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Beede has no trouble with the Curve. And I'm horribly horribly sorry for writing that.

A tremendous game for the system's best pitcher, but blown saves ruled the night.

HIGHLIGHTS: Tyler Beede struck out 9 over 7 shutout innings; Steven Duggar reached base 3x, extending his hitting streak to 16 games; TJ Bennett doubled and homered; Bryan Reynolds had a four hit game.

Sacramento's game was postponed by rain
They'll play a makeup double header tonight

* * *

Richmond lost at Altoona Curve (Pirates) 2-1 in 10 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Steven Duggar

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

.331

.392

.441

3b

Christian Arroyo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.279

.318

.383

1b

Chris Shaw

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

.214

.271

.359

C

Steven Lerud

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.231

.354

.298

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Tyler Beede

7.0

4

0

0

3

9

0

0

0

3.06

Carlos Alvarado BS 1

1.0

2

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

Rodolfo Martinez

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

6.57

Tyler Mizenko L 2-5

0.2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

3.30

There's no doubt post- Aug 1 that Tyler Beede is the best pitching prospect in the system, and he took the mound last night and continued to show why that's true with an impressive shutout effort over 7 innings. Beede's been gaining a feel for utilizing his impressive repertoire this year and he used all of it in matching his season high 9 Ks last night. Interestingly, there's been a definite change going on with Beede's outings throughout 2016 as he's become much less of a groundball pitcher (he hasn't had a start with more ground ball outs than fly ball outs since early May). At the same time, his strikeouts have creeped up.  Since June 9, he's had 7 or more Ks in a game in five of his nine starts. Interestingly, at the same time his walks have creeped up, likely as he's trying to entice hitters to go out of the zone for the K. He's had three or more walks in seven of his last eight games. He seems to be undergoing a conversion back towards a flyball/power pitcher as he progresses through the season, although the power comes mostly from an impressive array of pitches that he can use in any count.

Let's take the extended play here, and watch Beede strike out the side in the 4th.

Sadly, the Squirrels managed to waste Beede's gem by failing to support him either offensively or defensively. Carlos Alvarado failed to protect the 1-0 lead Beede handed him, in part thanks to CJ Hinojosa's 7th error (in just 27 games in AA). And in the 10th, Tyler Mizenko gave up the walk off win on a Sac Fly that was set up when Christian Arroyo threw away a Sac Bunt.

At the plate, Steven Duggar had another fine game at the lead off spot, reaching base three times. This was Duggar's third consecutive two-hit game and his 8th in the last 11 games! Duggar now has a 16 game hitting streak going during which he's batting .444. Scorching!

The lone run came courtesy of Chris Shaw, who launched a solo HR right into the eponymous Curve!

* * *

San Jose lost to Stockton Ports (A's), 8-4 in 11 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

1b

Jonah Arenado

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.263

.296

.427

3b

Mitch Delfino

5

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

2

.357

.400

.500

2b

TJ Bennett

5

1

2

2

1

0

1

0

1

.285

.352

.431

RF

Cristian Paulino

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

.259

.276

.378

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jose Reyes

6.0

7

3

3

2

4

0

1

0

4.17

Reyes Moronta BS, 2

1.0

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

2.33

Carlos Diaz L 0-3

1.2

5

4

4

0

2

0

0

0

16.50

Another game, another blow save. Reyes Moronta gave up a run-scoring double with two outs in the 9th to send the game into extra innings. Carlos Diaz whipped through a 9-pitch 10th inning but he fell apart completely in the 11th, giving up five hits including three doubles to lose the game.

Indy League signee TJ Bennett has been a nice find for the Giants and a nice story as well. Bennett's father was once the hitting coach for the San Jose Giants, and after a cross-country journey in which he was assigned to every full season team the Giants had, TJ is settling in as valuable SJ player himself. Bennett extended his hitting streak to 9 games with a double and in the 6th inning he launched a monstrous game tying HR over the batters' eye to tie the game.

The HR scored Mitch Delfino, who along with Rando Moreno has been assigned to SJ for the rest of the year to fill out their roster and give them some veteran presence for the stretch drive (a traditional Giants move for SJ). Delfino had two doubles in his first game back at the Muni since 2014. The Giants also added Austin Fleet and Ty Ross (who didn't even have time to unpack in Sacramento before taking the bus back, when the Giants signed ex-Pirates 1st rounder and former BC Eagle Tony Sanchez for Catching depth).

