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WEEKEND MATCHUPS

All eight Cal League teams are 21 games into the season with the Modesto Nuts (13-8) and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (13-8) atop the divisions. Modesto has a two-game lead in the North over Stockton (11-10) and Visalia (11-10) and is three games up on San Jose (10-11).

The Quakes are four games clear of Lake Elsinore and Lancaster, both 9-12, while Inland Empire sits five games out at 8-13.

Three game sets are on tap for the weekend as follows:

RANCHO CUCAMONGA at LANCASTER
STOCKTON at SAN JOSE
LAKE ELSINORE at INLAND EMPIRE
VISALIA at MODESTO

Starting for Rancho Cucamonga tonight is RHP Mitchell White (1-1, 2.35). White is the Dodgers #10 prospect per MLBPipeline and ranks #19 by Baseball America. Opponents are hitting .248 against the 2016 second-round draft pick and White’s WHIP is 0.98.

In San Jose tonight, the Giants will send RHP Mike Connolly to the mound. Connolly is making his fourth start and checks in with a record of 1-2 with a 1.26 ERA. The 2013 draftee out of Maine has walked four against 13 strikeouts on the season.

 

 

MODESTO’S HOWARD SILENCES GIANTS

Photo: MiLB.com

Photo: MiLB.com

The Modesto Nuts scored three late runs to make a Sam Howard masterpiece stand up for a 5-2 win Friday  night in San Jose. The lefty Howard (2-1) went seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out 10 against no walks to notch his second win of the season and give the Nuts a series-opening victory.

Modesto got on the board in the first with an RBI single by Ronnie Jebavy, only to see San Jose come back to tie it up in the bottom of the second. The Giants went ahead in the bottom of the fourth when 3B Jonah Arenado left the yard for the fifth time this season.

Single runs in the fifth and seventh innings put the visitors back on top and Howard was back in position the get the win for his strong effort. A two-run rally in the eighth saw SS Luis Jean double in two runs for all the insurance the Nuts would need, providing the final margin at 5-2.

Howard is on the fringe of the Colorado Rockies’ prospect list, sitting at #24 by MLB.com and #25 by Baseball America. His first pro season in 2014 had some pretty big rough spots but the Georgia Southern alum had a solid second-half in low-A Asheville last year. He’s alternated good and bad starts with Modesto over his last few outings, but Friday night’s effort was clearly his best of the season, and the first one in which he has finished the seventh inning.

 

POST-SEASON AWARDS ANNOUNCED

The California League handed out post-season honors on Friday with A.J. Reed taking home the MVP award while Antonio Senzatela was named Pitcher of the Year. Reed tore up the league in 82 games with Lancaster before being promoted to AA in July. Senzatela has made 23 starts for the Modesto Nuts and leads the circuit in ERA (2.40) and  WHIP (1.05).

The full list of honorees is as follows:

2015 CALIFORNIA LEAGUE POSTSEASON ALL-STAR TEAM
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Tyler Ogle C Rancho Cucamonga LAD
A.J. Reed* 1B Lancaster HOU
Jamie Westbrook 2B Visalia ARI
Ryan McMahon 3B Modesto COL
Christian Arroyo SS San Jose SF
Eric Aguilera UT Inland Empire LAA
Cody Bellinger DH Rancho Cucamonga LAD
Tyler O’Neill OF Bakersfield SEA
Brett Phillips OF Lancaster HOU
Raimel Tapia OF Modesto COL
Dan Altavilla P Bakersfield SEA
Anthony Banda P Visalia ARI
Chase Johnson P San Jose SF
Antonio Senzatela P Modesto COL
J.R. House Manager Visalia ARI
Gil Heredia Coach Visalia ARI
Rex Whitney Turf Manager Rancho Cucamonga LAD
Vic Zapien Clubbie Stockton OAK

* Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year
† Pitcher of the Year

(Table from official California League webpage)

MODESTO’S BALOG, HIGH DESERTS MARTIN EARN WEEKLY HONORS

Alex Balog of the Modesto Nuts was named Cal League Pitcher of the Week after a 7 2/3 inning performance where he held Bakersfield without a hit or a run. The 23-year old right-hander got the win and lowered his WHIP t0 1.06 on the season.

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High Desert’s Tripp Martin was red-hot at the plate last week batting at a .375/.423/1.000 clip with four homers. On August 15th, Martin went 2-for-3 against Inland Empire, blasting two home runs and knocking in three.

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MONDAY SCOREBOARD

INLAND EMPIRE – 0
LANCASTER – 8

MODESTO – 12
VISALIA – 13    (10 innings)

HIGH DESERT – 1
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – 8

SAN JOSE – 2
STOCKTON – 13

LAKE ELSINORE – 3
BAKERSFIELD – 1

 

PORTS EDGE NUTS BEHIND MENGDEN’S GEM

StocktonDaniel Mengden allowed a first-inning run but then shut down the Modesto Nuts over the next six innings as the Stockton Ports won a tight contest by a score of 2-1 Tuesday night. The Stockton Ports took advantage of Modesto errors to score both of its runs.

Modesto got on the board first behind a Michael Benjamin single followed by two errant pick-off throws by Mengden that sent Benjamin to third. The run came in when Benjamin scored on a steal attempt by Ryan McMahon as the throw went through to second base.

Stockton broke through in the sixth inning with a pair of walks, a fly ball out that moved Jacob Nottingham to third, and an errant pick-off attempt by Modesto’s Devin Burke.

The deciding run came across in the eighth when a botched double-play attempt put Stockton runners at first and third and Nottingham followed with a sac fly.

Modesto loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but failed to score when Correlle Prime grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.

