It's about time the A's brought up some bench reinforcement. Having two 1B and one backup catcher on the bench left a lot to be desired in the roster management department. Patterson probably will be riding some pine, because that's what the A's do with their young guys, which will be unfortunate because the River Cats could definitely use the player that has done the most for them during the '09 campaign for the PCL playoffs. This will be Patterson's third stint with Oakland this season.
The 26-year-old Patterson was hitting .307 with 56 RBIs and 43 stolen bases in 110 total starts at Sacramento this year. He was batting .336 (108-for-321) with 37 RBIs against right-handed pitchers and .241 (35-for-145) against lefties. His 43 stolen bases set a new River Cats' franchise record (previous, Bo Porter, 39 sb in 2000) and he is just the second player in River Cats' history to have at least 10 home runs, triples, doubles and steals in a season (also, Mark Bellhorn in 2000). As of today, Patterson ranked second in the Pacific Coast League with 11 triples and 43 stolen bases, fourth with 91 runs scored and fifth with 143 hits. He went 20 for 89 (.225) with 17 RBI in 20 games with Sacramento since being optioned on August 5.
Everidge, well, was very average. However, it was nice to see him get a shot at the "show." It remains to be seen if he gets recalled September 1 or when Sacramento finishes its tittle run.
He complied a .224 average (19 for 85) with seven RBI and 17 strikeouts in 24 total appearances for the A's, starting 22 of those game (19 at first base and three as designated hitter). He was batting .146 (6 for 41) with one RBI over his last 12 games, after hitting .295 with six RBI over his first 12 contests.