Oakland A's MLN: Clean Sweep

Strong pitching and clutch hitting were on display throughout the Oakland A's minor league system on Tuesday, leading to four wins, including one extra-innings thriller and a shut-out. We have the details inside...

Cougars Win A Thriller

Down three in the bottom of the ninth, the Kane County Cougars got a lead-off homer by Myrio Richard and a two-out, two-run double by Max Stassi to tie the game. The Cougars would go on to defeat the Burlington Bees in the bottom of the 11th when Rashun Dixon walked in the winning run.

The Cougars climbed back from an early 5-0 deficit. Starter Ian Krol, pitching on short rest, allowed four runs in two innings in his second appearance of the season. The 18-year-old allowed four hits and two walks. He was relieved by lefty Ryan Quigley, who was added to the Cougars' roster just before the game. Quigley replaced Opening Day starter Jonathan Joseph, who landed on the disabled list. Quigley was solid in his 2010 debut, allowing only an unearned run in 2.2 innings. He allowed three hits and a walk and struck-out three.

Bo Schultz followed Quigley and the sidearmer tossed three scoreless innings to keep the Cougars within arm's reach of the Bees. The Cougars got on the board in the sixth on a Stassi sacrifice fly. They moved a run closer in the seventh when Richard singled home Michael Gilmartin. After tying the game in the ninth, Kane County mounted the winning rally in the 11th with two-outs. Kent Walton, Juan Nunez and Stassi all walked before Dixon walked in the winning run for the Cougars' fourth straight victory.

Dixon continued his fast start to the season. He went 1-2 with three walks, an RBI and a stolen base. His hit came in the ninth inning and almost won the game for Kane County in regulation, but Stassi was thrown out at the plate.

Richard had his first homer of the season and he went 2-6. Conner Crumbliss and Walton also had two hit games. Stassi reached base three times with his double and two walks. He drove-in three and has six RBIs on the season.

Banwart, Rockhounds Squeak By Springfield

Travis Banwart earned his second victory of the season in Midland's 4-2 win over the Springfield Cardinals. Banwart allowed two runs in 5.2 innings and Yung-Chi Chen drove-in two runs to give the Rockhounds their fourth win of the season.

Corey Brown, who joined the Rockhounds on Tuesday after starting the season with Sacramento, had a three-hit game in his 2010 Texas League debut. He scored a run and drove-in one. The Rockhounds had six doubles in the game, two from Brown, two from Chen, and one each from Alexander Valdez and Shane Peterson.

Mickey Storey was once again brilliant in relief. In 2.1 innings, he allowed only a walk and he struck-out two. Storey has appeared in three games this season and in 5.1 innings, he has yet to allow a hit. He has six strike-outs and just the one walk.

Beau Vaughan worked a scoreless ninth to secure the win for Midland. He didn't allow a base-runner and he struck-out one. It was Vaughan's second save on the young season.

Mazzaro Sparkles Again In Sacramento's Shut-out Win

Vince Mazzaro was brilliant once again and the River Cats scored just enough to beat the Portland Beavers, 2-0.

After tossing 4.1 hitless innings in his first start of the season, Mazzaro tossed six scoreless innings to earn the win. He allowed only five hits and a walk and he struck-out five. On the season, Mazzaro has allowed only five hits and three walks in 10.1 innings. He has struck-out 12.

The Sacramento bullpen was unhittable again. Jon Hunton, Michael Benacka and Henry Rodriguez combined to throw three perfect innings. Benacka struck-out two. Rodriguez earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth in which he threw only five pitches.

Michael Taylor and Dallas McPherson had RBIs in the fourth inning. McPherson had two hits and he has 11 RBIs on the season. He is hitting .286 with a 985 OPS. Chris Carter also added two hits.

Murray, Stockton Douse The Blaze

Justin Murray earned his first win of the season by tossing six strong innings and the Stockton Ports beat the Bakersfield Blaze by a score of 5-1.

In his first start of the season, Murray allowed a run on five hits in six innings. He struck-out five and didn't walk a batter. Jose Pina, Trey Barham and Daniel Sattler each had a scoreless inning of relief to nail down the win.

Ryan Ortiz launched his first homerun of the season - a two-run shot - and he had two hits to pace the Stockton attack. Ortiz had been only one-for-seven coming into the game. David Thomas, in his first game with Stockton after starting the season with Midland, had two RBIs. Tyler Ladendorf also appeared in his first game of the season with Stockton (he started the year with Sacramento) and he had a hit and a run scored in three at-bats. He also walked.

The Ports walked seven times. Grant Green led the way with two walks. Those were Green's first two walks of the season. Jermaine Mitchell added a hit and a walk. He has walked five times in five games and is batting .368.

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