Sunday, September 14th: Nate Long & Dusty Coleman Star as Midland Tops Tulsa to Claim Texas League Title

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Nate Long (5 2/3 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Nate Long (5 2/3 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Texas League Championship Series – Game #5

Tulsa Drillers                  0

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Long 2-0 / 0.66

HR – Coleman (1), Crumbliss (1)

After tying the series at two games apiece on Saturday, Midland shut out Tulsa in Game #5 on Sunday to become 2014’s Texas League champions. RockHounds ace Nate Long, who notched the win in Game #1, tossed 5 2/3 shutout innings to hold Tulsa scoreless while the Hounds took the lead. Long struck out 5 before exiting with a 3-run lead and ended up earning his 2nd win in the series. RHP Marcus Walden tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, while LHP Frank Gailey pitched a perfect 8th, and RHP Jose Flores got the final three outs in the 9th. Shortstop Dusty Coleman hit a 2-run homer to give the Hounds the lead in the 2nd, and second baseman Conner Crumbliss followed with a homer in the 5th to extend the lead. Outfielder Jeremy Barfield singled, doubled and drove in a run, while third baseman Matt Chapman singled in the RockHounds’ final run in the 6th to help Midland earn its first Texas League crown since the team last took the title in 2009.

 

 

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Saturday, September 13th: RockHounds Score 9 Runs on Saturday to Even Up Texas League Series and Force Final Game on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter D’Arby Myers (2 for 5 / Double / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter D’Arby Myers (2 for 5 / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Texas League Championship Series – Game #4

Tulsa Drillers                  4

Midland RockHounds  9

WP – Hooker 1-0 / 5.40

Down 2 games to 1 and facing elimination in the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series on Saturday, the RockHounds brought out the bats and put 9 runs on the board to help them even things up and send the series to a decisive Game #5 at Midland on Sunday. The Hounds also got a strong outing from starter Deryk Hooker, who shut out Tulsa for 5 innings before allowing 2 runs in the 6th and exiting with two men on who would eventually come around to score. Hooker picked up the win, while RHP Murphy Smith struck out 5 in 3 scoreless innings of relief, and RHP Ryan Dull got the final three outs in the 9th. At the plate, five Hounds hitters had multi-hit games on Saturday. Designated hitter D’Arby Myers singled, doubled and drove in 3, while first baseman Max Muncy collected 4 hits and drove in a run, and third baseman Matt Chapman singled, doubled, walked and scored twice. Second baseman Daniel Robertson had 2 hits and 2 walks and drove in a run, and center fielder Kenny Wilson singled, doubled, stole a base, scored twice and drove in a pair for the RockHounds. The deciding game of the series is set to take place on Sunday with Nate Long taking the mound for Midland.

 

Sunday’s Game:

Tulsa @ Midland – 2:00pm PT / 4:00pm CT

 

 

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Friday, September 12th: Matt Chapman Homers as Hounds Drop Game #3 and Go Down 2-1 in Texas League Championship Series

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 for 4 / Home Run)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 for 4 / Home Run)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Texas League Championship Series – Game #3

Tulsa Drillers                  5

Midland RockHounds  2

LP – Flores 0-1 / 10.13

HR – Chapman (1)

Midland dropped Game #3 of the Texas League Championship Series in 11 innings on Friday night to go down 2-1 in the best-of-five series. This year’s 1st-round draft pick for the A’s, third baseman Matt Chapman, homered in the 2nd inning to give the RockHounds an early lead. Starter Shawn Haviland allowed 2 runs on just 3 hits while striking out 6 in 6 innings of work and left with his team down by a run. Designated hitter D’Arby Myers walked with the based loaded in the bottom of the 8th to bring in the tying run for the RockHounds. RHP Marcus Walden pitched 3 perfect innings in relief to help keep things tight, while RHP Jose Flores came on to toss a scoreless 10th but gave up a 3-run homer in the top of the 11th to take the loss. Chapman singled, walked and homered in the game, while Myers had a pair of singles and a walk, and catcher Beau Taylor singled and doubled in the loss. Former A’s farmhand Carlos Hernandez got the start for Tulsa and allowed just 1 run over 7 strong innings for the Drillers. The RockHounds must now win Game #4, which is set to take place on Saturday with RHP Deryk Hooker taking the mound for Midland.

