Oakland A's MLN: Week In Review, 6-12-6/18

The first half came to an end for three of the Oakland A's affiliates on Sunday. At week's close, all four affiliates were back over the .500 mark for the season. We take a look at the notable performances for the week inside...

Sacramento River Cats
Season Record: 36-35
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/12-6/18:

Jason Perry: 8-33, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 0 BB, 10 K. After a slow start at AAA, Perry has turned himself into a force for the River Cats. He has five homers and 22 RBI in only 31 games for Sacramento and his average is now up to .269. The biggest concern for Perry at this point is his K:BB ratio, which is a poor 32:6 at AAA.

Andrew Beattie: 7-26, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K. Finally healthy after missing all of May and April with injuries, Beattie has resumed his role in Sacramento as a player who makes things happen. The utilityman has played five different positions (2B, SS, LF, 3B, DH) already and has 10 runs scored in 15 games played.

Scott McClain: 9-31, 8 R, 2 2B. 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 2B. Compared to his 2005 campaign with Iowa, McClain is off to a slow start with Sacramento this season. However, McClain, who hit 30 homers last year, has been picking up the pace with the homers in June. After hitting only seven in his first 196 at-bats, McClain now has five in his last 68 at-bats.

Charles Thomas: 7-25, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 SB. Thomas' first homer of the season was a big one, a grand slam hit on Monday. He has only five extra-base hits this season in 201 at-bats, well below his career norms. With two of those extra-base hits coming this week, it is possible that Thomas is breaking out of his first-half power drain.

John Baker: 7-21, 6 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 SB. Baker has his average back above .290 (.292) and he has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. He is hitting .326 in the month of June.

Victor Moreno: 1 GS, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 7 K. Moreno has been a solid addition to a depleted River Cats starting rotation since being converted from a reliever to a starter on May 20. In six starts, Moreno has gone at least five innings in each start and has two straight starts where he has allowed one run in six innings pitched.

Ben Fritz: 2 GS, 1 W, 8.1 IP, 13 H, 7 ER, 2 HR, 8 BB, 4 K. It was a tale of two starts this week for Fritz. Making his first AAA appearance of his career, Fritz was bombed on Monday, allowing six runs in 3.1 innings of work. He recovered nicely in his second start for Sacramento, however, allowing only one run and six hits in five innings to earn his first AAA win.

Santiago Casilla: 1 G, 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 4 K. Casilla only had one appearance this week, but it was a good one, as he retired seven straight batters to finish out Wednesday's game. Casilla is quietly having a fine season for the River Cats. He has retired 15 straight batters and has walked only four batters in 11.2 innings in June. Casilla has held AAA hitters to a .207 BAA this season and he has 32 strikeouts in 33 innings.

Midland Rockhounds
Season Record: 36-34, first half over; Midland finishes in second in the South division
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/12-6/18:

Kevin Melillo: 11-31, 2 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 SB. Melillo ended this first half of the season on a high note, finishing with a seven-game hitting streak. The Florida native hit .319 in April, but slumped in May to the tune of .216. He has been hitting much better in June, batting .298 with six extra-base hits in 57 at-bats.

Vasili Spanos: 9-27, 7 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K. Spanos finished off a solid first half of the season with a flourish, raising his average back above the .320 mark (.322). He is hitting .333 for the month of June.

Kurt Suzuki: 8-21, 4 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 SB. Suzuki has been a steady on-base machine all season for Midland and it was more of the same for him this week, reaching base 13 times in six games. He finished the first half with a .301 average and 37 walks versus 33 strikeouts. After hitting only .238 in May, Suzuki is hitting .339 thus far in June.

Travis Buck: 9-30, 6 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 SB. Buck's incredible first half closed with another nice week of work. He has 11 extra-base hits in 76 at-bats in June and is still the minor league leader in doubles with 32.

Brant Colamarino: 11-27, 5 R, 3 2B, 1, 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K. Colamarino has turned around his season with a sizzling June that has seen him hit .406 with 10 extra-base hits in 17 games. He has walked 11 times versus nine strikeouts in June and is now hitting .296 for the year.

Brad Ziegler: 2 GS, 1 W, 16.1 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 12 K. Ziegler is on an incredible tear that has seen him go at least eight innings in each of his last three starts. Dating back to May 23, Ziegler has gone at least seven innings in each of his last five starts. The Texas League All-Star has a 1.71 ERA in June and he has struck out 20 and walked only five in 31.2 innings this month.

