Rehab appearances and autographs

The relocation of the Oakland Athletics’s AAA club to Nashville has been a blessing for the Stockton Ports fans. As of June 5th there have been 7 players to make rehab appearances with the Stockton Ports.

The first came on opening night, Josh Reddick rehabbed with the Ports as they opened the season in San Bernadino against the Inland Empire 66ers. Jarrod Parker soon joined the Ports for a couple of rehab starts. This was during a road trip that took them through Visalia and Bakersfield to face the Rawhide and the Blaze. Unfortunately both Reddick’s and Parker’s rehab assignments were on the road.

Coco Crisp was the first home rehab assignment for the Stockton Ports. On May 3rd and 4th Crisp played for the Ports. On Sunday, May 3rd I was able to get a MLB ball and 2 cards signed by Crisp. On Monday, May 4th I was able to get one more card signed a 2015 Topps cards (not pictured).

Coco Crisp autographed ball and cards from rehab appearance with the Stockton Ports on May 3, 2015

Coco Crisp autographed ball and cards from rehab appearance with the Stockton Ports on May 3, 2015

On May 14th and 17th Oakland Athletics’s closer Sean Doolittle made his rehab appearances with the Ports. These were home games, May 14th was a Thursday day game so I couldn’t go due to work. On Sunday, May 17th, I got to see Doolittle pitch, but I was unable to get his autograph because he did not come out to the bullpen until the 3rd inning.

A couple of days later on a road trip to Visalia second baseman Ben Zobrist joined the Ports for a couple of rehab games. On May 23rd Zobrist joined the Nashville Sounds, who happened to be on a West Coast road trip, for a couple for rehab games. I went to the game in Fresno against the Grizzlies and was able to get Zobrist to sign a ball for me.

Ben Zobrist autographed baseball from rehab appearance with Nashville Sounds on May 24, 2015.

Ben Zobrist autographed baseball from rehab appearance with Nashville Sounds on May 24, 2015.

Sunday, May 31st saw the 6th different Athletic to make a rehab appearance with the Ports. Pitcher Drew Pomeranz threw 2 scoreless innings that day. Most recently former Stockton Port and current Oakland Athletic starting pitcher A.J. Griffin made his first rehab appearance coming off of Tommy John Surgery. He threw 3 innings on June 2nd against the Lake Elsinore Storm and before the game Griffin was nice enough to sign a ball for me.

A.J. Griffin autographed baseball from rehab appearance with the Stockton Ports on June 2, 2015

A.J. Griffin autographed baseball from rehab appearance with the Stockton Ports on June 2, 2015

In addition to all of the prospects that Ports fans get to see on a regular basis, we have been treated to quite a few Oakland Athletics rehab assignments this season. I want to thank the Sacramento River Cats for not wanting to be an Athletics affiliate anymore. Without their desire to switch Ports fans may not get to see as many rehab assignments.

 

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Showoff Sunday: California League Coaches – North Division

In this edition of Showoff Sunday I will be displaying autographed cards of former Major League Players turned California League Coaches. At this time there are 15 coaches in the California League who have had Major League experience. The range of experience is anywhere from 1 or 2 seasons to more than 10 years.

For this post I will focus on the North Division of the California League which includes the Stockton Ports, Modesto Nuts, San Jose Giants, Visalia Rawhide and the Bakersfield Blaze. I will begin with the coaching staff of the Stockton Ports. Manager Ryan Christenson played with 4 teams including the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers. I have had 12 cards singed by Ryan so far this season.

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #1

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #1

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #2

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #2

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #3

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #3

The pitching coach for the Stockton Ports is John Wasdin. John has MLB experience with 7 different team, but most notably the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers. To date, I have been able to get 6 cards autographed by John this season.

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #1

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #1

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #2

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #2

Next up is the pitching coach for the Visalia Rawhide, Gil Heredia. Gil came up in the San Francisco Giants organization and played with 3 other teams the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics. I got 3 cards signed by Gil during Visala’s first series in Stockton (April 10-13, 2014).

Gil Heredia Autographed Cards

Gil Heredia Autographed Cards

The last cards I will feature on this post is the current San Jose Giants manager Lenn Sakata. Lenn is best known for his time with the Baltimore Orioles. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. I got these 3 cards signed during the recent series against the Ports in Stockton (May 13-15, 2014).

