Month: April 2013

Monday, April 29th: Alcantara Pitches Snappers to Victory while Hounds Fall and Cats Lose in Extras

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers’ Pitcher Raul Alcantara (6 1/3 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K)

Beloit Snappers’ Pitcher Raul Alcantara (6 1/3 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  7

Fresno Grizzlies                 8

LP – Simmons 0-2 / 7.45

HR – Green (4), Barton (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Grant Green

(4 for 6 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Justin Thomas allowed 6 runs on 8 hits over 5 innings and left with his team down 6-1, but RHP Brian Gordon held Fresno scoreless for 3 innings and the River Cats battled back to tie the game in the 9th and send the game to extra innings. Second baseman Grant Green hit a key 2-run homer in the top of the 9th to drive in the tying run. Green then tripled in the top of the 11th for his 4th hit of the night and came around to score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Shane Peterson. But RHP James Simmons surrendered 2 runs in the bottom of the 11th to take his 2nd loss.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions     8

Midland RockHounds  7

LP – Fisher 0-1 / 4.97

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder D’Arby Myers

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Carlos Hernandez went 6 innings and allowed 4 unearned runs thanks to 2 errors by shortstop Dusty Coleman, but he still left the game with the lead. RHP Carlos Fisher came on to allow 4 runs though and took the loss. Outfielder D’Arby Myers had 2 doubles and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

West Michigan Whitecaps  1

Beloit Snappers              6

WP – Alcantara 3-1 / 3.18

HR – Wooten (4), Olson (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

(6 1/3 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

Starter Raul Alcantara had one of his best outings yet for Beloit, allowing just 1 run while walking none and striking out 8 over 6 1/3 innings to earn his 3rd win. RHP Ryan Dull tossed 2 2/3 perfect innings of relief to pick up his 3rd save. Outfielder John Wooten hit his 4th home run, and first baseman Matt Olson homered for the 2nd straight night for the Snappers.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Fresno – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Rancho Cucamonga @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

West Michigan @ Beloit – 9:00am PT / 11:00am CT

 

 

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Sunday, April 28th: Billings Pitches Cats to Victory as Hounds, Ports & Snappers All Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Bruce Billings (6 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Bruce Billings (6 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  2

Sacramento River Cats  7

WP – Billings 1-1 / 9.88

HR – Taylor (5), Weeks (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bruce Billings

(6 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

RHP Bruce Billings had his first solid outing of the season for Sacramento, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 5 to earn his 1st win, while RHP Dan Otero struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his 6th save. Outfielder Michael Taylor hit a 3-run homer in the 5th inning, and second baseman Jemile Weeks hit a 2-run homer in the 8th for the River Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions     4

Midland RockHounds  3

LP – Smyth 2-2 / 3.06

HR – Freitas (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher David Freitas

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

RHP Josh Bowman allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits and 4 walks over 4 2/3 innings to leave his team with a 3-0 deficit. But LHP Frank Gailey and RHP Mike DeMark combined on 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and catcher David Freitas clubbed a 2-run homer in the 7th inning to bring Midland within a run, and then shortstop Dusty Coleman drove in third baseman Jefry Marte in the 8th to tie the game. But RHP Paul Smyth surrendered a run in the top of the 11th to take the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports             6

High Desert Mavericks  11

LP – Perlman 0-1 / 5.40

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(2 for 4 / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Tanner Peters allowed 5 runs on 8 hits over 5 innings, while RHP Max Perlman gave up 2 runs in 1 inning of work to take the loss, and RHP Jose Macias allowed 4 runs in 1 inning of relief. Outfielder Josh Whitaker had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs, while shortstop Addison Russell and designated hitter Max Muncy both doubled and drove in a run in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

West Michigan Whitecaps  5

Beloit Snappers              3

LP – Hall 1-1 / 7.43

HR – Olson (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Austin House

(5 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K)

 

RHP Kris Hall allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, over 4 innings to take the loss, while RHP Austin House came on to give up 1 run in 5 innings of relief. Outfielder John Wooten collected a pair of hits, while first baseman Matt Olson, the A’s 3rd overall draft pick last year, hit his 1st home run for the Snappers.

