Wednesday, July 31st: Whitaker’s Slam Leads Ports to Victory while Cats & Snappers Win and Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Outfielder Josh Whitaker (Grand Slam)

Stockton Ports Outfielder Josh Whitaker (Grand Slam)



Albuquerque Isotopes       1

Sacramento River Cats  5

WP – Banwart 7-5 / 4.75

HR – Taylor (16), Choice (14), Peterson (8)



Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

(5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 4 K / Win)


RHP Travis Banwart delivered a strong start for Sacramento, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits over 5 2/3 innings to earn his 7th win on Wednesday. Center fielder Shane Peterson had 3 hits, including a double and a home run, and drove in 2 runs, while left fielder Michael Choice singled, homered and drove in a pair of runs, and right fielder Michael Taylor hit his 16th home run for the River Cats.

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Frisco RoughRiders       2

Midland RockHounds  1

LP – Granier 2-5 / 4.21



Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(6 1/3 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 9 K)


After three straight shaky starts, RHP Drew Granier had a solid outing for Midland, allowing 2 runs and striking out 9 over 6 1/3 innings, but he still ended up taking his 5th loss on Wednesday. RHP Ryan Dull tossed 1 scoreless inning or relief in his debut for the RockHounds, while outfielder D’Arby Myers and shortstop Darwin Perez had a pair of hits apiece for the Hounds.



Stockton Ports           6

High Desert Mavericks  4

WP – Bowman 4-4 / 6.56

HR – Whitaker (8)



Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(Grand Slam)


With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the 5th inning, outfielder Josh Whitaker hit a grand slam to give the Ports the lead, which they would never relinquish. Starter Josh Bowman allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 6 innings to pick up his 4th win on Wednesday, while RHP Tucker Healy got the final 3 outs for his 3rd save, and LHP Trey Barham tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief in his season debut for Stockton.



Beloit Snappers      5

Clinton LumberKings  2

WP – Bacus 9-4 / 3.86



Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Nick Rickles

(Triple / Double / 2 RBIs)


Catcher Nick Rickles continued his hot hitting of late, collecting a double and a triple and driving in a pair of runs for the Snappers. Starter Dakota Bacus allowed 2 runs on 6 hits over 5 2/3 innings to notch his 9th win on Wednesday, while RHP Austin House pitched a perfect 9th for his 7th save.


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

Vermont Lake Monsters   5

Hudson Valley Renegades   2

WP – Trivino 2-2 / 3.41



Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Herschel Powell

(3 for 4 / Double / 2 RBIs)


11th-round draft pick Lou Trivino had a solid outing on Wednesday, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings to earn his 2nd win, while RHP Trevor Bayless got the final 4 outs for his 6th save. Outfielder Herschel Powell had 3 hits, including a double, walked, stole a base and drove in a pair of runs for the Lake Monsters.


ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL A’s       3

AZL Angels  4

LP – Herrera 4-3 / 4.64

HR – Zarraga (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Jonesy Zarraga

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 Stolen Bases)

Starter Ronald Herrera allowed 3 runs on 5 hits over 5 innings to take the loss on Wednesday, while designated hitter Jonesy Zarraga homered, tripled, singled and stole a pair of bases for the A’s.


Thursday’s Games:

Albuquerque @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Stockton @ High Desert – 7:05pm PT

Beloit @ Clinton – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Vermont @ Hudson Valley – 4:05pm PT / 7:05pm ET

AZL Cubs @ AZL A’s – 7:00pm PT



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