Oakland A's MLN: Cardenas Stays Hot

Adrian Cardenas struggled in his first two stints in Triple-A, but he has been dominant in the early going for the Sacramento River Cats this season. Cardenas extended that good run on Monday. We have the details on Cardenas' streak and the rest of the action around the Oakland A's system inside...

Sacramento Captures Come-From-Behind Win

Down 4-1 after the first, the Sacramento River Cats mounted a rally and held off the Tacoma Rainiers for a 7-6 win.

The River Cats had 12 hits and homered three times. Eric Sogard and Matt Carson each homered and had three hits. Carson drove-in three. Josh Donaldson also homered. It was only his third hit of the season. He is batting .065 in nine games.

Jai Miller and Adrian Cardenas each had two hits. Cardenas extended his hitting streak to eight games. He has hit safely in nine of 10 games this season and is batting .484 with an 1168 OPS. Cardenas has multi-hit games in each of his last three games.

Josh Outman got the start. He allowed four runs in the first and was charged with a run in the fifth inning when he walked a batter to lead-off the inning that later came around to score. Outman struck-out four and walked two while allowing seven hits in four-plus innings.

Willie Eyre, pitching for the first time since April 13, tossed two innings in relief. He allowed one unearned run and walked two while striking out one. Trystan Magnuson walked two but didn't allow a hit and struck-out three in two scoreless innings. Joe Bateman worked around a two-base error by left-fielder Steven Tolleson to earn the save, his second on the year.

Sacramento is now 7-5.


Dixon, Gilmartin Power Ports To Rebound Win

After being embarrassed by Visalia on Sunday, the Stockton Ports rebounded with a convincing 6-3 win over the Rawhide on Monday. Rashun Dixon and Michael Gilmartin led the way for the Ports.

The Ports were down 1-0 early after rehabbing Oakland A's reliever Michael Wuertz allowed a run in the first inning. Wuertz walked a batter and allowed a hit, but he also struck-out three in his one inning stint.

With Stockton trailing 1-0, Dixon stepped to the plate with one-out in the fourth and changed the momentum of the game with one swing, as he connected on a long three-run homer. It was Dixon's second homer over his last three games.

The Ports added another run in the fifth and then Gilmartin gave Stockton even more of a cushion with a two-run homer in the seventh. Gilmartin had two hits in the game to raise his average to .385. He is eight for his last 14.

Daniel Straily took over for Wuertz in the second and he had a solid outing. Straily tossed five shut-out innings. He allowed only two hits and two walks and he struck-out nine to earn the win.

East Bay native Jeff Lyman made his Stockton Ports' debut in the seventh. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk in two innings. Lyman struck-out two. He was added to the Ports' roster on Monday when Josh Lansford landed on the DL. Lansford was injured on Sunday when he tried to field a groundball with his pitching hand.

The Ports are 7-5 on the year.

Before the game, it was announced that Ports' right-hander Ryan Doolittle had been named the California League Pitcher of the Week. In two outings, both against Modesto, Doolittle tossed 10 scoreless innings. He struck-out 11, walked none and allowed only five hits. Doolittle also earned two wins.


Barfield, Carter Shine, But Midland Falls

Jeremy Barfield and Yusuf Carter accounted for the Midland Rockhounds' entire offensive production on Monday night and that was almost enough for the 'Hounds to pull out the win. In the end, the Springfield Cardinals were able to hold off Midland by a score of 5-3.

Barfield and Carter each had two hits and they were the only hits Midland would get in the game. Barfield homered, singled and drove-in two. Barfield has his average up to .281 and his OPS to 939. The homer was his second of the season. He has walked eight times against five strike-outs in 32 at-bats this season.

A day after homering twice, Carter doubled and singled and scored twice. After playing only twice over the first nine games, Carter has started the last two games and is four-for-eight with three extra-base hits.

The three runs produced by Barfield and Carter weren't enough to overcome an early four-run deficit. Midland starter Justin Murray allowed four runs in the second inning and another in the third to account for Springfield's five runs. Paul Smyth and Lance Sewell combined to toss three scoreless innings after Murray departed, but Midland couldn't mount a comeback. The Rockhounds are now 7-4 on the season.


Bees Drop A Close Game Late In Return To Kane County

In a homecoming of sorts, the Burlington Bees played a tight game against the Kane County Cougars, but fell late by a score of 4-3.

With a handful of former Cougars on their roster, the Bees made their first appearance at Elfstrom Stadium in 2011. Burlington scored first, tallying two runs in the top of the first inning. Kane County answered with a run in the bottom of the inning and tied the game in the third. The two teams traded runs late before Kane County scored a run off of Drew Tyson in the eighth inning to earn a 4-3 win.

Royce Consigli continues to pace the Burlington offense. The 19-year-old had two more hits on Monday and is batting .417 with a 975 OPS in 10 games. He picked up a double in Monday's game, his third extra-base hit of the year.

Tyreace House, a 2010 Kane County Cougar, had two hits and a walk in his return to Geneva. Ryan Pineda had the other two Burlington hits in the game.

With the loss, Burlington dropped to 8-3 on the year.



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