River Cats Hold On; Cespedes Begins Rehab
The Sacramento River Cats jumped out to an early 6-1 lead and overcame some late-game drama to earn a 6-5 win over the Salt Lake Bees on Thursday night.
A's OF Yoenis Cespedes began his rehab assignment. He is expected to return to the A's on Sunday, barring any setbacks with his injured left hand. Cespedes had four at-bats in the game and he went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He was the DH in the game.
RHP Sonny Gray got the start for Sacramento and he was solid over six innings. Gray allowed a run on eight hits and two walks. He struck-out five. Gray moved to 2-1 on the season with a 3.27 ERA.
Reliever Hideki Okajima worked a scoreless seventh, but then things got interesting in the eighth when Brian Gordon allowed a grandslam. That made the game 6-5. Danny Otero worked a quick 1-2-3 ninth inning to squelch the drama and secure the win. The save was Otero's fifth of the season. He has yet to allow a run this season.
Smith Paces RockHounds In Shutout Win
RHP Murphy Smith tossed six scoreless innings and Paul Smyth and Kyler Newby combined to keep Corpus Christi off the board for the final three innings to give the Midland RockHounds a shutout win over the Hooks.
On offense, Jeremy Barfield hit his fourth homerun of the season and Darwin Perez had three hits in the 6-0 victory. Dusty Coleman also had two hits. Normally a shortstop, Coleman got the start at second base on Thursday.
Smith scattered six hits and two walks over his six frames. He struck-out four and lowered his ERA to 2.20. He is now 3-2 on the season. Smyth allowed only a walk in two scoreless innings. He struck-out two. Newby finished off the game with a scoreless ninth.
Ports Drop A Pitchers' Duel
It is a rare night when the bats aren't sizzling in Visalia, but Thursday was one of those nights. The Ports managed only a solo homerun by B.A. Vollmuth in a 3-1 loss to the Rawhide.
RHP Drew Granier had a solid start, but he was hung with the tough-luck loss. He allowed two runs in five innings on five hits. Granier did walk four, but he struck-out nine. He has now struck-out 19 over his last 10 innings pitched. Pedro Vidal, sent back to Stockton today after spending a week on the Sacramento roster, worked two scoreless innings in relief. Jonathan Joseph allowed a run in the eighth, only the second run he has allowed all year.
Nunez, Olson Lead Snappers To Win
Third baseman Renato Nunez cracked his fourth homerun of the season and Matt Olson reached base four times in Beloit's 7-4 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks. The win moved the Snappers to a game above .500 at 9-8 on the season.
The Snappers jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and cruised to the win. Beloit had nine hits and nine walks and they combined to steal three bases.
RHP Michael Ynoa got the start and he was effective in three innings. He allowed only two hits and he struck-out three. It was Ynoa's first start without issuing a walk. Dakota Bacus took over for Ynoa in the fourth and earned the win. He wasn't as sharp as he has been for most of the season, but the right-hander was still able to strike-out six in four innings. He walked one, allowed eight hits and three runs.
Nunez finished 2-for-5 with the homer, a double and two RBI and he is now batting .327 on the season. Olson had three hits and a walk and he stole his first base of the season. Every Snappers' hitter reached base safely at least once.
A's 2012 supplemental first-round pick Daniel Robertson will be joining the Snappers on Friday. He had been at extended spring training for the first three weeks of the season.