Bocachica, Gaudin Play Stopper For A's
Injuries have presented a number of players with the opportunity to play hero this season. On Wednesday, it was Hiram Bocachica's turn to play hero, with a major assist from Chad Gaudin. Bocachica blasted a two-run homer to straight-away centerfield to give the A's a comfortable 4-0 cushion in the top of the seventh and help guide the A's to a win.
Gaudin was outstanding once again. He threw 7.1 innings of scoreless baseball, winning his fourth game of the season. The unexpected fifth starter lowered his ERA to 2.58. He struck out four and walked only one. Rule 5 pick Jay Marshall helped save Gaudin's gem by retiring two batters with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth. Alan Embree worked a scoreless ninth to finish off the game.
Bocachica's blast was his first hit for the A's this season and his first homer as an Oakland Athletic. He had nine homers for Sacramento before his recall to Oakland. Dan Johnson and Bobby Crosby had two-out RBI hits to score the A's other runs.
Before the game, the A's added infielder Donnie Murphy to the roster from Sacramento. He takes Milton Bradley's place. Bradley was placed on the DL, retroactive to May 17.
Minor League Notes
- Sacramento fell in an afternoon game versus Salt Lake, 7-2. Jason Windsor allowed six earned runs in six innings to fall to 5-3 on the season. Kevin Melillo and Daric Barton hit solo homers to account for Sacramento's offense. The homers were Melillo's fifth and Barton's fourth, respectively.
- Ben Fritz pitched a complete game in Midland's 10-3 win over Tulsa. Fritz scattered 10 hits and one walk to earn his fourth win of the year. He struck out five. Brian Snyder (2-3) and Vince Faison (2-4) each had three RBI to pace the Rockhounds. Both of Snyder's hits were doubles. Gregorio Petit, Myron Leslie and Jeff Baisley all had two hits a piece. Petit is batting .336 on the season and Snyder is hitting .311.
- For a second consecutive game, the Stockton Ports and Chad Boyd pounded the Visalia Oaks. This time, the Ports won by a score of 12-3. Boyd homered and had three hits and scored three times. He is now hitting .273 on the season after a very slow start. Justin Sellers had three RBI, as did Tom Everidge. Cliff Pennington, Luke Appert and Frank Martinez added multi-hit games. Trent Peterson evened his record at 3-3 with five strong innings. He struck out five and walked one while allowing one run. Brad Davis returned to the bullpen and threw three innings, allowing one run. Derek Tharpe finished off the game with a scoreless frame.
- Kane County's offense was silent until the ninth and the team fell just short of Wisconsin, losing 4-2. John Herrera was hung with the loss despite allowing only three runs in six innings. Jason Fernandez worked three innings, allowing only one unearned run. He struck out four and lowered his ERA to 3.86.
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