Friday, August 24th: Cole Pitches Bees to Victory while Weeks Has Big Debut for Cats

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees pitcher A.J. Cole   (5 IP / 0 ER / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Salt Lake Bees                4

Sacramento River Cats  3

(LP – Billings 7-6 / 4.03)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Jemile Weeks

(3 for 4 / Double / 2 RBIs / 2 Walks / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Second baseman Jemile Weeks started off strong in his first game back at Sacramento, collecting 3 hits, including a double, walking twice, driving in 2 runs and stealing a base. Third baseman Brandon Inge went 0 for 2 with a walk in his second rehab game with the River Cats, while starter Bruce Billings allowed 4 runs over 6 innings to take his 6th loss for Sacramento.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

 

GAME #1

Midland RockHounds  4

Corpus Christi Hooks   2

(WP – Krol 1-1 / 5.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Leonardo Gil

(2 for 4 / RBI / Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: In the completion of Thursday’s suspended game, infielder Leonardo Gil had 2 hits and drove in the tying run for the RockHounds. First baseman Anthony Aliotti, designated hitter Matt Rizzotti and shortstop Dusty Coleman drove in a run apiece in the win. Starter Shawn Haviland allowed 2 runs on 6 hits in 4 innings of work, while left-hander Ian Krol followed up with 3 scoreless innings to earn his 1st win for Midland.

 

GAME #2

Midland RockHounds  6

Corpus Christi Hooks   7

(LP – Ortiz 4-6 / 4.09)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(6 IP / 2 ER / 9 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sonny Gray had a solid outing on Friday, allowing 3 runs, just 2 earned, on 4 hits while striking out 9 in 6 innings of work. But Midland’s bullpen gave up 4 runs in the 8th and 9th innings, with right-hander Jonathan Ortiz taking the loss for the RockHounds. Third baseman Miles Head had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs in the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports   4

Visalia Rawhide   6

(LP – Long 4-3 / 4.88)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Tony Thompson

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Nate Long had a rocky outing, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on 9 hits over 4 innings to take his 3rd loss. First baseman Tony Thompson and second baseman Ryan Pineda each homered, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth collected 3 hits, including a double, in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Clinton LumberKings  1

Burlington Bees        4

(WP – Cole 6-3 / 1.99)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(5 IP / 0 ER / 5 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole delivered another impressive outing for Burlington on Friday, allowing just 4 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 5 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.99 and post his 6th win for Burlington. Outfielder Aaron Shipman tripled in 2 runs and stole his 9th base, while shortstop Addison Russell also tripled and stole a base for the Bees.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

Tri-City ValleyCats            7

(LP – Powers 0-6 / 6.10)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Brett Vertigan

(2 Doubles / Triple / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Brett Vertigan had a big night on Friday, collecting 2 doubles and a triple and scoring twice for Vermont. But starter Brent Powers had another rough outing, allowing 6 runs over 4 innings to take his 6th loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  4

AZL Giants       6

(LP – Hollstegge 5-1 / 4.83)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Chad Lewis

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Jose Torres allowed 3 runs over 5 innings of work, and Tyler Hollstegge gave up another 3 runs in just 1 2/3 innings to take the loss. Right-hander Dakota Bacus wrapped things up by striking out all 4 of the batters he faced, while third baseman Chad Lewis hit his 2nd home run for the AZL A’s.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Frisco @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Burlington @ Kane County – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Tri-City – 7:00pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Angels – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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