 

Saturday’s Game:

Tulsa @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

 

 

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A’s Final 2014 Minor League Hitting & Pitching Leaders

Included: Sacramento River Cats (AAA), Midland RockHounds (AA), Stockton Ports (A), Beloit Snappers (A), Vermont Lake Monsters (A), AZL A’s (Rk)

 

–HITS–

dr621002170 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

167 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

160 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Sto)

142 Renato Nunez 3B (Sto)

138 Nick Buss OF (Sac)

 

–DOUBLES–

sp45108940 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

37 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

34 Tyler Marincov OF (Bel-Sto)

32 Chad Pinder 2B (Sto)

31 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

 

–TRIPLES–

Mercedes7 Melvin Mercedes SS-2B (Bel)

6 Aaron Shipman OF (Sto)

6 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

6 Jaycob Brugman OF (Bel-Sto)

6 Tyler Marincov OF (Bel-Sto)

 

–HOME RUNS–

mo62156637 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

29 Renato Nunez 3B (Sto)

21 Jaycob Brugman OF (Bel-Sto)

18 Tyler Marincov OF (Bel-Sto)

18 Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

 

–TOTAL BASES–

mo621566278 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

263 Renato Nunez 3B (Sto)

258 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

250 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

240 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Sto)

 

–RBIs–

mo62156697 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

96 Renato Nunez 3B (Sto)

90 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

83 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Sto)

81 Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

 

–RUNS–

mo621566111 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

110 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

101 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

79 Nick Buss OF (Sac)

79 Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

 

–WALKS–

mo621566117 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

87 Max Muncy 1B-3B (Mid)

72 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

69 Conner Crumbliss 2B-OF (Mid)

66 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

 

–STRIKEOUTS–

dc543038202 Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

149 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

140 Anthony Aliotti 1B-OF (Sac-Mid)

139 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

137 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

 

–STOLEN BASES–

bb54299354 Billy Burns OF (Mid-Sac)

31 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

18 Tyler Marincov OF (Bel-Sto)

16 Justin Higley OF (Bel-Ver), Boog Powell OF (Bel-Sto), Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

 

–ERRORS–

lb54218226 Luis Baez 3B-SS (Bel)

22 Dusty Coleman SS (Mid)

21 Melvin Mercedes SS-2B (Bel)

21 Jefry Marte 3B (Mid)

20 Yairo Munoz SS (Ver)

 

–BATTING AVERAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

Powell.343 Boog Powell OF (Bel-Sto)

.310 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

.308 Shane Peterson OF (Sac)

.307 Nick Buss OF (Sac)

.288 Chad Pinder 2B (Sto), Nate Freiman 1B (Sac-Bel)

 

–ON-BASE PERCENTAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

Powell.451 Boog Powell OF (Bel-Sto)

.404 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

.402 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

.385 Max Muncy 1B-3B (Mid)

.381 Shane Peterson OF (Sac), Alden Carrithers 3B (Sac)

 

–SLUGGING PERCENTAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

mo621566.543 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

.520 Nate Freiman 1B (Sac-Bel)

.517 Renato Nunez 3B (Sto)

.506 Jaycob Brugman OF (Bel-Sto)

.489 Chad Pinder 2B (Sto)

 

–ON-BASE + SLUGGING– (minimum 300 at-bats)

mo621566.947 Matt Olson 1B (Sto)

.893 Nate Freiman 1B (Sac-Bel)

.886 Boog Powell OF (Bel-Sto)

.873 Daniel Robertson SS (Sto)

.860 Jaycob Brugman OF (Bel-Sto)

 

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Wednesday, September 10th: Max Muncy & Daniel Robertson Homer as Hounds Drop Game #2 of Texas League Championship Series

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Max Muncy (Home Run)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Max Muncy (Home Run)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Texas League Championship Series – Game #2

Midland RockHounds  2

Tulsa Drillers                  5

LP – Jensen 0-1 / 11.25

HR – Muncy (1), Robertson (1)

Tulsa managed to put 5 runs on the board over the first 4 innings against Midland, which would be all the Drillers would need to win Game #2 of the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series on Wednesday and even the series up at one game apiece. Starter Chris Jensen, who was solid all season for the RockHounds, had a shaky outing on Wednesday, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits over 4 innings of work to put the Hounds in a hole they could not climb out of. RHP Murphy Smith tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, while RHP Ryan Dull pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings, and LHP Frank Gailey got the final out for Midland. With the RockHounds down by a run, first baseman Max Muncy homered in the top of the 2nd to tie things up. Muncy would also draw one of Midland’s only two walks later in the game. Daniel Robertson, starting at second base and batting leadoff, homered in the top of the 3rd to bring the Hounds within 2 runs, but that would be all the scoring the RockHounds would do on Wednesday. Shortstop Dusty Coleman singled and doubled, while outfielder Kent Matthes and pinch hitter D’Arby Myers both singled in the loss. The series will resume on Friday in Midland with RHP Shawn Haviland set to take the mound for the Hounds.

 

 

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Tuesday, September 9th: Nate Long and Kent Matthes Combine to Lead RockHounds to Victory in Game #1 of Texas League Championship Series

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Nate Long (8 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Nate Long (8 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Texas League Championship Series – Game #1

Midland RockHounds  5

Tulsa Drillers                  1

WP – Long 1-0 / 1.13

HR – Matthes (1)

Nate Long’s arm and Kent Matthes’s bat combined to help the RockHounds win the opening game of the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series on Tuesday in Tulsa. Long, the Texas League wins leader, tossed another gem, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits over 8 innings of work to earn the win, while RHP Jose Flores got the final three outs for the Hounds. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the 7th, left fielder Kent Matthes smacked a 3-run homer to provide the margin of victory for Midland. Center fielder Kenny Wilson and catcher Beau Taylor both drove in a run, while right fielder Jeremy Barfield and first baseman Max Muncy had a pair of hits apiece for the Hounds.

 

 

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Saturday, September 6th: RockHounds Win Playoffs to Advance to Texas League Championship Series

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Max Muncy (Home Run)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Max Muncy (Home Run)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Texas League South Division Championship Series – Game #4

Frisco RoughRiders       4

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Hooker 1-0 / 3.38

HR – Muncy (1)

The RockHounds notched their third straight victory over Frisco on Saturday night to clinch the Texas League South Division Championship and earn their ticket to the Texas League Championship Series. And Midland managed to claim victory on Saturday by collecting just 3 hits. First baseman Max Muncy got things going early by homering in the 1st inning to put the Hounds on the board. Shortstop Dusty Coleman singled and scored on a wild pitch in the 5th, and outfielder Jeremy Barfield, who walked 3 times, doubled and was stranded in the 8th – while designated hitter Conner Crumbliss drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 5th. Starter Shawn Haviland gave up 3 runs in 4 innings of work, while RHP Deryk Hooker allowed 1 run over 2 2/3 innings to earn the win, and RHP Jose Flores tossed a scoreless 9th to pick up the save. Midland will now take on Tulsa in the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series starting Tuesday in Tulsa.

 

 

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Friday, September 5th: Top Draft Pick Matt Chapman’s Big HR Breaks Tie and Puts RockHounds up 2-1 in Texas League Playoff Series

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Texas League South Division Championship Series – Game #3

Frisco RoughRiders       2

Midland RockHounds  3

WP – Walden 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Chapman (1)

