Oakland A's MLN: Powell Takes Home Hardware

A Beloit Snapper took home an MVP award, a top prospect returned to the team he began his season with, and much more. We review the day that was in the Oakland A's system.

Powell Wins All-Star MVP Honors

Beloit Snappers' outfielder Boog Powell is in the midst of a breakout season. Powell put an exclamation mark on that breakout with an MVP performance in the Midwest League All-Star game.

Powell ran roughshod over the East squad, walking twice, doubling in two runs, scoring three times and stealing two bases. Powell is currently the Midwest League's leading hitter with a .336 average.

Beloit RHP Kyle Finnegan got the start for the West team and threw a scoreless first inning. He struck-out one. Beloit closer Andres Avila recorded the final out in the game. Beloit infielder Luis Baez had a hit in two at-bats. The West dominated the game, winning 7-0 and holding the East to just two hits.

Russell Returns To Midland

A's top prospect Addison Russell returned to the Midland line-up for the first time since injuring his hamstring in the second game of the season. Russell doubled and made a nice defensive play in his return, which was a 5-2 Midland win over the Frisco RoughRiders.

Russell played all nine innings in the game at shortstop. His playing time will be monitored closely for the next few weeks as he finalizes his recovery from the injury.

The win was Midland's third in a row over Frisco. The RockHounds will attempt to sweep the four-game series on Wednesday.

RHP Sean Murphy made his 2014 Midland debut. He started the season with Sacramento and had been with Stockton the past two weeks. Murphy pitched well, allowing just a run on five hits and three walks. He struck-out seven. Murphy Smith and Frank Gailey combined to throw 1.2 scoreless innings to set-up closer Seth Frankoff. Frankoff allowed a hit and two walks in 1.2 innings, but he didn't allow a run and earned his 12th save. His ERA is 2.59.

Anthony Aliotti hit his seventh homer and also doubled to lead the offense. Billy Burns walked twice out of the lead-off spot and he stole his 33rd base. Chad Oberacker added his fourth triple.

Cal League Takes Home All-Star Challenge

The California League earned bragging rights over the Carolina League with a 3-2 win in the Cal League-Carolina League All-Star Game.

The Stockton Ports had two players in the game: catcher Bruce Maxwell and starter Seth Streich. Both started the game. Maxwell went 0-for-2 at the plate and Streich tossed a scoreless inning. He allowed one hit.

Vermont Blanks Connecticut

The Vermont Lake Monsters moved to 3-2 on the season with a 5-0 win over the Connecticut Tigers in the second game of their series.

The Lake Monsters scored four times in the first - all on a grandslam by Justin Higley - and that was more than enough for starter Cristhian Perez and the Vermont bullpen.

The homer was Higley's first of the season. He has four extra-base hits over his first five games. Higley is batting .333 with a .619 SLG, although he has seven strike-outs and no walks.

Perez was the story of the night on the mound. He tossed seven innings, allowing just six hits. He walked none and struck-out five. Kevin Ferreras finished off the shutout with two scoreless innings in relief.

Sacramento Can't Hold Lead

The Sacramento River Cats had an early 4-1 lead, but their bullpen couldn't hold on and dropped their game to the Round Rock Express, 7-5.

Shane Peterson (5) and Andy Parrino (4) each homered and had two hits in the loss. Peterson is batting .333/.394/.500 in June. Parrino, who also walked, is batting .356 in June for Sacramento. Third baseman Jose Martinez had three hits.

Zach Neal, in his return to Sacramento, allowed four runs in five innings. He struck-out five and walked just one, but he allowed nine hits. Philip Humber was hung with the loss after allowing three runs in two innings. Joe Savery tossed a scoreless inning, his fifth scoreless outing in a row.

DSL A's Take Down DSL Dodgers

Jhenderson Hurtado, Jorge Martinez and Reynaldo Hoyos combined to limit the DSL Dodgers to just one run in the DSL A's 4-1 win.

Hurtado allowed a run in 3.1 innings. He walked three and struck-out two. Martinez earned the win by tossing 4.2 scoreless innings. He scattered five hits and didn't walk a batter. He struck-out four. Hoyos earned his first save with a scoreless ninth.

Infielder Carlos Hiciano had two doubles in the win. It was the 17-year-old's second straight two-hit game. Third baseman Eric Marinez also had two hits. Outfielder Jhonny Rodriguez made his season debut and went 0-for-three.

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