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Tuesday, April 15th: Hounds Sweep Twinbill while Cats Win, Ports Fall and Snappers Drop a Pair

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Drew Granier (6 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 4 K / Win)

 Midland RockHounds Pitcher Drew  Granier (6 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 4 BB /    4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

GAME #1

Midland RockHounds  1

NW Arkansas Naturals    0

WP – Granier 1-1 / 6.17

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

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

RHP Drew Granier had his best start of the season for the RockHounds, allowing just 1 hit over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 1st win, while RHP Seth Frankoff got the final 3 outs for his 3rd save on Tuesday. Recently-signed infielder Colin Walsh had a pair of hits, while outfielder Billy Burns singled and drove in the RockHounds’ only run in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. In other news, recently-acquired catcher Blake Forsythe should be joining Midland this week to share time with catcher Beau Taylor. Forsythe earned a Gold Glove last year as the top defensive catcher in the minor leagues after committing just 1 error in 80 games behind the plate for Double-A Binghamton.

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Spring Has Sprung!

Phoenix Muni

The A’s will be spending their last spring at Phoenix Municipal Stadium (photo via Kate Longworth’s twitter @KLongworthCSN)

As you may already know, A’s pitchers and catchers began reporting to the team’s spring training camp in Phoenix on Friday, with the team’s first workouts on Saturday. And there are already plenty of observations we can make about the major league team, as well as the minor league teams, at this point.

First of all, the A’s are still a very young team. On the 40-man roster, only two players – Coco Crisp and Nick Punto – were born before 1982, and only three of the team’s pitchers – Scott Kazmir, Jim Johnson and Jesse Chavez – will be over the age of 29 on opening day.

On Thursday, one day before pitchers and catchers began reporting to the A’s spring training camp in Phoenix, A’s assistant general manager David Forst told Bay Area radio station 95.7 The Game that he thought he knew what the A’s starting rotation was going to look like and mentioned Jarrod Parker, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily. That would make Tommy Milone the sixth starter in waiting at Sacramento, with recent acquisitions Josh Lindblom and Drew Pomeranz right behind him.

Returning River Cats Andrew Werner and Arnold Leon, along with minor-league free-agent signee Matt Buschmann, will be the top contenders for the remaining spots in the River Cats rotation, with former perfect-game hurler Phil Humber likely serving time in Sacramento’s bullpen. Last year, Humber made 10 relief appearances for the Astros and came into 13 games out of the bullpen for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Midland’s top three starters from last season – Murphy Smith, Sean Murphy and Zach Neal – would be the next in line to take a step up should there be an issue with any of the previously-mentioned A’s or River Cats starters. If the three of them remain at Midland though, the top three candidates to join them in the RockHounds rotation will be Drew Granier, Raul Alcantara and Tanner Peters.

Billy Beane and Bob Melvin

Billy Beane and Bob Melvin overseeing the action Saturday in Phoenix (photo via Kate Longworth’s twitter @KLongworthCSN)

The 21-year-old Alcantara is the hottest young pitching prospect in the A’s system at the moment, and the team would like to see him start the season in the RockHounds rotation and then see where his talent takes him from there. But at this point, it’s clear that Alcantara could be a fast-riser.

Former bonus baby Michael Ynoa will probably be the other most closely watched young pitcher in the A’s camp this spring. He’s been throwing hard in Phoenix, but the key for him will just be staying healthy and staying on the mound. It’s still expected that he’ll start the season at Stockton. But if he starts out well, he should be due for a quick promotion to Midland.

As far as relievers go, A’s manager Bob Melvin was impressed with Evan Scribner’s and Fernando Nieve’s initial bullpen sessions in Phoenix, and both are likely to end up starting the season as key cogs in the River Cats bullpen, as long as Scribner can clear waivers anyway.

One of last year’s biggest objects of attention when camp opened, Japanese shortstop Hiro Nakajima, won’t be making any headlines in big league camp this time around though, since Nakajima will be spending his time in the A’s minor league camp this year. But another shortstop, top prospect Addison Russell – who appears on schedule to become the A’s starting shortstop in 2015 – will definitely be getting a good chance to show the A’s staff what he can do this spring in the big league camp.

 

Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir

Starting pitchers Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir take to the mound in Phoenix (photo via Jane Lee’s twitter @JaneMLB) 

 

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Monday, September 2nd: Cats & Hounds Win on Final Day while Ports & Snappers Fall in Regular Season Finales

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Jake Goebbert (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Jake Goebbert (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  9

Tacoma Rainiers               6

WP – Leon 5-3 / 4.42

HR – Goebbert (4), Norris (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jake Goebbert

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

RHP Arnold Leon had a rocky outing in the River Cats’ finale, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings, but he still ended up earning his 5th win on Monday, while RHP Brian Gordon picked up his 23rd save to establish a new single-season record for Sacramento. Outfielder Jake Goebbert hit a 2-run homer to tie the game in the 2nd inning, while catcher Derek Norris homered in the 9th. First Anthony Aliotti had 3 hits and drove in a run, and shortstop Addison Russell notched his first hit for the River Cats and ended his 3-game stint with Sacramento having gone 1 for 13 with 9 strikeouts. Meanwhile, the River Cats ended their season with a 79-65 record and the highest home attendance of any team in the Pacific Coast League with 607,329 fans having attended Raley Field this year.

