Oakland A's MLN: Walton Cycles A Win

The Oakland A's struggled to score runs on Thursday, but their Single-A and Triple-A affiliates had no such troubles. We have the details of the action around the A's system inside...

Walton Hits For The Cycle In Stockton Win

In Stockton's 13-10 win over the Lancaster Jethawks, Kent Walton became the first Stockton Ports player to hit for the cycle since Archie Gilbert achieved that feat in 2008. Walton's four hits led a 17-hit effort for Stockton. Max Stassi hit a grand-slam and drove-in five and Rashun Dixon finished a homerun short of the cycle.

Walton collected a triple in his final at-bat to complete the cycle. He raised his season average from .219 to .297 with the effort.

Stassi, Dixon and Leonardo Gil had three hits each and Michael Gilmartin added two hits for the Ports. Stassi's grandslam was his first homerun of the season. Gilmartin is off to a red-hot start. He is hitting .359 and he has 10 RBIs in nine games this season. Conner Crumbliss, Michael Choice and Ryan Lipkin each walked twice. Lipkin was making his 2011 regular season debut after starting the season at extended spring training.

Sacramento Mounts Huge Comeback In Win

Down 9-2 in the fourth, Sacramento climbed all the way back to defeat the Reno Aces by a score of 11-10. The River Cats scored one in the fifth, three in the sixth, four in the eighth and the winning run in the ninth. Josh Horton hit his first Triple-A homerun and drove-in four to help pace the River Cats. Eric Sogard also had a big game, collecting three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored.

Yadel Marti had his first poor start of the season, as he allowed nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits in 3.1 innings. He was spared from the loss thanks to a terrific effort from his bullpen. Trystan Magnuson, Joey Devine and Willie Eyre combined to allow only one run over the final 5.2 innings. Eyre earned the win by allowing one run over three innings. He recorded the final out of the game with the tying run on third.

Devine had a strong performance in his first outing of 2011. He had been away from the team for more than a week to be with his wife and newborn son. Devine pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two and walking none. He did allow a hit.

In addition to the strong games from Horton and Sogard, Jemile Weeks and Adrian Cardenas continued their hot starts to the season with solid games. Weeks had two hits, including a triple. He raised his average to .339. Cardenas had three hits and is now batting .412. Josh Donaldson also added two hits. The catcher is swinging the bat well after a slow start to the season.

Chris Carter did not play as he is nursing a sore thumb.

Midland Falls To San Antonio

In the first of eight games in eight days at home, the Midland Rockhounds lost a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning and fell to the San Antonio Missions, 5-3.

Anthony Capra was carrying a shut-out into the sixth inning when he left the game with runners on the corners and one-out. Mickey Storey came in from the bullpen but was unable to keep the Missions off of the board. Storey allowed a single and a double and the Missions had tied the game. Storey allowed another run in the seventh and was hung with the loss.

Grant Green, Shane Peterson and Stephen Parker each had two hits. Michael Spina hit his third homerun of the season, a two-run shot. Spina has 13 RBIs on the season.

Burlington Rained Out

The bad weather in the Midwest has continued and the Burlington Bees have had yet another game postponed. The Bees will play a double-header (weather permitting) against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Friday. Burlington swept a double-header against Kane County on Wednesday.

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