Saturday, May 11th: Sonny Gray Slings 6 Shutout Innings in River Cats Win while Top Prospects Russell & Ynoa Impress for Ports & Snappers

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Sonny Gray (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 5 BB / 8 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Sonny Gray (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 5 BB / 8 K / Win)



Sacramento River Cats  5

Nashville Sounds               2

WP – Gray 4-1 / 2.19

HR – Choice (7)



Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 5 BB / 8 K / Win)


RHP Sonny Gray had another strong start on Saturday, this time in front of a hometown crowd in Nashville, the city where he was born and where he starred for Vanderbilt University before being drafted by the A’s. Gray tossed 6 scoreless innings to earn his 4th win and lower his ERA to 2.19. Left fielder Scott Moore collected 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, while center fielder Michael Choice slugged his 7th home run and drove in 3 runs for the River Cats. If you missed it earlier this week, be sure to check out our interview with Michael Choice here. And you can see our interview with today’s winning pitcher Sonny Gray here.




Midland RockHounds  6

San Antonio Missions     2

WP – Smith 4-3 / 2.09



Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Murphy Smith

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


Starter Murphy Smith allowed 2 runs in 5 innings to earn his 4th win, while RHP Paul Smyth tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief to pick up the save. First baseman Anthony Aliotti and outfielder Chad Oberacker had 2 hits apiece, and shortstop Dusty Coleman and outfielder Jake Goebbert each drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.



Midland RockHounds  5

San Antonio Missions     6

LP – DeMark 0-1 / 3.27

HR – Goebbert (4), Oberacker (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jake Goebbert

(Home Run)


Starter Josh Bowman allowed 5 runs, just 1 earned, over 5 innings of work. The 4 unearned runs came after shortstop Dusty Coleman’s throwing error in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Outfielder Chad Oberacker homered in the top of the 1st inning to put Midland on the board, while outfielder Jake Goebbert’s home run tied the game in the 5th, but RHP Mike DeMark surrendered a run in the 6th to take the loss. With outfielder Jeremy Barfield’s elevation to Sacramento, outfielder Josh Whitaker was promoted to Midland and, while serving as the designated hitter, drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in his debut with the RockHounds. He’ll be joined there by A’s starter Brett Anderson, who is set to begin a rehab assignment with Midland.



Stockton Ports         6

Lancaster JetHawks  10

LP – Joseph 3-2 / 6.35

HR – Russell (3)



Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)


RHP Drew Granier allowed 3 runs while striking out 5 over 6 innings of work and left the game with the lead, but RHP Jonathan Joseph gave up 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to take the loss. Shortstop Addison Russell homered for the second straight night and drove in 3 runs for the Ports. In other news, with RHP Pedro Vidal’s promotion to Sacramento, RHP Brett Hunter has been added to the Ports’ roster from extended spring training.



Cedar Rapids Kernels  2

Beloit Snappers         3

WP – Dull 1-1 / 1.88

HR – Dixon (4)

Michael Ynoa


Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Michael Ynoa

(4 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K)


Starter Michael Ynoa gave up just 1 run while walking none and striking out 7 in 4 innings of work on Saturday, while RHP Andres Avila followed up by allowing 1 run in 4 innings of relief. Outfielder Rashun Dixon hit his 4th home run in his last 5 games to put Beloit on the board in the 2nd inning. And in the bottom of the 9th with the Snappers down by a run, designated hitter Chad Lewis doubled in a pair of runs to make a winner of RHP Ryan Dull who’d tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief.


Sunday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Nashville – 12:05pm PT

Midland @ San Antonio – 12:05pm PT / 2:05pm CT

Stockton @ Lancaster – 2:00pm PT

Cedar Rapids @ Beloit – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT



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4 comments for “Saturday, May 11th: Sonny Gray Slings 6 Shutout Innings in River Cats Win while Top Prospects Russell & Ynoa Impress for Ports & Snappers

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