Results tagged ‘ Sacramento ’

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)

2013 Houston Astros Photo Day

 

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.

Click here for more on Midland, Stockton, Beloit & Vermont…

(more…)

Monday, May 20th: It’s a Clean Sweep as All Four Affiliates Post Wins on Monday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports’ Third Baseman Tony Thompson (2 Home Runs / 7 RBIs)

Stockton Ports’ Third Baseman Tony Thompson (2 Home Runs / 7 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

New Orleans Zephyrs        2

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Gordon 2-0 / 5.57

hnoakland-athletics-introduce-hiroyuki-nakajima-20121218-150839-038b2

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Hiro Nakajima

(1 for 2 / 2 RBIs)

 

Hiro Nakajima got his first start at second base for Sacramento on Monday and ended up driving in the tying and winnings runs for the River Cats. Designated hitter Grant Green doubled and drove in Sacramento’s only other run of the night. Starter Travis Banwart allowed 2 runs in 4 innings of work, while RHP Paul Smyth, in his first appearance since being called up from Midland, struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of relief. RHP Brian Gordon followed with 2 more scoreless innings to pick up the win, and RHP Dan Otero got the final 3 outs for his 11th save.

Click here for more on Midland, Stockton & Beloit…

(more…)

Thursday, April 25th: Strong Pitching Performances from Gray & Smith Lead Cats & Hounds to Victory

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Pitcher Murphy Smith (6 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds’ RHP Murphy Smith (6 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  5

Sacramento River Cats  6

WP – Gray 2-1 / 3.27

sgsonnygray_large1

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(6 IP / 8 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

Starter Sonny Gray had a strong outing for Sacramento on Thursday, allowing just 1 run and striking out 5 over 6 innings to earn his 2nd win, while RHP Dan Otero tossed a scoreless inning in the 9th to pick up his 5th save. Second baseman Grant Green and third baseman Josh Horton both had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes, in his first rehab appearance with Sacramento, struck out twice, grounded into a double play and had an RBI single in 4 at bats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks      0

Midland RockHounds  6

WP – Smith 3-2 / 2.20

HR – Barfield (4)

ms628x471

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Murphy Smith

(6 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

Starter Murphy Smith had another impressive outing for the RockHounds on Thursday, striking out 4 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win and lower his ERA to 2.20. RHPs Paul Smyth and Kyler Newby combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief. Outfielder Jeremy Barfield smashed his 4th home run, and shortstop Darwin Perez collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run in the win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  1

Visalia Rawhide   3

LP – Granier 2-2 / 3.24

HR – Vollmuth (4)

dgTVHqeVaS2

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(5 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 4 BB / 9 K)

 

Starter Drew Granier had another solid outing for Stockton on Thursday, allowing 2 runs while striking out 9 over 5 innings, but he still ended up taking the loss. Granier now leads all A’s minor leaguers with 35 strikeouts in 25 innings. RHP Pedro Vidal tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief in his return to Stockton after a brief stint with Sacramento, while designated hitter B.A. Vollmuth had a home run and a double in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

South Bend Silver Hawks  4

Beloit Snappers             7

WP – Bacus 2-0 / 3.32

HR – Nunez (4)

rnnc3bac3b1ez-renato3

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

Third baseman Renato Nunez had a home run, a double and drove in 2 runs, while first baseman Matt Olson collected 3 hits, and catcher Bruce Maxwell and shortstop Sam Roberts both doubled and drove in a run. Starter Michael Ynoa struck out 3 and walked none over 3 scoreless innings of work, while RHP Dakota Bacus gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and struck out 6 over 4 innings to pick up his 2nd win. And RHP Ryan Dull got the final 3 outs to earn his 2nd save.

 

Friday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 7:05pm

San Antonio @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ High Desert – 7:05pm PT

South Bend @ Beloit – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

 

 

Be sure to like A’s Farm’s page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm to keep up with all the news down on the farm!

Spring’s Young Over-Achievers!

Spring training leaves A's manager Bob Melvin with a lot to contemplate

Spring training leaves A’s manager Bob Melvin with a lot to contemplate

Well, we’re a little over three weeks into spring training now, and we’ve had the chance to get a good look at a number of the A’s most promising young hitters. There are 13 hitters who are likely to start the season in the A’s minor league system who’ve gotten into anywhere between 4 and 21 major league spring training games thus far – and most of them have performed pretty well!

