Oakland A's MLN: Down Day On Farm

The ball was flying out of the park on Thursday for the Sacramento River Cats, as a record number of balls left the yard for the A's AAA affiliate. The other A's affiliates had rough days on Thursday. We have the details inside...

River Cats Play Long-Ball In Big Win

The Sacramento River Cats looked like the Bronx Bombers of the 1930s on Thursday, as they pounded out a team-record six homeruns in their 15-1 home win over Memphis. Doug Clark led the way with two homers, his seventh and eighth of the season. Jason Windsor worked seven strong innings to earn his second win in as many starts since being demoted from Oakland.

Windsor moved to 10-0 on his AAA season and 14-1 in his minor league campaign with a seven inning effort that saw him allow only four hits and one run, a solo homerun by Junior Spivey. He struck out six and walked one and lowered his AAA ERA to 3.79. Mark Watson and Matt Roney each worked scoreless innings of relief to finish off the win for the River Cats.

The outcome was decided early on, as Sacramento chased Memphis starter Chris Narveson after he allowed five runs in two innings. Sacramento continued the on-slaught against the Memphis bullpen, scoring 10 runs off of two Memphis relievers.

Clark was the offensive hero for Sacramento, going 4-6 with two homers and four RBI. D'Angelo Jimenez had three hits and Hiram Bocachica, Dan Johnson, Scott McClain and Keith Ginter all had two-hit nights. Jeremy Brown, McClain, Ginter and Bocachica added homers for the River Cats. Brown's homer was his third in the last 10 days.

The River Cats moved to 61-52 on the season with the win, but still find themselves 11 games back of first-place Tucson.

Rockhounds Fall Big To Frisco

Midland was on the opposite end of the spectrum from Sacramento on Thursday. The Rockhounds fell big to the Frisco RoughRiders, by a score of 13-1. Midland starter Michael Rogers was roughed up for eight runs in 2.2 innings of work. It was his third poor outing in four AA appearances since being promoted to AA from Stockton. Reliever Jeff Coleman was also touched for five runs in only one inning of work.

On offense, second baseman Kevin Melillo led the way with a 2-3 night. He also walked. No other Rockhound reached base more than once. Casey Myers returned to the Midland line-up after missing the first three months of the season with injury and spending three weeks with Vancouver. Myers went 1-4 as the DH in his Midland 2006 debut. He was one of the Rockhounds' top offensive performers in 2005. Matt Allegra drove-in the only Midland run. It was his 51st RBI of the season.

Ray, Stockton Fall To Inland Empire

The Ports' offense was quiet and Jason Ray was touched for six runs in five innings, as Stockton lost to the 66ers by a score of 6-3.

Ray was solid through three innings, but allowed two runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth before departing down 6-2. He walked three and struck out three. Ray hasn't been nearly as effective in High-A as he was with low-A Kane County at the start of the season. It is his first full season as a starting pitcher as a professional, so he could be tiring at this point in the season. Ray is 4-3 with a 5.86 ERA for Stockton. He was 6-1 with a 3.02 ERA for Kane County in the first half.

Lefty reliever Trent Peterson was outstanding in relief of Ray. He worked three scoreless innings for the Ports, allowing only one hit. He didn't walk a batter and dropped his ERA to 3.41.

Second baseman Eddie Cornejo and third baseman John McCurdy each had two hits for the Ports. Cornejo is batting .378 since returning to Stockton from AA-Midland. McCurdy drove-in two runs, upping his season total to 44. DH Brian Snyder drew three walks for Stockton.

Kane County Rained Out

Vancouver Loses In Extras

The Canadians dropped a heart-breaker, as they lost to Spokane 6-5 in 12 innings. Vancouver wasted an outstanding comeback that saw them score four runs in the top of the eighth inning to erase a 5-1 deficit.

Larry Cobb and Greg Dowling were the offensive leaders for Vancouver, each collecting two hits. Tenth round pick Christian Vitters made his season debut on Thursday, going 1-5 as the team's DH. He also drove-in a run. Vitters had been out with a broken hand that he had suffered during his collegiate season with Fresno State.

On the pitching-side, starter James Heuser allowed two runs in five innings, and left trailing 2-1. Kevin Bunch allowed three runs in only an inning of work to give Spokane that 5-1 lead before Vancover came back. Jason Fernandez worked three scoreless innings in relief. He has yet to allow a run this season in 12 innings. Earl Oakes was stuck with the loss after he allowed a run in the bottom of the 12th.

A's Rookie Team Falls Big To Royals Rookie Club

The A's Rookie League team committed four errors and lost big to the Royals, by a score of 9-1. The A's could manage only five hits in the loss.

Leonardo Martinez was stuck with the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) in 3.2 innings. Former first round pick Steven Obenchain threw a scoreless inning for the A's and former supplemental first rounder Danny Putnam had a hit and a walk in three official at-bats. Both players are rehabbing from injuries and are expected to join the Midland Rockhounds eventually. Eric Sheridan was impressive in relief, working two perfect innings and striking out five batters.

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