Oakland A's MLN: Vancouver Still Perfect

The Vancouver Canadians continued their strong start to the 2006 season with another outstanding performance on offense and on the mound on Wednesday. The River Cats and Ports didn't fare as well as Vancouver, however. Get all of the details inside...

Dominguez Rocked; Sacramento Falls

After a good month of May and first part of June, Juan Dominguez is back to his struggling ways. For the second straight start, Dominguez was lit up. This time, he allowed eight runs in six innings, as the River Cats lost to Salt Lake, 8-2.

Dominguez was staked a two-run lead in the first inning when the River Cats put together three hits (including two doubles) to get on the board twice. That would be all of Sacramento's scoring for the day.

Dominguez worked a scoreless first and second, but then allowed two runs in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth before departing. He allowed 11 hits, including three homeruns. Angels' top prospect Howie Kendrick went 2-4 to keep his average right near the .400 mark for the season (.398).

For the River Cats, Scott McClain and Jason Perry led the way offensively with two hits a piece. McClain had two doubles on the night, his 15th and 16th doubles of the season. Nate Espy and Keith Ginter also doubled for the River Cats. Richie Robnett made his debut in AAA and got the start in centerfield. He went 0-3 on the evening.

Oakland A's set-up man Justin Duchscherer made his second rehab appearance for Sacramento this week. After starting the game on Monday and throwing an inning, Duchscherer came out of the bullpen in the seventh inning and worked a scoreless frame. He allowed one hit and struck out a batter. Duchscherer should rejoin the A's on Friday. Oakland is off on Thursday.

Midland Off, All-Star Break

Stockton Cools Off; Lose Big to Bakersfield

All good things must come to an end. Stockton's run of great offense came to an end on the same night that their pitching was horrendous, resulting in a brutal 15-1 loss to Bakersfield.

Ports outfielder Luis Perez was the only thing standing between the Ports and being no-hit on Wednesday night. He accounted for all of the Ports' offense, collecting both hits and hitting a solo homerun to account for their only run. The homer was Perez's fourth of the season. Myron Leslie walked twice and stole a base and was the only other Port to reach base twice.

Starter Mike Madsen was roughed up in his return to Stockton. He struggled badly during his two starts with Midland. On Wednesday, Madsen allowed eight runs in 2.2 innings of work. He didn't strike out a batter and he allowed a homer. Trent Peterson was strong in relief. Peterson went 4.1 innings, allowing only four hits and a run. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

The next two Ports' relievers didn't fare as well as Peterson. Brad Sullivan struggled with his control in his only inning of work. He gave up two runs on two hits, two walks and two wild pitches. Mike Mitchell, who has been outstanding this season, had a rough outing at the end of a blow-out. He allowed four runs on six hits in only one inning of work. It bumped his ERA up to 3.03.

Kane County Off; All-Star Break

Vancouver Wins Again, Mitchell and Johnson Continue to Shine

Scott Deal lived up to his name in his 2006 regular season debut and Vancouver's outfield continued to produce at a torrid pace as the Canadians blew-out the Yakima Bears, 10-2, to move their record to 3-0.

Deal was outstanding in his 2006 debut. He didn't allow a hit in his first three innings of work and finished his day with five innings of one-run, one-hit baseball. He walked two and struck out four. Deal was a 2005 draft pick out of high school.

2006 draft pick Ben Jukich was also outstanding. He worked the final four frames, allowing only one run on two hits in his professional debut. The lefty from Dakota Weslyan struck out four and walked two.

On offense, Jermaine Mitchell continued his red-hot start to his professional career. The toolsy outfielder reached base four times with three hits and a walk, including a double. He also scored a run and is eight for his first 11 to start the season. Toddrick Johnson also had another good game, reaching base twice, scoring both times, and he collected his third double of the year. He is hitting .500 over his first three games.

Jake Smith became the first Canadians player to homer in 2006 when he launched a three-run blast in the fifth inning. He also singled. Samuel Hernandez got the start at second base and he had a big game, going 2-3 with two walks and a stolen base. He was also caught stealing in the game. Chad Boyd, who started at first base on Wednesday, had three RBI and outfielder Larry Cobb collected his first professional hit.

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