With one game remaining on this six game road trip, the Giants are set to head home and face the Oakland Athletics, who are playing their best baseball of the season, and the Brewers who, despite a 42-52 record, are playing exceptional baseball with a .750 winning record in their past 20 games.
The River Cats are sitting on a 43-54 and have won four of their six games since the all star break. This week will feature a, likely, short rehab stint by Nori Aoki as he makes his way back to San Francisco following a hit-by-pitch injury. In all, there have been seven Giants who have had rehab assignments in Sacramento this year.
One bright spot in the River Cats lineup is LHP Nik Turley who, in 33.1 innings, is tossing a 2.16 ERA and has a 31:10 K/BB ratio. The opposition is hitting a meager .174 off the leftie who has pitched six scoreless innings three times in that span.
Augusta Green Jackets
The GreenJackets are currently 46-48 and have won 9 of their last 19 games. July has featured two double headers, two rain delays, and two scheduled days off which may be contributing to the sporadic win/loss record. In July, the team has only won consecutive games twice but is looking for a three game winning streak tonight against Greenville.
Augusta is currently fourth in overall standings and are second in the second half with a 3.5 game deficit behind the Asheville Tourists who they will face again in August.
The south bay team is 47-48 for the year at the moment and is coming off a sweep of the Lancaster Jethawks. The Giants are 15-5 in July and have won 13 of their last 14 games. At the end of June the Giants, now a single game behind .500, were 11 games under with a record of 32-43 but their hustle in July has proven to be fruitful and propelled them to within a game of first place in the current standings although their overall standings still place them in fourth place with a 13 game deficit.
Richmond Flying Squirrels
The Flying Squirrels are currently the only full-season farm team with a .500+ win record having won 50 of their 95 games. Their record puts them within a game of first place in their hotly contested division with five of the six teams within 4 games of first place.
Richmond has won 11 of their 20 games in July (.550) and are looking to extend their winning streak to four as they take on the Akron Rubber Ducks who closely trail them in the standings.
The Volcanoes, who play short-season A ball, have an 18-15 record (.545) nut have lost four of their last seven and sit in second place, a game behind the Hillsboro Hops. Their elimination number for the first half is currently at five with five games remaining, including one against the first place Hops. This weekend could prove to be a dramatic one in the Northwest League South division.