Minor League Round-Up: 4/8/05

Day two of the minor league season saw two A's affiliates come out on top, one get routed and the other lose the their game to rain. Find out how the teams fared and how individual prospects did in this edition of <i>Minor League Notebook...</i>

Mabeus Blows The Save, But River Cats Win In 10

Sacramento withstood a blown save to capture their second win of the season, defeating the Portland Beavers, 3-2, in 10 innings. Sacramento starter Seth Etherton pitched five shutout innings and relievers Tim Harikkala and Ron Flores combined to throw two scoreless innings before closer Chris Mabeus allowed a game-tying, two-run homerun in the top of the 9th. Sacramento responded with a run in the bottom of the 10th on a hit by Freddie Bynum to win the game.

The River Cats got out to an early lead when third baseman Bobby Smith tripled with one-out in the 1st and came home on a two-out single by left-fielder Shawn Garrett. The River Cats added another run in the third inning on a solo homerun by shortstop Mike Rouse. Sacramento's offense went silent after Rouse's homerun, however, and they were unable to add to their lead.

Consequently, the game was still in doubt with two-outs in the top of the 9th inning when Mabeus squared off with Padres' prospect Jesse Barfield. Barfield kept his team alive when he pounded a Mabeus pitch out of the park to tie the game. The two runs scored were the first runs scored on the River Cats pitching staff this season. The River Cats were unable to score in the bottom of the 9th, but after reliever Mario Ramos kept the Beavers off the board in the top of the 10th, Sacramento's offense came back to life.

Catcher John Baker singled to start the top of the 10th inning and moved to second on a sacrifice by Rouse. He came around to score the winning run on an RBI single by centerfielder Freddie Bynum. Garrett paced the River Cats with a 2-4 night at the plate. He also threw a runner out at second from the outfield. Prospect Dan Meyer will make his Sacramento debut tomorrow against the Beavers.

Andre Ethier Paces Midland In Rockhounds First Win

After dropping a one-run game on Opening Day, Midland rebounded and defeated the Frisco Roughriders by a 7-6 score. The Rockhounds scored two runs in the 3rd and five runs in the 4th and then held on to squeak out the win. Leftfielder Andre Ethier had three hits on the day to lead the Rockhounds.

After the five-run outburst in the 4th inning – an outburst that saw six straight Rockhounds reach base – Midland was holding a 7-1 lead. However, Frisco was able to chip away at the lead, scoring two more off of starter Stephen Obenchain in the 5th and another two runs off of reliever John Weis in the 7th. Closer Jairo Garcia entered the game with two-outs and two-on in the 7th inning and worked out of that jam, but allowed a run in the 8th inning to narrow the Rockhounds' lead to 7-6. Garcia bounced back to pitch a scoreless 9th, recording his first save of the season. The powerful righthander walked two and struck out three in his 2.1 innings of work. Obenchain picked up the win after he allowed three runs and seven hits in his 5.1 innings of work. Weis allowed two unearned runs in 1.1 innings pitched.

Ethier led the Rockhounds with three hits in four at-bats. First baseman Brant Colamarino also had a big day at the plate, going 2-4 with a triple and a run batted in. He also scored a run. Omar Quintanilla picked up his first two hits of the season. He was at shortstop again on Friday and committed his second error in as many games. He also turned a 6-3 double-play. Centerfielder Steve Stanley reached base twice via the walk, but was caught stealing second. The Rockhounds are now 1-1 on the young season. They take on Frisco again tomorrow.

Stockton-Modesto Rained Out

The Stockton-Modesto game was cancelled due to rain.

Cedar Rapids Blasts Cougars, Rogers

2004 first round choice Michael Rogers had an inauspicious 2005 debut on Friday, as he allowed six runs in an 11-0 loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Kane County's offense managed only five hits and zero runs on the night.

Rogers was cruising along in his first start until he hit a major speed bump with two outs in the 3rd inning, when he allowed a hit, a walk and back-to-back homeruns, putting the Cougars in a sudden 4-0 hole. Rogers allowed two more runs in the 5th inning before departing for the day. The Kernels' onslaught continued, as Cedar Rapids added five more runs to up their final total to 11.

First baseman Tom Everidge had three of the Cougars five hits and had Kane County's only extra-base hit, a double. The Cougars will send left-handed starter Derek Tharpe to the hill tomorrow.

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