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Jarrett Parker hit just 2 HRs in April. May never looked so good!

After coming to spring training with high hopes of making a major league opening day after a five year climb through the minors, Jarrett Parker found himself back in the PCL for opening day instead. Perhaps it was that disappointment that led him to struggle through a brutal opening month, hitting .171/.283/.300 in April with 31 Ks in just 70 At Bats.

Turn the page to May, and Parker's hitting a blistering .750/.800/3.000 thanks to a 3 HR barrage on Sunday. Let's see, that's the first 3 HR game for Parker since, well, just the month before last (baseball-schedule wise). I think we can all feel comfortable predicting more 3 HR games for Jarrett come July and September. Math never lies people!

HIGHLIGHTS: Please direct your attention to the above

Sacramento won at Salt Lake City Bees (Angels), 16-6
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Ramiro Pena

5

1

2

2

0

0

0

1

2

.333

.394

.500

RF

Mac Williamson

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.355

.382

.629

C

Miguel Olivo

5

4

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

.339

.365

.644

LF-RF

Jarrett Parker

4

4

3

6

0

0

3

1

0

.203

.314

.446

DH

George Kottaras

5

2

2

2

0

0

1

0

1

.167

.286

.333

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Chris Stratton

6.0

6

6

5

2

3

0

1

0

7.57

90

55

Phil McCormick, S 1

3.0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

2.25

39

23

Sacramento lost their first 10 games against Salt Lake City this year. But when they finally got on the winning side of the ledger they did so with a vengeance, winning 14-1 on Saturday. And they put the exclamation mark on their new-found ability to beat the Bees Sunday with a ginormous 9-run 6th inning that catapulted them to a 16-6 win in the finale.  The totals: Sacramento bashed out 18 hits including 10 XBH. The big games came from  Parker, of course, with his 3 HR game, and Miguel Olivo who had 4 hits including a double and HR. Ramiro Pena and Ryan Lollis both reached base three times each, including Pena's pair of doubles.

One guy who didn't have a big game on the field was Mac Williamson, but he might well have had a big day off the field:

Chris Stratton didn't start out having a very good day either. With two outs in the 1st inning, Stratton personally loaded the bases with two walks and a Hit Batsman, and then helped unload them with two doubles and a single. The 5-run 1st got things off to a somewhat stilted beginning, but Stratton held the fort from there on, allowing just one unearned run in his final 5 innings of work. Meanwhile, the offense pecked away (1 in the 2nd), pecked away (2 in the 3rd), pecked away (1 in the 4th) and then blew the walls of Jericho right down (9 in the 6th) to make Stratton a winner.

Ah, heck, let's watch some more dingers! You wanna see dingers? Let's watch dingers!

Well that's a little bitter, play by play dude. And yes, yes, the wind may have been a factor in some of these events, but it was blowing out for everybody. Didn't see any Bees hitting 3 HRs, buddy.

Now the RiverCats are off to Albuquerque, thankful that they don't have to see Salt Lake City again until August!

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Richmond's game vs the Hartford Yard Goats was rained out
losing their three game series 0-2

* * *

San Jose lost at Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks), 5-4
getting swept in their three game series 0-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Richard Rodriguez

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.304

.333

.304

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

5

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

.200

.281

.275

DH

CJ Hinojosa

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.373

.460

.533

1b

Chris Shaw

3

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

.359

.420

.590

RF

Steven Duggar

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.257

.375

.500

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Jordan Johnson L 2-2

6.0

5

4

3

1

7

2

0

1

2.63

91

60

Rodolfo Martinez1

2.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.96

8

8

So basically Visalia is San Jose's own private Clayton Kershaw: a great big dominating monster of doom. Visalia has now beaten San Jose in 18 of the last 20 games the two have played ...IN THE REGULAR SEASON!!! (a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!)*

*You see that's funny because San Jose beat Visalia in a best of five division championship playoff series last year, including winning a dramatic extra inning game 5 in Visalia where the Giants otherwise have not won a game since 2014.

That said, seriously this is not at all funny. Win a freaking game against the Rawhide already, Giants!

As they tried to avoid the sweep, the Giants sent one of their best to the mound

In Jordan's previous start he allowed just 1 hit over 6 innings of work, and he picked right back up where he left off, throwing three hitless innings with 5 Ks to open the game. But then in the 4th Jordan suddenly, and rather shockingly, interrupted his streak of perfection by allowing two HRs sandwiched around a double to three consecutive batters. After that abnormality, Johnson rebooted and returned to his normal mode throwing three more nearly perfect innings.  Even with his little bit of wilding, Johnson is on quite a run, with just 10 hits and 4 ER allowed over his last 19 innings, with 14 Ks and 5 BBs. His 7 Ks in this game was his season high.

