Oakland A's Weekend In Review: April 13-15

It was a busy weekend for the Oakland A's organization. At the big league level, the Yankees were in town and the A's had to work overtime for a series win. In the minors, there were close games, blowouts, double-headers and more. We have the details.

Oakland A's
Weekend Record: 2-1
Summary:
The New York Yankees were in town and the A's played in front of sell-out crowds for all three games. Every game was tight and were pitcher's duels. In the first game, the A's had to work 11 innings to pull-off a 5-4 win. Eric Chavez and Nick Swisher homered to erase a 4-1 deficit during regulation and Travis Buck tripled with one-out in the 11th to set-up the A's winning run. In the second game, the A's dropped a heart-breaker in 13 innings by a score of 4-3. Former A's star Jason Giambi homered in the 13th off of Lenny DiNardo, who was on his third inning of relief. The A's scored three in the first, but their bats were silent the rest of the game. In the third game, Oakland was in charge for most of the game, until a late-game collapse saw them lose a 2-0 lead and fall behind 4-2. The A's were down to their last strike on three separate occasions, but Marco Scutaro played the hero of the weekend when he slammed an 0-2 pitch from Mariano Rivera off of the left-field foul pole for the game-winning homerun.

Notable Performances:
Eric Chavez: The A's third baseman put on a show defensively in the first game of the series and collected his first homer of the season. He added a single, a double and a walk in the third game and two walks in the second game.

Travis Buck: Buck didn't play in the third game, but he had a big impact in the first two contests. He tripled and scored the winning run in Friday's game and was hit by a pitch. In Saturday's game, he went 2-4 with a double and two walks. Buck's OPS in 966 on the season.

Nick Swisher: Swisher spent the weekend in the second spot in the line-up and had a big series. He reached base four times on Friday, homering to tie the game and walking three times. He added two more hits and a double on Saturday and he added a double and a run scored on Sunday.

Marco Scutaro: Scutaro had only one hit on the weekend, but it was a big one. He launched a game-winning three-run homer with two-outs and two-strikes in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Yankees and Rivera on Sunday.

Jay Marshall: Marshall has become the workhorse of the A's bullpen in the early going. He worked in all three games this weekend and he earned his first major league win on Sunday. In total, he worked 2.2 innings, striking out two and allowing only one hit.

Rich Harden: Harden was outstanding in his start on Sunday, but it was his exit that was notable. Working on a shut-out into the seventh, Harden had to leave the game with tightness in his right-shoulder. The A's will be waiting anxiously until they know whether their ace is healthy. Harden struck out seven and walked two in six-plus innings.

Sacramento River Cats
Weekend Record: 2-1
Summary:
The River Cats had a road series with Tacoma and their bats were active in the series. The River Cats took the first game by a score of 6-1 in 10 innings and the second by a score of 9-8. They were quieted in the series finale by a score of 4-1.

Notable Performances:
J.J. Furmaniak: Furmaniak has been hot of late, getting on-base at a high rate. The infielder reached twice on Friday and scored two runs. On Saturday, he collected his first homerun on the season and went 4-5. He reached on a walk on Sunday and made his first appearance in the outfield (he played right-field). Furmaniak is hitting .346 on the season.

Brian Stavisky: Stavisky had four hits on the weekend, including two doubles and a homerun. He also walked once. The homerun was Stavisky's first of the season.

Jeremy Brown: Brown played in only two games this weekend, but he made them count. He had three hits, including two doubles. He also drove-in two runs. Brown has four RBI in six games.

Santiago Casilla: Casilla is off to a nice start to the season and that continued this weekend. He made two appearances, pitching a scoreless two-thirds of an inning on Saturday and a scoreless 1.1 innings on Sunday. He allowed only one hit and he didn't walk a batter while striking out three. On the season, he has allowed four hits and two walks in 5.2 innings with eight strikeouts and no runs allowed.

Connor Robertson: Robertson had only one appearance this weekend, but it was a big one. The right-hander threw 2.2 scoreless innings in the River Cats' 6-1 win in 10 innings. He allowed only two walks and no hits. He struck out two and earned the win for Sacramento.

