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Nothing I love to see more than action on the bases and dramatic plays at the plate!

2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. Tying and winning runs in scoring position. We've got drama! We've got angry words exchanged! We've got J.T. Snow flashbacks!

HIGHLIGHTS: Reyes Moronta and Rodolfo Martinez continue to be automatic; Lucius Fox reached base three times, stole two bases, and invented a new super-weapon.

Sacramento lost to Fresno Grizzlies (Astros), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Gorkys Hernandez

4

0

2

3

1

0

0

0

2

.276

.351

.372

2b

Juan Ciriaco

3

2

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

.254

.300

.339

SS

Rando Moreno

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

2

0

.250

.300

.286

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Clayton Blackburn L 4-4

7.0

4

4

4

1

4

1

0

0

3.55

Jake Dunning

2.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.71

Clayton Blackburn threw six shutout innings in his start last night.  Unfortunately, he pitched seven innings in all, and the seventh undid all the good of the other six. Blackburn had retired 12 consecutive batters to start the game when he took the mound for the 5th inning. The perfect game chance was quickly undone by a leadoff double from Colin Moran. A walk and a single loaded the bases and then Blackburn made the fatal mistake, surrendering a Grand Slam to Jack Mayfield. That was all the damage Clayton would allow in this start, but it ended up being enough.

Sacramento outhit the Grizzlies 8-4, but had just one XBH and went 1 for 7 with RISP. Actually both of those came on the same swing of the bat: Gorkys Hernandez' two run double. Mac Williamson went just 1 for 4 in his return to Sacramento and Austin Slater continued his adjustment scuffles, going 0 for 4.

Sacramento's dropped three straight to Fresno, and risks a four-game sweep at home tonight vs. their bitter rivals.

* * *

Richmond beat the Binghamton Mets, 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.284

.323

.397

3b

Ryder Jones

4

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

.251

.274

.407

RF

Hunter Cole

4

0

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

.256

.316

.386

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Gage W 3-5

6.1

5

2

2

2

8

0

0

0

3.75

Tyler Mizenko

1.1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1.88

Tyler Rogers S 10

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Like Fresno, Richmond also scored all their runs in a single inning, although they stretched it out a bit. With two outs and two on (following a deep line out from Arroyo) the Squirrels got back to back to back RBI doubles from Ryder Jones, Ricky Oropesa, and Hunter Cole, all coming off Brett Pill's little brother, whose once promising career has hit a bit of a stall, as you can hear detailed in this clip:

Lefty starter Matt Gage was able to make that big inning stand up into the 7th, when the Squirrels ended up using four pitchers to hold the lead. Gage opened the game on fire, striking 5 of the first 6 batters he faced, ending up just one off his career high for strikeouts.

I was chastised yesterday for not mentioning Tyler Rogers, but I shan't make the same mistake today!

Rogers has not only not allowed an earned run all season, he hasn't allowed a run of any kind since April 22, a stretch that includes 22 games and 22.2 IP.  Of course, as we know, runs allowed is only part of the story for relievers. Stranding inherited runners is the name of the game, and yesterday Rogers did that as well, coming into a two-out, two-out situation in the 8th and preserving the lead before going on pick up his 10th save. Let's all enjoy the funky sidewinding stylings of Mr. Rogers:

* * *

San Jose beat Inland Empire 66ers, 5-4
winning their three game series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

RF

Steven Duggar

3

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

.275

.390

.477

SS

CJ Hinojosa

4

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

.313

.396

.455

3b

Jonah Arenado

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

.260

.290

.392

DH

Daniel Carbonell

4

0

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

.229

.260

.313

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes W 6-1

7.0

10

4

4

2

3

1

0

1

3.74

Reyes Moronta

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

2.25

Rodolfo Martinez S, 19

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.65

What more is there to say about Reyes Moronta, who has now struck out 13 batters over his last 5 innings pitched, including three perfect 3 Ks innings.  He's used his hard fastball/slider combo to devastating effect in the Cal League, running up a 35% K rate.  Let's see if Joe Ritzo can add more to the discussion of how good he's been.

Wow, those RHH numbers are crazy. Like Romo-esque crazy. And after Moronta, of course, comes Rodolfo. The Giants extraordinary back end combo are 1-2 in the league in appearances and have provided a virtual failsafe for the team when handed a lead late.

