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What to know before this weekend’s games

It’s another California League clash as the Stockton Ports welcome the Modesto Nuts to town for game four of their six-game series at Banner Island Ballpark on Friday. The Nuts have won their first three contests and are on a five-game hitting streak, while Stockton is riding an eight-game hitting streak. Modesto has had no problem putting the ball in play, although they will be missing two of their top players for the season. Shortstop Edwin Arroyo, who leads the league with 51 hits this season, was traded to the Reds. Their first baseman, Robert Perez Jr., was an RBI machine with a league-leading 87 runs on the year. He was called up to Class A. Harry Ford, the Mariners’ junior player of the month for July, was hot until the end. The 19-year-old has 4 home runs and 8 steals in his last 34 games. Remember, the average A-ball player is over 21 years old. The Ports will try to calm the fruit at the plate with 21-year-old Carlos Guarate, who they acquired from St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor players. Guarate spent the season in A-ball in Palm Beach, posting a 4.18 ERA while pitching 75 1/3 innings. Modesto currently sits atop the second half of the Northern California League with a 21-12 record and a four-game lead over Fresno and San Jose. Stockon sits in last place at 8-25. The series will continue on Saturday and Sunday.

It’s another California League clash as the Stockton Ports welcome the Modesto Nuts to town for game four of their six-game series at Banner Island Ballpark on Friday.

The Nuts have won their first three contests and are on a five-game hitting streak, while Stockton is riding an eight-game hitting streak.

Modesto has had no problem putting the ball in play, although they will be missing two of their top players for the season.

Shortstop Edwin Arroyo, who leads the league with 51 hits this season, was traded to the Reds. Their first baseman, Robert Perez Jr., was an RBI machine with a league-leading 87 runs on the year. He was called up to Class A.

Harry Ford, the Mariners’ minor league player of the month for July, was hot until the end. The 19-year-old has 4 home runs and 8 steals in his last 34 games. Remember, the average A-ball player is over 21 years old.

Ports will try to calm the fruit on the plate with 21-year-old Carlos Guarate, who they got from St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor players. Guarate spent the season in A-ball in Palm Beach, posting a 4.18 ERA while pitching 75 1/3 innings.

Modesto currently sits atop the second half of the Northern California League with a 21-12 record and a four-game lead over Fresno and San Jose. Stockon sits in last place at 8-25.

The program will continue on Saturday and Sunday.

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