Oakland A's MLN: Debuts And Streaks

This weekend saw a number of players on the move on Friday thanks to a slew of transactions involving the big league roster. We review the debuts of some of the players on the move, as well as this weekend's action for the River Cats, Rockhounds and Ports inside...

New River Cats Help Sacramento Win Two Of Three

The Sacramento River Cats' roster saw a major upheaval on Friday, when the team lost three of their top hitters (Carlos Gonzalez, Travis Buck and Kevin Melillo), their top reliever (Brad Ziegler) and a rehabbing veteran arm (Kiko Calero). Despite those losses, the River Cats managed to win two of three this weekend, scoring 23 runs in the two wins.

Sacramento's new faces helped the team find success. 2005 top pick Cliff Pennington had a homer in his first Triple-A start and went four for 13 (.308 average) with two RBIs and two walks in three games. He also scored five runs. Richie Robnett made his return from the disabled list this weekend. He had two hits and two walks in 11 at-bats. He scored one run and drove home two.

Danny Putnam had a big return to Triple-A after spending two days at the Double-A level. He had three hits in each of his first two games back this weekend before going 0-3 on Sunday. Two of Putnam's six hits this weekend were triples and another was a double. He also drove-in six. In 41 games at Triple-A this season, Putnam has a .279 BA and an 879 OPS. Mike Massaro also had a big weekend, his first at the Triple-A level. He had four hits in 10 at-bats, including a triple. Massaro has played at three levels this season (High-A, Double-A and Triple-A) and is batting .298 in 36 games at those three levels.

Sacramento also welcomed veteran reliever Bret Prinz to the roster. Prinz appeared in four major league games last season for the Chicago White Sox, allowing three runs in 3.1 innings. In his career, he has appeared in 102 major league games, posting a 4.89 ERA in 92 innings for the Diamondbacks, Yankees, Angels and White Sox. He won a World Series ring with the Diamondbacks in 2001.

A number of former River Cats made their presence felt for the Oakland A's this weekend. Centerfielder Carlos Gonzalez had a big debut weekend for the A's. Gonzalez had four hits (all doubles) in 11 at-bats. He scored two runs and drove-in two. Outfielder Travis Buck's return to the A's got off to a slow start on Friday when he went 0-4 with two strike-outs. However, he collected two hits and two RBIs on Saturday and homered on Sunday, while also making a highlight reel catch in right. Reliever Brad Ziegler made his major league debut on Saturday. He allowed a hit to his first batter, Ian Kinsler, but then picked Kinsler off to record his first out as a big leaguer.

Other Notes

- Stockton left-hander Brett Anderson was activated off of the DL on Saturday. He was restricted to a 50 pitch count after missing nearly two weeks. Anderson made the most of his 48 pitches, however, tossing four scoreless innings in Stockton's win over High Desert. He struck-out six and allowed only four hits. He was on the DL with a sprained thumb on his pitching hand.

- Stockton won a big game versus first-place San Jose on Sunday, beating the Giants on the road by a score of 5-2. Jason Fernandez earned the win by allowing one run in 5.2 innings. He struck-out three and is now 6-3 on the year. Sam Demel picked up his seventh save and Sean Doolittle had three hits, while Josh Horton and Jermaine Mitchell each had two hits. The Ports are three games behind San Jose for first place and a game ahead of Bakersfield for second place.

- Midland dropped a tough game on Sunday to Tulsa by a score of 2-0. Ryan Webb pitched well in the loss, allowing two runs in six innings and striking out seven. Midland has gone 4-3 over the past seven games.

- This week, the Rockhounds activated Jason Glushon and Todd Donovan off of the disabled list and moved right-hander Scott Moore into the starting rotation. Jon Zeringue has a 10-game hitting streak for Midland, during which time he has hit .342 with seven RBIs. He has also walked four times in those 10 games. Zeringue has a 907 OPS on the year for Midland.

- Aaron Cunningham has an 11-game hitting streak for Midland. Cunningham has played well since recovering from his broken wrist. The centerfielder is batting .330 with three homers, 10 RBIs, five stolen bases and an 856 OPS in 27 games for the Rockhounds this season.

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