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Saturday, July 23rd: Gossett K’s 7 in Hounds Loss while Blanco Throws 5 Shutout Frames in AZL A’s Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Daniel Gossett (7 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Daniel Gossett (7 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  2

San Antonio Missions    3

LP – Cochran-Gill 4-4 / 3.42

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Gossett

(7 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K)

2014’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Daniel Gosssett, gave up just 1 earned run in his third straight start for the RockHounds, but it wouldn’t be enough to earn the win on Saturday. Gossett also allowed 1 unearned while striking out 7 and walking none, and he left after 7 innings with the game a 2-2 tie. RHP Lou Trivino tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief in his Double-A debut, while RHP Bobby Wahl struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th, but RHP Trey Cochran-Gill gave up the winning run in the bottom of the 11th as the RockHounds lost in a walk-off. Center fielder Brett Vertigan collected 3 hits, while second baseman Josh Rodriguez doubled and drew a pair of walks. Designated hitter Tyler Marincov had a pair of hits, and right fielder Danny Oh singled in a run for the RockHounds.

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Thursday, July 21st: Walter’s 4 Scoreless Frames Help Hounds Win 3rd Straight while Jensen & Murray Pitch Sounds & Ports to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Corey Walter (4 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Corey Walter (4 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  4

San Antonio Missions    2

WP – Walter 2-2 / 2.40

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Corey Walter

(4 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / Win)

With the RockHounds down by 2 runs, RHP Corey Walter entered the game in the bottom of the 6th and tossed 4 shutout innings to give the Hounds the chance to come back and win their third straight on Thursday. Walter earned the win for Midland and now has a 2.40 ERA in 75 innings for the RockHounds this season. RHP Heath Fillmyer made the start and allowed 2 runs over 5 innings of work in his Double-A debut. First baseman Viosergy Rosa had the big hit in the 8th inning, a 2-run double to drive in the winning run. Second baseman Josh Rodriguez had a pair of hits, while catcher Beau Taylor and right fielder Tyler Marincov both singled in runs for the RockHounds. In addition to Fillmyer, RHP Lou Trivino was also reassigned to the RockHounds from Stockton, while Midland RHP Chris Jensen was sent to the Sounds on Thursday.

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Wednesday, July 20th: Detwiler Wins 1st Game for Sounds while Rodriguez Drives in Winning Run for RockHounds

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Ross Detwiler (5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Ross Detwiler (5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds       7

Albuquerque Isotopes  5

WP – Detwiler 1-0 / 1.80

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Ross Detwiler

(5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

RHP Jesse Hahn tossed 1 scoreless inning in a shortened start for the Sounds. It’s assumed that Hahn is likely to make the start for the A’s on Sunday. He was followed on the mound by LHP Ross Detwiler, who was recently acquired from the Indians. The 30-year-old southpaw allowed just 1 run on 3 hits over 5 innings of work to earn the win in his first appearance for the Sounds, while RHP Eduard Santos got the final out in the 9th to notch his 3rd save for Nashville. Center fielder Billy Burns had 3 hits, including a double, stole a base and drove in a pair, while catcher Bruce Maxwell and second baseman Joey Wendle both singled and doubled in the win. In roster news, the A’s optioned LHP Dillon Overton back to Nashville and recalled infielder Arismendy Alcantara, while RHP Raul Alcantara was reassigned to the Sounds, and LHP Brandon Mann returned to the RockHounds on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, July 19th: Seddon’s Solid Effort & Chapman’s 4 RBIs Lead Hounds to Victory while Ports Win in a Walk-Off & Sounds Drop Twinbill

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds RHP Joel Seddon (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks       2

Midland RockHounds  14

WP – Seddon 4-8 / 5.27

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Joel Seddon

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

RHP Joel Seddon turned in his fifth straight quality start on Tuesday, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, over 7 innings of work to earn his 4th win for the RockHounds. And Seddon has now given up just 4 earned runs in 34 innings over his last 5 starts for Midland. A number of hitters had big nights for the Hounds. Third baseman Matt Chapman led Tuesday’s attack, collecting 4 hits, including 3 doubles, and driving in 4 runs, while shortstop Yairo Munoz had 3 hits and drove in 3, and right fielder Tyler Marincov singled, doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.

