A's MLN: Affiliates Go 0-4

On a day when the Oakland A's lack of timely hitting and their poor defense cost them yet another game, the A's minor league affiliates also had a tough go of it. All of the A's affiliates lost on Tuesday. Despite the losses, some of the A's minor leaguers had good games. Find out what new A's acquisition is surprising everyone with his good play and what A's minor league slugger is pounding the ball out of the park in this edition of A's Minor League Notebook...

Glynn Pitches Well, But Offense Falters In Sacramento Loss

The Oakland A's acquired starter Ryan Glynn from Toronto in large part because they desperately needed a warm body to eat innings in the injury-depleted River Cats' rotation. The minor league veteran was in the midst of a poor season when he arrived in Sacramento. In nine appearances (six starts), Glynn was 2-4 with a 6.27 ERA. He had allowed 41 hits and six homeruns in only 37.1 innings pitched for the Syracuse Skyhawks. So when Glynn joined the River Cats, it was with little fanfare or high expectations.

Sometimes, though, all a player needs is a change of scenery to get himself back on track. If Glynn's first two outings are any indication, the A's may have gotten a lot more than they expected when they acquired Glynn for cash considerations. In his first game with Sacramento, Glynn went six innings, allowing only one run and four hits. He struck out seven and walked none and picked up his third win of the season.

In his second Sacramento start on Tuesday, Glynn was almost as good as he was in his first start. He worked seven strong innings, allowing only five hits and two runs over that time-frame. He struck out five and walked only one. It wasn't enough to get a win, however, as the River Cats' offense disappeared against a quartet of Iowa Cubs pitchers.

Sacramento managed only three hits and four walks and were shut-out for the fourth time this season, dropping the contest 2-0. Nick Swisher picked up a hit and a walk in four plate appearances and is hitting .391 during his short stint with Sacramento. Swisher is nearing the 25-30 at-bat range that the A's targeted for him before he started his rehab assignment. Since he is swinging the bat well, Swisher could re-join the A's on their current road-trip.

Obenchain Pounded, Perry Powers Up In Midland Loss

Midland starter Steve Obenchain's yo-yo year continued on Tuesday, as he was pounded by the Springfield Cardinals for nine runs (seven earned) in only 1.1 innings worked. Midland lost to Springfield, 11-6. Two weeks after being named the Texas League pitcher of the week, Obenchain had his second straight poor outing, raising his ERA to 5.98. The 2002 Moneyball pick seemed to be on his way to a breakout season in the middle of May when he threw 11.1 innings over two outings and didn't allow an earned run while striking out 14 batters. The two outings dropped his ERA under 4.00 for the first time since early April. Obenchain has good stuff and can be spectacular at times, but he has been plagued by poor control throughout his career. His 35/24 K:BB ratio this season is demonstrative of his career-long struggles.

Obenchain's rough first two innings put the Rockhounds in a 9-0 hole that they were unable to climb back from despite two homeruns from slugger Jason Perry. Perry has had some trouble making consistent contact this season, but he has displayed impressive power. The outfielder's 11 homeruns have him tied for first in the Texas League. The Georgia Tech alum slugged 25 homers in 406 at-bats last season for AA-Midland and A-Modesto and seems well on his way to eclipsing those power totals this year.

Stockton Thumped By High Desert

The Stockton Ports' pitching staff imploded on Tuesday, as they allowed runs in all but two frames. High Desert won the contest, 14-4. Stockton starter Trent Peterson lasted only four innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) and three homeruns. Relievers Elvis Avendano, Manuel Rodriguez, J.R. Pickens, and Justin Crowder didn't fare much better. Over five innings, the Stockton relievers allowed seven runs and 12 hits.

The Stockton offense was mostly quiet on Tuesday. The Ports' hitters briefly came alive in the third inning when they scored three times to tie the game at three a piece. However, they would only score one more time the rest of the game. First baseman Daric Barton went 2-4 with a double to raise his batting average to .284. Kurt Suzuki, Vasili Spanos and Richie Robnett also chipped in RBIs for the Ports, who now sit at 21-22 on the season.

Bullpen Implodes In Kane County Loss

For eight innings, the Kane County pitching staff was unhittable. However, a ninth inning implosion undid those eight innings of good work, turning a 3-0 lead into a 7-3 loss. Starter Jared Trout was outstanding over seven innings, scattering four hits and allowing no runs. Trout walked none and struck out three. Trout has been effective all season for Kane County, mostly out of the bullpen. The 2003 draft pick was mostly a starter for Kane County last season.

Rob Semerano took over for Trout in the eighth inning and worked a scoreless frame. Closer Scot Drucker – who has been extremely effective for Kane County this season – came on in the ninth to get the save. However, he was unable to retire a batter before coughing up the three run lead. He gave way to Connor Robertson in a 3-3 game. Robertson, who has also been stalwart for the Cougars out of the bullpen, allowed four runs while retiring only two batters, leaving the Cougars down 7-3. They went quietly in the ninth and absorbed their 24th loss of the season.

Eddie Kim, who has been mired in an early season slump, went 2-4 for Kane County and drove in a run. Lead-off hitter Kevin Melillo drew his 37th and 38th walks of the season in his 43rd game played. His OBP is over .400 despite the fact that he is hitting only .253.


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