Oakland A's MLN: Appert Keys Stockton Win

The Oakland A's system had a strong day on Wednesday. All four of the affiliates won at least one game, and they went 4-1 on the day. We have the details inside...

Appert Leads Stockton To Comeback Win

Luke Appert hit a bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning that was part of a five-run inning that gave the Stockton Ports a comeback 8-4 win over their rivals, the San Jose Giants. Stockton entered the sixth inning down 3-0, but they jumped on San Jose relievers Kelvin Pichardo, Nathan Pendley and David Newton to score eight runs in the final three frames for the win.

Appert's triple was his first of the season and one of his three hits in the game. He now has a team-leading 22 RBIs on the season. Tom Everidge added a two-run homer in the seventh, his seventh homer of the season and his fifth in the last 10 games. Frank Martinez and Steve Kleen added two hits a piece. Kleen, who is normally a first baseman, played in right field and had an outfield assist in addition to his two hits. The Ports have been playing short-handed in the outfield since Nick Blasi was sent to Sacramento on Sunday.

Jose Guzman earned his first win of the season with his best effort yet. He allowed three runs in seven strong innings, scattering five hits and a walk. The 19-year-old Guzman has allowed only 16 hits in 16 innings in three starts this season. All three of the runs Guzman gave-up came in the fourth inning.

Eric Sheridan allowed a run in one-third of an inning, but Pat Currin worked 1.2 scoreless frames to close out the game. The save was Currin's second since joining the Ports. He allowed four runs in one-third of an inning in his first outing for Stockton, but he has been very good ever since then. He is working on a streak of 6.2 scoreless innings.

Lewis Leads Sacramento In Rout Of Omaha

Colby Lewis pitched eight strong innings and the Sacramento River Cats pounded the Omaha Royals' pitching staff for 10 runs to give the River Cats a 10-2 win. J.J. Furmaniak and Hiram Bocachica each homered in the rout.

Every Sacramento starter had at least one hit in the game and the River Cats had 13 hits. Seven of those hits were for extra-bases. Bocachica scored three runs and Furmaniak and Kevin Melillo each scored two runs a piece. Both Furmaniak and Bocachica now have six homeruns on the season, good for best on the team. Daric Barton had two doubles and moved into a tie with Bcoachica for the team-lead in RBIs with 22.

Lewis didn't need much run support. He allowed a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fourth, but was otherwise on top of his game. He threw only 99 pitches in his eight innings and allowed only five hits and one walk. He struck out three. Lewis moved his record to 4-1 on the season with a 2.42 ERA.

Madsen Shines Again; Midland Wins Late

Mike Madsen had another outstanding outing for the Midland Rockhounds, and the Midland offense woke-up in enough time to mount a late comeback and secure a 5-2 win over San Antonio.

Madsen allowed two runs on five hits and two walks, but was stuck with the no-decision, as the Rockhounds weren't able to get on the board until the seventh inning. The right-hander struck out a season-high nine. He has 20 strikeouts and only six walks in 19 innings since joining the Rockhounds in late April. He is limiting Texas League batters to a .143 BA.

Midland was held scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning, when they jumped on reliever Arturo Lopez for three runs on four hits. Landon Powell, Myron Leslie and Brian Snyder hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to start the inning. After a Vince Faison sacrifice bunt, Gregorio Petit singled home Snyder to give the Rockhounds the lead for good. Jeff Baisley added a solo homerun in the eighth and Vasili Spanos scored on a wild pitch to give the Rockhounds some insurance.

The homer was Baisley's fifth of the year. After a slump in late April, Baisley has his average back up to .296. Snyder had two hits and is now batting .294 with a 949 OPS.

Michael Rogers earned the win by pitching a scoreless seventh. Brad Kilby tossed a scoreless eighth and Steve Sharpe threw a perfect ninth to earn his fourth save.

Cougars Split A Twin-Bill

Kane County used a late-inning scoring outburst to beat Fort Wayne, 8-4, in a game that was resumed after being halted by rain on Tuesday. They were unable to maintain the momentum in the second game, however, losing in a rout, 15-4.

In the first game, the Cougars found themselves down 1-0 before breaking out for three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Kane County added a run in the seventh, two in the eighth and two more in the ninth. Jermaine Mitchell had three hits and scored two runs to lead the offense. Greg Dowling, Alex Valdez and Isaac Omura also all had multi-hit games.

Branden Dewing earned the win but lost his season-long scoreless streak when he allowed a run in the ninth. He had gone 16.2 innings without allowed a run this season.

The Cougars' good feeling didn't last long, as they were rocked in the second game. Kane County starter Craig Italiano allowed 10 runs on 10 hits in only 1.2 innings and the Wizards tacked on five more in the seven-inning 15-4 rout.

Mitchell added two more hits and, after a slow start, he now has a .287 batting average and a .374 OBP. DH Haas Pratt added two doubles and he pitched the final inning of the game, allowing one run on two hits. The Cougars are now 6-24 on the season.

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