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Augusta's 7 run inning was impressive, but then came their 8 run inning.

Players are on the move again

HIGHLIGHTS: Joan Gregorio went 7 innings with one-run 7 K; Dylan Davis had two doubles and a triple, Jalen Miller had a double and HR; Jose Patino had 4 hits.

Sacramento lost to Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 7-3
losing their four game series, 1-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

C

Andrew Susac

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

.215

.326

.318

DH

Miguel Olivo

3

2

2

1

0

0

1

1

1

.275

.299

.463

3b

Mitch Delfino

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

.230

.298

.303

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Joan Gregorio

7.0

6

1

1

0

7

0

0

0

5.59

Steven Okert L 3-2

0.0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.65

Mike Broadway BS 2

1.2

4

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

4.23

Joan Gregorio broke his streak of poor PCL starts and delivered up a gem, allowing just one run over 7 IP with 7 Ks. It was by far his best PCL start: he set new standards in both innings pitched and runs allowed, while coming just one off his highest K total in AAA.

Gregorio's effort went for naught, however, as the RiverCats bullpen got pounded on for a second consecutive night, with some help from a porous defense. Steven Okert entered with a 3-1 lead in the 8th inning, and the first two batters he faced reached on back to back errors from the left side of the infield (Ruben Tejada and Mitch Delfino). That opened the floodgates for a four run inning and Michael Broadway, who had allowed all three of the runs inherited from Okert to score, added two more on his own record in the 9th. The back to back bullpen failures brought the Sacramento 12 game homestand to a disappointing conclusion, losing their last three games to fall to 4-8 on their longest homestand of the year.

All the offense on the night came from the Catching tandem, as both Andrew Susac and Miguel Olivo delivered HRs, for Susac his 2nd of the year.

Susac later took a foul ball off his mask, but he stayed in the game.

But, as a faithful Minor Lines reader reminded me, the game wasn't all bad:

* * *

Richmond lost at Binghamton Mets, 7-6

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Ali Castillo

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

.322

.362

.394

LF

Tyler Horan

4

2

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

.264

.321

.432

1b

Ricky Oropesa

5

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

.224

.308

.377

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Kyle Crick L 1-6

0.2

2

4

4

3

0

0

0

1

5.80

Preston Claiborne

2.1

2

1

1

1

2

1

0

0

8.00

Tyler Rogers

2.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.79

Ray Black

1.0

0

1

1

2

2

0

0

2

6.20

The Squirrels had a big 3-run 1st inning to open the game but that lead was gone before the home crowd was settled into their seats.

Rough night for Kyle Crick, as he failed to make it through the 1st inning. Crick threw just 15 of 35 pitches for strikes, issued three straight two out walks, and then a bases clearing double to end his night. Crick has now failed to reach the fourth inning in three of his last four starts. It seems like he's working at lower velocity this year, possibly to try to gain more control, but it's certainly not working. In 54.1 IP, he has just 37 Ks, by far the lowest K rate of his career but he still has 29 walks. And the .270 BAA that's he allowing is far far higher than any other season of his career. Troubled times for Kyle.

Ali Castillo, who's been such a valuable pick up for the Richmond squad this year, finally got himself on top of the leaderboard. And he celebrated by picking up two more hits and a walk from the lead off position. The Squirrels also got a big night from Tyler Horan who picked up his 5th HR of the year. It's interesting to me that a guy with such big raw power very rarely hits HRs to the pull field.

Ray Black entered the game in the 8th with the team down a run, and he ended up manufacturing a crucial insurance run for the B-Mets, issuing two walks and two WP. It ended up being critical as the Squirrels came back to score one more in the top of the 9th. But with the tying run on 2nd and two outs, Carlos Moncrief struck out as a PH to end the game.

* * *

San Jose lost at Stockton Ports (Athletics), 6-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.245

.305

.362

SS

CJ Hinojosa

5

1

2

4

0

0

1

0

0

.299

.381

.455

1b

Chris Shaw

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

2

1

.280

.357

.532

2b

Cristian Paulino

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.233

.250

.323

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes L 6-2

5.1

7

4

3

4

6

1

1

0

3.84

Jose Morel

1.2

2

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

4.11

Pat Young

1.0

1

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

2.70

Like Richmond, the Giants opened the game with a bang, but couldn't hold the lead. After Hinojosa's two-run HR in the top of the first, the Giants wouldn't score again until the 9th inning (once again courtesy of CJ, on a two-run single.

By that point Mark Reyes and two relievers had allowed 6 runs to come across, allowing the Ports to score in every inning between the 4th and 8th.

The Giants staff has help coming for the bullpen, as Jose Reyes moves out of the pen and into the rotation to repalce Martin Agosta (who is likely lost for awhile).

Augusta won at Columbia Fireflies (Mets), 19-7

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Lucius Fox

4

3

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.214

.318

.308

2b

Jalen Miller

5

2

2

4

1

0

1

1

1

.238

.271

.344

3b

Miguel Gomez

5

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

.359

.395

.526

LF

Dylan Davis

6

2

3

2

2

1

0

0

1

.289

.371

.502

1b

Skyler Ewing

4

3

3

5

0

0

1

1

0

.230

.307

.310

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Cory Taylor W 6-2

5.0

4

2

2

3

2

1

0

0

1.97

Ryan Halstead

2.0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

7.16

Heath Slatton

1.0

4

4

4

1

2

0

0

0

5.63

Caleb Smith

1.0

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.38

The Greenjackets took a 2-0 lead the 1st inning and then busted the game open with a 7-run rally in the 2nd. And that was only their second biggest inning of the game! With 20 hits and 10 XBH it's hard to even know who to highlight in this game. Dylan Davis had two doubles and a triple, Skyler Ewing hit his first HR of the year, Jalen Miller doubled and HRd. It was just an onslaught on hard hit balls. Lucius Fox opened the game with a double and he hit the ball hard all night; even his outs were line drives. Fox, who was also HBP in this game, has reached base 6 times in the first two games back from the break and stolen 3 bases (18 on the season), which is some quality lead-offing!

