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It's Deadline day: do you know where your prospects are?

Let's spotlight some Defense! This is actually from Saturday night, but I love running 'em down in the alley, so let's get our week started with some Steven Duggar love.

And then from the 1st inning of last night's Sacramento game, it's Austin Slater making just the first of two terrific catches:

HIGHLIGHTS: Chris Denorfia HRd and doubled; Dan Slania threw 7 innings with 2 hits, 1 R; Jacob Heyward doubled and tripled, Michael Bernal doubled and HRd.

Sacramento beat Salt Lake City Bees (Angels), 15-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

4

2

2

1

0

0

0

2

1

.310

.376

.381

DH

Matt Duffy

4

2

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

.333

.429

.500

C

Andrew Susac

5

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

.273

.343

.455

CF

Austin Slater

4

3

2

3

1

0

0

1

0

.227

.329

.356

1b

Travis Ishikawa

3

2

2

5

0

0

1

0

0

.250

.343

.404

LF

Chris Denorfia

4

1

2

4

1

0

1

1

2

.224

.284

.284

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Dan Slania W 1-0

7.0

2

1

1

1

5

0

0

0

1.29

Back in April, the RiverCats were simply pulverized by the Bees, losing ten games in a row to SLC to start out the year and 11 out of 13 overall. They got a little pound of flesh back from the Bees last night though, with a thorough demolition. Sacramento had more HRs than the Bees had hits. They had more doubles than the Bees had hits, as well and they had a WHOOOOOOLE lot more hits than the Bees had hits. Thirteen hits in all, included HRs from Chris Denorfia, Travis Ishikawa, and Jarrett Parker, his 19th of the season, though the first since July 1.

Denorfia also had a two-run double in the RiverCats five-run 1st inning that got the rout started right out of the gates. Interestingly, those were Denorfia's first two XBH with Sacramento this year. Kelby Tomlinson, who is now 20 for his last 44 ABs in Sacramento started the inning off with another single (19 of those 20 have been singles). And then Matt Duffy showed the Matt Duffy swing we all remember from last year and hope to see again soon this year. Duffy patiently worked himself into a full count, and then on the 8th pitch of the AB he did this:

Five batters later, Chris Denorfia's double made the score 5-0 and the competitive portion of the game was effectively over, though it owuld proceed to get less and less competitive as time went on.

On the other side of things, Dan Slania's rise continued as he made his AAA debut throwing 7 innings and combining with two relievers on a two-hitter. Slania retired 18 of his final 19 batters and seemed to be throwing every bit as efficiently as he did in AA. We had a few friends on hand with reports:

All in all a happy night! And heck, when guys hit two HRs I always show them both, so why not two terrific catches. This is NOT the same play as the one at the top, though they both came in the top of the 1st inning yesterday.

* * *

Richmond beat New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays), 4-1
winning their four game series, 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Steven Duggar

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.313

.372

.435

3b

Christian Arroyo

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.285

.321

.389

SS

CJ Hinojosa

4

1

1

3

0

0

1

0

0

.286

.351

.398

1b

Chris Shaw

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

.210

.267

.324

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Gage W 6-6

6.0

5

1

1

0

5

0

0

0

3.71

Rodolfo Martinez

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7.84

Chase Johnson S 4

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.42

Entering the 6th inning of yesterday's "Brunch and Baseball" early game, Richmond was being no-hit. But following a one-out walk Steven Duggar broke up the no no with a single up the middle and Christian Arroyo followed with another to load the bases. After a run-scoring PB, CJ Hinojosa capped off the flurry of hits with a 3-run HR to spur the team to it's 7th victory in the last 8 games. The Squirrels ended up with just five hits in the game, with five walks to go with them. If you're going to get just five hits in a game, putting a couple of them in front of HR is always an excellent strategy!

Chris Shaw is ever so slowly walking himself back from the ledge. Shaw was the only Squirrel to reach base safely multiple times yesterday, with a walk and a double. Shaw has reached base in each of his last five games, and reached multiple times in four of those games going 6 for 18 with 5 walks against just 3 Ks in that stretch.

Rodolfo Martinez' issues transitioning to AA (he blew a save Saturday night in yet another hit-filled inning for him) seem to have handed Chase Johnson the opportunity of taking over the closer role. Chase is still missing the swing and miss from his game, but he's been 4 for 4 in his save opportunities. Overall this season, Johnson has just 35 Ks in 50 IP. His K% of just 17% is down from 27% in the EL last year and 25% in the Cal.

* * *

San Jose lost at Modesto Nuts (Rockies) 4-1
losing their four game series, 1-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

1b

Miguel Gomez

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.246

.267

.439

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

.272

.325

.361

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes L 8-5

6.0

7

4

4

4

6

3

0

1

4.36

Jeff Soptic

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

7.09

Tyler Cyr

1.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

2.00

Power plays, as the old baseball saying goes. San Jose and Modesto had 8 hits apiece in yesterday's series ender, but three of Modesto's left the building and that made all the difference. San Jose ran up against an old foe in this one, the Rockies #24 prospect RHP Yency Almonte who beat the Giants for the 3rd time this year in four starts against them. In this one Almonte rang up 11 Ks over 7 shutout innings, totally shutting the Giants attack down.

Daniel Carbonell was most of the Giants offense, with three of their hits and driving in the lone run. He also stole his 8th bag of the year. Miguel Gomez picked up his 3rd double with San Jose. Gomez hasn't managed to be quite the hit machine in the Cal that he was in the Sally. He's had just three two hit games with San Jose in his first 14 games, after making it a near daily occurrence in Augusta.

