May 2012

Wednesday, May 30th: Banwart & Frankoff Dominate in Cats & Bees Wins as Barfield Blasts Game-Winning Homer for Hounds and Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees pitcher Seth Frankoff (6 IP / 1 ER / 11 K / Win)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Fresno Grizzlies             1

Sacramento River Cats  3

(WP – Banwart 4-2 / 4.55)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

(7 IP / 1 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Travis Banwart had his second consecutive strong outing, allowing just 1 run over 7 innings to earn his 4th win. The River Cats managed only 4 hits, 2 from second baseman Eric Sogard who also drove in 2 of the team’s 3 runs. Outfielder Grant Green doubled in the Cats’ other run. Yoenis Cespedes went 0 for 2 and Manny Ramirez went 0 for 4 in what could be the last game for both of them with Sacramento.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

NW Arkansas Naturals  6

Midland RockHounds     7

(WP – Smyth 1-1 / 6.27)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jeremy Barfield

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: After coming back to tie the game 3 separate times, the RockHounds finally won the game in the bottom of the 11th inning thanks to a walk-off homer off the bat of outfielder Jeremy Barfield. Outfielder Michael Choice collected 4 hits, including his 4th homer, and designated hitter Michael Spina had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and drove in 3 runs. Starter Daniel Straily had a shaky outing, allowing 5 runs over 6 innings of work, but the RockHounds’ bullpen did a good job of holding the line until Barfield’s big blast in the bottom of the 11th.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Stockton Ports           6

Inland Empire 66ers  7

(LP – R. Doolittle 0-2 / 1.23)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Max Stassi

(2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher Max Stassi doubled twice and drove in 3 runs, designated hitter A.J. Kirby-Jones collected 3 hits and tripled in 2 runs, and outfielder Josh Whitaker had 3 hits and singled in a run. Starter Jacob Brown allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings, and right-hander Ryan Doolittle allowed the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning, thanks to shortstop Yordy Cabrera’s 2nd error of the game, to take the loss.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Peoria Chiefs       1

Burlington Bees  10

(WP – Frankoff 1-3 / 3.72)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Seth Frankoff

(6 IP / 1 ER / 11 K / Win)

 

Worth Noting: Right-hander Seth Frankoff, given his first chance to start this season, delivered an impressive effort, giving up just 1 run while walking none and striking out 11 over 6 innings to earn his 1st win. Right-hander Jonathan Joseph contributed 3 scoreless innings in relief to notch his 1st save. Infielder Chih Fang Pan hit a grand slam in Burlington’s 7-run 5th inning, and outfielder Aaron Shipman and second baseman Ryan Pineda drove in 2 runs apiece in the win.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Fresno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(Petit vs. TBD)

NW Arkansas @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

(Pimentel vs. TBD)

Stockton @ Inland Empire – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Correa)

Peoria @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

(Concepcion vs. Granier)

 

 

Getting To Know: Derek Norris – A’s Catcher Of The Future

 

Derek Norris – Fear the beard! (photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

When the A’s dealt away Gio Gonzalez, one of the team’s most popular players, in the off-season for pitchers Tommy Milone, Brad Peacock, A.J. Cole and catcher Derek Norris, four minor league players most A’s fans had never heard of, some fans were clearly skeptical. But just five months after that trade, while the 20-year-old Cole has been struggling at Class-A, Milone is leading the A’s pitching staff in wins, Peacock is the River Cats’ wins leader, and catcher Derek Norris has been hitting up a storm at Sacramento. The former 4th-round draft pick has been hitting close to .300 for most of the season, currently sports a healthy .503 slugging percentage, and has been looking like he may be the successor to current A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki sooner rather than later.

A’s assistant general manager David Forst recently told me about Norris, “He got raves from the coaching staff from day one on how he handled pitchers and his receiving skills. His throwing numbers have never been in question. He’s always been one of the best guys in the minor leagues as far as throwing out baserunners.” He summed up his impression of the 23-year-old receiver by saying, “We feel very good about Derek.” And A’s fans who’ve been paying attention seem to share that sentiment.

 

AF: So tell me a little bit about where you grew up and where you went to school.

DN: I was born and raised in Goddard, Kansas. I went to school at Goddard High School – a 6A school in a small town. I grew up playing three sports (baseball, football and basketball), but baseball was always my passion. I played it throughout high school. And then I signed with Washington, five years later I was traded, and here I am.

