Oakland A's MLN: A Perfect Evening

On an evening where former Oakland A's top pitching prospect Joe Blanton dazzled the San Francisco Giants in earning his fourth win in his last five starts, the A's minor league affiliates were similarly impressive. All six clubs won on Friday, some easily and some in dramatic fashion. Find out the details in this edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook...

Sacramento Continues To Roll Along

The River Cats won their seventh straight game and their 12th straight over Las Vegas by posting a 13-6 win. Sacramento had five homeruns in the game and Seth Etherton picked up the win with five strong innings of work.

Shawn Garrett: After hitting a grand-slam last night, Garrett did himself one better by going 5-6 with another homerun, three RBI and two runs scored. The switch-hitting outfielder has his batting average back over .300 and he now has 41 RBI on the year.

Mike Rouse: Very quietly, Rouse is once again putting together a solid season for the River Cats. He has played most of his games at shortstop and has flashed good range in the field. Rouse has also been a force at the plate. He went 3-5 with his sixth homerun and his 21st double on Friday night. He is hitting .296 with 48 RBI on the year.

Brant Colamarino: After collecting four hits in his second game as a River Cat, Colamarino has struggled at AAA. However, he broke out of his AAA slump – at least temporarily – with a strong performance on Friday. He went 2-5 with a two-run homerun and his 9th, 10th and 11th RBI since he joined Sacramento. The homerun was Colamarino's fourth since joining the River Cats.

Andrew Beattie: Beattie was signed as a minor league free-agent over the off-season and he has pushed his way into the A's infield depth chart with an outstanding year. He thrived at AA-Midland to start the year and was promoted to AAA in early May. Since that time, Beattie has hit .310 with five homeruns and 36 RBI for the River Cats. He hit that fifth homer on Friday and added two more singles. On the season, Beattie has a combined eight homers and 54 RBI between AA and AAA.

Bondurant Shines In Midland's Win

Midland won its second straight game on Friday, beating Tulsa 5-2. The Rockhounds had dropped six straight to end the first half of the season, but they have started the second half with two wins.

Steven Bondurant: The left-handed starter had one of his best outings of the season on Friday. He allowed only one hit and one unearned run in seven solid innings of work, earning his fifth win of the season. After permitting a walk, an error and a run-scoring single in the first, Bondurant allowed only one other walk in his next six innings. He struck out seven and walked only two on the evening. Bondurant has a 5-5 record with a 4.24 ERA this year.

Brian Stavisky: With Andre Ethier not in the Midland line-up, the reigning Cal League MVP Stavisky instantly takes over Ethier's third spot in the batting order. Stavisky took good care of it on Friday, as he went 2-3 with two doubles, two RBI and two walks. He now has 40 RBI on the year and is hitting .308

Omar Quintanilla: The Rockhounds' shortstop has shaken an early season slump and is now hitting at his usual efficient pace. Quintanilla went 2-4 on Friday to up his average to .291. One of those two hits was his first triple of the year.

Steve Stanley: Stanley, like Quintanilla, had a rough start to his season. However, the speedy centerfielder is back on track and has been jump-starting the Midland offense for well over a month now. Stanley went 2-4 with a walk on Friday. He is now hitting .316 and is reaching base nearly 40% of the time he is at the plate.

Stockton Pummels Rancho Cucamonga

The suddenly hot-hitting Ports continued to mash the baseball on Friday night, as they pounded out 16 hits and 17 runs in their 17-7 win over the Quakes. Every Port reached base and every starter except Danny Putnam had at least one hit.

Dustin Majewski: The Ports centerfielder was on-base five times and he scored three runs on Friday. He drove in two runs with two outs and upped his season RBI total to 43.

Daric Barton: Barton has been red-hot over the past ten days, and that trend continued on Friday. The left-handed hitter went 2-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. He also legged out his first triple of the season and walked twice. Barton is now hitting .314, good for tops on the team with Vasili Spanos now playing in Midland. He has 50 RBI on the year, which puts him second behind Putnam.

Richie Robnett: Robnett's season has been up and down thus far, but he has been hitting well over the past week. Robnett collected three hits and two RBI on Friday. He has driven in 31 runs in 51 games for Stockton this year.

Eddie Cornejo: Cornejo singled four times and scored three runs on Friday night. After going 0-5 on Tuesday, Cornejo is 8-15 since then and he has raised his batting average 39 points from .241 to .270.

Evans, Kane County Solid In Win Over Clinton

The Cougars needed a well-pitched game and they got one from starter Tony Evans, as they beat Clinton by a score of 5-2.

Tony Evans: Evans has won all three of his Kane County starts this year after a strong performance on Friday that saw him go 6.2 innings. He allowed only six hits and one run. Evans struck out five and walked three. On the season, Evans has whiffed 12 and walked four in 21.1 innings of work. He has a 1.33 ERA on the year.

Tomas Cabaniel: The once-ballyhooed pitching prospect turned in a nice relief outing on Friday, throwing 2.1 innings to earn his second save of the season. He allowed only an unearned run and one walk over that span.

Jose Pineda: Pineda has been a valuable addition to the Cougars' line-up since he joined the team on May 23. He clubbed his second homer of the season and drove in his 15th and 16th runs.

The Pratt Attack Continues For Vancouver

The Canadians made it three straight with a 7-4 pasting of Yakima. Vancouver had 15 base-runners on the evening and they stole two more bases.

Haas Pratt: Pratt crushed his third homerun in four games and drove in three runs for the victorious Canadians. The Vancouver first baseman is 6-14 with two doubles, three homeruns and seven RBI to start the year.

Steve Kleen: Kleen also had a good night at the plate, clubbing two doubles and drawing a walk in four at-bats. He scored two runs.

Chris Tritle: The speedy outfielder struggled at Kane County earlier this season, but he has seemingly found his stroke in Vancouver. Tritle went 3-5 on the evening and upped his early season average to .353. He also scored two runs and stole his third base of the short-season.

Jeff Gray: Gray earned the win with five innings of two-hit, two-run baseball on Friday. He struck out three and walked three in his first start of the season.

Brad Davis: Davis did an excellent job bridging the gap between Gray and the Canadians' late-inning relievers, as he worked 2.1 scoreless innings. Davis struck out four and walked none in his first appearance of the season.

Rookie A's Walk-Off With Win

The Arizona A's scored three in the bottom of the ninth to steal a win from the Arizona Royals by a score of 3-2. Rehabbing A's reliever Chad Bradford pitched the first inning of the game, allowing only a hit and striking out a batter.

Ramon Alvarado: All three of the A's runs came with two-out in the 9th inning and the two game-winning runs came on Alvarado's two-out RBI triple.

Carlos Morales: Morales jump-started the A's game-winning rally by singling to lead-off the ninth. He would then steal second base and come around to score on Alexander Valdez's two-out single. Morales was the only A's player to have two hits in the game. He is 3-6 on the year.

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