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Jose Casilla has been climbing up the organizational ladder for 11 years. He made his AAA debut last night and it was a good one!

There's been a whole lot of this going on out here in the Eastern League lately

But still, the Richmond Flying Squirrels managed to sneak in a DH between the raindrops and they ended up getting one of the some of the best pitching they've seen from both Tyler Beede and Kyle Crick.

Gotta admit, those Richmond social media interns are working hard this year!

HIGHLIGHTS: Tyler Beede threw 5 strong innings; Chris Shaw homered again.

Sacramento lost at Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 6-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

C

Miguel Olivo

4

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

.365

E

RF

Jarrett Parker

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

.207

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Clayton Blackburn L 1-2

6.0

4

4

4

3

7

1

0

1

4.88

90

61

Jose Casilla

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

10

8

Steven Okert

0.2

1

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

4.91

12

6

Mike Broadway

0.1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

5.06

6

4

So far in 2016, Clayton Blackburn hasn't been quite able to recapture his magic from the second half of last year. This was actually a fine outing for Blackburn overall, as giving up just 4 runs in Albuquerque is no small feat, and he did record his season high in Ks with 7. But he was rusty coming out the gates, and uncharacteristically gave up 2 walks and a WP in the bottom of the 1st inning. Two singles and a Sac Fly made it a 3 run 1st inning and though Blackburn regained his form the rest of the way, the RiverCats struggled to get themselves back into the game, as they couldn't recapture the offensive might of the last couple of nights.

Jarrett Parker did make it close with a two-run single in the 8th that closed it to a one-run lead, to continue his fine week. Perhaps more importantly, this was the 3rd game this week in which he failed to strikeout. And that's significant because it was also the 3rd game this season in which he failed to strikeout. Baby steps!

That one-run game didn't last long as Steven Okert ran into a little trouble. Okert didn't actually pitch that badly, but he set up trouble with a walk and a single. A Miguel Olivo throwing error on a pickoff attempt then moved both runners into scoring position. The first scored on a soft ground out, and the second scored when Mike Broadway came on in relief and surrendered a double.

The cleanest inning of work came from a guy who finally made his AAA debut after a long long long 11 years climbing up the organizational ladder: Santiago's little brother Jose Casilla! Congrats Jose. Not only did he throw a perfectly clean inning, he even showed off his defensive chops.

Jose is really one of the good guys in the org. I'd love to see him get his inning in the major league sun someday (although if he did we might never know which one was Jose and which one Santiago).

And, of course, I absolutely can't leave this game without noting one of my very favorite minor league occurances: a double Juan Ciriaco sighting!!!

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Richmond beat the Bowie Bay Sox (Orioles), 2-1 in 7 inn (DH)

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

RF

Hunter Cole

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.215

LF

Tyler Horan

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

.324

Sac Fly

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tyler Beede W 2-1

5.0

3

1

1

1

4

0

0

0

4.15

66

42

Ray Black S 4

1.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

4.66

20

13

RIchmond lost to Bowie Bay Sox (Orioles), 6-3 in 8 inn (DH)

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

3b

Christian Arroyo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.261

E

LF-CF

Tyler Horan

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

1

.324

.990 OPS

DH

Ryder Jones

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.272

CF-1b

Myles Schroder

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.235

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Kyle Crick

5.0

2

2

2

4

6

0

1

1

4.43

86

46

Tyler Rogers

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

7

7

Jake Smith

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

8.22

16

11

Pedro Rodriguez L 1-2

1.0

4

4

2

0

0

0

0

0

6.59

22

14

Well that's certainly encouraging news! Let's see that in action, with Tyler Beede going up against rehabbing major leaguer Jimmy Paredes in the 1st.

That's making pretty short work of a guy who posted a .275/.310/.416 line in about 400 major league PA last year. Beede mixed his pitches very well last night, and showed some pretty good location, especially on the two seam fastball. He pitched through a rain delay and stuck around long enough for the win with 5 very efficient and impressive innings. In addition, to the 4 Ks, he induced 8 groundball outs, showing once again that the two-seamer down in the zone can really get hitters to pound the ball into the ground, and then coming back with the changeup for swing throughs. Very nice piece of pitching.