However, only 3 of the 13 still remain in major league camp – outfielder Shane Peterson along with infielders Andy Parrino and Eric Sogard. They aren’t the only ones to make their mark though. Catcher David Freitas, infielders Jefry Marte, Grant Green and Darwin Perez as well as outfielder Michael Choice all hit the ball well during their time with the major league team.

Below is a list of the 13 players who we’re likely to see starting the year at Sacramento, Midland or Stockton who got at least 10 at-bats in major league games this spring, followed by a profile of a few particular over-achievers…

 

Shane Peterson (OF-1B) 18-for-42 / 6 2B / 1 HR / .429 AVG / .489 OBP / .690 SLG

Michael Choice (OF) 13-for-42 / 2 2B / 1 HR / .310 AVG / .333 OBP / .476 SLG

Eric Sogard (IF) 16-for-31 / 7 2B / 0 HR / .516 AVG / .559 OBP / .742 SLG

Andy Parrino (IF) 12-for-31 / 5 2B / 1 HR / .387 AVG / .457 OBP / .645 SLG

Michael Taylor (OF) 5-for-23 / 2 2B / 0 HR / .217 AVG / .250 OBP / .304 SLG

Grant Green (IF-OF) 9-for-22 / 5 2B / 0 HR / .409 AVG / .409 OBP / .636 SLG

Scott Moore (IF-OF) 4-for-20 / 0 2B / 1 HR / .200 AVG / .304 OBP / .350 SLG

David Freitas (C) 8-for-17 / 1 2B / 1 HR / .471 AVG / .471 OBP / .706 SLG

Luke Montz (C) 1-for-17 / 0 2B / 1 HR / .059 AVG / .105 OBP / .235 SLG

Addison Russell (SS) 4-for-16 / 1 2B / 0 HR / .250 AVG / .294 OBP / .313 SLG

Darwin Perez (IF) 5-for-15 / 1 2B / 0 HR / .333 AVG / .412 OBP / .400 SLG

Jefry Marte (3B) 4-for-10 / 2 2B / 0 HR / .400 AVG / .455 OBP / .600 SLG

Miles Head (3B) 1-for-10 / 0 2B / 0 HR / .100 AVG / .091 OBP / .100 SLG

 

ERIC SOGARD

esEric+Sogard+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+-UWwbavIYEwlWith Hiro Nakajima and Jed Lowrie added to the roster in the off-season and Adam Rosales both out of options and carrying a guaranteed contract, Sogard’s likely to start the season bouncing around Sacramento’s infield. But his spring performance has certainly helped to keep his name in play anyway. In his first 31 at-bats, Sogard is hitting over .500 and leads the team with 7 doubles. He also has just 1 strikeout. And with that kind of performance at the plate, if another infielder is needed in Oakland at some point, Sogard’s name should be quick to come to mind.

 

SHANE PETERSON

sphi-res-7054450_display_imageAt 25, Peterson has yet to see time in the majors. But let’s not forget that he was a 2nd-round draft pick for the Cardinals in 2008 before coming over to the A’s in the Matt Holliday deal. With five outfielders already on the A’s roster, there doesn’t appear to be much room for Peterson. But after posting an impressive .460 OBP last season between Sacramento and Midland, he’s definitely opened some eyes this spring by batting .429 in 42 at-bats while bashing 6 doubles. He’s likely to start the season in the Sacramento outfield, along with Michael Choice and Michael Taylor. But Peterson can also play first base, and he’ll undoubtedly see some time there as well, which could help offer him another route to the big leagues.

 

DAVID FREITAS

dfhi-res-7054388_display_imageNo one seemed to pay too much attention to Freitas when he came over from the Nationals last summer in the Kurt Suzuki deal. But they’re certainly noticing him now after he went 8-for-17 this spring, hitting .471 with a home run, a double and just 1 strikeout. Freitas has never played above Double-A though, and he’s likely to start the season at either Midland or Sacramento. But at this point, with the departure of Max Stassi, Freitas appears to be the most promising young catcher in the A’s minor league system.

