Oakland A's MLN: Midland Pitching Shines

On the second night of the minor league regular season, the Oakland A's four affiliates split their games, leaving three of the affiliates with a 1-1 record and the other at 2-0. Find out who won and who lost inside...

Sacramento Falls In 10

The Sacramento River Cats dropped a heartbreaker on Friday night, losing to the Las Vegas 51's by a score of 4-3 in 10 innings. The winning run for the 51's came with two-outs in the bottom of the 10th.

Jarrod Parker made his first regular season appearance for an A's affiliate and he displayed much better command than he had during his final three spring training appearances. The A's top pitching prospect walked only one in six innings of work. He allowed three runs on six hits (including a homer), and he struck-out four. Jim Miller and Pedro Figueroa each had scoreless one-inning relief appearances. Justin Souza pitched a scoreless ninth inning but was hung with the loss when he allowed the winning run on a David Cooper single with two-outs in the 10th.

After scoring 11 runs in their season opener, the River Cats were relatively quiet offensively on Friday night. Sacramento managed only eight hits and they struck-out 14 times while walking five times. Chris Carter had three of those strike-outs, but he did have two of the team's hits, including a double. He was the only River Cats' player to have more than one hit. Jermaine Mitchell, in his season debut, had a hit and two walks in three official at-bats before giving way to Jeff Fiorentino in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Before the game, it was announced that reliever Travis Schlichting was placed on the seven-day disabled list and Carlos Hernandez was added to the roster from High-A Stockton.

Midland Blanks Arkansas In First Win

The Midland Rockhounds may be only 1-1 on the season, but their pitching has been nearly flawless. In game one of their 2012 season, the Midland staff allowed only an unearned run, but it was the only run of the game in a 1-0 loss. On Friday, the Midland pitching staff completed the shutout and the Rockhounds' offense came to life in a 4-0 victory.

Dan Straily got the start for the Rockhounds and he nearly matched the Opening Night effort of A.J. Griffin, who struck-out eight in five scoreless frames. Straily whiffed seven and walked one in 4.2 scoreless innings before giving way to Paul Smyth with two outs in the fifth inning. Smyth retired the only batter he faced, getting the Rockhounds out of the fifth inning.

Bruce Billings would take over in the sixth and he was dominant in a three-inning outing. The right-hander earned the win by allowing only two hits and a walk over three frames. He struck-out two. Jonathan Ortiz pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the win.

On offense, Conner Crumbliss followed his two-walk, two-stolen base Opening Night performance by reaching base three times. He hit his first homerun of the season and singled and walked in four official at-bats. Crumbliss played leftfield on Friday after DHing on Opening Night.

Third baseman Josh Horton added two hits and two RBIs, while Michael Choice had a double, a walk and an RBI. Midland batters drew seven walks in total, although they also struck out 11 times.

Bad Second Inning Trips Stockton In Loss

A nightmarish second inning for the Stockton Ports was all it took for the Lake Elsinore Storm to avenge their Opening Night loss, as the Ports fell to the Storm by a score of 5-1. All five of the Storm's runs came in the second inning, but Stockton could manage only one run of its own in the Ports' first defeat of the season.

A.J. Cole got the start for the Ports and lasted five innings in his debut as a member of the A's organization. He was touched for five runs (three earned) in those five innings. He allowed five hits and a walk and struck-out three.

Cole was hurt by some poor defense and some bad luck in that second inning. He allowed the first three batters to reach in the inning to load the bases. A bad situation was made worse when a pop-up fell for a two-RBI hit and then two errors led to two more unearned runs. Five runs in total scored in the inning and put the Ports in a 5-1 hole they wouldn't dig out of.

The Stockton pitching staff gave the offense a chance to come back, retiring the final 16 batters of the game. However, the Ports managed nothing after the first inning offensively. Nathan Long and Connor Hoehn pitched in relief of Cole and combined to toss three perfect innings.

Shortstop Michael Gilmartin was a bright spot offensively for the Ports. He doubled twice and scored Stockton's only run when he reached in the first inning on a three-base error. Rashun Dixon also had two hits in the loss.

Burlington Moves To 2-0

It took the Bees' offense a little while to warm up, but they came through late in a 6-4 win over the Clinton Lumber Kings. The Bees didn't score until the fifth inning but scored at least a run in the final five innings of the game. Chad Oberacker had three hits and Dusty Robinson homered for a second straight night to pace the Burlington attack.

Jonathan Joseph got the start for Burlington and lasted five innings. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks and he struck-out two. Brent Powers would take over for Joseph in the sixth and he earned the win with three scoreless relief innings. The left-hander struck-out four and didn't walk a batter. Drew Tyson earned his first save of the season despite allowing a run in the ninth inning.

Five of the Bees' 10 hits came out of the first two spots in the order, as Oberacker had three singles and Royce Consigli added two singles of his own. Robinson scored three runs and stole his first base of the season. B.A. Vollmuth, Sean Jamieson and Chad Lewis joined Robinson and Consigli in collecting RBIs.

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