Oakland A's MLN: Arms-Strong

The starting pitching up-and-down the Oakland A's minor league system has been outstanding throughout the season. That trend continued on Thursday, as three Oakland minor league starters put together strong outings to lead their teams to victories. We have the details inside…

Knox Earns First Win As River Cats Head Home With Winning Record

Brad Knox pitched six strong innings in his 2008 debut and the Sacramento River Cats earned a series win in Portland with a 6-3 victory over the Beavers. The River Cats return home to Sacramento on Friday for their home opener with a 4-3 record and a 1.5 game lead in their division.

Knox, who won nine games for Sacramento last season, was his usual reliable self on Thursday in the chill in Portland. The right-hander scattered seven hits and two walks over six innings, allowing only two runs – one earned. He struck-out five.

That effort was enough for Knox to earn the win, as Brad Kilby took over in the seventh and pitched a dominant two innings in relief. He allowed two hits and no runs and struck-out one. Brad Ziegler came on in the ninth inning and allowed an unearned run to close-out the game.

Justin Knoedler had a big game to pace the Sacramento offense. The catcher drove-in four runs with a double and his first homerun of the season. Todd Linden and Nick Blasi each had two-hit games for the River Cats.

There are a very limited number of lawn seats still available for the River Cats' home opener on Friday. Sacramento will be celebrating the team's 2007 PCL and Triple-A Championship.

Mazzaro Strong Again As Midland Stays Perfect

Midland right-hander Vince Mazzaro is off to a good start to his season. He earned his first Double-A win of his career with six solid innings in the Rockhounds' 11-4 win over Arkansas in the Rockhounds' home opener.

Mazzaro allowed two runs in his six frames, despite having to deal with 40 miles per hour winds. He didn't strike-out a batter, but he managed to keep the Travelers in check. He allowed seven hits and a walk. After two starts, Mazzaro's ERA stands at 2.25.

Andrew Shipman and Justin Dowdy combined on three innings of relief to finish off the game for Midland. Shipman allowed two runs in two innings and Dowdy had a perfect ninth inning.

On offense, Tom Everidge and Jon Zeringue were the stars for Midland. Everidge went 3-4 with a double and his second homerun of the season. He drove-in four runs. Zeringue went 3-3 with a double and a homerun of his own. The homer was Zeringue's third of the season. He drove-in two and is now batting .407 on the season.

Red-hot infielder Jesus Guzman collected two more hits in five at-bats. He drove-in his 10th run of the season and is batting .516. Myron Leslie and Anthony Recker each had two hits. Justin Sellers drove-in two runs. Every Rockhounds' starter reached base at-least once and five hitters had at least two hits.

Stockton Breaks Skid Behind Another Anderson Gem

In a rematch of last Saturday's battle between the Stockton Ports' Brett Anderson and the Modesto Nuts' Simon Ferrer, the results were much the same as the first time around. Anderson dominated the Nuts once again, blanking Modesto for six more innings to move to 2-0 on the season. The 9-1 win broke the Ports' three-game losing streak.

As he did in the first outing, Anderson allowed only a handful of base-runners in a dominating second outing. The left-hander gave-up up only two hits and two walks in six shut-out innings. He struck-out seven. Anderson has yet to allow a run in 12 innings this season and he has allowed only five hits and three walks while striking out 13.

Graham Godfrey took over for Anderson in the seventh. He allowed a run in 1.2 innings, striking out two. Godfrey has allowed two runs in 6.1 innings of relief this season. Derrick Gordon finished off the game with 1.1 scoreless innings. He walked two, but didn't allow a hit and struck-out two.

Sean Doolittle had a monster game on offense in support of Anderson. He hit his second and third homeruns of the season, scored three runs and drove-in five. Doolittle is batting .333 with 11 RBIs on the season. Frank Martinez also had a big game for the Ports. Martinez scored four runs and collected two hits. He hit a triple and drove-in a run. Larry Cobb made his debut for the Ports on Thursday and went 0-4 with a walk.

Kane County Postponed Due To Rain

The only thing standing between Kane County and a win lately has been Mother Nature. The Cougars weren't given a chance to extend their perfect start to the season on Thursday thanks to rain in the Chicagoland area.

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