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Not just good, the man from Boston College is SHAWSOME!

Yep, Chris Shaw's got the best twitter handle in the biz (@SHAWSOME24). He's also got a seriously hot start to the 2016 season on his hands.

How hot is Shaw right now? One of his official "outs" last night was a smash to RF that hit a foot from the top of the wall, allowing Shaw to easily race around to 3b. Though no fielder touched it, the play was somewhat dubiously ruled a three-base error. So that's how hot Chris Shaw is a month into his full-season debut. His outs are triples off the wall. Eagles Represent!

HIGHLIGHTS: Hak-Ju Lee reached base 4x with HR; Chris Shaw went 2 for 4 with double, HR; Michael Santos pitched 5 one-hit innings with 6 Ks.

Sacramento won at the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 7-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

CF

Gorkys Hernandez

5

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

.264

2b

Ramiro Pena

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

.344

1b

Ryan Lollis

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.326

RF

Jarrett Parker

5

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

2

.203

3b

Grant Green

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.185

SS

Hak-Ju Lee

3

2

3

3

0

0

1

1

0

.333

SB (2)

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Albert Suarez W 1-2

6.0

5

3

3

1

3

1

1

0

2.88

92

62

Braulio Lara

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.15

11

8

Duke Welker

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

16

11

Alex Torres

1.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0.00

28

20

Turns out, playing teams that aren't Salt Lake City is waaaaay easier! Who knew? The RiverCats are now 9-4 when playing the rest of the league, and with a nearly three month stretch before they have to see the Bees again, maybe they can start to get this season on a bit of a roll. Did you know the Giants AAA affiliate hasn't been to the post-season this century? It's been nearly 20 years since the last time (1998). While every other affiliate has made a habit of long post-seasons, the PCL affiliates have just slogged their way through one losing season after another. How about a change this year?

Seven members of the starting lineup reached base safely at least twice in this game, as the team bashed out 14 hits and 4 walks. Jarrett Parker, ironically, was the only starting position player who failed to do so, but his one hit was another blast:

That's now 4 HRs in May following 2 HRs in April. Literally turning the page! But the big offensive night came from Hak-Ju Lee, who has really taken a liking to PCL pitching. Lee was perfect on the night going 3 for 3 with a walk, and he had the big hit of the game, breaking up a scoreless battle in the 5th with a 3-run homer, after spoiling off three consecutive 2-2 pitches. Lee also had a SB earlier in the game, for the combo meal

Clayton Blackburn tries to keep the good times rolling today, as the RiverCats look for their fourth straight victory and try to creep back to the .500 line.

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Richmond's game against Bowie was rained out

Tough time with the weather lately in Richmond. Tonight's looking a little dicey too (the whole week is frankly), but if they can get some action in, they'll be sending a couple of 1st rounders to the mound tonight

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San Jose won at Stockton Ports (A's), 5-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

1b

Chris Shaw

4

2

2

2

1

0

1

0

0

.366

1.058 OPS

RF

Steven Duggar

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.260

.380 OBP

DH

Jose Vizcaino Jr

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.273

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Mark Reyes W 2-0

7.0

3

1

1

1

5

1

0

0

4.87

87

54

Reyes Moronta

1.0

1

1

1

0

2

1

0

0

5.40

19

10

Rodolfo Martinez S 6

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.87

12

8

Shaw's out off the wall spurred a 3-run rally to open the scoring and he later added a two-run HR (his 4th of the year) to close it for the Giants, who climbed back to .500 with this victory.  The Giants managed 5 runs on just 8 hits with 3 walks, with Shaw having two of the team's three XBH. The other, a two-out, two-run triple from Brandon Bednar gave San Jose all the runs it would need, as Mark Reyes and the normal two-man bullpen of Moronta and Martinez made the lead hold up. Two solo HRs from Stockton were the only runs the staff surrendered. Reyes, coming off a fine Sally league season in 2015, saw his ERA balloon up near 12.00 after his first two starts, but he looks to be getting the hang of the Cal league now.

Shaw now has his 2nd 9-game hitting streak of the year. He also leads the Cal League in doubles (10), is 3rd in OPS (behind a couple of High Desert hitters), and 4th in SLG (behind three High Desert hitters. [It's good to be a hitter in High Desert]). No video feed in Stockton, so we'll have to live with this for today and imagine the ball sailing out in a graceful arc from this powerful swing:

Also you can listen to Shaw talk about his success with Joe Ritzo here:

You may have caught him mentioning that he went to Boston College! And you may (or may not) know that other people ALSO went to Boston College! Even people who write about minor league baseball from time to time, as it happens. But that won't cause any bias in me! No sirreeSHAWSOME!

* * *

Augusta beat Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins), 2-0 in 5 inn
winning their four game series 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

SS

Lucius Fox

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.224

.357 OPB

RF

Dylan Davis

2

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

.325

1.034 OPS

3b

Kelvin Beltre

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.216

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Michael Santos W 2-2

5.0

1

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

3.51

56

41

Hey look! More rain on the East Coast

But in this case, they managed to get in an official game before the torrents came down, with Michael Santos turning in his best outing of the season. Santos dominated a Grasshoppers team that includes the #12 overall pick from last year's draft, Canadian masher Josh Naylor. Santos allowed just one man to reach base over his five inning complete game, while striking out 5. Santos now has 23 Ks to just 2 BBs on the year in his 25.2 IP.

Dylan Davis provided the big hit for the Greenjackets, doubling in their first run and coming around to score himself with their second and final run. All the support Santos would need. Davis continues to push for a promotion back to the Cal, where he started last year before being demoted to the Sally. He's 3rd in the league in OPS.

Lucius Fox is on his first nice little roll of the year. Over his last six games he's gone 7 for 19 with 6 BBs to 3 Ks, his first somewhat sustained success of the year.  Given Fox' youth and lack of experience, his transition to this level has definitely been encouraging.

* * *

Hopefully Richmond gets in some action today! With their DH scheduled we have four games on tap today.

Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: Clayton Blackburn vs. Ryan Carpenter
Bowie: Kyle Crick vs. Jayson Aquino
Bowie: Tyler Beede vs. David Hess
San Jose: Jason Forjet vs. Zack Erwin