 

Monday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Fresno – 7:05pm PT

San Antonio @ Midland – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

West Michigan @ Beloit – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

 

 

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Saturday, April 27th: HRs from Taylor & Thompson Lead Cats & Ports to Victory while Hounds & Snappers Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports’ DH Tony Thompson (2 Home Runs / 6 Runs)

Stockton Ports’ DH Tony Thompson     (2 Home Runs / 6 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  5

Sacramento River Cats  6

WP – Scribner 1-0 / 8.10

HR – Montz (5), Taylor (4)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Travis Banwart allowed 4 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings of work, and after 7 ½ innings the River Cats were trailing 5-3. But in the bottom of the 8th inning, outfielder Michael Taylor blasted a 2-run homer to tie the game, and catcher Luke Montz followed up with a solo shot to provide the go-ahead run for the River Cats. RHP Evan Scribner tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, and LHP Hideki Okajima struck out the final 3 batters in the 9th to pick up his 1st save.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions     4

Midland RockHounds  3

LP – Newby 0-2 / 2.03

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(5 2/3 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 6 K)

 

RHP Sean Murphy was solid again in his second outing for the RockHounds, allowing 2 runs while striking out 6 over 5 2/3 innings on Saturday. Third baseman Jefry Marte had 2 doubles, and shortstop Dusty Coleman had a pair of hits and doubled in a run. Midland was leading 3-2 headed into the 9th inning. But with the help of 2 errors from outfielder Jake Goebbert and shortstop Dusty Coleman, RHP Kyler Newby gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, in the 9th to take the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports          17

High Desert Mavericks  7

WP – Frankoff 1-0 / 3.52

HR – Thompson 2 (4), Vollmuth (6), Robinson (4), Russell (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Tony Thompson

(2 Home Runs / 6 Runs)

 

The Ports’ lineup exploded for 17 runs on Saturday night. Designated hitter Tony Thompson clubbed a pair of home runs and drove in 6 runs, outfielder Dusty Robinson homered, tripled and drove in 4 runs, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth slugged a solo shot. Shortstop Addison Russell had a pair of hits, including his 1st home run for Stockton, and walked 3 times, while second baseman Antonio Lamas collected 5 hits on the night. RHP Deyvi Jimenez struggled in his second start for Stockton, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits over 4 innings of work, while RHP Seth Frankoff allowed 1 unearned in 2 innings of relief to pick up his 1st win for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

South Bend Silver Hawks  13

Beloit Snappers               5

LP – DeYoung 1-1 / 4.60

HR – Wooten (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Derek De Young allowed 4 runs on 9 hits over 4 innings to take the loss, and he was followed by RHP Vince Voiro, who gave up 7 runs, 5 earned, over 3 1/3 innings of relief. Outfielder John Wooten hit his 3rd home run, while first baseman Matt Olson had 2 doubles and drove in a pair of runs in the loss.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 1:05pm PT

San Antonio @ Midland – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

Stockton @ High Desert – 2:05pm PT

West Michigan @ Beloit – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

 

 

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Friday, April 26th: Werner Pitches Cats to Victory while Hounds Win and Ports & Snappers Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Andrew Werner (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Andrew Werner (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                   1

Sacramento River Cats  10

WP – Werner 2-3 / 8.78

HR – Green (3), Cespedes (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

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

 

Starter Andrew Werner had his first solid outing of the season for Sacramento, allowing 1 run on just 4 hits to earn the win. The River Cats lineup made it easy for him, putting 10 runs up on the board. Second baseman Grant Green had a pair of hits, including his 3rd home run, and drove in 4 runs, while left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, in his second rehab game with Sacramento, clubbed a 3-run homer. Shortstop Andy Parrino returned to the River Cats’ lineup and went 0 for 3, while outfielder Michael Taylor has gone 0 for 9 in his last 2 games back with the Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions      4

Midland RockHounds  11

WP – Neal 2-0 / 2.25

HR – Barfield (5), Perez (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Jeremy Barfield

(3 for 3 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

Starter Zach Neal allowed 4 runs on 11 hits while striking out 5 over 7 2/3 innings to earn his 2nd win. Designated hitter Jeremy Barfield had 3 hits and homered for the second straight night, while shortstop Darwin Perez hit his 1st home run, and second baseman Dusty Coleman had a pair of hits, including a triple, and drove in 4 runs in the win. With Andy Parrino returning to the River Cats, infielder Tyler Ladendorf will be rejoining the RockHounds’ roster.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports           6