 

ANDY PARRINO

apAndy+Parrino+San+Diego+Padres+Photo+Day+r2YPnsacmu2lParrino came to the A’s this off-season along with LHP Andrew Werner in the Tyson Ross trade. And much like Sogard, Parrino is another infielder whose chances of making the roster are greatly hindered by the presence of Lowrie, Nakajima and Rosales. He’s likely to start the season playing shortstop at Sacramento, though the A’s have been giving him some time in the outfield this spring as well. But Parrino has put himself on the map with his consistent hot-hitting this spring, going 12-for-31 and hitting .387 with 5 doubles and a home run. And if the shortstop spot proves troublesome for the A’s this season, Parrino could end up earning a shot.

 

 

Be sure to like A’s Farm’s page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm to keep up with all the news down on the farm!

Is the A’s Roster Set? And the River Cats Roster Too?

Will Hiro have A's fans smiling too?

Will Hiro have A’s fans smiling too?

On Monday, we unofficially learned that shortstop Stephen Drew had agreed to a deal with the Red Sox and would not be returning to the A’s, and we also unofficially learned that the A’s would be filling the hole at shortstop by signing Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima. It was announced on Tuesday, after our last A’s Off-Season Transactions Update, not only that the Nakajima signing was official but also that, to clear room on the roster for their new shortstop, the A’s had traded outfielder Collin Cowgill to the Mets for Double-A third baseman Jefry Marte.

With the A’s new shortstop in the fold, it looks like their work is essentially done for the off-season and that the major league roster, barring any unforeseen (yet inevitable) injuries, is pretty much set. But it also seems that the Triple-A roster at Sacramento may be pretty much set at this point too. This really shows a remarkable level of certainty for an organization that’s typically had any number of question marks remaining at this time of year.

Below you’ll find a complete listing of the anticipated A’s and River Cats opening day rosters, barring any unexpected deals or injuries, as of this point in time almost 3 ½ months before opening day. Any changes should be minor, especially where the major league roster is concerned. I’d expect any changes to most likely come from potential moves involving some of the minor league pitchers or infielders. Following the roster lists below, we’ll go around the horn and discuss where things stand at every position for both the A’s and the River Cats…

 

Brandon Moss

Brandon Moss

2013 OAKLAND A’S

–CATCHERS–

Derek Norris C

George Kottaras C

–INFIELDERS–

Brandon Moss 1B

Chris Carter 1B

Jemile Weeks 2B

Hiroyuki Nakajima SS

Josh Donaldson 3B

Adam Rosales IF 

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

–OUTFIELDERS–

Yoenis Cespedes OF

Josh Reddick OF

Coco Crisp OF

Seth Smith OF

Chris Young OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Brett Anderson LHP

Jarrod Parker RHP

Tom Milone LHP

A.J. Griffin RHP

Dan Straily RHP

Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Grant Balfour RHP

Ryan Cook RHP

Pat Neshek RHP

Chris Resop RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Sean Doolittle LHP

Jerry Blevins LHP

Travis Blackley LHP

–SUSPENDED FOR 5 GAMES–

Bartolo Colon

 

2013 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

Michael Choice

Michael Choice

–HITTERS–

Luke Montz C

Steven Hill C

Daric Barton IF

Scott Sizemore IF

Andy Parrino IF

Eric Sogard IF

Stephen Parker IF

Scott Moore IF-OF

Grant Green IF-OF

Shane Peterson OF

Michael Choice OF

Michael Taylor OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Brad Peacock RHP

Sonny Gray RHP

Andrew Werner LHP

(+2 of the following 4 in the rotation with 1 in the bullpen & 1 traded or released)

Garrett Olson LHP

Jesse Chavez RHP

Bruce Billings RHP

Travis Banwart RHP

James Simmons

James Simmons

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Evan Scribner RHP

Arnold Leon RHP

James Simmons RHP

Mike Ekstrom RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Jordan Norberto LHP

Pedro Figueroa LHP

Justin Thomas LHP

 

2013 OAKLAND A’S

Derek Norris: Catcher of the future or lumberjack in training?

Derek Norris: Catcher of the future or lumberjack in training?

As far as the 2013 A’s go, catcher and first base are two positions that are pretty clearly set. Right-handed hitter Derek Norris and left-handed hitter George Kottaras will make up the A’s catching tandem. This likely won’t be a strict platoon though, as the A’s view Norris as their catcher of the future. I’d expect Norris to get between 350-400 at-bats, with Kottaras getting somewhere between 200-250 at-bats – of course, performance on the field could have a big effect on playing time behind the plate. The first base platoon of Brandon Moss and Chris Carter will remain in place in 2013. This should be a pretty strict left/right platoon, unless Moss regresses and Carter starts coming on strong, in which case the big right-hander could end up stealing some at-bats from Moss.

