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There's no dinger like a birthday dinger.

2013 2nd round pick Ryder Jones turned 22 yesterday and the thoughtful young man made his own present.

Ryder's really growing into his body this year and the game power is starting to show up. His 6th HR matched his output for 2015 in San Jose. Ryder's overall batting line is still pretty substandard (oh, that .271 OBP) but you can see the glimmer of a carrying tool there. I'm sort of liking the "Ryder is Culby" comparison more and more, personally.

HIGHLIGHTS: Steven Duggar reached base 3x with a HR; Dillon Dobson hit two triples and a double; Kelvin Beltre had four hits with a double, HR.

Sacramento lost to Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 1-0
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

RF-1b

Ryan Lollis

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.264

.326

.352

LF

Austin Slater

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.261

.346

.304

C

Andrew Susac

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.247

.296

.342

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Lujan L 0-5

5.0

4

1

1

4

6

2

0

0

4.40

Steven Okert

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.35

In the top of the 1st inning, Matt Lujan allowed a single, a walk, and a run scoring single before getting out of the inning with a groundball double play. After which, everybody settled in for a long winter's nap. Seventeen half innings of scoreless ball took the game to its conclusion. After the top of the 1st, Albuquerque would have just three more singles the rest of the game, and Sacramento would have just four singles in the contest. Rather amazingly, all four of Sacramento's hits were infield singles, as they never had a ball touch the outfield grass in safety all night. They weren't exactly being dominated by the 'Topes lefty starter Tyler Anderson, who had just one K on the night, but there were a good amount of easy 0 for 4s in the lineup. Sacramento is now just 5-13 on the year when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.

The game mirrored the RiverCats game 1 victory over Albuquerque, which was also a well pitched 1-0 contest with the only run scoring in the 1st inning. Well, what do you do with a 1-0 pitchers' duel? You highlight de-fense, of course:

Sacramento gets just their third day off of the season tonight before heading right back to El Paso for the second time in a week.

* * *

Richmond won at New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays), 5-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Myles Schroder

4

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

0

.277

.335

.369

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.288

.317

.399

3b

Ryder Jones

5

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

1

.246

.271

.399

RF

Hunter Cole

5

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

2

.244

.306

.350

LF

Tyler Horan

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.274

.326

.427

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Dan Slania W 4-4

5.0

6

1

1

1

5

0

0

1

4.00

Jake Smith

0.2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

6.63

Chase Johnson

1.0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

3.32

Tyler Rogers S 7

1.0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.00

The Squirrels got a balanced 10 hit attack leading them to a win on the first night of their Nor'eastern trip. Richmond had multi-hit efforts from four different members of the starting lineup, from leadoff hitter Myles Schroder to #9 hitter Ali Castillo.  The big games came from Jones and Hunter Cole who both had a big fly included in their two hits.

There was a breeze blowing out straight down the RF line which looked to have helped Cole's HR along there. Christian Arroyo had a very similar looking flyout to the wall right by the pole earlier in the game. Jones didn't need the extra help on his shot (and spoiler alert, Ryder's hit #7 in this morning's game as well, another bomb).

Dan Slania continues to fill a rotation slot very effectively. He's still not stretched out very far, and the Squirrels used five different relievers to make it through the final four innings, but one has to say that Slania's work in the rotation has filled a big need for the Squirrels. Whether it's any kind of sustainable career path for Slania is another question entirely. In his three starts now, he's given up 3 runs over 14 innings, with 13 hits allowed, 2 BBs and 16 Ks.

The Squirrels have had a lot of roster turnover lately and they had more yesterday as SS Rando Moreno was promoted up to Sacramento. I would imagine he'll take over the every day SS role there. Moreno's been a big part of the Richmond lineup the last couple of years. He's not having the offensive success so far in 2016 that he had last year, but it's a well deserved bump regardless. Unfortunately, there could be yet another roster move in store for Richmond after yesterday's game:

We'll keep an eye on how that one goes. Horan had been having a fine game before exiting with a walk, a SB and a double.

Lastly, the Squirrels are looking for your help to get some of their members to the EL All Star Game. Vote now, if you are so inclined.

* * *

San Jose lost to the Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners), 7-3
getting swept in their four game series, 0-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Steven Duggar

4

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

.292

.412

.518

SS

CJ Hinojosa

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.330

.413

.477

1b

Chris Shaw

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.291

.362

.553

RF

Cristian Paulino

4

0

1

2

1

0

1

0

1

.211

.230

.285

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

DJ Snelten L 3-5

4.1

8

6

6

2

3

0

0

2

4.42

Jose Morel

2.2

2

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

3.33

Jeff Soptic

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9.13

To quote from T.S. Eliot: "this is how 30 games in 29 days ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper." The main culprit of the sweep was, somewhat surprisingly, the pitching staff which allowed 7 or more runs in three of the four games, though it must be said that the offense wasn't exactly humming along on all cylinders over the four games either.

