Oakland A's MLN: Lewis, Cahill Perfect 10s

Colby Lewis and Trevor Cahill have each been light's out in recent starts and that trend continued on Monday with both pitchers racking up the K's in wins for their respective ballclubs. We have the details on their performances and the rest of the night's action inside...

Lewis, River Cats Inch Past Tacoma

Colby Lewis struck out 10 in seven innings and Jeremy Brown blasted a solo homerun in the top of the 10th inning to give the Sacramento River Cats a 2-1 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers. The win pushed Sacramento to 20 games over the .500 mark on the season.

Lewis allowed a run in the first inning on a two-out single and was nearly flawless after that. In the first inning, Lewis gave up two walks and a base-hit while striking out one. Over the next six innings, Lewis allowed three hits and one walk while striking out nine. It was the second consecutive game that Lewis has struck out 10 batters. Since returning to Sacramento from Oakland, Lewis has allowed five runs on 23 hits and seven walks in 38 innings of work. In 13 Triple-A starts in 2007, Lewis has a 1.83 ERA. He has allowed only 82 base-runners in 88.2 innings of work and has struck out 95 against only 21 walks.

Lewis would be hung with a no-decision despite his great work, as Tacoma starter Robert Rohrbaugh was equally effective. The River Cats managed only an unearned run, which came on a sacrifice fly by Daric Barton, in Rohrbaugh's seven innings of work.

The bullpens for Sacramento and Tacoma tossed up zeros in the eighth and ninth innings, pushing the game into extra frames. That was when Sacramento catcher Jeremy Brown played hero for the game, crushing a solo homerun off of former Seattle Mariners reliever Rick White. That proved to be the difference in the game, as Jeff Gray worked a scoreless bottom of the 10th to preserve the win.

The save was Gray's ninth of the year and he lowered his ERA to 4.47. Brad Ziegler earned his seventh win of the season with a scoreless ninth inning and Ron Flores also tossed a scoreless frame in relief.

Outfielder Brian Stavisky was activated a day earlier than expected off of the River Cats' disabled list and he started in the game and went 0-4 as the team's DH. Stavisky had been rehabbing with High-A Stockton from a broken right hand. He had three hits in 10 at-bats in three games for Stockton and he drove-in four runs for the Ports.

Stavisky's activation came on Monday rather than Tuesday, as Sacramento needed another outfielder after losing both Dee Brown and J.J. Furmaniak to promotions to Oakland over the weekend.




Cahill Extends Streak; Kane County Wins In Grand Fashion

Trevor Cahill told Scout.com's Matt Bailey a few weeks ago that his goal was to get his ERA under 3.00 and his win total up above 10 by the end of the season. If he continues to pitch like he has lately, he should meet those goals with plenty of room to spare. The A's top pick in 2006 pushed his scoreless innings streak to 21.2 innings on Monday with another gem, as Kane County cruised past Beloit by a score of 6-0.

Cahill carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning on Monday and wound up striking out a career-high 10 batters in 5.2 innings of scoreless pitching. He earned the win to move his record to 9-4 and his ERA down to 2.90. Over Cahill's last three starts, the right-hander has allowed no runs on six hits in 17.2 innings of work. He last allowed a run on August 3rd, when he gave up a run in the third inning of a start he threw 6.2 innings of one-run ball. During his last three starts, Cahill has struck out 22 and has walked seven. Over his last 10 outings, he has a 2.20 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 57.1 innings.

Cahill had plenty of support from his teammates. 2007 supplemental first round pick Sean Doolittle cracked a grand-slam to break open a close game in the fifth inning. The homer was his fourth for Kane County in 150 at-bats. He has 28 RBI in 40 games for the Cougars this season. Mike Massaro also had a big game, collecting three hits and a walk and scoring two runs. Greg Dowling drove-in two runs, upping his RBI total to 71 for the season.

Scott Moore and Eric Sheridan combined to toss 3.1 scoreless innings of relief to close out the game for Kane County. Moore struck out two and didn't allow a base-runner. After struggling in July, Moore has regained his All-Star form in August. He has allowed only four hits in 12 innings of work during the month, and he hasn't allowed a hit over his last 7.2 innings of work.




