Sunday, April 13th: Myers’ Big Bat Leads Hounds to Victory while Ports & Snappers Fall and Cats Sweep Twinbill as Blanton Calls It Quits

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter D'Arby Myers (4 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

Midland RockHounds DH D’Arby Myers (4 for 4 / HR / Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  11

NW Arkansas Naturals     6

WP – Jensen 1-0 / 2.31

HR – Myers (1), Taylor (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter D’Arby Myers

(4 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

Designated hitter D’Arby Myers had a big day at the plate on Sunday, collecting 4 hits, including a home run and a triple, driving in 2 runs, stealing a base and scoring 3 times for the RockHounds. Catcher Beau Taylor also homered and drove in a pair. And in his first game for Midland since signing as a minor league free agent, infielder Colin Walsh singled, doubled and drove in 2 runs but also made a pair of errors at third base. Starter Chris Jensen allowed 3 runs, just 1 earned, over 5 2/3 innings to earn his 1st win for the RockHounds.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

GAME #1

Salt Lake Bees                  2

Sacramento River Cats  8

WP – Savery 2-0 / 6.75

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Alden Carrithers

(3 for 3 / 3 RBIs)

 

Starter Arnold Leon allowed 1 run on 3 hits but exited the game with 2 outs in the 5th inning after throwing 93 pitches, while LHP Joe Savery came on and gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief to pick up the win in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Third baseman Alden Carrithers collected 3 hits and drove in 3 runs, while designated hitter Nate Freiman singled, doubled and drove in 2 runs, and catcher Phil Pohl doubled in a pair of runs in his debut with the River Cats.

 

GAME #2

Salt Lake Bees                  0

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Humber 1-1 / 2.45

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(2 for 3 / Double / RBI)

 

RHP Jeremy McBryde started the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader and tossed 3 scoreless innings for Sacramento, while RHP Philip Humber contributed 2 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win, and RHP Evan Scribner got the final three outs for his 1st save. Outfielder Shane Peterson singled, doubled and drove in a run, while third baseman Hiro Nakajima doubled and scored, and shortstop Tyler Ladendorf walked, singled and drove in a run for the River Cats.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Visalia Rawhide   7

Stockton Ports  4

LP – Bowman 0-1 / 6.43

HR – McKinney (5), Robinson (3), Maxwell (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Bruce Maxwell

(2 for 4 / Home Run)

 

RHP Josh Bowman had a shaky start for Stockton on Sunday, allowing 7 runs, 6 earned, on 11 hits over 6 innings to take the loss, while RHP Kris Hall tossed 3 perfect innings in relief. Catcher Bruce Maxwell singled and hit his 2nd home run, while outfielder Dusty Robinson slugged his 3rd homer, and outfielder Billy McKinney walked twice and tagged his 5th round-tripper, tying teammate Chad Pinder for the league lead.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers              1

West Michigan Whitecaps  2

LP – Herrera 1-1 / 2.25

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Ronald Herrera

(6 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 0 K)

 

18-year-old RHP Ronald Herrera had another solid start for the Snappers, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings of work, but he still ended up taking the loss on Sunday. Beloit managed just 5 hits in the game, and first baseman Ryan Huck singled, doubled and walked for the Snappers in the loss.

 

In Other News…

The River Cats announced that veteran RHP Joe Blanton has decided to leave the team and retire. That opens up a spot in Sacramento’s starting rotation behind RHPs Arnold Leon, Josh Lindblom, Matt Buschmann and Sean Murphy. RockHounds RHP Zach Neal would have to be considered the most likely choice to get the promotion, unless the A’s really wanted to be aggressive with 21-year-old RHP Raul Alcantara. The A’s also have acquired minor league catcher Blake Forsythe from the Mets for future considerations. And with Sacramento catcher Stephen Vogt and Midland catcher Ryan Lipkin both on the disabled list at the moment, Forsythe could fill in behind either Ryan Ortiz with the River Cats or Beau Taylor with the RockHounds. Drafted in the 3rd round in 2010, Forsythe hit .192/.271/.362 last season for the Mets’ Double-A affiliate at Binghamton.

 

Monday’s Games:

Midland @ NW Arkansas – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Bakersfield @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Great Lakes @ Beloit – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

 

 

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