AF: What was your favorite baseball team growing up?

DN: The Kansas City Royals were always my favorite team when I was growing up. George Brett was always the talk of the town, and I grew up idolizing him.

AF: Well that’s as good a hitter to model yourself after as anyone.

DN: Yeah, I know, right?

AF: Were you always a catcher in high school?

DN: No, I didn’t catch a whole lot till my senior year mostly. I had a couple guys in front of me in my freshman and sophomore years who were Division I prospects, so I played third base and pitcher my first couple years, and then I transitioned to catcher later on.

AF: How did you feel about catching? Was it something that you were eager or reluctant to do?

DN: It wasn’t a huge transition because I had done it before. But it’s obviously going to be a lot more difficult when guys throw harder and their pitches move more and they’re a lot better than what I was used to. It’s definitely a tough transition at first. But it seems like every game that goes by, the more I catch, the better I get. I’ve come a long way from where I was, and I definitely want to keep striving to be where I want to be.

AF: I imagine you were surprised about being traded. How’d you hear about the trade to the A’s and what was your reaction?

DN: I was actually at the gym working out and I got a text message from one of my teammates from last year, Cory VanAllen. And he said, “I just read an article about you and Brad Peacock possibly being in a trade for Gio Gonzalez.” Well, I hadn’t heard anything – I’d just talked to my agent a few days previously. And he said, “We haven’t heard anything, but if something comes up, we’ll definitely be in touch.” And then the next day, I got a phone call from my agent and he goes, “Hey, rumors have been picking up, but they’re just rumors as of now.” And then, I’d probably say within an hour, it was finalized. So it happened very quick. And it was definitely really strange. I’ve never really been through anything like that before. And it was definitely a cool experience though – it was real cool.

AF: Had you ever been in the big league camp with the Nationals before?

DN: Yeah, I was in camp with the Nationals in 2010 and 2011.

AF: Obviously that was in Florida, and I think you’d previously spent all your time playing on the east coast. So how was it different spending your first spring out in Phoenix with the A’s and having a whole new coaching staff to work with this year?

DN: It was great. The coaching staff, from the manager all the way down to the bullpen coach, every coach there treated me well. I had no complaints – everybody was great. And the weather’s obviously a lot better. You don’t have to worry as much about rain or hurricane winds or anything like that. So it was definitely a plus. I liked it a lot.

Derek Norris – keeping his eye on the ball       (photo by Sara Molina/Sacramento River Cats)

AF: I guess a lot shorter drives too!

DN: Yeah, definitely. On the east coast, you drive two and a half hours and you take batting practice on the field. Over in Arizona, you take batting practice at your home field and then travel over and just play. So that was definitely different too.

AF: Well since A’s manager Bob Melvin was a catcher too, was he able to speak to you in your own language?

DN: Yeah, definitely. I didn’t get to talk to him a whole lot, because he’s concerned with his big league lineup and trying to figure out things with that. But in the time that I got to speak with him, he was very positive. And I know he’s well-liked in the clubhouse, and I enjoyed every minute that I got to speak with him about the game in general and just everything.

AF: Was there anything in particular you learned or took away from your experience this spring?

DN: Just adapting to a different environment and different players. I went from having Pudge as the starting catcher in Washington with all his knowledge. And then you go from that to Kurt Suzuki, who’s also one of the premiere catchers in the major leagues, so that was definitely a plus as well.

AF: So both those guys were very open and had a lot to share with you?

DN: Oh, definitely. Kurt couldn’t have been any better to me in spring than he was. He was very open. Any question I had, he answered, and he was always there for anything that I needed.

AF: This is your first year in Triple-A and you’ve been hitting well and hitting for power at Sacramento. In the past, your profile was that of a guy who walked a lot and had a high on-base percentage but didn’t really hit for a high average. But it seems like it’s been just the opposite this year. You’ve been hitting right around .300 all year, but I think it took a while before you even got your first walk this season. So I’m curious to know what’s changed in your approach at the plate.

