Oakland A's MLN: 'Hounds, River Cats Strike

The Sacramento River Cats and the Midland Rockhounds earned Game One wins, but they went about it in two very different ways. The Kane County Cougars faltered, however, in their first playoff game, and now they will need a win in Game Two to stay alive.

Sacramento Slugs Its Way To Game One Win

The Sacramento River Cats put their powerful line-up on display in Game One of their Pacific Coast League semi-final series. Chris Carter and Brett Wallace both homered, while Matt Carson doubled twice and Sacramento pounded out 10 hits and eight runs in their 8-2 victory over Tacoma.

The River Cats jumped all over Tacoma starter Chris Seddon early. Sacramento scored three times in the first inning, with the big blow coming off of the bat of Carter, who hit a two-run blast with two-outs in the inning. Sacramento would tack on two more runs in the second to take a commanding early 5-0 lead.

The Rainiers would be quiet on offense against Sacramento starter Chris Gissell until the fourth inning, when they scored their first run. Sacramento answered in the top of the fifth when Wallace crushed a solo homerun. Tacoma would score again in the bottom of the fifth, but that was all of the offense they would muster.

Gissell allowed two runs in five innings with six strike-outs and one walk. He gave way to a quartet of River Cats' relievers (Scott Patterson, Henry Rodriguez, John Meloan and Kevin Cameron), who combined to allow only one base-runner (a walk) over four innings.

Sacramento will look to build a big two-game lead against Tacoma tomorrow.

Midland Pitches Way To Victory

The normally potent Midland Rockhounds' offense was silent for much of Wednesday night, but their pitching staff wouldn't let them lose Game One versus San Antonio.

Graham Godfrey led a team of four Midland pitchers who combined to toss 11 scoreless innings in the thrilling 1-0 win over the Missions. Godfrey didn't allow his first hit until the sixth inning. It would be the only hit he would allow in 6.2 brilliant innings.

Mickey Storey followed Godfrey with 1.1 perfect innings. He was followed by Jonathan Hunton, who worked around two walks in 1.2 hitless innings to get the game into the 10th inning.

With the game knotted at zero in the top of the 11th, the Rockhounds put together a two-out rally to score the game's only run. Josh Horton singled and then he came around to score on Josh Donaldson's double to right.

Jared Lansford took over for Hunton with two-outs in the 10th and got the final out of the inning. When the Rockhounds scored in the top of the 11th to finally break the scoreless tie, Lansford would get the chance to earn a win. He allowed the first three hitters to reach base, but benefited when the first batter of the inning, Eric Sogard, was thrown out at second base after being hit by a pitch. With two-on and one-out, Lansford got Craig Cooper to hit into a game-ending double-play.

Kane County Can't Overcome Early Deficit

The Kane County Cougars couldn't maintain their late-season momentum in Game One of their best-of-three game series. The Cougars were winners of 11 of their last 15 games to end the season, but they struggled on Wednesday versus Burlington.

The Cougars fell behind early, as starter Kenneth Smalley allowed six runs in 1.1 innings. Kane County would fall behind by a score of 11-2 before mounting a five-run rally in the top of the seventh inning to pull within four runs. That would be all the Cougars would score, and they fell to Burlington 12-7.

Leonardo Gil, Stephen Parker and Tyler Ladendorf each had two hits in the loss.

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