Going into game play on Monday, the Sacramento River Cats sat two games back of the Las Vegas 51s for first place in the PCL's Pacific Southern Division. The 51s' magic number for winning the division is eight, meaning any combination of eight wins by Las Vegas or losses by the River Cats will eliminate Sacramento from the post-season.
The River Cats begin an important series against the Fresno Grizzlies in Sacramento on Monday night. Meanwhile, Las Vegas has a double-header at Colorado Springs on Monday. After the River Cats finish their four-game homeset against Fresno, they travel to Tacoma for a four-game set to end the season.
The Midland Rockhounds will be playing out the string for the final week-plus of the season, as they have been eliminated from post-season contention. The A's Double-A affiliate is 25-37 thus far this second half and are 58-74 on the season.
The Stockton Ports will also see their season end when the California League regular season concludes on September 2nd. Stockton is 28-34 during the second half and 66-66 overall for the season.
The Beloit Snappers earned a post-season berth with a big first half of the season that saw them win the Midwest League's Western Division. Beloit has struggled some in the second half, but they have been playing well of late, winning six of their last seven games. The Snappers are 73-59 on the season and they will have homefield advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Under Midwest League rules, they will have the option of choosing to host game one or games two and three of the best-of-three first round.
The Vermont Lake Monsters are in a precarious position to make the New York-Penn League post-season, as they carry an elimination number of one for the division title and two for the wild card into game action on Monday night. The Lake Monsters are 29-36 on the season.
The A's Arizona Rookie League team has also been eliminated from post-season contention. The AZL A's are 24-29 on the season.
Other News and Notes
-- Infielder Dusty Coleman has been promoted from Double-A to Triple-A, the Midland RockHounds' announced on Monday. As of the writing of this article, no corresponding moves on the Midland or Sacramento rosters had been announced. Coleman may be set to replace Daric Barton in Sacramento if Barton is promoted to Oakland to take the place of an injured Josh Reddick. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported this weekend that Barton would be the likely replacement for Reddick if Reddick had to land on the disabled list with an injured wrist he re-aggravated over the weekend in Baltimore. Coleman has put together a nice season with Midland, his second at the level. In 130 games, he posted a .260/.344/.390 line with 17 stolen bases. Coleman is a strong defensive infielder who can play at second, short and third base.
-- Outfielder Michael Choice and catcher Stephen Vogt have been named to the Pacific Coast League's post-season All-Star team. Choice has a .300/.386/.443 line in 126 games this season, his first at the Triple-A level. He has 14 homeruns and 88 RBI. Vogt has been with the A's for the past few weeks, but he had a .324/.398/.547 line in 296 at-bats with the River Cats before his promotion. The team is selected by votes from PCL field managers and media.
-- First basemen Anthony Aliotti and Max Muncy were two of the hottest players in the A's organization for the first three-plus months of the season. Both were promoted to new levels in July and both initially struggled after the promotions. However, both players have been hot again recently. Aliotti is batting .432/.500/.514 over his past 10 games. He has nine RBI during that stretch. For the season between Midland and Sacramento, Aliotti has a .328/.422/.487 line. Muncy hit only .182 in July with Midland, but he has a .273/.352/.455 line in August with the RockHounds. He has a 900 OPS over his last 10 games and has seven extra-base hits over that stretch. For the year between Stockton and Midland, Muncy has a .269/.377/.462 line with 23 homers, 94 RBI and an 83:96 BB:K.
-- Top A's prospect Addison Russell is finishing his first full professional season with a flourish. He has a .317/.440/.585 line over his last 10 games and a 1000 OPS since the Cal League All-Star break. For the year, Russell has a .279/.371/.519 line with 29 doubles, 10 triples, 17 homers and 17 stolen bases.
-- Fellow 2013 first-round picks Matt Olson and Daniel Robertson are also putting together good finishes to their first full professional seasons. Olson has a .325 average over his last 10 games and he has connected on five homeruns. Olson has a team-best 22 homeruns this year and he has knocked in 87 runs. Robertson homered twice on Sunday and he has a .357/.417/.548 line over his last 10 games. Robertson is batting .322 with a 914 OPS in August. He has nine homeruns and a .279/.353/.407 line for Beloit this season.
-- Midland's D'Arby Myers has been sitting on a 28-game hitting streak this weekend, as he missed the past two games with a sore ankle.