Midland Falls In Extras

Midland blew a 5-0 lead and fell to Tulsa by a score of 6-5 in 11 innings. Rockhounds' starter Danny Borrell was dominant in his five innings of work, but 2007 first round pick James Simmons allowed four runs in the final two innings of regulation to allow the game to go into extras. Jerry Blevins allowed the game-winning hit with two-outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, as Midland suffered a tough defeat.

Richie Robnett hit his 18th homer of the season and added a two-run single to pace the Rockhounds' offense. Cliff Pennington also homered and added a double and Brian Snyder had two doubles for the Rockhounds. Robnett upped his team-leading RBI total to 74 and continued his recent run of good hitting. He is batting .326 with eight doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and a 7:13 BB:K ratio in 72 at-bats for the month of August. Since homering during the Texas League All-Star game, Robnett is batting .296 with eight homers and an 858 OPS in 187 at-bats.

Borrell struck-out a season-high nine batters during his start for Midland. He allowed only three hits and one walk in five innings and he lowered his ERA to 2.11. Simmons continued his recent struggles. After allowing only one run in his first 12.2 innings of professional baseball, Simmons has allowed 14 runs over his last 11 innings. On the season, he has struck out 20 against only five walks, but he has given up 33 hits in 23.2 innings.

Blevins has struggled a bit since coming to the A's in the Jason Kendall trade. The lefty has allowed eight earned runs in 15.2 innings for the Rockhounds. He has had his strike out stuff working, however, as he has whiffed 20 against only five walks.




Rookie A's Split Pair

In a game originally suspended by rain on July 31, the Arizona Rookie A's beat the Arizona Brewers by a score of 11-6. The Brewers then took their revenge during the day's regularly scheduled game, winning by a score of 8-3 in seven innings.

In the first game, the A's had plenty of fire-power. Adam Klein scored four times out of the lead-off spot, while catcher Gabriel Ortiz drove-in three with a triple and Angel Sierra had two hits and two RBI.

The A's had six stolen bases in the game, with three coming from Klein, two from Jareck West and one from Dan Wentzell. The A's were also caught stealing three times in the game. Ronny Morla earned the win with seven innings of work. The 19-year-old is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 49.1 innings for the Rookie A's this season. He has 41 strikeouts and only 15 walks.

In the nightcap, the A's got down early to the Brewers 5-0 after two innings. The A's would score two runs in the bottom of the third, but would not get any closer than that.

The Runnin' A's added three more stolen bases in the game, with West swiping his 12th, Klein swiping his 29th and Francisco Tirado stealing his second. The A's drew nine walks in seven innings, with Carlos Arrieche, West and Carlos Morales each walking two times. Arrieche has been the A's best hitter all season. The 22-year-old Venezuelan has an OBP of .418 and is batting .309 in 30 games.




Canadians' Comeback Falls Short

Vancouver had the tying run on third and the winning run on second with two-outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Monday, but they couldn't push across those final runs, as Vancouver fell to Boise by a score of 5-4.

Chad Kerfoot and Justin Friend gave the C's a chance to come-back in the game with five innings of no-hit relief, but it wasn't quite enough. Starter Brad Hertzler had a rare poor outing, allowing four earned runs (five total) in four innings. He gave up only two hits and two walks, but he allowed a homer and a hit by pitch. He struck out seven.

Kerfoot allowed only one base-runner (a hit by pitch) in four scoreless innings. He struck out five and lowered his ERA to 3.86. Friend worked a perfect ninth inning to lower his ERA to 2.84.

On the offensive-side of the ball for Vancouver, Matt Sulentic led the way with two hits and a walk. One of his hits was a double and he drove-in a run. J.D. Pruitt scored twice from the lead-off spot, as he was hit by a pitch, walked and he collected a single. Corey Brown had two walks and two RBI. The RBIs were his 42nd and 43rd in 54 games for Vancouver. He has a 920 OPS on the season and is batting .380 with seven RBI over his last 10 games.





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