Chapman Drives-In Six
Oakland A's 2014 first-round pick Matt Chapman slugged a grandslam and a double and drove-in six in the Beloit Snappers' 9-6 win over the Quad Cities Bandits. The homer was Chapman's fifth of the season. He is batting .250/.291/.423 in 156 at-bats for the Snappers.
Phil Pohl and Luis Baez each had two hits, while Branden Cogswell walked three times and singled. Baez was also hit by a pitch. Kyle Finnegan got the win, his seventh of the year. He allowed three runs in five innings.
Five Ports Honored
The California League announced its post-season awards and there were plenty of Stockton Ports on the list. Matt Olson, Renato Nunez and Seth Streich were named Cal League Post-Season All-Star. Manager Ryan Christenson was tabbed the league's Manager of the Year and John Wasdin took home the Pitching Coach of the Year award.
Stockton is 78-53 and are owners of the best overall record in the Cal League this season.
Ports Pound Quakes, Perez
The Stockton Ports scored seven runs in the first inning -- including five in one-third of an inning against rehabbing Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Chris Perez -- in an 8-3 against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Matt Olson finished a homer short of the cycle (the triple was his first of the season). He remains three homers away from tying Chris Carter for the Ports' franchise lead. He reached the 90-RBI plateau with two runs driven-in in the game. Daniel Robertson and Chad Pinder each had two hits. Pinder also stole a base. Renato Nunez had two RBI, raising his season total to 95.
Gentry Returns; Otero Sent Down
Outfielder Craig Gentry was activated off of the A's disabled list after a brief rehab assignment with the Sacramento River Cats. Gentry started in the A's 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night, and he had an infield hit and a walk in three official at-bats.
To make room for Gentry, the A's sent down reliever Dan Otero. It was somewhat of a surprise move, given that Otero has been one of the best middle relievers in the American League this season. In 71 innings for the A's, Otero has a 2.28 ERA and he has walked just nine batters. Otero was one of the few A's relievers with options remaining, however, and Oakland didn't want to send down first baseman Nate Freiman with several left-handed starters on the upcoming schedule.
Otero will need to remain in the minor leagues for at least 10 days, so he will be eligible to return to Oakland on September 1 when rosters expand.
Vermont Wins Third Straight
Jerad Grundy allowed a run in six innings. He struck-out three, walked one and allowed five hits. Dominique Vattuone, Fernando Cruzado and Koby Gauna each tossed a scoreless inning to close out the game. Gauna earned his 10th save.
Coleman Homers Twice In Win
Dusty Coleman hit two homers -- including a grandslam -- and Hiro Nakajima homered late in the game to pace the Midland RockHounds in their 10-8 victory over Corpus Christi.
Coleman now has 17 homers on the season. D'Arby Myers doubled twice and had three hits. Kent Matthes added two hits, including a double. Ryan Dull earned the save with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. He struck-out three.
A's Blank Mariners
The A's offense was efficient, scoring six runs on 10 hits and three walks. Shawn Duinkerk, Robert Martinez, Miguel Mercedes and Edwin Diaz each had two hits. Mercedes hit a solo homer and drove-in three. The homer was the first of the 18-year-old's minor league career.
River Cats Lose To Memphis
The Sacramento offense was quiet in the River Cats' 4-1 loss to the Memphis Redbirds. The River Cats managed just four hits and two walks.