Sacramento Ends Season On Up Note
It is a rare year in the Pacific Coast League that one of the post-season teams isn't the Sacramento River Cats, but this year is one of those seasons. The 2013 season was hardly a failure for the River Cats, however. Sacramento finished the year with a 9-6 win over the Tacoma Rainiers that left the River Cats with a 79-65 record for the season. The River Cats finished just two games out of a playoff spot.
Arnold Leon got the win for the River Cats on Monday. Leon allowed four runs in nine hits in five innings. He struck-out four and walked two. Pat Neshek and Evan Scribner each had scoreless innings in relief and Brian Gordon picked up his team-record 23rd save with a scoreless ninth. In addition to his 23 saves, Gordon finishes the year with a 66:9 K:BB in 63 innings.
The Sacramento offense had 13 hits and two walks. The River Cats were led by Anthony Aliotti (three hits), Jake Goebbert (a two-run homer and a walk) and a rehabbing Derek Norris (two hits, including a homerun). The homerun was Norris' second in the past two days. He has six hits in 14 at-bats in his rehab stint.
A's top prospect Addison Russell was sent to Sacramento for the final three games of the season. He picked up his first Triple-A hit of his career on Monday. He went 1-for-13 with nine strike-outs in three games for the River Cats.
Midland Finishes Season With A Win
The Midland RockHounds pounded out a 5-3 win over the Frisco RoughRiders to finish off their season with a 62-78 record. Drew Granier earned the win with six strong innings. He scattered eight hits and allowed three runs. Granier struck-out three and walked two. He finished his first stint in Double-A with a 5.23 ERA in 72.1 innings.
Brett Hunter (two scoreless innings) and Jesus Castillo (a scoreless ninth) finished off the win for Granier. Tyler Ladendorf went 2-for-3, while Vinnie Catricala homered and had two hits. Conner Crumbliss reached base three times with a hit and two walks. D'Arby Myers, whose hit streak came to an end over the weekend at 33 games, went hitless, but he finished the second half of the season with a .295 average.
Ports Fall In Season Finale
Tanner Peters was hung with the loss after he allowed two runs in four innings of work. He struck-out five and walked one. Peters finished the year with a 159:27 K:BB in 165.2 innings for the Ports.
Stockton managed only five hits in the game. Wade Kirkland had the team's only extra-base hit, a double.
Beloit Readies For The Post-Season
The Beloit Snappers dropped a 3-2 decision to Quad Cities on Monday, but they have bigger things on their minds, as the Snappers begin their quest for a Midwest League title on Wednesday.
Deyvi Jimenez was tagged for three runs on six hits in 3.2 innings and he was hung with the loss. Vincent Voiro (1.1 innings), Sam Bragg (1 inning), Chris Lamb (1 inning) and Austin House (1 inning) finished off the game.
Choice, Weeks, Parrino, Figueroa Join The A's
The A's called up three players on Sunday when rosters expanded to 40. Michael Choice, Jemile Weeks, Andy Parrino and Pedro Figueroa were the four who got the call. The A's may call-up more players this week, as the full-season minor league campaigns have come to an end.
Choice made his major league debut on Monday as the DH in the A's 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers. He walked in his first major league at-bat and later in the game scored a run when he reached on an error and came around on a Coco Crisp homerun. Choice also lined out in his final at-bat of the game. He DHed on Monday, but he may see time in the corner outfield spots later this month. Choice hit .302/.390/.445 with 14 homers and 89 RBI during his first season at the Triple-A level.
Parrino joins the A's for his second stint this season. The infielder was the top defensive player on the River Cats this season and he figures to be used in late-game situations as a defensive replacement. Parrino was acquired this past off-season from the San Diego Padres.
Weeks and Figueroa returned to the A's for the first time in 2013 after they spent much of the 2012 season with the A's. Neither have appeared in a game with the A's since their call-ups. Weeks hit .271/.376/.369 with 17 stolen bases in 130 games for the River Cats, while Figueroa had a 4.10 ERA and a 49:33 K:BB in 59.1 innings for Sacramento.
Catcher Luke Montz, who has been on the Sacramento DL with a shoulder injury, was designated for assignment to make room for Choice on the A's 40-man roster.