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Promotions Day part Deux! Oh my, there's some big names on the move today.

Huge announcements roiled Giants' prospect land yesterday morning as dominoes rolled upwards from A to AAA:

All three promotions were well deserved, with Bickford and Coonrod both being moved away from impending All Star appearances.  Mejia was 2nd in the EL in ERA at 1.94 and Coonrod was second in the Cal League in ERA at 1.98. All three should start in their new levels this weekend, so there's lots of excitement to look forward to today and tomorrow.

Sacramento beat El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 5-4 in 11 inn.

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

RF

Mac Williamson

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

.279

.311

.500

3b

Grant Green

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

.290

.318

.437

PH

Ryan Lollis

1

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

0

.259

.320

.359

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Ty Blach

6.0

6

4

4

2

4

1

0

0

4.41

Mike Broadway

2.0

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

3.50

Jake Dunning W 1-1

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.55

The Sacramento offense wasn't prolific last night, but it was dramatic.  Trailing 4-0 Ryan Lollis came off the bench to hit a 2-run PH HR to put the RiverCats back in the game. And then down to their final outs in the bottom of the 9th still trailing 4-3, Mac Williamson provided the home crowd with a jolt.

All of which led to an Ishika-Walk Off!  Gorkys Hernandez led off the 11th by reaching on a two-base fielding error and advanced to 3b on a WP. A HB and IBB to Williamson loaded the bases to set the stage for Ishikawa's walk-off single (NOT the most memorable walk off in Ishi's life, I'm guessing). The dramatic win broke a six-game losing streak and prevented Sacramento from setting an All-time franchise low mark of 17 games below .500.

Williamson, by the way, had a +/- of 2 on the game. Not only did he put a run on the board with his bat, but he also pulled one off the board with his glove robbing El Paso's Hunter Renfroe of yet another HR against the RiverCats (Renfroe would hit yet another HR against the RiverCats in his next AB).

Matt Lujan is tonight's scheduled starter, so I would guess Mejia's AAA debut will be pushed off to Sunday despite today being his regular turn. All three of the promotions involve full-cross country flights, so an extra day isn't a bad idea for any of them.

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Richmond lost to the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox), 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

3b

Christian Arroyo

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.286

.328

.399

1b

Ryder Jones

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.252

.277

.408

2b

Ali Castillo

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.331

.371

.395

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kyle Crick

7.0

5

1

1

0

5

0

0

0

5.20

Chase Johnson L 1-4

1.0

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

3.28

Preston Claiborne

1.0

1

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

6.23

Richmond's struggles against the worst team in the EL continued as they dropped yet another game to Portland, being silenced for the second time in the week by the minor league veteran Mitch Atkins. Richmond managed just five hits in the game with Ryder Jones double and Ali Castillo's triple being the only XBH. Ryder and Christian Arroyo were the only Squirrels to reach base twice.

Arroyo continued his intriguing recent trend of working walks. He has 16 BBs on the season, and 6 of them have come within the past 4 games. It would seem that the club is working with him on refining his approach which is certainly the next step in his development. The stats are pretty clear on the issue this year, his splits when Ahead in the Count vs. Behind in the Count:

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Ahead

65

11

26

5

9

1

1

16

4

.400

.512

.615

Behind

96

10

21

4

6

0

0

0

30

.219

.227

.281

Controlling the Battle of the Strike Zone: it's important!

The offensive futility wasted Kyle Crick's best performance of the year, and best in a couple years. This was the first time he'd pitched 7 full innings in his AA career, and only the second time he'd pitched into the 7th. The last time he had 7 IP on his line was his final game at San Jose, in August of 2013. He continued his trend of lowered K totals but he also had a 0 in the BB column: only the 2nd time this year he's managed that and the 2nd time in a start in his AA career. He continued to make a concerted effort to mix in his curveball and changeup as well, even with men on base. Nice effort Kyle! Have a highlight:

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San Jose beat Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers) 2-1 in 11 inn.

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

4

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

.249

.307

.369

1b

Jonah Arenado

4

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

1

.264

.293

.400

LF

Robbie Garvey

3

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.255

.269

.373

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jose Reyes

5.0

3

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

4.34

Sergio Romo

1.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0.00

Reyes Moronta

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.17

Rodolfo Martinez BS, 2

1.0

1

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

0.94

More walk off drama! A low-scoring affair that included major leaguers Hyun-Hin Ryu, Sergio Romo, and Yasiel Puig in the early going, ended up providing late inning thrills. Shockingly, Rodolfo Martinez blew just his 2nd save of the year when he gave up a game-tying solo HR with two-outs in the 9th, but that just set it up for Ronnie Jebavy to send the sellout crowd home happy:

Jebavy's single extended his hit streak 11 games, while Jonah Arenado's two doubles gave him a 9 game hit streak. Chris Shaw took the day off, which he could surely use as he's been scuffling mightily lately. Steven Duggar is looking like he could use a blow as well, as he had a hat trick in this game.