High Desert Mavericks  9

LP – Hassebrock 1-2 / 6.53

HR – Vollmuth (5), Whitaker (3), Lamas (3), Ortiz (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Josh Whitaker

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 1 RBI / 3 Runs)

 

Starter Blake Hassebrock continued his struggles with Stockton, allowing 5 runs, 2 earned, while walking 8 over just 3 2/3 innings to take the loss. Designated hitter Josh Whitaker collected 3 hits, including a double and a home run, while third baseman B.A. Vollmuth, second baseman Antonio Lamas and catcher Ryan Ortiz all homered for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

South Bend Silver Hawks  16

Beloit Snappers             10

LP – Streich 2-1 / 5.94

HR – Wooten (2), Bostick (2), Robertson (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chris Bostick

(3 for 5 / Home Run / Triple / 4 RBIs / 2 Runs)

 

Starter Seth Streich had a rough outing, allowing 7 runs, 6 earned, on 7 hits over just 2 1/3 innings to take the loss, and RHP Drew Tyson came on to surrender 5 runs in 3 2/3 innings of relief. Second baseman Chris Bostick had a big game, collecting 3 hits, including a home run and a triple, and drove in 4 runs, while shortstop Daniel Robertson homered, doubled and drove in 3 runs in his season debut with Beloit.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 7:05pm

San Antonio @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ High Desert – 6:05pm PT

South Bend @ Beloit – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

 

 

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Thursday, April 25th: Strong Pitching Performances from Gray & Smith Lead Cats & Hounds to Victory

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Pitcher Murphy Smith (6 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds’ RHP Murphy Smith (6 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  5

Sacramento River Cats  6

WP – Gray 2-1 / 3.27

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(6 IP / 8 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

Starter Sonny Gray had a strong outing for Sacramento on Thursday, allowing just 1 run and striking out 5 over 6 innings to earn his 2nd win, while RHP Dan Otero tossed a scoreless inning in the 9th to pick up his 5th save. Second baseman Grant Green and third baseman Josh Horton both had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes, in his first rehab appearance with Sacramento, struck out twice, grounded into a double play and had an RBI single in 4 at bats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks      0

Midland RockHounds  6

WP – Smith 3-2 / 2.20

HR – Barfield (4)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Murphy Smith

(6 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

Starter Murphy Smith had another impressive outing for the RockHounds on Thursday, striking out 4 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win and lower his ERA to 2.20. RHPs Paul Smyth and Kyler Newby combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief. Outfielder Jeremy Barfield smashed his 4th home run, and shortstop Darwin Perez collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run in the win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  1

Visalia Rawhide   3

LP – Granier 2-2 / 3.24

HR – Vollmuth (4)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(5 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 4 BB / 9 K)

 

Starter Drew Granier had another solid outing for Stockton on Thursday, allowing 2 runs while striking out 9 over 5 innings, but he still ended up taking the loss. Granier now leads all A’s minor leaguers with 35 strikeouts in 25 innings. RHP Pedro Vidal tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief in his return to Stockton after a brief stint with Sacramento, while designated hitter B.A. Vollmuth had a home run and a double in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

South Bend Silver Hawks  4

Beloit Snappers             7

WP – Bacus 2-0 / 3.32

HR – Nunez (4)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

Third baseman Renato Nunez had a home run, a double and drove in 2 runs, while first baseman Matt Olson collected 3 hits, and catcher Bruce Maxwell and shortstop Sam Roberts both doubled and drove in a run. Starter Michael Ynoa struck out 3 and walked none over 3 scoreless innings of work, while RHP Dakota Bacus gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and struck out 6 over 4 innings to pick up his 2nd win. And RHP Ryan Dull got the final 3 outs to earn his 2nd save.

