Month: May 2013

Thursday, May 30th: Crumbliss Drives In Winning Run for Hounds in Extras, but Bullpen Blows It for Ports and Parrino’s & Bostick’s Grand Slams Not Enough for Cats & Snappers

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Conner Crumbliss (2 for 6 / Game-Winning RBI)

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Conner Crumbliss (2 for 6 / Game-Winning RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  9

Sacramento River Cats  5

LP – Banwart 2-2 / 5.45

HR – Parrino (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Andy Parrino

(Grand Slam)

 

Shortstop Andy Parrino slugged a grand slam, his second home run in the last two days, in the bottom of the 4th inning on Thursday to provide the River Cats with a one-run lead. But starter Travis Banwart surrendered 6 runs, 4 earned, in 5 2/3 innings of work and took his 2nd loss. A’s outfielder Josh Reddick, serving as the designated hitter for the night, went 0 for 4 in his third rehab appearance with the River Cats.

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Wednesday, May 29th: Voiro & Thomas Pitch Snappers & Cats to Victory while Hounds & Ports Pitchers Get Pounded on Wednesday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers’ Pitcher Vince Voiro (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

Beloit Snappers’ Pitcher Vince Voiro       (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  2

Sacramento River Cats  7

WP – Thomas 3-3 / 4.34

HR – Parrino (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Justin Thomas

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

 

LHP Justin Thomas had his 3rd straight quality start for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, in 7 innings of work to earn his 3rd win on Wednesday, while RHPs Chris Resop and Dan Otero each tossed a scoreless inning of relief for the River Cats. Left fielder Michael Choice collected a pair of doubles and drove in 3 runs, while shortstop Andy Parrino blasted a 2-run homer, third baseman Hiro Nakajima had a pair of hits to raise his average to .301, and A’s outfielder Josh Reddick started in right field and went 1 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base and scored twice in his second rehab game with the River Cats.

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Tuesday, May 28th: All Four Affiliates Win as Smith & Granier Impress for Hounds & Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Pitcher Murphy Smith (7 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds’ RHP Murphy Smith (7 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  4

Sacramento River Cats  9

WP – Billings 6-2 / 4.78

HR – Vogt 2 (8)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Stephen Vogt

(2 Home Runs)

 

Catcher Stephen Vogt, who’s been one of the River Cats’ most productive hitters all season, had a big night on Tuesday, tagging 2 home runs for Sacramento. Outfielder Michael Taylor collected a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in 3 runs, while designated hitter Josh Reddick, making his first rehab appearance with the River Cats, went 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base and scored 3 times. Starter Bruce Billings allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits over 5 innings to pick up his 6th win.

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Monday, May 27th: Hounds Win Behind Crumbliss HR while Cats, Ports & Snappers All Fall on Monday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Outfielder Conner Crumbliss (Home Run / Game-Winning RBI)

Midland RockHounds’ Outfielder Conner Crumbliss (Home Run / Game-Winning RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  0

Tucson Padres                  2

LP – Werner 4-7 / 5.82

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

(7 IP / 9 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 1 K)

 

Well, after scoring 20 runs on Sunday, the River Cats were apparently all tapped out and couldn’t push a single run across the plate against the Padres on Monday. Second baseman Grant Green tripled, third baseman Scott Moore doubled, and outfielders Michael Choice and Jeremy Barfield collected a hit apiece – and that was it for Sacramento. LHP Andrew Werner delivered his 5th straight quality start, allowing just 2 runs on 9 hits and walking none over 7 innings of work, but he still ended up being saddled with his 7th loss. And in other news, after appearing in Stockton on Monday night, A’s outfielder Josh Reddick is scheduled to join the River Cats on Tuesday to continue his minor league rehab assignment in Sacramento.

