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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