Oakland A's MLN: A Losing Proposition

The big league club continues to find amazing ways to win, but the minor league affiliates (with the exception of the Stockton Ports) found themselves in the loss column on Wednesday. We find a few highlights and look at the lowlights in this edition of the Oakland A's Minor League Notebook…

River Cats fall to Memphis

The River Cats snapped a losing streak on Tuesday but they fell back into their losing ways on Wednesday. Mike Ziegler was hung with the loss, as Sacramento fell by a score of 5-1.

-- Shawn Garrett provided the only offense for Sacramento when he hit his 13th homerun of the season. He homered for the second straight day. The RBI was his 60th of the season. He also had three hits and is batting .299 on the year.

-- The River Cats' 1-6 hitters went a combined 1-24. Brant Colamarino was the only top of the order hitter to get a hit, as Freddie Bynum, Charles Thomas, Matt Watson and Andrew Beattie went hitless.

-- Reliever Mario Ramos did a nice job keeping the River Cats close in relief of starter Mike Ziegler. Ramos threw 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing only a hit and a walk. He struck out two. The former top prospect has a 5.03 ERA on the year.

Midland, Windsor battered by Frisco

The Midland Rockhounds fell behind early and they were never able to crawl out from their deficit, as they lost to Frisco, 7-4.

-- Starter Jason Windsor had a rough outing. Windsor was battling baserunners all night, as he allowed five runs (four earned), nine hits and two walks in four innings of work. He and catcher Jeremy Brown also allowed four stolen bases. Windsor's ERA now stands at 4.25 over 48.2 innings in AA.

-- Outfielder Andre Ethier homered for the second straight day, upping his season total to 16. Ethier's OPS still sits over 900 and he is hitting .328 with 61 RBI in 98 games played this season.

-- Outfielder Jason Perry also went deep for the Rockhounds. It was Perry's team-leading 19th homer of the season. Perry has been streaky this season, but his overall production has been strong. He has 61 RBI and an 832 OPS.

-- Centerfielder Steve Stanley got his batting average back over the .300 mark with a 2-3 night at the plate. Stanley's third triple of the season came off of former Midland reliever Shane Bazzell.

-- First baseman Daric Barton is struggling a little bit at the plate. Barton is hitless in the last three games and his batting average at AA has dropped from .340 to .284.

Stockton wins close game

Stockton was the A's only winning affiliate on Wednesday, as the Ports squeaked out a 4-3 win over San Jose. Keith Dunn picked up his eighth win of the season against only two losses.

-- Leftfielder Danny Putnam was the offensive star of the night. He went 3-4 with two runs scored and his 11th homer of the season. Putnam is now hitting .301 on the year.

-- Kevin Melillo was the DH on Wednesday and didn't get a hit, but he walked twice and drove in a run with a sacrifice. The RBI was Melillo's 58th between Kane County and Stockton.

-- Closer Jared Burton survived a shaky 9th to earn his 13th save of the season. He allowed three hits and a run but struck out two to close out the game. Burton is quietly having a strong season in the Ports bullpen. He has a 1.90 ERA and he has struck out 51 in 42.2 innings. He has walked only 14 and has allowed only one homerun. Burton took over as the Ports' closer when Alex Santos was promoted to AA-Midland in May.

Kane County drops a pair

The Cougars were rained out on Tuesday and made up the game on Wednesday. The day off didn't help, as they dropped both ends of the double-header to the Wisconsin Timberattlers.

-- Wisconsin beat Kane County with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings of the first game of the double-header. Tomas Cabaniel was the tough-luck loser in the 5-4 loss. He allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh (the final inning) when Myron Leslie committed his 24th error of the season.

-- The second game wasn't as close, as the Cougars lost 7-1. Jared Trout was roughed up early, as he allowed six runs in three innings. Shawn Martinez followed Trout with two scoreless innings of relief, but it wasn't enough to allow the Cougars back in the game.

-- Centerfielder Javier Herrera had two hits in the second game of the double-header. After an outstanding season for Vancouver last year, Herrera has been maddeningly inconsistent this season with the Cougars. He is hitting .267 with a respectable .357 OBP but a lower than expected .414 SLG.

Vancouver loses a close one

The Canadians received a strong pitching performance from starter Joe Newby, but the offense was silent, as the C's lost to Boise, 3-2.

-- Newby went seven strong innings. He allowed three runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out five. John Herrera relieved Newby in the 8th and walked two while retiring only one batter. Brad Kilby got Newby out of the jam, however, by striking out the only two batters he faced. Kilby has struck out 19 in 13.2 innings and has allowed only one run over that span.

-- Struggling catcher Shawn Callahan hit his first homerun of the short-season, a solo shot. Callahan is hitting .184 on the year and he has two RBI.

-- Every Canadians hitter had a hit except for Justin Sellers, but the C's couldn't bunch the hits together enough to score a third run. Vancouver stranded seven runners and grounded into two double-plays.

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