River Cats Explode In Win Over 'Topes
The Sacramento River Cats got their roadtrip off to a roaring start with a 16-5 thumping of the Albuquerque Isotopes on Thursday night. Sacramento scored in each of the first five innings and cruised to the win. Chris Carter homered twice and drove-in six runs to pace the 'Cats 18-hit attack. Carter has six homeruns this season and five of them have come during the course of two games.
Brandon Hicks finished a double short of the cycle and he had a team-high four hits. The shortstop drove-in five runs. Grant Green, batting leadoff, had three hits and scored four times. Green bumped his average above the .300 mark to .303 with the three hits. He has seven multi-hit games in his last 10. Derek Norris also had a big game. The backstop went 3-for-5 with four RBIs. He brought his average back above the .300 mark, as well, and is now hitting .305 on the year.
Every River Cats' batter reached base at least once. Only Michael Taylor and Luke Hughes failed to collect hits, but Taylor and Hughes each reached base multiple times via the walk (Taylor walked three times and Hughes twice). The River Cats' offense should only get more dangerous as the series progresses. Manny Ramirez will joining Sacramento on Saturday for a 10-game rehab assignment.
Brad Peacock was the beneficiary of the offensive onslaught. The right-hander moved his record to 5-1 with six innings of work. He allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks. Peacock struck-out six. Fautino De Los Santos threw two scoreless innings and Rich Thompson tossed a shutout ninth inning to close out the game.
Before the game, the A's sent River Cats' reliever Justin Souza to High-A Stockton, as the recently demoted Andrew Carignan was activated on the Sacramento roster. Souza took the place of Arnold Leon on the Stockton roster, as Leon was promoted to Double-A Midland. Infielder Adam Rosales was promoted to Oakland to replace the injured Brandon Inge and infielder Wes Timmons was activated off of the River Cats' disabled list to take Rosales' place.
Big Fourth Inning Powers Midland To Win
The Midland Rockhounds used a five-run fourth inning en route to an 8-3 win over the Frisco RoughRiders. Ryan Ortiz connected on his second homerun of the season. It was the Rockhounds' only extra-base hit but Midland's 11 singles and four walks were effective in scoring eight times.
Ortiz has been stuck in a deep slump all season, but he was the offensive star on Thursday. He went 2-for-4 and he drove-in three runs, raising his total for the season to eight. Dusty Coleman had two RBIs and lead-off hitter Conner Crumbliss collected three hits and an RBI. Crumbliss has six hits over his last 10 at-bats and is batting .296/.416/.459 with 10 stolen bases in 35 games this season. Tyler Ladendorf didn't have a hit but he reached base four times via the walk. Ladendorf's OBP is up to .368 for the year.
Starter Gary Daley, Jr. had to work in and out of some tough spots, but he managed to limit the damage in earning his fifth win. He allowed three runs on nine hits, a hit batter and three walks in five innings. Daley struck-out one. Paul Smyth and Sean Doolittle were outstanding in relief of Daley. Each reliever threw two perfect innings. Smyth struck-out two and Doolittle struck-out three. Doolittle has 13 strike-outs in eight innings with Midland over six appearances and he has allowed only one run.
Stockton Makes It Two In A Row
After breaking their 16-game losing streak on Wednesday night, the Stockton Ports started a winning streak on Thursday with a cathartic 13-1 blow-out win over their rivals, the Modesto Nuts.
The Ports collected 16 hits -- including five extra-base hits -- and five walks. Twelve of the Ports' 13 runs were scored off of Nuts' starter Juan Gonzalez. Myrio Richard had three doubles and scored four runs out of the lead-off spot. Beau Taylor had five RBIs and Miles Head a perfect night with a 4-for-4 effort. He scored three times and he drove-in two runs. Head also walked. He has eight walks over his last 10 games after walking only three times in his first 27 games.
Starter Blake Treinen earned his third win of the season with a strong start. In six innings, he allowed one run on four hits and two walks. The right-hander struck-out five. Justin Souza, Anthony Capra and Ryan Doolittle each threw a scoreless inning of relief to finish off the win.
Bees Hitters Swarm TimberRattlers In Win
The Burlington Bees collected eight runs and 11 hits in their 8-3 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Thursday. Wade Kirkland and Dusty Robinson each homered and had two hits and B.A. Vollmuth and Ryan Pineda also collected two hits. Kirkland had five RBIs.
Starter Raul Alcantara put together one of his best starts of the season. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits in six innings. After struggling with his command in his last outing (seven walks), Alcantara walked only one and he struck-out four in the win.
Nathan Kilcrease and Max Perlman combined to close out the victory. Kilcrease tossed two scoreless innings with four strike-outs and Perlman tossed a scoreless ninth inning with one strike-out. Neither reliever walked a batter.