A couple of new arrivals played a big role for the RockHounds on Friday night by driving in all three of the team’s runs to help the Hounds earn the victory and go up 2-1 in their best-of-five playoff series with Frisco. With infielders Jefry Marte and Hiro Nakajima recently landing on the disabled list, two 1st-round draft picks, infielders Matt Chapman and Daniel Robertson, have joined Midland’s playoff squad. And on Friday night, Chapman doubled in the RockHounds’ second run of the game and, with the contest tied 2-2, homered in the bottom of the 7th to bring home the winning run for the Hounds. Shortstop Daniel Robertson, who played his last game for the Ports on Thursday, started at second base for Midland on Friday and went 1 for 4, singling in the RockHounds’ first run of the game. Right fielder Jeremy Barfield had 3 hits, including a double, for the Hounds. Starter Chris Jensen turned in another solid effort, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, while striking out 5 over 6 1/3 innings of work. RHP Marcus Walden struck out 4 in 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, while RHP Jose Flores got the final three outs to pick up the save. RHP Shawn Haviland is scheduled to take the mound for Midland on Saturday as the team tries to wrap up the series.

 

Saturday’s Game:

Frisco @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

 

 

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Thursday, September 4th: Kenny Wilson Helps Hounds Even Up Series while Stockton’s Season Comes to an End

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Kenny Wilson (3 for 5 / RBI / Run / Stolen Base)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Kenny Wilson (3 for 5 / RBI / Run / Stolen Base)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Texas League South Division Championship Series – Game #2

Midland RockHounds  6

Frisco RoughRiders       3

WP – Dull 1-0 / 0.00

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Kenny Wilson

(3 for 5 / RBI / Run / Stolen Base)

With the game tied in the top of the 9th, the RockHounds pushed three runs across the plate to secure the victory and even up their best-of-five playoff series with Frisco on Thursday. Center fielder Kenny Wilson, who has proven to be one of Midland’s most productive hitters in this playoff series, had 3 hits on Thursday while driving in the tying run in the 6th and scoring the winning run in the 9th for the RockHounds. Right fielder Kent Matthes singled, doubled and walked, while second baseman Conner Crumbliss singled, walked and drove in a pair, and 1st-round draft pick Matt Chapman went 2 for 4 with a walk and scored a run for the RockHounds. Scheduled starter Chris Jensen was scratched for unknown reasons and RHP Tim Sexton came out of the bullpen to make the start on Thursday. Sexton was charged with 2 runs over 3 innings of work, while LHP Frank Gailey pitched 2 2/3 perfect innings in relief after Midland tied the game in the top of the 6th. RHP Ryan Dull struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning to earn the win, and RHP Jose Flores got the final out to pick up the save. The series will now shift to Midland for Game #3 on Friday.

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Wednesday, September 3rd: Tim Alderson & Michael Ynoa Struggle in Stockton’s Loss while Nate Long & Hiro Nakajima Have a Rough Time as RockHounds Lose

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Catcher Beau Taylor (2 for 2 / 2 Walks / Home Run)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Catcher Beau Taylor (2 for 2 / 2 Walks / Home Run)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

California League North Division Miniseries – Game #1

Stockton Ports    3

Visalia Rawhide  13

LP – Alderson 0-1 / 16.20

HR – Taylor (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Beau Taylor

(2 for 2 / 2 Walks / Home Run)

A pair of 5-run innings did in the Ports in the first game of their best-of-three California League playoff series on Wednesday night. Starter Tim Alderson allowed a total of 6 runs, 5 in the 4th inning, to take the loss. RHP Michael Ynoa gave up another 4 runs in the 6th on a hit batter, a single, a double, a walk and an errant pickoff throw. Ynoa apparently injured himself on the throw and walked off the field with the trainer after the attempted pickoff. RHP Bobby Wahl replaced him and immediately surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced, while RHP Josh Bowman gave up 2 more runs in the 8th. Catcher Beau Taylor reached base 5 times, on a single, a pair of walks, a hit-by-pitch and a 2nd inning home run which briefly gave Stockton the lead. First baseman Matt Olson doubled twice, singled, walked and drove in a run, while shortstop Daniel Robertson singled twice, walked twice and scored a run, and designated hitter Renato Nunez singled in a run in the loss. The series moves to Stockton on Thursday with LHP Chris Lamb taking the mound for the Ports.

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