Oakland A's MLN: Haviland, Cougars Roll

The Oakland A's three first-place minor league affiliates notched another game in the "W" column on Monday night, while the Stockton Ports continued to struggle. We have the details inside...

Haviland, Cougars Keep Rolling

The Kane County Cougars got another outstanding start from right-hander Shawn Haviland and moved to 16-8 on the season with a 6-1 win over South Bend.

Haviland struck-out a season-high nine in 6.1 innings of work to earn his third win of the season. He allowed only one run on one walk and eight hits. Haviland has been brilliant thus far this season. He has a 30:5 K:BB ratio in 29.1 innings and he sports a 2.15 ERA. Haviland has allowed only one homerun. The 6.1 innings was a season-long start for Haviland.

Mitchell LeVier connected for his first homerun of the season and the Cougars collected nine hits en route to the win. LeVier had two hits in total and scored twice. Jason Christian went 2-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He is now batting .294 on the season and .324 over his last 10 games. Matt Ray also had two hits and Dusty Coleman walked twice out of the lead-off spot.

Jamie Richmond continues to impress in his new role out of the bullpen. He earned his second save of the season by working 2.2 scoreless innings on Monday. Richmond has a 1.80 ERA and a 13:2 K:BB ratio in 15 innings this season.

Midland Slugs Out Another Win

The Midland Rockhounds' offense pounded out 17 hits and 13 runs in a 13-6 win over San Antonio. The Rockhounds are 16-8 on the season and have a 4.5 game lead over Corpus Christi in the division. As a team, Midland is batting a remarkable .323 with 178 runs scored and an 892 OPS in 24 games.

Three Rockhounds had three hits in the game – Tom Everidge, Corey Brown and Anthony Recker. Everidge and Recker each homered. Everidge had four RBIs and Recker had three. Everidge also doubled twice and now has 24 RBIs on the season. Josh Donaldson, Brown and Archie Gilbert also added doubles. Since coming off of the DL on Sunday, Brown is four-for-eight with a double, a homer and four RBIs. In 11 games this season, Brown has a .378 average with a 1045 OPS.

Josh Horton, Donaldson and Mike Affronti each had two hits. Affronti is seven-for-15 with three runs scored and two RBIs in four games since being promoted to Midland from Stockton. Chris Carter was the only starter without a hit, but he walked twice and was hit-by-a-pitch.

The Rockhounds' pitching staff had an off night, but it didn't matter thanks to their offensive out-put. Starter Kristian Bell allowed two runs in four innings. He walked four and struck-out two. Justin Dowdy earned the win, but he allowed three runs in two innings. After Rocky Roquet allowed a run in 1.1 innings, James Heuser earned the save by being the only Midland pitcher not to allow a run. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings.

River Cats Move To Five Over .500 With Win

The Sacramento River Cats scored two runs in the third and three runs in the fourth and the pitching staff made those runs stand-up, as Sacramento took home its 14th win of the season by a score of 5-3.

Ben Copeland and Yung-Chi Chen led the River Cats' offense with two hits apiece. Copeland, the A's Rule 5 pick, was making his Sacramento debut as part of his major league rehab from a spring training shoulder injury. He was four-for-eight in a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton over the weekend. A hot start in his rehab could earn Copeland a chance in the big leagues this month given Rajai Davis' slow start to the season.

Chen continues to impress. The infielder went 2-3 with two RBIs and a walk. In four games with Sacramento, he is seven-for-14 with three walks and four RBIs. Eric Munson hit his second homerun of the season and drove home two.

The River Cats welcomed back a number of old and a few new faces on Monday. Bobby Cramer, who was sent down to High-A Stockton in late April, returned to Sacramento and got the start for the River Cats. He had his best outing of the season, allowing two runs on six hits in four innings. Cramer struck-out six and walked one. Jerome Williams made his Sacramento debut by pitching 1.2 innings in relief. He allowed a run on two hits. Lefty Brad Kilby made his 2009 season debut and earned a save with 1.1 innings of work. Kilby had been on the DL for the first five weeks of the season. Eric Patterson batted lead-off and played left-field for Sacramento. He returned to Sacramento after being optioned to the minors earlier today from Oakland.

Steven Sharpe earned the win in his second outing for Sacramento. The right-hander, who missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win. He had allowed four runs in 2.1 innings in his Sacramento debut last Thursday.

Stockton's Bullpen Falters Late In Loss

The Stockton Ports' bullpen allowed five runs over the final three innings of the game, and the Ports' offense couldn't quite make-up the difference, as they lost to Bakersfield by a score of 6-4.

The Stockton offense pounded out 10 hits in the loss. Toddric Johnson doubled twice and Shane Keough and Alexander Valdez each had two singles. David Thomas scored twice from the lead-off spot. The Ports had the tying runs on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Raul Padron was called out on strikes to end the threat.

Mathieu LeBlanc Poirier made his 2009 regular season debut for High-A Stockton Ports and he was impressive. The Canadian right-hander had been at extended spring training. He worked four innings and allowed only an unearned run. He walked one and struck-out four.

Justin Friend worked two scoreless innings before the Ports' bullpen cracked. Chad Kerfoot allowed three runs (one earned) in 2.1 innings and Jonathan Hunton allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Those two runs doubled Hunton's runs-allowed total for the season.

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