Stockton has won three straight games while Modesto suffered its fifth straight defeat and is now one game behind Visalia in the North division 2nd half standings.

TUESDAY SCOREBOARD

BAKERSFIELD 11
LAKE ELSINORE 1
Brett Ash goes 6  IP for Blaze, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Kyle Petty goes 3-for-4 with a 2B, a HR (8) and 4 RBI.

VISALIA 6
SAN JOSE 4 (11 innings)
Rawhide get two in top of 11th on Kevin Cron‘s 23rd HR and a sac fly by Jose Queliz. Visalia takes one-game lead in the North division.

LANCASTER 8
INLAND EMPIRE 2
Chase McDonald belts his 22nd HR, Jethawks score seven runs in last three innings. Francis Martes (W, 2-1) goes 6 IP allowing 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB with 3 Ks.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA 13
HIGH DESERT 2
Quakes get homers from Tyler Ogle (16) and Jacob Scavuzzo (8) and pull within one game of first-place Mavericks. Scott Barlow (W, 5-2) goes 6 IP, allows 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB and 5 K’s.

STOCKTON 2
MODESTO 1
Daniel Mengden (W, 4-3) allows three hits, two walks and one earned run over seven innings. Jacob Nottingham’s sac fly in the top of the eighth is the difference as the Ports hand the Nuts their fifth-straight loss.

JEMILOA, DAVIS NAMED PITCHER/PLAYER OF THE WEEK

RHP Zach Jemiola of the Modesto Nuts was named California League Pitcher of the Week. Jemiola went seven innings against San Jose on Wednesday and didn’t allow a run, walking one and striking out six while giving up four hits.

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3B J.D. Davis of Lancaster went 12-for-26 with 6 HR and 15 RBI while earning California League Offensive Player of the Week honors. Davis had a slash line of .462/.481/1.192 while homering in six straight games.

All Offensive Players of the Week at MiLB.com

MONDAY SCOREBOARD

No Games Scheduled

TUESDAY GAMES

BAKERSFIELD at LAKE ELSINORE
VISALIA at SAN JOSE
LANCASTER at INLAND EMPIRE
RANCHO CUCAMONGA at HIGH DESERT
STOCKTON at MODESTO

MODESTO BLANKS VISALIA, MOVES INTO FIRST-PLACE TIE

ModestoA stellar pitching duel in Visalia saw Modesto’s Anthony Senzatela throw eight shutout innings at the Rawhide as the Nuts won a 4-3 decision, forging a tie atop the North Division. Senzatela (7-5), the Rockies’ #11 prospect, struck out seven and allowed five hits without a walk to earn the victory, which gave the Nuts and Rawhide identical 18-7 records in the second-half standings.

Visalia’s Anthony Banda (L, 6-8) was nearly as good, going 6 1/3 and allowing just one run on six hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. But he gave up a seventh-inning run by allowing a pair of one-0ut singles to start a rally that reliever Bud Jeter couldn’t quell.

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MODESTO’S MUSGRAVE PROMOTED TO AA NEW BRITAIN

ModestoLHP Harrison Musgrave got promoted from Modesto to AA New Britain on Thursday, per the Cal League webpage. Musgrave was last week’s Cal League Pitcher of the Week and leads the circuit with 10 wins, ranks fifth with 83 strikeouts and is tied for the second-lowest WHIP at 1.10. Joe Cortez of the Modesto Bee has a nice writeup on Musgrave’s promotion:

MODESTO NUTS LEFT-HANDER MUSGRAVE EARNS PROMOTION TO AA NEW BRITAIN OF EASTERN LEAGUE

MLB VETERAN HAPP OPTIONED TO BAKERSFIELD

In a move involving some wheeling-and-dealing leading up to the MLB All-Star break, LHP J.A. Happ was optioned to the Bakersfield Blaze by the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. Happ had a rough outing for the Mariners on Wednesday, lasting only four innings against Detroit, and it was the latest in a string of starts that has seen Happ go 1-4 with his ERA rising to 4.14 after a pretty solid beginning to the season.

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RAWHIDE, JETHAWKS HOLD ONE-GAME LEADS

CLWins by the Visalia Rawhide and Lancaster Jethawks saw  both clubs finish Monday night with one-game leads in their respective divisions. Visalia topped San Jose 6-2 to move one game up on Modesto in the North while Lancaster’s 7-3 win over Lake Elsinore maintained their one-game edge on Rancho Cucamonga.

SCOREBOARD

LANCASTER 7, LAKE ELSINORE 3
VISALIA 6, SAN JOSE 2
HIGH DESERT 6, MODESTO 5
RANCHO CUCAMONGA 8, INLAND EMPIRE 3
BAKERSFIELD 4, STOCKTON 1

PITCHER/OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

LHP Harrison Musgrave of the Modesto Nuts earned Cal League Pitcher of the Week honors with seven shutout innings against Bakersfied. Musgrave allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out eight.

SS Christian Arroyo of San Jose was named Offensive Player of the Week after going 12-for-24 with three doubles, two homers and six RBIs.  A five-hit game was included in the hot streak.

 

WADE FANS 8, NUTS MOVE INTO FIRST-PLACE TIE

ModestoModesto right-hander Konner Wade stuck out eight over seven innings as the Nuts beat High Desert 5-4 in Adelanto. The win, combined with Visalia’s 5-2 loss at San Jose, put the Nuts at 7-3, tied for first place in the North division.

Modesto scored two runs in the first inning and three more in the second to give Wade the early 5-0 lead. CF Raimel Tapia, C Ashley Graeter and LF Dillon Thomas had two-hits apiece to pace Modesto’s 10-hit attack. RF Jordan Patterson drove in two runs.

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