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As the calendar rolls to September, the season is winding down, but there is still baseball to watch, a playoff matchup preview, and a playoff race that got a little tougher for Augusta.

I don’t care if it’s September and I don't care if it's not a Giants game and I don't care if we’re out of playoff contention, ALWAYS RUN IT OUT.

Sacramento defeated Reno (Diamondbacks), 3-1

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Ali Castillo

3B

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.309

Myles Schroder

CF

4

0

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

.219

Miguel Olivo

C

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.246

Grant Green

LF

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.312

Ruben Tejada

SS

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.292

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Clayton Blackburn (W, 7-10)

8.0

6

0

0

2

3

0

4.36

Jake Dunning (H, 6)

0.1

3

1

1

1

1

0

4.19

Vin Mazzaro (S, 1)

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0

2.98

If you like offense, you could fast-forward until the final two innings of this game.  But you’d have missed a decent pitcher’s duel.

Clayton Blackburn threw 8 scoreless innings, out-pitching Reno’s Matt Buschmann’s seven scoreless.  It was his second-longest outing of the season, and his longest scoreless outing of the season.  He did allow eight baserunners, only getting into trouble in the 8th inning, where he allowed three singles, the last one, a single that occurred only because a baserunner avoided a tag long enough for the batter to reach first.

Both teams suffered upon removing their pitchers, but Reno suffered more.  After removing Buschmann in the 8th, Ruben Tejada singled, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  After Ali Castillo was intentionally walked, Myles Schroder singled in Tejada for the first run of the game.  Ryan Lollis hit a ground ball that allowed Castillo to score, and then Miguel Olivo singled in the team’s third run.  With Blackburn lifted for the 9th, Jake Dunning came in and struck out the first batter he faced, but gave up a single, a walk, and then an RBI single, followed by another one that loaded the bases.  Vin Mazzaro came in with the bases loaded, struck out the first batter he faced, and then got a groundout to end the game.

Myles Schroder picked up his fifth double of the season, the only extra-base hit for the River Cats in the game, out of his two hits.  Grant Green was the only other River Cat with two hits, improving his average to .312.

Richmond defeated Hartford (Rockies), 7-0

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Ryder Jones

3B

4

0

2

1

0

0

1

1

0

.245

Hunter Cole

RF

4

1

3

1

1

0

3

0

0

.277

Tyler Horan

LF

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

.270

Jeff Arnold

C

3

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

.225

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Kyle Crick (W, 4-11)

6.0

4

0

0

2

6

0

5.04

Jose Casilla

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.15

Preston Claiborne

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2.49

Joe Nathan

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0.00

Kyle Crick had a very, very not Crick-like start.

The much-maligned starter went six shutout innings, doing it for the third time this season, allowing just four hits and two walks, easily up there with his best starts of the season.  Crick bounced back from going only 2.1 innings while giving up five runs in his last start.  That, and the bullpen holding the line, led to the shutout.  Joe Nathan still has yet to give up a run in Richmond, having given up 3 hits and 1 walk with 7 strikeouts in 6 innings.

That opened the door for Richmond’s hitters to provide good offense.  With Christian Arroyo taking the day off, Hunter Cole and Jeff Arnold each provided three-hit games.  Cole added a double and triple as he had his second 3-hit game in a row.  Cole’s batting average has hit a season-high .277.  Jeff Arnold’s 3-for-3 day breaks a three game hitless streak.  Arnold is just 7-for-33 in his last ten games.  Ryder Jones added his 26 double, three short of his 29 he hit in 2015.  He already has his career-high in home runs with 13.

San Jose was defeated by Bakersfield (Mariners), 5-1

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Ronnie Jebavy

CF

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.249

Miguel Gomez

3B

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.264

Cristian Paulino

DH

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.263

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Caleb Baragar (L, 0-1)

5.2

2

3

3

5

3

0

4.76

Jeff Soptic

1.1

4

2

1

2

1

0

7.17

Pat Young

2.0

2

0

0

2

1

0

3.99

The San Jose Giants sure aren’t looking good against their soon-to-be first round opponents in the playoffs.

San Jose has faced Bakersfield six times in the last nine games, and lost five of those games.  Today, the Giants were shut down by Blaze starter Osmer Morales, giving up just two hits and a walk.  Overall, the Giants gathered only four hits, with Miguel Gomez picking up two of them.  San Jose collected 12 strikeouts, with T.J. Bennett leading the way with the hat trick.

That left Caleb Baragar on the hook for the loss in his first San Jose start.  Baragar struggled with his control a little, only giving up two hits in 5.2 innings, but five walks and two wild pitches led to three earned runs.  All those runs came in the sixth inning, as he walked two batters, and gave up a wild pitch and a double to lead to two runs, with a third coming after the fact.  Baragar had a 2.28 ERA in the AZL over 14 appearances, 10 of which were starts.  He hadn’t shown the control issues there, where he had just 16 walks in 55.1 innings.  However, Joe Ritzo took the optimistic view.

Some roster moves…including one interesting surprise!

Augusta Had Their Final Off-Day

However, Rome pulled out a 9th inning 3-2 victory over Greenville.  That means the GreenJackets need to go 3-1 against Rome to make the playoffs.

Salem-Keizer and Vancouver Suspended, 0-0, Top 3 (One Out)

Not much had happened in this game.  Each team had one hit, with Ryan Kirby getting the lone hit for the Volcanoes so far.  Stephen Woods had gone two innings, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out two.