A's Minor League Notebook

The A's farm system has gone 314-305 over 619 minor league games in 2006. That ranks as the 11th best winning percentage of the 30 major league organizations – one spot behind the Chicago Cubs and one ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Sacramento lost to Nashville, 9-5

Dan Johnson's three hits and seventh home run weren't enough to overcome a 14-hit attack by the Sounds. Johnson drove in three runs and ran his average back above .400 since joining the team from Oakland in mid-July. The left-handed bat has hit safely in 18 of 23 games with the Triple-A club and has maintained a plus .400 mark in all but one game since being sent down.

Brad Ziegler continued to struggle in his fourth start since being called up from AA-Midland. He allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings Sunday, and remains winless since his mid-July promotion with a .360 average against in 21 innings. He took a no-decision with the loss falling to left-hander Mark Watson in relief. Watson had allowed three earned runs with the Cats since joining the team from PCL brethren Iowa in June upon entering the weekend.

Midland lost to Frisco in 13 innings, 7-6

Kevin Melillo had four hits and launched his ninth home run. The left-handed hitting second baseman extended his hitting streak to 10 games in a losing effort. Also noteworthy was third baseman Mark Kiger's second three-hit game in as many nights. First baseman Brant Colamarino, the team's RBI leader, drove in his 74th run of the season with two hits and upped his average to .295.

Sam Walton walked three and did not allow a hit en route to the loss in relief. Walton pitched 2 2/3 innings and now has a 1.94 ERA with the RockHounds, but just a 1-4 record to show for it. Ray Aguilar started and went six innings, but allowed five runs and eight hits. The left-hander has now given up 24 runs over his last four outings, a span of 18 innings.

Stockton defeated Rancho Cucamonga, 10-6

Michael Madsen had another short outing for the Ports, yielding five runs in four innings. It marks the third time in the right-hander's last five starts that he went only four frames. The good news was Brian Snyder had four hits and Landon Powell a home run and two RBIs to bail Madsen out. Since joining the team from Double-A in mid-June, the third baseman is batting .303 and is 7-for-21 in his last six games.

Left-hander Brad Davis picked up his fifth win, all in relief. He pitched two scoreless innings and has not allowed a run in his last 7 2/3 innings. Davis came to the team after 18 scoreless innings with Kane County, in which he yielded just six hits.

Kane County defeated Peoria, 7-4

Anthony Recker's three hits pushed his average back to .290 for the first time since July 4. The catcher homered and doubled as part of a two-RBI performance and is batting a whopping .370 (34-for-92) against left-handers this season. Versatile infielder Frank Martinez started again at short and went 1-for-4. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games.

Vince Mazzaro started and won for only the second time since July began. He went a season-long eight innings, scattering just two runs and four hits. The 19-year-old also struck out a season-high nine and walked only one. Despite his nine wins this season, Mazzaro had the highest average against of any Kane County starter at .317 coming into the day.

Vancouver defeated Spokane, 10-3

A 16-hit attack helped the Canadians avoid a four-game sweep in Spokane. At the height of the explosion were four hits, including two doubles from Christian Vitters that netted three RBIs in the 21-year-old's fourth game with the team. Samuel Hernandez totaled a season-high three hits as well, scoring three runs in the process.

Inoel Deaza dealt five innings for the win. He allowed three runs and five hits for his fourth win with the team in 10 starts. Reliever Scott Moore tossed another scoreless inning and has not allowed an earned run in his first 11 appearances with the team, a span of 13 2/3 innings.

A's Notes: The River Cats (AAA) are 62-54 and a distant 13 games behind Tucson in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern Division. The RockHounds (AA) are 20-22 in the second half and in last place in the Texas League South, but are just 3.5 games out of first. The Ports (High-A) are 57-54 overall this season, and 22-20 in the second half, four games behind former A's affiliate Visalia for first place in the California League's Northern Division. The Cougars (Mid-A) improved to 66-47 overall this season, and 26-18 in the second half. They enter the week a half game behind Quad Cities for first place in the Midwest League's Western Division. The Canadians (Low-A) improved to 26-21, four games behind Salem-Keizer in the Northwest League's Western Division.


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