Stassi Remains Red-Hot
Stockton catcher Max Stassi continued his torrid streak with another big game on Thursday night. He homered for the second straight game and drove-in four. He has six homers in his last 11 games and 13 in 72 games this year. He was the Cal League's player of the week last week. All he has done for an encore this week is go 5-for-10 with two homers and seven RBIs.
Anderson Takes Another Step In Rehab
Oakland A's left-hander Brett Anderson made his second rehab start, this one coming for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. Anderson took the mound on Thursday, five days after making a start for High-A Stockton. Anderson went four innings in his outing for the River Cats.
Anderson made 53 pitches over his four innings, 35 of them being strikes. He didn't strike-out any batters, but he didn't walk any either. Anderson allowed a solo homerun and four runs in total on seven hits. According to River Cats' broadcaster Johnny Doskow, Anderson hit 96 MPH on at least one fastball.
Anderson is recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent midway through last season.
Other News and Notes
- The A's released veteran reliever Chris Ray on Thursday. Ray had recently been signed by the A's as minor league free agent and was pitching for Sacramento. He allowed four runs on seven hits and six walks in six innings. Ray struck-out six.
- The River Cats defeated the Salt Lake Bees on Thursday in the game that Anderson started. Shane Peterson, starting in left field, had his best game since joining the River Cats from Double-A Midland. He went 4-for-4 with a homer and a double and three RBIs. Michael Taylor also homered (10) and drove-in four. Josh Donaldson had three hits and Anthony Recker collected two. Travis Banwart earned the win by allowing two runs in three innings in relief of Anderson.
- Reynaldo Mateo made a strong impression in his debut with short-season Vermont. The catcher, who was promoted yesterday from the A's Rookie League club, had a homer and a double in his first two at-bats as a Lake Monster. He drove-in two. Mateo had a .400/.419/.760 line with five homers in 19 games with the AZL A's.
- John Wooten homered for Vermont on Thursday, as well. The A's 2012 37th-round pick has eight RBIs over his last four games. The East Carolina alum has a .303/.331/.451 line in 36 games for the Lake Monsters.
- 2012 first-round picks Addison Russell (5) and Matt Olson (4) both homered for the AZL A's on Thursday night, continuing their strong debuts. Russell went 2-for-5, but actually saw his batting average go down to .438. Olson also had two hits and is now batting .310. Renato Nunez raised his average to .368 with two hits of his own.
- Michael Ynoa made the start for the AZL A's. He tossed three scoreless innings, walking two and striking out one. Ynoa picked off a batter and hit a batter, as well. It was the longest outing of Ynoa's season. He has now thrown 10 innings in six outings. That innings total exceeds his career total coming into the season (nine). According to OaklandClubhouse's Arizona League correspondent Kimberly Contreras, Ynoa's fastball reached 95 MPH on Thursday.
- Gregory Paulino struck-out five in five innings in relief of Ynoa. The 19-year-old Dominican right-hander has now struck-out 31 in 32.2 innings for the AZL A's this season.
- Stockton Ports collected 15 hits in their 14-3 drubbing of the Visalia Oaks on Thursday. Michael Gilmartin had three hits and Stassi, Mitchell LeVier, Ryan Pineda, Tony Thompson and Myrio Richard each had two hits. Ian Krol threw two scoreless innings in his second straight relief appearance. He has thrown four scoreless innings since being moved to the bullpen to limit his innings for the season. Krol missed virtually all of last season. He has 82.2 innings on the year. Blake Hassebrock earned his first win since April by allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings.
- Josh Horton had two hits, but the Midland Rockhounds were blanked, 6-0, by the Frisco RoughRiders. Horton is batting .344 for the month of July.