Monday, July 22nd: Rickles’ Slam Puts Snappers over the Top while Cats & Hounds Win and Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Designated Hitter Nick Rickles (Grand Slam)

Beloit Snappers Designated Hitter            Nick Rickles (Grand Slam / GWRBI)



Colorado Springs Sky Sox   2

Sacramento River Cats  10

WP – Hall 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Taylor (14), Parrino (4), Weeks (3)



Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(Grand Slam)


Outfielder Michael Taylor continued his recent power surge on Monday, slugging a grand slam in the 2nd inning for Sacramento, and he’s now hit 3 home runs in his last 4 games. Center fielder Jemile Weeks had 2 doubles and a home run and drove in a pair of runs for the River Cats. Starter Darren Byrd struck out 4 over 3 scoreless innings of work, while LHP Shaeffer Hall, who was just promoted from Stockton, contributed 3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win in his River Cats debut.

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Midland RockHounds  4

Frisco RoughRiders        1

WP – Smith 8-7 / 3.21



Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Murphy Smith

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


Starter Murphy Smith had another strong start for Midland on Monday, allowing just 1 run and striking out 6 over 7 innings to earn his 8th win, while RHP Mike DeMark tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his 4th save. Outfielder Conner Crumbliss singled, doubled, walked, stole a base and scored twice, while first baseman Max Muncy had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.



Stockton Ports    5

San Jose Giants  10

LP – Simmons 7-4 / 4.52

HR – Dixon (10)



Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Wade Kirkland

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)


RHP James Simmons had a shaky start for Stockton, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits over 6 innings to take his 4th loss on Monday. Outfielder Rashun Dixon had 2 hits, including his 10th home run, while shortstop Wade Kirkland, filling in for Addison Russell who’s been dealing with a minor hand injury, had 2 doubles and drove in a pair of runs for the Ports.



GAME #1 (Completion of Yesterday’s Suspended Game)

Beloit Snappers             1

Bowling Green Hot Rods  4

LP – Lamb 2-3 / 5.86



Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dakota Bacus

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


In the completion of yesterday’s suspended game, the Snappers lost in 14 innings. Starter Dakota Bacus allowed just 1 run on 3 hits over 6 innings of work, but LHP Chris Lamb allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, in the bottom of the 14th to take the loss. Outfielder Brett Vertigan doubled in the Snappers’ only run of the game.



Beloit Snappers             9

Bowling Green Hot Rods  7

WP – Vail 5-3 / 3.49

HR – Rickles (6)



Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Nick Rickles

(Grand Slam / Game-Winning RBI)


With the bases loaded in the 9th inning and Beloit down by 2 runs, designated hitter Nick Rickles clubbed a grand slam to give the Snappers all the runs they would need on Monday night. RHP Andres Avila had a rough start, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, on 7 hits and 6 walks over just 4 innings of work, but RHP Tyler Vail tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.


NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

Auburn Doubledays             0

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

WP – Finnegan 1-1 / 1.59

HR – Huck (3)



Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Kyle Finnegan

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


The A’s 8th overall pick in this year’s draft, RHP Kyle Finnegan, had an impressive outing on Monday, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 4 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 1st win for Vermont. First baseman Ryan Huck hit a 2-run homer, while outfielder B.J. Boyd and designated hitter Tyler Marincov drove in a pair of runs apiece for the Lake Monsters.


ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Indians  4

AZL A’s        5

WP – Vattuone 1-1 / 3.52

HR – Kubala (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Carlos Navas

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

Starter Carlos Navas allowed just 2 hits and struck out 5 over 4 scoreless innings of work, while the A’s 5th overall draft pick, LHP Chris Kohler, struck out 2 in 2 scoreless innings of relief, but RHP Dominique Vattuone picked up the win despite giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, in 2 innings of relief. Third baseman A.J. Kubala hit his 3rd home run, and designated hitter Justin Higley drove in a pair of runs for the A’s.


Tuesday’s Games:

Colorado Springs @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Frisco – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Vermont @ Aberdeen – 4:05pm PT / 7:05pm ET



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2 comments for “Monday, July 22nd: Rickles’ Slam Puts Snappers over the Top while Cats & Hounds Win and Ports Fall

  1. July 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Is thee any particular reason that AF never mentions the DSL? Some of us are of Latin origin and we are very eager to know about upcoming Latin players for the A’s. At this point, there is Jean Carlo C Rodriguez doing quite well in the Dominican; however, I cannot get any info on him – where is he from, how and when was he signed, is there a scouting report on him, etc. He seems to be only 17, but he is their top hitter already!

    • July 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Info on players in the DSL is very hard to come by, and I don’t personally have enough of a finger on the pulse of what’s going on down there and who’s who on the team to confidently report on it.

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