DN: Yeah, I got with my hitting coach this off-season back home. And we pretty much just broke down my last season because I was very upset with the way that it went. We pretty much just started from scratch and weighed the pros and cons of my season and it just came down to the percentages of me hitting were always with two strikes. And anybody who knows baseball knows that if you’re hitting with two strikes a lot, you’re not going to be hitting for a very good average. So being able to know the difference between seeing pitches and getting in good hitters’ counts and seeing pitches and getting in good pitchers’ counts. So we pretty much just broke that down into, if you get a good pitch to hit early in the count, your percentages are way better of getting a hit than later in the count when there’s two strikes. So that was one of the biggest things – just swinging the bat more at good pitches to hit, but not going out of your strike zone to try and get base hits.

AF: So basically it sounds like just finding those good pitches to hit earlier in the count was the key for you.

DN: Right, instead of later in the count – for sure.

AF: So have there been any particular challenges this year that you feel you’ve really had to work on at this level?

DN: I’m a firm believer that if you come out and you just keep playing everyday, you’re going to get better as long as you don’t take anything for granted. The more you play, the better you get. The more pitches you see, the more innings you play, the better you’re going to get. And that’s really my ultimate goal – to just keep getting better everyday.

AF: Well it seems like they’ve had you behind the plate in Sacramento almost everyday as it is!

DN: Yeah, that’s one thing that I really pride myself on is being back there everyday. I want it to be a surprise when I’m not in there.

Derek Norris – he’s got it, he’s got it! (photo by Sara Molina/Sacramento River Cats)

AF: How do feel about your work behind the plate as a catcher, both defensively and also in terms of game-calling and working with the pitching staff there in Sacramento?

DN: A lot of the guys on this team who I’ve had to work with so far, a lot of us are on the same page, which is pretty hard to do, especially early on in the season because you don’t know a guy’s tendencies and things that they like to throw. As far as game-calling, it’s been pretty smooth thus far, knock on wood. And it’s going pretty well as far as defensively, working with our manager Darren Bush – he stays on me all the time with my work, and it just keeps improving everyday.

AF: How have you enjoyed playing in Sacramento and playing at Raley Field?

DN: Well, it’s been great so far. We’ve had pretty good crowds. And we’ve put together a pretty good team to put out there every night. And our team, they’re just a great group of guys, and we meld together real well, and it’s been a great experience so far.

AF: So who are your best friends on the team? Who do you usually spend your free time hanging out with?

DN: I try to get to know different guys as much as I can. But I actually lived just down the road from Travis Banwart. We went to the same high school and everything – we kind of grew up together. So if I were to pick one guy, it’d probably be him.

AF: That’s right, I forgot he was a Kansan too. So do you have any particular goals for yourself for the rest of the season? Is there anything in particular you’d like to accomplish?

DN: I try not to set myself any particular goals, except for just coming out here and giving 100% everyday and just try to win every ballgame.

AF: And try and get in every ballgame too I guess!

DN: Yeah, try and get in every ballgame I can – that’s right!

 

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Tuesday, May 29th: Cole Gets 1st Win for Bees as Griffin’s Pitching & Hicks’ Homer Help Cats Win and Murphy’s Arm & Oberacker’s Cycle Push Ports to Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports pitcher Sean Murphy (8 IP / 1 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Fresno Grizzlies             2

Sacramento River Cats  4

(WP – Scribner 2-0 / 3.64)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Brandon Hicks

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Infielder Brandon Hicks blasted a walk-off 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the River Cats the win on Tuesday night. Anthony Recker collected 3 hits in his first game back at Sacramento, and Yoenis Cespedes went 2 for 4 in his second rehab game with the River Cats. Starter A.J. Griffin had his best outing to date for Sacramento, allowing no earned runs and striking out 5 over 5 1/3 innings of work. Left-hander Sean Doolittle, who was just promoted from Midland, struck out 4 of the 7 batters he faced in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Stockton Ports              9

High Desert Mavericks  1

(WP – Murphy 1-1 / 0.61)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(8 IP / 1 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sean Murphy had his second straight impressive outing since his promotion from Burlington, giving up just 1 run while allowing no walks and striking out 8 over 8 innings to earn the win on Tuesday. Outfielder Chad Oberacker was the offensive star of the game, hitting for the cycle and driving in 4 runs. Outfielder Josh Whitaker collected 3 hits, and first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones put the Ports on the board with a 2-run homer in the top of the 1st inning.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Clinton LumberKings  2

