Oakland A's MLN: Ninth Inning Thrills

Tuesday's slate of minor league games in the Oakland A's system were filled with ninth inning drama. Find out the details for those games, as well as some information on the newest Sacramento River Cat and the details of how the Stockton Ports' representatives did in the California-Carolina League All-Star game.

Mark Watson The Newest Sacramento River Cat

From Steve Holley, InsidetheIvy

On Monday, LHP Mark Watson was traded from the Chicago Cubs organization to the A's and was slated to report to Triple-A Sacramento. He was 3-1 with one save and a 3.38 ERA in 23 appearances with AAA-Iowa and had been on the DL with a triceps-related injury at the time of the trade. Watson was notified of the trade while he was in New Orleans on the Cubs current road-trip.

"It was a little surprising to get traded," Watson said on Monday after being told of the trade.

"You always like to have some stability, but you have to look at it from a baseball perspective. Luck of a lefty, I guess."

The Cubs will receive a player to be named from the A's at a future date. Watson is a southpaw who uses a split-finger as his out-pitch. He compliments the pitch with a sinker and slider.

Iowa pitching coach Alan Dunn had only worked with Watson for a short time, but was sad to see him leave a steady Iowa bullpen.

"He's a veteran guy that attacks the hitters and had done a really good job for us," Dunn said.

"He was really tough on left-handers and has a great work ethic. They're getting a good left-handed guy that should help their ‘pen."

Late Comeback Goes For Naught, River Cats Lose In 12

Andrew Beattie launched a two-out, two-run homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game into extra-innings, but it wasn't enough, as Sacramento eventually fell to Fresno by a score of 3-2.

The River Cats' offense was essentially silent until Beattie's ninth inning at-bat. Fresno didn't have much offense either, as they could manage only a single run in the top of the first off of starter Victor Moreno. Moreno went six innings, allowing one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Reliever Shawn Kohn came on in the seventh inning and was brilliant in his outing, striking out four in two scoreless innings. However, Matt Roney allowed a run in the top of the ninth, which seemingly put the game out of the reach of the tepid River Cats offense.

Beattie's blast in the ninth was his only hit of the evening and it scored Keith Ginter, who had a double, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Jason Perry entered the game in the eighth inning and went 2-3 with two singles. He was the only River Cat with more than one hit. Mark Ellis, in his second rehab game, went 0-2 with two walks. He played nine innings.

Reliever Jason Karnuth took over in the 11th from Roney and worked a scoreless inning before running into trouble in the 12th. He loaded the bases with one-out, but got Dan Ortmeier to hit a groundball. However, the River Cats couldn't turn the double-play and the winning run scored.

Midland Hangs On To Beat Wichita

Brian Stavisky had a huge night and Richie Robnett contributed for Midland in his AA debut, as the Rockhounds beat the Wranglers by a score of 7-6.

Stavisky went 3-5 with three runs scored, a double and a homer. He was also intentionally walked. It was Stavisky's second homer since being sent to AA in early June. Robnett went 1-3 with two walks in his debut with Midland. He had a brief stint with AAA-Sacramento after spending the last season and a half with the A-Stockton Ports.

The Rockhounds had 12 hits and a number of players had big nights. In addition to Stavisky, Kurt Suzuki (2-4) and Brant Colamarino (2-6) had multi-hit nights. Vasili Spanos reached base four times with three walks and a hit and Matt Allegra had three RBI.

Starter Ray Aguilar earned his sixth win of the season, allowing four runs and nine hits in seven innings pitched. Jared Burton worked a scoreless eighth and Marcus McBeth got his sixth AA save, although it was not without incident. Entering the game with a three-run lead, McBeth allowed two runs before shutting the door for good on Wichita.

Cal League All-Stars Fall; Powell and Mitchell Play Well

The Cal League All-Stars lost to the All-Stars of the Carolina League, but two Stockton Ports had good outings in the game. Catcher Landon Powell didn't get into the game until mid-way through the contest, but he still had an impact. He singled once in two at-bats and shined on defense, throwing out a runner trying to steal second.

Ports reliever Mike Mitchell benefited from Powell's good defense, as he was on the mound when the runner was nabbed. Mitchell threw one scoreless frame in the contest.

One Big Inning Nips Lansford, Cougars In Loss

Jared Lansford and the Kane County Cougars were cruising along until the bottom of the fifth inning and then the wheels came off. Lansford was working on a shut-out when he suddenly lost his command in the bottom of the fifth and couldn't get out of the inning. He faced five batters in the frame and all five came around to score, erasing a 3-0 Cougars lead. The Kane County bullpen would keep Beloit off the board for the rest of the game, but it wasn't enough, as the Snappers bested Kane County, 5-4.

The red-hot Isaac Omura had another great game at the plate, going 2-3 with two RBI and a walk. The Hawaiian second baseman is now hitting .310 on the season. Jose Pineda launched his ninth homerun of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning that broke a scoreless tie. The recently promoted Chad Boyd doubled twice in four at-bats and Jeff Baisley and Mike Massaro added two-hit nights.

Jeff Gray allowed two inherited runners to score in the fifth inning, but went on to pitch a scoreless sixth and seventh and Joe Newby had a scoreless eighth inning to keep the Cougars close. Lansford saw his ERA climb above 4.00 for the first time this season.

Vancouver Rides Remarkable Comeback To Win

A tight pitcher's duel erupted into a slugfest late and the Vancouver Canadians were able to scrape out ahead to beat Tri-City, 6-5.

Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth, the Canadians allowed four runs to Tri-City, as relievers Chad Lee and TJ Franco combined to give up four runs on four hits and a walk in the inning. Lee was on his third inning of relief after two outstanding innings his first professional outing. Keith Eusebio worked the ninth and tenth to earn his first win of the season.

Eusebio was able to earn the win because of an inspired ninth inning comeback by Vancouver. The C's loaded the bases with no-outs, but watched their comeback seemingly fail when Toddric Johnson and Jermaine Mitchell both K'd. However, Don Sutton extended the inning with a clutch two-run single and Matt Sulentic finished the comeback with a two-run double that tied the game. Michael Klug launched a solo homer in the top of the tenth to give the Canadians their winning margin.

Larry Cobb was the C's lead-off hitter in this game and he went 4-6 with a double and a run scored. Johnson and Sulentic each had two hits and Klug scored two runs. Starter Francisco Pena allowed only one unearned run in 4.2 innings of work, but he struggled with his control throughout, walking five and striking out none.

Rookie A's Lose Tight One

The Rookie League A's got a good pitching performance from Leonardo Martinez, but they were unable to hold onto a late 1-0 lead and lost to the Angels' Rookie League team, 2-1.
Martinez went five strong innings, allowing only three hits and three walks. He didn't allow a run and struck out four. This was a good rebound start for Martinez, who had allowed six runs in five innings in his first outing.

Catcher Matt Singleton scored the A's only run of the game, which came in the fifth inning. He singled and walked in the contest. He is hitting .429 on the young season. Shortstop Angel Corporan drove in Singleton and went 1-3. Youngster Angel Sierra also went 1-3. It was only his second hit in 16 at-bats this season.

Reliever Carmelo Reyes took over for Martinez in the sixth and pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh before giving up the tying run in the eight. Miguel Marrero took over in the ninth and allowed three hits and retired only one batter before the winning run came across the plate for the Rookie League Angels.

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