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Lucius Fox had his best day as a pro while Mt. Parker just keeps erupting.

It would appear that Jarrett Parker has found the PCL Cheat Code. Let's update the May stats for Jarrett! Let's see, sandwiched around a major league call up, Parker has now played 10 AAA games in May, and he's hit 10 HRs in those games.  That's 10 HRs in 39 at bats to break it down further.  The two HR day gives Parker the PCL HR lead tied with the Diamondbacks Peter O'Brien. In fact, after this game only two players in organized ball have more HRs than Parker: the Rockies Nolan Arenado and the Lakeland Tigers (FSL) Christin Stewart, both with 13.

Personally, I say the Giants cut the pitching staff to 12 and just bring Parker up as a left-handed power bat off the bench and leave him there. I like me a good Kdingeroid PH now and then.

HIGHLIGHTS: Jarrett Parker hit 2 HRs; Lucius Fox reached base 4x including 2b, 3b.

Sacramento won at Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

LF

Mac Williamson

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.300

.348

.525

RF

Jarrett Parker

4

2

3

2

0

0

2

0

0

.239

.331

.615

3b

Mitch Delfino

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

.294

.379

.412

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Ty Blach W 5-3

6.0

4

1

1

1

5

0

0

0

3.57

Ok, I buried the lede a little bit. The second HR was nice, but you really need to hear the Memphis announcers effusing about where this first HR went.

Setting aside Parker's outburst, the star of the game for Sacramento was Ty Blach, who threw an efficient and mostly uneventful 6 innings (although I now see that "uneventful" is probably not an adjective typically associated with "star"). This was the first game the RiverCats have played this year in the old American Association portion of the PCL, otherwise known as the "non-Clownball" section of the league. And Blach was no doubt happy to be in such normal environs. Though not, perhaps, the most heralded of the 40 man pitchers on the Sacramento roster, Blach's had by far the best year among starters thus far. His ERA is almost a full three runs better than Chris Stratton's (6.47) and more than two runs better than Clayton Blackburn's (5.68). In fact, only Albert Suarez has had a better ERA among Sacramento starters this year than Blach. After some wonky control issues early on, Blach is back to throwing strikes as well, with just 1 walk in his last 13 innings.

The series continues in Memphis tonight.

* * *

Richmond lost to Altoona Curve (Pirates), 6-2
getting swept in their four game series, 0-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

LF

Myles Schroder

4

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

.264

.321

.372

CF

Austin Slater

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

.290

.383

.430

RF

Hunter Cole

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

.244

.316

.311

3b

Ryder Jones

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.248

.277

.360

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Tyler Beede L 2-2

6.0

7

3

3

3

4

0

0

1

3.65

Mike Kickham

1.2

5

3

3

1

1

0

0

0

6.75

Jake Smith

1.1

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

0

6.17

The downtrodden, woebegone, nogoodverybadday Squirrels are mostly definitely not Flying. The losing streak reaches 10 as they completed an 0-7 homestand yesterday. In three of those seven games they took a lead into the 9th inning, including the Saturday night debacle when they went into the 9th with a 6-1 lead and came out of it with a 7-6 loss.

This game didn't have as much drama as the last few nights. Tyler Beede took the mound coming off his terrific matchup with Lucas Giolito (and his less terrific matchup with Giolito's spinning curveball to the head). Beede wasn't as sharp in this outing. He walked three, including two in a high traffic second inning, and threw a WP that led to a Sac Fly in the 5th. He also gave up three doubles, so about half of the hits allowed went for extra bases. Still, he limited the damage throughout, never allowing a big inning. He surrendered only single runs in three of his 6th innings of work.

This appears to be the pitcher Beede is settling in to be in AA, as his pitching lines this year have been a model of consistency. In his 7 starts this year, he's gone either 5 or 6 innings every time (5 IP five times and 6 IP twice).  He's allowed either two or three runs in four of those starts, with one start each of 0R, 1R, and 4Rs (excellent Bell Curve distribution!). He's struck out exactly 4 batters in five of the seven, and 6 in the other two. So, although he wasn't pounding the zone as relentlessly in this game as he had in the last two, he came out it with a stat line that we can identify as an archetypical 2016 Beede start.

Not a great result, but here's a clip of him going up against Pirates #2 prospect Austin Meadows.

Down three after his final inning, Richmond launched a comeback effort, scoring two in the bottom of the 6th to make it 3-2. But with one out and two on, Ryder Jones hit into an inning ending double play, and Mike Kickham let Altoona get three back in the top of the 8th to fundamentally end it. It seems like every team in the Giants' system has one team in their league that is their own personal cryptonite and for Richmond it might be this Altoona Curve team. Richmond has played Altoona 15 times already this year, and is just 3-12 in those games.

Christian Arroyo sat the game out a day after fouling a ball off his knee and leaving Saturday's game. X-rays were negative, and like the rest of us, Arroyo is "day to day."

Richmond gets the night off tonight to think about what they've done. You made these little kids sad, Squirrels!

