Oakland A's MLN: Meyer Whiffs Nine

Sacramento's Dan Meyer carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and the River Cats posted a big win on Thursday. Stockton and Kane County also had big offensive nights and posted wins, while Midland suffered a rare loss on Thursday. We have the details inside...

Meyer Solid In River Cats' Win

Sacramento starting pitcher Dan Meyer had arguably his best start of the season, as the River Cats used a huge fourth inning to down the Isotopes by a score of 7-3. The win put the River Cats at 10 games over the .500 mark at 32-22.

Meyer held the Isotopes to zero hits through four innings. He also struck out seven and walked three through four innings. The high pitch count and a very long bottom of the fourth inning appeared to knock Meyer off of his rhythm in the fifth. He allowed a solo homerun to lead-off the fifth for the Isotopes' first hit. After a strike-out, Meyer allowed back-to-back singles to former River Cats John Baker and Andrew Beattie. After a pop-out for the second out, Meyer allowed a run-scoring wild-pitch before finishing the inning with a strike-out.

Despite the shaky fifth, Meyer had an outstanding line on Thursday. He allowed two runs on three hits in five innings with three walks and a season-high nine strikeouts. Meyer threw 107 pitches in the contest.

Meyer was given ample run support, all in that wild bottom of the fourth inning. The River Cats scored seven runs in the frame. New River Cat Dee Brown started the inning with a solo homerun. The homer was followed by a Jason Perry single, a Daric Barton walk and a Kurt Suzuki sacrifice bunt. After Jeremy Brown was intentionally walked to load the bases, Lou Merloni singled home a run. Nick Blasi, Kevin Melillo and JD Closser busted the game open with back-to-back-to-back doubles to close out the scoring.

Relievers Shawn Kohn and David Shafer combined to allow one run in the final four innings to preserve Meyer's second win of the season against no losses. He lowered his Triple-A ERA to 3.27.

Earlier in the day, the River Cats' leading hitter, Hiram Bocachica, was claimed off of waivers by the San Diego Padres. He was designated for assignment by Oakland Wednesday after spending two weeks with the A's. Between his time with the A's and with Sacramento, Bocachica already has 10 homeruns through the season's first two months.

Madsen Suffers First Double-A Loss

Mike Madsen has been nearly flawless since arriving in Double-A Midland. However, Madsen hit a bump in the road to perfection on Thursday, as he lost his first start in 2007 as a member of the Rockhounds. The right-hander allowed four runs in 4.1 innings of work. He struck out five, walked one and allowed seven hits as Midland fell by a score of 4-3 to Tulsa. Madsen's ERA jumped from 1.75 to 2.45.

Reliever Mario Ramos came on to pitch the final 3.2 innings. He allowed only one hit and he struck out six, but Midland wasn't able to push enough runs across to eek out the comeback win. Ramos lowered his ERA to 4.05. He has now struck-out 16 in 12.2 innings this season. He has been limited by injury for much of the year.

Midland never led in the game. Tulsa scored three in the second inning. The Rockhounds answered with one in the fourth, but Tulsa scratched out another run in the bottom of the inning. Midland climbed to within one run in the seventh inning when Luke Appert hit a two-run homer, his first since joining the Rockhounds. However, they were able to get no closer.

Gregorio Petit had two hits to raise his average to .318. Vasili Spanos (14) and Richie Robnett (17) each doubled to lead the Rockhounds' offense.

Ports Scratch Out Win In High Scoring Affair

Stockton blew a four-run lead, but managed to re-take a one-run lead and hold on for an 8-7 victory over their rival, the Modesto Nuts. Javier Herrera had another big game for the Ports and new Port Adam Thomas earned his first win with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief work.

Michael Rogers got the start for the Ports, but he struggled to throw strikes. He allowed only two hits, but he allowed seven walks and six runs in 4.1 innings of work. He also struck out seven. Brad Davis allowed one run in 1.1 innings of relief work. After Thomas threw 1.2 innings, Leonard Landeros and Jeff Muessig combined to throw 1.2 scoreless innings to secure the win.

Herrera continued his recent hot streak with three more hits in five at-bats on Thursday. He scored twice, drove-in a run and stole two bases. The RBI was Herrera's 29th and his stolen bases were his ninth and 10th of the season. Herrera is batting .271, a season-high for the A's prospect. Shortstop Cliff Pennington also stole a base, his sixth of the season, and scored two runs. In addition, Chad Boyd, Anthony Recker and Steve Kleen added multi-hit games for the Ports.

Thomas was added to the Ports' roster today after signing out of the independent leagues. The right-hander has spent time as a member of the Dodgers and Angels' chains. He was with the Dodgers chain last season and pitched for three affiliates, including Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Ports also announced before the game that second baseman Isaac Omura was being added to the roster from Low-A Kane County. Omura was batting .194 in 108 at-bats for the Cougars. He hit .296 at Kane County last season.

Cougars, Sulentic Rout Beloit

It has been a rough season for the Kane County Cougars, but they had reason to laugh on Thursday, as the Cougars pounded the Beloit Snappers on the road by a score of 11-1. Mike Massaro, Jermaine Mitchell, Matt Sulentic, Toddric Johnson and Alex Valdez all had multi-hit games for Kane County.

Sulentic led the Cougars' offense with three RBI on two hits. The A's 2006 third round pick has struggled this season, but Kane County manager Aaron Nieckula gave Sulentic a vote of confidence by batting him fourth on Thursday and he responded with a big game.

Mitchell hit third in the game and he reached base four times. He had three hits, scored three runs and drove-in two. Mitchell also tripled twice. Lead-off hitter Mike Massaro and second-place hitter Larry Cobb each doubled and scored twice. Mike Affronti (4) and Valdez (2) both homered for the Cougars.

Jason Fernandez was a spot starter for the Cougars and he allowed only one hit and no runs in four innings. However, he walked four and struck out four and was removed before the fifth inning and wasn't eligible for the win despite his strong start. Derrick Gordon earned his first win of the season with 3.2 innings of work. He allowed one unearned run on two hits and two walks. He struck out five. Shane Presutti, added to the Cougars' roster from extended spring training on Thursday, threw 1.1 scoreless innings in his season debut.

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