Six Draft Picks Come To Terms
The Oakland A's announced the signing of six draft picks, including second-round pick Tyson Ross, on Thursday. The other five were Jason Christian (5th round, Michigan), Nino Leyja (15th, Houston Christian HS), Matthews Fitts (16th, Lewis-Clark State College), Michael Hart (19th, Texas State) and Kenny Smalley (24th, Delta State).
Ross signed with the A's quickly after being selected with the 12th pick of the second round. The 6'5'' right-hander grew up as an A's fan and is an Oakland native, as well as an alum of the University of California. The A's have now signed four of their top-10 picks, Ross, Christian, eighth-round pick Jeremy Barfield and ninth-round pick Mitchell LeVier.
Stockton Inchs Closer To San Jose
The Stockton Ports used homers from Raul Padron and Chris Carter to defeat the Bakersfield Blaze by a score of 5-3 on Thursday. The win moved Stockton to within one game of first-place San Jose with three games to play for the first-half division title.
A's infielder Donnie Murphy made his first rehab appearance for Stockton, collecting one hit (a double) in three at-bats. He played shortstop. Carter was 2-4 with his 15th homer of the season and two RBIs. He has hit four homers in his last 10 games and is batting .351 over that stretch.
Padron went 2-3 with a homer, two RBIs and a walk. The homer was his second of the season and was the deciding blow, breaking a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning. Sean Doolittle also added two hits and an RBI.
Graham Godfrey allowed two runs in five innings, but didn't factor in the decision. Arnold Leon was strong in relief of Godfrey, allowing only a hit in two innings and striking out three. His ERA sits at 2.86 on the season. Lefty James Heuser earned the win despite allowing a run in one inning of relief work, while Sam Demel notched his eighth save with a scoreless ninth.
Other News And Notes
- Tom Everidge cracked his 13th homerun of the season and the Midland Rockhounds defeated the San Antonio Missions by a score of 6-3. Jesus Guzman continued his first-half tear, going 4-5 with two doubles and four RBIs to raise his average to .355 on the year. Aaron Cunningham and Justin Sellers each added two hits for the Rockhounds. Ryan Webb notched his fifth win of the year with five innings of three-run ball. Andrew Shipman threw three scoreless innings in relief of Webb and Andrew Carignan earned his ninth save with a scoreless ninth inning. His ERA at Double-A is 1.56 on the year.
- Brooks Conrad hit a first-inning grandslam and Dan Meyer cruised through seven innings to give the Sacramento River Cats a 5-1 win over Tucson. Conrad's only hit of the evening was a big one and it gave Sacramento a comfortable first-inning, four-run lead. The homer was Conrad's 13th of the year and fourth since last Sunday. Meyer scattered six hits and three walks in seven innings to earn his sixth win of the season. Jay Marshall extended his Triple-A scoreless inning streak to 9.2 with two scoreless frames. He has allowed three runs in 42 innings between Triple-A and Double-A this season.
- Kane County was rained out in Clinton, Iowa, on Thursday. The Cougars head home to face Cedar Rapids on Friday.
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