Minor League Round-Up: 4/13/05

It was a tough day for a number of A's prospects, as the Oakland farm system absorbed four losses against only one win on Wednesday. Find out how those games were won and lost in this edition of the <i>Minor League Round-Up...</i>

Sacramento Falls to the King

The Sacramento River Cats collected plenty of base-runners against Seattle phenom Felix Hernandez, but they weren't able to make him pay. "King Felix" allowed five hits and three walks over five innings, but he managed to prevent the River Cats from scoring. The Tacoma Rainiers bullpen was able to preserve the shut-out, as the River Cats fell, 4-0.

Seth Etherton was the tough-luck loser on Wednesday. He went six innings, allowing only two runs on six hits. It was the second quality start for Etherton, who was the runner-up in the 5th starter competition for the A's this spring. Relievers Marcus Gwyn and Billy Sylvester each allowed single runs in their combined three innings of work.

Freddie Bynum had a 2-5 day and was the only River Cat with multiple hits. Jermaine Clark collected a double and Matt Watson tripled for the River Cats, but neither was able to come around to score. Sacramento is now 5-2 on the season.

Colamarino's Blast Keys Midland Win

First baseman Brant Colamarino's hot start got even hotter when he crushed a solo homerun in the 5th inning of the Rockhounds 1-0 victory over the San Antonio Missions. Colamarino went 2-3 on the day, raising his batting average to .480. The homer was his first of the season and was his fifth RBI on the campaign. Colamarino represented all of the Rockhounds offense on the night, driving in the only run and picking up two of their four hits.

That run was all the Rockhounds would need, thanks to a gutty pitching performance from starting pitcher Drew Dickinson. The lefty threw 5.1 scoreless innings, but it wasn't pretty. Dickinson had to pitch around five walks and five hits. He used two pick-offs and a 6-4-3 double play to erase some of those base runners. Dickinson also struck out two batters.

Reliever Nick Mattioni came on in the 5th with two on and one out, but he stranded both runners. He pitched a scoreless 6th and 7th before yielding to closer Jairo Garcia. Garcia scattered two walks and one hit to record the six final outs. He struck out three in the outing. Midland is now 4-2 on the season and has a two-game winning streak.

Ports Roughed Up By Lake Elsinor

One night after blowing a one-run lead in the 9th inning, the Ports absorbed their worse loss of the season, dropping the second game of the series, 14-2. Stockton took a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st when Luke Appert started the game with a lead-off double and came around to score on a throwing error by Peeter Ramos. However, Lake Elsinore responded with three runs in the bottom of the 1st and never looked back.

Ports starter Danielin Acevedo allowed eight earned runs and the Ports committed three errors. Daric Barton was kept off the bases (a rarity this season), as he went 0-4 with two strike outs. Vasili Spanos also went 0-4, although he did drive in a run. Spanos has struggled out of the gate and is hitting .095 thus far this year. He has played at first base exclusively this season, after spending time at third and first last year. Danny Putnam was the only Ports batter to record multiple hits, as he went 2-4 to raise his batting average to .273.

Kane County Drops a Pair to Beloit in Home Opener

The Cougars home opener was delayed by rain on Tuesday and the Kane County fan base is still waiting for the Cougars offense to appear at Elfstrom Stadium after two frustrating losses on Wednesday. Kane County dropped the first game, 5-2, and the second game, 3-0. In total, the Cougars managed just two runs and seven hits over the 14 innings played on Wednesday. Beloit starter Kyle Waldrop pitched a complete game (7 innings) shut-out in the finale, limiting the Cougars to three hits.

Kevin Melillo and Nick Blasi combined to collect all four of the Cougars hits in the first game. Michael Rogers allowed only three runs and struck out six a losing effort in the second game of the double header. Wednesday marked the beginning of the 15th year of Kane County Cougar baseball at Elfstrom Stadium.

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