Oberacker Cycles A Win For Stockton
Chad Oberacker became the first Stockton Ports' hitter to complete a cycle since Conner Crumbliss accomplished the feat last August 30. Oberacker's big night came in the Ports' 9-1 win over the High Desert Mavericks.
Batting leadoff, Oberacker went 4-6 and he had four RBIs. He also scored twice. Oberacker's four-hit effort jumped his average with the Ports from .244 to .271. Between Low-A Burlington and High-A Stockton this season, Oberacker has five homeruns in 39 games.
Sean Murphy cruised in his second Cal League start. The right-hander, who carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of his Cal League debut last week, went eight innings to earn the win. He allowed a run on six hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out eight. He has 68 strike-outs and 18 walks in 65 innings between Burlington and Stockton this year.
Josh Whitaker had three hits and A.J. Kirby-Jones connected on his 11th homerun of the season to help pace the Ports' offense. It was Kirby-Jones' third homer in his last six games. Tony Thompson also had a two-hit night. He has four multi-hit games in his last seven games played.
News And Notes
- Sean Doolittle has made it back to Triple-A, three years after he injured his knee playing the outfield for the Sacramento River Cats. Doolittle, now a reliever, was promoted to Triple-A on Tuesday, taking the place of Neil Wagner in the River Cats' bullpen. Wagner was claimed off of waivers by the San Diego Padres earlier this week. Doolittle made his Triple-A pitching debut on Tuesday and he allowed a hit and a walk in 1.2 innings pitched. The lefty struck-out four. On the season - which has now spanned High-A, Double-A and Triple-A - Doolittle has struck-out 44 and walked seven in 23 innings. He has allowed only eight hits and two earned runs.
- The red-hot Brandon Hicks won Tuesday night's game for Sacramento with a walk-off, two-run homer in the ninth inning. Hicks now has six homers on the season and an 863 OPS. His OPS in May is 994.
- Yoenis Cespedes had a solid second rehab game for the Sacramento River Cats on Tuesday. He technically went 2-4 at the plate against the Fresno Grizzlies, although one of his "outs" was actually a double that was ruled a put-out when an umpire called that Cespedes missed touching first base on his way to second.
- Ports' left-hander Jake Brown was named the Cal League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 21-27. Brown has a 2.13 ERA and a 32:4 K:BB ratio in 38 innings for Stockton this season.
- Michael Ynoa's rehab continues to move along slowly. The 6'6'' right-hander suffered a set-back in his rehab from Tommy John surgery earlier this month when he experienced shoulder soreness. He has yet to pitch off a mound since that time and has been limited to throwing off of flat ground. The A's had hoped a healthy Ynoa would get a full short-season in for either the AZL A's or the Vermont Lake Monsters, but this set-back puts that plan in jeopardy.
- Infielder Chris Bostick, the only high school draft pick signed by the A's last season, was having a solid extended spring training, but he has been sidelined recently after breaking his nose sliding into second base. He is expected to suit up for Vermont later this year once he is healthy.
- A.J. Cole put together arguably his best start of the season on Tuesday and he earned his first win of the year. Cole, who was sent down from High-A to Low-A Burlington last week, went six innings in his second Midwest League start. He allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks and he struck-out seven. Max Perlman earned the save in the Bees' 7-2 win with three shut-out innings to lower his ERA to 3.00. Royce Consigli finished a homer short of the cycle, Zhi Fang Pan had three RBIs, Nick Rickles had two hits and two runs scored, and Aaron Shipman reached base three times with two hits and a walk in the win over Clinton.