Sacramento River Cats
Season Record: 9-8
Players of Note for 4/17-4/23:
Matt Watson: 10-30, 4 R, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 4K. After going 0-6 in a double-header on Monday, Watson hit .417 the rest of the week. He is hitting .328 on the season and his 16 RBI lead the team.
Daric Barton: 6-25, 5 R, 2 3B, 9 BB, 5 K. Barton's week may not have been as productive as his last week, when he hit his first AAA homerun, but he still got on base 15 times and collected two more triples. Barton is hitting .302 on the year with .464 on-base percentage.
Charles Thomas: 8-25, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SB. Thomas is swinging the bat much better then he did last season and his defense has been nothing short of spectacular. The former Atlanta Brave is hitting .327 with .407 on-base percentage.
Doug Clark: 8-27, 4 R, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K. Although he has fallen off of the .400 pace he had during the season's first 10 days, Clark continues to shine at the plate. He leads the team with a .387 batting average and is tied with Barton for the team lead in runs scored.
Dan Meyer: 1 W, 6.0 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 HR, 0 BB, 4 K. Meyer only had one start this week, but it was his best of the season. He showed much better control of the strike zone and mixed his pitches very well. His two runs allowed came on single runs in the fifth and sixth, as he appeared to tire. After a terrible first start, Meyer has allowed only two earned runs in 11 innings pitched. He appears to be getting stronger in each start.
Kazuhito Tadano: 1 L, 6.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 3 HR, 2 BB, 10 K. Unlike Meyer, Tadano appears to be getting worse each time he goes out there. The right-hander, who the A's acquired right before the start of the season, has been bad since Opening Day. Tadano has allowed 15 runs in only 10.2 innings of work. Opposing batters are hitting .380 off of him.
Juan Dominguez: 2 L, 6.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 BB, 3 K. Dominguez was also acquired right before the start of the season, and, like Tadano, he has struggled since arriving in the A's organization. He has walked 13 batters in 14 innings and has struck out only nine. Opposing hitters are batting .316 off of Dominguez.
Season Record: 10-7
Players of Note for 4/17-4/23:
Jason Perry: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Perry was out until Sunday, but he showed how much the team missed him with his performance in the Rockhounds' 2-1 win over San Antonio. Perry scored both of the team's runs and he hit a walk-off homer. He is hitting .370 with two homers in 11 games this season.
Brian Snyder: 7-17, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K. After a nightmare start to the season, Snyder is back on track. The third baseman has his average up to .250 from .087 on April 14. He is third on the team in RBI with 11.
Vasili Spanos: 6-21, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K. Spanos has also recovered from a slow start at the plate. His season average is up to .275 and he is the team leader in homeruns with three and is second on the team in RBI with 12.
Kurt Suzuki: 7-23, 5 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 SB. It took until April 19 for Suzuki to strike out for the first time this season. He is hitting .364 on the year with a team-leading .478 on-base percentage.
Kevin Melillo: 4-25, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K. It would have been hard for Melillo to keep up his pace from last week, when he collected 14 hits. Even with the slow-down in production this week, Melillo is hitting .328 on the year. His strike outs are up (16 in 16 games), but he is still getting on-base at a .384 clip. Melillo's biggest struggles have come against lefties (2-21), but he was good against lefties last season, so that will probably change as the season goes on. He is hitting .464 (13-28) as a lead-off hitter.
Eddie Cornejo: 6-11, 4 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 0 K. Cornejo surprised everyone last season with a strong year at the plate for Stockton. He is following that up with a strong start to this season. The infielder is hitting .326 in 43 at-bats despite not playing every day.
Ben Fritz: 2 GS, 1 L, 13 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 11 K. Fritz is on the come-back trail after missing most of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He started the season by allowing seven earned runs in 9.1 innings, but he has put together two strong starts since then. His last start on Sunday was his best, as he threw seven innings and struck out eight against zero walks while allowing only one run.
Jason Windsor: 2 GS, 1 W, 11 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 10 K. Windsor has made four starts this season, and he has alternated good starts and bad starts. He has both of his wins against San Antonio, who he dominated to the tune of 13 IP, one earned run on seven hits. He has struck out 13 Missions. In his other two starts, he has allowed nine earned runs in 9.1 IP.
Season Record: 8-9
Players of Note for 4/17-4/23:
Travis Buck: 9-28, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K. Buck broke out of a slump that was running through the whole team in a major way on Saturday, as he was just a single short of the cycle. He followed that up on Sunday with a 2-4 day that included a grand slam. With his late-week surge, Buck has upped his average to .291. He leads the team with three homers and 12 RBI.
Landon Powell: 7-20, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K. For much of the past week, Powell was the Ports only consistent source of offense. He leads the team with a .311 batting average.
Cliff Pennington: 3-26, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 SB. Pennington has been mired in a terrible slump this season. He only has six hits in 59 at-bats, and only one has gone for extra-bases. Because he hasn't gotten on-base, he hasn't had a chance to steal bases at the rate he normal does, as he only has three steals in 16 games. His defense hasn't suffered, however, as he has been looking like a major leaguer in the shortstop hole.
Marcus McBeth: 3 G, 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5K, 2 SV. McBeth has been practically perfect this season. He has allowed only one hit and two walks in 7.2 innings, and he has six saves in as many chances. He has struck out 12.
Ryan Webb: 1 GS, 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K. Webb was outstanding on Thursday night, though he was stuck with a tough-luck no-decision. The tall right-hander was in complete command versus Inland Empire, allowing only seven base-runners. He has yet to allow a homer this season in 17.1 innings and he has a 1.04 ERA after three starts.
Kane County Cougars
Season Record: 11-6
Players of Note for 4/17-4/23:
Justin Sellers: 8-27, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SB. Sellers has been steady all season, collecting 17 hits in 58 at-bats. He is hitting .293 overall and .375 out of his preferred spot in the batting order (second). Sellers has also looked very good on defense, where he has flashed his good range and strong throwing arm.
Jeff Baisley: 8-27, 6 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K. Baisley started the season slowly, but he has been much better at the plate of late. He leads the team with four homers and is tied for the team lead in RBI with 15. His .517 slugging percentage is second on the team.
Frank Martinez: 8-24, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 SB. Martinez is continuing his surprising strong start to the season. The switch-hitting infielder has a .328 batting average, which ties him for best on the team. He leads the Cougars in slugging percentage and on-base percentage, as well.
Steve Kleen: 8-27, 3 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K. Kleen hasn't homered yet, but he has hit the ball hard to all fields. He is hitting .328 (tied for best on the team) and he has destroyed lefties at a .545 clip (6-11).
Vince Mazzaro: 2 GS, 1 W, 1 L, 10 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 HR, 5 BB, 11 K. Mazzaro has looked good this season, as he is holding opposing hitters to a .243 batting average. He has 16 strike outs in 20 innings and a 4.95 ERA.
Brad Davis: 3 G, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K. Davis continues his remarkable season. He has yet to allow a run in 14 innings this season. Davis has struck out 11 and has walked only one and has given up only four hits. The left-hander is limiting hitters to an .087 batting average.
Ron Madej: 2 G, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Madej has been almost as good as Davis this season. The left-hander has worked in five games and has allowed only two unearned runs in 9.1 innings. He is holding hitters to a .188 batting average and has struck out 10. The only blemish on his season so far has been his command, which has led to seven walks. Madej's stuff has so much movement sometimes he can't control it, but it makes him very difficult to hit against.
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