Monday, September 1st: Michael Soto’s HR Helps Snappers Go Out with a Win while Sacramento’s Season Ends with a Big Loss and Hounds & Ports Prepare for Playoffs

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers First Baseman Michael Soto (2 for 3 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers First Baseman Michael Soto (2 for 3 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  5

Beloit Snappers               11

WP – Bragg 4-0 / 3.23

HR – Soto (7), Pohl (6), Ludy (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Michael Soto

(2 for 3 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

With Beloit down by a run in the bottom of the 3rd, first baseman Michael Soto slugged a 2-run homer to put the Snappers up for good on Monday. Soto also singled and walked in the game, while catcher Philip Pohl hit a 2-run homer of his own, and designated hitter Josh Ludy launched a 3-run shot. Starter Joe Michaud allowed 5 runs, 3 earned, on 6 hits over just 3 innings of work, while RHP Sam Bragg tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief to pick up his 4th win for Beloit. And with the victory, the Snappers end their season with a 55-84 record. In other news, Beloit’s Kyle Finnegan and Matt Chapman were both promoted to the Double-A Midland RockHounds, who are headed to the Texas League playoffs.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                        2

Sacramento River Cats  1

LP – McBryde 3-4 / 2.22

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Arnold Leon

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

 

In a dramatic do-or-die game that Sacramento had to win to make it into the PCL playoffs, the River Cats lost in extra innings on Monday to end their season, possibly their last as an Oakland A’s affiliate. Starter Arnold Leon did a good job of keeping his team in the battle, allowing just 1 run while striking out 6 in 6 innings of work for Sacramento. RHPs Seth Frankoff and Philip Humber each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief, while RHP Jeremy McBryde shut down Reno in the 9th but ended up surrendering the winning run in the top of the 10th. Outfielder Shane Peterson singled, doubled and scored Sacramento’s only run of the game in the 7th, while first baseman Daric Barton singled and drew a pair of walks in the loss. With the loss, the River Cats end their season with a record of 79-65. And with Sacramento’s season now over and its affiliation agreement with the A’s coming to an end in the offseason, speculation has it that the River Cats are looking to team up with the Giants and that the A’s new Triple-A team could very likely end up in Nashville. In other news, with major league rosters expanding, shortsop Jed Lowrie, outfielder Billy Burns, RHP Fernando Rodriguez and catcher Bryan Anderson have all been added to the A’s active roster.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  0

Frisco RoughRiders       7

LP – Finnegan 0-1 / 11.81

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Max Muncy

(1 for 3 / Walk)

 

The RockHounds were shut out on just 2 hits in their final game of the regular season on Monday. RHP Kyle Finnegan, who was brought up from Beloit to make the start, allowed 7 runs on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. First baseman Max Muncy singled and walked, while outfielder Chad Oberacker doubled to provide the Hounds’ only other hit of the night, and third baseman Matt Chapman went 0 for 3 in his first game for Midland after arriving from Beloit along with Finnegan. Third baseman Jefry Marte returned to the disabled list after re-aggravating an oblique strain and RHP Nate Long was placed on the temporarily inactive list for the RockHounds. With Monday’s loss, Midland ends the season with a 77-63 record and is set to begin a best-of-five playoff series in Frisco on Wednesday.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  0

Modesto Nuts     8

LP – Covey 3-5 / 7.15

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Boog Powell

(2 for 4)

 

The Ports were shut out on 4 hits in their final regular season game to snap the team’s 6-game winning streak on Monday. Center fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 4 in his third game for Stockton after returning from his suspension, while left fielder Bobby Crocker and designated hitter Matt Olson picked up a hit apiece for the Ports. After taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning in his last start, RHP Dylan Covey allowed 7 runs on 8 hits in just 3 innings of work to take his 5th loss for Stockton, while RHP Andres Avila gave up 1 run in 3 innings of relief, and RHPs Bobby Wahl and Brendan McCurry, in his first appearance since being promoted from Beloit, tossed 1 scoreless inning each in the loss. With the loss, Stockton finishes the season with an 85-55 record and is set to begin a best-of-three playoff series in Visalia on Wednesday.

 

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

Tri-City ValleyCats             3

Vermont Lake Monsters  2

LP – Grundy 4-7 / 4.08

HR – Brizuela (5), Kim (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Seong-min Kim

(Home Run)

 

Starter Jerad Grundy allowed 2 runs on 4 hits over 5 innings of work to take his 7th loss, while relievers Mike Fagan, Dominique Vattuone and Blake McMullen each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief for the Lake Monsters. Designated hitter Seong-min Kim and third baseman Jose Brizuela both homered, while left fielder Max Kuhn doubled in the loss. And with Monday’s loss, the Lake Monsters finish their season with a record of 33-43.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

No Games Scheduled

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Midland @ Frisco – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 6:00pm PT

 

 

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