Oakland A's MLN: Notable Weekend Performances

It was a busy weekend in the Oakland A's system. We take a look at a few of the players who had productive weekends inside...

Travis Buck: Buck has been productive for the Sacramento River Cats since beginning his rehab assignment on June 8th. He has had a hit in each of the five games he has played, including two doubles and a homerun. In total, he has a .357 average and an 1103 OPS. For all of that good work, Buck was "rewarded" on Sunday with an activation from the major league disabled list and a demotion to Triple-A. He didn't play on Sunday.

Jemile Weeks: Weeks has yet to go a game without a hit for the Stockton Ports, as well, although his streak is a little more significant than Buck's given that it has now reached 15 games. Weeks didn't play on Saturday, but on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, he went five-for-11 with a grandslam. In 61 at-bats with Stockton this season, Weeks has a .361 average, two doubles, four homeruns, 14 RBIs, 10 walks and a 1056 OPS.

Gio Gonzalez: Gonzalez continues to make a strong case for another shot in the big leagues. The lefty was outstanding on Saturday, allowing only four hits and one walk in six scoreless innings. He struck-out eight. Over his last four starts, Gonzalez has allowed one run in 25 innings. He has allowed only nine hits and has struck-out 28 over that stretch. On the season, Gonzalez is now 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA and he has 61 strike-outs in 55.2 innings. PCL batters are hitting .195 against him this season.

Ben Hornbeck: Hornbeck got back into the win column on Sunday with a stellar seven inning performance for Stockton. He allowed only four hits and one run, walking one and striking out nine. Hornbeck has struck-out 39 batters in 27.2 innings for Stockton this season and 86 in 64 innings total.

Matt Spencer: Spencer got off to a slow start with Midland after being promoted from Stockton in mid-May, but he has really picked up the pace of late. Over the weekend, he went five-for-12 to raise his average to .284 with the Rockhounds. He is batting .349 in the month of June.

Grant Desme: Desme is continuing to put up impressive numbers for Kane County. The A's second round pick in 2007 had three hits and two RBIs over the weekend. He is batting .281 on the season with 11 homeruns and 21 stolen bases in 21 chances. In June, he is batting .327 with four homers, 16 RBIs and six stolen bases.

Alexander Valdez: After a terrible April for Stockton, Valdez has been on fire in May and June for the Ports and, lately, the Rockhounds. The infielder went six-for-12 with three doubles and a homer over the weekend and is batting .405 with two homers over his last 10 games. In 17 games with Midland, Valdez is hitting .328 with three homers and a 967 OPS. He is batting .390 with an 1105 OPS in 11 games in June.

Kenneth Smalley: Smalley's outstanding season continued on Saturday, despite being hung with a tough-luck loss. He allowed only one run in seven innings, striking out seven and allowing three hits and three walks. In 55.2 innings this season, Smalley has a 6-2 record, a 1.94 ERA and 59 strike-outs in 55.2 innings. Batters are hitting only .196 against the A's 24th round pick from 2008.

Eric Patterson: Patterson is continuing to rack up good numbers for the River Cats. He had three hits in nine at-bats over the weekend, including a triple. He also walked once and stole two bases. He has 25 stolen bases on the season.

Graham Godfrey: Godfrey appears to have hit his stride with Midland. On Friday, the right-hander allowed two runs in six innings. Over his last four starts, Godfrey has allowed seven runs in 27.1 innings with 21 strike-outs and five walks. His ERAs in May and June are 2.94 and 3.00, respectively.

Matt Fitts: Fitts had an outstanding outing on Sunday in a must-win game for the Cougars, who are trying to clinch the first-half division title. Fitts threw six shut-out innings, striking out six and allowing only four hits and three walks. It was his first win since May 24th.

Brad Kilby: Kilby had two scoreless appearances over the weekend and he struck-out four batters. Kilby has 26 strike-outs in 24.1 innings this season and has has allowed only nine hits. His BAA is an incredible .113 for the season.

Jason Christian: Christian's average took a dip in May, but he is starting to come around in June. Over the weekend, he had four hits in 13 at-bats with a double, a homerun and two RBIs. He also stole his 18th base of the year (in 20 chances).

James Simmons: Simmons put together his best start in June on Thursday, going five strong innings. He allowed one run on four hits with four strike-outs and one walk.

Ryan Webb: Webb tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in two outings over the weekend. The big right-hander has not allowed a run in his last 10 outings. Over that stretch, he is 3-0 with two saves. He has allowed only 11 hits in 14.1 innings and he has a sparkling 11:2 K:BB ratio. As a reliever this season, Webb is 6-0 with a 3.13 ERA and a 23:7 K:BB ratio in 31.2 innings.


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