Ports Comeback and Defeat the Rawhide Late in Game

The Stockton Ports scored 5 times in the last 2 innings to sink the Rawhide 6 to 2 on Thursday evening. Renato Nunez was the offensive star as he went 2 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBIs. Wade Kirkland chipped in his 1st home run of the year in the 3rd inning off the Diamondback No. 3 prospect Aaron Blair. Matt Olson blasted his 7th home run of the season in the 8th inning.

Josh Bowman started for the Ports and had his first quality start of the season. He pitched 6 strong innings striking out 6 batters. The only blemish on the start was a 2-run home run hit by Brandon Jacobs in the second inning. After the home run Josh retired the next 13 batters he faced.

On Friday the Ports will travel to Modesto to begin a 3 game set against the Modesto Nuts. Game time will be at 7:05 p.m. at John Thurman Field.

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Ports Corral the Rawhide in 4-3 Victory

For the first time in the month of May the Stockton Ports are victorious. On Wednesday night the Ports defeated the Visalia Rawhide by a score of 4 to 3. The deciding blow came in the 8th inning as Ryon Healy drove in Renato Nunez with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Jeremy Barfield earned his 2nd victory of the season striking out 3 in his 2 innings of relief despite blowing the save and giving up 3 home runs. Tucker Healy came on in the 8th and pitched 2 scoreless frames to collect his 3rd save of the season. All 6 outs Healy got came via the strikeout, giving him 24 in 14.1 innings pitched this season.

Daniel Robertson raised his season average to .275 after going 3 for 5 with a double and a home run.

The Stockton Ports wrap up the 4 game series with the Visalia Rawhide on Thursday. Josh Bowman (0-4, 8.05 ERA) will take the mound for the Ports as he looks to snap out of his early season struggles. He will be opposed by Arizona Diamondbacks No. 3 prospect Aaron Blair who will be making his Cal League debut for the Rawhide. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Recreation Ballpark in Visalia, CA.

Ports Extinguish Blaze’s Hot Start

On Monday night the Stockton Ports (3-2) handed the Bakersfield Blaze (4-1) their first loss of the 2014 season. The Ports won by a score of 4 to 1 at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield. The Blaze were held to only 2 hits in the first of 28 meetings between the 2 teams this season.

Seth Streich started for Stockton and pitched 5 strong innings. Bakersfield’s only run came in the 5th inning when Marquez Smith hit an RBI double off Streich scoring Kyle Waldrop. Tucker Healy and Nolan Sanburn both pitched 2 scoreless inning securing the victory for Streich.

Stockton’s offense provided 10 hits Monday night. Oakland Athleteics No. 3 Prospect Daniel Robertson led the charge going 2 for 5 raising his average to an impressive .450 in the first 5 games. Chad Pinder, Dusty Robinson and Bruce Maxwell each hit a home run.

This series continues Tuesday night at 7:15 p.m. in Bakersfield as Josh Bowman (0-0, 3.00 ERA) will take the mound for the Ports.

Ports bats come alive, shell Nuts 10-3

On Sunday night the Stockton Ports found life in their bats as the pounded out 15 hits on their way to crushing the Modesto Nuts 10 to 3.  Bobby Crocker, 2 for 5 with a triple and a home run, and Dusty Robinson, 4 for 5 with a double and a home run led the charge for Stockton.

The starting pitcher for the Ports was Michael Ynoa.  They treated this start like a rehab start scheduling Michael to pitch 2 to 3 innings, throwing around 30 pitches.  He is still working his way back from a shoulder injury that occurred a couple of weeks ago.  Michael pitched 2 strong innings throwing 29 pitches striking out 4 batters.  Josh Bowman came on in relief and pitched the final 7 innings earning his 7th win of the season while striking out 5.  This was yet another quality start from Josh who is 3-0 in his last 4 starts.

Tony Thompson, Bruce Maxwell and Wade Kirkland each chipped in 2 hits out of Stockton’s 15 hits.  The only Port to not get a hit on Sunday was Antonio Lamas.  He did get on base with a walk in the 6th inning.  Antonio also hit a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning to drive in Bobby Crocker.  Still it was a productive game for Stockton’s 2nd baseman.

