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Saturday, July 19th: Snappers Win Behind Marincov’s Big Bat while Tommy Milone Struggles for Cats and Josh Reddick Goes 0 for 4 for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Bowling Green Hot Rods  4

Beloit Snappers              5

WP – Adkins 1-3 / 5.40

HR – Marincov (12), Vollmuth (8)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Marincov

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

Outfielder Tyler Marincov had a big night for Beloit on Saturday. Last year’s 8th-round draft pick for the A’s singled, tripled, homered and drove in 2 runs, including the tying run in the bottom of the 6th to help the Snappers snap their 3-game losing streak. First baseman B.A. Vollmuth singled, homered and drove in a pair, including the winning run in the 6th, while second baseman Melvin Mercedes, outfielder Justin Higley and designated hitter Ryan Mathews had a pair of hits apiece. Starter Hunter Adkins allowed 4 runs and struck out 6 in 6 innings of work to pick up his 1st win, while RHP Brendan McCurry struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of relief, and RHP Bobby Wahl pitched a perfect 9th to post his 4th save.

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Wednesday, July 2nd: Daric Barton Doubles Home Winning Run in 15th to Give Cats 11th Walk-Off Win while Addison Russell Has 3 Hits in Best Game since Return to RockHounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Daric Barton (2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Daric Barton (2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                 2

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Humber 3-4 / 3.74

HR – Parrino (6)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

First baseman Daric Barton’s double in the bottom of the 15th inning drove in the winning run and allowed the River Cats to notch their 11th walk-off win on Wednesday night in Sacramento. Outfielder Shane Peterson singled in the tying run ahead of Barton, while shortstop Andy Parrino’s 6th home run tied the game in the 4th inning before both teams battled through 10 scoreless innings. Starter Matt Buschmann allowed just 1 run over 7 innings of work, while RHPs Fernando Rodriguez, Evan Scribner and Jeremy McBryde combined to throw 5 scoreless innings in relief. RHP Philip Humber tossed 3 innings, giving up a run in top of the 15th, but he picked up his 3rd win when the Cats came back to put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to clinch another walk-off win at Raley Field.

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Sunday, June 8th: Granier Helps Hounds Win while Cats, Ports & Snappers All Fall and Russell Makes Successful Return to Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Drew Granier (6 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Drew Granier (6 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  7

Frisco RoughRiders        2

WP – Granier 3-2 / 3.50

HR – Aliotti (4), Crumbliss (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

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

RHP Drew Granier turned in a strong start on Sunday, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings to earn his 3rd win for the RockHounds. The season got off to a rough start for Granier when he allowed 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings on opening night, but he’s now posted an ERA of 2.97 over his last 10 starts. Granier was relieved on Sunday by RHP Tucker Healy, who struck out 5 in 2 scoreless innings of relief and has now struck out 19 while allowing just 1 run in 12 innings since joining Midland. First baseman Anthony Aliotti doubled, homered and drove in 3 runs, while second baseman Conner Crumbliss singled, homered and drove in 2, and third baseman Jefry Marte and outfielder Josh Whitaker had a pair of hits apiece for the Hounds. Meanwhile, infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with a groin strain.

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Saturday, June 7th: Neal, Streich & Leon Lead Hounds, Ports & Cats to Victory while Russell’s Set to Return to Stockton on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Zach Neal (7 2/3 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Zach Neal (7 2/3 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  6

Frisco RoughRiders        1

WP – Neal 2-0 / 0.78

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

(7 2/3 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

RHP Zach Neal turned in his second straight strong start since his return to the RockHounds, striking out 6 while walking none over 7 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his 2nd win on Saturday. First baseman Max Muncy had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while outfielder Josh Whitaker singled, doubled and drove in 3. Outfielder Billy Burns continued his hot hitting of late, collecting 4 hits, including a triple and a double, and also notched his 27th stolen base.

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Saturday, May 31st: Buschmann & Atherton Pitch Cats & Ports to Victory while Snappers Win in Extras and Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Matt Buschmann (7 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Matt Buschmann (7 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  12

Fresno Grizzlies                    3

WP – Buschmann 4-0 / 4.28

HR – Taylor (5), Vogt (3), Barton (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Matt Buschmann

(7 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

RHP Matt Buschmann delivered an impressive start for Sacramento on Saturday, allowing 3 runs, just 2 earned, while walking none and striking out 9 over 7 innings of work to earn his 4th win for the Cats. Catcher Stephen Vogt continued his hot hitting, notching a double along with a 3-run homer, while outfielder Michael Taylor homered and drove in 3, and first baseman Daric Barton belted his 1st home run for the River Cats. With Saturday’s victory, Sacramento has now won 10 of its last 11 games.

