Jensen An All-Star
Right-hander Chris Jensen was named to the Texas League's post-season All-Star team on Thursday. Jensen, acquired from the Colorado Rockies over the off-season, has had a strong first year as a member of the A's organization.
Jensen started for Midland on Thursday. Although he was hung with the loss, Jensen pitched very well, allowing just two runs on six hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck-out six. On the year, Jensen has a 3.14 ERA in 160.1 innings. He has allowed just three homeruns and has held opposing batters to a .246 average.
Ports Continue To Roll
The Stockton Ports have already clinched a spot in the post-season, but they are still racking up big wins. On Thursday, they pounded the Bakersfield Blaze, 11-2, in the final home game of the regular season. Tyler Marincov homered twice and Jaycob Brugman connected on a longball in the win. Every Ports' hitter had at least one hit. Chad Pinder had two doubles and four RBI.
The homers were Marincov's first two for Stockton and his 17th and 18th overall this season. He is now batting .347 since his promotion from Low-A Beloit. Brugman connected on his 13th homerun for Stockton and 21st overall for the year. Brugman also had an outfield assist.
Tim Alderson earned the win by allowing one earned run in five innings. He struck-out seven. Blake Hassebrock (two innings), Kris Hall and Nolan Sanburn combined for four shutout innings to close out the win. It was the Ports' 82nd victory of the season.
River Cats Fall to Aces
The Sacramento River Cats fell into a tie for first with the Reno Aces when they dropped a 9-4 decision. Daric Barton homered twice in a game for the first time since 2010, but it wasn't enough to overcome an early 8-0 deficit. Sacramento holds the tie-breaker over Reno and needs to win two of the next four games to clinch the division title.
Deck McGuire allowed eight runs in the first two innings and nine overall in a seven-inning start. He allowed two homers and 10 hits. In addition to Barton, Nick Buss had a strong game at the plate, doubling twice. Billy Burns had two hits and now has eight hits over his last four games. He had nine hits in his first 20 games at the Triple-A level.
AZL A's Finish Season
The A's Rookie League squad finished off their season with a win over the Chicago Cubs by a score of 6-3. After a slow start to the year, the AZL A's finished just a game below .500 at 26-27.
Rehabbing catcher Luke Montz had a monster game, homering three times. Montz, who has been rehabbing all season from a shoulder injury that required surgery, had four homers over the past two games.
Carlos Navas earned the win with a strong start. He allowed just two runs in six innings. He struck-out five and walked one. Navas, 22, finished his second season in the AZL with a 3.30 ERA and a 61:20 K:BB. Jesus Rivas notched his seventh save with a scoreless ninth. In just his second year as a pitcher, the former position player had a 2.78 ERA in 22.2 innings.
Vermont Falls to Staten Island
The Vermont Lake Monsters were routed by the Staten Island Yankees, 9-1, on Thursday night. Vermont took an early 1-0 lead on a first-inning homer by Yairo Munoz, but the Yankees scored three times in the bottom of the first and cruised to the win.
The homer was Munoz's fifth of the year. The 19-year-old came into this season known more for his glove than his bat, but he has been surprisingly effective as a hitter this season. Through Thursday, he has a .299/.322/.451 line in 244 at-bats. He has walked just seven times, but Munoz hasn't struck-out a lot for a player of his age (39) and he has shown some power. Munoz also has 13 steals (although he has been caught six times). The native of the Dominican was named the Vermont team MVP earlier this week.