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Down on the Farm: Joey Bart goes deep, Giants prospect Rincones wins All-Star Game MVP

Down on the Farm: Joey Bart goes deep, Giants prospect Rincones wins All-Star Game MVP

The Joey Bart Show continues, with each episode more exciting than the last. 

For his fantastic July, the Giants' top prospect was named Northwest League Player of the Month on Monday. One day later, he was just showing off. 

Bart started behind the dish and batted third Tuesday night in the Northwest League-Pioneer League All-Star Game. In his first at-bat, Bart showed off his power stroke that has caught everyone's attention. 

After fouling off three pitches, Bart dug out a 2-2 offering and hammered a three-run blast just to the right of dead-center field. The knock gave the Northwest League a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. 

That was just the beginning of a big game for Bart. His next at-bat, Bart just missed going yard for the second time on the night. Bart hit a rocket of a line drive off the top of the right field wall, resulting in a single. 

On the day, Bart went 2-for-3 with the home run and single, three RBI and one run scored. 

Bart dominated his first month in the minors to earn top honors with a .333 batting average, 1.126 OPS and nine home runs. Somehow, he's been even hotter to start August. In his first four games this month, Bart is batting .412 with two doubles and two triples. If you include the All-Star Game, he is 9-for-20 this month. 

While Bart had yet another big night at the plate, it was actually his Salem-Keizer teammte who stole the show for the Northwest League in a 13-10 loss to the Pioneer League. 

Diego Rincones, batting fifth and playing left field, won Northwest League MVP. The 19-year-old went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. He also nailed a runner out at the plate with Bart making the tag. 

"I felt really good having [Bart] there behind the plate and just wanted to make a really good throw," Rincones said to MiLB.com. "I feel really happy about [the MVP award] because I can play here. I felt really good about the game and was trying to do 100 percent."

Rincones is batting .357 with four home runs, 10 doubles and an .876 OPS this season for the Volcanoes. 

Johnny Cueto frustrated by wild performance in Giants' loss to Braves

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Johnny Cueto frustrated by wild performance in Giants' loss to Braves

ATLANTA -- Every part of Johnny Cueto's rehab from Tommy John surgery went according to plan. The first surprise came Saturday. 

Cueto walked five Braves in the Giants' 8-1 loss. For just the second time in his career, he walked at least five and failed to throw more than four innings. 

"I was a little surprised, to be honest," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's been so good to this point."

Cueto also used the word "surprised" in discussing the loss. 

"I felt frustrated," he said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. "I felt really good and felt strong, but on occasion, I felt frustrated because every time I would throw the ball it tailed toward first base."

A little rust is not unusual after a year of rehab, but Cueto had thrown 10 shutout innings in his first two starts and had no issues with command. The Braves got him for four in the second inning, with three walks being issued. All three of those runners scored. 

"Johnny -- rarely, rarely does he beat himself," Bochy said. "It's fair to say he did that tonight."

This wasn't all on Cueto's loss of command. Not even close.

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The Giants were 0-for-SunTrust Park before scratching a lone run across in the seventh inning. They've looked completely overmatched in two games against the NL's second-best team, and they'll need to win out just to finish at .500. The odds are overwhelmingly strong that they end up with a third straight losing season. That can become official as soon as Sunday. 

"We were hoping for a winning season," Bochy said. "We were so close there, and I know we stumbled."

Giants vs. Braves lineups: Johnny Cueto hopes to continue dominance

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Giants vs. Braves lineups: Johnny Cueto hopes to continue dominance

After a night to forget, the Giants will once again take the field in Atlanta against the mighty Braves, who clinched the NL East division title in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night.

Bruce Bochy’s group got a front-row seat to the Ronald Acuna Jr. show, as the superstar 21-year-old reached base all four times he went to the plate, including a towering two-run homer off Tyler Beede.

The Giants will send Jonny Cueto to the mound, who continues to impress in his return from offseason Tommy John surgery. Cueto didn’t factor into the decision but tossed five scoreless innings with just three hits allowed in his last start at Oracle Park against the Marlins.

Opposite Cueto will be 25-year-old Max Fried, who has had a breakout season in 2019. Fried is second in the NL in wins with 16 on the year.

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Coverage begins at 3:00 PT with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming in the MyTeams App.

Here are the lineups for Giants-Braves:
 
San Francisco Giants (74-80)
SS Mauricio Dubon
1B Austin Slater
C Buster Posey
3B Evan Longoria
CF Kevin Pillar
LF Joey Rickard
RF Jaylin Davis
2B Cristhian Adames
RHP Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
 
Atlanta Braves (95-60)
CF Ronald Acuna Jr.
2B Adeiny Hechavarria
3B Josh Donaldson
LF Adam Duvall
C Francisco Cervelli
1B Austin Riley
SS Dansby Swanson
CF Billy Hamilton
LHP Max Fried (16-6, 4.25 ERA)