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It's morning like this when Giants' fans look to Minor Lines to sooth their jangled nerves. ... Hrmmmm...um... maybe a warning of some sort would be appropriate here...

Baseball Prospectus wrote up notes for the entire team, which you can find in the tweets below from good friend David Lee, who did the writeup for Bickford:

Congratulations to the Giants' two new Future's Game representatives! Joining the ranks of such future Giants as Matt Cain (2004), Pablo Sandoval (2006, 2008) and Madison Bumgarner (2009). May you join the ranks of Futures Game Future All Stars, guys!

Sacramento won at Las Vegas 51s (Mets), 14-10
winning their four game series, 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF-LF

Robbie Garvey

6

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.667

.667

1.000

C

Miguel Olivo

5

2

3

2

1

0

0

0

1

.278

.303

.462

SS

Rando Moreno

4

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.284

.319

.313

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Adalberto Mejia

4.0

10

6

6

3

4

1

0

0

5.71

Jean Machi W 3-1

2.0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.75

Steven Okert

1.0

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

3.58

Now this is a Las Vegas PCL game! I don't know what Ty Blach was thinking out there on Monday. The desert winds blew and the elevation elevated and things got wild and crazy on get away day.

After getting the good news about his Futures Game selection, Adalberto Mejia went to the mound and gave up 5 runs before he managed to collect two outs. After getting Dilson Herrera to ground out leading off, Mejia allowed in succession a walk, single, double, single, HR, and another single for good measure. Mejia got good and truly rattled at that point as he then managed to balk AND throw away a pickoff on successive non-pitches.  But he did finally get out of the inning and to his credit, he pulled it together and managed three more innings allowing just one more run in the start.

But the RiverCats offense roared back and then just kept on roaring. They scored two in the first, three in the third, four in the fifth, and then at least one run in every inning the rest of the game. And they did it all with what was probably the most prospect-free lineup in recent memory. In all they bashed out 17 hits (in fact, both teams had 17 hits), including back to back HRs from Travis Ishikawa (a three run shot that gave them the lead) and Myles Schroder (his first in AAA).

They got at least one hit from all eight starting position players, and two more guys who came off the bench. That included a PH double from TJ Bennett, who I believe has more transactions than games played on the year. Nice that he could join in the fun.

Mitch Delfino managed a 1 for 5 on the day, breaking an 0 for 15 stretch. After a fine May, Delfino has really scuffled in June, hitting just .132/.157/.147 this month with 17 Ks in 70 PA.

As feared, before the game Chris Heston was put on the DL with a oblique injury after leaving his start early the other night, which set off a cascade of transactions.

* * *

Richmond beat the Akron Rubber Ducks (Indians), 6-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

3b

Christian Arroyo

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

.279

.321

.390

LF

Tyler Horan

3

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

.261

.326

.460

RF

Hunter Cole

3

2

2

1

2

0

0

1

0

.269

.331

.439

SS

Brandon Bednar

4

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

.308

.308

.308

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Gage W 4-5

6.0

3

3

3

3

8

0

0

1

3.75

Ray Black S 6

1.0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

1

5.74

Richmond's offense exploded for 5 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings of this game, and then they cruised on to a 6-3 final. After Matt Gage, who matched a season high for Ks in the game, had allowed Akron a 2-0 lead in the top of the 2nd, the Squirrels came right back to tie it in the bottom of the inning, kicking off the scoring with yet another Tyler Horan opposite field HR.

And then they kept hitting. Sudden doubles machine Hunter Cole hit doubles in both the 2nd and 3rd innings, and each time he came around to score on singles from Brandon Bednar, who's making a fine adjustment to AA life (and who the SJ lineup really misses). The two doubles for Cole gave him four doubles in the last two games,

And speaking of doubles, Christian Arroyo hit his 22nd double in this game, which leads the Eastern League.

With Tyler Rogers moving on up, Ray Black was moved back into the closer's role and he picked up his 6th save, striking out the side in the 9th. This was the third time he's struck out the side in the six games since coming off the DL and he's given up just 1 run in the month of June in 9 appearances. With Rodolfo Martinez coming to join Black, it's quite possible that the 8th and 9th innings of Richmond games are going to boast the most cumulative velocity of any team -- major or minor -- the baseball.

* * *

San Jose lost to Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners), 3-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.237

.303

.348

SS

CJ Hinojosa

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.296

.378

.442

1b

Chris Shaw

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

.283

.357

.536

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jose Reyes L 2-2

5.0

5

3

3

2

2

0

1

1

4.46

Sergio Romo

2.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

With the rotation down a couple of starters (Sam Coonrod and Martin Agosta), Jose Reyes has been another shot at starting. In this, his second turn back in the rotation, Reyes performed fairly well, but a two-run double that keyed a three-run second inning was enough to seal his fate, given the suddenly punchless San Jose offense's continued struggles. The bats collected just three hits in this game, all singles, along with two walks.

It's frankly surprising they made it as close as they did. But despite the meagre production, the Giants did provide some drama in the 8th inning. Cristian Paulino struck out but reached 1b on a WP, and Ronnie Jebavy followed by breaking an 0 for 16 stretch with a single. With Steven Duggar batting, Paulino stole 3b, giving the Giants runners on the corner, no outs, and their best three hitters coming to the plate. More base running daring brought it to a 3-2 game with the tying run at 2b.

But that was all they could managed. Duggar had been called out on strikes. Hinojosa ground out to move Jebavy up to the 3b. And Shaw, too, was rung up on a strike 3 call to end their last threat.

Anyhoo, here's something that might have been pleasant to watch at most any point last night:

Come back soon, Serg!

The Giants have now gone 2-4 out of the gates in the second half and need to find some sort of revival from both the hitters and pitchers.

