Oakland A's MLN: Moving On

Both the Sacramento River Cats and the Midland Rockhounds had opportunities to move onto their league finals on Saturday night, and they didn't miss those opportunities.

Sacramento Heading Back To Familiar Territory

If it is September, then it must be time for the Sacramento River Cats to be in the Pacific Coast League finals. Sacramento clinched their spot in their third-straight PCL finals with a resounding victory over the Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday night.

A night after winning 13-2, Sacramento again made the number 13 lucky on Saturday. The River Cats used two six-run innings to account for most of their scoring and they withstood some late Tacoma scoring to win, 13-8.

Chris Carter, who dominated for the Stockton Ports in the California League playoffs last season, hit his fourth homerun in as many PCL playoff games. This one came in the first inning, an inning in which the River Cats scored six times. The River Cats would be up 7-0 at the end of the second inning.

Tacoma would pull within two runs at 7-5 in the sixth inning, but Sacramento would put the game away with six runs in the seventh. Every River Cats' starter either reached base or drove-in a run. Adrian Cardenas, Brett Wallace, Tom Everidge and Matt Carson each had multi-hit games. Cardenas is batting .467 in the playoffs. Shawn Chacon got the win despite allowing four runs in five innings.

Sacramento will take on Memphis in the finals. The finals begin on Tuesday in Memphis. Sacramento will host Game Three on Friday and Games Four and Five, if necessary, on Saturday and Sunday. Sacramento is looking to win their third straight PCL title.

Weeks, Ross Lead Midland To Finals

The Oakland A's top two picks in the 2008 draft were on display in Game Four of their Texas League playoff series, as first-round pick Jemile Weeks drove home four and second-round pick Tyson Ross earned the win to send Midland to the Texas League finals.

Weeks went 2-4 and hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs in the 5-2 win. He hit .308 in the series. Red-hot Matt Spencer reached base three times on a hit and two walks and he scored twice. He finished the series with a .467 average.

Ross was terrific in his first Texas League playoff start. He went into the seventh inning, allowing two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings to earn the win. Ross struck-out eight and walked only two. Mickey Storey continued his brilliant playoff work, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings in relief of Ross, and Jonathan Hunton earned his second save with 1.1 scoreless innings of his own. Storey appeared in three games in the series and didn't allow a run in 4.2 innings. He struck-out five. Hunton tossed 3.2 scoreless innings in three appearances in the series.

Midland will take on Northwest Arkansas in the Texas League finals. The series begins in Midland on Tuesday and will continue in Midland on Wednesday. It will then move to Northwest Arkansas for Game Three on Friday and Saturday and Sunday, if necessary.

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