Thursday, April 24th: Stockton Wins behind Atherton’s Stellar Start while Cats, Hounds & Snappers All Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Tim Atherton (7 1/3 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

 Stockton Ports Pitcher Tim Atherton  (7 1/3 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Lake Elsinore Storm  1

Stockton Ports        5

WP – Atherton 3-0 / 3.18

HR – Olson (4), Healy (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tim Atherton

(7 1/3 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

RHPs Tim Atherton and Seth Streich are starting to shape up as a potent 1-2 punch in Stockton’s starting rotation. And on Thursday, Atherton carried a perfect game into the 8th inning until he finally gave up a double after getting one out in the inning. The 24-year-old Aussie eventually allowed 1 run on just 2 hits while walking none and striking out 9 over 7 1/3 innings to earn his 3rd win. RHP Austin House got the final 5 outs to post his 2nd save. Third baseman Ryon Healy hit a 2-run homer, while first baseman Matt Olson slugged a solo shot, and outfielder Aaron Shipman, designated hitter Bobby Crocker and second baseman Wade Kirkland had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

El Paso Chihuahuas          5

Sacramento River Cats  1

LP – Lindblom 1-2 / 7.23

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Andy Parrino

(2 for 3 / Walk / RBI)

 

Starter Josh Lindblom had another rocky outing for the River Cats, allowing 4 runs over 6 1/3 innings to take his 2nd loss on Thursday. Sacramento managed just 4 hits in the game. Two came courtesy of shortstop Andy Parrino, who was making his season debut with Sacramento after being claimed off waivers by the A’s. Second baseman Jake Elmore was activated from the disabled list and made his first appearance for the River Cats, going 0 for 2 with a walk. Meanwhile, infielder Hiro Nakajima joined catcher Stephen Vogt and RHP Matt Buschmann on the River Cats’ disabled list

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

Corpus Christi Hooks      9

LP – Werner 0-2 / 7.04

HR – Crumbliss (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Conner Crumbliss

(Home Run)

 

LHP Andrew Werner came out of the RockHounds bullpen to make Thursday’s start in place of RHP Raul Alcantara, who’s suffering from a sore right elbow. Werner lasted just 1 2/3 innings though, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits to take his 2nd loss. He was followed on the mound by RHP Ryan Doolittle, Sean’s little brother, who allowed 1 run while striking out 3 over 2 2/3 innings of relief in his RockHounds debut. The Hounds were already down by 6 runs before their hitters could put any runs on the board on Thursday. Outfielder Conner Crumbliss hit his 2nd home run in the 8th, while outfielder Chad Oberacker had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the RockHounds.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers           8

Kane County Cougars  10

LP – Pudenz 1-1 / 9.95

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Jaycob Brugman

(3 for 5 / Triple / Double / RBI)

 

Beloit’s bullpen let a 7-run lead slip away on Thursday. LHP Chris Lamb came out of the Snappers pen to make the start and did a solid job, allowing just 2 hits over 4 scoreless innings. And over those first 4 innings, Beloit’s bats managed to put 7 runs on the board. Originally-scheduled starter Dylan Covey came in to take over for Lamb in the 5th inning and ended up allowing 3 runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. RHP Lee Sosa then gave up another 3 runs before RHP Stuart Pudenz surrendered 4 runs to take the loss. Designated hitter Jaycob Brugman singled, doubled, tripled and drove in a run, while first baseman Ryan Huck and second baseman Sam Roberts had a pair of hits apiece for the Snappers.

 

Friday’s Games:

El Paso @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ San Antonio – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

High Desert @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Beloit @ Burlington – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

 

 

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