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Two guys named Ty were awesome.

No strikeout stuff? Who says Ty Blach has no strikeout stuff?

HIGHLIGHTS: Ty Blach threw a CG, two-hit shutout with 7 Ks; Tyler Beede K'd 8 over 6 IP; Bryan Reynolds went 3 for 3 with a HR.

Sacramento won at Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 2-0
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG*

OBP

SLG

Austin Slater

LF

4

0

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

.250

.339

.397

Travis Ishikawa

1B

4

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

1

.269

.358

.468

Grant Green

RF

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.305

.326

.450

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA*

Ty Blach (W, 13-6)

9.0

2

0

0

2

7

0

3.36

Who's driving the Ty Blach bandwagon anyway? Blach's splendid ride just keeps chugging along as he extended his league lead in Wins, winning for the 7th time in his last eight starts. That stretch now includes two different CG shutouts after this two-hit gem. Over those eight games Blach has allowed: 0, 2, 1, 0, 1, 2, 3, and now 0 runs. That 6 inning, 3 Run effort last time out was the real stinker in the run. Blach smothered the Rainiers so thoroughly in this game, they took just one AB with a runner in scoring position -- with two outs in the 4th when he uncharacteristically walked two batters. Blach retired the side in order six times in his nine innings of work, though he did throw a career high 123 pitches.

Blach got all the support he needed (and fortunately, he didn't need much) in the 3rd inning when with two outs a Gorkys Hernandez single was followed by an Austin Slater RBI double. That was all the support he needed, but Travis Ishikawa gave him a little extra anyway.

Ishi's got song lyrics going through my head:

See you in September/
See you when the summer's through (ooh wooh ooh ooh)

* * *

Richmond lost to Trenton Thunder (Yankees), 5-4 in 10 inn

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG*

OBP

SLG

Steven Duggar

CF

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.322

.379

.421

Chris Shaw

DH

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

.234

.285

.400

Hunter Cole

RF

5

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

.272

.328

.437

Ryder Jones

1B

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.240

.280

.383

Tyler Horan

LF

4

1

2

1

0

0

2

0

0

.244

.311

.415

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA*

Tyler Beede

6.0

4

4

3

4

8

0

3.13

Tyler Beede was mostly sharp and dynamic in his six innings of work, particularly early as he racked up 4 Ks in the first two innings, mostly using a sharp breaking ball. As I noted after his last terrific start, Beede's been undergoing something of a transformation throughout this year with both the K rate and BB rates rising, and that was the case again yesterday. He matched his season (and career) high in walks, and came one shy of his season high in Ks (which he hit in his last start). That's 17 Ks and 7 BBs in his last two outings (13 IP) during which he's surrendered just 3 ER.

In yesterday's game the walks hurt him, leading directly to most of the runs he surrendered, and they came with a curious pattern. His twice walked the numbers 3 and 4 hitters in the Thunders lineup back to back. In the 4th inning the back to back walks loaded the bases with no outs (following one of Dustin Fowler's two doubles in the game). He got out of that rally with limited damage, allowing two runs on a double play and a harmful two-out single.

In the 6th, the exact same pattern repeated. Fowler led off with a double and then Beede walked Miguel Andujar and Mike Ford. He was laboring a bit by that inning as he also mixed in two WP. But again he limited the damage to one run, in part due to his own exceptional athleticism.

In support of Beede, the bats had serious reason to regret this loss. They loaded the bases with no outs in back to back innings (3rd and 4th) and managed to come out of those two innings with just a single run. And they would pile more and more lost opportunities up throughout the game, going 4 for 17 with RISP. They left 9 men on base and hit into 4 inning ending double plays. In one of those bases loaded situations they had two different players make outs on the bases including Brandon Bednar making a painful TOOTBLAN, getting caught rounding 2b too widely on a single to RF. Ouch!

It was nonethless, a fine game for two of the 2015 draftees. Steven Duggar had yet another two-hit game. Duggar has recorded a hit now in 24 of his last 26 starts (with a game with a PH walk mixed in there) including 14 multi-hit games. And he even mixed in a double yesterday, his first XBH since July 30. Chris Shaw continued slowly getting his numbers back up. He reached base three times including a booming triple that led to the team's first run. Ironically, Shaw now leads the Squirrels in triples.

Fourteen of Shaw's 34 hits in Richmond have gone for extra bases, as he gets his Iso back up near the .200 mark.

* * *

San Jose lost to High Desert Mavericks (Rangers), 3-1

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG*

OBP

SLG

Dylan Davis

DH

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.287

.347

.516

Daniel Carbonell

RF

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

.288

.337

.376

Ty Ross

C

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

.224

.289

.316

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Jose Reyes (L, 3-4)

5.0

9

3

3

1

0

0

4.25

Carlos Diaz

1.0

1

0

0

1

1

0

14.14

Austin Fleet

2.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

3.65

Pat Young

1.0

3

0

0

0

0

0

3.65

That would seem to adequately sum up the night offensively for the Giants, who accumulated just five singles and four walks on the night, while striking out 10 times.