* * *

Augusta lost at Asheville Tourists (Rockies), 9-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

4

1

2

1

0

0

1

1

1

.280

.343

.387

3b

Dillon Dobson

5

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

1

.274

.310

.475

C

Matt Winn

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

3

.229

.324

.403

RF

Junior Arias

4

1

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

.299

.354

.521

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Solter L 3-3

4.0

11

8

8

2

6

2

0

2

6.75

In the friendly hitting environment of Asheville, busted out their power sticks, hitting four HRs in the game (I'm not gonna research it but I'm pretty sure that's a season high), including an ultra-rare Johneshwy Fargas HR, his second this season and just the 7th of his career. Unfortunately the Greenjackets forgot to put anybody on base for their HRs, all four of which were solos. Consquently they weren't near enough to undo the damage of starter Matt Solter's rough outing. Solter surrendered three runs in the bottom of the first and then five more in the bottom of the 4th making it an 8-1 game at that point and effectively over, for all the fireworks to come.

Matt Winn HRd for the second time in two days and third time in 7 games, but he otherwise whiffed his way to a hat trick. His 10 HRs are second on the team behind Dillon Dobson.

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to Spokane Indians (Rangers), 6-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Bryan Reynolds

5

1

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

.320

.391

.515

RF

Heath Quinn

4

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

.344

.421

.533

SS

Ryan Howard

3

1

2

1

0

0

1

1

0

.252

.286

.328

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mac Marshall L 1-4

5.0

9

5

4

1

8

0

1

3

5.91

Victor Concepcion

3.0

2

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

4.78

Mac Marshall took a step forward yesterday, with by far the best peripherals game of his career. His 8 Ks were a career high, while the 1 walk in 5 innings was by far his best BB% in a game in his career. (he's had 1 BB outings a couple of times before, but only in 1 or 2 inning stints). He still showed some wildness with a HB and three WP, and the bats he didn't miss did him harm (with 9 hits against just 7 outs on balls in play he had a BABIP for the game over .500) but you certainly have to view this outing as a step int he right direction. Hopefully he can keep on stepping that way next time out.

All the Volcanoes' offense came from the top 5 rounds of the 2016 draft, as Bryan Reynolds, Heath Quinn, and Ryan Howard were the only members of the lineup to tally a hit, though they collected 9 in all. Heath Quinn, just a couple days behind Duggar, now has a 13 game hitting streak, while Bryan Reynolds had a huge game following the All star break with four hits and two doubles.  Ryan Howard hit his 2nd HR of the year, though he also had his 7th error.

* * *

AZL Giants had their every regular 5th day off

* * *

DSL Giants lost to DSL Orioles2, 5-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Jose Rivero

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

2

0

.261

.374

.315

LF

Franklin Labour

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

2

0

.246

.333

.313

1b

Ricardo Genoves

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.280

.363

.354

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Aneudy Acosta

3.2

2

1

1

3

4

0

2

1

4.45

Kervin Castro

2.1

0

0

0

0

3

0

3

0

4.73

Alejandro De La Rosa

2.0

2

1

0

2

2

0

0

0

1.13

Jasier Herrera BS 2, L 3-1

0.2

4

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

3.06

And, completing our theme of tough losses, we have one final blown save. Pitching back to back days for the first time in his career, the heretofore brilliant Jasier Herrera coughed up a lead and the game surrendering three runs in the bottom of the 9th for the walk off loss. Herrera had only allowed 3 runs all year in 17.0 IP prior to yesterday's game but he was in trouble from the start, surrendering singles to the first three batters before walking in a run. He then picked up a double play which tied the game but gave him a chance at escaping the rally, but a line drive single into left ended it in shocking fashion.

The top of the lineup, Ismael Mungua, Jose Rivero, and Franklin Labour walked six times between them and reached base safely eight times, but they were only able to convert those chances into three runs as the team went 4 for 16 with RISP. Ricardo Genoves had his first multi-hit game in a month (July 3rd).  Genoves posted a .368/.442/.513 line in June but dropped off badly with a .205/.301/.219 line in July. Here's hoping he can finish it off with a nice August.

* * *

Ok, so how about we mix in a win tonight? Good plan? I've got tickets to all three Giants games this weekend, and since I calculate that I'm now 2-13 since 2011 watching the Giants at Nats Stadium, I wouldn't count on anything good happening at the major league level the next few days. We'll have to hope on the kids. Two hot lefties at the top and bottom of the system as Ty Blach looks to continue his success for Sacramento and Garrett Williams gets his second start for the Volcanoes.

Today's Matchups:
Sacramento: Ty Blach vs. Shane Carle; TBD vs. Harrison Musgrave
Richmond: TBD vs. Matthew Grimes
SJ: TBD 
Augusta: Grant Watson vs. Peter Lambart
SK: Garrett Williams vs. Sal Mendez
AZL and DSL: TBD

Let's end it with one last note on Beede: