Sunday, April 13th: Myers’ Big Bat Leads Hounds to Victory while Ports & Snappers Fall and Cats Sweep Twinbill as Blanton Calls It Quits

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter D'Arby Myers (4 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

Midland RockHounds DH D’Arby Myers (4 for 4 / HR / Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  11

NW Arkansas Naturals     6

WP – Jensen 1-0 / 2.31

HR – Myers (1), Taylor (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter D’Arby Myers

(4 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

Designated hitter D’Arby Myers had a big day at the plate on Sunday, collecting 4 hits, including a home run and a triple, driving in 2 runs, stealing a base and scoring 3 times for the RockHounds. Catcher Beau Taylor also homered and drove in a pair. And in his first game for Midland since signing as a minor league free agent, infielder Colin Walsh singled, doubled and drove in 2 runs but also made a pair of errors at third base. Starter Chris Jensen allowed 3 runs, just 1 earned, over 5 2/3 innings to earn his 1st win for the RockHounds.

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Saturday, April 12th: Ports Fall despite Pinder’s Big Bat while Cats & Hounds Win and Snappers Go Down to Defeat

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Second Baseman Chad Pinder (4 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

Stockton Ports Second Baseman Chad Pinder (4 for 4 / 2 HRs / 3 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Visalia Rawhide   7

Stockton Ports  4

LP – Streich 1-1 / 3.60

HR – Pinder 2 (5)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chad Pinder

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

Through the first week and a half of the minor league season, Stockton’s talented young lineup has been living up to its hype and the team currently leads the California League in hits, doubles, home runs and total bases. Over the last 3 games, the A’s third pick in last year’s draft, infielder Chad Pinder, has been the team’s hottest hitter, going 10 for 15 with 3 doubles and 4 home runs. After homering in Thursday’s and Friday’s games, Pinder followed that up by going 4 for 4 with 2 home runs in Saturday’s contest, and he currently leads the California League in home runs with 5 after the team’s first 10 games.

Unfortunately, the Ports came up short on Saturday. Starter Seth Streich allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings to take the loss, while RHP Jonathan Joseph gave up 4 runs in 2 innings of relief, and LHP Omar Duran tossed 2 scoreless innings in his return from the disabled list. Duran took the roster spot of RHP Michael Ynoa, who was placed on the DL with a bicep strain.

After Saturday’s big game, regarding his current hot streak, Pinder told A’s Farm: “I’ve just been trying to stay within myself. [Hitting coach] Brian McArn and I have been doing a few drills to get my swing going in the right path. And I would honestly say that with our lineup, with all the talent, it helps me out getting pitches to hit. We have so many talented hitters, they can’t pitch around anyone really. So I’m very lucky to have such great talent around me on any given night.”

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Friday, April 11th: Freiman’s Slam Leads Cats to Victory in Home Opener while Hounds & Snappers Fall and Ports Win as Ynoa Exits with Apparent Arm Injury

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Nate Freiman (Grand Slam)

Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Nate Freiman (Grand Slam)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  6

Sacramento River Cats  7

WP – Savery 1-0 / 8.10

HR – Freiman (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Nate Freiman

(Grand Slam)

First baseman Nate Freiman had a big night in Sacramento’s home opener on Friday. With the River Cats down by 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and the bases loaded, Freiman slugged a grand slam to lead Sacramento to victory in front of the hometown fans. Designated hitter Jake Goebbert and outfielder Shane Peterson each had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the River Cats. RHP Matt Buschmann was a little shaky in his second start for Sacramento, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits over just 3 1/3 innings, while RHP Jose Flores struck out 5 in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. And despite giving up 2 runs in the top of the 8th, LHP Joe Savery ended up walking away with the win after Freiman’s big blow, while RHP Fernando Nieve picked up the save after tossing a scoreless 9th for the Cats.

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Thursday, April 10th: Pinder Helps Ports Prevail in 18-Inning Marathon while Cats, Hounds & Snappers All Fall as Vogt Hits DL

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Second Baseman Chad Pinder (Home Run / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

Stockton Ports Second Baseman Chad Pinder (HR / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Visalia Rawhide   5

Stockton Ports  6

WP – Robinson 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Nunez (2), Pinder (2), Crocker (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chad Pinder

(Home Run / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

It was a big night for Stockton second baseman Chad Pinder, who played a key role in the Ports’ 18-inning win on Thursday night. Last year’s 3rd overall draft pick for the A’s hit a 2-run homer in the 5th inning to tie the game, and doubled to lead off the bottom of the 18th and ultimately scored the winning run when outfielder Billy McKinney singled to bring him home from second and finally bring an end to the 5 hour and 27 minute home opener for Stockton on Thursday. McKinney had previously struck out 3 times in the game, as did designated hitter Ryon Healy, who went 0 for 8. Catcher Bruce Maxwell collected 3 hits, while first baseman Matt Olson singled, doubled and walked twice, third baseman Renato Nunez hit his second homer in as many games to put the Ports on the board in the 1st, and outfielder Bobby Crocker homered in the 9th to send the contest to extra innings. RHP Manny Correa started the game and allowed 4 runs in 6 innings of work, while RHP Nolan Sanburn surrendered 1 run in 2 innings of relief, RHPs Tucker Healy and Kris Hall each tossed 2 scoreless innings, converted outfielder Jeremy Barfield struck out 5 in 3 scoreless innings in his third pitching appearance for the Ports. Infielder Wade Kirkland came in to toss a scoreless 16th and 17th and outfielder Dusty Robinson, who’d doubled twice and driven in a run, pitched a scoreless 18th inning to earn the win.

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Wednesday, April 9th: Wahl Wins 2nd Start for Snappers while Goebbert’s Big Bat Leads Cats to Victory, Ports Come Up Short and Russell Expected to Miss a Month for Midland

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Bobby Wahl (5 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Bobby Wahl (5 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers             3

South Bend Silver Hawks  2

WP – Bragg 1-0 / 1.69

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bobby Wahl

(5 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

RHP Bobby Wahl, the A’s 5th-round pick in last year’s draft, was much more impressive in his second start for the Snappers, allowing just 1 run while striking out 7 in 5 innings of work on Wednesday. And when he left the mound after the bottom of the 5th inning, the game was tied. The 22-year-old was replaced by last year’s 18th-round pick, RHP Sam Bragg, who was equally impressive, allowing 1 run on just 1 hit while striking out 4 in 3 innings of relief to earn the win, while RHP Lee Sosa got the final 3 outs for his 1st save. Outfielder Herschel “Boog” Powell had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while outfielder Tyler Marincov singled, walked twice and scored twice, and shortstop Luis Baez, who entered the game when Chih-Fang Pan exited after the top of the 1st (presumably due to injury) doubled and drove in a run for the Snappers.

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Tuesday, April 8th: Whitaker Helps Hounds Put Up 20 while Herrera Wins 1st Start for Snappers and Cats & Ports Lose Late

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Josh Whitaker (4 for 6 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Josh Whitaker (4 for 6 / HR / 4 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals      8

Midland RockHounds  20

WP – Long 1-0 / 9.82

HR – Whitaker (2), Muncy (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(4 for 6 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

After giving up 20 runs on opening day, the RockHounds struck back with 20 runs of their own on Tuesday night. Outfielder Josh Whitaker was the hitting star for the second straight night, homering in his second consecutive game, collecting 3 singles and driving in 4 runs. Designated hitter Max Muncy singled, homered and drove in 6 runs, while catcher Beau Taylor had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs, and outfielder D’Arby Myers singled, doubled, stole a pair of bases and drove in 3 runs. After a rough first start, RHP Drew Granier gave up just 1 run this time around but only made it through 4 innings after averaging almost 20 pitches per inning. RHP Blake Hassebrock had another rocky outing in relief, surrendering 6 runs, just 2 earned, on 5 hits over 2 innings. RHP Nate Long picked up the win after allowing 1 run in 2 innings of relief, and LHP Jeff Urlaub closed things out with a scoreless 9th for the Hounds.

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Monday, April 7th: Streich Impresses in 1st Stockton Start while Whitaker Helps Hounds Win and Gentry Looks Good to Go in Cats Loss

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Seth Streich (5 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 Stockton Ports Pitcher Seth Streich      (5 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   4

Bakersfield Blaze  1

WP – Streich 1-0 / 1.80

HR – Pinder (1), Robinson (1), Maxwell (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Seth Streich

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

RHP Seth Streich was impressive in his California League debut on Monday, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 6 in 5 innings of work to win his 1st start for Stockton. The 23-year-old held Bakersfield hitless through 4 innings before finally allowing a double in the 5th. RHPs Tucker Healy and Nolan Sanburn followed up with 2 scoreless innings apiece, with Sanburn picking up his 2nd save of the season. Second baseman Chad Pinder, outfielder Dusty Robinson and catcher Bruce Maxwell each homered in the Ports win.

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Sunday, April 6th: Alcantara Impresses in Double-A Debut as Russell Hits DL, Cats & Snappers Win and Ports Get Blanked

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Raul Alcantara (8 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds RHP Raul Alcantara (8 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 1 K)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals    1

Midland RockHounds  2

WP – Alcantara 1-0 / 1.13

HR – Coleman (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

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

Top pitching prospect Raul Alcantara was impressive in his Double-A debut for the RockHounds on Sunday. The 21-year-old allowed just 1 run on 6 hits over 8 innings of work to earn the win for Midland. The Hounds were held scoreless until shortstop Dusty Coleman tagged a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning to give his team the lead. RHP Seth Frankoff then came on to get the last 3 outs and earn his 1st save of the season for Midland. Earlier in the day, the team placed shortstop Addison Russell on the 7-day disabled list with a hamstring strain that resulted from a stolen base attempt on Friday night.

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Saturday, April 5th: Taylor Homers to Lead Cats to Victory while Ports Win, Hounds Lose & Snappers Split Twinbill

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Michael Taylor (Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Michael Taylor (HR / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  12

Salt Lake Bees                    7

WP – Blanton 1-0 / 9.00

HR – Taylor (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

River Cats’ all-time hit-leader Michael Taylor tagged a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning to give Sacramento the lead, and the team never looked back, tacking on ten more runs before the night was through. Taylor doubled in another run, while shortstop Tyler Ladendorf singled, doubled and drove in 3, outfielder Jake Goebbert tripled, doubled and drove in 2, and third baseman Alden Carrithers collected 3 hits and drove in a pair. Joe Blanton, making his first start since returning to the A’s organization, allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, on 9 hits over 5 innings of work to pick up the win for the Cats.

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Friday, April 4th: McKinney Goes Deep Twice in Ports Loss while Neal Leads Midland to Shutout Win and Murphy Drops Cats Debut

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Outfielder Billy McKinney (2 Home Runs)

Stockton Ports Outfielder Billy McKinney (2 Home Runs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  3

Visalia Rawhide   4

LP – Ynoa 1-0 / 6.75

HR – McKinney 2 (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Billy McKinney

(2 Home Runs)

2013’s top draft pick for the A’s, outfielder Billy McKinney, seems to be adapting nicely to the California League. On Friday, the 19-year-old tagged two home runs in two consecutive at-bats in the 3rd and 5th innings. Both solo shots tied the game at the time, though Stockton would ultimately go on to lose the contest. With the game tied in the bottom of the 9th inning, after getting the first out, RHP Michael Ynoa allowed a single, then followed it up with two wild pitches, allowing the runner to reach third, and the winning run eventually came around to score on a fielding error by second baseman Chad Pinder. Starter Tim Atherton allowed 2 runs in 4 innings of work and, in his professional pitching debut with the Ports, former outfielder Jeremy Barfield struck out 3 and gave up 1 run in 2 innings, while RHP Tucker Healy tossed 1 perfect inning in relief. Designated hitter Renato Nunez collected 3 hits on his 20th birthday, while catcher Bruce Maxwell had a pair of hits and drove in a run in the loss.

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