* * *

San Jose lost at Modesto Nuts (Rockies), 4-3 in 14 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

7

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.216

.290

.296

RF

Steven Duggar

6

1

3

0

0

1

0

1

0

.278

.391

.496

1b

Jonah Arenado

6

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.263

.290

.458

DH

Chris Shaw

7

0

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

.331

.393

.592

2b

Christian Paulino

6

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.194

.219

.226

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes

5.1

5

3

3

6

2

0

0

1

4.78

Dusten Knight

1.2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

5.74

Reyes Moronta

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3.38

Pat Young

3.0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2.89

Jeff Soptic L 0-2

2.2

3

1

1

0

3

0

0

0

10.80

San Jose and Modesto's home and home 4 gamer switched sites yesterday, and the result was an end to the Giants 7-game road win streak. But that result took a loooooooong time a'coming, as the Giants got locked up in their longest game of the year. Chris Shaw, who has five hits over his last two games, doubled in the game tying run in the top of the 8th and then the two teams hunkered down for a spell. San Jose's bullpen delivered a yeoman's effort. Dusten Knight entered the game with two on and one out in the 6th inning, and from there on the relievers would deliver 8.1 scoreless innings of work before an infield single ended it with two outs in the 14th. And there were several moments of brilliance along the way

Jeff Soptic was inches away from his 3rd scoreless inning. He took the loss, but it was a terrific outing for the long time SJ reliever. His longest outing prior to this had been 2 innings. Reyes Moronta also struck out the side in his inning. Pat Young went three scoreless as well.

This game was the first step of a 14 game road trip that will last most of the rest of the month. I don't know that a 14 inning game is really how you want to start a 14 game road trip. The team is also early on in a stretch that will see them play 30 games over 29 consecutive days. I would assume that took a special dispensation, because I believe it violates normal regulations. They had a scheduled off day on May 31, but instead they'll be playing a DH against Lancaster that day to make up for the Week 1 rainouts. Lancaster will be making a special one-day trip to SJ for that DH, so they can't be too pleased about things either. Regardless, I'd look for some fresh arms to rotate onto the squad pretty soon.

Lastly, this is of course from Saturday night's game, but there's no way I'm passing up this awesome GIF of Johneshwy Fargas scoring from 2b on a Sac Fly.  That's some pure joy:

* * *

Augusta lost to Greenville Drive (Red Sox), 11-10
losing their four game series, 1-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Lucius Fox

5

1

3

1

1

1

0

1

1

.240

.342

.344

DH

Dylan Davis

5

3

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

.295

.396

.516

1b

Miguel Gomez

5

1

2

3

0

0

1

0

1

.377

.509

.311

3b

Kelvin Beltre

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.225

.292

.353

LF

Gustavo Cabrera

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.259

.286

.333

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Michael Connolly

5.0

6

1

1

1

6

0

0

0

4.05

Connor Kaden

0.1

4

6

6

1

0

1

1

1

5.67

Ryan Koziol, BS 1

2.0

6

2

1

1

1

0

0

0

3.92

Ryan Halstead L 0-2

1.2

2

2

2

1

2

1

0

0

5.52

Ok, some venting is necessary here because the Augusta bullpen has been simply BRUTAL this year! This was, somewhat amazingly, the third time already on this young season when the Augusta bullpen was handed at least an 8-1 lead and managed to blow it. The speed with which the breakdown occurred here was truly breathtaking. Following Michael Connolly's efficient 5 innings of work, the Greenjackets held an 8-1 lead going into the 6th. Reliever Connor Kaden managed to whittle that down to an 8-7 lead before another two outs had been recorded in the game! Wow! Ryan Koziol managed to sneak his way out of the 6th thanks to a double play grounder, but he finished the collapse in the 7th, with his own throwing error on pickoff attempt (drink!) bringing in the tying run and setting up the go ahead run.

The Greenjackets managed to come back and take a one-run lead going into the 9th and what happens? Going for the save it took exactly two batters for Ryan Halstead to get the loss, walking the leadoff batter (UGH) and surrendering the game-losing HR to the second (double UGH). Just awful, horrible, terrible, bad bad bad! STOP DOING THIS! Halstead, Pope and Kaden have been the worst offenders, but really, nobody but Cyr and McCasland has been even remotely impressive so far this year.

Ok, now that that's off my chest, how about some good news?

Lucius Fox had his best game as a pro, hitting the ball with authority consistently throughout from the left side! Fox reached base four times in the game, including three legs of the cycle. He doubled to lead off the game and later tripled in the tying run (after the bullpening we shall speak no more of). He also walked and stung a sharp single.  Fox had just three XBH on the year prior to this game, and only one of them had come LH (a ground double past 3b). All three of the hits in this game were left handed, and all were line drives to the OF. Many (if not most) of his hits on the year have been bunts or infield singles, so this was certainly a major step forward for Lucius, impacting the ball consistently in this game. He did sadly ground out to 2b to end the game, rather than completing his cycle with a game tying HR (and they'd even brought in a LHP to turn him around to his dinger side).

Also hitting with authority pretty consistently, Miguel Gomez:

Finally, this game also featured the return of Gustavo Cabrera to the lineup. Gustavo picked up two opposite field hits in his first game back. There've been a lot of strikeouts for this young Augusta team so far on the year, but since development is more about process than results, it's worth noting that not all strikeouts are alike. This strikeout was a great At Bat.

This strikeout is less so (and trust me, I could find a few more like this one as well, particularly in Manuel Geraldo's file).

It's not always the "what," so much as it is the "how."

Of course, Gustavo wasn't exactly a model of restraint in this game either. He had three different at bats that ended on 1 pitch (two singles and a groundout). In all, Gustavo swung at 9 of the 16 pitches thrown to him in the game. In his first stint, too, swinging early and often in counts was definitely a trend. I know you've had to wait a long time for this opportunity to come, Gustavo, but take your time! Make it last a little!

* * *

Three games on tap tonight, with Michael Santos making his first start since being names "Pitcher of the Week" in the Sally.

Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: Chris Stratton vs. Thomas Lee
San Jose: Jason Forjet vs. Yency Almonte (Rox #24 prospect)
Augusta: Michael Sanots vs. Dylan Craig

One last thing before I go: the greatest slide in the history of ever: