Friday, June 27th: Ben McQuown’s HR Gives Vermont Walk-Off Win in 11th while Matt Olson Slugs His 23rd HR for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Outfielder Ben McQuown (3 for 5 / Home Run)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Outfielder Ben McQuown (3 for 5 / Home Run)


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

Lowell Spinners                    7

Vermont Lake Monsters  8

WP – McMullen 1-0 / 0.00

HR – McQuown (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Ben McQuown

(3 for 5 / Home Run)

With the game tied in the bottom of the 11th, center fielder Ben McQuown stepped to the plate and, on the the first pitch he saw, slugged his first professional home run to win the game in a walk-off for Vermont on Friday. McQuown also walked, singled twice, scored twice and stole his 3rd base for the Lake Monsters. Left fielder Justin Higley doubled, tripled and drove in 3 runs, while right fielder Dayton Alexander singled doubled and drove in a run, and this year’s 16th-round draft pick for the A’s, third baseman Jose Brizuela, went 0 for 5 in his debut for Vermont. Starter Cristhian Perez allowed 5 runs over 4 innings of work. 2nd-round pick RHP Daniel Gossett gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief in his first appearance for the Lake Monsters, while 9th-round pick LHP Mike Fagan pitched a perfect 1 2/3 innings in his Vermont debut, and RHP Blake McMullen tossed a scoreless 10th and 11th to pick up the win.

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Las Vegas 51s                   4

Sacramento River Cats  1

LP – Buschmann 5-4 / 4.85



Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(2 for 5 / Double / Assist)


Starter Matt Buschmann allowed 3 runs on 5 hits over 5 1/3 innings to take his 4th loss on Friday, while RHP Deryk Hooker tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and RHP Philip Humber gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief for the River Cats. Center fielder Shane Peterson had a pair of hits, including a double, scored Sacramento’s only run and threw out a runner at third base, while first baseman Daric Barton singled and doubled, and right fielder Josh Whitaker went 0 for 3 and catcher Luis Exposito went 0 for 2 in their debuts for the River Cats.



NW Arkansas Naturals    8

Midland RockHounds  2

LP – Jensen 4-7 / 4.05



Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Beau Taylor

(Double / Walk / RBI)


After not allowing a run in his last two starts, RHP Chris Jensen gave up 6 runs, 5 earned, over 4 1/3 innings to take his 7th loss on Friday, while RHP Ryan Doolittle allowed 2 runs over 2 innings, and LHP Frank Gailey and RHP Seth Frankoff combined to toss 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. Designated hitter Beau Taylor walked and doubled in a run, while outfielder D’Arby Myers singled and doubled, and catcher Blake Forsythe singled in the RockHounds’ only other run of the game.



Stockton Ports         7

Lancaster JetHawks  8

LP – House 0-3 / 4.76

HR – Olson (23), Healy (8), Maxwell (6)



Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Seth Streich

(6 IP / 9 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 3 K)


Starter Seth Streich allowed 2 runs on 9 hits over 6 innings of work and left the game with a 5-run lead on Friday. RHP Michael Ynoa then gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief, and RHP Austin House surrendered 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to take the loss. First baseman Matt Olson hit his 4th home run in the last 3 days to extend his league-leading total to 23, while third baseman Ryon Healy hit a 2-run homer and catcher Bruce Maxwell slugged a solo shot in the loss.



Kane County Cougars  3

Beloit Snappers          2

LP – Roberts 0-2 / 3.97

HR – Brugman (7)



Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Lou Trivino

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


RHP Lou Trivino turned in a solid start for the Snappers on Friday, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings of work, and left with the game tied 2-2. This year’s 22nd-round pick for the A’s, RHP Brendan McCurry, tossed 2 scoreless innings in his debut for Beloit, while converted infielder Sam Roberts gave up the winning run in the top of the 10th to take his 2nd loss for the Snappers. Outfielder Jaycob Brugman hit a 2-run homer in the 1st inning, while 1st-round pick Matt Chapman went 0 for 4 in the game and is now 4 for 15 since joining the Snappers.


ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL A’s             2

AZL D’Backs  12

LP – Gauna 0-2 / 10.38



Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Branden Kelliher

(2 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 4 K)


The A’s top high school pitching pick in this year’s draft, 8th-round RHP Branden Kelliher, made an impressive debut on Friday. The 18-year-old allowed just 1 hit while walking none and striking out 4 over 2 innings of work for the A’s. 20th-round RHP Koby Gauna gave up 4 runs in 2 1/3 innings to take the loss, while RHP Phillip Ortiz surrendered 3 runs over 1 2/3 innings, and 26th-round RHP Rob Huber allowed 5 runs in 2 innings of relief. The A’s managed just 2 hits in the game. Designated hitter Robert Kuhn singled in a run, while outfielder Jonesy Zarraga singled and stole a base in the loss.


Saturday’s Games:

Las Vegas @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Arkansas @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 7:45pm PT

Kane County @ Beloit – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Lowell @ Vermont – 3:05pm PT / 6:05pm ET

AZL Cubs @ AZL A’s – 7:00pm PT



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