Lenn Sakata Autographed Cards

Lenn Sakata Autographed Cards

There are a few other coaches in the Northern Division that I have yet to get autographs from this season. Those former players include Dave Burba (San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians), Tom Browning (Cincinnati Reds), Pat Kelly (Toronto Blue Jays) and Robby Hammond (Arizona Diamondbacks).

Next week I will feature the coaches in the California League South Division.

California League Standings: May 21, 2014

Here are the California League Standings entering play on May 21, 2014

North
Club Affiliation Win Loss Games Behind
Bakersfield Blaze CIN 29 17
Visalia Rawhide ARI 28 18 1.0
Stockton Ports OAK 23 23 6.0
San Jose Giants SF 20 26 9.0
Modesto Nuts COL 13 33 16
South
Club Affiliation Win Loss Games Behind
Lake Elsinore Storm SD 27 19
Lancaster JetHawks HOU 27 19
High Desert Mavericks SEA 25 21 2.0
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes LAD 21 25 6.0
Inland Empire 66ers LAA 17 29 10.0

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.

Scoreboard: May 8, 2014

Thursday was not a great day for the Oakland Athletics affiliates. The Sacramento River Cats, Midland RockHounds and the Beloit Snappers each faced defeat. The Stockton Ports came back late in their game to defeat the Visalia Rawhide. The RiverCats will finish their series with the Albuquerque Isotopes on Friday. The RockHound and the Snappers will continue their respective series. The Stockton Ports will travel north of Visalia to Modesto to start a 3 game series with the Nuts.

Elephant Farm Scoreboard
AAA
Sacramento River Cats 7
Albuquerque Isotopes 12

AA
San Antonio Missions 5
Midland RockHounds 3

A Advanced
Stockton Ports 6
Visalia Rawhide 2

A Full
Beloit Snappers 5
Quad Cities River Bandits 6

Scoreboard: May 7, 2014

Wednesday was a good day for the Oakland Athletics’s Farm teams. All three affiliates that saw action won their games. The Midland RockHounds had a day off before starting an 8 game home stand against the San Antonio Missions and then the Frisco RoughRiders. Tomorrow Beloit will travel to Quad Cities to face the River Bandits. Meanwhile Sacramento will play the 3rd of a 4 game set against the Albuquerque Isotopes and Stockton will finish the 4 game set against the Visalia Rawhide.

Elephant Farm Scoreboard
AAA
Sacramento River Cats 8
Albuquerque Isotopes 7

A Advanced
Stockton Ports 4
Visalia Rawhide 3

A Full
Beloit Snappers 5
Peoria Chiefs 3

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.

Scoreboard: May 6, 2014

Elephant Farm Scoreboard
AAA
Sacramento River Cats 4
Albuquerque Isotopes 8

AA
Midland RockHounds 7
Frisco RoughRiders 12

A Advanced
Stockton Ports 1
Visalia Rawhide 2

A Full
Beloit Snappers 4
Peoria Chiefs 8

Scoreboard: May 5, 2014

Elephant Farm Scoreboard
AAA
Sacramento River Cats 10
El Paso Chihuahuas 13

AA
Midland RockHounds 6
Frisco RoughRiders 7

A Advanced
Stockton Ports 6
Visalia Rawhide 8

A Full
Beloit Snappers 1
Peoria Chiefs 0

Ports Drop 5th Straight In 8-6 Loss to Rawhide

For the first time since the calendar changed from April to May the Stockton Ports were able to tally more than 5 hits in a game. Tonight the Ports had collected 8 hits en route to an 8 to 6 loss to the Visalia Rawhide.

Over the past weekend the Ports offensive and pitching woes were highlighted as they were swept at home by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, one of the leagues worst teams. In the 3 games series against the Quakes the Ports were out scored 21 to 5 and combined for only 11 hits.  Dusty Robinson was the lone offensive star as he collected 3 hits in the series, one in each game.

On Monday night the Ports offense showed sings of life as they had 8 hits. Dusty Robinson and Bobby Crocker each collected 2 hits. However the pitching staff could not escape early trouble allowing the Rawhide to score 5 runs in the first 3 innings.

This four-game series continues Tuesday night as Manny Correa (2-3, 5.40 ERA) takes the hill for the Ports facing off against Spencer Arroyo (2-1, 2.63 ERA). Game time is 6:00 p.m. at Recreation Ballpark in Visalia.