Oakland A's MLN: Ports Spin A Shutout

In 2009, the San Jose Giants dominated the Stockton Ports. The Ports are doing all they can to reverse that trend in 2010. Stockton earned a series victory over San Jose on Wednesday night. We have the details of that win, as well as Kane County's come-from-behind effort and Midland's easy victory inside...

Stockton Knows The Way To Win In San Jose

The Stockton Ports out-dueled the San Jose Giants for the second time in three days, earning a series win on the road over the Giants with a 3-0 victory. It was the Ports' first series with their rivals of the season.

Justin Murray earned the win with 5.1 scoreless innings of work and Trey Barham and Paul Smyth combined to shut-out the Giants over the final 2.2 innings to preserve the win. A's reliever Michael Wuertz started the game as part of his rehab assignment and he tossed a scoreless first inning, allowing two hits and striking out one. Wuertz has now thrown five scoreless innings on his rehab assignment.

The Ports didn't muster much offense, but it was enough. Tyler Ladendorf paced the Ports' attack with two hits, including a double. He also scored once, drew a walk and stole his first base of hte season. Ladendorf is now batting .311.

Ryan Ortiz had the big hit of the game, driving in two with a double in the fifth inning. Michael Spina drove in the game's only other run with an RBI ground-out in the first.

Shortstop Grant Green was ejected by home plate umpire Brett Terry in the third inning. Green's ejection caused a big defensive shift mid-game for Stockton. Ladendorf moved from second to short, Spina moved from first to second and Dusty Napoleon took over at first.

Kane County Quiet Early, Loud Late In Thriller

The Kane County Cougars didn't collect their first hit until the sixth inning and they found themselves down 5-0 before storming back with a thrilling 7-6 victory over Quad Cities. The win was the third straight for the Cougars.

Kane County scored six runs in the final two innings, including three in the ninth, to pull out the victory. Max Stassi's single scoring Anthony Aliotti in the bottom of the ninth sealed the win.

The Cougars had 10 hits and Kent Walton, Stassi and Rashun Dixon each had multi-hit games. Walton raised his average to .312 with two hits. He has an 869 OPS to lead the Cougars and has had two hits in each of the last three games. Anthony Aliotti had two walks and an RBI double in the ninth. Aliotti has 17 walks in 16 games and has a .458 OBP this season.

Stassi extended his hitting streak to five games with his two-hit effort. He is now batting .257 with a 789 OPS. Dixon reached base three times with two hits and a walk. He has an 829 OPS in 18 games.

Justin Marks got the start for the Cougars and had another rough outing. He allowed only two hits in 4.2 innings, but both were two-run homers. He walked five and struck-out four. Marks' ERA now sits at 9.72.

Connor Hoehn allowed a solo homer in 1.1 innings of work. He also struck-out four batters. Hoehn has 27 strike-outs in 17.2 innings and he has walked only five. Hector Garcia allowed a run in 2.1 innings and Bo Schultz pitched a scoreless 0.2 innings to earn the win.

Midland Surges Early, Cruises To Win

The Midland Rockhounds jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and cruised to a 6-2 victory behind a fine pitching effort by Anthony Capra.

Capra had his best start of the season. He allowed a run in seven innings, striking out six and walking one. He allowed three hits. Capra lowered his ERA to 3.10 and evened his record at 2-2. Capra is holding Texas League batters to a .203 average over his first 20.1 innings in Double-A.

Mickey Storey pitched the final two innings and he allowed a solo homerun. He struck-out two and walked none. Storey has 15 strike-outs and three walks this season.

Jermaine Mitchell had two triples and scored twice. Mitchell also tripled on Tuesday and he is batting an even .300 since being promoted from High-A Stockton. Steve Kleen hit his team-leading fourth homerun of the season. Yusuf Carter also had two hits and Alexander Valdez, Archie Gilbert and Michael Richard had RBIs. Kleen and Gilbert are tied for the team-lead in RBIs with 13.

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