Oakland A's MLN: Barton Back With Bang

We have the details of the Oakland A's minor league action from Wednesday, as well as the announcement of the team's July 2nd international signings inside...

Barton Homers In Return To Sacramento

First-baseman Daric Barton didn't get a chance to play much during his three-week stay with the Oakland A's. Back as a regular with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, Barton made his presence known immediately, as he hit a key three-run homerun in the River Cats' 4-3 win over rival Fresno.

Sacramento didn't manage much offense besides the Barton homer. Cliff Pennington had an RBI and his 16th double of the season. He reached base twice and is now batting .285 on the season. Eric Patterson also had two hits. Jack Hannahan went 0-4 with two strike-outs in his return to Sacramento.

Shawn Chacon picked up his second win since joining the River Cats. He allowed two runs on two solo homeruns in six innings. He struck-out four and walked three. Henry Rodriguez threw two hitless innings of relief, striking out four and walking three. Jay Marshall got the save by getting the last two outs of the game. The River Cats are 16-7 in one-run games this season.

Ports Fall Late

Craig Italiano had a strong outing, but the Stockton Ports were once again let down by poor defense, as they fell to San Jose by a score of 3-2.

Italiano allowed two unearned runs in 5.2 innings. He allowed four hits and one walk and he struck-out eight in one of his best outings of the season. In his last three starts, Italiano has allowed one earned run in 16.2 innings with 18 strike-outs and four walks.

Scott Hodsdon was hung with the loss despite not giving up an earned run in three innings. The Ports committed four errors, including Frank Martinez's 21st error and Michael Richard's 17th and 18th errors. Catcher Matt Smith also had two passed balls. All three of San Jose's runs were unearned.

Grant Desme reached base three times with a hit and two walks, while Steve Kleen provided the Stockton offense with a two-run homer. He also had a single and a walk. Danny Putnam, in his return to Stockton, had a double in four at-bats.

Cougars Hold On To Close Win

Kane County jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings, and held on to beat the Peoria Chiefs by a score of 3-2.

Lefty Pedro Figueroa was brilliant once again, going seven strong innings. He didn't allow an earned run (two unearned runs) and he struck-out six while walking none. Figueroa has a 3.10 ERA and a 9-2 record on the season.

Jason Christian had two hits and two RBIs to pace the Cougars' offense. Dusty Coleman scored twice before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury. Jeremy Barfield had a double and two walks in the win.

Vancouver Shut-Out At Home

The Vancouver Canadians had a quiet day at home versus Salem-Keizer, dropping a 7-0 decision.

Not much went right for Vancouver, which managed only four hits and committed two errors. Ricardo Penalba got the loss by allowing three earned runs (four in total) in 3.1 innings. He walked four. Pedro Vidal also had a rough outing, allowing two runs in 2.2 innings.

Anthony Aliotti was the only Canadian hitter with more than one hit. He had a single and a double and is batting .385.

A's Sign Three On July 2nd International Signing Day

The Oakland A's announced on Thursday morning that they had come to terms with three Latin American prospects on the first day of the international signing period. Oakland announced the signings of Wilfredo Solano, Wilman "Junior" Martinez and Alfred Sosa. Solano and Martinez are infielders and Sosa is an outfielder. All three are 16-years-old.

We will have more on these signings later today.

Roster Move

To make room for Daric Barton and Jack Hannahan in Sacramento, the A's had to move outfielder Danny Putnam off of the River Cats' roster. He has been sent to High-A Stockton for now. Reliever Andrew Carignan has been placed on the Stockton disabled list.

Putnam has played for Sacramento and Midland this season. He is batting a combined .270 with 11 homers and a 774 OPS in 70 total games this year.

Carignan, who missed the first few months of the season with forearm soreness, pitched only two games with Stockton before landing back on the DL. He hasn't pitched since walking three batters in an inning of work against San Jose on June 19th.

According to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, the A's aren't planning any more wholesale roster changes after making a number of changes last week. There will still be some player movement, but it will most likely be tied to injuries, trades and/or player promotions or demotions from the major leagues.

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