Starter Murphy Smith had a rough outing for the RockHounds, allowing 7 runs, 4 earned, on 8 hits over 3 innings of work on Wednesday, but RHP Pedro Vidal gave up 7 runs, 6 earned, in 3 innings of relief to take the loss. Second baseman Dusty Coleman tripled, singled and drove in 3 runs for the RockHounds.
With the bases loaded and 2 outs and Sacramento down by a run in the bottom of the 5th inning, outfielder Michael Taylor doubled to clear the bases and give the River Cats a lead they would never relinquish. Catcher Stephen Vogt collected a pair of doubles and drove in another 2 runs for the River Cats in the 8th. Starter Sonny Gray allowed 3 runs on 8 hits while walking 1 and striking out 6 over 6 innings to earn his 7th win, while RHP Kyler Newby tossed a scoreless 7th in his debut with the Cats, and RHP Brian Gordon struck out a pair in the 9th to pick up his 3rd save.
Starter Travis Banwart turned in an impressive outing on Saturday, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits and striking out 7 to earn his 4th win. Designated hitter Stephen Vogt clubbed his 9th home run, while third baseman Scott Moore collected 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and drove in a pair of runs, and first baseman Daric Barton and outfielder Michael Choice both doubled and drove in a run for the River Cats.
Starter Bruce Billings took the loss on Thursday despite doing a good job for the River Cats. He did allow 11 baserunners over 5 2/3 innings of work, but he held Reno to just 2 runs. Unfortunately, the River Cats managed just 6 hits in the game, with their only run coming when outfielder Shane Peterson singled in first baseman Daric Barton in the 7th inning.
Top pitching prospect Sonny Gray made his 9th straight quality start on Tuesday, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 6 over 6 innings of work, but he still ended up taking the loss. The River Cats managed just 5 games in the game, with catcher Luke Montz doubling in the Cats only run of the night.
Shortstop Andy Parrino slugged a grand slam, his second home run in the last two days, in the bottom of the 4th inning on Thursday to provide the River Cats with a one-run lead. But starter Travis Banwart surrendered 6 runs, 4 earned, in 5 2/3 innings of work and took his 2nd loss. A’s outfielder Josh Reddick, serving as the designated hitter for the night, went 0 for 4 in his third rehab appearance with the River Cats.
LHP Justin Thomas had his 3rd straight quality start for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, in 7 innings of work to earn his 3rd win on Wednesday, while RHPs Chris Resop and Dan Otero each tossed a scoreless inning of relief for the River Cats. Left fielder Michael Choice collected a pair of doubles and drove in 3 runs, while shortstop Andy Parrino blasted a 2-run homer, third baseman Hiro Nakajima had a pair of hits to raise his average to .301, and A’s outfielder Josh Reddick started in right field and went 1 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base and scored twice in his second rehab game with the River Cats.
LHP Justin Thomas had a rough outing on Sunday, allowing 7 runs, 4 earned, on 7 hits over just 4 innings to take his 3rd loss. RHP Darren Byrd followed up with 3 perfect innings in relief to shut down the RedHawks, but the River Cats couldn’t climb out of the hole. Sacramento’s lineup could only muster 5 hits on the night, with outfielders Michael Choice and Shane Peterson driving in a run apiece for the River Cats.
The River Cats continued their hot hitting on Saturday, scoring 15 runs on 15 hits. Third baseman Scott Moore had 4 of those hits while driving in 2 runs and scoring 3 times, while first baseman Daric Barton had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 4 runs, and catcher Luke Montz collected a pair of doubles, drove in a run and scored twice. Starter Sonny Gray allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits over 5 innings to pick up his 1st win with the River Cats. RHP Bruce Billings, who has been moved to the bullpen with the return of starter Dan Straily, gave up 6 runs, 3 earned, in 1 2/3 innings of relief, and RHP Dan Otero got the final 4 outs for his 1st save with Sacramento. With the promotion of hot-hitting outfielder Michael Taylor to Oakland and the placement of LHP Jordan Norberto on the 7-day disabled list, RHP Darren Byrd and infielder Tyler Ladendorf were promoted from Midland to Sacramento.
Starter Carlos Hernandez allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. Third baseman Jefry Marte had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in Midland’s only run, while outfielder D’Arby Myers collected 3 hits, including a double, for the RockHounds. RHP Mike DeMark, who just joined Midland after having pitched in Arizona’s minor league system last year, tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his debut for the RockHounds.