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Sunday, May 26th: All Four Affilates Win as Murphy, Gray & Peters All Toss Gems on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Pitcher Sean Murphy (7 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds’ RHP Sean Murphy (7 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  20

Tucson Padres                   5

WP – Gray 5-2 / 2.38

HR – Moore (7), Taylor (6), Nakajima (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

 

The River Cats had a season-high 23 hits on Sunday and scored 10 runs in the top of the 1st inning before going on to add 10 more later. Starter Sonny Gray made the most of the generous run support. He cruised through 6 innings of work, allowing just 1 run and striking out 9 to earn his 5th win. RHP Chris Resop surrendered 4 runs on 5 hits in the bottom of the 9th inning in his debut with the River Cats. Hitting stars on the night included outfielder Michael Taylor, who hit a grand slam in the 1st, shortstop Andy Parrino, who had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs, third baseman Hiro Nakajima, who hit a 3-run homer, designated hitter Scott Moore, who had 3 hits including his 3rd home run in the last 2 nights, and second baseman Grant Green, who collected 4 hits to raise his average to .297.

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Saturday, May 25th: Late-Game Heroics Lead to Victories for Cats, Hounds & Ports while Snappers Drop a Pair on Saturday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Third Baseman Scott Moore (5 for 6 / 2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats’ Third Baseman Scott Moore (5 for 6 / 2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  7

Tucson Padres                  4

WP – Otero 1-0 / 0.41

HR – Choice (9), Moore 2 (6), Barfield (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Scott Moore

(5 for 6 / 2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

With the game tied and 2 outs in the top of the 12th inning, the River Cats launched 3 consecutive home runs. Right fielder Michael Choice clubbed his 9th, third baseman Scott Moore smacked his 6th, after homering in the 8th to tie the game, and left fielder Jeremy Barfield belted his 3rd home run for the River Cats. Starter Travis Banwart allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 8 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Dan Otero tossed 2 perfect innings of relief to pick up his 1st win.

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Friday, May 24th: Simmons Stars for Stockton as All Four Affiliates Win on Friday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports’ Pitcher James Simmons (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

Stockton Ports’ Pitcher James Simmons (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  5

Tucson Padres                  2

WP – Ekstrom 1-0 / 4.56

HR – Peterson (4)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Justin Thomas allowed 2 runs in 5 innings of work on Friday and exited with the game tied. RHP Mike Ekstrom followed up with 2 scoreless innings to earn his 1st win, while LHP Pedro Figueroa got the final 6 outs for his 1st save. Outfielder Shane Peterson hit a 2-run homer, his 4th, to put the River Cats on the board in the 1st inning, while designated hitter Grant Green had a pair of hits and doubled in the go-ahead run in the 7th for Sacramento.

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Thursday, May 23rd: Billings Pitches Cats to Victory while Snappers Win and Hounds & Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Bruce Billings (6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Bruce Billings (6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

New Orleans Zephyrs        2

Sacramento River Cats  4

WP – Billings 5-2 / 4.70

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bruce Billings

(6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

Starter Bruce Billings turned in another strong outing for Sacramento on Thursday, allowing 2 runs and striking out 7 over 6 innings to earn his 5th win, while RHP Dan Otero picked up his 12th save with a scoreless 9th. Third baseman Scott Moore drove in a pair of runs, while second baseman Grant Green and outfielder Michael Choice drove in a run apiece, and first baseman Daric Barton went 0 for 3 in his return to the River Cats.

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Wednesday, May 22nd: Snappers Ride Rickles’ 2 HRs to Victory while Cats & Hounds Both Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers’ Catcher Nick Rickles (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

Beloit Snappers’ Catcher Nick Rickles (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

New Orleans Zephyrs        2

Sacramento River Cats  0

LP – Werner 4-6 / 6.20

Andrew Werner

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

(9 IP / 9 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 3 K)

 

Starter Andrew Werner had a solid outing for Sacramento, allowing just 2 runs over 9 innings to go the distance, but he still ended up taking the loss. The River Cats’ lineup managed only 6 hits on the night, 2 apiece from shortstop Hiro Nakajima and outfielder Michael Taylor. Meanwhile, former A’s third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff went 0 for 4 for New Orleans to lower his average to .167.

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Down On The Farm with Stockton Ports Pitcher Seth Frankoff

sf947026bThe 2013 campaign continues for the Stockton Ports, and we’re now already over a quarter of the way through the season. We’ve had some streaks where we’ve played extremely well and others where things just haven’t gone our way. But as I’ve been told time and time again, being able to maintain an even keel is paramount in the success of a ballplayer as well as a team. And this team, through it all, has shown a real knack for being able to remain positive and come to the park with a plan to get better each and every day.