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Tuesday, May 20th: Healy Helps Ports Win while Cats & Snappers Come Up Short

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Ryon Healy (2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports DH Ryon Healy (2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   5

San Jose Giants   3

WP – Barfield 3-0 / 4.94

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Ryon Healy

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

Designated hitter Ryon Healy had 2 doubles and drove in the first and last runs for the Ports on Tuesday night. After getting off to a slow start this season, Healy is hitting .382 over his last 8 games. Second baseman Chad Pinder singled, doubled and scored a run, while outfielder Dusty Robinson doubled and drove in a pair for the Ports. Starter Hunter Adkins allowed 2 runs over 5 innings of work, while LHP Jeremy Barfield gave up 1 run in 3 innings of relief to pick up his 3rd win, and RHP Austin House got the final 3 outs for his 5th save.

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Saturday, May 17th: Covey Pitches Snappers to Victory while Cats, Hounds & Ports All Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Dylan Covey (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Dylan Covey (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers        6

Clinton LumberKings  0

WP – Covey 3-2 / 3.26

HR – Brugman (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dylan Covey

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

After RHP Kyle Finnegan tossed 7 shutout innings the previous day for the Snappers, RHP Dylan Covey followed up with 7 scoreless innings of his own on Saturday to earn his 3rd win. RHP Blake McMullen contributed 2 scoreless innings to close things out in his first appearance for the Snappers. Outfielder Jaycob Brugman bad a big night for Beloit, hitting his 2nd home run and his 7th double while driving in 5 of the team’s 6 runs on the night. Fellow outfielder Herschel Powell, who leads all A’s minor leaguers in on-base percentage, reached base 4 times, walking twice and singling twice.

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Thursday, May 15th: Cats & Hounds Win in Extra-Inning Walkoffs while Ports Fall and Goebbert Goes to Padres

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Second Baseman Jose Martinez (4 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Second Baseman Jose Martinez (4 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tacoma Rainiers                4

Sacramento River Cats  5

WP – Flores 2-0 / 5.17

HR – Martinez (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Jose Martinez

(4 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

It took 11 innings for the River Cats to finally prevail in a tight game on Thursday night. RHP Matt Buschmann, making his first start for Sacramento in over a month, gave up 3 runs on 8 hits while striking out 5 in 5 innings of work. RHP Fernando Nieve allowed 1 unearned run over 2 innings, while RHP Jeremy McBryde struck out 5 in 2 perfect innings of relief, and the teams remained tied 4-4 as the game headed into extra innings. Finally, with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, second baseman Jose Martinez singled in the winning run to give the River Cats their 4th walk-off win in their last 5 games. RHP Jose Flores picked up his 2nd win after tossing a scoreless frame in the top of the 11th. Meanwhile, Martinez had a big night at the plate, collecting 4 hits, including his 2nd home run in the 5th to briefly give the Cats the lead, and driving in 3 runs, including the game-winner in the 11th. In other news, the A’s shipped Sacramento outfielder Jake Goebbert to San Diego, along with a player to be named, in return for first baseman Kyle Blanks, who joined the A’s, while starting pitchers Josh Lindblom and Sean Murphy were placed on the disabled list, and LHP Jeff Urlaub and infielder Colin Walsh were promoted from Midland to take their place on the River Cats roster. Sacramento’s current starting rotation now consists of Dan Straily, Arnold Leon, Matt Buschmann, Marcus Walden and Zach Neal. The A’s also designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment on Thursday, so there’s a chance that he could ultimately end up back at Sacramento as well.

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A’s Spring Training Tour – 3/12/14

Major League Camp at Phoenix Municipal Stadium

Bob Melvin

A’s manager Bob Melvin pontificates as Susan Slusser looks on and A’s baseball info manager Mike Selleck contemplates

The line forms here

The line for catchers forms here for pre-game drills

Derek Norris

Derek Norris reveals the beard behind the mask

Mike Gallego

Mike Gallego shows ‘em how it’s done

Bob Melvin

Bob Melvin overseeing infield drills

Billy Burns showing off his gams

Billy Burns showing off his gams

Daric Barton

Daric Barton testing out his hamstring

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes has a sit-down talk with his bat before the game

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson watching someone other than himself hit one out

Almost-face of MLB Eric Sogard

The almost-face of MLB Eric Sogard laces up for the game

Bob Melvin

Bob Melvin’s ready for his close-up

Ray Fosse

Ray Fosse giving Brandon Moss a little fatherly advice

Mitch Williams

Mitch Williams doing his best Kenny Powers impression

Mitch Williams

Jarrod Parker talks to Kenny, er, Mitch Williams

Daniel Robertson

Daniel Robertson gets ready to make the play at shortstop

Let's

Let’s play ball!