In addition to their no-show on the field, San Jose got some unwelcome news before the game as well:

Morel hadn't been pitching very well, but at least he's an arm. At the beginning of the year, the rotations in San Jose and Augusta were:

San Jose: Suarez, Coonrod, Snelten, Jordan Johnson, Reyes, Forjet
Augusta: Santos, Bickford, Marshall, Webb, Watson, Taylor

Promotions, Injuries, ineffectiveness and trades have wiped out the lion's share of both rotations and the Giants have struggled to come up with the inventory to fill the rest. San Jose has been using relievers Jose Reyes and Jose Morel in their rotation for about half the year (as well as some Martin Agosta pre-TJ) and Augusta's rotation is nearly all relievers at this point, as they run out three different members of their OD bullpen (Michael Connolly, Jake McCasland, and Heath Slatton), and undrafted college senior who was signed in April (Matt Solter), and a pitcher who spent the first two months of the year in XST (Domenic Mazza). Only Grant Watson remains from the original group and he's spent much of the year on the DL. Hard to remember the last time the organization suffered from such a shortage of inventory of starting pitchers.

* * *

Augusta won Hickory Crawdads (Rangers), 8-0
sweeping their three game series, 3-0

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG*

OBP

SLG

Johneshwy Fargas

CF

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

.283

.355

.390

Jalen Miller

2B

4

2

1

0

0

1

1

1

1

.230

.270

.333

Dillon Dobson

3B

4

2

2

0

1

0

1

1

1

.273

.315

.470

Skyler Ewing

1B

5

0

2

1

0

0

1

0

1

.242

.318

.382

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA*

Matt Solter (W, 4-3)

7.0

3

0

0

2

5

0

5.89

Caleb Smith

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2.41

Ryan Koziol

1.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

2.93

Guess who suddenly developed a taste for dingerz? Jalen Miller, that's who! Miller led off the 4th inning with his 3rd homer in three days, giving the Greenjackets a lead they would never relinquish. A big four-run 7th inning salted it away. Miller contributed to that rally as well by drawing a Walk! Millers drawn five walks now in his last eight games, five out of his 21 games on the year. Coincidentally or incidentally, that stretch corresponds almost exactly to Lucius Fox' trade and Miller's elevation from the #2 spot to leadoff. That theory doesn't seem to work exactly though as Miller was back at the familiar #2 spot yesterday with Johneshwy Fargas moved up to the top spot.  Regardless, it's a good sign to see him working to be a little more selective. More selective, better pitches to hit = DINGERZ! Apparently.

Dillong Dobson also had a fine night with two hits including a triple. Dobson's power has dried up a bit since the spring as he has just 12 XBH since July 1st. Three of those came on a big night on July 24, when he hit two doubles and a HR. Since then he's hit just three doubles and a triple over 14 games. His SLG by month this year (not counting June when he played just 7 games): .575, .374. .398, .452.

The 1st place Greenjackets come home for seven games starting a four game series vs. the Lexington Legends tonight.

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to Eugene Emeralds (Cubs), 12-5

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG*

OBP

SLG

Manuel Geraldo

3B

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.290

.320

.368

Bryan Reynolds

CF

3

1

3

0

0

1

1

0

0

.328

.399

.557

Heath Quinn

RF

4

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

1

.314

.401

.514

Gio Brusa

DH

4

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

2

.263

.306

.474

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA*

Mac Marshall (L, 1-5)

3.2

7

6

2

2

4

0

5.80

Rayan Hernandez

2.0

6

5

5

1

0

2

3.10

Kendry Melo

2.1

2

1

1

2

3

0

5.33

For the second straight night, the Emeralds just wailed away on Volcanoes' pitching, particularly their starting pitching. Mac Marhsall most decidedly did not build on his last, encouraging outing. Walks weren't necessarily his big issues here, but control and command were as he went over the 80 pitch mark while failing to make it four innings. When he was in the zone he was hittable, surrendering 7 hits including two doubles. Reliever Rayan Hernandez was even more hittable as his short stay produced a double, two HRs and 5 Runs allowed.

The Volcanoes scoring came by and large from the long ball as well, as the three power hitters at the top of this year's draft -- Bryan Reynolds, Heath Quinn, and Gio Brusa -- each hit solo HRs (their 5th, 5th, and 6th respectively). The top two guys are doing just about everything right. Heath Quinn now has a streak of 24 consecutive games in which he's reached base, as he's showing an excellent combination of power and patience.  Quinn also threw a runner out at home last night for his league leading 6th OF assist.

