Oakland A's MLN: All-Star Edition

The Texas League and Midwest League each had their mid-summer classics on Tuesday and the Oakland A's representatives had impacts for the winning teams in each game. We have the details of those games, plus information on the day's action for the Stockton Ports and Vancouver Canadians and a transaction run-down inside...

Melillo, Ziegler Shine In Texas All-Star Match

Midland second baseman Kevin Melillo doubled and scored the game's only run and Midland starter Brad Ziegler tossed two scoreless innings of relief in guiding the South Division All-Stars to a 1-0 victory in the Texas League All-Star game.

Last season, then-A's prospect Andre Ethier was the star of the ASG, winning the Home Run Derby and the game's MVP award, so it was only fitting that two A's prospects would be instrumental in the South Division's win once again. Despite the Texas League's reputation for being hitter friendly, the ASG was a pitcher's duel throughout. Each team would collect only four hits and one extra-base hit in the contest.

The only run of the game would come in the third inning when Melillo, hitting ninth for the South team, doubled on a screaming line-drive to left with one-out. He would advance to third on a passed ball by North catcher Matt Tupman and would come around to score on Josh Anderson's ground-out. Melillo, who is working on a seven-game regular season hitting streak, would finish the game 1-2 and would be replaced by former A's prospect Adam Morrissey midway through the contest.

The one run would prove to be enough due to the outstanding pitching of the South staff, including Ziegler, who has been on a tear as of late. Despite pitching eight innings on Sunday, Ziegler entered the game in the seventh inning and pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, allowing only two hits and striking out a batter.

Kurt Suzuki and Vasili Spanos were also representing Midland in the game. Suzuki went 0-3 and Spanos went 1-3 with a single. Spanos also nailed a runner at the plate from third base with a strong throw on an infield grounder to preserve the 1-0 lead. It was the first 1-0 game in Texas League All-Star history.

Cougars Help Lead East To Easy Win In Midwest Classic

The playoff-bound Kane County Cougars were well represented at the Midwest League All-Star game and they made their presence known in helping the East to a 7-1 victory.

Jeff Baisley and Anthony Recker earned starting nods for the East team and both delivered on offense. Baisley had an RBI sacrifice fly in the first and Recker went 1-3 with a run scored. On the mound, starter Jason Ray worked one inning of scoreless relief, allowing only a hit and striking out a batter, and closer Steven Sharpe worked a perfect seventh inning.

The only Cougar not to see any action in the game was right-hander Jared Lansford. Both Ray and Sharpe were likely making their last appearances this season for Kane County, as both pitchers are heading to Stockton after the game.

Red-Hot Stockton Wins Wild One

Scoring has been a problem for the Stockton Ports throughout the season, but it hasn't been a problem lately. The Ports have scored eight runs or more in six of their past seven games with their latest scoring barrage coming on Tuesday in the form of a 12-8 win. Stockton fell behind 6-0 early, but overcame the deficit thanks to three homeruns.

In total, the Stockton offense pounded out 12 hits and drew seven walks in the contest. Richie Robnett, Myron Leslie, Landon Powell and Tom Everidge each had multi-hit nights. Everidge had the biggest night of all, going 3-5 with two doubles and a homerun. He raised his average to .266 and the homer was his eighth of the season.

Leslie and Powell also homered, with Leslie hitting his sixth and Powell his 10th. Brian Snyder also added a two-run single for the Ports and Cameron Coughlan stole his 18th and 19th bases of the season in the contest.

Starter Joel Posey was roughed up for six runs in 3.2 innings of work, but the Ports were able to make their comeback thanks to a strong relief performance by Scot Drucker. Drucker went 3.1 innings and stemmed the tide by allowing only two runs (one earned). Drucker earned the win, his seventh of the season. Heath Castle worked two-thirds of an inning and Mike Mitchell pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his 14th save and lower his ERA to 2.08.

Vancouver Wins Second Straight

The Vancouver Canadians took their second straight game to start the season, beating the Yakima Bears by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday night. Outfielders Toddrick Johnson and Jermaine Mitchell and shortstop Mike Affronti were once again the stars for the Canadians on offense and TJ Franco earned his second save, locking down Inoel Deaza's first win of the season.

Johnson, after going 2-4 in his professional debut on Monday, went 3-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI on Tuesday. Mitchell also followed his big debut with another strong performance, going 2-3 with two RBI the day after he went 3-4 in the opener. Mitchell also swiped two bags, giving him three stolen bases on the young season. Affronti added his second two-hit game of the season, going 2-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Second baseman Michael Klug also reached base twice with a hit and a walk and scored two runs.

That offense was more than enough for the Canadians' pitching staff, which was stingy for a second straight night. The 20-year old Deaza worked six solid innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits. He didn't walk a batter and he struck out three. Keith Eusebio followed Deaza with two scoreless innings of relief and Franco finished it off with a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

Transaction Run-down

The Oakland A's made a number of moves over the past few days. Here is a brief rundown of the going's on in the A's system:

At the major league level, outfielder Doug Clark was called up to Oakland from Sacramento on Tuesday, replacing Milton Bradley on the roster. Clark, who was signed as a minor league free agent in the off-season, was hitting .290 for the River Cats at the time of his recall. Clark appeared as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's 6-0 loss to Colorado and struck out in his only at-bat. He had five at-bats with the Giants last season.

To make room for Clark on the 40-man roster, the A's designated Kazuhito Tadano for assignment. The Japanese right-hander was expected to be an option for Oakland in an emergency basis in AAA this season, but he struggled from the outset and was continuing to pitch poorly after a stint on the DL. Tadano will have to go through waivers and then the A's will have 10 days to trade him, after which time he can either return to Sacramento as a non-roster player or sign with another team.

On Sunday, the A's made another move involving the River Cats, bringing reliever Ron Flores back to Oakland in exchange for catcher Jeremy Brown, who still has yet to appear in a game in three major league call-ups this season. Flores worked two scoreless innings on Tuesday for Oakland, lowering his major league ERA for the season to 3.38.

The A's also announced the retirement of reliever Steve Karsay on Sunday and on Monday added former Cleveland Indians left-hander Scott Sauerbeck to take Karsay's place.

In the minors, the A's made a number of moves, as well. On Sunday, catcher Haas Pratt was sent back to Stockton from Sacramento. He had been in Sacramento to serve as John Baker's back-up while Brown was in Oakland. Pratt appeared in one game for Sacramento, as a late-game replacement. Catcher Raul Casanova joined the River Cats from AA-Midland, where he had been serving as Kurt Suzuki's back-up for roughly two weeks. With Brown and Casanova's return, Sacramento now has three catchers on their roster.

The Kane County Cougars also announced that pitchers Jason Ray and Steven Sharpe were being promoted to High-A Stockton on Thursday and that Stockton pitchers Randy Rapp and Joel Posey would be taking their place on the Kane County roster at that time. Reliever TJ Franco was also sent from Kane County to Vancouver on Sunday.

In addition, Stockton added third baseman and 2003 first round pick Brian Snyder to their roster this week. Snyder was sent down from AA-Midland, where he was struggling with a .205 batting average, although he did have a .370 on-base percentage and was playing excellent defense. It isn't immediately clear how long Snyder will be down in Stockton and how he and Stockton third baseman Myron Leslie will share time.

The A's also announced the signing of draft picks Matt Sulentic, Andrew Bailey and Derrick Gordon this week.


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