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Monday, July 18th: Midland Falls Despite Gossett’s Solid Effort while Stockton, Beloit, Vermont & AZL A’s All Come Up Short

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Daniel Gossett (6 1/3 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 1 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Daniel Gossett (6 1/3 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 1 K)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks     3

Midland RockHounds  2

LP – Gossett 2-4 / 3.14

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Gossett

(6 1/3 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 1 K)

RHP Daniel Gossett allowed just 1 earned run for the second straight start but still ended up suffering his 4th loss for Midland on Monday. The 23-year-old also allowed 1 unearned run over his 6 1/3 innings of work and now has a 3.14 ERA in 9 Texas League starts. RHP Ben Bracewell gave up 1 run in 1 2/3 innings of relief for the RockHounds. Left fielder Brett Vertigan had 2 hits and drove in a run, while catcher Andy Paz had a pair of singles as well as a pair of errors, and center fielder J.P. Sportman doubled and drew a pair of walks in the loss.

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Saturday, July 16th: Maxwell’s Big Bat Leads Sounds to Victory while Hounds Fall Despite Alcantara’s Solid Start

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Catcher Bruce Maxwell (5 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 6 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Catcher Bruce Maxwell (5 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 6 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds   19

El Paso Chihuahuas  5

WP – Neal 7-2 / 3.21

HR – Pinder 2 (12), Maxwell 2 (9), Alcantara (7)

Prospect Of The Game:

Catcher Bruce Maxwell

(5 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 6 RBIs)

Whether it’s due to Ryon Healy’s recent promotion to Oakland or something in the water in El Paso, a number of Nashville’s position players have appeared to be pretty inspired at the plate lately. And no one has been hotter than catcher Bruce Maxwell. The backstop had a career day on Saturday, collecting 5 hits, including a pair of home runs, while driving in 6 runs for the Sounds. And Maxwell is now 10 for 14 with 4 home runs and 10 RBIs in the first three games of Nashville’s four-game series in El Paso. Shortstop Chad Pinder also swatted a pair of home runs on Saturday, while left fielder Arismendy Alcantara doubled twice and homered, and center fielder Jaycob Brugman had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs for Nashville. Starter Zach Neal allowed 3 runs over 5 innings of work to pick up the win as the Sounds won their fourth straight on Saturday.

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Friday, July 15th: Olson & Sportman Lead Sounds & Hounds to Victory while Bennie Brothers Help Ports & AZL A’s Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Matt Olson (3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / Walk / 4 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Matt Olson (3 for 4 / HR / Double / Walk / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds   11

El Paso Chihuahuas  4

WP – Kurcz 5-0 / 3.19

HR – Olson (10), Maxwell (7)

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Matt Olson

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / Walk / 4 RBIs)

With two men on and the game tied in the top of the 8th inning, right fielder Matt Olson ripped a 3-run homer to provide the margin of victory for Nashville on Friday. Olson also singled, doubled, walked and drove in a total of 4 runs in the game. Catcher Bruce Maxwell homered for the second straight night, while center fielder Jaycob Brugman collected 4 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, and left fielder Arismendy Alcantara doubled, singled twice, stole a base and drove in 3. Starter Jesse Hahn allowed 3 runs over 6 innings of work, and RHP Aaron Kurcz picked up the win despite giving up the tying run in the bottom of the 7th as the Sounds won their third straight. In roster news, infielder Ryon Healy was promoted to the A’s, while outfielder Billy Burns was optioned back to Nashville, and RHP Nick Tepesch was designated for assignment. Catcher Carson Blair was given his release and catcher Bryan Anderson rejoined the Sounds from the RockHounds on Friday. Healy went 0 for 4 while batting ninth and playing third base for the A’s in his major league debut on Friday.

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Down on the Farm with AZL A’s Infielder Brett Bittiger

bbimage2bBrett Bittiger was born in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania and attended Pace University in New York. The infielder was drafted by the A’s in the 40th round of this year’s amateur draft and is currently playing in the rookie-level Arizona League for the AZL A’s, who are based at the A’s minor league complex in Mesa, Arizona. We look forward to hearing from Brett about life down on the farm as the season unfolds in the coming weeks. You can follow him on Twitter @BrettBittiger

 

When you’re a little boy in your backyard, you imagine yourself in Game Seven of the World Series. Bottom of the ninth, two outs, two strikes. You imagine hitting that walk-off home run. You pretend to throw that game-ending strikeout. You don’t give any thought to how you would have managed to get to that spot.

But then you grow up. You finish little league, and move to the big field. You play high school ball, travel ball, and your scope of competition continues to multiply. Every year, more of your friends drop off–some from a lack of desire, some from a lack of talent. By the time senior year of college rolls around, most of us who have survived that long have gone from visualizing ourselves in the World Series to thinking, “Please, don’t let it end here.” I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this. It’s inevitable for the idylls of youth to be fractured, pared down by increased exposure to reality. And, as a redshirt senior near the end of his fifth and final year as a college baseball player, I didn’t bear my journey any resentment. I hoped only for a chance to keep playing the game that I love.