Reynolds had a perfect night at the plate, going 3 for 3 with that "absolute tank." Reynolds and Quinn are now 1st and 4th in the NWL in batting average, 1st and 2nd in SLG, and 1st and 2nd in OPS. They're a lackluster 7th and 6th in OBP (slackers). Pretty sweet debuts from the top guys.

Another streak that continued last night was Manuel Geraldo's multi-hit streak. This was the 4th consecutive game with at least two hits for Geraldo, who's gone 10 for 20 in those games. One thing lots of hits means: he's making contact! And yes, just two Ks in those four games for the contact-challenged but athletic middle infielder. Getting steady playing time at the lower level seems to be letting him get a little rhythm and find his footing. The 19-year old former SS has handled the challenge of a big jump from the DSL fairly well this year, and it's nice to have some system depth in young MI to sustain the loss of Fox.

Bill Harrington, the Volcanoes Director of Broadcasting and Media, reached out to me yesterday to point out that they have another Inside the Dugout feature up. So if you liked yesterday's conversation with reliever CJ Gettman, you'll love the All Star edition with Ashford Fulmer.

* * *

AZL beat the AZL Indians, 8-7 in 6 inn (rain)

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG*

OBP

SLG

Jose Layer

LF

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.286

.286

.429

Jacob Heyward

DH

3

1

2

0

0

0

2

0

1

.349

.491

.614

Sandro Fabian

RF

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.327

.357

.538

Kyle Drabek

3B

1

1

1

1

0

0

2

0

0

.231

.267

.308

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA*

Stephen Woods

0.2

4

3

3

0

1

0

3.13

Julio Benitez (W, 2-2)

4.0

6

4

3

1

5

1

4.50

Jake Greenwalt (S, 1)

1.1

0

0

0

0

1

0

4.05

The Giants sent 12 men to the plate in a 7-run 4th inning during which they collected eight hits including three doubles and a triple. Jacob Heyward had two different hits in the inning. In all, in just five times at bat, every member of the lineup recorded at least one hit, although Heyward was the only one to have two.

Sandro Fabian picked up his 8th double and 15 XBH in just over 100 ABs. The 18 year old OF has recorded an XBH in each of his last five games and in 8 of his last 10. Jose Layer got into his second game since signing, and picked up a hit though he was thrown out trying to steal. The speedy OF has been CS in each of his first two attempts.

Stephen Woods had a rough outing, failing to survive the 1st inning after giving up singles to four of the first five hitters he faced and throwing a WP. One would assume an innings pitch count limit got him out of the game.

* * *

DSL Giants beat the DSL Rojos, 2-1

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG*

OBP

SLG

Franklin Labour

DH

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

.257

.348

.322

Angeddy Almanzar

1B

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.307

.384

.455

Francisco Medina

3B

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.262

.370

.305

Diego Rincones

RF

4

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

.247

.335

.359

Andres Angulo

C

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.167

.321

.211

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA*

Aneudy Acosta (W, 2-2)

6.0

3

1

0

1

4

0

3.76

Jesus Reyes (S, 2)

3.0

0

0

0

0

5

0

1.16

Aneudy Acosta and Jesus Reyes teamed up on a three-hitter in this pitchers' duel. Reyes was particularly sharp, striking out five of the eight batters he faced and picking off one of the two runners he inherited to help get the team out of a 7th inning jam (unfortunately the other one scored on a throwing error from SS Joel Perez). Reyes, who just turned 20 on July 31, is having a fantastic season out of the bullpen. The RHP has allowed just 4 ER in 31 IP while striking out 41. He's allowing less than a baserunner per inning (0.97 WHIP) and is holding batters to a .162 batting average. We probably tend to over-focus on the DSL starters, but for perspective's sake this is a very similar season to the one the then-20-year old Luis Castillo back in 2013 and he's now a terrific starting pitching prospect (albeit for the Marlins as he was included in the Casey McGehee trade).

* * *

Lots of great matchups today, particularly in the lower levels. Feature game has to be in Salem, where the Volcanoes hitters test themselves against the elite velocity of Dylan Cease, the highest upside arm in the Cubs' system.

Today's Matchups:
Sacramento: Off
Richmond: Andrew Suarez vs. Chance Adams (Adams btw is a college teammate of Cory Taylor's so the two Dallas Baptis alums had a chance to catch up this series)
SJ: Dan Slania vs. David Ledbetter
Augusta: Grant Watson vs. Scott Blewett (ranked Royals #9 prospect prior to season, but not in BA's midseason re-ranking)
SK: Garrett Williams vs. Dylan Cease (#6 Cubs prospect on BA's mid-season ranking)
AZL and DSL: TBD