Quick Hits: Streaks Continue

Two Oakland A's farmhands extended long hitting streaks, while another A's farmhand celebrated his birthday by tossing a gem. We have news and notes from around the A's system for August 13.

Buss, Robertson Extend Streaks

On Wednesday night, Sacramento River Cats’ outfielder Nick Buss connected on a single in the 8th inning to extend his season-best hitting streak to 19 games. Buss is batting .354 with an 832 OPS in August. The River Cats lost, 4-2, to Colorado Springs. Kyle Blanks had a hit in two at-bats in his third rehab appearance. He has hit safely in all three games.

Stockton Ports’ shortstop Daniel Robertson extended his season-high hitting streak to 18 games on Wednesday. Robertson finished the game 1-for-4 and is now batting .306 on the season. Outfielder Jaycob Brugman’s streak of games with a homerun ended at five. He had six homeruns in those five games and now has 16 on the year. Chad Pinder hit his 13th homer of the season in the Ports’ 5-2 win.

Navas Spins A Gem

Arizona A’s right-hander Carlos Navas had a no-hitter into the sixth inning and earned the win in the second game of a double-header. The AZL A’s beat the AZL White Sox, 2-1. Navas allowed just three hits and a run in six innings. He struck-out seven and walked one. The nice start came on Navas’ 22nd birthday. He lowered his ERA to 3.13. Ben Bracewell picked up the save, his second.

Streich Has Surgery

Late last week, Stockton Ports’ right-hander Seth Streich had shoulder surgery to repair damage to his labrum and his rotator cuff. Streich will miss the rest of the season and his recovery could extend well into the 2015 campaign. Before injuring his shoulder, Streich had a 3.16 ERA in 114 innings for Stockton. He struck-out 116 and walked just 22 while allowing only seven homeruns. Streich was a mid-season Cal League All-Star and was arguably the A’s top starting pitching prospect at the time of his injury.

A’s Add Sexton

The A’s signed minor league free agent Tim Sexton on Wednesday and added him to the Double-A Midland RockHounds’ roster. Sexton replaces right-hander Sean Murphy on the Midland roster. Murphy is now on the DL. Sexton began the season in the San Diego Padres’ organization. He had a 6.45 ERA in 53 innings for El Paso. He was a 25th-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007. He has 756.1 career minor league innings. He was a Cal League mid-season All-Star in 2009.

Sportman An All-Star

The Vermont Lake Monsters will have a fourth All-Star for the August 19th game in Brooklyn. Outfielder J.P. Sportman was added to the roster on Wednesday. Sportman has only been with Vermont since July 22, but he is hitting .395 with three homers and 13 RBI in 21 games for the Lake Monsters. Sportman was the A’s 27th-round pick in this year’s draft.

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