Marcus McBeth: 3 G, 4 IP, 2 SV, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 4 K. McBeth's scoreless streak ended at 11.2 innings on Saturday, but he is still having an incredible run in AA. For the month of June, McBeth has allowed only seven hits in 9.1 innings of work. AA hitters are batting .176 off of the right-hander, and he has struck out 22 in 20.2 innings of work.

Stockton Ports
Season Record: 35-34, first half completed
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/12-6/18:

Cliff Pennington: 8-25, 10 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K. Pennington ended a nightmarish first half on a good note, finishing up with an eight-game hitting streak. He has his average up to .190 and is hitting .295 in the month of June. Slowed by a strained hamstring, Pennington has yet to attempt a stolen base in June.

Myron Leslie: 12-30, 5 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K. Leslie has quietly put together a solid first half for Stockton. The switch-hitter is batting .290 with 44 RBI in 67 games. He has been on-fire in June, hitting .354 in 17 games.

Richie Robnett: 6-26, 9 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 9 BB, 7 K. Robnett finished the first half of the season as the Ports' team-leader in homeruns with 11. He has also improved his plate patience thus far in June, walking 12 times against 16 strikeouts in 64 at-bats.

Tom Everidge: 8-26, 7 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB, 7 K. Everidge is riding a five-game hitting streak going into the break and he has hit safely in seven of his last eight games.

Luke Appert: 11-24, 6 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 6 BB, 2 K. Appert has made it difficult for Coach Steverson to keep him on the bench of late. The utilityman is hitting a cool .400 for the month of June with 11 RBI in 13 games and 13 walks against only four strikeouts. On the season, Appert has a ridiculous 38:17 BB:K ratio.

Ryan Ford: 2 GS, 2 W, 13 IP, 16 H, 4 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 9 K. Ford is riding a three-game winning streak going into the All-Star break. He has struck out 52 against only 17 walks this season.

Ryan Webb: 1 GS, 1 W, 6 IP, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 6 K. Webb recovered from a poor three-inning outing last week to post one of his finest starts of the season on Wednesday. Webb has struck out at least five batters in each of his last three starts and has walked only one batter over that span. The control artist has walked only 11 while striking out 41 in 53.1 innings this season.

Kane County Cougars
Season Record: 40-29, first half ends with Kane County one game back of division-leader Peoria. The Cougars have already clinched a playoff berth.
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/12-6/18:

Jeff Baisley: 8-25, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB. Baisley's outstanding first half ends with him hitting .322 with 13 homers and a league-leading 61 RBI. He will be participating in the Midwest League All-Star Home Run Derby.

Anthony Recker: 6-23, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 9 K. Recker finished his All-Star first half with a .305 batting average and seven homers in 50 games. He is hitting .304 in the month of June with four homers in only 56 at-bats.

Frank Martinez: 5-16, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K. Martinez finished the first half with a .258 batting average and 34 RBI in 61 games. He has seven stolen bases on the season, good for fourth on the team.

Steve Kleen: 5-19, 2 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K. Kleen broke out of a slump this week. His two hits on Thursday resulted in his first multi-hit game since June 2. He had another on Saturday.

Jason Ray: 1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 3 K. Although he had a no-decision, Ray finished his first half in dominating fashion, which was fitting considering he dominated Midwest League hitters throughout the first two and a half months this season. He hasn't lost since April 15 and is 6-1 with a 3.02 ERA this season. He has 68 strikeouts in 65.2 innings of work and has allowed only one homerun.

Steven Sharpe: 2 G, 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Sharpe finished what is likely his last week with Kane County in fine fashion. The All-Star closer retired 10 of the 11 batters he faced and finished the first half with 12 saves and a 2.64 ERA. Our Kane County Correspondent, Jennifer Harasek, reported that Sharpe will be promoted to Stockton after the All-Star break.

Jeff Gray: 3 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 3 K. Gray's week started inauspiciously, as he entered an extra-inning game on the road with a runner on third and uncorked a wild pitch to send in the winning run. However, he worked a scoreless inning of relief on Friday and then lasted six strong innings in his start on Sunday. He allowed only seven hits and two runs (one earned) in his Sunday win.


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