Cahill Still Dominating, Ports Still Cruising
The talented Stockton Ports have won 10 out of 11 games and remain tied atop their division with the San Jose Giants with a 17-7 record. The Ports' pitching staff has been leading the way for Stockton and that continued over the weekend down south in Rancho Cucamonga.
On Friday, left-hander James Heuser made his first start of the season and earned the win. He didn't allow a run on four hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. The Ports won 6-0, as Chris Farley (1.1 innings) and Arnold Leon (two innings) finished the shut-out.
On Saturday, it was left-hander Brett Anderson's turn on the bump. Anderson went six innings in the Ports' 6-3 win over the Quakes. He allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks with three strike-outs. Jared Lansford threw two scoreless innings of relief and Sam Demel picked up his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
Trevor Cahill got the start on Sunday and he continued his hot start to the season. He allowed an unearned run in the first and then cruised after that. Cahill went seven innings, giving up five hits and only that unearned run. He didn't walk a batter and struck-out 12. The right-hander has a 1.80 ERA in 30 innings (five starts) this season with 39 strike-outs and only five walks and 20 hits on the year.
On offense, Sean Doolittle has a nine-game hitting streak going. He had six hits in 13 at-bats in the three weekend games, including a double and a triple and two RBIs. Doolittle is batting .344 with 16 extra-base hits in 93 at-bats for the year.
Archie Gilbert is also off to a solid start. The East Bay native has a 12 game hitting streak and he has collected hits in all but two of his 23 games this season. The outfielder has a .352 average with a .413 OBP and a .495 SLG. The swift Gilbert has four stolen bases, but he has been caught a remarkable nine times.
Frank Martinez got off to a slow start, but he has been picking up the pace lately. Over the past 10 games, Martinez has a .342 BA with four doubles. He is hitting .294 during his second time through the California League.
Other News and Notes
- The Midland Rockhounds had a few roster changes over the weekend. Outfielder Joe Gaetti was added to the roster during the week and now outfielder Todd Donovan has joined Midland from extended spring training. Donovan had one hit in five at-bats in his season debut on Sunday. The speedy Donovan was signed as a minor-league free agent over the off-season. He missed much of last year with injuries, but he stole 37 bases in 2006. Outfielder Adam Klein was reassigned to extended spring training. He was impressive during his stay with Midland, hitting .313 in 16 at-bats with five walks and a stolen base.
- Midland right-hander Kristian Bell, who was acquired in the Marco Scutaro trade this off-season, has landed on the DL. He has allowed 11 runs in 9.1 innings this season.
- Midland's Jesus Guzman saw his six-game hitting streak end on Sunday. He is still batting .412 with five homers, 27 RBIs and a 1068 OPS in 23 games this season.
- He was stuck with a tough-luck loss, but Vince Mazzaro put together another strong outing on Saturday for Midland. The right-hander allowed only four hits and two runs in six innings. He gave-up two walks and struck-out three. Mazzaro has gone six innings in all but one outing this season and he has a 2.79 ERA in 29 innings.
- In Sacramento, outfielders Todd Linden and Carlos Gonzalez have missed the past few games while they are nursing minor injuries. Brooks Conrad has been playing in the outfield while Linden and Gonzalez have been out. On Sunday, Conrad extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two hits. He is 17-for-47 (.362) during the streak and is batting .273 with five homers in 22 games this season.
- Second baseman Kevin Melillo has been hitting well since joining the River Cats from extended spring training. He has 12 hits in his first 35 at-bats (.343 BA) with four walks. Melillo has a six-game hitting streak and he has four multi-hit games in eight starts. He has five RBIs and three extra-base hits.
- Left-hander Lenny DiNardo was optioned from Oakland to Sacramento on Saturday. He hasn't pitched in 10 days, so the A's want to stretch him out with a start or two for the River Cats. He will start for Sacramento on Wednesday.
- Sacramento's rotation got another boost over the weekend when veteran Kirk Saarloos returned to the team after clearing waivers. He had been designated for assignment earlier in the week when the A's added Rajai Davis. Saarloos won his first two starts for Sacramento before the A's promoted him to Oakland.
- Shortstop Gregorio Petit has collected six hits in his last 11 at-bats and he is now batting .315 with a .364 OBP. Petit had two doubles and scored three times on Saturday in the River Cats' 16-8 win over Colorado Springs. Conrad homered twice in that game, while Wes Bankston and Landon Powell each added their third homeruns of the year.
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