Oakland A's MLN: Robnett Hits All-Star Homer

The Midland Rockhounds had eight players on the Texas League All-Star South Division team, and many of those players had a big role in the outcome of the extra-inning game. We have the details on that game, as well as the season debut of a promising Oakland A's relief prospect inside...

The Texas League All-Star game went 10 innings before Midland's South Division could secure a thrilling win. A number of Rockhounds had big impacts on the game.

Midland outfielder Richie Robnett started the game in right-field and he wasted no time getting his team on the board. Robnett launched a two-run homerun in his first at-bat, which came in the second inning. That homer gave the South Division an early lead. The South Division wasn't able to hold that lead, however, and the game went into extra-innings.

Midland closer Steven Sharpe came into the game with two-outs in the ninth and kept the North off the board to send the game into extras. He allowed a run in the top of the 10th, but was the game's winning pitcher when the South came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Mike Madsen and Andrew Shipman had shaky outings for the South Division. Madsen allowed one run without the benefit of a hit. He walked two and struck out one and threw a wild pitch. Shipman allowed a run on three hits in his one inning of work. Ben Fritz did not appear in the game because he started a game for Midland over the weekend.

Catcher Landon Powell started the game for the South Division and was hitless in two at-bats. Infielder Brian Snyder came into the game off the bench and went 1-2. He committed an error while playing at third base. Snyder has been at second much of the season.

Other Notes:

- A's relief prospect Mike Mitchell finally made his season debut on the mound after missing the first half of the season with shoulder soreness. Mitchell wowed the A's coaching staff this spring, but finished spring training with shoulder soreness and has missed the entire season up to this point. He threw a scoreless inning for the A's Rookie Leauge team, striking out one. Mitchell has one of the best relief arms in the A's system and he could be an option for the relief-strapped team once his arm strength is back to 100 percent.

- Sacramento's Daric Barton went 1-5 on Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. J.D. Closser homered twice and drove-in five runs, but the River Cats lost, 11-7.

- Stockton's Bobby Cramer had another strong start on Tuesday, blanking Visalia for six innings. He allowed six hits and one walk and struck out five. Cramer is now 4-1 on the season. Justin Sellers hit his second homer in Stockton's 9-4 win and Frank Martinez had three hits.

- Andrew Bailey allowed only one unearned run in 6.1 innings, but Kane County couldn't generate any offense and lost to Burlington, 2-1 in 10 innings. Bailey struck out six and walked one while allowing five hits. Matt Smith had his first professional extra-base hit, a double, in the game.

- Vancouver lost only its second game of the season, falling to Yakima, 6-5. CF Corey Brown had two outfield assists and RF Matt Sulentic had one outfield assist in the game. Danny Hamblin and Sulentic each drove-in two runs for the C's.

- Sacramento manager Tony DeFrancesco was named as a coach on the World Team for the 2007 Futures Games. Midland manager Todd Steverson will be on the US Team coaching staff. The game will be on July 8 at SBC Park in San Francisco. Midland's Mike Madsen will be the A's player representative in the game.

- The Stockton Ports and the Oakland A's will continue their player development agreement through 2010. The A's signed-on with the Ports in 2005.

- The A's made a deal for reliever Jermaine Van Buren late Tuesday. Van Buren was in the Washington Nationals system this season. He had a 4.50 ERA for Triple-A Columbus this season. Van Buren has 16 career major league appearances with the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox. Coming into this season, he had a 3.53 ERA in nine minor league seasons.

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