Sunday, May 18th: Matthes’ Slam Helps Hounds Win while Walden Pitches Cats to Victory and Ports & Snappers Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (Grand Slam)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (Grand Slam)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

Corpus Christi Hooks      2

WP – Doolittle 2-2 / 4.97

HR – Head (5), Matthes (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Kent Matthes

(Grand Slam)

Though Midland trailed for much of the game, the Rockhounds turned things around with a big 7-run 8th inning, highlighted by outfielder Kent Matthes’ towering grand slam over the left field wall. It was Matthes’ third home run in as many games. Third baseman Miles Head hit his 5th round-tripper later in the same inning, while outfielder Chad Oberacker singled, doubled and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Nate Long turned in another solid outing on Sunday, allowing 2 runs and striking out 5 over 6 innings of work, while RHP Ryan Doolittle struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of relief to earn his 2nd win for the Hounds.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tacoma Rainiers                1

Sacramento River Cats  6

WP – Walden 2-1 / 4.88

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Marcus Walden

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

 

RHP Marcus Walden, claimed off waivers from Toronto earlier in the year, had his best start so far this season for Sacramento, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits over 7 innings to earn his 2nd win on Sunday. Outfielder Michael Taylor singled and doubled in a pair of runs, including the go-ahead run in the 6th for Sacramento, while catcher Stephen Vogt, first baseman Nate Freiman and shortstop Tyler Ladendorf had a pair of hits apiece for the Cats. With the A’s acquisition of LHP Jeff Francis from Cincinnati on Sunday, the team returned LHP Joe Savery to Sacramento.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Bakersfield Blaze  9

Stockton Ports    5

LP – Streich 4-3 / 3.64

HR – Olson (11)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Seth Streich had a rare rough outing for Stockton on Sunday, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits over 6 innings to take his 3rd loss, while former starter Josh Bowman gave up 3 runs, 1 earned, in 3 innings of relief for the Ports. First baseman Matt Olson belted his 11th home run to give him the California League lead, while second baseman Chad Pinder, third baseman Renato Nunez, designated hitter Ryon Healy and outfielder Aaron Shipman had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports. LHP Chris Lamb, who was recently promoted from Beloit, is scheduled to make his first start for Stockton on Monday in place of Bowman.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers        0

Clinton LumberKings  5

LP – Wahl 0-3 / 6.38

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Luis Baez

(2 for 4 / 2 Doubles)

 

Starter Bobby Wahl was perfect through the first 3 innings but ended up allowing 2 runs before being pulled with 2 outs in the bottom of the 4th while Beloit slowly builds up his pitch count after his return from the disabled list. Wahl took his 3rd loss, while second Luis Baez smacked 2 doubles and outfielder Jaycob Brugman posted a pair of singles to account for the Snappers’ 4 hits on the day.

 

Monday’s Games:

El Paso @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 5:10pm PT / 7:10pm CT

Bakersfield @ Stockton – 11:05am PT

Beloit @ Cedar Rapids – 4:35pm PT / 6:35pm CT

 

 

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