Oakland A's MLN: Ross Wins Debut

There are lots of new faces in new places in the Oakland A's organization right now. Some are from different organizations, while others are with new teams after promotions. A number of those new faces made big contributions on Monday. We have the details of the day's action, as well as other news and notes, inside...

Ross Strong For Streaking Midland In Debut

Tyson Ross tossed six solid innings in his Double-A debut and the Midland Rockhounds used 14 hits and eight walks to earn their fifth straight victory, this time by a score of 10-1 over the San Antonio Missions.

Ross, the Oakland A's 2008 second-round pick, took the mound for the first time in Double-A on Monday. The tall right-hander scattered four hits and one walk over six frames, allowing only one run. He earned his first win for Midland and lowered his overall minor league ERA to 4.00 for the season.

Ross had plenty of help from his new friends in his debut. Five Rockhounds collected at least two hits, with lead-off man Corey Wimberly leading the charge with three hits, three RBIs and two stolen bases. Newly acquired outfielder Shane Peterson had two hits and a walk in five at-bats, including a double. In three games with Midland, Peterson is four-for-15 with two doubles. Matt Sulentic had a big game in the number nine spot in the order, collecting two hits and a walk in three at-bats. He scored twice, stole his 19th base and drove-in two. Chris Carter drove-in his 72nd and 73rd runs of the year and Adrian Cardenas collected two hits in six at-bats. Cardenas is batting .340 for Midland this season.

The Rockhounds are now over .500 in the second half with a 15-14 record and sit 1.5 games behind first-place Frisco.

Wallace, Mortensen and River Cats Eek Out Double-Header Split

Clayton Mortensen fell two-outs short of his first win as a member of the River Cats, but Sacramento still managed a split of their rain-delayed double-header with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and head home with a still-imposing nine-game lead in the Pacific South Division.

Sacramento won the first game of the double-header, which actually stretched over a two-day period. The game started on Sunday and featured a compelling pitching match-up of former Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland A's teammates Greg Smith and Dana Eveland. Unfortunately, neither pitcher survived the rain delay, which caused the game to be halted on Sunday in the third inning and resumed on Monday morning. Eveland allowed three unearned runs in 2.2 innings for Sacramento, while Smith allowed three earned runs in 2.2 innings himself. Neither factored in the decision.

The game was back-and-forth early, as Sacramento lost an early lead of 3-1. With the game tied at 3 going into the fifth inning, Sacramento scored four times to take a decisive lead. Sam Demel earned the win in the game, while Brad Kilby and Jeff Gray combined to toss three scoreless innings to close it out. Gray earned his 13th save of the year.

In the contest, Cliff Pennington and Aaron Cunningham each had two doubles and each scored twice. Anthony Recker had two hits and new River Cat Brett Wallace had a hit and an RBI in his second game with Sacramento. He also committed two errors.

In the "night-cap," the River Cats started newly acquired right-hander Clayton Mortensen. Mortensen battled some shaky command but was otherwise impressive in his first outing as a member of the A's organization. He threw 5.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits. He didn't strike-out a batter, however, and he walked four. Mortensen was in-line for the win going into the bottom of the seventh inning (in the minor leagues, they play seven-inning games in double-headers), with Sacramento clinging to a 2-1 lead. However, Henry Rodriguez had a rough outing, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in only one-third of an inning, turning a win into a loss. Rodriguez has struggled badly of late. He hasn't struck-out a batter in his last four outings and he has walked six and allowed eight runs in 2.1 innings over that stretch.

Sacramento didn't have much offense, although they did collect nine hits despite scoring only two runs. The River Cats' two-three-four hitters combined to go six-for-12 with three doubles, but it wasn't enough. Two of those doubles were off the bat of Wallace, who also drove-in a run.

First-baseman Tom Everidge went three-for-six in the double-header. After the games were over, he learned that he was being promoted to the major leagues. He leaves the River Cats with a .382 average, tops on the team, and 32 RBIs in 43 games. In 98 games for Sacramento and Midland this season, Everidge has 85 RBIs, tops in the A's organization. The River Cats had one additional roster move over the weekend, placing infielder Gregorio Petit on the seven-day disabled list. He hasn't played since July 17th.

Ports Shut-Out In San Jose

San Jose Giants' lefty Craig Clark only struck-out two, but he still proved that he had the Stockton Ports' number on Monday. Clark, who whiffed 10 Ports in a row in a game earlier this season, tossed eight scoreless innings to beat Stockton by a score of 3-0.

Lefty Pedro Figueroa was the tough-luck loser for Stockton. Figueroa allowed only one earned run in six innings, striking out seven and walking one. Figueroa has been outstanding in three of his four starts with Stockton. He threw a seven-inning shut-out in his first outing, and has allowed three earned runs in 12 innings over his last two starts. His ERA stands at an ugly 5.16 because he allowed 10 runs in 3.2 innings in his other start with Stockton.

