Saturday, July 21st: Hounds Win while All Others Fall on Saturday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds designated hitter Matt Rizzotti (3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Tucson Padres                 8

Sacramento River Cats  4

(LP – Godfrey 9-1 / 3.29)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Anthony Recker

(2 for 4 / Double / 1 RBI / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Graham Godfrey allowed 6 runs over 5 1/3 innings to take his 1st loss of the season against 9 wins. Catcher Anthony Recker singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice, while second baseman Wes Timmons, in his first game back in over a month, collected 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

San Antonio Missions   3

(WP – Smith 6-6 / 4.39)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Matt Rizzotti

(3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Matt Rizzotti, who was recently signed by the A’s after being cut lose by Philadelphia, had his biggest game so far for the RockHounds, collecting 3 hits, including his 1st home run for the team, while driving in 2 runs and scoring 3 times. Starter Murphy Smith allowed 2 runs over 5 innings to earn his 6th win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

High Desert Mavericks  8

Stockton Ports            3

(LP – Long 3-1 / 3.23)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Left-hander Brett Anderson made his first rehab start on Saturday, and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits over 2 innings of work, while right-hander Nate Long gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, over 2 innings to take the loss. Outfielder Josh Whitaker homered in the 3rd inning to briefly give the Ports the lead, while outfielder Dusty Robinson collected 2 doubles, and first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones doubled and drove in a run in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                0

West Michigan Whitecaps  5

(LP – Granier 10-6 / 3.14)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(7 IP / 1 ER / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Drew Granier had another solid outing, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits over 7 innings but still took the loss. Burlington managed only 5 hits in the game, 2 off the bat of catcher Nick Rickles who doubled for the Bees only extra base hit of the night.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

Tri-City ValleyCats            7

(LP – Avila 0-3 / 4.41)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chris Bostick

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Second baseman Chris Bostick homered in the top of the 1st inning to briefly give Vermont the lead, while shortstop Wilfredo Solano doubled in 2 runs in the 9th. Starter Andres Avila had a rough outing, allowing 7 runs, 5 earned, over 3 2/3 innings to take the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  4

AZL Giants       8

(LP – Ynoa 0-1 / 7.71)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Daniel Robertson

(1 for 3 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Michael Ynoa allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, over 2 innings of work to take the loss, while third baseman Daniel Robertson drove in 2 runs on the night.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Tucson @ Sacramento – 1:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Midland @ San Antonio – 6:05pm CT

(Gray vs. Beard)

HighDesert @ Stockton – 6:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ West Michigan – 12:00pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Vermont @ Tri-City – 5:00pm ET

(TBD vs. TBD)

AZL Mariners @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Friday, July 20th: #1 Pick Russell Homers Twice for AZL A’s as Hounds Win in Extras and Cats, Ports & Bees Fall


A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Arizona League A’s shortstop Addison Russell (2 HRs / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Tucson Padres                 6

Sacramento River Cats  0

(LP – Peacock 7-7 / 6.63)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(1 for 3 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brad Peacock had an interesting outing. On the good side, the right-hander struck out 11 batters over 7 innings of work, but he also gave up 2 home runs and left the game with a 4-0 deficit that Sacramento couldn’t overcome. The River Cats managed only 3 hits in the game, with outfielder Michael Taylor doubling for the team’s only extra base hit on the night.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  1

San Antonio Missions   0

(WP – Jones 1-0 / 1.13)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jeremy Barfield

(3 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 1 Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Jeremy Barfield doubled to lead off the 12th inning and came around to score the winning run on catcher Beau Taylor’s single. Starter Fabio Castro had a solid outing, striking out 6 over 7 scoreless innings, while left-hander Beau Jones picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

High Desert Mavericks  5

Stockton Ports            2

(LP – Hassebrock 1-4 / 8.32)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Mitch LeVier

(Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Blake Hassebrock had another rocky outing, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, on 8 hits over 5 2/3 innings to take his 4th loss. Right-hander T.J. Walz contributed 2 1/3 solid innings of scoreless relief, while outfielder Mitch LeVier doubled in a run in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                 9

South Bend Silver Hawks  11

(LP – Alcantara 6-9 / 5.34)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Eliezer Mesa

(Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Chris Lamb had a rough outing, allowing 8 runs on 13 hits over 5 2/3 innings of work, but right-hander Raul Alcantara gave up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief to take the loss. Outfielder Eliezer Mesa tripled and drove in 2 runs, third baseman Wade Kirkland doubled and drove in 2, and outfielder Bobby Crocker and infielder Michael Fabiaschi contributed 3 hits apiece in the loss.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Tri-City ValleyCats            6

Vermont Lake Monsters  0

(LP – Jimenez 0-3 / 9.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Kris Hall

(3 IP / 0 ER / 0 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: This year’s 8th-round draft pick Kris Hall had a solid outing in his 1st start for Vermont, giving up just 1 hit over 3 scoreless innings, but right-hander Deyvi Jimenez came on to surrender 6 runs in just 2 innings and take the loss. Shortstop Wilfredo Solano doubled for the team’s only extra base hit of the game.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  20

AZL Dodgers     7

(WP – Massey 1-0 / 4.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: This year’s 1st-round draft pick Addison Russell had another big game on Friday, blasting 2 home runs and driving in 3. Michael Soto homered, tripled and drove in 4, Reynaldo Mateo homered and drove in 3, and outfielder Luis Baez homered, doubled and drove in 2. Starter Vincent Voiro allowed 1 run in 3 innings of work, while left-hander Taylor Massey tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Tucson @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Godfrey)

Midland @ San Antonio – 7:05pm CT

(Smith vs. Geer)

HighDesert @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ West Michigan – 6:00pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Vermont @ Tri-City – 7:00pm ET

(TBD vs. TBD)

AZL Athletics @ AZL Giants – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Thursday, July 19th: Kila’s 2 HRs Lead Cats to Victory while Hounds & Bees Win and Ports Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats DH Kila Ka’aihue (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs) 

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  14

Tacoma Rainiers                3

(WP – Billings 6-3 / 3.33)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Kila Ka’aihue

(2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue led the River Cats’ attack on Thursday, blasting 2 homers and driving in 4 runs. Outfielder Grant Green hit his 10th homer and drove in 4, while third baseman Stephen Parker and outfielder Jermaine Mitchell drove in 2 runs apiece. Starter Bruce Billings allowed 2 runs and struck out 5 over 5 innings to earn his 6th win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks   4

Midland RockHounds  6

(WP – Hernandez 3-4 / 6.04)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Dusty Coleman

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Shortstop Dusty Coleman homered, doubled and drove in 3 runs, while outfielder Conner Crumbliss doubled and drove in 2, and outfielder Michael Choice clubbed his 10th home run. Starter Carlos Hernandez allowed 4 runs in 5 1/3 innings to pick up his 3rd win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Inland Empire 66ers  8

Stockton Ports         4

(LP – Brown 3-7 / 4.55)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Max Stassi

(Home Run / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher Max Stassi homered, doubled and scored twice, while shortstop Michael Gilmartin collected 3 hits and drove in a run. Starter Jacob Brown had a rough outing, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, over 4 1/3 innings to take his 7th loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees               7

South Bend Silver Hawks  5

(WP – Mota 3-0 / 2.82)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Sean Jamieson

(3 for 5 / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Shortstop Sean Jamieson had 3 hits, including a double, drove in 2 runs and scored the winning run in the 10th inning. Starter Tanner Peters had a solid outing, allowing just 1 run and striking out 6 in 6 innings of work, while right-hander David Mota picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Tri-City ValleyCats            6

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

(LP – Vail 0-1 / 6.23)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder John Wooten

(2 for 4 / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tyler Vail allowed 5 runs over 4 1/3 innings to take the loss, while outfielder John Wooten had 2 hits and drove in a run, and outfielder Brett Vertigan doubled and scored in Vermont’s 3rd straight loss.

 

Friday’s Games:

Tucson @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Peacock)

Midland @ San Antonio – 7:05pm CT

(Castro vs. Werner)

HighDesert @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ South Bend – 6:35pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Tri-City @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

(West vs. Jimenez)

AZL Athletics @ AZL Dodgers – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Getting To Know: Sean Doolittle – The A’s Late-Blooming Lefty

Sean Doolittle – hey, where’d you guys hide my bat?  (photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Probably the most surprising addition to the A’s roster this season has been left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle. Why? Well, because last year at this time, he wasn’t even a pitcher! Doolittle was a 1st-round draft pick for the A’s back in 2007 out of the University of Virginia. Though he competed as both a first baseman and a pitcher in college, he was projected to be a power-hitting first baseman for the A’s. But after less than 1,000 at-bats in the A’s minor league system, a string of serious injuries ended up keeping him off the field for most of 2009, all of 2010, and the vast majority of 2011.

When it looked like Doolittle’s injuries would keep him from ever having the chance to be a productive hitter again, the decision was made to try his hand at pitching late last year. After getting his feet wet at Stockton, Midland and Sacramento earlier this year – and meeting with impressive results every step of the way – the 25-year-old was called up by the A’s in early-June. And he’s quickly proven himself to be a reliable lefty in the A’s bullpen, posting a 2.08 ERA and striking out 26 batters in his first 13 games with the A’s. When we visited Oakland shortly before the All-Star break, we had the chance to talk with Doolittle about his amazing success on the mound, and what’s behind it all…

 

AF:  A year ago, you probably would have had a hard time imagining that you’d be standing on the pitcher’s mound here at the Oakland Coliseum a year later. Where was your head at this time last year?

SD:  It was pretty immensely out of it to be honest with you. I was wondering if I was ever going to play again period. I was in the middle of missing my third season. I really had no idea what direction my career was headed. I was just trying to stay busy and kind of throwing myself into rehab trying to get healthy. But it was pretty much one of the last things I was thinking of to be honest.

AF:  When was the decision finally made for you to start pitching?

SD:  It was like the last week of August. I think I threw the last game of the rookie ball season down there (in Arizona). I’d just had some bad news from the doctor, and it looked like I was going to need extensive time off or another surgery on my wrist. So I kind of asked, and it took a week for them to bounce it off the powers that be and have them go through the chain of command. And they had a scout come in and watch me throw and, by the last week of August, I was a pitcher.

AF:  So you were the first one to bring up the idea then.

SD:  Yeah.

AF:  Well, that was a good idea! Having pitched in college, I guess it wasn’t something that was completely new to you anyway.

SD:  Yeah, that’s why they were open to me making the switch. I had the background. It wasn’t totally foreign. It was something I had done. And it came back pretty quick.

AF:  Well, you started out in A-ball at Stockton this year. When did you think – hey I think this thing might work out?

SD:  It was probably last year in the Instructional League. The first time out, I hit 97 mph several times and the location was there. I was commanding the fastball. I was throwing strikes with that kind of velocity. And in the Instructional League very early on, I was like – I really think there’s something here. I could maybe do something with this. But I never thought it would happen this fast.

AF:  So what has the key been to your quick success pitching?

SD:  I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure that out to be totally honest with you.

AF:  So if we figure it out, we should let you know.

SD:  Yeah, absolutely. You might have to ask somebody else. I’m still not sure what I’m doing.

AF:  Well, what are you mainly throwing now?

SD:  Fastball, slider, changeup – a lot of fastball/slider combos to lefties. But the fastball’s been the key for me – the velocity and the way that I’ve been able to command it has really helped me have success. It’s kind of been my go-to pitch.

AF:  So is there anything in particular you’re working on right now?

SD:  Just trying to develop my off-speed stuff as much as we can. It’s still a work in progress. It’s to the point that I feel like I can compete with it for sure, but it’s not to where I want it to be and where I think it could be. But pitchers talk about how it takes them years to refine their breaking stuff and get the feel for their changeup. So we’re working on it everyday as much as we can, without throwing too much – there’s a fine line there.

AF:  Coming up here to Oakland, is there anything that’s been particularly different with the big league game for you?

SD:  There’s just less room for error. The strike zone is smaller, and the hitters battle a lot more. And if you catch the outer third of the plate, you’re going to be in trouble. In the lower levels, maybe they foul it off. If you make a mistake, more times than not, you’re going to pay for it. So that’s what I’m finding out.

AF:  So basically, just don’t make mistakes!

SD:  Yeah!

 

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Wednesday, July 18th: Nunez Gives AZL A’s Walk-Off Win while Pitching Prospects Straily, Gray & Murphy All Deliver Strong Outings

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Arizona League A’s third baseman Renato Nunez (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  1

Tacoma Rainiers              2

(LP – Peterson 0-1 / 27.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dan Straily

(8 IP / 1 ER / 8 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Dan Straily delivered another impressive performance for Sacramento, allowing 1 run on just 2 hits and striking out 8 over 8 innings, while outfielder Jermaine Mitchell homered for the River Cats’ only run of the game. The game was tied 1-1 until the bottom of the 18th inning, when outfielder Shane Peterson came on to pitch and gave up a home run to hand Tacoma the victory.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

GAME #1

Corpus Christi Hooks   0

Midland RockHounds  5

(WP – Gray 4-7 / 4.38)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(7 IP / 0 ER / 2 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sonny Gray had his 2nd straight solid outing, tossing 7 shutout innings to earn his 4th win. The right-hander has now thrown 12 1/3 scoreless innings over his last 2 starts. First baseman Anthony Aliotti had 2 doubles and drove in a pair of runs, while third baseman Miles Head and infielder Josh Horton collected 3 hits apiece.

 

GAME #2

Corpus Christi Hooks   4

Midland RockHounds  1

(LP – Haviland 5-8 / 5.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher James Simmons

(2 IP / 0 ER / 2 K)

 

Worth Noting: Midland had a hard time getting much going in the 2nd game of Wednesday’s doubleheader. The lineup collected just 5 hits, while starter Shawn Haviland allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 3 innings to pick up his 8th loss. Right-hander James Simmons did his best to keep the RockHounds in the game by striking out 2 in 2 perfect innings of relief.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Inland Empire 66ers  2

Stockton Ports         5

(WP – Murphy 5-4 / 4.43)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(7 IP / 2 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sean Murphy got back on track with a solid outing on Wednesday, allowing 2 runs on just 2 hits while striking out 6 over 7 innings to earn his 5th win for the Ports. Outfielder Dusty Robinson hit a 2-run homer to put Stockton on the board in the 1st inning, and catcher Max Stassi hit a solo shot in the 4th to give the Ports the lead, which they never relinquished.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees               4

South Bend Silver Hawks  1

(WP – Macias 4-5 / 5.06)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Nick Rickles

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher Nick Rickles doubled in the game-winning run in the top of the 9th inning for the Bees on Wednesday night, while shortstop Sean Jamieson doubled and drove in 2. Starter Julio Ramos allowed 1 run on just 1 hit in 3 innings of work, while right-hander Jose Macias picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  1

Connecticut Tigers            4

(LP – Menna 0-4 / 3.94)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher J.C. Menna

(6 2/3 IP / 2 ER / 6 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter J.C. Menna allowed 2 runs and struck out 6 over 6 2/3 innings but still took the loss on Wednesday. Outfielder Austin Booker tripled, while outfielder Brett Vertigan had 2 hits and drove in a run in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Giants       6

AZL Athletics  8

(WP – Johnson 3-1 / 3.86)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(2 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Renato Nunez blasted a walk-off 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Arizona League A’s the win on Wednesday. Shortstop Addison Russell hit the game-tying homer in the 9th, while outfielder B.J. Boyd contributed 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 3 runs in the win.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Tacoma – 7:05pm PT

(Billings vs. Noesi)

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Inland Empire @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(Smith vs. TBD)

Burlington @ South Bend – 6:05pm CT

(Peters vs. TBD)

Tri-City @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

(Velasquez vs. Vail)

 

 

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Catching Up With: The Sacramento River Cats

 

Raley Field – Home of the Sacramento River Cats

The A’s triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats have a long history of winning – and this season has been no exception. The team currently boasts the best record in the 16-team Pacific Coast League, and has gotten great performances from many members of the starting rotation like Graham Godfrey, Tyson Ross, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily, Bruce Billings and even, earlier in the year before his struggles, Brad Peacock. And when we visited Sacramento about a week before the All-Star Break, we took the opportunity to talk with the newest member of the River Cats’ rotation, right-hander Dan Straily, as well as the team’s pitching coach, Scott Emerson.

We also had the chance to talk to one of the staples of the Sacramento lineup who always garners a great deal of interest amongst A’s fans, former 1st-round draft pick Grant Green. The former shortstop, whom the organization converted to an outfielder midway through last season, has recently been playing all over the diamond. The 24-year-old has put in time this season in left field and center field, as well as at shortstop, third base and second base. And after working on his approach at the plate, the right-handed swinger’s power numbers are up a bit this year and his strikeouts are down, and he could very well be angling for a spot with the 2013 A’s.

So be sure to check out our chat with top hitting prospect Grant Green, followed by our conversations with River Cats’ starting pitcher Dan Straily and Sacramento pitching coach Scott Emerson, and get the inside scoop on the 2012 Sacramento River Cats…

 

Sacramento River Cats

Outfielder

GRANT GREEN

AF:  Well you started out the year playing strictly in the outfield, but you’ve been playing a lot of different positions lately – short, third, second. So how has it been adapting to all these new positions and playing a different position everyday?

GG:  It’s fun. It’s something new every single day – walking into the clubhouse and checking the lineup to see where I’m playing. It’s kind of fun and interesting to see where I’m playing. Certain days it’s a little bit less stressful to know I’m playing in left. But tomorrow I could be playing second – something different, something new.

AF:  So it’s been an enjoyable challenge for you rather than something difficult?

GG:  Yeah.

AF:  Do you have any preferences in terms of where you’d ideally like to play?

GG:  Short, of course – that’s what I’m most comfortable with. After that, I like playing second – something I just started doing this year. I’ve only played 1 or 2 games there. But if I could stay in the middle of the diamond on the infield, I would love to. I’ve gotten more used to playing left.

AF:  It sounds like you’d prefer to be where the action is.

GG:  Exactly.

AF:  What about this year at the plate for you – your power numbers were down last year, but they’ve been up a bit this year – is there anything you’ve been doing differently?

GG:  Yeah, we’ve really worked on getting more quality ABs – kind of seeing a little bit more pitches than usual – still being aggressive, but aggressive inside the zone instead of just being aggressive in general. And then last fall I really worked on widening my stance and getting a little bit of a load. It also helps that we’re not playing in Texas League parks. There are a lot of graveyards and the wind blowing the ball foul.

AF:  Have most of your home runs been off any particular type of pitch?

GG:  I’ve had a couple that were hanging sliders, a couple fastballs in, a couple fastballs down the middle. So it’s been a little bit of an array of pitches.

AF:  And where have most of your home runs gone out this season?

GG:  Either in left-center or left. I think I maybe have one to center, if that.

AF:  Your strikeouts have been down a little this year. Is there any particular reason for that?

GG:  Just the overall approach. There was a little stretch at the beginning of the year where I was striking out a little bit too much and being a little bit too aggressive – just in general, swinging at bad pitches. And we really worked on quality ABs and quality pitches. And if I strike out looking on a borderline pitch, it’s better than swinging at a ball.

AF:  Is there anything in particular that you’re really working on right now?

GG:  Yeah, mostly the defensive side – coming back to the infield, trying to get back to that first step coming in, unlike the outfield. Just trying to get back to doing that and trying to cut distance and trying to save the arm a little bit when it comes to the infield.

AF:  So are you practicing at different positions every day?

GG:  It depends. If I’m playing the infield, then I’ll take all BP at that. And if I’m playing the outfield, I’ll take one round there and usually one round at short and just practice cutting the distance.

AF:  I know you’re originally from Orange County, so do you spend most of the off-season in southern California?

GG:  Yeah, I have a house in Corona. It’s about 10 minutes from where I grew up. So I spend my time there, travel a little bit, and try and go to the beach as much as possible.

AF:  Well you’ve now played in the California League, the Texas League and the Pacific Coast League. So in all your travels, is there any place you’d rather never see again?

GG:  Probably Bakersfield. The whole situation there was just a grind. The field wasn’t very nice – the infield was terrible actually. The clubhouse was old. That’s one place I’d never go back to.

AF:  That’s funny, you’re not the only one I’ve heard say that.

GG:  I bet!

AF:  Thanks, Grant.

 

Sacramento River Cats

Starting Pitcher

DAN STRAILY

AF:  Well, you got off to a good start this year at Midland and now you’ve been doing great here at Sacramento too. So what’s been the key to your success this year?

DS:  Just throwing strikes down in the zone. Last year in Stockton, I spent a lot of time working on that because of how the ball sails in that league. That’s really been the key to success this year – just being able to keep the ball down.

AF:  You’ve always been a bit of a strikeout pitcher, but even more so now. You’re leading the entire A’s minor league system in strikeouts this year. So is there any particular reason for that?

DS:  It’s just kind of happened. I’m not pitching all that differently. I’ve just had a few games with a lot of strikeouts. I’ve had some 10+ strikeout nights and a bunch of 7-8-9 nights. It’s not like I’m trying to strike everyone out. It’s just kind of the way things are working out. My goal pretty much every night is to go out there and go 7-8 innings. And sometimes that’s 7-8 innings with a bunch of strikeouts and sometimes it’s 7-8 innings with just a handful of strikeouts. But I’m not necessarily trying to strike people out.

AF:  So, you’re not trying to be Nolan Ryan.

DS:  Exactly.

AF:  Coming from the Texas League to the Pacific Coast League, which is considered to be more of a hitters’ league, have there been any adjustments you’ve had to make?

DS:  Not so far. It’s just kind of nice that the wind’s not blowing out at least here. It’s seems like in most of the Texas League stadiums, the wind’s blowing out. But I haven’t really been here long enough to be forced to make any adjustments. I’ve just been pitching the way I’ve been pitching.

AF:  So how have you liked playing in Sacramento so far?

DS:  So far it’s been awesome. Last night coming in here with a packed stadium – and a packed stadium most places is a few thousand less than it is here. I got to pitch here last week. And you don’t normally notice when you’re playing how many people are there, but when you’re done, you tend to notice those things. It’s a lot of fun. I just like the atmosphere here.

AF:  Have you been following your former teammate A.J. Griffin’s progress this year?

DS:  Absolutely. He was my roommate in Texas when we were down there. I texted him the other night and told him congratulations and stuff and talked to him a little bit today. It’s awesome. He’s my first friend I’ve seen come up and be in the show now. So that’s just awesome.

AF:  Well, that must give you a real sense of just how close it can be.

DS:  They keep telling us, you’re just one phone call away. And he definitely proved that. We were down in Vegas one day and just all of a sudden A.J. walked in just beaming with this big old smile and he came in and told us. And I couldn’t be more proud of him.

AF:  Well, good luck!

 

Sacramento River Cats

Pitching Coach

SCOTT EMERSON

AF:  Well, Dan Straily came up here last month, and he’s been looking as good as he did at Midland. Tell me what you like about him.

SE:  Well, I like his delivery. When you have a repeatable delivery like he does, it makes it a lot easier to throw all four of your pitches. He’s got four major league pitches, and he’s just got to go out there and face better hitters here in Triple-A and show us what he can do.

AF:  Tell me about his repertoire.

SE:  Well, he’s got a sinking fastball that goes to the arm side with good downhill plane to his mechanics. He’s got a good top-to-bottom curveball. He’s got a good late slider that at times looks like a cut fastball. And he’s got an excellent changeup that at times will look like a loose split-finger where the ball will actually fall off the table. So he’s a lot of fun to watch.

AF:  What’s been his big strikeout pitch?

SE:  More of his breaking ball. But the ability to spot his fastball to both sides of the plate sets up his breaking ball. Everything works off the fastball. When he throws it to both sides and then he’s able to throw that breaking ball, he’s getting them to chase it.

AF:  Another guy you had here for a while this year was A.J. Griffin. And so far he’s been doing as well in Oakland as he was here.

SE:  Well A.J. is a strike-throwing machine. And he works at the bottom of the strike zone. He works quick. He’s got an excellent changeup. Anytime that you can disrupt the timing of hitters, it’s always a plus. But again, everything comes off that good fastball command. He really commands the fastball down and away. He has the ability to throw his changeup behind in counts, so he’s always back in the count. If he falls behind in the count, he can throw that changeup in a fastball situation and either get hitters swinging or have them put the ball in play. And he’s developed a cutter over the course of the season this year – sometimes it looks like a slider – but to right-hander hitters, he got a lot of groundballs with it.

AF:  After having him here for a while this year, did you feel confident about his ability to succeed at the major league level?

SE:  Yeah, he holds runners well. That’s one of the questions you always get – does he hold runners? He plays good defense, he has the ability to throw his changeup behind in the count, and he spots his fastball. If you can do those things, you’re pretty much going to have some success in the big leagues.

AF:  Another one of your starters here this year is Bruce Billings. He was pitching really well early on, then he was on the disabled list for a while, and now he’s been coming back. Tell me a little bit about him.

SE:  Bruce has got real good command. He throws the ball at the bottom of the zone with movement. Anytime you can throw balls at the bottom of the zone with movement, you’re going to have a lot of success. He didn’t really have his sinker last season. But coming here this year, he started the year throwing that sinker at the bottom of the zone and getting some groundballs. He’s got a good late slider. Anytime you can do that and have good life at the bottom of the zone and get groundouts, you’re going to pitch good.

AF:  Now what about Brad Peacock? He’s really been struggling of late and seems to have hit a bump in the road. So what’s up with him?

SE:  Well, he’s got great stuff. There’s no doubt his pitch mix is very good. He’s struggling a little bit with his fastball command. And once the fastball command comes back and comes around, the sky’s the limit for this guy. His weapons are just that good. He’s got a hard late curveball, and a very good changeup with good arm speed, and then the changeup just dies. So we’re just looking for him to get that fastball command back. And you know, sometimes you put some pressure on yourself. You get traded for a guy like Gio Gonzalez and you run into a couple of rough games – he’s just got to know that we’ve got a lot of confidence in him – you’ve just got to go out there and have fun and pitch your game.

AF:  Thanks, Scott – that’s really informative.

 

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Tuesday, July 17th: Sogard and Whitaker Homer to Give Cats and Ports Big Wins in Extras

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats 2B Eric Sogard (2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  9

Tacoma Rainiers              8

(WP – Banwart 6-3 / 4.21)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Eric Sogard

(2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Second baseman Eric Sogard launced his 2nd home run of the game in the 13th inning to give the River Cats the win in extra innings on Tuesday night. Outfielders Collin Cowgill and Michael Taylor both homered in the win as well. Starter Tyson Ross allowed 5 runs, just 2 earned, and struck out 8 over 5 1/3 innings, while right-hander Travis Banwart picked up the win with 2 perfect innings in relief.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks   9

Midland RockHounds  3

(LP – Smith 5-6 / 4.42)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Dusty Coleman

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Murphy Smith had a rough outing, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks in just 3 2/3 innings to take his 6th loss. Shortstop Dusty Coleman slugged his 8th home run in the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Inland Empire 66ers  2

Stockton Ports         5

(WP – Walz 6-6 / 3.03)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Josh Whitaker blasted a game-winning 3-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Ports the victory in extra innings and snap the team’s 9-game losing streak, while third baseman B.A. Vollmuth clubbed a 2-run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the 10th. Starter Josh Bowman struck out 6 in 6 scoreless innings, while right-hander T.J. Walz picked up the win with 1 scoreless inning in relief.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

Connecticut Tigers            4

(LP – Roberts 0-1 / 0.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Kurt Wunderlich

(4 2/3 IP / 0 ER / 7 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Vermont dropped an 18-inning marathon to Connecticut on Tuesday night. Starter Brent Powers allowed 2 runs, just 1 earned, in 4 1/3 innings of work. Right-hander Kurt Wunderlich struck out 7 in 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to help keep Vermont in the game, but right-hander Sam Roberts allowed a 2-run homer, after a 2-out error by third baseman Chad Lewis, in the bottom of the 18th inning to take the loss. Outfielder John Wooten collected 3 hits in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  16

AZL Giants        7

(WP – Torres 1-0 / 5.01)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

(Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Matt Olson and third baseman Daniel Robertson both collected 3 hits, including a double, while Olson drove in 3 runs and Robertson drove in 2. Starter Jose Torres allowed 4 runs, just 2 earned, while striking out 8 over 5 innings to earn the win.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Tacoma – 7:05pm PT

(Straily vs. Hultzen)

Game #1 – Corpus Christi @ Midland – 5:30pm CT

(Seaton vs. Gray)

Game #2 – Corpus Christi @ Midland

(Buchanan vs. Haviland)

Inland Empire @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(Correa vs. TBD)

Burlington @ South Bend – 6:05pm CT

(Ramos vs. Bradley)

Vermont @ Connecticut – 11:05am ET

(Menna vs. DeLaRosa)

AZL Giants @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Catching Up With: The Stockton Ports

 

Banner Island Ballpark – Home of the Stockton Ports

When the season began, top pitching prospects like A.J. Cole, Ian Krol and Blake Hassebrock were expected to make the Class-A Stockton Ports’ starting staff the real highlight of the team. But Hassebrock ended up spending much of the first half on the disabled list, Krol has struggled for most of the season, and Cole got off to such a rough start that he was eventually sent down to Burlington.

