Month: June 2013

Getting To Know: A’s New Catcher Stephen Vogt

svvogt2Originally drafted by Tampa Bay back in 2007, veteran minor league catcher Stephen Vogt didn’t get his first cup of coffee in the big leagues until last year when, at the age of 27, he got into 18 games for the Rays. The A’s acquired him just after the 2013 season started and sent him to Sacramento, where he’s been one of the River Cats’ most productive hitters this season, batting .325 with 9 home runs in 231 at-bats.

With starting catcher John Jaso’s hand still bothering him, Oakland decided to call on Vogt this week. So now, at 28, the left-handed-hitting backstop is getting his second shot in the majors with the A’s. In his first at-bat against Cincinnati on Tuesday night, Vogt drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Two night’s later, he homered against St. Louis for his first major league hit. And, fortunately, A’s Farm was there to catch up with Vogt on his first day in Oakland as the team prepared to play Cincinnati later that night…

 

AF:  So when did you find out you were coming up to Oakland?

SV:  Last night, right after our game. You know, we had the rain delay, so it was a little later – it was about 11:15. (River Cats manager) Steve Scarsone took me in the office and just said, “What’s the best thing you could hear right now?” I said, “I’m going up.” And he said, “There you are.” So here we are – I’m here tonight!

AF:  Did you come down to Oakland last night?

SV:  No, it was way too late last night. So we drove down this morning.

AF:  Do you know if you’re playing today?

SV:  I’m catching.

AF:  So you’re thrown in with a bunch of pitchers you never even had a chance to be around in spring training. What’s that like?

SV:  You know, it’s a learning curve. You have to rely on them. I’m going to help them out the best I can. I’ve talked with D-No (Derek Norris) and Jaso a little bit about them already, and they’ve been great in helping me out. So it’s just a matter of going out there and seeing what I can do.

AF:  Well, it’s three hours till game time. So have you had a chance to talk to tonight’s starting pitcher Tommy Milone yet?

sv51ce58484676a.preview-620bSV:  Not yet. I haven’t even met him.

AF:  So I guess you’re just hoping to meet him before you get out on the field.

SV:  Absolutely.

AF:  Do you have any family or friends here for your debut with the A’s tonight?

SV:  Yeah, my wife and daughter, and my parents and my grandparents and my aunt are going to be here tonight. I’m from Visalia, so everybody’s local.

AF:  You’ve been hitting well in Sacramento all year. So what accounts for your success at the plate this season?

SV:  A lot of it is just getting off to a good start. You come out in your first game of the year and get three hits, and it’s like, “All right, here we go.” And that lineup down there is a pretty good lineup, and hitting around a lot of good guys is going to get you a lot of good pitches to hit, and I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success so far.

AF:  Well, down in Sacramento you’ve been catching Sonny Gray, who seems to have gotten over the hump this year. From your perspective as a catcher, what have you seen from him this season?

SV:  Electric stuff – three great pitches. He really is learning how to pitch. He’s learning how to get people out. He’s competing really well. Honestly, I just can’t say enough about how he’s coming along. He’s going to be something pretty special.

AF:  Is there any one thing that’s been the key to his success this year?

SV:  Just his command. When he’s on, he’s on. He struggles a little bit sometimes with his command. But for the most part, this year, he’s been outstanding. And he’s not far away. He’s got really good stuff.

AF:  So when you’ve got a game plan, he’s throwing it right where it’s supposed to be – which makes things a lot easier for you.

SV:  Absolutely. He’s a lot of fun to work with.

AF:  Well, best of luck to you tonight.

SV:  Thank you very much.

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Saturday, June 29th: Snappers Come Back to Win while Cats, Hounds & Ports All Fall on Saturday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Outfielder Ryan Mathews (Double / 2 RBIs / Game-Winning RBI)

Beloit Snappers Outfielder Ryan Mathews (Double / 2 RBIs / Game-Winning RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                         1

Sacramento River Cats  0

LP – Werner 7-10 / 5.50

Andrew Werner

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

(7 1/3 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 6 K)

 

LHP Andrew Werner had a solid start for Sacramento on Saturday, allowing just 1 run while walking none and striking out 6 over 7 1/3 innings, but he still ended up taking the loss, since Sacramento was shut out and managed just 4 hits on the night. Jemile Weeks, who had 1 of those hits, made his debut in center field for the River Cats.

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Friday, June 28th: Bacus Pitches Snappers to Victory while Ports Win and Cats & Hounds Both Fall on Friday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Dakota Bacus (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

Beloit Snappers RHP Dakota Bacus (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                         8

Sacramento River Cats  1

LP – Straily 3-1 / 1.46

HR – Peterson (6)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(Home Run)

 

Third baseman Andy Parrino’s fielding error opened the door to 4 unearned runs in the 4th inning, and starter Dan Straily ended up allowing 6 runs, just 2 earned, on 9 hits while striking out 6 over 6 innings to take his 1st loss for Sacramento. Outfielder Shane Peterson hit his 6th home run in the 2nd inning to account for the River Cats’ only run of the game.

