Oakland A's MLN: Italiano Struck By Liner

The Oakland A's minor league affiliates had a good night on the field on Monday, but they sustained two injuries to top prospects. Righty Craig Italiano was struck in the head with a line-drive and had to be hospitalized. OF Danny Putnam was struck on the wrist with a pitch and had to leave the game.

Italiano Sustains Scary Injury In KC Win

Right-hander Craig Italiano was in the middle of one of his best outings of the season when he was struck in the forehead with a vicious line-drive. He walked off the field under his own power after being tended to for several minutes. He was later sent to the hospital for observation. Italiano had struck out five in 2.2 scoreless innings before the injury.

He was relieved by Jason Fernandez, who was very good himself. The righty threw 3.1 scoreless innings, striking out six. He earned the win, his second of the season. Branden Dewing and Scott Moore combined to throw the final three scoreless innings to wrap-up the 3-0 win. The Cougars struck out 15 in the game.

On the offensive-side of the ball, Greg Dowling had three hits, including his fourth homerun. Jake Smith also homered, his first of the year. Mike Massaro reached based four times out of the lead-off spot.

Putnam Injured In River Cats' Rout

Behind another stellar performance by Colby Lewis and a two-homer game by J.J. Furmaniak, the Sacramento River Cats pounded the Iowa Cubs by a score of 12-2 in a battle of first-place teams. The only blemish on the day was an injury to prospect Danny Putnam, who was struck by a pitch in the wrist in the first inning and had to leave the game. The extent of the injury was unknown.

Furmaniak led-off the game with a homer and added another in the ninth inning. He finished the day with four hits and three runs scored. Furmaniak had nine homers and 20 RBI on the season. Hiram Bocachica (9) and Kurt Suzuki (3) also homered for Sacramento.

Jason Perry and Nick Blasi also had good games, collecting two hits a piece. Both players have been excellent since joining the team one week ago. Perry is batting .346 and Blasi is hitting .312.

Colby Lewis earned his team-leading fifth win of the season. He allowed two runs in six innings and struck out seven. His ERA now sits at 2.79. Ron Flores worked the final three innings in scoreless fashion to earn his first save of the year. Flores has a 2.14 ERA on the year.

Madsen Sparkles Again For Midland

Mike Madsen has been an ace since joining the Rockhounds on April 28. He moved to 2-0 by throwing six shut-out innings and striking out 10 in the Rockhounds' 1-0 win over Frisco. He now has a 1.08 ERA in four Double-A starts, including 30 strikeouts in 25 innings. He has allowed only 11 hits and nine walks.

Madsen had to be almost perfect, as the Rockhounds could manage only one run on a Richie Robnett RBI. The RBI was Robnett's 24th of the season. Brant Colamarino and Brian Snyder each had two hits and Gregorio Petit had three for Midland, who managed nine hits and two walks, but only the one run.

Brad Kilby threw 2.2 scoreless innings and Travis Foley recorded the final out to secure the Rockhounds' shut-out win. Kilby has a 2.84 ERA since joining Midland on April 24. Foley has a 1.59 ERA for Midland. The save was his first of the year.

Pennington, Ports Pound Inland Empire

Cliff Pennington scored four times and reached base four times in the Ports' 10-5 win over Inland Empire. Tommy Everidge had four hits and three RBI and Luke Appert had two more hits and two more RBI. Anthony Recker also added two hits, as the Ports collected 14, 13 of which were singles.

Jose Guzman started the game, but struggled in the first, allowing four runs. He worked two more scoreless innings and was relieved in the fourth by Brad Davis. Davis pitched four strong innings of relief, allowing only one run and scattering six hits. He earned the win, his second of the season. Josh Alliston and Jeff Muessig worked the final two innings to finish off the game.

Pennington and Justin Sellers each had a stolen base, their fifth and fourth of the season, respectively.

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