Oakland A's MLN: Brawl Nets Injury For Ports

The Stockton Ports and their rivals, the Modesto Nuts, were involved in a contest on Saturday that many involved won't soon forget thanks to a massive brawl. Ports' reliever Jose Fragoso was injured during the melee and could miss the rest of the season. We have details from that game and more weekend action inside…

The Stockton Ports and the Modesto Nuts were involved in a massive brawl during the Ports' win on Saturday. One of the unfortunate consequences of the brawl was the injury to Ports' reliever Jose Fragoso, who might miss the rest of the season with broken bones in his face. The Modesto Bee has the details of the brawl, which began to simmer when Stockton outfielder Matt Sulentic was hit by a pitch following a Ports' homerun and ignited after Sulentic took out a Modesto middle infielder with a hard slide later in the same inning he was hit. To read the Bee's coverage of the fight, please click here.

Fragoso was not in the game when the brawl took place, but he ran onto the field from the bullpen along with his teammates. No one is sure what exactly happened to Fragoso, but he emerged from the fight with broken bones in his left-cheekbone area. He spent Sunday morning in the hospital. The 22-year-old righty is in his first year with the A's after being picked up from Detroit this off-season in the minor league Rule 5 draft. He started the year with Kane County, but had made 12 appearances with Stockton. On the season, he has a combined ERA of 4.22 between the two clubs with 26 strike-outs in 21.1 innings.

As of Monday morning, the California League had yet to announce punishment for the players involved in the fight. Sulentic, Raul Padron and Jermaine Mitchell were the Ports ejected from the game, but more Stockton players were involved than just those three. The umpires had to allow some of the players involved to remain in the game in order to leave both sides enough players to continue the game. Suspensions and fines are likely for both teams.

Rodriguez Returns to Stockton

Hard-throwing right-hander Henry Rodriguez returned to the Stockton Ports on Sunday after spending six weeks at Double-A Midland. Rodriguez struggled with his command from the outset of his time with Midland, walking 36 batters in 33.2 innings for the Rockhounds. He showed promise by striking out more than a batter an inning for Midland (36 strike-outs), but his ERA was an inflated 8.82 and he was averaging less than four innings a start.

Rodriguez struggled with his command for Stockton in his start on Sunday. He walked six in 3.2 innings and allowed five runs on four hits. Rodriguez did strike-out six, but he took the loss in Stockton's 5-0 defeat by Modesto.

Simmons Activated By Midland

The A's 2007 top pick James Simmons celebrated the anniversary of his first round selection by being activated off of the disabled list for Midland. The right-hander had missed three weeks with a tired arm. Simmons made the start for Midland and was lifted after 2.1 innings. He allowed two runs on four hits with three strike-outs and a walk. Simmons was on a tight pitch count and he threw 40 pitches in the game.

Midland eventually lost the game 6-5 in 12 innings. Outfielder Jon Zeringue raised his average to .300 with three hits in the game. The Rockhounds had 10 hits in the contest, four of which were doubles. Former Texas Rangers first-round pick Thomas Diamond made his fourth start of the season, allowing three runs in three innings. Diamond is returning from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent during spring training in 2007.

Kane County Staff Continues To Shine
The Cougars moved to 12 games over the .500 mark on Sunday with a 4-3 win over Beloit. Scott Mitchinson won his fifth game of the season by tossing seven solid innings. His ERA is a sparkling 1.60 on the season.

The Cougars' staff as a whole has really dominated this year. In 62 games, Kane County hurlers have posted a 2.81 ERA with two complete games and seven shut-outs. In 537.1 innings, Kane County pitchers have struck-out 509 batters while walking 166. They have allowed only 462 hits and lead the league in ERA as a staff.

Craig Italiano (0.74 ERA) and Mitchinson are both in the league's top-three for individual ERA for starting pitchers. Italiano is third in the league with 71 strike-outs in 61 innings pitched. Jamie Richmond has walked a remarkable eight batters in 69 innings while posting a 3.78 ERA.

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