The bats came close a couple of times, but they could never quite pull even. In the top of the 6th, SJ got three consecutive hits and with one out an unintentional-intentional walk to the red hot Chris Shaw loaded the bases. But with a chance to the tie the game with a single Jose Vizcaino instead ended the threat with a DP.  And then in the 9th, two walks and a DP started a comeback rally, but with two in, two on, and two out, Ronnie Jebavy struck out to end a very frustrating weekend in the very pleasant city of Visalia. The Giants ended with 12 hits and 3 BBs, but going 4 for 11 with RISP and hitting into 3 double plays doomed the day.

Sorry for not posting Giants pics lately. Here's a little minor league snap of #SJGiants 1B #ChrisShaw #moretocome

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Chris Shaw's 2016 season is going so well it's hard to know where to pick an arbitrary start date to really highlight, but arbitrary start dates are what they pay me for! so let's find one.  Ah yes, over his last 8 games Shaw is 15 for 31 with 3 HRs, 5 doubles, and 5 walks for a nifty .484/.556/.935 line. His full season OPS is 1.010, bringing me back to the point that Shaw doesn't need an arbitrary end point to make his start to the Cal league look good. Could Shaw be on his way to pulling a Brandon, hitting himself, first, into and then out of the Cal league before the All Star break?

Jose Vizcaino, Jr. has been heating up as well, going 13 for 32 over the last 8 games with 3 doubles and a HR, a .406/.457/.594 clip.

On the flip side of the coin, since returning home from his torrid southern trip Steven Duggar's been in a skid. Over those same 8 games, Duggar's gone just 5 for 33. He's gotten 7 walks over that time to keep his OBP up, but the hard hit balls have went missing last week. Hopefully they show up again soon.

WE'LL GET YOU IN THE PLAYOFFS, RAWHIDE!!! /shakes fists

Anyhoo, for those who didn't listen to Joe Ritzo's interview with Shane Turner in podcast form, here's half of it again on yesterday's pregame show:

* * *

Augusta beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins), 8-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

DH

Lucius Fox

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

.218

.358

.345

2b

Jalen Miller

4

3

3

2

0

0

0

0

1

.247

.264

.309

1b

Dillon Dobson

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

.297

.353

.571

3b

Miguel Gomez

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

.385

.429

.385

SS

Manuel Geraldo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.176

.222

.206

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Mac Marshall

4.1

1

3

3

6

4

0

0

0

4.60

86

39

Tyler Cyr W 2-1

2.2

2

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

2.70

38

23

Jalen Miller came up big in this game, with three hits including two run scoring singles.  After an extended slump that dropped his average from .423 to .217, Miller now has 5 hits and a walk over his past three games. That walk was just his third of the year. Still, it's all about growth toward potential. Jalen has much potential and much growing to do.

One guy who has no problem drawing a walk is Lucius Fox, who managed as many walks in yesterday's game as Miller has had all year. That capped a truly productive weekend for Fox, who had 6 walks and 4 hits to just 1 strikeout over the three games.  Miles better than the previous weekend, when he'd had 6 strikeouts and no hits.  And look here, we have a first hand glimpse from friend David Lee to confirm the positive steps forward:

On the flip side of the coin, I'm officially moving my Mac Marshall stock into the "Extreme Eye Brow Lift" category.  Marshall has just barely thrown half his pitches for strikes this year. After yesterday's effort he now has 17 BBs in just 15.2 IP this year, against 14 Ks. For his pro career, he's now walked 32 batters in 36.1 IP.  This isn't a giant stuff guy. There's just no way he should be having the command issues he's shown since signing. I don't know what's up with Mac, but a reversal of fortune is required: stat!

Anyway, this was actually from Friday night, but I'm sure yesterday's conclusion looked much the same:

* * *

So, our major take aways from today? Players on the upswing, players on the downswing, development wheel in the sky keeps on turning, the loser now will later be the win. That type of thing. But for at least one day's snapshot, two of the best prospects in the system are showing signs of good players doin' good things:

Oh, and dingers, of course:

Keep working, guys.

Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: Not Andrew Suarez vs. Ryan Carpenter
Richmond: Kyle Crick vs TBD
San Jose: Mark Reyes vs. Casey Meisner
Augusta: Michael Santos vs. TBD