A few people have asked me how it felt to be taken in the final round of the draft. I suppose most of them, and even some who don’t feel comfortable asking, expect that there is some sense of disappointment or inferiority involved. I understand the expectation, but it isn’t true–at least not in my case. Everyone wants a million dollar signing bonus, but few actually get one. And, when you’re a redshirt senior who attended a small Division-I school before transferring to a similarly proportioned Division-II program, you’ve never entertained such thoughts. So, when my phone rang on the last day of the draft, after being taken by the A’s with their final selection, I wanted only to know when I could get started. A day and a half later I was on a plane, headed for Arizona.

0DSC04060xHaving lived my whole life in the mountains of northeast Pennsylvania (also having attended college in New Jersey and New York), I knew that I was in for a drastically different environment. At home, there are trees everywhere, covering even the mountains–generally verdant landscapes extending in every direction you look. Here, the landscape deals only in shades of red and brown, from rusted maroon rock to the pale beige of scorched earth. At home, it’s warm in the summer, occasionally humid. But upon my arrival in Phoenix, I caught my first taste of dry heat. And, as fate would have it, my arrival coincided with a significant heat wave (significant in Arizona terms), with the daily high temperatures for the week ranging from 115 to 120.

Let’s call that first week an adjustment period. On the best days, it felt like baking slowly in an oven. At the worst, an intermittent breeze would blow, comparable only to taking blasts of hot, fetid air from a corroded hair dryer to the face. It has cooled down to a manageable constant of around 105 since then, but a northeastern man of my German descent must safeguard his complexion at all times. I haven’t been sunburned yet, but suffice to say that my tan lines are a bit comical.

bbimage1bThe daily routine of pro ball is an adjustment, too. Looking back, college ball was a lot of rushing around. Running from class to practice, from practice to study hall, then maybe picking up a night shift at a part-time job, and finally getting back to your dorm to cram for tomorrow’s exam. Nearly every minute of the day was occupied either by a task or the need to get to the next one. Day-to-day life seems to move a bit slower in pro ball, a decrease in pace that is likely the product of an increase in focus. Simply: this is your job now, not just something you love doing on the side. As such, it requires a greater portion of your time and effort. This leads to longer days at the park and more downtime than college ball, and I relish the change.

At this point, I am only a few weeks in, and just learning everything that pro ball entails. This is a new and exciting chapter for me as a student of this game, and I’m looking forward to the lessons it will offer. It is an invaluable experience to work each day at top-of-the-line facilities, surrounded by tremendously talented professionals who all share the same dream. Even more than that, it is a special feeling to become a new part of something bigger than yourself–not just a team, but an organization. I look forward to contributing however I can.

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Thursday, July 14th: Harris & Maxwell Lead Ports & Sounds to Victory while Hounds Fall despite Seddon’s Solid Effort

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder James Harris (3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs / Stolen Base)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder James Harris (3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs / Stolen Base)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

High Desert Mavericks  5

Stockton Ports           10

WP – Stalcup 3-0 / 6.57

HR – Harris (5)

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder James Harris

(3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs / Stolen Base)

Left fielder James Harris had a big night at the plate to help the Ports prevail on Thursday. The 22-year-old Oakland native homered for the second straight night, doubled twice, stole a base and drove in 4 runs, and the California League all-star is now hitting .375 with 3 home runs and 8 RBIs over his last 7 games for Stockton. Second baseman Mikey White had a pair of hits and drove in 3, while shortstop Richie Martin doubled in 2 runs, and catcher Argenis Raga and center fielder Seth Brown had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports. Starter Matt Stalcup was a little shaky for Stockton, allowing 5 runs over 5 innings of work, but he still ended up picking up the win for the Ports. RHP Casey Meisner threw 4 scoreless innings in relief to earn his 1st save for Stockton.

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Wednesday, July 13th: Friedrichs Throws 6 Shutout Frames in Ports Loss while Gossett Pitches Hounds to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Kyle Friedrichs (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 3 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Kyle Friedrichs (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 3 K)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

High Desert Mavericks  6

Stockton Ports            2

LP – Erwin 3-10 / 6.49

HR – Harris (4)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Kyle Friedrichs

(6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 3 K)

On a night filled with solid pitching performances throughout the A’s system, the best outing of the night came in what would prove to be a losing effort. RHP Kyle Friedrichs allowed just 2 hits over 6 shutout innings for Stockton and left the game with the lead. But LHP Zack Erwin, making his first relief appearance this season, surrendered 6 runs, 5 earned, in 2 2/3 innings of work to take his 10th loss on Wednesday. First baseman John Nogowski singled, doubled and drove in the Ports’ first run in the 2nd inning, while center fielder James Harris homered for Stockton’s second run in the 6th.

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