Tuesday, April 8th: Whitaker Helps Hounds Put Up 20 while Herrera Wins 1st Start for Snappers and Cats & Ports Lose Late

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Josh Whitaker (4 for 6 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Josh Whitaker (4 for 6 / HR / 4 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals      8

Midland RockHounds  20

WP – Long 1-0 / 9.82

HR – Whitaker (2), Muncy (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(4 for 6 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

After giving up 20 runs on opening day, the RockHounds struck back with 20 runs of their own on Tuesday night. Outfielder Josh Whitaker was the hitting star for the second straight night, homering in his second consecutive game, collecting 3 singles and driving in 4 runs. Designated hitter Max Muncy singled, homered and drove in 6 runs, while catcher Beau Taylor had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs, and outfielder D’Arby Myers singled, doubled, stole a pair of bases and drove in 3 runs. After a rough first start, RHP Drew Granier gave up just 1 run this time around but only made it through 4 innings after averaging almost 20 pitches per inning. RHP Blake Hassebrock had another rocky outing in relief, surrendering 6 runs, just 2 earned, on 5 hits over 2 innings. RHP Nate Long picked up the win after allowing 1 run in 2 innings of relief, and LHP Jeff Urlaub closed things out with a scoreless 9th for the Hounds.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  6

Las Vegas 51s                  7

LP – Humber 0-1 / 4.15

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Stephen Vogt

(2 for 4 / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

RHP Arnold Leon had his second straight shaky start for Sacramento, allowing 3 runs while throwing 70 pitches in just 4 innings of work on Tuesday. With the game tied in the 7th inning, RHP Philip Humber gave up a 2-run homer and ended up taking the loss for the River Cats. Catcher Stephen Vogt and outfielder Shane Peterson both singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs, while outfielder Craig Gentry went 1 for 4 with a walk in his second rehab appearance for Sacramento.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports     9

Bakersfield Blaze  10

LP – Joseph 0-1 / 4.50

HR – McKinney (3), Robertson (1), Olson (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson

(3 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

RHP Josh Bowman allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings of work in his second start of the season for Stockton, while converted outfielder Jeremy Barfield tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief. The Ports had a 4-run lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning with RHP Michael Ynoa on the mound. Ynoa allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 wild pitches (giving him a total of 4 in his first 2 appearances this season), sending the game to extra innings. And RHP Jonathan Joseph ultimately allowed the winning run in the bottom of the 12th to take the loss. Shortstop Daniel Robertson singled, doubled and homered in the game, while first baseman Matt Olson slugged a 3-run homer, and outfielder Billy McKinney blasted his 3rd home run of the year for Stockton.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers             5

South Bend Silver Hawks  1

WP – Herrera 1-0 / 1.50

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Ronald Herrera

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

 

18-year-old Venezuelan RHP Ronald Herrera was impressive in his first start for the Snappers, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 6 and walking none over 6 innings of work to earn his 1st win. LHP Matt Stalcup was equally solid in relief, giving up just 1 hit and striking out 6 over 3 scoreless innings to pick up his 1st save. Second baseman Chih-Fang Pan doubled in 2 runs, while first baseman Ryan Huck collected 3 hits and drove in a run, and outfielder B.J. Boyd had a pair of hits for Beloit.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Las Vegas – 7:05pm PT

Stockton @ Bakersfield – Noon PT

Beloit @ South Bend – 4:05pm PT / 6:05pm CT

 

 

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