Oakland A's MLN: Capra Marvelous

Anthony Capra got his 2009 season off to a fast start with a brilliant outing on Tuesday. The A's got a number of strong pitching performances on Tuesday night from their minor leaguers, but three of the four affiliates wound-up with one-run losses. We have the details inside...

Capra Tosses A Gem

Oakland A's 2008 fourth-round pick Anthony Capra had a most impressive debut on Tuesday. He tossed five hitless innings against the Burlington Bees, striking out seven and walking only one.

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for the Cougars to earn a win. The Kane County bullpen allowed three runs (only one was earned), and the Cougars fell by a score of 3-2.

The Cougars' offense was silent, with no starter collecting more than one hit. David Thomas had a single in four at-bats and is hitting .313 on the year. He also scored a run. Dusty Coleman had a hit and a walk. He and Juan Nunez were the only two Cougars to reach base twice in the game. Steve Kleen and Jason Christian drove-in the Cougars' two runs. Kleen has five RBIs on the season.

Kenneth Smalley was hung with the loss after he allowed one run in 1.1 innings. Mike Hart allowed two unearned runs. The Cougars committed three errors, one each by Nunez, Christian and Coleman.

Kane County and Burlington square off in a double-header today.

Mazzaro Recovers From Early Trouble; River Cats Win

Vince Mazzaro overcame a rough first inning when he allowed two runs and the Sacramento River Cats moved to 3-3 with a 4-2 win over the Portland Beavers.

Mazzaro allowed three hits, two walks and a wild pitch in a two-run first inning, but he was nearly flawless after that. The right-hander would allow only one more hit and two more walks over the next three innings to finish with two runs allowed in four innings. He struck-out three.

Kevin Cameron earned his first win for the River Cats, tossing two scoreless innings in relief of Mazzaro. Chris Schroder and Jay Marshall combined to toss scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth and Jeff Gray earned his second save of the year with a quick one-two-three ninth inning.

The River Cats managed only four runs despite collecting 15 hits on the evening. Chris Denorfia had a huge game, going 4-5 with a stolen base. Eric Patterson reached base three times in the game and is now batting .421 on the season.

Daric Barton had two RBIs and reached base twice, while Sean Doolittle continued his impressive start at the Triple-A level with a 3-5 night. He is batting .375 with a 965 OPS on the season.

Sacramento takes on Portland again on Wednesday in a day game at Raley Field.

Midland Falls Just Short In Slugfest

The Midland Rockhounds' four-game winning streak came to an end on Tuesday night in an 8-7 loss to Springfield.

Reliever Rocky Roquet allowed three runs in the eighth inning to turn a 6-5 Midland lead into a 8-6 deficit. The Rockhounds would score one in the ninth, but left the tying run stranded at first base.

Graham Godfrey got the start for Midland and he struggled in his second outing of the season. In four innings, he allowed four runs on five hits and four walks. He struck-out three. Lefty James Heuser relieved Godfrey and threw well, allowing only an unearned run in 2.1 innings with two strike-outs and no walks.

On offense, the Rockhounds collected 10 hits and two walks in the loss. Catcher Gabriel Ortiz hit his first homer of the season. It was a three-run shot. He would drive-in four runs in the game. Adrian Cardenas had two hits and an RBI in five at-bats. He is batting .308 on the year. Archie Gilbert also had a big game, going 3-4 with a double and an RBI.

The Rockhounds were 4-14 with runners in scoring position and first-baseman Chris Carter had a particularly rough game, going 0-5 with three strike-outs. He stranded four runners. Carter got off to a slow start last season as well, but wound-up with 39 homers by season's end.

Midland has an off-day on Wednesday and will play at home on Thursday versus Arkansas.

Stockton Still Winless In 2009

The Stockton Ports made it close, but they still couldn't find a way to earn their first win of the season, falling to the Modesto Nuts by a score of 3-2.

Starter Tyson Ross allowed three runs in the first two innings, but settled down after that and threw 2.2 additional scoreless innings. He struck-out two and walked one. The Stockton bullpen did its best to keep the Ports in the game, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. Jonathan Hunton struck-out four in two innings and Daniel Thomas had a strike-out in two-thirds of an inning of work.

The Ports offense is still stuck in neutral, however. Stockton managed two runs in the third inning, but that was it for the game. The team was 1-7 with runners in scoring position. Toddric Johnson was the only player to have a good game offensively. He had three hits in four at-bats and an RBI. He is batting .304 on the season. Shane Keough had a hit and two walks and scored a run. He hit hitting .286 on the year.

Stockton squares off against Modesto again on Wednesday and will open its home schedule on Thursday.

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