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Thursday, June 27th: Cats Win Behind Green’s 2 HRs while Hounds, Ports & Snappers All Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Second Baseman Grant Green (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats 2B Grant Green (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                         4

Sacramento River Cats  7

WP – Okajima 1-2 / 3.97

HR – Green 2 (11), Taylor (9)

Oakland Athletics Photo Day

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Grant Green

(2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

Starter Sonny Gray surrendered 4 runs in the 2nd inning but had an otherwise solid outing on Thursday. Gray ended up allowing 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 8 over 7 innings of work. Second baseman Grant Green hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 3rd inning to tie the game, and it remained tied until Green stepped to the plate in the 8th and hit his 2nd home run of the game, and his 11th of the season, to give the River Cats the lead. Outfielder Michael Taylor tagged a 2-run shot later that same inning, while LHP Hideki Okajima tossed a scoreless 8th inning to pick up the win, and RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs for his 4th save. Meanwhile, Reno’s starting third baseman Eric Chavez went 0 for 2 with a pair of walks.

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Wednesday, June 26th: Snappers Win while Hounds Fall and Ports Lose Despite Muncy’s 20th Homer

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Vince Voiro (5 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 1 K / Win)

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Vince Voiro       (5 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 1 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  5

NW Arkansas Naturals    9

LP – Neal 5-6 / 4.44

HR – Ladendorf (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Tyler Ladendorf

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

RHP Zach Neal had a rough outing for the RockHounds, allowing 8 runs, 7 earned, on 11 hits over 3 innings to take his 6th loss. Second baseman Tyler Ladendorf did most of the damage for Midland on Wednesday with a 3-run homer in the 7th inning.

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Tuesday, June 25th: Streich Stars Again for Snappers while Ports Win and Cats Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Seth Streich (6 1/3 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 7 K)

 Beloit Snappers Pitcher Seth Streich      (6 1/3 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 7 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  5

Sacramento River Cats   3

LP – Banwart 4-4 / 4.75

HR – Green (9)

Oakland Athletics Photo Day

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Grant Green

(Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Travis Banwart had a rocky outing for the River Cats on Tuesday, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits over just 4 1/3 innings to take his 4th loss. Second baseman Grant Green continued his hot hitting of late, collecting his 22nd double and his 9th home run and driving in a pair of runs for the River Cats.

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Monday, June 24th: Ports Win Behind Bowman’s Effort while Cats & Lake Monsters Lose

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Josh Bowman (6 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 4 K / Win)

Stockton Ports RHP Josh Bowman (6 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 4 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  5

Sacramento River Cats   3

LP – Thomas 3-6 / 4.48

Oakland Athletics Photo Day

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Grant Green

(3 for 5 / Double)

 

Starter Justin Thomas allowed 5 runs on 5 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work to take the loss on Monday. Second baseman Grant Green had 3 hits, including a double, while outfielder Michael Choice collected 3 hits as well, and third baseman Andy Parrino had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs for the River Cats.

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Sunday, June 23rd: All 6 Affiliates Win as Granier & Alcantara Make Impressive Debuts for Hounds & Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Drew Granier (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Drew Granier (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB /    4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox    4

Sacramento River Cats   20

WP – Billings 9-4 / 4.46

HR – Choice (11), Montz (9)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Stephen Vogt

(3 for 5 / Double / 5 RBIs)

 

Starter Bruce Billings allowed 4 runs on 5 hits while striking out 6 over 6 2/3 innings to pick up his 9th win. But it was the River Cats’ hitters who did moost of the heavy lifting on Sunday. Catcher Stephen Vogt had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 5 runs, while third baseman Scott Moore also doubled and drove in 5, and second baseman Grant Green collected 4 hits, including a pair of doubles, drove in a run and scored 3 times for the River Cats.

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Saturday, June 22nd: Taylor Leads Cats to Victory while Snappers Win and Hounds & Ports Both Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Michael Taylor (Home Run / Double / 5 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats OF Michael Taylor (HR / Double / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  5

Sacramento River Cats   9

WP – Werner 7-9 / 5.83

HR – Taylor (8), Nakajima (4)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(Home Run / Double / 5 RBIs)

 

Starter Andrew Werner allowed 4 runs on 9 hits over 7 innings to pick up his 7th win on Saturday. Outfielder Michael Taylor homered in the 4th inning to give the River Cats the lead, and he also doubled and drove in 5 runs on the night, while designated hitter Scott Moore continued to wield a hot bat, collecting 3 hits, including a double, for the Cats.

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Friday, June 21st: Murphy Pitches Hounds to Victory while Vermont Wins Behind Brugman’s Slam and Cats, Ports & Snappers Fall on Friday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Sean Murphy (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds RHP Sean Murphy (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  2

Salt Lake Bees                  5

LP – Gray 7-5 / 2.85

HR – Moore (10)

Scott Moore

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Scott Moore

(Home Run)

 

Things got off to a rocky start for Sonny Gray on Friday when he gave up 3 runs in the 1st inning. When all was said and done, he allowed 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 7 over 6 innings to take his 5th loss. Third baseman Scott Moore smashed his 10th home run, while second baseman Grant Green collected a pair of doubles for the River Cats.

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