 

Friday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 7:05pm

San Antonio @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ High Desert – 7:05pm PT

South Bend @ Beloit – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

 

 

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Wednesday, April 24th: Hounds & Ports Both Fall on Wednesday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports’ Outfielder Josh Whitaker (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

Stockton Ports’ Outfielder Josh Whitaker (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats

(OFF DAY)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks      6

Midland RockHounds  3

LP – Hernandez 1-3 / 4.57

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jake Goebbert

(2 for 3 / 2 Walks / RBI / Stolen Base)

 

Starter Carlos Hernandez allowed 4 runs while striking out 8 over 6 1/3 innings to take his 3rd loss on Wednesday. Outfielder Jake Goebbert continued his hot hitting of late, going 2 for 3 with 2 walks, an RBI and a stolen base, raising his average to .328.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  4

Visalia Rawhide  10

LP – Avila 0-3 / 9.19

HR – Whitaker (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

RHP Andres Avila had another shaky start for Stockton, allowing 6 runs in just 2/3 of an inning to take his 3rd loss and raise his ERA to 9.19. Outfielder Josh Whitaker hit his 2nd home run and drove in a pair of runs for the Ports. Shortstop Addison Russell, whose bat has started heating up over the past 2 days, had another 2-hit game to go along with 2 walks and a stolen base on Wednesday. He is now 4 for 7 over his last 2 games to boost his average from .129 to .211.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers

(OFF DAY)

Word has it that the A’s’ 2nd overall draft pick last year, shortstop Daniel Robertson, has finished rehabbing from his knee injury at extended spring training in Arizona and should be ready to join the A’s 3rd and 4th overall picks, first baseman Matt Olson and catcher Bruce Maxwell, in Beloit for their game on Thursday.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 7:05pm

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

South Bend @ Beloit – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

 

 

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Tuesday, April 23rd: Cats, Hounds & Ports All Fall on Tuesday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Outfielder Jake Goebbert (Home Run, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs)

Midland RockHounds’ Outfielder Jake Goebbert (HR, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                         6

Sacramento River Cats  2

LP – Thomas 0-2 / 3.32

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Justin Thomas

(7 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 6 K)

 

LHP Justin Thomas had his best start yet for the River Cats, allowing 2 earned runs while striking out 6 over 7 innings, but he still ended up taking the loss on Tuesday. RHP Evan Scribner came on to give up 3 runs in 1 inning of relief in his first appearance since being optioned back to Sacramento. The River Cats managed just 3 hits in the game, one apiece from second baseman Grant Green and outfielders Michael Choice and Tyler Ladendorf.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks      7

Midland RockHounds  6

LP – Smyth 2-1 / 3.29

HR – Goebbert (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jake Goebbert

(Home Run, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Josh Bowman allowed 3 runs in 5 innings of work for Midland on Tuesday. Outfielder Jake Goebbert homered, had 2 doubles, drove in 2 runs and scored the tying run in the bottom of the 9th inning for the RockHounds. But RHP Paul Smyth surrendered a run in the top of the 10th to take the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  1

Visalia Rawhide  12

LP – Peters 2-1 / 6.86

HR – Crocker (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Bobby Crocker

(Home Run)

 

Starter Tanner Peters had his roughest outing so far this season for the Ports, allowing 8 runs on 10 hits over just 2 2/3 innings to take the loss. RHP Max Perlman tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in his season debut for Stockton. Outfielder Bobby Crocker hit his 2nd home run to account for the Ports’ only run of the game, while shortstop Addison Russell went 2-for-4 with a double.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers

Clinton LumberKings

(POSTPONED)

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 1:00pm PT

 

 

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Monday, April 22nd: Straily, Murphy & Alcantara Pitch Cats, Hounds & Snappers to Victory on Monday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Dan Straily (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 5 BB / 4 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Dan Straily (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 5 BB / 4 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                         1

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Straily 3-0 / 0.96

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dan Straily

(6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 5 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

RHP Dan Straily had his third straight solid start for Sacramento on Monday, allowing just 1 unearned run on 3 hits over 6 innings to earn the win. RHP Dan Otero got the final 3 outs to post his 4th save. First baseman Daric Barton continued his hot hitting of late, collecting a pair of hits and driving in a run in the win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks      1

Midland RockHounds  2

WP – Urlaub 2-0 / 2.45

HR – Barfield (3), Aliotti (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(6 2/3 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 5 K)

 

