Thursday, August 23rd: Hicks’ Slam Powers Cats to Victory while Ports Win and Bees Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats shortstop Brandon Hicks (Grand Slam)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Salt Lake Bees                3

Sacramento River Cats  6

(WP – Thompson 4-2 / 3.51)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Brandon Hicks

(Grand Slam)

 

 

Worth Noting: With Sacramento down by 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning, shortstop Brandon Hicks blasted a grand slam, his 3rd home run in the past 3 games, to drive in what would prove to be the winning run for the River Cats on Thursday night. In his first start back at Sacramento, right-hander Dan Straily had an impressive outing, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 4 over 5 innings of work. Brandon Inge doubled in a run in his first rehab game with the River Cats. And in other news, second baseman Jemile Weeks took batting practice with the team on Thursday, but there’s no word yet on when he’s expected to make his first appearance with the Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds

Corpus Christi Hooks

GAME SUSPENDED

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Modesto Nuts    1

Stockton Ports  3

(WP – Walz 7-6 / 3.35)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning, first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones clubbed a 2-run homer to drive in the game-winning run for the Ports on Thursday night. Starter Max Perlman had his best outing yet for Stockton, allowing just 2 hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings, but right-hander T.J. Walz vultured the win by allowing the tying run in the top of the 8th before Kirby-Jones’ game-winning homer in the bottom of the inning.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Clinton LumberKings  3

Burlington Bees        1

(LP – Macias 6-6 / 4.48)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Blake Hassebrock

(5 IP / 1 ER / 6 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Blake Hassebrock turned in a solid outing for Burlington, allowing just 1 run while striking out 6 over 5 innings of work, but right-hander Jose Macias gave up 2 runs in the top of the 10th inning to take the loss. Outfielder Bobby Crocker went 3 for 3 for the Bees on Thursday.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  1

Staten Island Yankees    10

(LP – Avila 1-4 / 4.58)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Omar Duran

(2 IP / 0 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Andres Avila had a rough outing, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits over just 3 innings to take the loss, but left-hander Omar Duran came on to strike out 5 of the 6 batters he faced in 2 perfect innings of relief. Outfielder Brett Vertigan doubled for Vermont’s only extra base hit of the night.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics

OFF-DAY

 

Friday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 7:05pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Clinton @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Tri-City – 7:00pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Giants – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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2 Comments

Finally, a great game by Max Perlman…in only his third chance at starting. I still don’t understand why they made him into a reliever this year – he’s always excelled at being a starter.

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