Since my last entry, we’ve continued to play extremely well at home. I’m not quite sure exactly what it is about Banner Island Ballpark, but we continue to win lots of games at home. Maybe it’s sleeping in your own bed, familiarity with the ballpark, great fans, etc. But for whatever reason, we always seem to be in a good position to win when we’re the home team. We’ve seen some outstanding performances the past couple of series, with Drew Granier and Tanner Peters both racking up double-digit strikeout performances on the mound. Tanner, in fact, had a perfect game going through five innings last week. And as a bullpen guy, it’s great to see your starters have success for multiple reasons. One, it doesn’t tax the ‘pen when they’re able to go deep into games, and two, when a starting pitcher goes out there and dominates, he exposes the other teams’ weaknesses, which we in turn can try to exploit when we follow them into the game.

Our outfielders continue to chase balls down in the outfield and make plays for us. It seems like almost everyday Myrio Richard or Dusty Robinson makes a diving catch. And in one of my recent outings, Bobby Crocker made an outstanding catch in the 9th inning to bring back a home run ball for an out. These kinds of things mean the world to a pitcher and to a team. Guys busting their tails out there and giving it their all makes a huge difference and is greatly appreciated.

sfpHXKLdSo2Having now spent more than a month in California and in the Cal League, I feel like I’m starting to get acquainted with the state and the league. Since I last wrote, we have traveled to Modesto, Visalia, High Desert and Lancaster. And I really enjoy getting the opportunity to go on the road and see different places. The California League is referred to as a hitters’ league, and High Desert and Lancaster are notorious as the toughest places to pitch in the league. As a pitcher, you are always trying to keep the ball down to induce ground ball outs but, in places where the ball really flies, you have to be especially conscientious about it.

While the elements may not always be in your favor, the difference between success and failure is really more of a mental battle, especially in this league. If you go out there too worried about giving up a home run, then it most likely is going to happen. But going out there with confidence and a plan of keeping the ball down and executing pitches will always set a pitcher up with a good chance to be successful. As I have been told countless times by my coaches in the organization, “Control what you can control.” There are a lot of factors that go on that we have no influence or control over, but what we can control is our preparation, game plan and execution.

Throughout the course of the season, players are going to have good games and bad games. One thing that’s important to remember is that it’s not one particular game or outing that defines you; it’s a whole body of work. As one of my former managers told me, “You aren’t evaluated over a bad outing. You’re evaluated on your ability to bounce back your next outing and get the job done.” As a player, it’s important not to dwell on things because this game will beat you up in a heartbeat if you let yourself do that. It is important to learn from past performances, both positives and negatives, but not to over-analyze. The beauty of baseball is that, whether it’s a good game or a bad one, tomorrow is a new day and a new game. The important thing to do is to take advantage of your opportunities, work hard to become more consistent, and get better each and every day.

sfBKEngEuCAAIZpFoHaving the opportunity to play this game is a blessing and a great honor. That being said, the season is a grind and every player has to have something to keep them motivated and on the right path. For me, my faith in God and my wife and family help me to stay grounded and focused on what I am trying to do. I had the opportunity to watch an ESPN E:60 piece on former Oakland A’s catcher and current Mets’ farmhand Landon Powell last week. Landon, who is from my hometown of Apex, North Carolina and who went to my high school a few years before me, has always been a role model to me as far back as I can remember. His work ethic was something that I always felt separated him from others, and I tried to replicate that same kind of work ethic in my game.

Landon persevered through multiple health issues in his career to make it to the big leagues and spent parts of three seasons with our team in Oakland. He went through the toughest thing in his life this past offseason in losing a child, a daughter named Izzy. I can’t imagine what it must be like to go through that, but to see him still remain positive and strong in his faith as well as driven to get back to the big leagues is such an inspiration to me. It goes to show you that we all have so much to be thankful for. For me, I am thankful to have a supportive wife, a great family and, as always, thankful to have the opportunity to still play the game I love.

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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. You can follow him on Twitter @frankoff34

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