The focal point of the team turned out to be young third baseman Miles Head who quickly proved himself to be the best hitting prospect in the organization, but almost as quickly found himself promoted to Midland. With Head now gone, the Ports’ offensive load has been turned over to young hitters like catcher Max Stassi, third baseman B.A. Vollmuth, first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones, shortstop Yorda Cabrera, and outfielders Dusty Robinson and Josh Whitaker. And when we visited Stockton about a week before the All-Star break, we took the opportunity to talk with manager Webster Garrison about some of his hitting prospects.

We also had the chance to talk to the player who now appears to be the Ports’ top pitching prospect, right-hander Sean Murphy. The 23-year-old got off to a red-hot start at Burlington, posting a 1.97 ERA in 8 starts, and he’s continued to look impressive at Stockton. Murphy has the third most strikeouts of all starting pitchers currently in the A’s minor league system with 105 in 110 1/3 innings, and hitters are batting only .222 against him on the season. He’s had a couple of rough starts recently, but Murphy has clearly put himself on the map with his strong performance this season.

So be sure to check out our chat with Ports’ pitcher Sean Murphy followed by our conversation with Stockton manager Webster Garrison and get the inside scoop on the 2012 Stockton Ports…

 

Stockton Ports

Pitcher

SEAN MURPHY

AF:  You’ve been having a great year at Burlington and here at Stockton. Last season, guys were hitting over .300 against you, and most of this year, guys have been hitting around .200 against you. So what’s changed?

SM:  I would say just actually getting ahead of batters, and just staying consistent and trusting my off-speed stuff – throwing it for strikes when I need to throw it for strikes, and then going out of the zone when I need to go out of the zone. That’s the biggest key from last year to this year – just throwing every pitch with a purpose.

AF:  What made that change happen? Did somebody tell you something, did a light suddenly go off, or did it just creep up on you?

SM:  I would say (Burlington pitching coach) John Wasdin helped me out a lot with the mental side of the game – really just focusing in on throwing every pitch with a purpose, not just throwing pitches to throw them – having a your mind set on what you’re going to do with this pitch and what you want the hitter to do with it, rather than just go out there and see the sign for the curveball and just throw it – he wants it away and you throw it away, rather than splitting the plate. So I think that’s the biggest difference – just being committed and having a purpose.

AF:  You got off to a great start this year at Burlington, and then you came up here to the California League, which is considered much more of a hitters’ league. So have you had to do anything different here or had to make any adjustments?

SM:  Because the wind blows out in most places here, the biggest key is keeping the ball down in the zone. If you keep the ball down and really get ahead of batters, you can start playing with them and get them out.

AF:  You’ve been second or third behind Dan Straily in the entire A’s system in strikeouts for most of the year. So what’s been your big out pitch?

SM:  Against lefties, I’d have to say the changeup – just the deception of the changeup. Really getting ahead with the fastball, locating it, which sets up the changeup, and working the changeup off the same plane against lefties. Against righties, everything – it’s all come together for me – but I’d have to say my slider late in the count. Just going off the plate and staying down with it gets a lot of swings and misses. And then freezing people going in with the curveball – that’s a big key.

AF:  Tell me a little more about your repertoire.

SM:  My fastball – I like to get ahead with my fastball. I could get ahead with off-speed too – its just throwing it for strikes is what’s key. My #2 would be my changeup – that’s my go-to pitch. If I’m facing the cleanup hitter with runners in scoring position and a 3-2 count, I’m going to go with my changeup most of the time. And then my curveball has been a big key for me this year – actually throwing it in the zone. Then my slider late in the count. I would have to rank my pitches fastball, changeup, slider, then curve.

AF:  Well congratulations – whatever, you’re doing, it all seems to be coming together for you this year!

SM:  Yes, sir!

 

Stockton Ports

Manager

WEBSTER GARRISON

AF:  I know you played in the A’s minor league system back in the ‘90s. I remember you playing in Double-A, but they weren’t in Midland at that point, they were somewhere else, right?

WG:  When I was playing, they were in Huntsville.

AF:  Right, in the Southern League. And then you were at Tacoma in the PCL too, right?

WG:  Yep, Tacoma.

AF:  I guess you’ve seen all the stops.

WG:  A lot of them!

AF:  Well, I wanted to get your impressions of some guys on the team here in Stockton. Let’s start off with outfielder Dusty Robinson, who came up here from Burlington about a month and a half into the season. He’s obviously a big power hitter, and he’s from right here in the Central Valley. So what’s your impression been of him so far?

WG:  He works hard. Like you said, he’s got the big swing. He’s definitely a home run hitter. We’re just working on him staying on the ball, trying to use the whole field. He’s a good defensive player. He’s got a good arm and he runs well. He’s a good-looking young prospect coming up. He just has to work on that pitch away. Coming inside, he’s ready for that all the time. And he’s definitely a power hitter.

AF:  So the main thing he’s got to work on at this point is that away pitch?

WG:  Yeah, and he’s working on it. He’s not the only one – there’s a lot of guys in the minor leagues who have to work on that pitch. But that’s definitely one of the pitches he’s got to work on staying on, because he’s a big power guy. He likes to get it going, and once he gets it going, that bat’s coming through the zone and he’s looking to go to left field. And so he’s working on staying to right-center in batting practice.

AF:  You said he’s looking good in the outfield. So does he have skills in the outfield? He’s not just a power-hitting DH type?

WG:  Oh, he’s definitely not just a DH type. He can definitely play the outfield. He runs balls down. He throws well. He’s diving and hustling, and he runs well. So he’s not just a DH by a long shot. He can play the outfield.