Joe Ritzo and Justin Allegri released a new edition of the Inside the SJ Giants podcast yesterday, looking over the first half. The podcast features interviews with Phil Bickford, as well as with George Brett who is the only Hall of Famers ever to play for the San Jose Cal League franchise, and was recently honored in a turn back the clock night when San Jose took the field as the San Jose Bees.

* * *

Augusta lost to the Asheville Tourists (Rockies), 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Lucius Fox

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.210

.308

.297

2b

Jalen Miller

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.233

.268

.335

DH

Miguel Gomez

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.351

.386

.519

RF

Dylan Davis

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.288

.368

.496

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jake McCasland L 1-3

6.0

7

3

3

1

6

1

0

0

1.71

Ryan Halstead

1.2

3

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

6.75

Heath Slatton

1.1

2

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

5.19

The Greenjackets' 5-game winning streak to open the 2nd half came to halt as, like their High A brethren, Augusta struggled to generate much offense. They had more chances, as Augusta had 9 hits in the game, including six from the first four hitters in their order. But all of them were singles, and their sequencing was poor as all of their hits prior to the 9th inning came with two outs. Despite the nine hits, they had just five at bats with RISP in the game.

Still they were able to provide some last minute drama, as they opened the bottom of the 9th with three straight singles from Dylan Davis, Matt Winn, and Junior Arias. A FC from Dunston brought home one run but that was all they'd get as Seth Harrison and PH Dillon Dobson struck out to end it.

Harrison's strike out looked like this:

Jake McCasland was one of the very few bright spots in the bullpen in the first half, and he's been a bright spot in the team's rotation issues of late as well. The 24 year old is providing the team with really valuable innings.

While Lucius Fox' average still lingers around the Mendoza Line, one thing that has shown marked improvement of late is his K rate. After striking out in 32% of his PA in April, he dropped down to 24% in May and now just 13% in June. The sample size in June is smaller due to a short DL stint and the All Star break, but it's over 60 PA so hopefully this represents a real adjustment for the youngster as he starts to feel more comfortable with the level of competition (spoiler! he singled to lead off this morning's game, stole his 19th base and came around ot score in the first inning).

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost at the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 6-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

3b

Manuel Geraldo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

.306

.375

.367

RF

Heath Quinn

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.154

.154

.308

C

Zack Bowers

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.225

.319

.325

1b

Ryan Kirby

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.167

.250

.167

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Hengerber Medina L 0-2

5.0

5

2

2

2

4

0

0

2

7.62

Matthew Pope

1.1

5

4

4

1

1

0

0

0

9.00

The Northwest League's most prolific offense hit an iceberg in Hillsboro as the Volcanoes took the award for least offensive performance of the night. They did manage one more hit than San Jose and even snuck an XBH into the group. But they paired their four hits and no walks against 11 Ks, in a whiffing of epic proportions. You don't believe me? Watch and see!

Told you. Epic!

Former SS Hengerber Medina had his best start on the young short season. He carried a shutout through 4.2 IP, failing just a bit in his final inning. He allowed the first two batters of the 5th to reach on a walk and a single, and then with two outs, he allowed a run scoring single and a run scoring WP on one of his final offerings of the night. Still it was an encouraging outing. So let's check him out, in the middle of that grinding 5th inning, getting the Diamondback's first pick in the 2016 draft (pick #39 in the 1Supp Round), OF Anfernee Grier out of Auburn.

* * *

AZL Giants lost to the AZL Cubs, 5-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

RF

Malique Ziegler

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

.306

OFA

CF

Mikey Edie

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

.273

SB (3)

3b

Nathanael Javier

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.250

SS

John Polonius

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

E (1)

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Krook L 0-1

3.0

6

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.59

Alex Bostic

3.0

3

2

2

2

3

0

0

1

9.00

Justin Alleman

0.1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

0

3.38

LHP Matt Krook got in another 3 IP of work yesterday and once again, BA's Bill Mitchell was on hand to watch him.

Getting work in. Getting the arm to feel healthy again. Seeing some of the plus stuff he showed pre-surgery. These are the goals for Krook in the desert this year. And it's good to see him out there working on them. 2017 will be a big year for Krook, who could be a huge steal for the Giants.

Offensively, it was yet another no show for the system on this night. The Baby Giants had just six hits with a double, three walks, and another 10 Ks! Ouch. Former high priced IFA Nathanael Javier and 2016 22nd rounder Malique Ziegler were the only hitters to reach base twice. The night was notable for the return of long-lost SS John Polonius, seeing his first game action of the year.

* * *

DSL Giants lost to DSL Dodgers, 2-1

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

18.2

Jose Rivero

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.280

.385

.338

3b

18.3

Francisco Medina

4

0

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

.206

.375

.442

C

17.1

Andres Angulo

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

.156

.446

.492

LF

17.6

Ismael Munguia

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.357

.315

.203

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

17.6

Johan Herrera L 1-2

5.0

5

2

0

1

3

0

0

0

1.80

20.2

Andy Acosta

3.0

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

2.53

Jose Rivero had two hits including a double and scored the Giants only run, but his two-out error in the first inning allowed two unearned runs to score and make a hard-luck loser out of Johan Herrera. The Giants had nine hits -- twice as many as Herrera and Acosta allowed the Dodgers -- but went 1 for 9 with RISP and left 11 runners on base.

* * *

Lots of morning and early afternoon action today on getaway day, while Sacramento gets the night off as they travel back home.

Today's Matchups:
Richmond: Tyler Beede vs. Rob Kaminsky (in an all former 1st round draft picks matchup)
San Jose: DJ Snelten vs. Osmer Morales
Augusta: Michael Connolly vs. Trey Killian
SK: Raffi Vizcaino vs. Jeferson Mejia 
DSL: Jose Marta