Oakland A's MLN: Affiliates Sweep

Friday night was a successful evening for the Oakland A's organization. All four affiliates got into the win column behind some stellar pitching performances and some timely homerun hitting.

Webb Shines; Cunningham, Everidge Go Deep For Midland

Ryan Webb allowed two runs (one earned) in the first inning and then cruised the rest of the way, as the Midland Rockhounds topped the San Antonio Missions on the road by a score of 9-3. Webb scattered nine hits and two walks over seven frames to earn his second win of the season and lower his ERA to 3.86. He struck-out three.

Webb was backed by a powerful Midland offense that put 10 hits and nine runs on the board. The Rockhounds scored four times in the first inning, three times in the fourth and twice in the fifth to account for their nine runs. Aaron Cunningham hit his first homerun of the season and went 2-3. The centerfielder has raised his average to .286 in his eight games back since recovering from a broken wrist that he sustained in spring training. Cunningham hasn't walked yet, but he has driven-in four, scored five times and stolen two bases.

Tom Everidge also went deep for the Rockhounds. It was the first baseman's seventh of the season. He is hitting only .231, but he has 26 RBIs on the season. Anthony Recker had two hits, including a double. After a rough start, Recker is batting .261 and he has seven extra-base hits in his last 10 games. Myron Leslie and Mike Massaro also each had two hits. Cliff Pennington stole his organization-best 16th base in 17 chances. Todd Donovan also added a stolen base, his eighth of the year. Midland is now 20-15 on the season.

Buck Paces River Cats In Win Over RedHawks

The Sacramento River Cats won their third straight game, taking the series against the Oklahoma RedHawks with a 5-2 victory. Travis Buck, rehabbing from shin splints, got his previously cold bat going in a big way with a 3-5 effort and four RBIs. The outfielder homered off of top Texas Rangers prospect Eric Hurley in the seventh inning, a two-run blast. Buck has been playing in center for Sacramento, perhaps a sign of what position Buck will play when he returns to Oakland. Kevin Melillo drove-in the River Cats' other run in the win.

Left-hander Danny Borrell earned his third Triple-A win with six strong innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struck-out seven and walked two and lowered his ERA to 3.64. Jeff Gray broke a mini-slump on the mound with a scoreless seventh inning. Jerry Blevins earned his fourth save with two innings of work. He allowed one run and struck-two.

Cahill Shines Again; Ports Power Past Bakersfield

Trevor Cahill broke a mini two-game slide for the Stockton Ports with another outstanding outing. The right-hander moved to 5-0 on the season with a six inning, one-run performance. He allowed three hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Cahill has a 2.14 ERA in the hitter-friendly California League and a 56:10 K:BB ratio in 42 innings this season. Cal League hitters are batting .177 off of Cahill.

Matt Sulentic had a big game in support of Cahill. Sulentic launched his third homerun of the season, a two-run shot that opened the Ports' lead from 2-1 to 4-1 in the top of the ninth inning. Sulentic also had an outfield assist from right-field in the game. Sulentic has 13 RBIs on the season and is batting .291. Sean Doolittle also hit a homerun, his ninth of the year, also a two-run shot. Doolittle is batting .341 with a 1055 OPS and 30 RBIs in 33 games this season. Chris Carter and Josh Horton also added doubles.

Arnold Leon and Sam Demel were strong in relief of Cahill. Leon worked two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.56. Leon has allowed only eight hits in 16 innings this season with 14 strike-outs and seven walks. Sam Demel worked a scoreless ninth to earn his third save of the year. He didn't allow a base-runner and struck-out two. The TCU alum has 22 strike-outs in 15.2 innings this season.

Richmond Leads Kane County To Win

Right-hander Jamie Richmond worked 5.2 scoreless innings to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 4-1 win over Quad Cities. Richmond struck-out five and walked one and scattered five hits to earn his third win of the season. He lowered his ERA to 3.75. Justin Friend followed Richmond with a strong relief performance. He earned his third save with 3.1 innings of work. He allowed one run and struck-out five with one walk.

Corey Brown had a double and Matt Ray had a triple to pace the Cougars' offense. Ray, Brown and Shane Keough all had RBIs. Keough has come alive at the plate lately. He has his average up to .297 with a .429 OBP. He is batting .333 over the past 10 games and he has walked 12 times.

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