Oakland A's MLN: Sacramento Busts Out

Going into the season, many expected the Sacramento River Cats' offense to be one of the most productive in recent memory. The River Cats' bats got off to a slow start, but they have been heating up of late and they exploded in a big way on Tuesday, defeating the Las Vegas 51's, 15-6. We have the details on all of Tuesday's action inside...

Sacramento Leaves Vegas With A Bang

The Sacramento River Cats scored nine times in the first two innings and never looked back, evening their record at 10-10 for the season with a 15-6 victory over Las Vegas. The River Cats took three of four from the 51's in the series.

Josh Donaldson and Jack Cust led the River Cats with four RBIs each in the rout. Cust homered for the third consecutive game. He has raised his OPS on the season to 820 by going five-for-his-last-12 with three homers. He has eight RBIs over that stretch. Donaldson had a team-high four hits and he scored twice. He had two doubles and is now batting .269 with an 842 OPS.

Michael Taylor had three hits - including two triples to straightaway centerfield - and Corey Brown added two doubles. Corey Wimberly had a triple among his three his and Mike Affronti added two hits, including a double. Chris Carter went 0-for-2, but he walked four times.

Clayton Mortensen earned the win to move to 3-1 on the season. He had a shut-out into the fifth inning, but wound-up allowing six runs in seven innings. He struck-out four and walked one while allowing nine hits.

Midland Surges Late In Win

The Midland Rockhounds overcame a 2-1 deficit in the seventh inning to beat the Corpus Christi Hooks by a score of 8-2. Midland scored once in the seventh to tie the game and five more times in the eighth to put it away.

Jemile Weeks led the Rockhounds with two his and three RBIs from the top of the order. Matt Sulentic, Alexander Valdez and Yung-Chi Chen each had two hits and Yusuf Carter reached base three times with a hit and two walks. Steve Kleen also added two walks and Archie Gilbert stole his team-high sixth base in the win.

The Rockhounds had three triples in the game, one each from Valdez, Chen and Jermaine Mitchell. Valdez also had a double. He is batting .359 with a 1010 OPS and 10 extra-base hits in 17 games this season.

Pedro Figueroa threw five solid innings, but was stuck with a no-decision. He allowed eight hits, but walked only one and struck-out five while giving up two runs. Figueroa has a 3.27 ERA and 18 strike-outs in 22 innings this season.

Jason Ray earned the win with two shut-out innings in relief. He allowed only one hit and he struck-out one. Justin Souza finished off the game with two shut-out innings, striking out three.

Stockton Falls To San Jose

The Stockton Ports found themselves in an early hole and they could never dig their way out in a 5-1 loss to the San Jose Giants.

Anivoris Ramirez continued his struggles in the California League, as he allowed five runs in five innings of work. Three of the runs came in the first inning. Ramirez's ERA on the season stands at 9.00 and he is 0-4. He has allowed 38 base-runners in 20 innings.

Scott Deal and Dan McDaniel (who joined the Ports from extended spring training on Tuesday) threw three shut-out innings of relief, but it wasn't enough to get the Ports back in the game, as Stockton managed only five hits. McDaniel was making his return to the Bay Area in the outing. He is from San Ramon (California High School) and went to Chabot College.

Grant Green was the only Ports' player to have more than one hit on the night, as he collected two singles. Michael Spina extended his hitting streak to six games with a hit in four at-bats. He is batting .316 over his last 10 games. Jeremy Barfield walked twice and he had yet another outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home from right field.

Kane County Hangs 10 On Quad Cities

The Kane County Cougars made quick work of top St. Louis Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller en route to a 10-5 win over Quad Cities.

The Cougars battered Miller for five hits and four runs (two earned) in three innings. The hard-throwing right-hander did have five strike-outs, but he earned his first loss of the season.

Tyreace House used his bat and his legs to lead the Cougars. House had three hits and two RBIs. He also scored four runs and stole three bases, including a swipe of home. House has five stolen bases on the season. House was in the game because centerfielder Myrio Richard missed the contest with a sore left wrist. He has missed the last three games.

Conner Crumbliss also had three hits, including a triple, and he scored three times. Kent Walton doubled twice and is now batting .306 on the year. Max Stassi, Michael Gilmartin and Rashun Dixon also added doubles. Every Cougars starter reached base at least once.

Chris Mederos continued his hot start to the season by earning his second win. He allowed four runs (but only one earned) in six innings. Mederos struck-out eight and walked none. His ERA is 1.50 on the year and he has 20 strike-outs and only five walks in 24 innings.

Josh Lansford allowed a run and struck-out four in two innings and Jose Guzman pitched a scoreless ninth to finish the game. He had two strike-outs.

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