Burlington Bees         7

(WP – Cole 1-0 / 4.91)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(6 IP / 1 ER / 7 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: It may have taken more than a month and a half, but top prospect A.J. Cole finally notched his first win of the season on Tuesday night in Burlington. The right-hander allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, and struck out 7 over 6 innings to earn his 1st win since joining the A’s in the off-season deal for Gio Gonzalez. Reliever Max Perlman earned his 2nd save with 3 innings of scoreless relief. Second baseman Chih Fang Pan doubled and drove in 3 runs, outfielder Aaron Shipman had 2 doubles and drove in a run, and outfielder Royce Consigli collected a double and a triple in the Bees’ win.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Fresno @ Sacramento – 12:05pm PT

(Sanford vs. TBD)

NW Arkansas @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

(TBD vs. Straily)

Stockton @ Inland Empire – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Russell)

Peoria @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

(Wells vs. Frankoff)

 

 

Monday, May 28th: Miles Head Saves the Day for Ports as Hounds Win and Cats & Bees Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports infielder Miles Head (3 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 2 RBIs)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Reno Aces                    10

Sacramento River Cats  2

(LP – Castro 2-5 / 7.15)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Chris Carter

(2 for 3 / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Chris Carter went 2 for 3 and doubled in a run, and Manny Ramirez went 2 for 4 and singled in a run, but that would be the extent of the River Cats’ scoring on Monday night. Yoenis Cespedes went 1 for 3 in his first rehab appearance with Sacramento, and starter Fabio Castro allowed 5 runs in just 1 2/3 innings to take his 5th loss. The River Cats’ rotation will be getting a boost with the return of right-hander Graham Godfrey to the staff. Sacramento’s bullpen will be losing right-hander Neil Wagner, who was placed on waivers and claimed by San Diego, but will be gaining left-hander Sean Doolittle, who’s being promoted from Midland. The former first-round draft pick as a first baseman has struck out 40 batters in 21 1/3 innings between Midland and Stockton this season. The River Cats’ receiving corps will be fortified with the addition of catcher Anthony Recker, who’s headed down from Oakland with the return of Brandon Inge to the big club. And with Wagner’s removal from the 40-man roster, the River Cats can probably expect to lose Manny Ramirez from their lineup by Friday, when he’s likely to return to Oakland along with Cespedes.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds  2

Tulsa Drillers              1

(WP – Leon 1-0 / 5.06)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Gary Daley

(6 IP / 1 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Gary Daley had a solid outing, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits over 6 innings of work, but it took 10 innings for the RockHounds to push the winning run across the plate when infielder Leonardo Gil scored on a passed ball. Right-hander Arnold Leon picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and right-hander Jonathan Ortiz tossed a final scoreless frame to notch his 8th save.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Stockton Ports              9

High Desert Mavericks  8

(WP – Walz 3-4 / 3.93)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Miles Head

(3 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Infielder Miles Head saved the day for Stockton once again, blasting 2 home runs, including a tie-breaking homer for the Ports in the top of the 7th inning. The 21-year-old is now hitting .378 with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs on the season. Outfielder Josh Whitaker doubled and drove in 4 runs. Starter Blake Treinen had a rocky outing, allowing 8 runs, 4 earned, over 5 1/3 innings, but T.J. Walz came on to earn the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Clinton LumberKings  12

Burlington Bees           3

(LP – Alcantara 3-5 / 5.69)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Eliezer Mesa

(2 for 4 / Home Run / RBI)

 

Worth Noting: Outfieder Eliezer Mesaand first baseman Douglas Landaeta both had 2 hits, including a home run, but the Bees’ lineup couldn’t do much else on Monday. Pitcher Raul Alcantara, coming off 5 solid starts, had a disastrous outing for Burlington, allowing 10 runs on 12 hits over just 4 1/3 innings to earn his 5th loss.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Fresno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(Hacker vs. TBD)

Stockton @ High Desert – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Elias)

Clinton @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

(Hidalgo vs. Cole)

 

 

Sunday, May 27th: Carter’s Slam Leads Cats to Victory as Bees Win and Hounds & Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats first baseman Chris Carter (Grand Slam)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Reno Aces                     4

Sacramento River Cats  5

(WP – Peacock 6-2 / 4.91)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Chris Carter

(Grand Slam)

 

 