Starter Sean Murphy made an impressive debut with the RockHounds on Monday, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. First baseman Anthony Aliotti hit his 2nd home run in the 6th inning to put Midland on the board, and Murphy left the game in the 7th inning with the game tied 1-1. Then with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, outfielder Jeremy Barfield clubbed his 3rd home run to end the game. LHP Jeff Urlaub pitched a perfect 9th to pick up his 2nd win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers       3

Clinton LumberKings  2

WP – Alcantara 2-1 / 3.68

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

(6 IP / 8 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 1 K / Win)

 

RHP Raul Alcantara had another solid start for the Snappers on Monday, allowing 2 runs over 6 innings to post his 2nd win. RHP Ryan Dull got the final 4 outs for his 1st save. Second baseman Chris Bostick doubled, tripled and scored twice, while catcher Bruce Maxwell and outfielder Ryan Mathews both doubled in a run in the win.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 12:05pm PT

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Beloit @ Clinton – 10:30am PT / 12:30pm CT

 

 

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Down On The Farm with Stockton Ports Pitcher Seth Frankoff

sf947026bThe 2013 season has started and, to be honest, it seems to be flying by already. It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost three weeks since my last blog entry on opening day. 

The 2013 campaign for the Stockton Ports has started quite well. Through the first 18 games, we have a record of 12-6. Our season began with a seven-game home stand. We swept the first four games against Bakersfield, then took one of three from San Jose. We then began our first road trip of the year, playing the same two teams on the road. We went to Bakersfield and took three of four from them on their home turf, then took one of three again from the Giants in San Jose. And in our last four games at home, we played well, taking three of four from Modesto at Banner Island Ballpark.

For someone who has never been to California before, I was looking forward to getting on the road and seeing other places around the state. I had heard differing opinions on Bakersfield but, all in all, I thought it wasn’t a bad place to play. The stadium is an old historic ballpark, which didn’t have a big press box or full stadium seating like we are fortunate to have at home in Stockton. Dusty Robinson, who is from Bakersfield, had all his family and friends at our games to support him and the Ports. Being born and raised in the Southeast, the closest I have ever been to playing at home in professional baseball has been seven hours away. So I can only imagine the thrill it must have been for him to play in his hometown at a place he grew up going to games at. I think the team played some great baseball on the road at Bakersfield. We lost just one game but we were in a position to win that one, so we have to feel good about the way we played during the series.

bakersfield_caAfter our four-game series at Bakersfield, we actually traveled back to Stockton for our series in San Jose. San Jose is about eighty miles from Stockton and, in minor league baseball, any road game which is under a hundred miles away from your hometown is considered a “commuter.” Commuter trips mean that you travel back and forth from your home city each day to the opposing stadium to play games. While it is nice to sleep in your own bed each night, it also is a grind physically and mentally since you have to travel to and from the opposing city back to your hometown each and every night.

Having never been to the Bay Area before, I didn’t know what to expect in regard to the weather. I became aware as soon as we arrived that we would need extra layers for each night game. The outside temperature really wasn’t that unbearable; however, the constant wind each and every night made it seem a lot chillier than it really was. San Jose has a good club, with some solid bats in their lineup and power arms on their pitching staff. There is a certain amount of rivalry that takes place for us, even in the minor leagues, being members of the two Bay Area teams.  We definitely don’t want to lose any games to anyone, but especially not to the Giants, the other team in the Bay Area.

After our series against San Jose, we returned home for a four-game series against Modesto. We lost game one, but were able to take the next three from the Nuts. We played some pretty solid baseball in all facets of the game and feel good about building some momentum going into our first off day. We saw a dominating pitching performance by Drew Granier, who struck out 10 batters in his outing against Modesto. Max Muncy continued to swing a powerful bat, slugging a few more home runs and taking his season total to 8 through 18 games. Antonio Lamas almost always seems to hit the ball on the barrel and has really been a huge part of our success. It really is a lot of fun to come to the yard each and every day and see guys perform at such a high level.

sfzBEFktaX3As for myself, I continue to work towards becoming more consistent every time I am fortunate enough to get the chance to pitch. One thing that is preached to us is executing each and every pitch, and that is something I strive to do every time I toe the rubber. The biggest thing is not getting ahead of yourself and just controlling what you can control. Preparation is crucial, and we are fortunate to have a pitching coach in Jimmy Escalante who always ensures that we have all the information we need in terms of scouting reports, etc. to put us in a good situation to be successful every time we go out there. Something that we are working towards as a pitching staff is not only pitching to our strengths but also being able to exploit the hitters’ weaknesses. A slogan that we have is that we want to become “big league pitchers, not minor league throwers.” To do so we have to develop big league habits and pitch off our fastball and get ahead in the count. 