Jalen Miller's been really struggling lately, with his average dropping back down into the .230s, but he came up big in this game. He just has a very handsy swing, as scouts like to say. Not very strong yet, but he can let his hands do the work (don't sleep on the Columbia Pitcher's excellent Mat Latos impression in this clip).

Speaking of the two teenagers at the top of the Augusta lineup, one man's view of the Sally this year has them both up near the top of the league's prospects.

Unlike the 0-2 San Jose squad, Augusta has come out firing after the break, taking their first two games by a combined 25-10.

* * *

Salem-Keizer beat the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

3b

Manuel Geraldo

4

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

.361

SS

Ryan Howard

4

1

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

.500

RF

Heath Quinn

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

GIDP

1b

Ryan Kirby

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

HBP

LF

Gustavo Cabrera

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.269

E (1)

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Raffi Vizcaino

3.0

2

0

0

2

2

0

1

0

1.50

Nolan Riggs W 1-0

3.0

4

3

3

0

2

1

0

0

6.75

Cesar Yanez

1.2

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

Caleb Simpson S 1

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.25

The draftees started showing up in Salem-Keizer, but it was still Manuel Geraldo at the top of the lineup making things goes for the Volcanoes offense.  Geraldo moved over to 3b in deference to Ryan Howard, but he kept on hitting. Geraldo now has 13 hits in his first 36 ABs in the NWL, including three doubles.  He had just 2 XBH in 130 ABs in the Sally. So far, in the SSS season, his K rate has been cut in half in moving down the level as well.

Howard, hitting after Geraldo in the 2 spot, drove Manuel in twice in the game, including a run scoring double in the top of the 1st in his first NWL at bat. He had the best of the debuts, as both Heath Quinn and Ryan Kirby took 0 fers.

The winning hit came from another Sally league ex-pat, Gustavo Cabrera who came to bat in the bottom of the 6th in a 3-3 tie and blasted a run-scoring triple. He was thrown out at home on a FC on the next play however, and that was all the scoring the Volcanoes would manage. But Cesar Yanez and Caleb Simpson were able to hold the lead the rest of the way. With perhaps the LOLPitcherWins statline of the year, Nolan Riggs picked up the Win despite being the only Volcanoe pitcher in the game to surrender any runs.

For the second straight start Raffi Viacaino went just 3 innings, despite being effective as the team is stretching him out gingerly.

And then, of course, there was this:

* * *

AZL Giants had a scheduled off day

* * *

DSL Giants beat the DSL Twins, 11-8

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

CF

18.6

Jose Patino

5

3

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

.311

SB (3)

SS

18.1

Jose Rivero

4

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.265

HBP

LF

17.6

Ismael Munguia

5

2

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

.400

1b

17.11

Angeddy Almanzar

3

0

1

3

0

0

0

1

1

.359

HBP

DH

17.0

Ricardo Genoves

5

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

.345

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

17.3

Jorge Labrador

2.2

7

3

3

1

2

0

0

2

22.50

17.4

Kevin Castro W 1-0

2.0

1

1

1

3

2

0

0

0

3.60

18.6

Jasier Herrera S 2

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0.00

The top five hitters in the Giants order picked up 12 hits in a wild, offensive game. The Giants had 20 baserunners in the game, and because it was the DSL, the Twins helped them out with 5 errors. Two smaller signings in the last year are having a big impact on the Giants offense as Ismael Munguia, a 17 year old out of Nicaragua, and Angeddy Almanzar and Angeddy Almanzar continue to mash to start the year. The two are 13th and 18th in the DSL in OPS in the early going. Almanzar, with 6 XBH including 2 HRs is showing the most power, but Munguia is showing some excellent contact skills among his talents. In addition to his .400 BA with five doubles and three SB, Munguia is really controlling the strike zone, with just 4 Ks to go with 4 BBs in his 45 AB. A 1:1 K:BB in the DSL is probably as good a positive predictor stat as you're likely to find at this level, especially for a 17 year old.  Ricardo Genoves is close to that as well, with 8 Ks and 6 BBs in 58 ABs.

Jorge Labrador had his longest pro start so far this year, and allowed his fewest runs. Baby steps!

In 8.1 IP over 5 games, Jasier Herrera has allowed 5 baserunners (2 hits, 3 BBs) and struck out 12 of the 29 batters he's faced. That's good!!

* * *

A full seven-game slate today with some excellent pitching matchups to look forward to.  I'll be focussing on Sam Coonrod's second Eastern League start. What will you be watching?

Today's Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: Clayton Blackburn vs. Rafael Montero (a matchup of both systems' #1 depth chart starter)
Richmond: Sam Coonrod vs. Casey Delgado
San Jose: Jason Forjet vs. TBD
Augusta: Dom Mazza vs. Kevin Canelon (Canelon has handled the Greenjackets well this year)
SK: Melvin Adon vs. Jordan Guerrero
AZL: TBD
DSL: Miguel Figueroa vs. TBD