He also got some help in the infield, particularly from SS Rando Moreno who was really all over the field collecting outs last night. For those who wonder about Moreno's D, here's one of his highlight plays from last night.

Ray Black nailed down the win in the 7th (and final) inning, though he made it exciting by giving up a leadoff double to Chance Sisco. Speaking of making short work of major leaguers, let's watch Black go up against former multiple cups of coffee Atlanta Brave Joey Terdoslavich.

The second game was just four outs away from completing a perfectly symmetrical 2-1, 1-2 split double-header, when with two outs in the 6th Bowie SS Garabez Rosa threw away a routine ground ball from Eliezer Zambrano that should have ended the inning, and instead allowed the tying run to score. That led to extra innings! Just what all ballplayers want at the end of a rainy DH. However, some poor relief work from Pedro Rodriguez and shoddy defense ended in after just one extra.

One thing the extras did do was take Kyle Crick off the hook for the loss. I think, at this point, you have to say that this is the best of Kyle Crick: throwing about equal amount of balls and strikes, nearly equal BBs and Ks, mix in a WP and HB, but mostly keep the runs away from the scoreboard. I find that after nearly every Crick outing these days I'm unable to say whether it was really good or bad, encouraging or discouraging. The fastball is still hard to square up, and it's still hard to believe that this level of command can work against major leaguers.

The offensive star of the DH for the Squirrels was Tyler Horan. With Austin Slater on the DL, Horan, who suffered through a miserable 2015, has been getting steady playing time and he's making the most of it, injecting the Richmond order with a real jolt of power:

That's Horan's 3rd HR of the year and second in the week. He also added a Sac Fly in the first game (when the Squirrels scored 2 runs on just 2 hits). He's got a real chance to Rx his prospect status this year, because that power is real.

Christian Arroyo hasn't been having a lot of success lately, but he's still working hard as you can read in this Times-Dispatch piece:

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San Jose beat the Stockton Ports (A's), 13-7

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

SS

CJ Hinojosa

5

3

4

2

0

0

0

1

0

.386

.451 OBP

1b

Chris Shaw

4

2

2

4

0

0

1

2

0

.372

IBB

CF

Steven Duggar

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

.272

DH

Jonah Arenado

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.253

C

Ty Ross

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

.259

RF

Cristian Paulino

5

2

2

2

1

0

0

1

1

.176

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jason Forjet W 3-1

5.1

6

4

4

0

3

0

0

0

5.49

Jose Reyes

0.1

4

3

3

1

0

1

0

0

8.16

Jose Morel

2.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.84

A ha! Proof positive that there's no such thing as a "Minor Lines Curse" as Chris Shaw just keeps on hitting. Shaw crushed a two-run HR in the 1st inning of yesterday's dismantling of the Ports (the game was 13-1 after three innings). When Shaw came up in the 2nd inning with two runners on base, Stockton had seen enough and issued the IBB. And one got the feeling that they felt they'd come away lucky when he "only" hit a two-run single in the 3rd inning while batting with the bases loaded. Everybody knew about Shaw's power. But he's impressed watchers early this year with his feel for hitting, as he pushes his BA up near the .400 mark.

So too does CJ Hinojosa who keeps hitting and hitting. There are lots of questions about Hinojosa and how his tools will play at higher levels, but so far his pro career has been one long hit parade. I've seen several people talk about his bat speed being below average, but his balance and bat to ball skills sure look real.

All in all, the Giants bashed out an incredible 16 hits and added 5 walks. And this is in one of the better pitching parks in the Cal League! Have a day hitters!

The Giants continue their series against the Ports tonight, sending the ace, Andrew Suarez to the mound. One wonders how many more times San Jose is going to get to do that.

* * *

Augusta had a scheduled off day

* * *

Full schedule tonight and an exciting one as three of the best SP prospects in the system take the mound for their respective teams:

Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: TBD vs. Matt Flemer
Richmond: Adalberto Mejia vs. Parker Bridwell
San Jose: Andrew Suarez vs. TBD
Augusta: Phil Bicford vs. Marc Brakeman

Have a great day of baseball everybody.  Let's all try to be as good a fan as friend of Minor Lines PhiBear, who always appreciates the effort!