Sergio Romo got the clean inning the Giants wanted from him, allowing just one walk. Hopefully this rehab stint goes smoother than the last. A healthy-armed Romo would be a big pick up for the big league club.

Jordan Johnson is the scheduled starter tonight, which likely pushes Bickford off until tomorrow. Again, cross-country flight equals another day of rest.

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Augusta beat the Lexington Legends (Royals), 6-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Lucius Fox

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.212

.297

.300

2b

Jalen Miller

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.249

.281

.347

3b

Miguel Gomez

4

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.343

.379

.489

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

3

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

1

.250

.357

.333

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Domenic Mazza W 1-0

6.0

10

4

4

0

3

0

1

0

5.23

Ryan Koziol

2.0

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

2.58

Heath Slatton S 3

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.63

Dom Mazza wasn't exactly lights out, but he gave Augusta what they were starving for last night in six solid innings. While the Bickford news is expected, deserved, and exciting, it creates yet another headaches for a pitching staff starving for innings. Cory Taylor now represents the lone remaining member of the original starting six until such time as Santos or Webb returns from the DL. It will be very interesting to see who they come up with to replace Bickford. Possibly Nolan Riggs (currently on the SK roster). Either way, they desperately need Luis Pino to give them more than the 2 bad innings he provided in his last start.

In a game that was plagued by rain delays in the beginning, Augusta jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first 3 innings and then held on for dear life. The Greenjackets had consecutive singles from Miller, Gomez and Dylan Davis in the bottom of the 1st to set up a 3 run rally that gave them a lead they would never (quite) relinquish. Gomez continues to wear out the Sally. He's now second in th eleague in batting average and eighth in OPS.

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 6-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

SS

Manuel Geraldo

5

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

3

.400

C

Zack Bowers

4

0

3

0

2

0

0

0

1

.750

LF

Gustavo Cabrera

4

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

.500

2b

Kevin Rivera

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.500

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Victor Concepcion L 0-1

6.0

8

5

5

1

3

2

0

0

7.50

Nolan Riggs

2.0

3

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

4.50

Caleb Simpson

1.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

1

0.00

In one 2nd inning swing of the bat, Victor Concepcion gave up more runs than he had in his entire 2015 season. That quickly, he probably learned the difference between DSL and the college heavy NWL level of competition. Concepcion ended up going 6 IP surrendering all of his runs allowed on long balls. HRs actually have been one point of weakness for Concepcion, as he's allowed 8 in his 114 innings of pro ball, mostly in the DSL where HRs aren't that common. Tiny sample size of course, but it's worth noting because one reason why scouts often are skeptical of shorter RHP is the difficulty in getting downward plane ont he fastball, thus throwing it right into the hitting zone.

And, speaking of HRs, Gustavo Cabrera launched his first HR since August of 2013 in the DSL last night. THAT had to feel good. It probably looked something like this:

Gustavo also singled home a run. Manuel Geraldo, also down from Augusta in his first game in Low A, had two hits including a double, though he also struck out three more times.

In a pretty major development, tonight's starter for the Volcanoes is the former SS-convert Hengerber Medina, who was used only in relief last year in the DSL, though with several 2 and 3 inning stints. The 21 year old makes the two-level jump along with a SS to RP to SP conversion. Quite a transition for Hengerber!

* * *

DSL Giants lost to DSL Cubs2, 9-6

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

RF

17.0

Diego Rincones

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.361

1b

17.0

Ricardo Genoves

4

1

2

3

1

0

1

0

1

.343

DH

18.8

Brayan De Pena

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

.150

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.11

Jose Marte

4.0

3

3

1

2

3

0

0

1

3.48

17.10

Jerson severin

2.1

3

4

2

0

1

1

1

0

4.50

The DSL Giants committed 7 errors and had 2 PB in kicking away this game. Even for the DSL that's a pretty impressive bit of Little Leagueing. Ricardo Genoves had his best game as a pro, reaching base three times and knocking in three runs with a double and a HR, his first as a pro. Genoves signed with an excellent defensive reputation, but he's been impressive on the offensive side of the ball thus far.

* * *

Ginormous promotions! Exciting walk-offs! Oh yeah, it was Friday Fun-day!