RHP Andres Avila had a solid outing in his second start with Stockton, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 4 over 6 innings of work. After Avila left the game with the lead, RHP Seth Frankoff tossed 2 scoreless innings to hold the lead, but RHP Jonathan Joseph gave up the tying run in the bottom of the 9th inning. Outfielder Josh Whitaker, who had driven in 2 of the Ports’ 3 runs earlier in the game, drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 12th for Stockton, and left-hander Jacob Brown pitched 2 perfect innings in relief to pick up the win.
Starter Derek De Young allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 4 walked over 4 innings for Beloit in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. RHP Tucker Healy did an impressive job in relief, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 6 over 3 innings of work. Second baseman Chris Bostick, who’d homered and tripled earlier, hit his second triple of the game in the bottom of the 7th inning to drive in the tying run for the Snappers. But Ryan Ryan Dull allowed 2 runs in the top of the 10th to take the loss.
With the game tied in the 4th inning, outfielder Ryan Mathews slugged a 3-run homer to give the Snappers the lead, which they would never relinquish. Designated hitter John Wooten and shortstop Sam Roberts both contributed solo shots, and center fielder Brett Vertigan collected 3 hits and drove in a run. The A’s 6th-round draft pick last year, RHP Seth Streich, allowed 3 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings of work to earn his 2nd win of the season.
Sacramento @ Reno – 1:05pm PT
Arkansas @ Midland – 2:00pm PT / 4:00pm CT
Stockton @ Bakersfield – 11:30am PT
Burlington @ Beloit – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT
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Michael Ynoa continues his road to recovery in Beloit
The opening day roster for the Beloit Snappers, the A’s new Class-A affiliate in the Midwest League, was announced on Saturday. And it looks like the team will be loaded with young talent.
The A’s have been fairly aggressive in pushing last year’s promising young draft class up the ladder. And 9 of the A’s top 20 picks from last year’s draft will open the season on the Snappers’ roster, including a pair of 19-year-old infielders – first baseman Matt Olson and third baseman Renato Nunez.
Joining them in the Snappers’ infield will be another top prospect, second baseman Chris Bostick. The Snappers’ starting rotation will be led by once-promising pitching phenom Michael Ynoa, who finally appears to be healthy and is eager to reclaim his status as one of the team’s top prospects.
You’ll find the Beloit Snappers’ complete roster, along with profiles of some of the team’s top players, below…
Left-Handed Hitting First Baseman
Age On Opening Day: 19
Drafted 2012 – 1st Round
Olson was the A’s third overall draft pick last year, selected right behind infielders Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson. The Georgia native is a big 6’4” power-hitting first baseman who just celebrated his 19th birthday a few days ago. Olson posted a .282/.352/.521 slash line last year in his pro debut, clubbing 16 doubles and 9 home runs in just 188 at-bats, and he’ll now be bringing his big bat to Beloit.
Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman
Age On Opening Day: 19
Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent
The hot-hitting third baseman will be celebrating his 19th birthday on opening day for Beloit. The A’s invested heavily in Nunez when the team reportedly gave the young Venezuelan slugger $2.2 million to sign back in 2010. And there’s no question that Nunez seems to have a pretty special bat. Last year in rookie ball, he put up a .325/.403/.550 slash line with 18 doubles in 160 at-bats. In the field though, Nunez made 7 errors in just 30 games at third base, botching 1 in every 10 chances at the hot corner. But the A’s have shown that he’ll move up the chain as fast as his bat can carry him.
Right-Handed Hitting Second Baseman
Age On Opening Day: 20
Drafted 2011 – 44th Round
Bostick was hardly high on anyone’s radar when he was drafted in the 44th-round in 2011, but lots of folks seem to think he does a lot of things the right way – and baseball people like that. Bostick spent most of last season playing second base at Class-A Vermont but also spent a little time at shortstop. His .251/.325/.369 slash line wasn’t remarkable, but he was still just 19 last season. And if Bostick keeps playing the game the right way, he’ll continue to be given the chance to see just how far his talents will take him.
Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
Age On Opening Day: 21
Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent
The A’s originally made a big splash in the international free agent market by signing the 16-year-old Dominican bonus baby to a contract worth over $4 million. But injuries and Tommy John surgery have limited the 6’7” right-hander to just under 40 innings over the past 3 seasons. He finally appears to be healthy though and was throwing well, lighting up radar guns and bringing smiles to the faces of A’s scouts in minor league camp this year. And now Ynoa is poised to continue his road to recovery in Beloit this season.