STOCKTON, CA - After a rough road trip and an opening homestand loss, the Stockton Ports needed a win on Sunday. The Ports got that needed victory, cruising to a 5-2 win behind a strong pitching performance from starter Vince Mazzaro. We have the details in photos inside...
All Photos By Chris Lockard/Scout.com
Stockton catchers David Castillo
(left) and John Brummett
(right) complete a ball handling drill before the Ports' game with Lancaster.
The always entertaining Justin Sellers
mugs for the camera before Sunday's game versus Lancaster.
Right-handed pitcher Luis Ramirez
rejoined the Ports' roster from Double-A Midland just before Sunday's game. He was available out of the bullpen on Sunday, but did not appear.
Newly acquired outfielder Jon Zeringue
warms-up before Sunday's game.
Mazzaro was very strong early. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning.
Lancaster starter Matt Goodson
allowed seven hits in only four innings, but he limited the damage to only three runs.
Goodson allowed two homers, while striking out four and walking two.
Stockton shortstop Justin Sellers connects on a lead-off double for the Ports. He would reach base three times on a double, a walk and on an error.
Stockton left fielder Steve Kleen
got the Ports off to a fast start with a first inning two-run homer.
Goodson watched Kleen's homer fly out of the ballpark.
The Ports celebrate Kleen's homer.
Stockton first baseman Tom Everidge
watches his solo homer fly out to left. It was Everidge's 18th of the year, the most of any A's minor leaguer.
Stockton second baseman Isaac Omura
helps Vince Mazzaro out of a jam by turning a nifty 6-4-3 double-play.
Mazzaro lasted six innings, allowing only two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out five.
Stockton shortstop Justin Sellers slides safely into second on a stolen base attempt. It was his eighth stolen base of the season.
Lancaster second baseman Steve Garrabrants
makes a nice scoop and a throw during Sunday's game. Garrabrants homered in the sixth inning, his first for Lancaster.
Stockton reliever Jeff Muessig
came on in the seventh inning with the Ports clinging to a 3-2 lead.
Muessig was outstanding in relief of Mazzaro, throwing two scoreless innings. He struck out three and walked one and allowed no hits.
Catcher David Castillo takes a big swing. Castillo went 0-4 on the day and is batting .220 for the Ports this season. He has spent time with every A's full-season affiliate this season.
Stockton DH Raul Padron
connects for a two-run double in the eighth inning. The double gave Stockton some late insurance and the RBIs were Padron's 32nd and 33rd of the season.
Stockton closer Patrick Currin
came on in the ninth inning to close out the game for Stockton.
Currin had struggled in his last two outings, but he was nails on Sunday night, working a quick scoreless ninth. He allowed only an infield single, which went off of his glove.
Patrick Currin and David Castillo celebrate the final out of Stockton's 5-2 win.