Oakland A's MLN: Choice Breaks Out

It was a day of close games within the Oakland A's system. Three of the four A's affiliates saw their games come down to the final innings. We have the details inside...

Choice's Big Game Leads Ports To Win

It has been a relatively quiet start for Oakland A's 2010 top pick Michael Choice. Choice showed some signs of life on Tuesday, as the outfielder connected for his first homerun and his first double in pacing the Stockton Ports in their 9-3 win over Visalia.

Choice came into the game with only two hits in his first 17 at-bats. He doubled his season hit total in five at-bats on Tuesday. Choice's homer was a three-run shot in the first inning that gave the Ports the early lead. They would never trail in the game.

In addition to the three-run homer, Choice added a double, three runs scored and he threw out a runner at second base. Designated hitter Max Stassi also had a big game, collecting three hits in three at-bats. He also walked twice and he drove in a run.

The Ports had nine hits and walked 10 times. Rashun Dixon and Conner Crumbliss each had three walks in the game. Dixon also had an outfield assist. Dusty Coleman had two hits, including a double.

Fabian Williamson got the start for Stockton. He struggled some with his command, but was effective enough to get through five innings and qualify for the win. The lefty allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in five innings. He struck-out three. Max Peterson and Connor Hoehn each tossed two scoreless frames in relief to close out the win.

Stockton has now moved to 3-3 on the season.

Midland Wins A Wild One

The Rockhounds have gotten off to a hot start offensively, but it was their pitching that led the way on Tuesday. Thanks to a balk and a wild pitch, Midland was able to eek out a run in the bottom of the 13th inning to take home a 2-1 win over the Springfield Cardinals.

Pitching dominated the day. Justin Murray got the start for the Rockhounds. He was promoted from Stockton to take the rotation spot of Graham Godfrey, who was moved up to Sacramento yesterday. Murray had been in the Ports' bullpen and he was on a pitch count on Tuesday. He was effective in his four innings of work, allowing only a run on four hits and a walk.

That single run was the only one that the Cardinals would get on Tuesday thanks to an outstanding effort by the Midland bullpen. Mickey Storey parade of effective relievers with 1.2 scoreless frames. He allowed a hit and a walk and struck-out two. Jonathan Ortiz took over for Storey in the sixth and was outstanding. In three innings, he didn't allow a base-runner while striking out three.

Fautino De Los Santos had to work hard to get through his 1.1 innings in a scoreless fashion. De Los Santos loaded the bases with one-out in the 10th inning, but he struck-out Steven Hill and Aaron Luna swinging to get out of the inning unscathed.

Trey Barham took over in the 11th inning and he was the last pitcher the Rockhounds would need. The lefty threw three scoreless innings and earned his second win on the season. He has finished three games for the Rockhounds this season. Barham allowed a hit and two walks, but he struck-out three.

The Rockhounds took advantage of Springfield's mistakes in the 13th to earn the win. With one-out, Grant Green singled to center. He then advanced to second on a balk. With first-base open, the Cardinals pitched around Shane Peterson and walked him. Jason Christian, in the game because Michael Spina was ejected early in the contest, grounded out to first. Both runners advanced. With two-outs, Midland was looking for a big hit from Stephen Parker. They wouldn't need it, as Springfield hurler Brett Zawacki uncorked a wild pitch to score Green.

Midland had only two runs, but they did collect 11 hits. Peterson had three of those hits and a walk. Parker had two hits. The Rockhounds struck-out 12 times, with Matt Sulentic leading the way with four.

Midland moved 5-1 on the season.

Sacramento Falls Late To Las Vegas

The Las Vegas 51's plated two runs in the top of the ninth, breaking a 3-3 tie that had held since the second inning, to take a 5-3 win in the series opener against the Sacramento River Cats.

The game looked like a slugfest early, as the 51s scored three times in the top of the first against Graham Godfrey and Sacramento answered with three in the bottom of the second. However, neither team was able to push another run across until the 9th.

Sacramento had only seven hits, but they did walk six times. The River Cats left nine men on base and had a runner picked off. Jemile Weeks led the way offensively with two hits in five at-bats. He is batting .391 on the season. Adrian Cardenas extended his hot start by collecting a hit and a walk in three at-bats. His average is up to .444.

After a rough first inning, Godfrey settled down and allowed no more runs and only two more hits over the next four inning. He would end his outing with a line of five innings pitched, three runs allowed on seven hits, two walks and one hit batter. He struck-out five in his 2011 Triple-A debut.

Daniel Farquhar kept the River Cats in the game with two scoreless innings in relief. He allowed only a hit and a walk and he struck-out three.

Trystan Magnuson was hung with the loss. After pitching a scoreless eighth, he ran into trouble in the ninth, allowing two singles to start the inning. He was charged with two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings. He struck-out three. Joe Bateman struck-out the only batter he faced to keep the game at 5-3.

Chris Carter had a rough night at the plate, going 0-4 with two strike-outs. He is batting .143. Josh Donaldson picked up his first hit of the season, going 1-3, but he struck-out twice. His average sits at .056.

Sacramento is 2-3 on the season.

Burlington Clipped By Peoria

The Peoria Chiefs scored twice in the seventh to break a 5-5 tie and they would go on to beat the Burlington Bees by a score of 8-5.

The Bees offense pushed across five runs on nine hits and four walks, but it wasn't enough. Starter Seth Frankoff allowed four runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings. Drew Tyson was hung with the loss. He allowed three runs (two earned) in 2.1 innings of relief. Jeff Urlaub (1.1 innings) and Jeiler Castillo (1 inning) combined to toss 2.1 scoreless frames to keep the game close.

Royce Consigli continued his red-hot start to the season with two hits, including his first extra-base hit of the season. It was a triple. Consigli is 10-for-19 this season. Tony Thompson also continued his strong start, going 2-for-4 and he is 12-for-24 on the year. Daniel Petitti also had two hits and he is four-for-his-first-11 this season.

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