STOCKTON, CA -- The Stockton Ports rolled to their second victory of the 2008 season on Saturday night behind the strong left arm of starter Brett Anderson. The Ports never trailed in the game and cruised to a 4-2 win over rival Modesto on alumni night at Stockton's Banner Island Ballpark. We have photos from the game inside.
All photos by Chris Lockard/Scout.com
Opening Day starter Fautino De Los Santos shagged balls in the outfield during batting practice.
It was alumni day in Stockton, and former Ports star and major league 20-game winner Ernie Broglio was one of the alums on-hand. Broglio is perhaps best known for being traded by the Cardinals for Lou Brock. Ports' fans received a commemorative statue of Broglio's time with Stockton.
Sunday starter Trevor Cahill
walks to the dugout before the game with his charts to prepare for his first start of the season. Cahill is the youngest pitcher in the Ports' youthful rotation.
got the start on Saturday, his first of the season. The 20-year-old left-hander was efficient and effective for Stockton. He allowed only three hits in six innings, and only one of those hits left the infield.
Anderson kept the Stockton infielders busy on Saturday. Shortstop Josh Horton
makes the play on a grounder up the middle. Anderson recorded eight outs on the ground in his six innings and all three hits were on groundballs.
watches as his long flyball is caught at the warning track in the first inning on Saturday. Doolittle flied out deep twice in the game and he finished the day 1-4 with two RBIs. Doolittle already has five RBIs on the young season.
awaits a pitch on Saturday. Carter popped up twice to second, only to see both dropped for errors. He is off to a bit of a slow start to the year, batting .083 in three games.
The first of the dropped Carter pop-ups came in the first inning when Geoff Strickland
couldn't handle the high flyball.
Horton, who had walked, came all the way around to score from first on Carter's dropped pop-up to give the Ports a 1-0 first inning lead. The Ports would never trail in the game.
Catcher Matt Smith
made his first start of the season on Saturday. Smith went 1-3 and scored a run in his 2008 debut.
Second baseman Mike Affronti
makes one of the eight groundball putouts behind Anderson.
Modesto knuckleball starter Simon Ferrer
was in trouble throughout the game, but he managed to escape being completely roughed up. He allowed only four runs despite giving up eight hits and four walks and watching his fielders give up three errors in five innings.
Part of the reason that the Ports didn't score more runs off of Ferrer was that they made five outs on the basepaths. Jermaine Mitchell
was one of two Ports to be picked-off on Saturday.
Sean Doolittle makes a flip to first base for the out. Later in the game, Doolittle made a nice running catch on a foul pop-up.
Anderson was brilliant in his first start as a member of the A's organization. The lefty didn't allow a runner past second base in six innings and he gave up only four baserunners. Anderson struck-out six batters, all six swinging.
After a rough start to the 2007 season, Matt Sulentic
is off to a good beginning to his 2008 campaign. The Ports outfielder went 1-2 with a walk on Saturday and is batting .286. He has reached base five times in three games.
Anderson exited after the sixth inning and James Heuser
took over in the seventh. He allowed two runs in his frame, cutting the Ports' lead in half. Heuser struck-out the side, but allowed three consecutive hits (two of the bloop variety) to bring in two runs. Patrick Currin
(above) came on in the eighth inning to try to keep the Ports' 4-2 lead. He worked a scoreless inning, striking out one batter.
Jermaine Mitchell reached base twice on Saturday with a hit and a walk. The Ports centerfielder has reached base four times in two games.
Stockton manager Darren Bush went to Andrew Carignan
to close out the game in the ninth inning. Carignan is one of four Ports' relievers with extensive experience closing (Currin, Sam Demel
and Derrick Gordon
are the others).
Carginan was dominant in his one frame. He struck out the first two batters with high-90s heat. Stockton pitchers combined to strike-out 12 Modesto Nuts
while walking only one on Saturday.
The final out of the game was recorded on an infield pop-out. Horton squeezes the ball to end the game and give Carignan his first save of 2008.