Oakland A's MLN: Midland Loses In Extras

On the same day that the Oakland A's were thrilling their fans with yet another jaw-dropping victory, the A's farm affiliates were having a tough time getting into the win column. The Midland Rockhounds had two chances to close out a win in extra-innings, but they weren't able to seal the deal. Find out the details of that game and the rest of the day's action in this edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook...

Midland scored twice in extra-innings, but it wasn't enough, as the Rockhounds fell to the Springfield Cardinals by a score of 11-10. Reliever Evan Fahrner allowed a two-run homer to one-time starting pitcher Rick Ankiel with two-outs in the bottom of the 13th to send the Rockhounds home a loser. With two-outs and no one on in the 13th, Fahrner allowed a groundball single to Shaun Boyd and then gave up the gopher ball to Ankiel.

Before Ankiel's homer, it looked like Midland's Kevin Melillo was going to be the hero of the night. Melillo didn't even start the game, but he ended up with four plate appearances and managed to draw a walk and hit a homer in the top of the 13th that temporarily gave the Rockhounds a one-run lead. The homer was Melillo's 19th of the season and his second in AA.

First baseman Daric Barton paced the Midland attack by reaching base six times. The top prospect has been hitting second recently and has been getting on base at a good clip from that spot. Barton had two doubles, a single and three walks. The doubles were his 12th and 13th since joining the Rockhounds six weeks ago. In 34 games for Midland, Barton is hitting .311 with a .508 slugging percentage.

Vasili Spanos and Mark Kiger each chipped in with solo homeruns for the Rockhounds. Andre Ethier stole his first base of the season and Kiger swiped his eighth bag of the year. Starter Stephen Bondurant was knocked around, as he allowed nine hits and seven runs (six earned) in five innings of work. Bondurant's ERA ballooned to 4.72 with the performance.

Other Notes

- Sacramento starter Mike Ziegler had a strong outing for the River Cats, but reliever Britt Reames and second baseman Andrew Beattie imploded in the eighth and the ‘Cats fell to Round Rock, 6-3. Ziegler allowed one run in 5.1 innings. The River Cats were winning 3-1 entering the top of the eighth, but Beattie's three eighth inning errors helped Reames unravel. Round Rock scored five runs (all unearned) in the eighth to push the score to the final total of 6-3.

- Errors undid the Stockton Ports, as well. Stockton committed four errors which resulted in six unearned runs and they fell to Rancho Cucamonga by a score of 9-2. The only bright spots of the game came from two prospects who have had disappointing seasons. Outfielder Matt Allegra accounted for all of the Ports' offense with a two-run homerun, his eighth since joining Stockton on July 4. Reliever Brad Sullivan worked a scoreless eighth inning, allowing only one hit. It was the first scoreless inning Sullivan has worked since being converted to a reliever two weeks ago.

- Kane County's offense was nearly silent on Thursday, as the Cougars dropped their game to Cedar Rapids, 4-0. The Cougars managed only a Myron Leslie double and two walks in the rain-shortened affair. Starter Tony Evans had a rare poor start. He allowed four runs (only one earned) in 5.2 innings. He struck out seven, but walked five and allowed two homeruns. Evans has a 2.88 ERA in 70 innings this year.

- Vancouver had to work overtime to earn a tightly played 3-1, 10-inning win over Salem-Keizer. James Shull allowed only one run in seven innings of work. He gave up only four hits, while striking out five. He lowered his ERA to 2.91. Shull didn't factor in the decision, as the Canadians could only manage one run in regulation. Daniel Acevado came on and worked two scoreless innings to give the C's a chance to win in the 10th. Vancouver used their patience to eek out the winning runs in the 10th. Wilber Perez, Mike Massaro and Ty Bubalo all walked with one-out to load the bases, setting up Jeff Baisley's game-winning sacrifice fly. Isaac Omura followed with a pinch-hit, insurance run single and the Canadians had their three runs. Stephen Bryant worked a scoreless 10th to earn his third save.


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