Oakland A's MLN: Midland's Streak Ends At 11

Only the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, the Low-A Kane County Cougars and the A's two DSL clubs found themselves in the win column on Wednesday. We have news and notes from the day in baseball inside...

Midland's Streak Ends At 11

The first game of a six-game road-trip saw the Midland Rockhounds' record-breaking 11-game winning streak come to an end. Midland lost to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals by a score of 9-4.

It was a poor defensive day for Midland and that cost starter Ryan Webb. In 4.2 innings, he allowed six runs, but only three were earned as the Rockhounds committed three errors. Webb's bullpen would also cost him, as reliever Chris Farley would allow three runs in an inning and a third.

Infielder Tom Everidge led the Midland offense with two hits and two RBIs. He is now on the verge of breaking the century mark with 98 RBIs on the season. Everidge leads the Texas League. Outfielder/DH Javier Herrera extended his hitting streak to 12 games and outfielder Aaron Cunningham extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a hit a piece. Herrera homered - his fourth of the year - and Cunningham knocked his sixth triple of the year.

Infielder Adrian Cardenas, who was acquired in the Joe Blanton trade, made his debut for the Rockhounds. Cardenas, who at 20 is the youngest player on the team now, had a rough debut for the Rockhounds. Playing at shortstop, Cardenas went 0-4 and committed a throwing error. Cardenas has been mostly a second baseman as a pro. He had been playing for High-A Stockton since the trade and was batting .278 for the Ports.

Outfielder Todd Donovan stole his 31st and 32nd bases of the season, while Andrew Bailey threw one and a third scoreless innings of relief. He has allowed only two earned runs in 19.1 innings as a reliever.

Other Notes

- Cliff Pennington singled with two-outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Sacramento over Memphis by a score of 7-6. The River Cats took three of the four games in the series and are now 67-51 on the season. A's reliever Keith Foulke got the start for the River Cats and was hammered to the tune of three runs and two homers allowed in two innings. He struck-out three. Brad Knox allowed three runs in five innings in relief of Foulke. Jeff Gray earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief. Casey Rogowski had three hits and Brooks Conrad hit his 23rd homerun of the season.

- Graham Godfrey lost a shut-out in the sixth inning and the Stockton Ports fell to Modesto by a score of 6-2. Godfrey allowed three runs in the sixth in an otherwise solid start. He wound-up giving up those three runs on four hits in seven innings. He struck-out seven. Henry Rodriguez, who has continued to struggle since moving into the bullpen, allowed three runs in two innings in relief of Godfrey. Rodriguez uncorked three wild pitches and he struck-out four. Corey Brown had a big game offensively, going 3-3 with a walk and his first stolen base for Stockton. Josh Donaldson was two-for-two with a walk and an RBI. He has driven-in 25 runs in 23 games for the Ports and is batting .416. Donaldson also committed two throwing errors. Josh Horton appeared in his second straight game after missing 10 days. He went 2-5 and raised his average to .286.

- Kane County used a seven-run fourth inning to blow open a close game and cruise to an 8-1 win over Beloit. Justin Frash had two hits and an RBI, while Toddric Johnson drove home two. Carlos Hernandez earned his third straight win for Kane County, allowing only one run on two hits in five innings. He walked three and struck-out three. Brent Lysander threw three scoreless relief innings to help secure the win.

- Vancouver fell to Spokane on Wednesday night by a score of 8-3. Rodney Rutherford and Juan Rivera each had two hits and a double to lead the C's offense. Trey Barham allowed five runs (four earned) in three innings to earn the loss.

- Dusty Coleman had two hits and a stolen base in his professional debut game, but the AZL A's fell to the AZL Angels by a score of 8-2. Coleman, who is expected to join the Vancouver Canadians soon, signed an above-slot deal last week after starring in the Cape Cod League this summer. Coleman, who was a draft-eligible sophomore out of Wichita State, was selected in the 28th round. Justin Murray, another recent draft pick signee, allowed one earned run on three hits in five innings but was stuck with the loss. Ryan Doolittle struggled out of the bullpen, allowing five runs in 1.2 innings. He allowed four hits, three walks and struck-out three.

- Both of the A's Dominican Summer League teams had blow-out wins on Wednesday. The A's DSL Team 1, which was no-hit by the A's DSL Team 2 earlier this week, beat the Phillies team by a score of 11-5. Victor Trinidad, Yeudy Brazoban and Abraham De Leon each had two hits. De Leon also walked three times and Jonatan De La Cruz walked five times and singled. De La Cruz also stole his 18th base of the season. 17-year-old Andres Astacio won his fifth game against one loss for Team 1 by throwing five shut-out innings. He allowed only two hits. Astacio has a 1.76 ERA in 41 innings, although he has only struck-out 14 against 15 walks.

- The A's DSL Team 2 beat the Cardinals by a score of 13-2. Douglas Landaeta had three hits and two RBIs, while Neudy Clime went two-for-four with a double, three RBIs and two walks. Robinson De Los Santos also had two hits, two walks and three RBIs. Charli Blanco had three hits and scored three runs.

- A's top pitching prospect Gio Gonzalez had a solid major league debut on Wednesday after a rough beginning. The 22-year-old lefty allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning, but then settled down to allow only a walk and a hit over his next five-plus innings. He was charged with four earned runs in six-plus innings when Santiago Casilla allowed an inherited runner score from first in the seventh, but Gonzalez deserved a better fate in his first big league start. He finished the game allowing only six base-runners in six-plus innings and he struck-out four.

- Shortstop Gregorio Petit was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Gonzalez on the A's roster. Eric Chavez was moved to the 60-day disabled list. The A's announced that left-hander Dan Meyer would start in place of right-hander Sean Gallagher this weekend in Detroit. Gallagher is suffering from some slight shoulder soreness.

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