Oakland A's MLN: Kane County, Midland Hot

Through 10 games of the minor league season, three of the Oakland A's four full-season minor league affiliates are sitting atop their respective divisions. On Sunday, Kane County won its 10th game in a row, while Midland made it nine of 10. We have the details of those games, the rest of Sunday's A's minor-league action, and news and notes from around the organization inside…

Cougars Play 24 Innings In One Day; Remain Undefeated

The Kane County Cougars extended their franchise-best start to 10-0 by sweeping a marathon double-header with the Peoria Chiefs. The Cougars are the only undefeated team left in the minor leagues.

The first game of the Cougars' scheduled two-game, seven-inning double-header went along in a conventional manner. Kane County earned a 2-1, seven-inning win on the back of a strong pitching performance by starter Scott Mitchinson. The right-hander allowed only one run on five hits and one walk. He struck-out six and now has 14 strike-outs in his first nine innings this season.

Mitchinson didn't get much offensive support, but it was enough. DH Mike Lissman launched his first homerun of the season in the first inning. Toddric Johnson added an RBI sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to complete the Cougars' scoring. Scott Moore finished off the game with two outstanding innings in relief of Mitchinson. He struck-out five to pick-up his first save of the year.

The Cougars fell behind by a score of 3-0 early in Game Two of the double-header. Starter Jamie Richmond struggled in his second outing of the season. He allowed four runs in three innings. The Cougars clawed back, however, pulling within one run with two in the third. After Peoria scored another run in the third, the Cougars tied the game with two more runs in the fourth inning.

From the fifth inning until the 17th inning, that was all of the scoring that would take place in the game. Five Cougars' relievers combined to throw 14 scoreless innings to give Kane County a chance to win their 10th straight. Nick Walters began the great relief work with three hitless innings. He was followed by Justin Friend, who went four hitless frames with five strike-outs. Branden Dewing threw three scoreless innings of his own to get the game into the 14th inning.

It was in the 14th that outfielder Shane Keough made his debut on the mound. Keough began the game as the DH. He threw a scoreless 14th inning, working his way around two walks and a balk. It was shortstop-turned-pitcher Jonathan Mota who wound-up the losing pitcher for Peoria. He allowed two runs in the top of the 17th, which was enough for the Cougars to earn the win. Leonardo Espinal was the winning pitcher for Kane County, throwing three scoreless innings in his first appearance of the season.

Jonathan Johnston drove home the game-winning run for Kane County with a sacrifice fly in the 17th. He went 3-for-7 with a double and a walk. Second baseman Matt Ray drove-in four runs and had three hits in eight at-bats. Christian Vitters had three hits and scored three runs and Corey Brown reached base four times with two hits and two walks. Peoria manager Ryne Sandberg missed most of the marathon game, as he was ejected in third inning.

Midland Rebounds From First Loss With Another Win

After losing their first game of the season on Saturday, Midland didn't waste any time getting back into the win column on Sunday. The Rockhounds defeated the Springfield Cardinals by a score of 7-3 to move to 9-1 on the year.

James Simmons started the game and he allowed one run in three innings and 67 pitches. He gave-up five hits and a walk while striking out three. Thus far this season, Simmons has thrown three innings in each of his two starts.

After Scott Tyler allowed two runs in 1.1 innings of work, Patrick Currin came into the game and threw 2.2 scoreless innings. The right-hander, who was promoted from High-A Stockton this weekend, struck-out four and didn't allow a base-runner in his Double-A debut. He earned the win. Jose Rojas finished off the game with two scoreless frames.

Myron Leslie was the offensive star for Midland. He had three hits, including his second homer of the season, and he drove-in four runs. Justin Sellers and Jesus Guzman each had two hits. Guzman is batting .535 through 10 games this season and he has a seven-game hitting streak. He has also driven-in 14.

De Los Santos Whiffs Seven In Ports' Win

Fautino De Los Santos put together another impressive outing on Sunday, earning his first win as a member of the Oakland A's organization, as Stockton beat Modesto by a score of 4-3. De Los Santos scattered seven hits and walked three, but he limited the Nuts to two runs by striking out seven. He has struck-out 20 in 16 innings this season.

Chris Farley allowed one run in 2.2 innings in relief of De Los Santos in his first outing for the Ports after being promoted from Kane County. Andrew Carignan earned his second save of the season with 1.1 perfect innings. He struck-out two.

Catcher Jed Morris had the big blow for the Ports on offense. He crushed a two-run homer, his second of the season. Josh Horton scored two runs and he had a hit and a walk in three at-bats. Sean Doolittle, appearing in his first game as a right-fielder, drove-in his 14th run of the season with a double. Matt Sulentic had the only multi-hit game for the Ports, going 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .259.

Braden Pitches Well, But River Cats Fall Late

Left-hander Dallas Braden threw six strong innings, but the Sacramento River Cats couldn't push enough runs across to support him. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks and struck-out five in the six frames. Braden has allowed only one run in 12.1 innings this season.

Gregorio Petit drove-in Sacramento's only run of the game in the eighth inning. That run tied the game at 1-1. The tie didn't last long, however, as Jesus Silva allowed two unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning in his debut for Sacramento.

The River Cats managed only four hits, including a double by Carlos Gonzalez. Landon Powell reached base twice with a walk and a single, while Casey Rogowski walked twice.

Other Notes:
- Sacramento outfielder Richie Robnett is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after undergoing successful surgery to remove a benign growth in his stomach.

- Jason Fernandez was sent back to High-A Stockton after making two appearances for the Sacramento River Cats. Fernandez helped to fill-in for the River Cats while they were short-staffed. He was one of the highly regarded arms that started the season with Stockton.

- The River Cats activated third baseman Jeff Baisley from the DL before Saturday night's game. Baisley had been sidelined with leg soreness. Infielder Eddie Cornejo has been placed on the DL with a sprained ankle.

- Dan Meyer was activated off of the DL for Sacramento on Friday. He allowed five runs in three innings in his first start of the season. Catcher Gabriel Ortiz, who was on the DL for Sacramento, was sent back to extended spring training.


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