On a separate note, I would like to acknowledge and remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Too often we get caught up in everything going on in our lives and forget just how precious and fragile life is. We are fortunate to live in a great, strong country which has shown time and time again the ability to persevere through adversity and come back from tragedies like this even stronger. Watching the ceremony before the Red Sox game was quite moving for me. Seeing the emotion the players, fans, law enforcement and government officials displayed during the ceremony was a moment I won’t soon forget. It’s amazing how the game of baseball has a way of bringing people together from all walks of life.

As the season continues, I hope that we continue to improve each and every day we come to the park. After our off day, we go back on the road again for three games at Visalia and then three games at High Desert. I am excited to see more of California, but even more so to continue the season and take the ball every time I get the opportunity. This team is a great group of guys and we enjoy coming to the park each and every day. There is something to be said for team chemistry, and we certainly have a good time playing the game we love. As always, I am still thankful to have the opportunity to chase my dream!

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Seth Frankoff was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He was drafted by the A’s in the 27th round of the 2010 draft. We look forward to having Seth keep us posted throughout the season on how life is going down on the farm for him, his wife, his dog, and the Stockton Ports! You can follow him on Twitter @frankoff34

Sunday, April 21st: Neal Pitches Hounds to Victory while Ports Win on Ortiz’s HR and Cats & Snappers Both Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Pitcher Zach Neal (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds’ Pitcher Zach Neal (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                       10

Sacramento River Cats  8

LP – Simmons 0-1 / 6.48

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(3 for 5 / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

With Dan Straily scratched in case he’s needed to replace Brett Anderson in his next scheduled start for Oakland on Wednesday, RHP Bruce Billings got the start on Sunday and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits over 3 innings of work. RHP Pedro Vidal, making his debut for Sacramento, then gave up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief. First baseman Daric Barton doubled in the tying run and scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 5th inning for the River Cats. RHP James Simmons then came on to give up 4 runs over 1 2/3 innings to take the loss. After making 3 rehab starts with Stockton, Adam Rosales started at second base and had a hit, a walk, scored a run and stole base in his first rehab appearance with the River Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

San Antonio Missions     1

WP – Neal 1-0 / 1.33

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

(7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

Starter Zach Neal had another impressive outing for the RockHounds on Sunday, tossing 7 scoreless innings to earn the win and lower his ERA to 1.33 after 4 starts. RHP Kyler Newby, who’s quickly becoming the go-to guy out of the bullpen for Midland, got the final 3 outs to earn his 4th save. Second baseman Dusty Coleman and outfielder D’Arby Myers collected 3 hits apiece, while designated hitter Anthony Aliotti, outfielder Jake Goebbert and shortstop Darwin Perez each drove in a run for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts      2

Stockton Ports  4

WP – Joseph 2-0 / 0.90

HR – Ortiz (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Ryan Ortiz

(3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

With RHP Sean Murphy being promoted to Double-A Midland, RHP Deyvi Jimenez was added to the Ports’ roster and made his first start for Stockton on Sunday, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, while striking out 5 over 4 innings of work. RHP David Mota and LHP Jacob Brown combined for 3 scoreless innings in relief to keep Stockton within a run. Catcher Ryan Ortiz then blasted a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Ports the lead, and RHP Jonathan Joseph struck out 4 over the final 2 innings to earn his 2nd win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers       4

Clinton LumberKings  7

LP – House 0-2 / 3.21

HR – Tanis (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Austin House

(5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 2 K)

 

RHP Austin House had a solid start for the Snappers on Sunday, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits over 5 innings but still ended up taking the loss, while RHP Kris Hall gave up 5 runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Third baseman Jacob Tanis did his best to try to spark the Snappers’ offense, contributing 3 hits, including a home run and a double, and drove in 3 runs in the loss.

 

Monday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

Beloit @ Clinton – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

 

 

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