Oakland A's MLN: Fernandez, Richmond Shine

Jamie Richmond flirted with history for Kane County, while Jason Fernandez dominated for Stockton. We have the details on those two outings, as well as the other news and notes from around the system.

Richmond Nearly Perfect

Kane County right-hander Jamie Richmond came within six outs of a nine-inning no-hitter on Thursday. Richmond was perfect through 5.2 innings before issuing a walk and he didn't allow his first hit until the eighth inning. He wound-up going eight shut-out innings, allowing only that one hit and one walk. He struck-out eight in the 4-0 Cougars' win.

Reliever Justin Friend worked a hitless ninth inning to complete the one-hit shut-out for the Cougars. Kane County pitchers have now thrown 20 consecutive scoreless innings.

Toddric Johnson had two hits, two walks and a stolen base, while Jonathan Johnston drove-in two in his return from military service. He also stole a base, his sixth on the season. Greg Dowling also had two hits, while Carlos Arrieche and Shane Keough each had RBIs.

Richmond lowered his ERA to 3.07. He has struck-out 30 and walked only five in 44 innings this season. The Toronto native was acquired in the off-season as part of the Mark Kotsay trade with the Atlanta Braves.

Fernandez, Ports Cruise To Shutout Win

The Stockton Ports managed only two runs on Thursday, but it was more than enough for Jason Fernandez. Fernandez scattered two hits and three walks over eight shutout innings to earn his fourth win of the year. He struck-out three. Chris Farley worked a one-two-three ninth inning to earn his third save of the year.

Sean Doolittle had two hits, including a double and an RBI. Darryl Lawhorn also had two hits and an RBI to account for the Ports' offense. He also stole a base. Archie Gilbert went 0-3 with a walk on the day after his 25-game hitting streak came to an end.

Fernandez has a 3.74 ERA in six starts for the Ports this season. He has allowed 28 hits in 33.2 innings for Stockton this season.

Other News And Notes

* Eric Chavez made his first rehab appearance with the Sacramento River Cats on Thursday. Batting first and acting as the DH, Chavez went 0-4 with a strike-out. He is expected to DH for a few days before playing in the field. The River Cats fell to Salt Lake in the game by a score of 5-3 after rehabbing reliever Kiko Calero allowed two runs in one-third of an inning in the eighth. He walked three and allowed a hit. Kevin Melillo (4) and Danny Putnam (7) both homered for Sacramento.

* Reliever Chris Gissell made his season debut in the ninth inning of the River Cats' game. He worked a perfect inning. Gissell had been in extended spring training rehabbing from an injury he suffered during spring training. He was a non-roster invitee to major league camp this spring and pitched well.

* Brian Snyder went 3-3 with two walks in his return from the disabled list for the Midland Rockhounds on Thursday, but Midland lost 16-9. Jesus Guzman, Aaron Cunningham and Anthony Recker all had multi-hit games, while Myron Leslie homered in the loss. Starter Ryan Webb was touched for seven runs in six innings, while reliever Patrick Currin was roughed up for five runs in one inning of work.

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