San Jose didn't even get a base runner until the 4th inning of this game, and had to come from behind twice, with Daniel Carbonell's bases clearing double bringing them back from a 3-run deficit in the 6th inning. The winning run came courtesy of Steven Duggar, whose soft fly ball single brought in Robbie Garvey in the 7th for the Giants first and only lead of the game. Duggar had also scored the Giants first run, coming around to score on CJ Hinojosa's booming triple

The first half now concludes with a four game home series vs. Rancho Cucamonga, the Dodgers' affiliate which is still fighting for the first half title in the Southern Division. Perhaps San Jose can salve their wounds with a little Joe Morgan moment.

* * *

Augusta won at Charleston River Dogs (Yankees), 3-2
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Lucius Fox

4

0

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

.212

.291

.292

CF

Seth Harrison

5

1

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

.272

.345

.393

3b

Miguel Gomez

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

.331

.385

.500

DH

Dylan Davis

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.277

.364

.477

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Michael Connolly W 4-2

6.1

4

1

0

2

7

1

0

0

2.80

Tyler Cyr

1.2

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

2.14

Heath Slatton S 2

1.0

3

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.84

It has admittedly not been terribly beneficial to Augusta's offensive efforts having a sub .300 OBP in their leadoff spot all year. But Lucius Fox is still the team's most dynamic player (and easily it's best position player prospect) as he showed yesterday when he led the charge against Charleston. Fox reached base three times, he stole his 14th and 15th bases of the year (against 4 CS), and he lined a clean RBI single with two outs in the 9th to provide the team with an insurance run it would badly need (refer back to the play at the top).

Fox opened his big night with a loud double, one of the sharpest balls we've seen him hit this year left handed.

Later in the game, he drew a walk and would play a key part in the second 1st and 3rd double steal that the team has pulled off in this series. Both of those have come with Fox stealing second. This one included a fantastic slide from Shawon Dunston, Jr.

And as long as we're focussing on the $6 million kid, we might as well mention that he can play some D too.

All in all it was a fingernail gnashing victory for the Greenjackets, who were dancing in and out of trouble all night. In the 9th, Heath Slatton allowed singles to the first two batters he faced and then WP them into scoring position. But he got two huge outs against a couple of the Yankees biggest $$$ signings on the IFA market the last few years, striking out Alexander Palma and then getting Leonardo Molina to pop out to 1st. And then finally came the single to CF that brought on the dramatic conclusion.

As with San Jose, Augusta starts a four-game home series against Lexington tonight, before hitting their three-day All Star break.

* * *

DSL Giants beat DSL Orioles2 12-3

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

18.1

Jose Rivero

5

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

.278

.395

.333

RF

17.0

Diego Rincones

5

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

.333

.364

.400

1b

17.11

Angeddy Almanzar

6

1

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

.316

.366

.526

C

17.0

Ricardo Genoves

2

2

1

2

1

0

0

2

0

.323

.417

.387

LF

18.1

Franklin Labour

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.263

.300

.421

DH

17.6

Ismael Munguia

4

1

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

.429

.467

.571

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

20.7

Norwith Gugino W 1-1

5.0

0

1

1

1

9

0

0

2

2.08

The DSL Giants finally got a strong starting performance as the returnee from last year's rotation Norwith Gudino went 5 strong innings. Gudino became just the 2nd Giants starter to go 5 innings this year, and it was the first time since opening day that a Giants starter had gone 5 innings and allowed less than 3 runs. Gudino was dominant, striking out 9 not allowing a hit in the outing. The run he surrendered was entirely of his own creation, as he walked a leadoff batter and then threw two WP sandwiched around a ground out to bring the batter around.

While Gudino was putting up zeros, the bats went to work, pounding out 15 hits and 5 BBs in their biggest effort of the year. The explosion culminated in an 8-run 6th inning that included seven of those hits, including run scoring doubles from Almanzar, Genoves, and Call Me Ismael Munguia. That was three of the team's four XBH in the game coming within a four batter stretch.

* * *

Good night of ball! Four victories out of five games and four tight battles. Augusta has no listed starter today, which reminds me something I've neglected to bring up of late. Michael Santos hasn't pitched now since June 3rd, when as you may recall, he was removed after just 2 innings when this happened:

David Lee mentioned several days ago that while it wasn't reflected on the MiLB.com roster, the in-stadium program listed Santos as being on the DL and yesterday, the transaction was officially reported on the league's website. So, another kid down fro Augusta (that was why Dom Mazza joined the rotation).

Today's Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: Chris Heston vs. Cesar Valdez
Richmond: Tyler Beede vs. Rainy Lara 
San Jose: Jason Forjet vs. TBD
Augusta: TBD vs TBD

Have a great night at the ballyard everybody. And keep an eye on those mascots!