Steven Duggar continued to build on his terrific full season debut, hitting his 9th HR of the season in this game, a bomb to CF. The HR was the payoff for a long battle with reliever Isaac Sanchez, so maybe it's worth watching the full at bat.

Duggar's definitely been showing that power potential that many draft observers thought was in his swing somewhere. His 9 HRs matches his entire output for his college career plus his pro season debut in Salem-Keizer last year. And he's finding that power at no cost to the ability to generate OBP that he showed in college as his .412 OBP is 5th in the league, just behind teammate CJ Hinojosa's .413. If there was any fault to find with Duggar's game yesterday, he did get caught stealing for the 6th time this year, against just 4 successful SB. Duggar's fast, but he doesn't have a fast first step it appears. All things considered, that seems an acceptable flaw!

DISCUSSION TOPIC: Is Duggar the best OF prospect in the system? (let's include Parker and Williamson for our purposes)

The sweep to Bakersfield pretty well puts an end to San Jose's hopes for an all important 1st half title which is a crucial factor in the Cal League's post-seasons because of the 1st round bye that comes with it. As San Jose found out last year, without that bye, the Cal League playoffs will grind you to a nub, especially when team's get into a 5 game series because there's no travel day in the schedule between Game 5 of one round and Game 1 of the next. It's brutal.

The Giants did get one piece of good news yesterday, however, a well deserved honor.

Cal League All Stars should be named soon as well, and I would expect Coonrod as well as several other Giants will be among them.

* * *

Augusta lost to Columbia Fireflies (Mets), 4-3 in 10 inn in Gm 1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

2b

Jalen Miller

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

.258

RF

Seth Harrison

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.261

1b

Dillon Dobson

4

0

2

2

0

2

0

1

0

.269

DH

Miguel Gomez

5

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.336

3b

Kelvin Beltre

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.236

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Phil Bickford

5.0

6

3

3

1

5

0

0

0

2.89

Connor Kaden L 4-2

2.0

1

1

0

2

1

0

0

0

4.54

Augusta beat Columbia Fireflies (Mets), 6-5 in 7 inn in Gm 2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Jalen Miller

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.263

.296

.368

1b

Dillon Dobson

1

0

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

.273

.315

.497

PR-3b

Kelvin Beltre

3

3

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

.244

.309

.372

LF

Dylan Davis

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.272

.365

.457

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Luis Pino

3.2

3

1

1

4

3

0

0

0

2.45

Ryan Koziol

2.1

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.43

Heath Slatton W 1-1

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.79

It took both games of a double-header and a player substitution, but the Greenjackets got a cycle last night from their tremendously productive third spot of the lineup. 1b Dillon Dobson (a tough omission from the Augusta All Star delegation) blasted two triples and a double over the two games. Unfortunately, the organizational injury du jour knocked him out of the 2nd game.

That's a tough blow for a kid having a n excellent year. Taking over for Dolbson was the suddenly hot Kelvin Beltre who had had two hits including an RBI double in the first game. Beltre added two more in the nightcap including his 3rd HR of the season. Beltre is riding a 7-game hitting streak during which time he's been 10 for 31 with four XBH. Now he did mix in that ugly 5 strikeout game during that stretch, but otherwise Beltre's had just 2 Ks in the week, which is definitely a step forward for him.

Jalen Miller had a nice game as well, reaching base 4 times in his 8 PA and stealing his 3rd base (albeit also having his 3rd CS).  Miller started the game winning walk-off rally in the bottom of the 7th by singling and coming round to score the tying run, preventing a double header sweep. The winner came in on a bases-loaded single from All Star Matt Winn.

One major thing to keep an eye on from this day: Lucius Fox was absent from the lineup during both halves of the double header.

Augusta also got themselves another MI when Richard Rodriguez, who had just been moved from Richmond to Sacramento, was assigned down to Augusta. Whether or not that has anything to do with Fox, we'll have to keep an eye on. One thing's for sure, Fox's absence was felt as his replacement Richard Amion (normally a 2b) made four errors during the two games leading to 5 unearned runs, including the game loser in the opener.

All Star pitcher Phil Bickford actually matched his last four starts combined by giving up 3 ER in his start. His ERA had fallen to a season low 2.63 after his last game. But he continued posting strong peripherals with 5 Ks and 1 BB. For the season his K:BB ratio is 62 to 14 over 53 IP. Luis Pino was making his 2016 debut in the second game for the pitching depleted Greenjackets, one of two new starters they've brought in this week.

And a final note, the proposed new home for the team is once again in a delay mode. You can read more about that here:

* * *

The DSL Giants game with the Twins was rained out
They're playing a double header this morning

* * *

Very short schedule today as both Sacramento and San Jose get well-deserved off days. Richmond's playing an Education Day this morning, which means Augusta will be your only game this evening.  Cory Taylor will look to continue his fantastic 2016 season as he takes the mound for the Greenjackets.

Have a great day of baseball everybody!