 

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Unexpected Injuries & Surprising Spring Performances Could Change the Face of the A’s Opening Day Roster

Bob Melvin

A’s manager Bob Melvin might end up with a few tricky decisions to have to make.

This was originally expected to be a rare spring where most of the A’s roster was pretty much set, with very few roster questions left to be answered. Possibly the biggest question when camp opened was – who would be the 13th position player to make the squad?

For much of the offseason, there was some uncertainty surrounding John Jaso’s physical status and manager Bob Melvin frequently mentioned his name as a likely candidate to get lots of at-bats as the team’s designated hitter. So it was expected the A’s would probably need to carry three catchers, meaning that lefty-swinging backstop Stephen Vogt, who ably filled in for Jaso when he went down last season, would likely make the team.

Once games got going though, it started to look like Jaso was ready to reclaim his spot behind the plate and it seemed that first baseman Daric Barton, who is out of options, was emerging as the favorite to claim the final roster spot. That wasn’t the only new development to shake up the A’s roster picture though.

Reliever Ryan Cook reported to camp with a sore shoulder that kept him off the mound, newly-acquired outfielder Craig Gentry arrived in Arizona with a strained back that kept him out of the lineup and, just this weekend, first baseman Barton had to be pulled from Saturday’s contest against Colorado after straining his left hamstring – and as we all know, hamstring issues can be notoriously tricky.

Prior to tweaking his hamstring though, Barton had been garnering attention as one of the A’s hottest hitters in the early spring, posting a .444/.643/.667 slash line in his first 7 games. But a number of other players had also been busy putting themselves on the map by coming out of the box with strong spring performances, including Barton’s chief competitor for the final roster spot, catcher Stephen Vogt, along with a trio of outfielders – veteran Sam Fuld, former top prospect Michael Taylor and young speed-burner Billy Burns – while right-handed reliever Evan Scribner was also doing his best to impress out of the bullpen.

Clearly, between some unexpected injuries and some surprising early spring performances, there could be a few changes to the face of the A’s opening day roster. So let’s take at how things are shaping up with a little over three weeks to go until opening day…

THE INJURED

Ryan Cook

rc77-19452-JCounted on as one of the A’s key setup men, Cook arrived in camp with a sore shoulder and, more than three weeks after pitchers first reported, he still hasn’t faced live batters. Even if the right-hander is able to get into a game in the next week, and doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he’s clearly behind schedule. And it’s entirely possible that Cook could end up needing a little extra time in extended spring training before the team feels he’s totally game-ready.

Craig Gentry

cg849bb723307cc864df6eb3f99430e6f4bOne of the A’s key offseason acquisitions, the team is expecting Gentry  to be a force in the lineup against left-handed starters and to do a better job filling in for the A’s starting outfielders than Chris Young did in that role last year. But the player who was known as “Kitten Face” in Texas reported to camp with a lower back strain and, after a week and a half’s worth of games, he still hasn’t been cleared to make an appearance in the field. The A’s are counting on Gentry to lend a dynamic presence to the lineup but, if his back is still bugging him in a couple of weeks, then he might just end up starting the season on the sidelines.

Daric Barton

dbimagesA long-serving presence in the A’s picture, the team’s on-again/off-again first baseman appeared to be on-again after a strong early spring performance and Jaso’s seeming return to normal behind the plate, minimizing the need for the team to carry three catchers and enabling the A’s to avoid having to expose Barton to waivers. But after this weekend’s hamstring strain, he could very well be off-again. There’s no report yet on the severity of the strain, but hamstrings are always a tricky issue, and it’s rarely wise to expect a quick or smooth road to recovery.

THE OPPORTUNISTS

Evan Scribner

es1275311bScribner started the spring as essentially the 8th man in a 7-man bullpen. Manager Bob Melvin has all but said that Jim Johnson, Luke Gregerson, Dan Otero, Jesse Chavez, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook are set. But with only one left-hander in that group and one of the team’s most promising left-handers, Fernando Abad, out of options, it’s been expected that Scribner, who is also out of options, would be the odd man out. But probably the only pitchers who’ve been more effective than Scribner so far this spring would be Chavez, Doolittle and possibly right-hander Arnold Leon. With Doolittle and Chavez already locks and Leon slated to start the season in the River Cats rotation, if Cook is unable to be in the A’s bullpen on opening day, then Scribner is obviously the A’s go-to guy. His strong performance so far this spring and the fact that he’s out of options should make the choice an easy one.

