Oakland A's MLN: Gio A One-Hit Wonder

Three of the four Oakland A's full-season affiliates were in action on Monday night and all three came through victorious. Gio Gonzalez was wild but effective, Chris Carter mashed and Steve Kleen went deep. We have details on those games and an update on Javier Herrera inside...

Gonzalez Wild, But Nearly Unhittable In Win

The Sacramento River Cats blew a 2-0 lead in the eighth and ninth innings of their tilt with Colorado Springs, but they came back to win the game on a Larry Cobb single in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Starter Gio Gonzalez tossed six shutout innings on Monday night. He allowed only one hit and he struck-out nine, but six walks put a blemish on an otherwise outstanding outing. Over his last three starts, Gonzalez has allowed only one earned run in 19 innings. He has given up only five hits and he has struck-out 20 batters, but he has walked 11. On the season, Gonzalez has a 3.08 ERA and 53 strike-outs in 49.2 innings for Sacramento.

Gonzalez was denied the win, however, when the River Cats' bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Henry Rodriguez relieved Gonzalez in the seventh inning and he allowed a solo homerun in 1.2 innings while striking out four, walking one and allowing three hits. Jay Marshall got the final out in the eighth inning, but then got in trouble in the ninth with one-out when a walk to Mark Bellhorn and a single to Sal Fasano (both former Oakland A's players) put runners on the corners with one-out. Ryan Webb took over for Marshall and got a strike-out before allowing the tying run on a single with two-outs. He would walk the next batter, but then struck-out Matt Miller to end the inning.

Webb would wind-up with his seventh win of the season when the River Cats mounted a rally in the ninth. With one-out, Cliff Pennington walked and then Eric Patterson followed with a single, moving Pennington to second. Then Larry Cobb, who was in the game for the rehabbing Travis Buck, singled to bring home the winning run.

Buck, in his first rehab game, went 1-3 with an RBI as he works himself back in shape after injuring an oblique. Patterson had two hits and he stole his 23rd base of the season. Anthony Recker had the other RBI for the victorious River Cats.

Midland Slugs Its Way To Another Win

For the first time since he was promoted from High-A Stockton, Carlos Hernandez didn't receive double-digits in run support. He had more than enough support, however, as Midland and Hernandez beat Tulsa by a score of 8-2.

Midland scored four times in the first inning and never looked back. The Rockhounds had 15 hits and two walks in the win. Chris Carter led the way with three hits in five at-bats with a homer. The homer was his eighth of the year and he is now batting .296 with a 916 OPS for the year.

Tom Everidge also had three hits and he drew a walk. Two of his hits were doubles. Matt Spencer was the third Rockhound hitter with three hits. He is now batting .265 since being promoted to Midland and he is hitting .348 for the month of June. Adrian Cardenas had two hits to up his average with Midland to .388. Every Midland starter had at least one hit except for Josh Donaldson, who did reach with a walk.

Hernandez cruised in his fourth start with Midland. In six innings, he allowed two runs on nine hits and one walk. He struck-out three and lowered his ERA to 4.09. Hernandez is 4-0 with Midland. Rocky Roquet and Jared Lansford combined to finish off the game. Lansford had two scoreless innings with three strike-outs.

Kane County Eeks Out Win

All-Star Kenneth Smalley survived a rough first inning to earn his sixth win for the Kane County Cougars. Smalley allowed three runs in the first, but then didn't allow another run in a six-inning outing. He allowed five hits and two walks and struck-out five in the win. Smalley has a 2.03 ERA and a 52:16 K:BB ratio in 48.2 innings this season. He has allowed only one homerun.

Smalley got some good run support to get out of the hole he created in the first inning. The Cougars got one back in the bottom of the first and then took the lead with three more in the third inning. Kane County added an insurance run that they would need in the seventh inning.

Steve Kleen led the attack with three hits and four RBIs. He hit a solo homerun, his seventh, and a double. Jason Christian had two hits, including a triple, and Grant Desme added a double.

Javier Herrera Update

Former top Oakland A's prospect Javier Herrera, who was released by the club in May, has cleared waivers. The A's had expressed interest in re-signing Herrera to a minor league deal at the time of the release, but, as of Monday, the A's had not signed Herrera.

According to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, Oakland will monitor how Herrera's rehab and possible surgery go before they decide to try to re-sign Herrera. He is a free agent and can sign with any team, but with an uncertain medical future, he may remain on the market for some time.

Yusuf Carter Named To All-Star Team

The Stockton Ports announced on Monday that catcher Yusuf Carter would represent the team in the California League/Carolina League All-Star game. Carter will be a back-up catcher in the game.

The off-season minor league Rule 5 pick-up is batting .325 with 17 RBIs in 29 games this season.

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