Oakland A's MLN: Canadians Get First Win

Game number two was much better than game number one for the Vancouver Canadians, as they collected their first win of the year. The Sacramento River Cats continued to win at a torrid pace. Stockton was cooled off and the Arizona Rookie League A's went extras but lost in their season debut. Find out the details of these games and who had good nights in this edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook...

Pratt Does It Again As Vancouver Wins First

Haas Pratt homered for the second straight night and drove in two runs in the Canadians 9-6 victory over Yakima. Vancouver is now 1-1 on the young season. After being no-hit into the sixth inning on Tuesday, the Canadians had no trouble reaching base on Wednesday. Vancouver collected 11 hits and six walks, including three extra-base hits.

Chris Tritle had three RBI and went 2-5 with two runs scored and a triple. Lead-off man Chad Boyd and number three hitter Wes Long both had two hits. The Canadians' 1-4 hitters went a combined 7-17 with seven runs scored. Shortstop Frank Martinez also had a good night, as he went 2-2 with two walks.

Reliever Steven-Ryder Carter got the win with 3.1 solid innings in relief of starter Joe Piekarz. Mike Mitchell picked up his first save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Rookie A's Make Their Debut

The A's Arizona Rookie League team got their season going on Wednesday with a 4-3 loss to the Giants' Rookie squad. The A's and Giants had to go to extra innings in their inaugural 2005 contest. The final score was 4-3 Giants in ten innings.

The A's fell behind early when starter Jose Lugo allowed three runs in the second inning. The rookie A's squad came back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Giants scored a run in the top of the tenth to win the game. Reliever TJ Franco was hung with the loss despite allowing only one run in three innings of work.

Reliever Luis Torres had an impressive debut, as he threw four scoreless innings and struck out two. DH Ramon Alvarado hit his first homerun of the season and went 2-4. He was the only A's player to have more than one hit. Alexander Valdez drove in two runs with a two-out base-hit in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game.

Sacramento Cruises Again

The River Cats keep on winning and Las Vegas keeps on losing. On Wednesday night, Sacramento made it ten of eleven with a 14-3 win over the 51s. Matt Watson had a huge night, homering twice and driving in five runs. Mike Rouse and Andrew Beattie also homered, as Sacramento pounded out 14 hits on the night.

Freddie Bynum continued his good work at the top of the order, as he put together a 3-5 with three RBI night. Charles Thomas reached base five times, walking three times and singling twice. He also stole his fifth base. A's reclamation project Juan Cruz made his Sacramento debut, going three innings. He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out four. Cruz will be gradually stretched out into a starter role in Sacramento.

Inland Empire Cools Off Stockton

The Stockton Ports' streak of hot hitting came to an end on Wendesday, as Inland Empire limited Stockton to two runs in their 6-2 win. The Ports did managed to collect 11 hits and a walk, but they stranded nine runners and hit into a double-play. Starter Brad Ziegler was hung with the loss, as he allowed all six runs in 4.1 innings of work.

After being the only Port in the starting line-up not to reach base on Tuesday, Eddie Cornejo redeemed himself with a solid 3-4 night in the ninth hole. Richie Robnett also had a good night at the plate, as he went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored. Dustin Majewski went 2-5 with an RBI and Danny Putnam collected his 60th RBI of the year.

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