Worth Noting: First Baseman Chris Carter blasted a grand slam in the 3rd inning to give the River Cats the lead, which they never relinquished. Starter Brad Peacock allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, and struck out 5 over 6 innings to earn his 6th win. Manny Ramirez went 0 for 3 and is now 6 for 28 in his 8 games with the River Cats.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds  4

Tulsa Drillers              7

(LP – Gray 1-3 / 4.17)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Michael Spina

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Michael Spina hit a 3-run homer to account for 3 of the RockHounds’ 4 runs on Sunday, third baseman Josh Horton doubled in Midland’s only other run, and starter Sonny Gray allowed 2 runs over 5 innings to run his record to 1-3.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Stockton Ports              5

High Desert Mavericks  6

(LP – Souza 0-1 / 3.38)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones launched a 2-run game-tying homer in the 3rd inning, and starter Josh Bowman allowed 3 runs over 5 2/3 innings of work. The Ports took a 2-run lead into the 9th, but the Mavericks tied the game with 2 runs off reliever Zach Thornton in the bottom of the 9th and then won the game with a run off reliever Justin Souza in the 10th.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Clinton LumberKings  7

Burlington Bees         8

(WP – Macias 2-4 / 6.28)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Rashun Dixon

(Home Run / 1 RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Rashun Dixon, who was recently demoted from Stockton, clubbed the game-winning homer for Burlington in the bottom of the 8th inning on Sunday. Starter Brent Powers allowed 6 runs over 5 innings, but right-hander Jose Macias came on to earn the win with 3 solid innings in relief.

 

Monday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 1:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Midland @ Tulsa – 1:05pm CT

(Daley vs. Houston)

Stockton @ HighDesert – 3:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Hobson)

Clinton @ Burlington – 2:00pm CT

(Miller vs. Alcantara)

 

Monday’s Links:

A’s Farm’s Weekly Minor League Update on A’s Nation

Sacramento River Cats Complete Season Stats

Midland RockHounds Complete Season Stats

Stockton Ports Complete Season Stats

Burlington Bees Complete Season Stats

 

 

Saturday, May 26th: Billings & Inge Lead Cats to Victory as Ports & Bees Win, Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Bruce Billings (8 IP / 0 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Reno Aces                       0

Sacramento River Cats  10

(WP – Billings 4-1 / 2.63)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bruce Billings

(8 IP / 0 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Bruce Billings had another impressive outing, allowing no walks and striking out 8 over 8 shutout innings to earn his 4th win. Third baseman Brandon Inge was clearly the offensive star of the game, going 5 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs and driving in 7 runs. Catcher Derek Norris hit his 7th home run, and Manny Ramirez went 1 for 5 and is now 6 for 25 in his 7 games with the River Cats.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds  2

Tulsa Drillers              7

(LP – Smith 3-2 / 2.98)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jeremy Barfield

(2 for 3 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Jeremy Barfield collected 2 of the RockHounds 3 hits, including his 5th home run, and drove in both of the team’s runs on Saturday. Starter Murphy Smith allowed 7 runs, 4 earned, over 6 innings to take the loss, and left-hander Sean Doolittle struck out 2 in 1 inning of scoreless relief.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Visalia Rawhide  2

Stockton Ports   3

(WP – Thornton 3-0 / 5.79)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Miles Head

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Miles Head continued to wield the big stick for Stocktonon Saturday, blasting a game-winning walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Ports the victory. Outfielder Dusty Robinson doubled and drove in a run in the effort, and starter Ian Krol turned in a solid outing, allowing 2 runs and striking out 6 over 6 innings of work, but right-hander Zach Thorton picked up the win with 1 inning of scoreless relief.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Clinton LumberKings  6

Burlington Bees         8

(WP – Urlaub 3-2 / 3.60)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Bobby Crocker

(2 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Bobby Crocker drove in the game-winning run for the Bees with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning on Saturday. Infielders Wade Kirkland and B.A. Vollmuth both collected 2 hits and drove in 2 runs in the win. Starter Drew Granier allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, over 5 2/3 innings, but left-hander Jeff Urlaub earned the win with 1 1/3 innnings of scoreless relief.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 6:05pm PT

(Enright vs. Peacock)

Midland @ Tulsa – 7:05pm CT

(Gray vs. Cabrera)

Stockton @ High Desert – 4:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Clinton @ Burlington – 2:00pm CT