And, hey, since we're remembering San Jose players, past here:

* * *

Augusta lost to Lakewood Blue Claws (Phillies), 12-7
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

LF

Seth Harrison

5

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.266

.343

.381

3b

Dillon Dobson

5

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

.271

.307

.472

RF

Junior Arias

5

1

2

2

2

0

0

0

2

.280

.336

.486

C

Matt Pare

4

1

1

3

0

0

1

0

0

.202

.309

.429

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jake McCasland

6.0

7

3

3

3

3

0

0

0

1.86

Caleb Smith L 1-2

0.1

0

3

3

3

0

0

0

0

2.70

Ryan Koziol BS 2

0.2

5

5

5

1

0

0

0

1

2.75

Cesar Yanez

1.0

1

1

1

0

1

0

1

0

7.71

Augusta cruised into the top of the 7th comfortably in control of a 5-1 lead and looking for a another series win. They left the 7th inning.... well ... less comfortable. Lakewood sent 15 batters to the plate in a 10 run donnybrook that stunned the Greenjackets. Jake McCasland, making his first home start since his no-hitter, cruised through 6 effective innings. But he opened the 7th by giving up a double and a walk to the first two batters of the inning, and then the usually reliable Caleb Smith was brought in in relief. Smith, who as Kruk would say, has an occasional tendency to get a wild hair up his nose, walked three of the four batters he faced, and then Ryan Koziol came in and allowed hits to 5 of the 6 batters he faced, including two different bases-clearing doubles.

No real need to linger on this stinker. Augusta maintains their 1st place position and begin an important series with last place Columbia tonight.

* * *

Salem-Keizer won at Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks) 5-1
losing their three game series 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

DH

Ashford Fulmer

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

.325

.451

.410

1b

Ryan Kirby

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.278

.366

.463

2b

Kevin Rivera

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

.301

.353

.385

C

Zack Bowers

4

1

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

.247

.359

.330

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Krook W 1-1

5.2

4

1

1

1

5

0

1

0

1.80

CJ Gettman

1.1

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

4.76

Patrick Ruotolo

1.0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0.00

The Volcanoes rode a 5-run 2nd inning and a strong start from Matt Krook to victory in the final game before the NWL All Star break. The crucial inning began with a Ryan Kirby ground rule double, and included six more hits along the way, including more doubles from Zack Bowers and Bryan Reynolds (another one hopper over the fence). The Volcanoes had just four hits and no runs the rest of the game, but the big inning stood up.

Matt Krook gave up two hits and a run in the 1st inning, but he shut down the Hops the rest of the way, retiring 12 out of 14 hitters from the 2nd through the 5th, and one of those two reached on an error from Kevin Rivera. Krook struck out a (short) career best 5 to just 1 walk (his lowest in five starts with SK), mostly using a ferocious breaking ball to get swing and misses off his low 90s fastball. This is a really good looking arm (and as we learn from the following, a Giants fan)!

Krook was followed by 3.1 shutout innings from three relievers, who combined to allow just one hit and two walks. Patrick Ruotolo ended things by striking out the side in the 9th. The 27th rounder from UConn has yet to allow an earned run in 10 games (15.1 IP), with an 0.98 WHIP (1.18 in the NWL), and 28 Ks to 7 BBs.

The Volcanoes are off until Thursday for their All Star break, so most everybody gets a break for a few days.

* * *

AZL Giants beat the AZL Padres, 11-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Mikey Edie

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.209

.280

.275

C

Aramis Garcia

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

.143

.143

.286

LF

Jacob Heyward

3

2

2

2

1

1

0

1

0

.424

.573

.797

RF

Sandro Fabian

5

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

2

.329

.369

.526

2b

Michael bernal

5

2

2

2

1

0

1

0

1

.235

.278

.469

3b

Nick Hill

3

1

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

.293

.377

.380

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Alex Bostic W 2-3

5.0

3

1

1

2

5

0

0

0

5.16

Jake Greenwalt

2.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.76

Wilson Santos

1.0

2

2

2

2

2

0

0

0

18.00

Reagan Bazar

1.0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

5.79

Jacob Heyward's assault on AZL pitchers continues as he added two more XBH to his pile. Heyward has 15 XBH out of his 25 total hits, though only one of those has been a HR. Michael Bernal, on the other end of the average spectrum has also been quite accomplished at power ball, as 12 of his 19 hits so far this year have been XBH including now 3 HRs, though Bernal has sprinkled many many more outs in between his hits than Heyward.

In all, the Giants ran up 13 hits in this laugher, including seven for extra bases. They also had four walks and two HB. Mikey Edie had the "reaching base hat trick" with a single, a walk, and a HBP. Edie also stole his 8th base. He's second on the team behind Nick Hill, who had his 11th SB in this game.

By the way, here's an awesome shot of the lightning that cancelled the AZL Giants game in the 2nd inning the other night from friend of ML Karen Rambat.

* * *

DSL Giants had their traditional Sunday off
They try to continue their winning streak this morning

* * *

Today's Matchups:
Sacramento: Clayton Blackburn vs. Zach Nuding
Richmond: Off
San Jose: Jason Forjet vs. TBD
Augusta: Michael Connolly vs. TBD
SK: All Star break

Ok, we're in full on hug watch now folks. Let's commence discussing the players we'll miss most if they're traded and/or talking about how much we hate the trades that were hypothetically just made.