Oakland A's MLN: Johnson Drives-In Seven

The Sacramento River Cats couldn't buy a hit on Tuesday night, while the Stockton Ports kept the hits coming. We have the details on the action around the Oakland A's system inside...

Johnson Drives Home Seven In Rout

Toddric Johnson had a grand-slam and he drove-in seven runs, leading a 16-hit, 16-run Stockton Ports attack.

Stockton got started early against San Jose starter T.J. Brewer, scoring four times in the first and five times in the second. Every Port except Frank Martinez reached base at least twice. Johnson and Yusuf Carter each had four hits. Jemile Weeks had two hits, two walks and scored four runs, while Grant Desme and Michael Richard added multi-hit games.

Scott Hodsdon was the big beneficiary of the offensive onslaught. The Stockton starter earned the win with six strong innings of work. He allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk. Hodsdon struck-out seven in the 16-7 win.

Sacramento No-Hit By Salt Lake's O'Sullivan

Los Angeles Angels prospect Sean O'Sullivan was nearly perfect on Tuesday night at Raley Field. The burly right-hander allowed only a walk in the first nine-inning no-hitter in Raley Field history.

Sacramento starter Chad Reineke allowed single runs in the first and second innings, and that was all that the Salt Lake Bees would get off of Sacramento. That's all O'Sullivan would need, however. He struck-out seven batters and worked through the River Cats' line-up on 122 pitches. O'Sullivan, a 21-year-old California native, is now 6-3 with a 5.66 ERA this season in the minor leagues and 3-0 with a 3.72 ERA in the majors.

Midland Wins Sixth Straight

The Midland Rockhounds are suddenly red-hot after a rough start to the second-half of the season. Midland won its sixth straight game on Tuesday with a 5-4 win over Frisco. The Rockhounds used single runs in the eighth and ninth to complete the comeback win. Josh Donaldson had a big game, going 2-3 with a three-run homerun and a stolen base.

Graham Godfrey got the start and he lasted four innings, allowing four runs (three earned). He struck-out three and walked none. Jason Fernandez, making his second relief appearance of the year, tossed three scoreless innings to keep the game close. In his two relief appearances, Fernandez has yet to allow a run in six innings, giving-up only six hits and no walks. Jonathan Hunton earned the win after pitching a scoreless eighth and Jared Lansford got the save with a perfect ninth.

Kane County Wins Second Straight

After losing six straight, Kane County has rebounded with two straight wins. On Tuesday, the Cougars beat Cedar Rapids by a score of 5-4.

Dusty Coleman, Stephen Parker and Christopher Berrora lead the way offensively by collecting two hits each. Parker and Coleman also stole a base each. Petey Paramore reached base three times with a hit and two walks.

On the mound, the Cougars got 5.2 innings from starter Anvioris Ramirez. He allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits and he struck-out five. A.J. Huttenlocker tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out four, while Justin Murray pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

AZL A's Stage Late Comeback For Win

The A's Rookie League team scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to earn a 5-4 comeback win over the AZL Angels.

The A's had only two hits, but they utilized five walks, two Angels' errors and a passed ball to score five runs. Douglas Landaeta and Alcibiades Made had the A's hits.

Hector Garcia got the start for the A's in his return to Arizona from Vancouver. He allowed three runs in 1.2 innings. Rony Acevedo, Jose Oliveros, Daniel Tenholder and Ronald Ferreras combined to allow one unearned run in 7.1 innings of relief to complete the win.


* According to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, right-hander Brett Hunter was sent to the A's Rookie League team to work closely with A's Rehab Coordinator Garvin Alston and A's Minor League Pitching Coordinator Gil Patterson on a "makeover" of Hunter's throwing motion.

* Lieppman also mentioned that Stockton lefty Ben Hornbeck has been moved into the bullpen for the rest of the season to cut down on his innings for the year. In his first full professional season, Hornbeck has thrown 93 innings. He has struck-out 122 batters over that stretch and has a 3.68 ERA.

* Sacramento infielder Gregorio Petit is battling a pulled trap muscle. He hasn't played in 11 games.

* Tom Everidge had a memorable debut with the Oakland A's. His first major league hit came with two-outs in the top of the ninth against the Boston Red Sox with the A's losing 7-4. The hit was a double high off of the "Green Monster" and it drove-in Jack Cust to make the game 7-5. The A's would score two more two-out runs in the inning to tie the game and would go on to win it, 9-8, in 11 innings.

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