Second base may represent the biggest question mark on the A’s roster. Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore both stand a decent chance of claiming the starting job, while prospect Grant Green appears to be a long shot. It’s my feeling that, as long as he can show in the spring that he’s ready to put it together, the edge will go to former #1 draft pick Weeks. But if Weeks looks like he hasn’t learned anything, then Sizemore should be ready to step in – though we do have to remember that he is coming back from an injury that sidelined him for a solid year and will be competing at a position that he hasn’t played much over the past two years. Whichever one of these guys doesn’t claim the major league job will probably end up at Sacramento with Green. At this point, my guess is that Weeks opens the season with the A’s, while Sizemore ends up at Sacramento waiting for a chance to come back and take over in the event that Weeks or Donaldson struggles – but that could very easily change based on what happens in the spring.

Your 2013 starting shortstop will be Hiro Nakajima, with Adam Rosales likely serving as his backup – as well as the backup at second at third. If Nakajima proves to be more of a “zero” than a “Hiro,” then Rosales will step in and start getting more at-bats at short. Josh Donaldson will be the starting third baseman unless and until he proves that his second-half surge last season was just a fluke. If that happens, then Sizemore is the most likely candidate to step in at third.

Josh Reddick: The undisputed champion of the "Bernie Lean" dance competition

Josh Reddick: The undisputed champion of the ‘Bernie Lean’ dance competition

In the outfield, the A’s have five players (Cespedes, Reddick, Crisp, Smith and Young) to fill the three outfield spots as well as the designated hitter spot in the lineup. Those four positions should offer up about 2400 at-bats, which would mean there’s close to 500 at-bats to go around for each of them – that’s if they’re all healthy. Of course, they won’t all be healthy. I’d guess that at just about any point in the season, one of them will be dinged up enough to, if not warrant a stint on the DL, at least warrant a little time out of the lineup. So I wouldn’t spend too much time worrying about who plays where and when. I suspect it’ll work itself out one way or another and we’ll end up seeing plenty of all of them in the starting lineup.

As for the starting rotation, it’s important to remember that Bartolo Colon will be suspended for the first five games of the season and the A’s will play the first seven games of the season without a day off. That means that, barring injury, Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker, Tom Milone, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily will open the season as the A’s starting five. Of course, there’s a reasonable chance that one of those pitchers could have some nagging injury to start the season. In that case, Colon could be ready to step into the rotation after the first week. If, miracle of miracles, all five starting pitchers are fully healthy and functioning to start the season, then Colon could always kill time in the bullpen until one of them is sidelined with a balky elbow, shoulder, rib cage or back.

The A’s bullpen will be a crowded place though. Aside from Colon, there will be nine or ten legitimate contenders for the seven bullpen spots. On the right-handed side of things, Grant Balfour will be the closer and Ryan Cook will be the primary right-handed set-up man, while Pat Neshek will surely have a spot after signing a guaranteed contract, and Chris Resop is bound to get a spot after the A’s made a concerted effort to acquire him from the Pirates. That would push Evan Scribner to Sacramento.

On the left-handed side of things, Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins appear to be assured spots after their consistent performances throughout 2012, and Travis Blackley seems to be locked in as the long-man in the ‘pen. That would push Jordan Norberto and Pedro Figueroa to Sacramento. Of course, the odds that one of those seven relievers starts the season with some kind of injury is fairly high, which would open the door to one of those spots.

 

Daric Barton: Don't worry, A's fans - only in case of emergency!

Daric Barton: Don’t worry, A’s fans – only in case of emergency!

2013 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

If we make the preceding assumptions about the major league roster, and take into account the fact that the Triple-A roster rarely includes more than 12 hitters and rarely has any fewer than 13 pitchers, then the River Cats roster starts to fall pretty clearly into place.

The A’s acquired two experienced minor league catchers – 29-year-old Luke Montz and 27-year-old Steven Hill – who should share the catching duties at Sacramento this year. Meanwhile, veteran Daric Barton will be standing in at first base, waiting for his chance should anything happen with Moss or Carter.

