Ports Win Final Game In Walk-Off Fashion
Michael Gilmartin hit a walk-off single to push the Stockton Ports to a come-from-behind victory in their final game of the 2012 season.
Despite not having a base-runner until the fifth inning, the Ports managed to overcome an early 4-0 deficit to defeat the Visalia Oaks by a score of 5-4.
Stockton managed only five hits in the game, but they were all loud ones. Yordy Cabrera (3), Dusty Robinson (18) and Chad Oberacker (13) all homered. The Ports other two hits were Gilmartin's game-winner and Ryan Ortiz's first triple of the year. Stockton collected four walks.
Nate Long got the start and he allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits in five innings. Long struck-out six and walked none. Drew Gagnier, T.J. Walz and Blake Treinen combined to toss four scoreless innings of relief. Treinen was credited with the win.
The Ports finished the year with a 56-84 record. Robinson finished the year with 27 homeruns between Burlington and Stockton, making him the A's minor league leader in that category.
Midland's Season Ends With Extra-Inning Win
The Midland Rockhounds finished their 2012 campaign with a 2-1 win in 10 innings. Paul Smyth, Brett Hunter, Jonathan Ortiz and Gary Daley, Jr. combined to hold the Frisco RoughRiders to eight hits and one run in 10 innings. They struck-out 10 RoughRiders.
The Rockhounds had seven hits, with Jeremy Barfield and Beau Taylor each collecting two. Conner Crumbliss connected on his career-high 10th homerun in the 10th inning to give the Rockhounds the win. He finished second in the Texas League in OBP with a .414 mark and first in walks with 120. The next highest walk total in the league was 88.
Burlington Heading To The Post-Season
Despite losing both ends of a double-header on Monday, the Burlington Bees' ticket to the post-season was punched when the Kane County Cougars lost to Peoria. Burlington will take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the best-of-three first-round Midwest League playoff series.
The series will begin on Wednesday in Burlington. Games two and three (if necessary) will take place in Appleton, Wisconsin. A.J. Cole is scheduled to make the Game One start for the Bees. Cole went 6-3 with a 2.07 ERA with a 102:19 K:BB ratio in 95.2 innings.
The Bees will be looking to turnaround their late-season play. They lost the last six games of the regular season.
Sacramento Looks To Post-Season
The Sacramento River Cats lost their regular season finale to the Salt Lake Bees by a score of 16-9. Despite the loss, Sacramento finished the season with an 86-58 record, the best in the PCL.
The River Cats will take on the Reno Aces in a best-of-five first-round series starting on Wednesday in Sacramento.
Sonny Gray made his Triple-A debut on Monday and he allowed four earned runs on 10 hits in four innings. Brad Peacock was activated off of the disabled list and he made an appearance in relief of Gray. Peacock had been on the DL with a bruised elbow after being struck by a line drive in his last start.
Vermont With Two More Games To Go
The Vermont Lake Monsters are the last A's affiliate to still be playing in the regular season. The A's short-season affiliate lost a 3-2 decision to Aberdeen on Monday. They have two more games at Aberdeen before their 2012 season comes to a close.
Austin Booker had two hits for the Lake Monsters. Brent Powers struck-out six in seven solid innings of work, but he was hung with the tough-luck loss. Ryan Dull, who finished off the Lake Monsters' no-hitter on Saturday night, tossed two more innings of hitless baseball on Monday and lowered his ERA to 2.84 for the Lake Monsters.