Oakland A's MLN: Season Comes To Close

The 2014 minor league regular season came to a close on Monday. The Sacramento River Cats finished just short of the post-season, while two other Oakland A's affiliate tuned up for what they hope to be championship runs.

River Cats Finish Just Short

Needing a win to advance to the post-season, the Sacramento River Cats lost a heart-breaker to the Reno Aces to finish their 2014 season. In what is likely the last game for the River Cats as an affiliate of the Oakland A's, Sacramento dropped a 2-1, extra-inning decision to the Aces.

The River Cats and Aces came into the Monday matinee knowing that the winner of the game would take home the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Northern Division title. The game had a playoff atmosphere, with the pitching ruling the day.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth, when Reno scored off of Sacramento starter Arnold Leon. The River Cats would knot the game at 1 in the seventh when Shane Peterson scored on his own double when Reno committed two errors on the play. The double was Peterson's 40th of the year.

Sacramento and Reno remained tied at 1 until the top of the 10th. In that inning, Reno hit a lead-off double off of Sacramento closer Jeremy McBryde, who was in his second inning of work. McBryde looked like he was going to escape the inning, as he retired the next two batters without the runner advancing. He had Nick Ahmed down 0-2 but allowed the game-winning single on a groundball up the middle.

Sacramento had a chance to score in the bottom of the 10th. Zeke DeVoss walked to lead-off the inning and Alden Carrithers walked with one-out to give Sacramento runners at first and second. Daric Barton grounded into an inning-ending double-play, however, ending the River Cats' season.

Leon allowed just a run on five hits in six innings. He struck-out six and walked one. Seth Frankoff and Philip Humber each tossed a scoreless inning in relief of Leon.

Peterson finished the game with two hits and a .308/.381/.460 line in 137 games for Sacramento. In addition to the 40 doubles, he had a league-leading 167 hits (his teammate Nick Buss was second in the league with 162), as well as 11 homers, 90 RBI and 11 stolen bases.

A's Recall Rodriguez, Burns; Add Anderson; Activate Lowrie

On the first day of roster expansion, the A's, as we predicted earlier this month, added reliever Fernando Rodriguez, outfielder Billy Burns and a third catcher, in this case, the newly acquired Bryan Anderson. The A's also activated shortstop Jed Lowrie off of the disabled list.

Oakland is expected to recall first baseman Nate Freiman and left-hander Drew Pomeranz on Tuesday. Both players were assigned to Low-A Beloit last week so they could be brought back to Oakland when the Snappers' season ended.

RockHounds, Ports Drop Playoff Tune-ups

The Midland RockHounds and the Stockton Ports will continue their seasons on Wednesday when the Texas League and California League post-seasons begin. Both teams dropped their regular season finales on Monday.

Midland, which lost 7-0, missed out on an opportunity to win the second-half division title and will go into the playoffs as a wild card team. They take on the Frisco RoughRiders in a best-of-five series that will begin in Frisco on Wednesday and come to Midland on Friday.

Stockton, which lost 8-0, will take on the Visalia Rawhide in a best-of-three game series starting on Wednesday. Game one will be in Visalia. Game two and, if necessary, Game three will be in Stockton on Thursday and Friday.

Midland had a few roster moves before the Monday season finale, as Beloit starter Kyle Finnegan and third baseman Matt Chapman were promoted to Midland. Finnegan got the start and the loss on Monday. Finnegan allowed five runs in the first two innings before finding a bit of a groove. He finished his Double-A debut with seven runs allowed in 5.1 innings pitched. He struck-out six, walked one and allowed three homers.

Chapman, the A's top pick this season, replaced Jefry Marte on the roster. Marte landed on the DL with a strained oblique. Chapman went 0-for-3, as Midland managed just two hits in the shutout.

Stockton managed just four hits in their loss. Dylan Covey allowed seven runs in just three innings. Brendan McCurry made his Stockton debut after being promoted from Beloit on Sunday. He tossed a scoreless inning and finished his professional debut season with 14 hits allowed and a 37:3 K:BB in 28.2 innings pitched.

Boog Powell, reinstated from his suspension this weekend, had two hits and finished his 2014 season with a .343 average. Matt Olson and Renato Nunez did not homer in the game and finished the year with 37 and 29 homers, respectively. Olson led the Cal League in homers and walks, while teammate Daniel Robertson finished atop the league in hits and second in runs scored.

Beloit, Vermont Finish Seasons

The Beloit Snappers had a tough 2014 season, but they finished on an up-note, earning an 11-5 win over Wisconsin. Phil Pohl, Josh Ludy and Michael Soto all homered for the Snappers. Branden Cogswell scored three times, while B.J. Boyd and Luis Baez each had two-hit games. Sam Bragg earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

Vermont fell in its season-finale by a score of 3-2. Jose Brizuela and Seong-Min Kim each hit solo homers to account for the Lake Monsters' runs. Jerad Grundy allowed two runs in five innings, but was hung with the loss.

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