The season concludes on Monday as the Ports face the Nuts one last time.  Tanner Peters (12-7) is on the mound for the Ports as Ben Alsup (12-8) takes the hill for the Nuts.

On a personal note:  This game was sadly my last Stockton Ports game of the season.  I can’t wait until next season Stockton.  Let’s Go Ports!

Tanner Peters Dominant Again

For the 2nd time this month Stockton Ports pitcher Tanner Peters dominated the opposing lineup.   On Wednesday night Tanner held the Bakersfield Blaze hitless through the 1st 5 innings.  He even kept the Blaze off the bases until he gave up a leadoff walk to Juan Duran to start the 5 inning.  Juan was promptly erased on one of the more spectacular defensive plays of the season.  Kyle Waldrop popped out to shortstop Addison Russell who made a sliding catch and then threw back to the first baseman Tony Thompson to complete the amazing double play.

The no hitter was broken up in the bottom of the 6th inning when Yovan Gonzalez led off with a single on a fly ball to right field.  Tanner would go on to retire then next 3 batters to end the inning.  He remained in command until the bottom of the 8th inning.  Danny Vicioso led off the inning with a home run to center field.  After retiring Yovan Gonzalez on a ground ball to Addison Russell, Juan Perez would homer to center field.  Tanner would be replaced by Seth Frankoff after giving up a single to Brent Peterson.  Michael Ynoa fresh off the disabled list comes in to pitch the 9th inning and collect the first save of his professional career.

All in all it was a good outing, until the 8th inning, for Tanner Peters who improved his record to 12-7 with a 4.06 ERA.  Coming on the heels of the complete game pitched by Josh Bowman last night, the Stockton Ports rotation is finally showing signs of life.  It’s too bad it comes at the end of the season.

Josh Bowman Pitches Complete Game

For the 1st time since 2007 a Stockton Ports pitcher pitched a 9 inning complete game.  Right hander Josh Bowman faced a mere 32 batters (5 over the minimum) in a complete game victory against the Bakersfield Blaze on Tuesday night. The Ports won the game by the final score of 3 to 1.

In the game Josh compiled 7 strikeouts and gave up 5 hits.  Josh was in command of his pitches as he did not walk a batter.  His performance gave the exhausted Stockton Ports bullpen a much needed break.

On the year Josh is 8-7 with a 5.35 ERA.  He began the season pitching for AA Midland RockHounds.   Josh struggled in the Texas League going 2-1 with a 4.54 ERA in 8 starts. However, his performance was hindered by back problems.  Josh was sent down to Stockton after some time to rest.  In Stockton Josh is 6-6 with a 5.69 ERA in 16 games 15 of which were starts.  In the California League he has struck out 69 batters in 93.1 innings.

The complete game thrown by Josh Bowman was only the 3rd since 2005 when the affiliation with the Oakland Athletics began.  The other 2 pitchers to throw a complete game were Dallas Braden on May 11, 2005 and Kevin Deaton on August 27, 2007.

Josh Bowman was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 10th round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Tampa.  Josh has been one of the more consistent performers for the Stockton Ports this season.

Ports Continue to Pour It On

The Stockton Ports opened an important 3 game series with the Visalia Rawhide on Friday night with a 14-6 rout.  Fresh off their 3 game sweep of the Lake Elsinore Storm the Ports continued to swing hot bats collecting 14 hits.  Over the past 4 games the Ports have driven in 41 runs on 62 hits.  In their previous series, the Ports out scored the Storm by a total of 27 to 11 while knocking 48 hits.

Tonight’s charge was led by first baseman Tony Thompson who was 4 for 5 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs including a grand slam in the 7th inning. The other offensive star tonight was Bobby Crocker who went 2 for 5 with a double and 2 RBIs raising his season average to .280.  Josh Bowman (5-6, 6.29) pitched a solid 6 innings only giving up 4 runs on 6 hits collecting his first win in his past 3 starts.

This series against the Rawhide has tremendous playoff implications during the stretch drive.  A sweep of the Rawhide would put the Ports in a tie with the Rawhide in the overall record.  Every win puts the Ports one step closer to the playoffs.  We shall see if the Ports can keep pouring it on during the last 2+ weeks of the season.