Oakland A's MLN: Hertzler Perfect

Vancouver's Brad Hertzler got a busy Wednesday in the Oakland A's system off to a roaring start by throwing a five-inning perfect game. We have the details of his gem and the rest of the day's action inside...

Hertzler Perfect In Rain-Shortened Game

Lefty Brad Hertzler brought a little bit of sunshine to a dreary day in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Oakland A's 2007 15th round pick threw a rain-shortened perfect game in the Canadians' 1-0 win over Spokane.

Hertzler had to go only five innings to pitch the complete-game perfecto. The game was delayed by a hour due to rain, which affected the entire contest, and eventually called after the fifth. Hertzler retired all 15 batters he faced, striking out three.

Hertzler is off to a nice start to his professional career. In four games with the Canadians (three starts), he has allowed two earned runs in 13.2 innings. He has 13 strikeouts and one walk. The University of Maine alum is holding opposing batters to a .191 BAA thus far.

The Canadians managed their only run in the third inning, when Danny Hamblin doubled and then came around to score on a fielder's choice hit by Justin Frash. Michael Richard led the C's with two hits and a walk. He also stole his 15th base of the season. Richard is batting an even .300 on the season and he is averaging an incredible one stolen base per game. Richard has three straight two-hit games and he has stolen four bases over that time. Shane Keough also added a stolen base for the C's, his fifth of the season.

Hamblin and Corey Brown each had a double for the C's. Both doubles were their 10th of the season. Hamblin and Brown have made a dynamic duo in the middle of the C's line-up this season. Brown has a team-leading 986 OPS with a .604 SLG and Hamblin has an 858 OPS and a .505 SLG.

Cahill Solid In Bounce-Back Effort

Coming off of his worst outing of the season, starter Trevor Cahill spun a gem for the Kane County Cougars in their 8-2 win over West Michigan. In his last start, Cahill allowed seven runs in only two innings of work. On Wednesday, Cahill was in command, allowing only one earned run in seven solid innings. He allowed only two hits and one walk and he struck out five.

Cahill has now whiffed 61 batters in 56.2 innings. The A's top pick in 2006 has a 5-4 record on the season with a 4.24 ERA. With the exception of his last outing, Cahill has been very effective since the start of June. He has allowed three runs or less in six of his eight outings. He has walked 23 and has allowed only one homerun in those 56.2 innings.

Cahill benefited from an effective Cougars' offense. Toddric Johnson led the way with three runs scored. He had a single and three walks in the game. After struggling all of May and June, Johnson has now reached base in eight straight games and he has scored seven runs over that time.

Ramiro Mendez also had a big game for Kane County. He went 3-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Matt Smith had two hits for the Cougars and he scored two runs. He also picked up his third double of the season and drew a walk. Mike Massaro had three RBI in the winning effort.

Bullpen Fails Bailey, Ports

A solid performance from starter Andrew Bailey was wasted by the Stockton bullpen, which combined to allow four runs in three innings in Bakersfield's 6-3 win over Stockton. Bailey allowed two runs in six plus innings on three hits, including a solo homer. His command was off during the game, and he walked six. However, he struck out eight and lowered his High-A ERA to 2.76.

Bailey pitched into the seventh, but he walked two batters before being replaced by Mike Mitchell. Mitchell allowed a run-scoring single, but limited the damage by striking out the last two batters. He was unable to keep the one-run lead in the eighth, as he allowed a run-scoring, two-out single. Patrick Currin allowed three runs in the ninth inning and earned the loss.

Raul Padron had two hits, including his 10th homerun of the season. Newcomer Darryl Lawhorn also homered, his first for the Ports. Mike Piazza went 1-3 with a strikeout in his second rehab game with the Ports. He is 9-23 in five rehab games.

Robnett Ties It In Ninth, But Rockhounds Lose Late

For the second consecutive day, the Midland Rockhounds were victims of a walk-off victory. David Shafer allowed a three-run homer with two-on and two-out in the bottom of the ninth to Corpus Christi's Ray Sadler in the Rockhounds' 6-3 loss. Shafer had come on in relief of Adam Thomas, who was hung with the loss.

The game only made it to the bottom of the ninth because Richie Robnett crushed a one-out, two-run homer to tie the game in the top of the ninth. It was Robnett's 14th homer of the season and his 55th and 56th RBIs. He had three hits on the day and a walk. Robnett has eight hits in his last 12 at-bats and has raised his season average to .260.

Eddie Cornejo, Luke Appert and Cliff Pennington each had two hits for the Rockhounds. Appert is now batting .297 for Midland and has been one of the Rockhounds' most consistent hitters since his promotion from High-A Stockton in late May. In 85 games combined between Midland and Stockton, Appert has a 942 OPS and 64 RBI. Pennington is now batting .287 for the Rockhounds with an OBP of .401.

Andrew Shipman allowed two runs in 5.2 innings of work in the start. He had a no-decision. The Midland bullpen struggled, as Mike Bumatay, Shawn Kohn, Thomas and Shafer combined to allow four runs on three hits and three walks in three plus innings of work.

Seventh Inning Dooms Knox, River Cats

Sacramento and Colorado Springs were locked in a pitcher's duel when the Sky Sox exploded for six runs in the seventh inning to take control of the game. Three ninth inning runs weren't enough for Sacramento, who fell by a score of 9-6.

The River Cats victimized themselves by committing five errors that led to five unearned runs. Knox allowed six runs (four earned) in 6.1 innings of work. He was hurt by a shoddy defense that included two errors from both J.J. Furmaniak and Jeremy Brown. Reliever Ron Flores also committed an error in the seventh, which helped lead to his three unearned runs allowed.

Furmaniak did contribute with the bat, reaching base three times and scoring twice. Former Sky Sox Jorge Piedra had a big night against his old club, collecting two hits, including a double. He is batting .354 for the River Cats this season. Daric Barton had a triple (his fourth of the season) and a walk and two RBI. Nick Blasi also had three RBI for the River Cats.

Rookie A's Lose In 10

The A's Rookie League team scored a game-tying run in the top of the ninth inning but lost in the 10th to the Giants Rookie League team by a score of 3-2. Francisco Tirado led the way for the A's with two hits, including a double. Carlos Morales and Franklin Hernandez each had two hits for the A's and drove-in a run. Adam Klein swiped his 13th base of the season.

The A's wasted a solid outing from starter Pascual Manzueta, who allowed one run in six innings of work. He struck out seven and didn't walk a batter. Manzueta has a 5.64 ERA for the A's, but he has struck out 23 in 22.1 innings. After a disastrous first start in which he allowed seven runs in 1.1 innings, Manzueta has allowed only seven earned runs in 21 innings with a 23:5 K:BB ratio.

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