Figueroa received no run support on Monday, as Stockton managed only seven hits. They also committed two errors that allowed two unearned runs to cross the plate. Jermaine Mitchell had three hits in three at-bats, while Matt Smith collected two hits. Steve Kleen had the only other Stockton hit. The Ports are now 17-15 in the second half and are in second place in the Cal North Division. Unfortunately for Stockton, that puts them nine games behind division-leading San Jose.

Kane County Breaks Losing Streak With Walk-Off Win

In need of a win, the Kane County Cougars overcame a blown save in the ninth to eek out a walk-off, 3-2 victory over Dayton on Monday. Leonardo Gil played the role of hero, singling home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Going into the ninth, the Cougars held a 2-1 lead, which they built in the third inning and clung to until the ninth. Kane County ace Kenneth Smalley threw five innings and allowed only an unearned run. He allowed six hits and three walks while striking out two. Smalley has a 1.88 ERA this season. Josue Selenes and Daniel Thomas combined to throw three scoreless innings in relief before handing the ball over to Justin Murray in the ninth. Murray allowed a game-tying homer, but kept the game at 2-2 and wound-up the winner when Gil singled home the winning run.

Gil reached base three times in the game with that RBI single and two walks. Michael Spina had the only other RBIs of the game for the Cougars, both coming on a third inning, two-run homerun. Spina has three homeruns in 15 games for Kane County this season.

The Cougars had lost six straight going into Monday's contest, a product mostly of a terrible run of injuries. Kane County received more bad news on the injury front over the weekend when it was announced that outfielder David Thomas would miss the rest of the year with a broken finger. The Cougars currently have eight players on the disabled list.

In addition to adding Thomas to the DL, the Cougars had a change in their bullpen over the weekend. Right-hander Jose Guzman was promoted from short-season Vancouver. Guzman began the year in Kane County before being shelved with a back injury in late May. He had six saves and a 2.61 ERA in nine appearances with Vancouver before the promotion back to Kane County. To make room for Guzman, the A's sent struggling right-hander Brett Hunter to the A's Rookie League team in Arizona.

Vancouver Walks-Off Winners

The Vancouver Canadians used a two-run bottom of the ninth to walk-off with a 6-5 win over Spokane on Monday night. Kent Walton hit a one-out, bases-loaded single to drive-in two runs and send the Canadians home winners.

It was a back-and-forth affair versus Spokane. Vancouver, down 2-1 in the second, scored three times in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. However, Spokane battled back to score one in the seventh and two in the eighth to carry a 5-4 lead into the ninth inning.

The C's had their hitting shoes on on Monday, collecting 14 hits. Conner Crumbliss had three hits in five at-bats to raise his average to .316 on the season. The utilityman and A's 2009 draft pick has been impressive in his pro debut season thus far. In 114 at-bats, he has 36 hits, 10 extra-base hits, 10 RBIs and 34 walks. His OBP is .470 and his SLG is .447. He has also stolen nine bases in 10 tries.

Crumbliss got support in the line-up from Michael Gilmartin, Walton, Myrio Richard, Jose Crisostomo and Tyreace House, each of whom had two hits. Walton drove-in three runs and is now batting .306 with 23 RBIs on the season. Richard's two hits raised his average to .324.

Daniel Straily got the start for Vancouver and went five solid innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Jose Penalba (one inning) and Bo Schultz (1.1 innings) each allowed a run in their outings, while Robert Gilliam allowed a run in 1.2 innings. However, he earned the win to move to 2-0 on the season. Vancouver has now won four out of their last five games.

Rookie A's Pound Out Win Over Cubs

The A's Rookie League team cranked out 14 hits and 12 runs in a 12-4 drubbing over the AZL Cubs on Monday night. Royce Consigli drove-in four runs in his professional debut to help pace the Arizona attack.

It was a balanced effort from the A's offense on Monday. Lead-off man Jeremy Wells reached base four times to jump-start the offense with two hits and two walks. He scored four times and drove-in a run. The Patten University alum has four hits in his last six at-bats and is batting .313 with a .427 OBP in his first pro season.

Consigli, batting fourth, and Chris Affinito, batting fifth, combined to drive-in eight runs. Affinito went four-for-four and is batting a team-high .376 with 23 RBIs. Yeudy Brazoban and Ramon Soto also added two hits apiece. Josh Leyland, in his professional debut, went 1-5 with four strike-outs.

Omar Duran got the start for the A's and struggled, allowing four runs (two earned) in 1.2 innings. The lefty had been pitching out of the bullpen, where he had a 4.50 ERA and 19 strike-outs against four walks in 12 innings. He walked three and struck-out only one in his first start of the season. Ryan Quigley earned the win with 2.1 scoreless innings, while Argenis Paez put on an impressive show, striking out five in three scoreless innings.

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