Stephen Vogt

sv9147When camp opened, the assumption was that Vogt was likely to claim the A’s final roster spot. With manager Bob Melvin repeatedly mentioning that John Jaso might be getting a lot of at-bats as the team’s designated hitter this year, the need for the team to carry a third catcher seemed obvious. And Vogt did a great job of endearing himself to A’s fans and staff alike when he filled in for Jaso late last season and in the playoffs, where he started every game and came up with the key hit for the A’s in their Game #2 victory. But as spring games got going and Jaso seemed ready to re-establish himself behind the plate and Daric Barton was busy getting on base about two-thirds of the time, carrying a third catcher seem to decrease in importance and protecting Barton from waivers seemed to increase in importance, leaving Vogt destined for a spot behind the plate in Sacramento. But if Barton’s strained hamstring keeps him out of action for a few weeks, then Vogt, who’s been one of the team’s best hitters early this spring, posting a .467/.529/.667 slash line, could have a shot at reclaiming his roster spot with the A’s.

Sam Fuld

sfSamSigned fairly late in the game to a minor-league contract, there originally didn’t appear to be much opportunity for Fuld to make the team. The outfield was set with Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and John Reddick, with Craig Gentry as the fourth outfielder and first baseman Brandon Moss also available to fill in in the outfield. But Fuld has been one of the team’s hottest hitters so far this spring, with a .304/.360/.565 slash line, and has impressed manager Bob Melvin and his staff with his play in the field. And if either Gentry or Barton isn’t ready to go by opening day, Fuld is well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunity. Like Barton, he’s a left-handed hitter and, like Gentry, he can also play center field if needed. So if the A’s end up needing a replacement for either of those two players, Fuld is well-suited to fill the bill. His hot spring and the fact that he has an opt-out clause that he can exercise if he doesn’t make the opening day roster, don’t hurt his chances either.

Michael Taylor

mtMichael+Taylor+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+dBTGnNudkqnlThe A’s former top prospect and the River Cats’ all-time hit leader, Taylor appeared to be nearing a dead end with the A’s this spring as he was out of options and seemingly without a major league roster spot available to shoot for. But after a heart-to-heart talk with manager Bob Melvin early this spring, he suddenly started looking like a new man in the batter’s box. And Taylor has been one of the A’s most productive hitters thus far, posting a .333/.379/.556 slash line while playing every day this spring. With Fuld’s ability to play center field though, it might take both Barton and Gentry being unavailable on opening day for Taylor to have a shot at making the roster. But if both of them are out and Fuld claims one of the available spots, then Taylor might make the most logical replacement for Gentry’s right-handed bat against left-handers, while the A’s put off exposing the former top prospect to waivers and give him one last shot to show what he can do.

Nate Freiman

nfNate+Freiman+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+CFUGtYuCl4Ll2The right-handed half of the A’s first-base platoon in 2013, it’s been assumed that Freiman was ticketed for Sacramento in 2014. But could he have the chance to hang on to his roster spot if fellow first baseman Barton starts the season on the shelf? It’s possible, but the problem with Freiman is that he’s essentially a one-trick pony. He can only play first base and he can only hit left-handed pitching, so he’s basically cut out to be the right-handed half of a first base platoon. But with the team seemingly intent on installing Alberto Callaspo in that position at this point, there’s really not much room for Freiman on the roster. Besides, his .167/.286/.333 slash line so far this spring hasn’t been particularly impressive. And even if both Barton and Gentry aren’t ready to go on opening day, and the team wants to fill one of those spots with a right-handed bat to replace Gentry’s, why wouldn’t they go with Taylor, who’s out of options, while they can stash Freiman at Sacramento? Freiman’s best shot at making the roster would most likely come not as a result of injury but rather as the result of a trade, namely of the man who’s most likely to take his job – Mr. Callaspo.

Billy Burns

bbu1275322bThe player who baseball columnist Ken Rosenthal called “the most intriguing player in the A’s camp” could be the wild card in all this. Acquired from the Nationals in the Jerry Blevins deal, Burns has excited A’s fans and staff alike this spring with his ability to get on base and his blazing speed. After a week and a half’s worth of spring games, he sports a .406 OBP. And at one point, his 7 stolen bases not only led all players but led all teams in the Cactus League. Burns has clearly generated a lot of excitement and impressed a lot of the right people this spring, but it’s important to remember that the young switch-hitter is still relatively inexperienced, having played just 30 games above Class-A in his career. So while he undoubtedly has the skills to impress and excite, the stars might really have to be aligned perfectly for Burns to get his shot at this point.

Stay tuned for our on-the-scene reports from spring training next week!

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