Oakland A's MLN: Pinder hits first home run

With short season Vermont kicking off it's season this week, many first-year players are getting their first taste of professional ball. Inside is a look at news and notes throughout Oakland's minor league system including Chad Pinder's first home run as a professional.

Barton and Nakajima homer in loss in Salt Lake

Daric Barton and Hiro Nakajima each homered in Sacramento's 8-4 loss to the Bees, accounting for all of the team's runs. Salt Lake gave the River Cats their fourth-straight loss and are threatening to get swept in a series for the first time since August of 2011.

Nakajima had the team's only two-hit night lifting his slash line to .278/.344/.391 for Triple-A Sacramento. His homer was just his second extra-base hit of the month – the other was also a home run he hit June 2.

Starter Travis Banwart struggled, yielding five earned runs over six frames. Banwart has had a trick-or-treat season for the River Cats and has struggled to put together solid back-to-back outings since getting implanted into the rotation May 20. He's ERA is 4.50 for the season after the loss pushed his record to 4-3.

RockHounds win 4-2 behind Crumbliss' double

Connor Crumbliss' 10th double of the season drove in two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Double-A Midland a win over the San Antonio Missions. After struggling early in the season with Triple-A Sacramento in limited at-bats, Crumbliss is back to his 2011 form that saw him lead all of minor league baseball in walks. Since going down to Midland, the outfielder has a .289/.408/.479 slash line after posting a disappointing 653 OPS in with the River Cats in just 20 games.

D'Arby Myers had a two-hit game hitting behind Crumbliss in the two-hole, scoring a run on Jake Goebbert's second-inning single.

Goebbert started the season as an outfielder but has played first base for last three games and has seen his bat heat up in June. The former 13th-round pick of Astros is having a strong year at the plate, hitting 13 homers with an 877 OPS. In June, he's hit four home runs, three triples and five doubles, leading to a .608 slugging percentage.

Frank Gailey earned his first win of the year by throwing a pair of scoreless innings after Arnold Leon allowed two runs over six frames despite yielding nine hits. Mike DeMark earned his third save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth inning.

Simmons throws well, but Ports get just three hits in 2-1 loss to San Jose

It was a rough night at Banner Island Ballpark for Single-A Stockton as the lineup failed to muster any offense after the first inning when their only run came unearned. The Ports had just three hits on the night.

But the team got a strong performance on the mound from starter James Simmons, who allowed two runs on five hits through six innings. The former first-round pick continues to come back from his shoulder injury and is transitioning back to the starting rotation after spending the majority of the last two seasons as a reliever.

Despite getting the loss and moving his record to 4-2, his ERA is a very solid 2.63 on the year as the right-hander has allowed just 35 hits in 41 innings in the run-happy California League.

Top prospect Addison Russell drove in Bobby Crocker with a sacrifice fly in the first inning after Crocker doubled and moved to third on a throwing error. Russell would also hit his sixth triple of the year in the sixth inning.

Bostick, Wooten go yard as Streich throws seven scoreless for Beloit

The Snappers got a great outing from starter Seth Streich, who has been outstanding in June after struggling for the season's first two months where he combined for a 6.65 ERA over 10 starts. With his seven-inning shutout performance Thursday, his June ERA lowered to 1.59 after allowing just four earned runs over his last 22.2 frames.

The 22-year-old right-hander was taken in the sixth round of the draft in 2012 and had a good showing with short season Vermont in his first professional experience. For the Lake Monsters, Streich had a 2.60 ERA in 15 appearances with a 2.47 K:BB ratio.

On the same day Chris Bostick won the Midwest League Player of the Week award, he homered and had another three-hit game, giving him three in a row. He's nine for his last 12 and is hitting .400/.452/.800 for the month. If he continues his ways at the plate, there's a good chance he gets a shot at the California League with Stockton at some point this summer.

Right fielder John Wooten hit his 10th homer of the season, giving him a .285/.351/.455 slash line for the Snappers after hitting just four home runs in 2012 with Vermont. Wooten was taken in the 37th round in last year's draft and hopes his on-base and power numbers can lead to his ascension through the system.

Pinder homers in Vermont's 5-1 win over Connecticut

Taken by the A's with the 71st-overall selection in this season's draft, shortstop Chad Pinder's first hit of the season was a home run as the Lake Monsters opened up their home season with a win over the Connecticut Tigers.

First baseman Michael Soto had his second multi-hit game of the season, hitting two doubles and scoring a run. Soto is coming off a solid stint in extended spring and is looking to make an impact after playing previously in the Dominican Summer League and Arizona Rookie League.

Vermont had a solid night on the hill, led by starter Jose Torres who earned his first win by allowing a run in five innings. The 19-year-old is making the jump from the Arizona Rookie League last year where he had a 4.33 ERA in 12 starts.

Tyler Johnson picked up the three-inning save by not allowing a run on four hits. The former 33rd-round pick from 2012 out of Stony Brook is also coming off a solid showing in Arizona last year, posting a 3.00 K:BB ratio and 3.33 ERA in 27 innings in relief.

Right fielder Kelvin Rojas had a pair of RBIs on a third-inning sac fly and eighth-inning single.

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