Midland Rockhounds
Weekend Record: 0-1
Summary:
The Rockhounds got in only one game this weekend, as their Friday night game was rained out and their Saturday double-header was cancelled due to snow. On Sunday, they fell to Arkansas by a score of 9-3. The game was tied in the seventh inning, when the Travelers erupted for seven runs to put the game away. Midland is 5-2 on the season.

Notable Performances:
Jeff Baisley: Baisley has continued his red-hot start to the season into the season's second week. He had two hits on Sunday, including a double. The double was Baisley's third of the season. He is batting .417 on the year.

Brian Snyder: Snyder hit his second homerun of the season on Sunday, a solo shot in the ninth inning. He is hitting .273 on the year. Snyder did committ his first two errors on the season on Sunday, however.

Brad Knox: Knox had his start pushed back two days, but he still had a good outing. He allowed only two runs on two hits and one walk in five innings. He struck out three and walked one and allowed a homerun.

Stockton Ports
Weekend Record: 2-1
Summary:
The Ports have put together their first winning streak of the season, as they won on Saturday and Sunday after dropping Friday's contest with Visalia. The offense finally appeared for the Ports. On Friday, the Ports lost by a score of 9-6, but on Saturday they turned the tables on the Oaks and won 9-5. On Sunday, the played arguably their best game of the season, winning 9-1.

Notable Performances:
Luke Appert: Appert didn't play on Saturday, but he was red-hot on Friday and Sunday. He homered in each game and had four hits on Sunday to raise his season average to .455. He OPS through 22 at-bats in 1247.

Nick Blasi: Blasi is off to a great start this season, with 13 RBI through the first 11 games. He drove-in two runs on Saturday and two more runs on Sunday. He also hit a homer and scored four runs on the weekend. He also threw-out a runner at the plate on Saturday. Blasi's four homers lead the team.

Javier Herrera: Herrera had the day off on Friday, but he played on Saturday and Sunday. The outfielder is off to a slow start, but he had a good weekend. On Saturday, Herrera drove-in a run and scored a run. On Sunday, Herrera had two hits, including a double, and scored twice.

Tom Everidge: Everidge had a huge game on Saturday. he went 4-4 with two RBI in the Ports' win. He also collected an RBI on Sunday. Everidge has seven RBI on the season.

Luis Ramirez: Making his second start in place of Jared Lansford, Ramirez was outstanding on Sunday. He allowed only three hits and three walks in five scoreless innings. He struck out six and lowered his ERA to 3.18.

Vince Mazzaro: He wasn't as sharp as he was in his first start, but Mazzaro still managed to earn a win on Saturday. The right-hander worked six innings, allowing two runs in the fifth and sixth innings. He struck out two and walked three. Mazzaro's sinker was working, as he recorded 11 groundouts against four fly-outs.

Kane County Cougars
Weekend Record: 1-3
Summary:
The weather has not been kind to the Cougars this season. Kane County has had five games called due to bad weather already this year. The team split two games against Quad Cities on Friday and Saturday and then dropped a double-header in Burlington on Sunday.

Notable Performances:
Christian Vitters: Vitters was hittless for the season until this weekend, when he had two hits on Friday and Saturday. He had a double on Saturday and an RBI. He also scored four runs this weekend.

Jake Smith: Smith was busy this weekend, playing in all four games. He had two hits in the Friday game and in the Saturday game. He then had one hit on Sunday. Smith is batting .286 on the season.

Gustavo Rosendo: Rosendo got his first game action of the season this weekend. He had three hits on Saturday, including two doubles and two RBI.

Greg Dowling: The Cougars' first baseman had three hits on the weekend, including his first homerun. He also doubled and walked three times in four games.

James Heuser: Heuser pitched in the Cougars' 1-0 loss to Burlington in the first game of the double-header on Sunday, a game that was supposed to go seven but went nine innings. Heuser had a strong start, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out six.


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