A's MLN: Swisher Sweet For Sactown

In Monday's action, Sacramento was the only Oakland A's affiliate to pick up a win, in large part thanks to the bat of the rehabbing Nick Swisher. Midland and Kane County struggled to keep the runs off the board in their losses, and Stockton had the day off. Find out the details of Monday's games and who's been hot and who's cold in this edition of A's Minor League Notebook...

Swisher Scores Three In River Cats' Win

The Oakland A's have missed Nick Swisher's bat and his frenetic style of play since he landed on the disabled list with a separated shoulder in the beginning of May. The River Cats, however, are happy to have him on board, at least for the time-being. In his best game since his rehabilitation assignment started, Swisher collected three hits and scored three runs in Sacramento's 7-5 win over the Iowa Cubs.

Starter Jimmy Serrano spent much of the evening dancing in and out of trouble, but he managed to work out of enough jams to limit the Cubs to three runs (two earned) in 5 innings of work. He earned the win to up his record to 4-2 on the season. Triple-A Rule 5 selection Victor Moreno relieved Serrano in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings by retiring six of the seven batters he faced. The former Minnesota Twins farmhand has pitched well since joining Sacramento on April 18 from extended spring training. In 18 innings, Moreno has allowed only three runs (1.50 ERA), although he has walked 16 batters over that frame.

After Marcus Gwyn worked a scoreless eighth, Jairo Garcia came on in the ninth to close out the game. He had arguably his roughest outing of the season, as he allowed two runs when he gave up back-to-back triples to start the inning. Garcia recovered after that and he retired the next three batters to give the River Cats a two-run victory. There has been some speculation that Garcia could be promoted to Oakland this week when the A's look to add another reliever. However, as of press time, the A's had yet to announce any roster moves regarding the bullpen.

The River Cats had 12 hits on the evening, including those three from Swisher, two from the hot-hitting Dan Johnson, and two from both Andrew Beattie and Shawn Garrett. Jack Cust also added his team-leading 9th homerun of the season. Johnson drove in one run, upping his season RBI total to 40. He leads the PCL in that category and has raised his batting average to .331. Johnson isn't likely to play in the PCL long enough this season to qualify, but he is on pace to have another PCL MVP campaign.

Bondurant Struggles Again In Midland Loss

Starter Steven Bondurant was terrific in April, but he has looked like a different pitcher in the month of May. In the season's first month, the wily lefty was 3-0 with a 2.88 ERA and a stellar 1.00 WHIP. However, a dismal May has dropped Bondurant's record to 3-3 and has inflated his ERA to 5.64. Bondurant was bad again on Monday, as he allowed six runs on five hits and five walks in only 4.1 innings of work to earn that third loss. Midland was unable to crawl out of the early game hole and fell to the Springfield Cardinals, 6-2.

It was mostly a quiet offensive game for the normally potent Midland hitters, except for the Rockhounds' 3-4 hitters, Andre Ethier and Brant Colamarino. Ethier collected three hits in four at-bats to raise his batting average to .376. Colamarino drove in the Rockhounds' only two runs with a long two-run homerun in the seventh inning. It was Colamarino's ninth homerun and third homer in as many days. Colamarino is now hitting .328 on the season and has 36 RBI to lead the team.


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Kane County Falls In 10

The Cougars newest player collected two hits and the offensively-challenged Kane County offensive posted ten hits and six runs, but it wasn't enough, as Kane County fell in 10 to Wisconsin, 7-6. Jose Pineda was brought up from extended spring training to fill the empty outfield roster spot created by Javier Herrera's promotion to AAA-Sacramento. The Dominican native started in centerfield and went 2-5, including a double and an RBI. Catcher Raul Padron also collected two hits to raise his batting average to .291.

Derek Tharpe was given five runs to work with in the first two innings, but he wasn't able to make the lead stand-up. Tharpe allowed five runs in five innings, raising his season ERA to 5.07. After James Heuser allowed a run in the top of the seventh to give Wisconsin a 6-5 lead, the Cougars answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh.

Connor Robertson relieved Heuser and was outstanding in two innings of work. He struck out five and allowed only one hit to keep the game tied going into the ninth. Robertson has been nearly unhittable this season, striking out an incredible 46 batters in 27 innings pitched. The 2004 31st round draft choice has a 1.67 ERA on the season. Robertson was a star for the A's Arizona Rookie League team last year, posting an 0.92 ERA in 29 innings pitched.

Kane County closer Scot Drucker came on in the ninth inning to attempt to keep the game tied. He worked a scoreless ninth but was touched for a one-out homerun in the tenth. Drucker retired the next two batters, but the Cougars were unable to mount a comeback in the bottom of the tenth. The loss dropped Kane County to 21-23 on the year.

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