If Jemile Weeks doesn’t make the roster in Oakland, then he’ll surely be the starting second baseman at Sacramento. But if Scott Sizemore is the one to get sent down, as I suspect, then I’d expect him to get the majority of the starts at second base in Sacramento, preparing himself in case Weeks again struggles. Andy Parrino, who was acquired from San Diego in the Tyson Ross trade, is bound to be Sacramento’s primary starting shortstop this year. I’d expect to see the versatile Eric Sogard getting most of his starts at third base this year, while also picking up a few other starts around the infield. When Sogard’s not starting at third, then fading prospect Stephen Parker is likely to get some starts at the hot corner as well.

Grant Green: Still looking for a home

Grant Green: Still looking for a home

Scott Moore, who has been the A’s most promising minor league free agent signing this off-season, can play third base, as well as first base, second base and the outfield, but will probably end up seeing a lot of at-bats as the designated hitter for the River Cats. Sacramento’s starting outfield should be made up of on-base machine Shane Peterson in left, top prospect Michael Choice in center and former top prospect Michael Taylor in right. That just leaves our old friend Grant Green, whom the organization could make the River Cats’ regular second baseman, but I’m guessing that, when it’s all said and done, they’ll end up utilizing his versatility and giving him starts all over the field – preparing him for his most likely future role with the A’s as a versatile utility man.

There are three pitchers who, as long as they’re healthy, are sure to make Sacramento’s starting rotation – top prospects Brad Peacock and Sonny Gray, along with left-hander Andrew Werner, who was acquired from San Diego in the Tyson Ross deal. The rest of the River Cats’ rotation will be filled out by two of the following four hurlers – right-handers Jesse Chavez, Bruce Billings and Travis Banwart, as well as major league veteran and minor league free agent signee Garrett Olson. Of the two who don’t make the rotation, one will likely end up as the long-man in the River Cats’ bullpen with the other either DL’d, traded or released.

Sacramento’s 2013 bullpen ought to boast an impressive array of arms who could be ready to step in and help at the major league level at a moment’s notice. If all the major league bullpen arms are healthy, then the River Cats’ ‘pen should include names like Evan Scribner, Arnold Leon, James Simmons and minor league free agent signee Mike Ekstrom from the right side and Jordan Norberto, Pedro Figueroa and minor league free agent signee Justin Thomas from the left side.

On the whole, it looks like a River Cats roster that ought to be more than ready to defend its division title and, hopefully, so should the 2013 A’s!

 

*     *     *

 

Be sure to like A’s Farm’s page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm to keep up with all the news down on the farm!

Sunday, September 9th: River Cats Drop Game #5 Playoff Finale to Reno

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats DH Kila Ka’aihue (2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #5

Sacramento River Cats  4

Reno Aces                       7

(LP – Merkin Valdez)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Kila Ka’aihue

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue was the big hitting star for Sacramento in Game #5 on Sunday, doubling twice and driving in a pair of runs for the River Cats. Top pitching prospect Sonny Gray got the Game #5 start and held Reno scoreless over the first 4 innings. Sacramento held a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th inning, when Gray surrendered 3 runs to allow Reno to tie the game. The former 1st-round draft pick exited after allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and striking out 5 in 6 innings of work. He was followed by right-hander Merkin Valdez, who allowed 4 runs in the 7th inning, which proved to be enough for Reno to clinch the series and end Sacramento’s season on Sunday. The River Cats finished the 2012 regular season with a PCL-best record of 86-58.

 

 

Be sure to like A’s Farm’s page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm to keep up with all the news down on the farm!

Saturday, September 8th: River Cats Send Series to Game 5 Finale after Barton’s Bomb in 10th

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats first baseman Daric Barton (Game-Winning Home Run)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #4

Sacramento River Cats  4

Reno Aces                       3

(WP – Jeremy Accardo)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First baseman Daric Barton

(Game-Winning Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Sacramento won Game #4 of their best-of-five playoff series in a cliff-hanger on Saturday. Catcher Blake Lalli, acquired from the Cubs in the Anthony Recker deal, hit a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning to give the River Cats the lead. Starter Brad Peacock allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in 5 innings of work, and right-hander Arnold Leon surrendered 1 run in 2 innings of relief to tie the game at 3-3 in the 7th. The game remained tied until first baseman Daric Barton led off the top of the 10th inning by blasting a home run over the right field wall to provide the decisive blow for the River Cats. Right-hander Jeremy Accardo picked up the win with 3 scoreless innings in relief. The rubber game of the series will take place Sunday afternoon at Reno.

