is 10-22), but their mired in last place in their division and a surprising 12 games back of the lead already.  This is a poor showing from the upper levels of the system thus far on the year. Anyway, let's watch Austin Slater rip his 5th hit of the night. This guy's spraying bullets everywhere

Final note: I'd be remiss if I didn't take note of Ray Black throwing 11 strikes in 13 pitches.

* * *

San Jose won at the Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OPS

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

4

0

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

.200

.564

RF

Steven Duggar

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

.276

.888

C

Ty Ross

4

1

2

2

2

0

0

0

0

.250

.641

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Jason Forjet W 4-1

6.0

4

2

0

0

5

0

1

0

4.91

88

65

Reyes Moronta

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.86

13

7

Rodolfo Martinez S 10

1.0

0

1

0

3

3

0

0

0

0.63

27

12

Joe wins an award for tact with his euphemistic use of "historic" there, rather than "old piece of garbage that no team really wants to play in Sam Lynn." But his picture does an excellent job of conveying one of the many odd features of the place, which would be the setting sun behind the batter's eye. Games in Bakersfield literally have start times (at certain times of the year) of: after the sun sets so batters can see the pitch. Sam Lynn is also famous for its rough infield, which is why it's not too uncommon to see 3 error games like the San Jose infield had in this game.

Anyhoo: a Win! Unlike some of their organizational colleagues, San Jose sequenced very well, combining two walks and four hits into one four-run rally in the 4th inning that pushed them to the win.  The two walks (to Jonah Arenado and Steven Duggar) were their only two walks of the game, and set up the rally which also included doubles from Jose Vizcaino and Ty Ross and an RBI single from Brandon Bednar. The rally could have been even bigger, had not Johneshwy Fargas' double play interceded before Ronnie Jebavy's triple. So in that one crucial inning, the Giants combined all of their walks, half of their hits, and 3 of their 5 XBH for the night.

And they needed it all because the ending got a bit hairy as Rodolfo Martinez took the team on a white knuckle ride in the 9th, walking 3 batters which he sandwiched around 3 strikeouts. All that and the lone run that scored came in on a Passed Ball from Ty Ross. I think we may surmise that Rodolfo's stuff had some untamed movements going on last night.

It all came together well enough for the now 17-12 Giants who sit comfortably in 2nd place in the Northern Division behind those damnable Visalia Rawhide. A few notes from the game and the pre-game player movement from Joe Ritzo:

Finally you can hear the San Jose manager Lipso Nava discuss Suarez' promotion, the team's recent hot streak and more, as Joe Ritzo's guest on the pregame show:

* * *

Augusta won at Rome Braves, 7-4
winning their four game series, 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OPS

2b

Jalen Miller

5

0

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

.241

.610

3b

Kelvin Beltre

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

.211

.637

DH

Miguel Gomez

2

2

1

2

0

0

1

2

0

.366

.959

SS

Manuel Geraldo

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.180

.423

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Phil Bickford

6.0

4

3

1

1

4

0

0

2

3.41

94

62

Touki Toussaint (Rome)

6.0

3

2

2

2

4

1

0

1

6.75

75

43

The Greenjackets are now 8-3 for the year against the Rome Braves. Which is good! They are 7-14 against everybody else. Which is less good.

For most of this game, this was a taught pitcher's duel between two fantastic pitching prospects, the Braves Touki Toussaint and the Giants' Phil Bickford. Bickford looked to be making a concerted effort to work on his breaking ball more in this game, going to it early and often.

Interestingly, Bickford's fastball hasn't been having nearly the swing and miss effectiveness the last couple of outings that it had earlier in the year.  He has just 6 Ks in his last two starts (11 IP) after having 33 Ks in the first 4 (20.2 IP). And it's not just the putaway pitches either. He wasn't getting a lot of swing throughs on the fastball early in the count either. Whether that's a product of familiarity (this was his third start against Rome in six outings) or some change in approach or delivery or arm is anybody's guess.

He was nonetheless, effective. In the second inning he gave up a solo run on two seeing eye grounders and a force out that should have been an inning-ending double play had Jalen Miller not dropped the ball on the transfer (something he'd do again in the crazy 9th inning). And in Bickford's 6th and final inning he allowed two more somewhat iffy runs on a throwing error from Miller (who did not have a particularly good defensive game), another grounder through the hole, a PB, a WP, and a Sac Fly.

At that point, that swung a tight game back in Rome's favor, as all the Greenjackets had managed off of Toussiant was this monster blast from Miguel Gomez:

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That, Kelvin Beltre, is how you hit a high fastball! But that was all the offense the team mustered until they busted out with a 5-run rally in the top of the 9th to turn a 4-2 deficit into a win. The rally featured two hits that didn't make it to the pitcher's mound, and a crucial busted double play opportunity when the 3b fielded a grounder just inches from the bag, but somehow didn't step on it before throwing to 1b. That allowed the go ahead run to score instead of ending the inning. And then Jalen Miller made up for his defensive miscues when he cleared the bases with two-out dagger.

The bottom of the 9th got a little tight, as Ryan Halstead got the winning run to the plate, but a harmless fly out ended the inning and a successful series for the 15-17 Greenjackets, who get rewarded with a day off today.

* * *

There's no night baseball today as Augusta takes the day off to travel home and everybody else is playing afternoon games. Given the parka I was wearing to stay warm at Nationals' Park last night, I have to say I'm more than a little bit jealous.

Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: Chris Stratton vs. Braden Shipley (The D'backs #3 prospect in a battle of former 1st rounders)
Richmond: Adalberto Mejia vs. Jaron Long
San Jose: Martin Agosta vs. TBD