Oakland A's MLN: Movers And Shakers

In this edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook, we catch up on the week's transactions and go over the details of Thursday night's action for the A's minor league affiliates. There were some big pitching performances on the night. Find out the details inside...

Players Moving All Over The Place

There have been a number of transactions within the A's system this week. Here is a summary of the moves:

- Right-handed reliever Kyle Crowell has moved up to AAA-Sacramento, replacing left-hander Randy Keisler, who is on the temporary inactive list.

- Outfielder Cameron Coughlan moved from AA-Midland to A-Stockton.

- Outfielder Steve Stanley retired from AA-Midland.

- Outfielder Matt Allegra moved from A-California to AA-Midland.

- SS Ronnie Merrill joined AA-Midland from extended spring training.

- Starting pitchers James Shull and Mike Madsen were put on the disabled list by A-Stockton.

- Infielder Haas Pratt was activated from the disabled list for A-Stockton.

- Right-handed reliever Elvis Avendano was added to the A-Stockton roster from extended spring training.

- Outfielder Andre Piper-Jordan was added to the Kane County Cougars roster from extended spring training.

Meyer Solid in River Cats' Win

The Sacramento River Cats pulled back to two games over .500 with a 7-3 win over Tacoma. River Cats starter Dan Meyer was excellent, allowing only two runs and five hits in six innings of work. He earned his second win of the season in his best start thus far. Meyer struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

He received good offensive support from the River Cats, as they put together 12 hits and eight walks to push seven runs across the plate. Keith Ginter and Jeremy Brown each had three hits. Brown drove in two runs and is hitting a red-hot .448 on the season. Brian Stavisky had his best game of the season, going 2-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. Scott McClain and Doug Clark each had two hits and Matt Watson walked three times.

Ziegler Strong, Bullpen Falters Late For Midland

Midland starter Brad Ziegler continued his strong start to the season, throwing 5.2 shut-out innings. He left the game with a 2-0 lead, but he could only watch as the normally stalwart Midland bullpen coughed up the lead. The Rockhounds would go on to lose the game to Corpus Christi, 5-2.

Ziegler allowed six hits and a walk during his outing and he struck out four. The 2005 California League leader in strikeouts lowered his ERA to 0.96 in three starts. Four Midland relievers followed Ziegler and each was touched for at least one run. Shawn Kohn was tagged with the loss after allowing one run in 1.1 innings of work.

The Rockhounds were quiet on offense, as they managed only seven hits and four walks. Kevin Melillo and Ronnie Merrill were at the top of the order and each player chipped in with two hits to lead the Rockhounds. Both of the Rockhounds' runs scored without the benefit of an RBI from Midland. Lloyd Turner, who has been playing in the outfield since the departure of Steve Stanley, stole his fourth base of the season and went 1-3 with a run scored. Eddie Cornejo, acting as the designated hitter, raised his average to .325 with a 1-3 night. He also walked.

Midland has now dropped three straight and they find themselves one game behind Corpus Christi.

Stockton Falls Late, Webb Shines

It was a windy night in Stockton, but it wasn't because of the weather. The Stockton Ports and the Inland Empire 66'ers combined to strike out 32 batters thanks in part to a generous strike zone from the replacement home plate umpire and in large part to some spot-on pitching. Starter Ryan Webb was brilliant, going seven innings and allowing only one unearned run. He struck out 11 and walked none. Webb had a great curveball and change-up working and his high fastball induced a number of swings and misses.

Webb didn't factor in the decision because the Ports couldn't muster much offense versus the outstanding pitching of the 66'ers. Webb allowed his unearned run in the first and the Ports countered with a run in the second, but there wasn't much offense to speak off until the top of the 12th when Trent Peterson allowed a run in his fourth inning of relief. That run was the difference, as the 66'ers nailed down a win to stave off the attempted sweep by Stockton.

Kane County on Fire, Win Again to Raise Record to 10-4

The Cougars bullpen worked five solid innings and Kane County overcame an early 3-1 deficit to beat South Bend by a score of 5-4. Starter Craig Italiano worked four innings and allowed three runs (two earned). He struck out four and walked three and didn't factor in the decision. Brad Davis threw yet another shut-out inning and John Herrera earned the win with two scoreless frames of his own. Davis has worked 11 scoreless innings this season. Dan Fyvie bridged the gap to closer Steven Sharpe with a scorless eighth inning and Sharpe earned his fifth save, although he did allow a run.

On offense, left-fielder Jeff Bieker was the story with a 4-4 effort to raise his average to .270 on the season. Bieker had a double and three singles and he drove in three. Jeff Baisley extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 1-3 afternoon. Baisley has raised his average from .125 to .265 during the streak. Shortstop Justin Sellers added a pair of doubles in four at-bats to raise his average to .298.

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