 

Sunday’s Game:

Sacramento @ Reno – 1:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #5)

 

 

Be sure to like A’s Farm’s page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm to keep up with all the news down on the farm!

Friday, September 7th: Bees Swatted out of Playoffs while River Cats Drop Game 3 Despite Taylor’s 2 HRs

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats outfielder Michael Taylor (3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3

Sacramento River Cats  7

Reno Aces                      11

(LP – Rich Thompson)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Sacramento lost Game #3 of their best-of-five playoff series in a heartbreaker on Friday night. The River Cats grabbed the lead in the 2nd inning, lost the lead in the 4th, tied the game in the top of the 6th, fell behind again in the bottom of the 6th, tied the game again in the top of the 8th, and finally lost the lead for good in the bottom of the 8th. Starter Travis Banwart was pressed into service when scheduled starter Dan Straily was recalled by the A’s to fill injured starter Brandon McCarthy’s spot in the big league rotation. Unfortunately, Banwart had a tough time of it, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. Outfielder Jermaine Mitchell homered in the top of the 3rd inning to put Sacramento up 2-0. By the time the 4th inning was through though, the River Cats were down 6-2. But thanks to back-to-back home runs from designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue and Michael Taylor and a triple from first baseman Daric Barton and an RBI single from catcher Jason Jaramillo, the Cats came back to tie the game in the top of the 6th. Right-hander James Simmons then surrendered a run in the bottom of the 6th to hand the lead back to Reno. Michael Taylor then hit his 2nd home run of the game in the top of the 8th to tie the game again. Right-hander Rich Thompson came on for the River Cats in the bottom of the 8th and, after getting 2 outs, then gave up 4 runs to Reno to secure their victory in Game #3. The River Cats now need to win the final two games in Reno on Saturday and Sunday to win the series.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3

Burlington Bees                0

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  3

(LP – Drew Granier)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(6 IP / 2 ER / 6 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: The Bees’ bats didn’t put up much of a fight in dropping the final game of their first-round best-of-three Midwest League playoff series on Friday night. Burlington managed just 4 hits on the night and failed to score for the second time in the 3-game series. Starter Drew Granier made a noble effort, allowing just 2 earned runs on back-to-back solo shots in the 4th inning, and 1 unearned run after a 2-out error by shortstop Addison Russell allowed another run to score in the 5th. In 6 innings of work, Granier allowed just 3 hits, 1 walk and struck out 6 in his final appearance of the season.

 

Saturday’s Game:

Sacramento @ Reno – 7:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #4)

 

 

Be sure to like A’s Farm’s page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm to keep up with all the news down on the farm!

Wednesday, September 5th: Peters Pitches Bees to Victory, Cats Lose Despite Billings’ Best Efforts and Ynoa Helps Vermont Win Final Match

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees pitcher Tanner Peters (7 IP / 0 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #1

Reno Aces                       2

Sacramento River Cats  1

(LP – Bruce Billings)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bruce Billings

(6 IP / 0 ER / 10 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: The key play of the opening game of the PCL playoffs for Sacramento was Grant Green’s fielding error at third base in the top of the 3rd inning which ultimately led to 2 unearned runs for Reno. Otherwise, starter Bruce Billings was brilliant, allowing no earned runs and striking out 10 over 6 innings of work, but the right-hander still ended up taking the loss on Wednesday. Outfielder Michael Taylor had 2 of Sacramento’s 5 hits, walked and scored the River Cats’ only run of the game. Sacramento will take on Reno again in Game #2 of the best-of-five series at Raley Field in Sacramento on Thursday.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #1

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  0

Burlington Bees                4

(WP – Tanner Peters)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tanner Peters

(7 IP / 0 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tanner Peters, who didn’t join Burlington till midway through the season, was the big star for the Bees in the first game of their playoff series against Wisconsin. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed just 2 hits and struck out 6 over 7 scoreless innings to earn the win. Outfielder Bobby Crocker had the big blow of the game with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd inning, while this year’s 5th-round draft pick, first baseman Max Muncy, had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the Bees. Burlington will take on Wisconsin again in Game #2 of the best-of-three series at Wisconsin on Thursday.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Aberdeen IronBirds          0

