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Solid starting pitching was a theme for all of the Oakland A's affiliates on Tuesday. Two of the teams were able to translate those starts into wins and the other two were on the short end of the final score. Find out the details inside...

Aces Up; Windsor Plays Stopper For Sacramento Again

Jason Windsor has only been with the River Cats for a week, but he is already developing a reputation as a stopper. Windsor once again snapped a Sacramento losing streak by earning his second AAA win in as many chances on Tuesday. The River Cats had lost four in a row before winning on Tuesday. Their last win was Windsor's first AAA start last week.

Windsor wasn't quite as sharp as he was in his first outing, when he last into the seventh inning before giving up a run, but he was plenty good enough to earn the win on Tuesday. The right-hander out of Cal State Fullerton worked five plus innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out six in the River Cats' 4-2 road win over New Orleans.

Alex Santos came on in relief of Windsor and threw 2.2 scoreless innings to help secure the win for Sacramento. Shawn Kohn got the last out of the eighth inning and Santiago Casilla worked a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save of the season. Casilla allowed two hits, but didn't walk a batter and struck out one. He has improved his control this season, giving up only six walks and striking out 17 in 18.2 innings.

Jeremy Brown celebrated his return to AAA with a homerun. He also walked twice and appeared to have no rust after sitting on the A's bench for a week without playing.

Jason Perry collected his first AAA hit since his promotion and it was a big one, a two-run homer in the River Cats' three-run fourth that gave Sacramento their first lead of the game. Brian Stavisky would give the River Cats a little insurance with a solo homerun in the sixth, his second of the season. Keith Ginter had a big day at the plate, going 3-4 with an RBI and a double. He is hitting .264 on the season. Nate Espy added two hits to keep his average near .400 at .391.

On the flip-side, Daric Barton's May swoon continued with an 0-4. He is hitting only .196 in May and has seen his average drop from .338 to .273. Barton is continuing to get on-base despite the slump, however, as he has walked 12 times in 19 games.


Midland Loses A Thriller In 13

Both Midland and Corpus Christi have powerful offenses, but on Tuesday, pitching was the name of the game. The two teams battled into the 13th inning in a scoreless tie until a throwing error by Jeff Muessig led to an unearned run to give Corpus Christi the win.

Starter Ben Fritz was outstanding, throwing eight shut-out innings, which was the longest outing for any Midland starter this season. Fritz scattered six hits and didn't walk a batter. He also struck out six. Fritz lowered his ERA from 4.12 to 3.42 with his effort. He has whiffed 32 batters against only 14 walks in 47.1 innings this year.

Travis Buck has been a doubles-hitting machine this season.

Connor Robertson came on in relief of Fritz and he threw three scoreless innings. He allowed six base-runners, but kept the runs from scoring. Robertson has a 2.53 ERA for the year. Muessig relieved Robertson and threw a scoreless 12th before running into trouble in the 13th. Muessig walked the lead-off batter and then misplayed a bunt on the next play, allowing the base-runners to advance to second and third. J.R. House then won the marathon game for Corpus Christi with a sacrifice fly.

On offense, the Rockhounds didn't do much, but there were a few highlights. Travis Buck had his first multi-hit game as a AA player. Both of his hits were doubles and he now leads the minor leagues with 21 doubles. Vasili Spanos also had two hits and he reached on a walk. Kevin Melillo, Brant Colamarino and Brian Snyder each reached base twice via the walk. On the flip-side, Matt Allegra had a tough day, as he struck out four times. He did have a double.


Power, Pitching, Petit Lead Stockton To Win

The Stockton Ports recorded their second straight victory over the Bakersfield Blaze with a 4-2 win at Banner Island Ballpark. The suddenly powerful Stockton line-up connected for two more homeruns and second baseman Gregorio Petit went 3-3 with a triple to lead the Ports at the plate. On the mound, starter Michael Rogers and relievers Brad Davis and Mike Mitchell combined to stifle the Bakersfield offense.

Landon Powell and Tommy Everidge connected for solo homeruns for the Ports. Powell's blast was his team-leading sixth of the season and Everidge kept close to Powell with his fifth homer of the year. Powell also added a double. He is five for his last 14 and he has raised his average to .282. His .482 slugging percentage is tops on the team. Everidge's homer extended his hitting streak to six games. During that stretch, Everidge has gone 10-21 with three homers and 12 RBI. He has raised his average from .202 to .248 over those six games.

Despite not going deep, Petit was the offensive player of the game, reaching base three times and driving in and scoring a run. His triple was his first of the season. Petit, too, appears to be coming out of his early season funk. He has a modest three-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 6-13 with a homer, a triple and four runs scored. He has raised his average to .257.

Gregorio Petit reached base four times on Tuesday. He has been on a mini-hot streak this week.

On the mound, starter Michael Rogers gave the Ports another solid effort. After being rocked for 11 runs in his first nine innings of the season, Rogers has allowed only seven runs over his last 37 innings. Rogers went six innings on Tuesday, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out seven. The two earned runs were the most Rogers had allowed since his second start of the season. He was stuck with a no-decision on Tuesday – as he left the game tied 2-2 – but he is 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA in three starts in May.

Reliever Brad Davis earned his second win for the Ports with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Davis struck out one batter and allowed only two hits and no walks. Since arriving in Stockton, Davis has been devastating against left-handed batters, holding them to a .133 batting average.

Mike Mitchell relieved Davis with two outs in the eighth and worked 1.1 scoreless innings to earn his fourth save of the season. He didn't allow a base-runner and he recorded two strikeouts. Mitchell has a 2.25 ERA and is holding opposing batters to a .213 batting average this season. He has struck out 20 and walked four in 20 innings of work.


Kane County Gets Shut-Out Again

The Kane County offense has gone suddenly silent, as the Cougars were shut-out for the second straight game. Kane County managed only five hits and two walks in their 4-0 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Starter Jeff Gray was hung with the loss after giving up six hits and four runs in six innings. He struck out five and walked one. Gray has a 7.50 ERA, but he has struck out 27 batters in 28 innings this season.

Jeff Baisley has led the Cougars offense all season. He leads the team in homeruns, total bases, walks and RBI.

Brad Kilby and Joe Newby were outstanding in relief of Ray in the loss. Kilby went two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.91. Newby threw one scoreless innings and he has a 1.50 ERA on the season.

Jeff Baisley was the Cougars' offensive star on Tuesday. He had two hits, including a double, and he is now hitting .287 on the season.

Mike Massaro also had a double, his fifth of the year. Raul Padron went 0-4. The catcher has struggled at the plate this season and is now hitting .197.


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