A's MLN: A Happy Memorial Day

The Oakland A's finally broke through with a dramatic, come from behind win on Monday. Down to their final strike in the bottom of the ninth, the A's strung together three straight hits to tie the game at 4-4. Oakland then earned the win with another two-out hit in the bottom of the 11th. The A's affiliates also played well on Monday. Everyone but Midland went home victorious. Find out the details of this Memorial Day of baseball in this edition of A's Minor League Notebook...

Ziegler Leads Sacramento To Big Win

Earlier this month, it appeared that Mike Ziegler had made his last appearance for the Sacramento River Cats. With the River Cats' catching corps banged up, the A's tried to trade Ziegler to the Angels for minor league catcher Tom Gregorio. However, when Gregorio arrived, the River Cats discovered that he had a pre-existing injury and the trade was voided. Ziegler made the River Cats very glad that the trade didn't go through with an excellent outing on Monday.

Ziegler worked six innings and allowed only one run to earn the win. The River Cats pounded out 11 hits and six runs to grab the win, 6-1. DH Jack Cust collected three hits and a walk to up his batting average to .308. John Baker went 2-3 with a double and he drove in two runs from the eighth spot in the order. Freddie Bynum also drove in two runs, as the River Cats' 8th and 9th place hitters combined for four hits, four RBI, one run scored, and a walk. Andrew Beattie went 2-5 from the lead-off spot and he is now hitting .311 for Sacramento since his early May promotion from Midland.

Chris Mabeus continued his good work since returning from the disabled list by pitching a perfect ninth inning.

Midland Drops A Tight One

Reliever Nick Brannon had a rare poor outing and the Rockhounds dropped a close contest, 4-3. Starter Drew Dickinson allowed only two runs in five innings of work and he left trailing 2-1. Reliever Kyle Crowell came on to work a scoreless sixth inning and Midland scored single runs in the top of the sixth and seventh to grab a brief 3-2 lead. However, Brannon allowed single runs in the seventh and eighth inning and the Rockhounds fell 4-3.

Rightfielder Jason Perry drove in his 36th run of the season and shortstop Omar Quintanilla reached base three times and scored two runs. Catcher Jeremy Brown raised his batting average to .286 with a 2-3 effort. Matt Allegra made the start at first base, replacing the promoted Brant Colamarino.

The Ports Win Two On Double-Header Monday

The Stockton Ports took both ends of a Memorial Day double-header from the Visalia Oaks on Monday. Stockton won the first game on a walk-off single by John McCurdy and pounded out nine runs in the second game to earn the sweep.

Stockton won the first game, 4-3. The Ports were trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the third when Daric Barton drove in Kurt Suzuki with an RBI groundout. Dustin Majewski then drove in Luke Appert with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to narrow the deficit to 3-2. Stockton tied the game in the fifth with an RBI triple by Appert.

The Ports' seventh-inning, game-winning rally began when Daric Barton doubled with one out. McCurdy got to play the hero when he followed Barton with a game-winning single. McCurdy went 2-3 with a walk in the opener and he stole a base.

Tomas Cabaniel earned the win with a scoreless seventh inning. Cabaniel worked around a walk and a single to get the scoreless inning. Steve Smyth, who was activated off of the steroid suspension list and placed on the Stockton roster, made the start but lasted only 3.2 innings. He had been with Sacramento before the suspension. Brigmer Leon took over for Smyth and struck out three in 2.1 perfect innings.

In the second game, starter Keith Dunn earned his first win as a Stockton Port with a five inning effort. He allowed only one unearned run and two hits in those five innings. That effort was more than enough to earn the win, as Stockton scored nine runs to win 9-2. The Ports were leading by the narrow score of 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth when Dustin Majewski smashed a two-run homerun to up the Stockton advantage to 4-1.

Stockton put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth inning when they scored five runs. Richie Robnett had the big blow in that rally, crushing a three-run double off of the centerfield wall. Vasili Spanos also added two hits, including a double and RBI, to help the Ports win their 25th game of the season. Stockton will have a chance to even their record at 26-26 tomorrow.

Kane County Squeaks Past Lansing

Starter Ryan Webb was very good and the Kane County bullpen was even better for the Cougars in their 2-1 win over Lansing. Webb started the game and allowed one run and four hits in 5.2 innings of work. Keith Perez and Jose Corchado combined to toss 3.1 scoreless innings and it was just enough for the Cougars to pull out their 22nd win of the season. Webb has a 3.35 ERA on the season and has been one of the best starters in the Midwest League this season. Corchado recorded his first save since joining the Cougars, although he had to work around two walks to close out the inning.

Outfielder Jose Pineda has been in the middle of a number of rallies for the Cougars since he was activated from extended spring training earlier this month. Pineda was one of the offensive heroes again on Monday, as he scored the Cougars' first run and drove in the game-winning run with a deep sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth. Pineda has eight hits in 28 at-bats on the season (.300).

The Cougars made two roster moves on Friday: activating Marcus McBeth (reliever) from extended spring training and sending outfielder Chris Tritle to the DL.

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