AF:  He’s got about 10 stolen bases so far this year, so it does seem like he’s got a little speed.

WG:  Yeah, he’s got some speed. He can steal a base. He runs well. He’s a well put-together guy. He’s not a big tall large guy, but he’s well put-together for his size, and he does a little bit of everything. He can hit the ball out of the park, he runs well, he throws well, and he’s a good defensive outfielder.

AF:  Right-hander Sean Murphy started out the year in Burlington too and looked really good there. He came up here in May. So how’s he looking to your eyes?

WG:  He’s looking real good! He’s a competitor. He goes out there when he pitches and he locates well and he changes speeds well, and he’s competing. He’s out there and he’s got a game plan. He knows what he wants to do with the ball, and he puts it in spots and lets the defense play for him. He makes big pitches when he gets guys on, and he gives us a great opportunity to win when he’s out there. I like what I see out of that kid.

AF:  He told me that he’s been throwing with a lot of confidence and a lot of purpose. Is that what you see?

WG:  Exactly, that’s definitely what I see. He’s focused, he’s prepared, and he goes out there and he executes his pitches and it’s working well for him right now.

AF:  Another guy who just came up from Burlingtonis third baseman B.A. Vollmuth. What do you think about what you’ve seen of him thus far?

WG:  I saw a lot of him in spring training. He’s a good young player as well. He’s a good defensive guy for third base – good arm. He’s going to hit as well. He had abig springtraining for us. So were looking for some good things out of him. He’s more of a contact guy. He can use the whole field, and he can drive the ball out of the ballpark. So we’re looking for him to step in there and play well. I think he was playing pretty good in Burlington from the reports I was getting – no big numbers, but putting the ball in play hard a lot. So that’s what I’m looking forward to from him while he’s here.

AF:  He came up here when you lost your other third baseman Miles Head, who I’m sure you were happy to pencil into the lineup every night. He’s obviously up at Midland now, but tell me about your impressions of him when he was here.

WG:  He’s just one of those ballplayers who’s amazing. That’s all you can say is “amazing.” His approach to hitting is amazing. He puts the ball in play. He puts it in play hard. He hits the ball to all fields. There’s no certain way to pitch him. He hit just about every pitch and he hit it hard. He used the whole field. He plays hard, works hard. He’s a good kid all the way around. I was just happy to have him here as a ballplayer. I knew he wouldn’t be here long. But to lead the league in hitting and have 18 home runs and almost 60 RBIs for half a season, that’s just outstanding – very impressive.

AF:  And he just turned 21 while was here too, right?

WG:  He just turned 21. He’s an impressive-looking young hitter. I don’t know exactly how he’s doing in Midland right now, but he’s definitely going to be making waves later on in this game.

AF:  Obviously he’s got a lot of skills, but is there any one thing that’s been central to his success?

WG:  I think his best tool to hitting is he’s just up there hitting. He’s not up there thinking I’ve got to go the other way or I’ve got to stay inside the ball – where my arm is, where my foot is, where my head is. He’s just going up there ready to hit.

AF:  So he’s keeping it simple.

WG:  Yeah, he’s keeping it plain and simple. That’s his approach and it works well for him. He goes up there swinging. He’s not up there looking to walk – but if you walk him, he’ll take it. But he’s looking to do damage while he’s up there. He’s not just up there swinging, he’s looking to do damage.

AF:  Is there any weakness in his game? Is there anything he really needs to work on as he moves up the ladder?

WG:  He could work on his defense a little bit more – just getting jumps. He was basically a first baseman and we moved him over to third base this year. So he’s working hard at it. He’s going to get better, but he’s better than what we thought he was going to be. He’s a ballplayer – he can catch the ball, he can throw the ball. He was already an infielder, so he can definitely catch the ball. He’s just got to work on getting jumps and angles and reads and when to throw it and when not to throw it – just third baseman stuff he hasn’t done in a long time.

AF:  So you think he’s got the essentials that he could make it work at third with time?

WG:  Oh yeah, definitely. He’s only 21 years old. He just turned 21. Once he gets a couple of years under his belt at third base, he’ll definitely be okay.

AF:  How would you compare him to a guy who was a staple here for you at Stockton last year, Michael Choice? Is there any way you could compare the two?

WG:  I’d say Mike’s just a raw power guy. He’s going to hit it farther than Miles Head. He’s just one of those strong guys. When he gets a hold of it, it’s gone and it’s gone by a lot. Miles Head is just a little more of a consistent hitter using the whole field – the ball’s in play more and he’s just getting more hits. Mike’s got the big swing where he’s hitting home runs and extra base hits. He had an outstanding second half last year and made some great adjustments. But with Miles Head, the ball’s just in play more and it’s in play a lot more hard. He can just hit the ball out of the park anywhere, and there’s just a little more consistent hard contact.

AF:  Catcher Max Stassi was hurt for a while, but he’s been back playing a little more regularly for a while now and showing a little pop. What’s your take on him?

WG:  Like you said, he’s been back in the lineup. He got injured earlier in the year, and now he’s getting real comfortable again. He’s started catching a lot. And his bat’s always been a plus in my eyes, because he definitely can hit the ball, and he can drive it out of all parts of the park as well. And now he’s starting to see a lot of pitches and he’s getting more and more comfortable. He’s a staple right in the middle of our lineup right now and we’re going to continue to look for big things out of him.

AF:  Another guy people have been looking for big things from is shortstop Yordy Cabrera, but he’s been struggling a bit at the plate here. What’s your take on him?

WG:  Young, raw talent – and it shows at times. He’s a young raw kid, but he’s got a lot of potential. He’s got moves in the field – good hands, strong arm. He’s definitely got some pop in his bat. He’s just got to get a little more consistent in his approach and putting the ball in play where he can have some better results.  He’s a young kid who’s up there swinging, trying hard – so hard at times that it doesn’t work out for him. But he works so hard. If he just settles down and just tries to do the little things well, I think he’ll be okay.