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Friday, August 23rd: Taylor Helps Cats Split a Pair while All Others Go Down to Defeat on Friday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Designated Hitter Michael Taylor (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 Sacramento River Cats DH    Michael Taylor (HR / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

GAME #1

Sacramento River Cats   4

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  5

LP – Figueroa 3-4 / 4.21

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Hiro Nakajima

(Double / RBI)

 

RHP Arnold Leon had a shaky start for Sacramento, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits over 5 1/3 innings, but LHP Pedro Figueroa took the loss after allowing 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Second baseman Hiro Nakajima had 2 hits, including a double, and a walk and drove in a run, while outfielder Michael Taylor singled, doubled and scored a run in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

 

GAME #2

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats   4

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  1

WP – Newby 2-1 / 3.33

HR – Taylor (17)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Michael Taylor

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

With the game tied and 2 men on and 2 outs in the top of the 8th inning, designated hitter Michael Taylor hit a 3-run homer to help give the River Cats the win in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. RHP Fernando Nieve, making his first start for Sacramento, had an impressive outing, giving up no hits or walks but allowing 1 unearned run over 4 innings of work. RHP Kyler Newby struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief to pick up the win, while RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs for his 20th save.

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Saturday, August 17th: Peterson & Ladendorf Help Lead Cats & Hounds to Victory while Ports & Snappers Come Up Short on Saturday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Designated Hitter Shane Peterson (5 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats Designated Hitter Shane Peterson (5 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tucson Padres                   5

Sacramento River Cats  11

WP – Leon 4-3 / 4.07

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Shane Peterson

(5 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs)

 

Designated hitter Shane Peterson had a perfect night at the plate, collecting 5 hits in 5 at-bats, and driving in 4 runs, including the tying run in the 4th inning for the River Cats. Peterson’s great game overshadowed Anthony Aliotti’s fine performance. The first baseman had 4 hits, including a triple, and drove in 3 runs in the win. LHP Brett Anderson started the game and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks over 2 1/3 innings of work, while RHP Arnold Leon allowed 3 runs in 5 innings of relief to pick up his 3rd win for the River Cats.

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Sunday, August 11th: Snappers Slug their Way to Victory while Cats & Hounds Win and Ports Come up Short on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Shortstop Daniel Robertson (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

Beloit Snappers Shortstop Daniel Robertson (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  4

Omaha Storm Chasers      3

WP – Banwart 8-5 / 4.64

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

(6 IP / 8 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

RHP Travis Banwart had a solid start for Sacramento on Sunday, allowing 2 runs and striking out 4 over 6 innings to earn his 8th win, while RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs for his 15th save. First baseman Anthony Aliotti had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the River Cats.

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Tuesday, August 6th: Leon Pitches Cats to Victory while Hounds, Ports & Snappers All Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Arnold Leon (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Arnold Leon (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express         1

Sacramento River Cats  2

WP – Leon 3-2 / 4.15

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Arnold Leon

(7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

RHP Arnold Leon had his second straight impressive start for Sacramento on Tuesday, allowing just 1 run and striking out 6 over 7 innings of work to earn his 3rd win, while RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs for his 13th save. Outfielder Michael Taylor was the hitting star for the second straight night, doubling in both the River Cats runs in the 4th inning. In other news, LHP Pedro Viola was sent to Stockton to make room for LHP Tommy Milone on the River Cats roster.

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Wednesday, July 31st: Whitaker’s Slam Leads Ports to Victory while Cats & Snappers Win and Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Outfielder Josh Whitaker (Grand Slam)

Stockton Ports Outfielder Josh Whitaker (Grand Slam)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Albuquerque Isotopes       1

Sacramento River Cats  5

WP – Banwart 7-5 / 4.75

HR – Taylor (16), Choice (14), Peterson (8)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

(5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

RHP Travis Banwart delivered a strong start for Sacramento, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits over 5 2/3 innings to earn his 7th win on Wednesday. Center fielder Shane Peterson had 3 hits, including a double and a home run, and drove in 2 runs, while left fielder Michael Choice singled, homered and drove in a pair of runs, and right fielder Michael Taylor hit his 16th home run for the River Cats.

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Tuesday, July 16th: Granier Falters as Hounds Fall and Other Teams Take the Day Off

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Chad Oberacker (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Chad Oberacker (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks      8

Midland RockHounds  5

LP – Granier 2-2 / 2.73

HR – Oberacker (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Drew Granier had his roughest outing yet for the RockHounds, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits and 6 walks and striking out just 1 over 5 1/3 innings to take his 2nd loss. Outfielder Chad Oberacker hit a 2-run homer, while shortstop Darwin Perez doubled and drove in a run, and second baseman Tyler Ladendorf had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats

(OFF DAY)

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Thursday, July 11th: Muncy Hits 21st HR in Ports Win while Snappers Come Out On Top and Cats & Hounds Fall Short

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports First Baseman Max Muncy (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

Stockton Ports First Baseman Max Muncy (Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                 3

Sacramento River Cats  2

LP – Figueroa 2-2 / 4.61

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Hiro Nakajima

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Bruce Billings allowed 2 runs over 6 innings of work and left with the game tied, but LHP Pedro Figueroa took the loss after the winning run scored in the 9th inning. Second baseman Hiro Nakajima doubled to drive in the River Cats’ only 2 runs of the game.

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