(Shankin vs. Powers)

 

 

Friday, May 25th: Ports Win, Bees, Hounds & Cats Fall as Sacramento’s Bullpen Implodes

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports pitcher Jacob Brown (6 IP / 1H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Reno Aces                    13

Sacramento River Cats  3

(LP – Thompson 1-1 / 6.10)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

(6 IP / 0 ER / 6 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Travis Banwart had a solid outing, allowing no earned runs over 6 innings of work, but the River Cats bullpen completely imploded on Friday night. Neil Wagner gave up 2 runs in 1 inning, Rich Thompson yielded 4 runs in 1 1/3 innings, and Trey Barham allowed 6 runs in 1 2/3 innings. Outfielder Brandon Moss hit his team-leading 11th home run in the 4th inning to give the River Cats the lead. Manny Ramirez went 1 for 4 and is now 5 for 20 in his 6 games with the Cats.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds      3

NW Arkansas Naturals  10

(LP – Haviland 2-4 / 5.79)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Anthony Aliotti had 3 hits, including a homer and a double, to raise his average to .331. Outfielder Conner Crumbliss and infielders Josh Horton and Tyler Ladendorf collected 2 hits apiece, but starter Shawn Haviland allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, over 5 innings, and left-hander Carlos Hernandez allowed 4 runs in 2 innings of relief to help put the game out of reach for the RockHounds.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Visalia Rawhide  2

Stockton Ports   6

(WP – Brown 2-3 / 2.13)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jacob Brown

(6 IP / 1H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Left-hander Jacob Brown delivered an impressive outing, allowing only 2 baserunners over 6 shutout innings to earn the win. Third baseman Miles Head collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 4 runs. Outfielder Chad Oberacker and first baseman Tony Thompson contributed 2 hits apiece for the Ports.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Burlington Bees            3

Kane County Cougars  7

(LP – Frankoff 0-3 / 4.15)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Chas Mye

(4 IP / 0 ER / 1 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: The Bees managed only 3 runs on just 6 hits on Friday to drop their 4th straight. First baseman Douglas Landaeta had 2 hits, including the Bees only extra base hit, a double. Starter Seth Frankoff allowed 7 runs over just 2 innings of work to earn the loss. Left-hander Chas Mye came on to throw 4 scoreless innings in relief, but the Bees couldn’t overcome the deficit.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(Kroenke vs.Billings)

Midland @ Tulsa – 7:05pm CT

(Smith vs. Gardner)

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Clinton @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

Thursday, May 24th: Straily Pitches Hounds to Victory as Cats, Ports and Bees Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland Rock Hounds pitcher Daniel Straily (6 IP / 2 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Sacramento River Cats  3

Round Rock Express      5

(LP – Griffin 0-2 / 5.82)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Griffin

(6 IP / 2 ER / 3 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Griffin had a solid outing for Sacramento, allowing 2 earned runs over 6 innings, but he was undone in the bottom of the 6th inning when an error by left fielder Grant Green gave Round Rock an extra out and allowed the team to score 3 unearned runs with 2 outs. Outfielder Jermaine Mitchell homered in the 2nd inning to tie the game, and Manny Ramirez went 1 for 4 and drove in a run and is now 4 for 16 in his 5 games with the River Cats.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds    11

NW Arkansas Naturals  3

(WP – Straily 2-4 / 3.86)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Straily

(6 IP / 2 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Daniel Straily delivered another strong outing, allowing 2 runs and striking out 6 over 6 innings to earn the win. Second baseman Tyler Ladendorf hit a 3-run homer, designated hitter Michael Spina homered for the second day in a row and drove in 2 runs, and outfielder Jeremy Barfield and catcher Ryan Ortiz also drove in 2 runs apiece for the RockHounds.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Visalia Rawhide  9

Stockton Ports   2

(LP – Murphy 0-1 / 0.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(6 2/3 IP / 0 ER / 8 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his first start since being promoted from Burlington, starter Sean Murphy pitched a perfect game through 6 1/3 innings, then things started to go awry. Third baseman Miles Head made a throwing error that allowed Visalia’s first baserunner of the game, then Murphy allowed his first hit, ending the perfect game and the no-hitter. One out later, Josh Whitaker dropped a fly ball in right field, which led to Murphy’s exit from the game. And before all was said and done,Visalia would score 6 runs in the inning, with 5 unearned runs, and the loss, ending up on Murphy’s ledger. First baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones hit a 2-run homer for the Ports’ only runs.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Burlington Bees            12

