Oakland A's MLN: Melillo, Meyer Shine For Sac

The Sacramento River Cats snapped a three-game losing streak in dramatic fashion when second baseman Kevin Melillo blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th to give the River Cats a 6-5 win. Starter Dan Meyer didn't figure in the decision, but he was nearly unhittable in six innings of work. We have the details inside...

The first-place Sacramento River Cats badly needed a win on Tuesday. After not being swept all season, they were on the verge of being swept in a four-game home series by the Round Rock Express. Despite blowing a three-run lead and being down to their final three outs in the bottom of the 12th, the River Cats were able to stave off the sweep with some late-game heroics.

For the first three and a half innings of the game, it appeared that neither team was going to have much offense. Starters Dan Meyer and Mark McLemore combined to throw hittless ball until the bottom of the fourth, when Sacramento broke through with a single by catcher Jeremy Brown. One out later, second baseman Kevin Melillo laced a double to right, but Brown was gunned out at home and the rally died.

Meyer kept his no-hitter until one-out in the fifth inning when Mark Saccomanno hit a solo homerun. It was the only run Meyer would allow in six innings. Meyer struck out 11 batters in total, a new career high. Seven of those strikeouts came through the first 10 batters of the game. Meyer would allow two more hits in the sixth, but no runs. He walked only one.

The start was by far Meyer's best of the season and arguably his best as a member of the A's organization. He was ahead in the count for much of the game and made it through six innings for the first time all season. He threw exactly 100 pitches. Meyer has whiffed 20 batters over his last two starts, a span of 11.1 innings.

Unfortunately for Meyer, his gem did not equate with a win. The River Cats scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on RBIs from a rehabbing Chris Snelling and shortstop Donnie Murphy. Centerfielder Jason Perry would add two more runs with his fourth homer of the season, this one coming in the sixth. He would later leave the game after attempting to catch a triple in the seventh inning. His status was unknown after the game.

Those runs put Meyer in position to earn the win. However, reliever David Shafer came into the game in the seventh and immediately coughed up the lead by allowing three runs in one-third of an inning. Alec Zumwalt put out the fire in the seventh and he threw 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to keep the River Cats in the game.

The game went into extra-innings, with reliever Shawn Kohn taking over in the 10th. He pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th, but was touched for a solo homerun with one-out in the 12th. Reliever Jeff Gray came in and got the final two outs of the 12th to keep the River Cats within one run going into the bottom of the inning.

Sacramento wasted no time getting to work building a comeback in the bottom of the 12th. Right-fielder Dee Brown started the inning with a single. That brought-up Melillo, who had already collected two hits earlier in the game. He crushed a 1-0 pitch from Jose Rodriguez into the right-field bleachers to give the River Cats the 6-5 win.

Melillo finished the game 3-6. The homer was his seventh of the season and the double was his 20th. Melillo has a 13-game hitting streak and has his average up to .288. He leads the River Cats with 36 RBI and his seven homeruns are third on the team. Melillo is fourth among Triple-A players with 29 extra-base hits, and he is tied for the Triple-A lead in doubles and runs scored. Melillo is also among the top-10 in Triple-A in walks with 37.



Other Notes From Around The System:

* Midland starter Ryan Webb was rocked for five homers (four solo) in Midland's 9-4 loss to Corpus Christi. Webb fell to 0-4 at Double-A by allowing seven runs in four innings. He struck out four and walked one. Brian Snyder and Jeff Baisley had multi-hit games to lead the Rockhounds' offense.

* Right-hander Mike Flannery made his Midland debut on Tuesday. Flannery was picked-up by the A's after being released by the Cincinnati Reds. He worked a scoreless inning on Tuesday, walking two, allowing a hit and striking out one. Flannery had a 7.08 ERA in 17 relief appearances for Chattanooga before being released by Cincinnati.

* Stockton was blanked on Tuesday, losing to Bakersfield by a score of 9-0. Michael Rogers allowed seven runs in 2.2 innings. He walked five and his ERA jumped to 10.50 since his demotion to Stockton. The Ports managed only three hits on the day and committed three errors.

* Kane County starter Scott Deal went seven innings in the Cougars' 4-2 win over Clinton. Deal allowed one run in those seven innings, striking out four and walking none. Scott Moore earned a two-inning save, allowing one run. Greg Dowling had two hits, including a double.


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