AF:  Well, I guess trying too hard is better than not trying hard enough anyway.

WG:  True.

AF:  Well, thanks a lot, Webster.

 

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Monday, July 16th: Godfey Pitches Cats to Victory while Bees Win, Ports Fall and Nunez’s Hot Hitting Continues

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Graham Godfrey (7 IP / 2 ER / 4 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  5

Tacoma Rainiers              2

(WP – Godfrey 9-0 / 2.86)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Graham Godfrey

(7 IP / 2 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Right-hander Graham Godfrey turned in the 4th straight solid outing by a River Cats’ starter on Monday, allowing 2 runs on just 4 hits and striking out 4 over 7 innings to earn the win and run his record to 9-0. Infielder Adam Rosales hit his 8th home run to tie the game in the 3rd inning, while first baseman Kila Ka’aihue clubbed a 2-run homer in the 4th to give the River Cats the lead.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks

Midland RockHounds

POSTPONED

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports            1

High Desert Mavericks  8

(LP – Krol 1-7 / 5.49)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Max Stassi

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Ian Krol had another shaky outing, allowing 8 runs, 4 earned, on 11 hits over 5 innings to take the loss and run his record to 1-7 and raise his ERA to 5.49. Catcher Max Stassi launched his 8th home run in the 2nd inning to account for the Ports’ only run in their 9th straight loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Dayton Dragons  1

Burlington Bees  4

(WP – Alcantara 6-8 / 5.26)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Douglas Landaeta

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Douglas Landaeta blasted a 2-run homer in the 6th inning to break a 1-1 time and give the Bees a lead they wouldn’t surrender. Starter A.J. Cole had another solid outing, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits and striking out 4 over 5 innings of work, while right-hander Raul Alcantara came on to earn the win with 2 perfect innings in relief.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters   3

Williamsport Crosscutters  2

(WP – House 1-0 / 1.54)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Chris Bostick

(Triple / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Infielder Chris Bostick had 2 hits, including a triple, and drove in a run, while starter Andres Avila allowed just 1 run and struck out 5 in 4 innings of work, and right-hander Austin House picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Cubs        11

AZL Athletics  8

(LP – Paulino 2-2 / 5.11)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Renato Nunez continued his hot hitting on Monday, banging a home run and a double and driving in 3 runs, while catcher Reynaldo Mateo blasted his 4th home run of the season. Starter Michael Ynoa walked 2 and gave up 2 hits in 1 2/3 scoreless innings, while right-hander Gregory Paulino allowed 7 runs in just 2 innings to take the loss.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Tacoma – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Sweeney)

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

(Cisnero vs. Haviland)

Inland Empire @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Vermont @ Connecticut – 7:05pm ET

(Powers vs. Robertson)

AZL Athletics @ AZL Giants – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Sunday, July 15th: Peacock Gets Back on Track in Cats’ Victory while Bees Win and Hounds & Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Brad Peacock (6 IP / 1 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Las Vegas 51s                  5

Sacramento River Cats  12

(WP – Peacock 7-6 / 6.75)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brad Peacock

(6 IP / 1 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brad Peacock turned in his first solid outing for Sacramento in over a month, allowing just 1 run while striking out 8 over 6 innings to earn his first win since May. Outfielder Michael Taylor and first baseman Daric Barton both homered and drove in 3 runs, and outfielder Grant Green added his 9th homer as well.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

San Antonio Missions   4

(LP – Castro 1-2 / 4.74)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Choice

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro had a rocky outing, allowing 4 runs over 5 innings to take the loss, while outfielder Michael Choice doubled and drove in 2 of the RockHounds’ 3 runs on the night.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports              3

High Desert Mavericks  15

(LP – Hassebrock 1-3 / 8.65)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: The Ports lost their 8th straight on Sunday. Starter Blake Hassebrock, still struggling to return to form after a stint on the disabled list, gave up 7 runs in just 3 1/3 innings to take his 3rd loss, while outfielder Chad Oberacker hit a 2-run homer to account for 2 of the Ports’ 3 runs in the game.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Dayton Dragons  2

Burlington Bees  3

(WP – Mota 2-0 / 3.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Aaron Shipman

(Double / 1 RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Aaron Shipman, batting ninth, drove in the game-winning run with a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning, while second baseman Chih Fang Pan doubled in 2 runs in the 3rd to give Burlington the lead. Righthanders Drew Granier and Jose Macias both allowed no earned runs and struck out 5 over 4 innings of work.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters   3

Williamsport Crosscutters  8

(LP – Jimenez 0-2 / 7.31)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Miguel Marte

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Right-hander Deyvi Jimenez allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 6 hits while striking out 5 over 3 innings to take the loss. First baseman Miguel Marte doubled and drove in 2 runs, while shortstop Wilfredo Solano had 2 hits and drove in a run in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  5

AZL Angels      7

(LP – Cruzado 1-1 / 7.30)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(3 Doubles / 1 RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Renato Nunez was the big story on Sunday. He collected 3 more doubles and drove in a run, and in his last 3 games, Nunez is 9 for 14 with 6 doubles, a triple, a home run, and 6 RBIs.

 

Monday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Tacoma – 7:05pm PT

(Godfrey vs. TBD)

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

(Cisnero vs. Haviland)

Stockton @ HighDesert – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Dayton @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

(Quezada vs. Cole)

Vermont @ Williamsport – 7:05pm ET

(Avila vs. Guth)

AZL Cubs @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

Monday’s Links: 

A’s Farm’s Weekly Minor League Update on A’s Nation

Sacramento River Cats Complete Season Stats

Midland RockHounds Complete Season Stats

Stockton Ports Complete Season Stats

Burlington Bees Complete Season Stats

Vermont Lake Monsters Complete Season Stats

AZL Athletics Complete Season Stats

 

 

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