Hernandez, Hornbeck Earn Promotions
Lefties Carlos Hernandez and Ben Hornbeck got their moving papers on Tuesday. Hernandez, the Santa Clara native, was promoted to Double-A Midland from High-A Stockton. Hornbeck, the Kansas State alum, is moving up from Low-A Kane County to High-A Stockton.
Hernandez was one of the biggest stories in the A's organization last season, when he went 7-0 with a 2.04 ERA in 75 innings for short-season Vancouver and Low-A Kane County before helping the Stockton Ports in the post-season.
The 2009 season hasn't gone as smoothly for Hernandez, but he has still shown flashes of being the pitcher he was last season. Overall, Hernandez was 2-4 with a 5.31 ERA in 40.2 innings for Stockton. However, he had the start of the year on May 12th, when he tossed six hitless innings against Inland Empire. Hernandez followed that up with another positive outing on May 17th, when he allowed three runs in six innings. He has allowed three runs or less in six of his eight starts this season.
Hornbeck has been dominant for the Kane County Cougars this season. The left-hander was the A's 32nd round pick in 2008. He posted a 4.58 ERA in 35.1 innings with Vancouver and Kane County last season as a reliever.
The A's tinkered with his arm angle and moved him into the rotation with terrific results thus far in 2009. Hornbeck has dominated the Midwest League thus far this season. He is 4-0 with a 1.34 ERA in 36.1 innings. He struck-out 10 in seven innings in his last outing. Hornbeck has struck-out 47 against only 10 walks while allowing only 19 hits this season.
In addition to Hornbeck, Larry Cobb was also added back onto the Stockton roster on Tuesday. Cobb had spent the past 16 days with the Sacramento River Cats. He appeared in four games with Sacramento, collecting one hit in nine at-bats. He has a .229 average with one homer in 15 games with Stockton this season.
Other News and Notes
- Henry Rodriguez made his regular season debut on Tuesday. Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning for the Stockton Ports in the team's 9-5 loss to Bakersfield. He struck-out two and allowed only a hit and a wild pitch.
- The Runnin' River Cats stole a game from the Round Rock Express on Tuesday. The River Cats completed a rare triple steal to score one run. The other run was scored when Cliff Pennington scored from second on a Daric Barton ground-out. Eric Patterson stole three bases, including home on the front-end of the triple steal. He now has 17 stolen bases this season. Pennington swiped two bags, and he now has 15 on the year. Barton also stole a bag, as the back-end of the triple-steal. It was his first of the season.
- The Midland Rockhounds took a one-run lead in the top of the 10th, but they wound-up on the wrong end of a 7-6 contest for a second straight day when Sam Demel allowed two runs in the bottom of the 10th. The winning run scored on a wild pitch and a throwing error by catcher Josh Donaldson. Archie Gilbert had two hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases. Matt Sulentic also stole two bases, while Matt Spencer collected two hits, including a triple.
- The Kane County Cougars had an almost identical day to the Midland Rockhounds. Like Midland, Kane County took a one-run lead in the top of the 10th, only to lose that lead in the bottom of the inning. Grant Desme had two hits and two RBIs, as well as his 11th stolen base of the season. Jason Christian added his 12th stolen base, while Steve Kleen drove-in two. Brett Hunter had a solid outing for the Cougars. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in five innings, while striking out six.
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