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

(WP – Streich 4-1 / 2.60)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Michael Ynoa

(3 IP / 0 ER / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Michael Ynoa had perhaps his best outing yet for Vermont, allowing just 2 hits while walking none and striking out 4 over 3 scoreless innings on Wednesday. This year’s 6th-round draft pick, right-hander Seth Streich, followed up with 3 more scoreless innings to earn his 4th win. Second baseman Chris Bostick doubled in a run, while first baseman Matt Olson singled in a run and walked twice in Vermont’s final game of the NY-Penn League season. The team ended the year with a record of 33-43.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2)

(Cabrera vs. Chavez)

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 6:35pm CT (Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2)

(Cole vs. Pierce)

 

 

Be sure to like A’s Farm’s page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm to keep up with all the news down on the farm!

Monday, September 3rd: Hounds & Ports Come from Behind to Win while Cats Fall in Finale and Bees Drop a Pair

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds outfielder Conner Crumbliss (Game-Tying Home Run)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  9

Salt Lake Bees               16

(LP – Peacock 12-9 / 6.01)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Stephen Parker

(Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sonny Gray had a tough time in his first outing for the River Cats on Monday. The right-hander allowed 4 runs on 10 hits in just 4 innings of work. But Brad Peacock had an even tougher time of it, giving up 7 runs over just 1 2/3 innings to take the loss and finish with a regular season record of 12-9 and an ERA of 6.01. Third baseman Stephen Parker, serving as the designated hitter for the day, tripled and drove in a pair of runs in the loss. The River Cats begin the first round of the PCL playoffs against Reno on Wednesday at Raley Field in Sacramento.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  2

Frisco RoughRiders      1

(WP – Daley 10-10 / 5.11)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Conner Crumbliss

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Conner Crumbliss hit his 10th home run to tie the game in the top of the 6th inning. It remained tied until the top of the 10th when catcher Beau Taylor came around to score on a fielder’s choice by outfielder Eleizer Mesa. Pressed into service with Sonny Gray’s elevation to Sacramento, right-hander Paul Smyth made his first start of the season and ended up tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings, while right-hander Jonathan Ortiz contributed 3 crucial perfect innings after Crumbliss’s game-tying homer, and Gary Daley picked up his 10th win with 2 scoreless innings of relief to close out the game. Midland finished the season with a record of 64-74.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Visalia Rawhide   4

Stockton Ports   5

(WP – Treinen 7-7 / 4.37)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Chad Oberacker hit his 13th home run to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th inning, and infielder Michael Gilmartin singled in the winning run in the 9th with his only hit of the game. Shortstop Yordy Cabrera and outfielder Dusty Robinson both homered for the Ports. Starter Nate Long had a rocky outing, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on 10 hits in 5 innings of work, while right-hander Blake Treinen picked up the win with 1 scoreless inning in relief. Stockton finished the season with a 56-84 record, the worst in the 10-team California League.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

GAME #1

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  6

Burlington Bees                1

(LP – Hassebrock 2-2 / 4.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Max Muncy

(2 for 3 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Blake Hassebrock had a shaky outing in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader, allowing 4 runs over 5 innings to take his 2nd loss, while first baseman Max Muncy had 2 of the Bees’ 6 hits in the game, including a double.

 

GAME #2

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  8

Burlington Bees                3

(LP – Mota 3-1 / 3.47)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(Double / RBI / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Poor pitching and sloppy defense led the Bees to take their second fall of the day in Game #2 of Monday’s doubleheader, with right-hander David Mota getting tagged with the loss. Shortstop Addison Russell doubled in a run and stole a base for the Bees. Burlington begins the first round of the Midwest League playoffs on Wednesday against Wisconsin.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Aberdeen IronBirds          3

Vermont Lake Monsters  2

(LP – Tanner 0-2 / 9.00)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brent Powers

(7 IP / 2 ER / 6 K)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brent Powers had a solid outing, allowing just 2 runs and striking out 6 in 7 innings, and left with the game tied. Right-hander Berry Tanner ended up taking the loss after giving up the winning run in the 11th inning. Outfielder Austin Booker had 2 of Vermont’s 5 hits on the night.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Aberdeen @ Vermont – 6:05pm ET

 

 

Be sure to like A’s Farm’s page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm to keep up with all the news down on the farm!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 85 other followers

%d bloggers like this: