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With league All Star bids coming up in the next few days, who was shining on this night? I see you Mr. Taylor!

Mitch Delfino doesn't often get a lot of love in our prospect discussions. The 25 year old 3b has climbed up a level every year, while his offensive stats have declined at each stop. But it's always been said that the Giants like him: they like his attitude and his work ethic and his instincts for the game. So today, let's give Mitch Delfino some love. The man definitely has baseball instincts. Check out this amazing, heady, instinctual play from yesterday's game. A play of the year candidate!

HIGHLIGHTS: Ryder Jones went 3 for 6 in DH with 3-run HR; Cory Taylor threw 6.1 one-run innings with 5 Ks.

Sacramento lost at El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 6-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

C

Andrew Susac

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.263

.323

.386

RF

Ryan Lollis

3

2

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

.269

.321

.366

P

Ty Blach

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

.182

.400

.182

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Ty Blach

5.2

10

3

3

1

3

0

0

0

4.00

Vin Mazzaro

1.1

2

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

2.00

Jake Dunning BS 1

0.2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5.40

Steve Okert

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.34

Mike Broadway L 0-1

0.2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

3.06

Holding a 5-3 lead in the 7th, Sacramento surrendered single runs in each of the final three innings, culminating in a tense walk-off loss. The winning run should have looked familiar to the RiverCats, who benefitted from a very similar set up circumstances just last week against Oklahoma City. With one out in the 9th, Sacramento intentionally walked Jabari Blash to set up an inning ending double play. Blash, a Rule 5 pick who San Diego aquired in the Drew Pomeranz trade, had had a monster 4 for 4 game with two doubles.  Just as with OKC last week, the plan worked, but the execution was lacking:

Mac Williamson was not in the lineup last night, and almost certainly was sent packing to Atlanta instead. In his place, Ryan Lollis played RF and provided no small part of the attack last night. Lollis reached base a team high three times, scored two runs and knocked in their final run of the night, following an Andrew Susac double.

Ty Blach, interestingly, has just two hits this year, but four walks. The man competes!

* * *

Richmond beat Bowie Bay Sox (Orioles), 4-2 in Gm 1 of DH (7 inn)

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Myles Schroder

3

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

.277

.327

.374

SS

Christian Arroyo

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.286

.312

.394

3b

Ryder Jones

3

1

2

3

0

0

1

0

0

.240

.270

.385

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Dan Slania

4.0

5

2

2

1

3

0

0

0

4.35

Tyler Rogers S 6

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Richmond lost to Bowie Bay Sox (Orioles), 3-0 in Gm 2 of DH (7 inn)

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

LF

Austin Slater

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.317

.413

.490

RF

Hunter Cole

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.236

.302

.331

3b

Ryder Jones

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.242

.270

.385

2b

Ali Castillo

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.301

.352

.354

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Gage L 1-5

7.0

4

3

3

1

5

0

1

0

3.78

Richmond blasted out of the gates in the bottom of the first inning with a big 4-run rally. And then, satisfied with what they'd accomplished, they proceeded to not score again for the remainder of the 14 inning day. Neither team seemed to have a lot of energy for this midweek double header, as the nightcap featured just eight hits from the two teams combined, and all the scoring came on a single swing of the bat. In fact, over the course of 27 half innings, only three of them featured any runs.

Nonetheless, that first time at bat for Richmond was an impressive affair. Myles Schroder started things off with a leadoff HR, the Squirrels first of the year. And then, after two outs, Ricky Oropesa and Hunter Cole both singled. That set up Ryder Jones, who woke the crowd up with this titanic shot against the wind and out into the parking lot.

Ryder really has some ginormous raw power, if he can find a way to get to it more consistently in games he could have something. As it is, there's enough there to pique team's interest. I can foresee a Culby sort of career for Ryder if nothing else develops. The Richmond-Times Dispatch had a story on Ryder, following the disappointing dismissal of his father as head coach of Appalachian State.

Dan Slania's second start wasn't quite the eye-opener that his first had been, as he pitched from behind a good deal in this game, after having lived on the black his last time out. It's a thin margin. Still, Slania held onto the lead for as long as was out there and gave the team four solid innings. Matt Gage relieved a tired bullpen in the nightcap by going the full 7 and was terrific for nearly all of them. But he stumbled in the top of the 6th, allowing three of his four hits on the day and a HB, and a bases-clearing double hung him with the tough loss.

* * *

San Jose lost to the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks), 4-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

RF

Steven Duggar

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.279

.391

.492

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.286

.286

.357

2b

Brandon Bednar

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.282

.324

.362

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jose Reyes

4.0

5

2

0

1

3

0

1

1

4.06

Jose Morel

4.0

6

2

2

1

2

0

0

0

3.92

Reyes Moronta

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.35

With just 18 games left in the 1st Half (plus maybe one more), the Giants missed yet another opportunity to move into a 1st place tie with the Rawhide, who they now play just two more times before the break. Of course, maybe it's for the best that other teams try to beat Visalia for them, since San Jose clearly just can't do it themselves. They have won every series at home so far this year except one. That one of course was to the Rawhide, and they stand on the verge of losing a second home series to the this week. They're now 2-8 vs. Visalia this year, and 6-22 against them over the last two years. Just an uncanny run of head on head dominance. How the Giants managed to win that playoff series in Visalia last fall is one of life's great mysteries.

Clinging to a 2-0 lead in the 5th last night, a two-out error from Jose Vizcaino, Jr. allowed the tying runs to score, and the following inning another two run rally against Jose Morel salted it away.

But let's focus on the positives. There was some terrific defense being played last night as well, so let's check out a couple of the finest, as the Giants completed two highly unusual double plays to hold onto the lead in the early goings. First CJ Hinojosa raced faaaaaaaaaar out into LF to get this DP started on a pop up to end the 2nd.

And then in the 3rd after already forcing a runner at 3b on the previous play, Hinojosa was also in the middle of this rare 4-6-2-5 inning ending double play.

Hinojosa appeared to have some trouble on the transfer on that play, but he turned necessity into fortune with some quick awareness of the situation.

HOT Take of the day: Reyes Moronta is quietly having a better season than Rodolfo Martinez. DISCUSS!

There's a long new Inside the SJ Giants Podcast available this week, which includes, among other things, a great interview with minor league hitting instructor Andy Skeels as well as the President and CEO of the Sj Giants Dan Orum, which you can find here:

* * *

Augusta won at Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox), 8-1
sweeping their three game series, 3-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Lucius Fox

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.212

.301

.295

CF

Seth Harrison

5

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

.261

.335

.382

C

Matt Winn

4

1

1

2

0

0

1

1

2

.242

.299

.465

1b

Skyler Ewing

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.158

.289

.211

LF

Gustavo Cabrera

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.232

.293

.319

2b

Richard Amion

3

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

.273

.333

.364

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Cory Taylor W 4-1

6.1

6

1

1

1

5

0

1

0

1.94

Caleb Smith

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3.38

Matt Winn put the Greenjackets on the board in the top of the 1st with his 5th HR with Augusta (and 7th overall this year), and the offense just never stopped hitting. Augusta pounded out 15 hits, all singles other than Winn's blast, and Kannapolis helped out with three errors, to keep the offensives pressure throughout the game. Augusta ended up scoring in 5 different innings, thanks to multi-hit efforts up and down the lineup (literally! from leadoff hitters Lucius Fox through new #9 hitter Richard Amion).  Fox's night also included his 13th SB of the season.

All that scoring was well more than enough for starter Cory Taylor, who continues to fashion a fantastic full-season debut. Taylor pushed his ERA down to 1.94, which is fourth in the Sally, and should have a decent chance at an All Star bid (which should be announced in the coming days).  Taylor worked up to 100 pitches in this game, and had his usual mixture of ground balls and strikeouts working.

The Augusta pitching staff has really been a bifurcated bunch this year, with a terrific rotation being supported by a ...well... less than terrific bullpen.

* * *

Not exactly a the most prospect-laden slate today. The highlight's in Richmond, where Tyler Beede takes the mound. Sacramento's rotation is in a bit of disarray at the moment, while it's up to Mark Reyes to stop Visalia.

Today's matchups:
Sacramento: TBD vs. Frankk Garces
Richmond: Tyler Beede vs. John Means
San Jose: Mark Reyes vs. Cody Reed (not to be confused with the #2 prospect in the Reds system of the same name)
Augusta: Michael Connolly vs. Johnathan Brubaker