Kane County Cougars  13

(LP – Urlaub 2-2 / 3.86)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman B.A. Vollmuth

(Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his first start since his demotion from Stockton, starter A.J. Cole allowed 8 runs, 5 earned, on 12 hits over 5 innings of work. Despite making a costly error in the 1st inning, third baseman B.A. Vollmuth doubled and drove in 3 runs, outfielder Eliezer Mesa collected 3 hits, and outfielders Aaron Shipman, Bobby Crocker and Royce Consigli and catcher John Nester contributed 2 hits apiece in the loss.

 

Friday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(Brewer vs. Banwart)

Midland @ NW Arkansas – 7:00pm CT

(Haviland vs. Pimentel)

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ Kane County – 6:30pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

Wednesday, May 23rd: Castro Pitches Cats to Victory as Hounds Win and Bees Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Fabio Castro (6 IP / 0 ER / 3 K / Win)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Sacramento River Cats  8

Round Rock Express      2

(WP – Castro 2-4 / 6.39)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Fabio Castro

(6 IP / 0 ER / 3 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: After a series of rough outings, left-hander Fabio Castro rebounded on Wednesday, tossing 6 scoreless innings to earn the win. Catcher Derek Norris hit a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning to give the River Cats the lead, and outfielder Michael Taylor contributed a solo shot in the 7th. Infielder Eric Sogard collected 2 hits in his return to the River Cats lineup, and Manny Ramirez went 0 for 4 in his 4th game with Sacramento.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds     9

NW Arkansas Naturals  8

(WP – Daley 6-2 / 5.16)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Michael Spina

(Grand Slam)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Michael Spina hit a grand slam in the 1st inning to get the RockHounds off to a great start on Wednesday. Shortstop Dusty Coleman and catcher Ryan Lipkin both homered as well. Starter Gary Daley had another rocky outing, allowing 5 runs in 5 innings, but still managed to pick up his 6th win.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Burlington Bees            3

Kane County Cougars  4

(LP – Perlman 1-2 / 3.18)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

(6 IP / 2 ER / 2 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Raul Alcantara turned in a solid outing, giving up 2 runs without allowing a walk over 6 innings of work on Wednesday. Right-hander Max Perlman allowed 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief to take the loss, and outfielders Eliezer Mesa and Bobby Crocker both homered to account for 2 of the Bees’ 3 runs on Wednesday.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Round Rock – 5:05pm PT

(Griffin vs. Ramirez)

Midland @ NW Arkansas – 7:00pm CT

(Straily vs. Marks)

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ Kane County – 6:00pm CT

(Murphy vs. TBD)

 

 

Tuesday, May 22nd: Ports Score 15 to Win, Peacock Gets Rocked as Cats Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats first baseman Chris Carter (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Sacramento River Cats  5

Round Rock Express     11

(LP – Peacock 5-2 / 5.14)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Chris Carter

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brad Peacock got rocked in Round Rock on Tuesday night, giving up 7 runs on 9 hits in just 3 2/3 innings to raise his ERA to 5.14 and run his record to 5-2. First baseman Chris Carter blasted his 5th home run of the past week to run his season total to 9, and infielders Brandon Hicks and Wes Timmons also homered in the loss.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

San Jose Giants  3

Stockton Ports   15

(WP – Treinen 4-4 / 4.18)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Blake Treinen

(6 IP / 3 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Blake Treinen, who allowed 3 runs and struck out 6 over 6 innings, kept Stockton in the game long enough for the Ports to mount a massive comeback and win the game. After scoring just 1 run over the first 5 innings, the Ports scored 14 runs in the last 3 frames. Outfielder Chad Oberacker hit a grand slam in a 7-run 6th inning, shortstop Michael Gilmartin doubled and drove in 6 runs, and catcher Max Stassi, serving as the designated hitter for the day, doubled and drove in 3.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Round Rock – 5:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Jackson)

Midland @ NW Arkansas – 7:00pm CT

(Daley vs. Arguelles)

Burlington @ Kane County – 6:00pm CT

(Alcantara vs. TBD)

 

 

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