Oakland A's MLN: 'Hounds, 'Cats Break Streaks

The Oakland A's weren't the only squad in their organization struggling going into Monday night. The Midland Rockhounds and Sacramento River Cats were in need of wins and they got them.

Horton's Hit Heals 'Hounds

Josh Horton's first hit of the night came at an opportune time, as he singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th in Midland's 3-2 victory over Frisco.

The Rockhounds were no-hit through five innings, but came alive in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs to tie the game. Jeff Baisley had the big hit of the inning, a run-scoring double, his third since being assigned to Midland last week. Baisley has 13 hits and four walks in 32 at-bats in nine games for the Rockhounds.

The Rockhounds scored the winning run in the 10th when Yusuf Carter singled to lead-off the inning. He advanced to second on a one-out Jermaine Mitchell ground-out and then came around to score on Horton's single.

Ryan Edell made his first start since joining the A's organization. He tossed four shut-out innings, allowing only two hits. Justin Friend allowed two runs - one earned 0 in 3.1 innings of work to lower his ERA to 2.45. Beau Vaughan got the Rockhounds into extra-innings with 1.2 scoreless innings of work and Jared Lansford earned his second win of the season with a scoreless 10th.

The Rockhounds received another player on Monday when infielder J.C. Holt was added to the roster. Holt was signed to a minor league free agent contract by the A's earlier this week. He had been cut by the Atlanta Braves earlier this season. The LSU grad was a third-round pick of the Braves in 2004. Coming into this season, he was a career .283 hitter with a 711 OPS. He was hitting .167 in 15 games with Triple-A Gwinnett this season before being released.

Sacramento Hangs On For Nail-Biting Win

The Sacramento River Cats mounted a 9-2 lead over the New Orleans Zephyrs, but had to hang-on for a 9-8 win when the bullpen allowed six runs over the final two innings. Going into the game, the River Cats had lost five out of their last seven games.

A day after losing their second 1-0 decision in five days, the River Cats collected 12 hits and five walks in the win. Newcomer Brett Harper had a double and three RBIs. Corey Wimberly had three hits and Harper, Josh Donaldson, Adrian Cardenas and Steven Tolleson each had two hits. Donaldson and Sogard drove-in two runs each. Donaldson's RBIs came on a two-run homer, his fifth for Sacramento this season.

Wimberly stole two bases, bringing his season total to 18. He was also caught stealing for the fifth time this year. The River Cats committed two more errors, accounting for four unearned runs. The River Cats have allowed 51 unearned runs this season.

Lenny DiNardo backed-up his complete game gem against Oklahoma City in his last start with six strong innings on Monday. He struck-out seven, walked only one and allowed two runs on seven hits. DiNardo's ERA now sits at 3.77 for the season.

Travis Blackley, in his Sacramento debut, tossed a scoreless innings in relief, collecting a strike-out and walking a batter. Justin Souza allowed three runs (one earned) in one inning of work. He walked two.

Mickey Storey also allowed three runs (one earned) in one-third of an innings. He struck-out a batter and didn't walk anyone, but allowed two hits. Storey has struggled since being promoted from Midland. He has struck-out seven in 4.1 innings, but he has walked three and allowed eight hits, including two homers. Sam Demel earned his fifth save, but not without some excitement. He entered the game with runners on first and second with one-out and allowed a walk and a single before striking out a batter for the second out. Demel then allowed an infield single that drew the Zephyrs within a run before he recorded a fly-out to end the game.

Stockton Loses In The Desert

It was overcast and gloomy in the desert, and the Stockton Ports dropped their second straight to High Desert, this time by a score of 9-3.

Kenneth Smalley was roughed up, allowing seven runs in 4.1 innings to earn his third loss of the season. Smalley's ERA is now 5.74. He had a 2.73 ERA for Low-A Kane County last season.

Stephen Parker and Shane Keough led the Ports' offense with two hits apiece. Parker had two RBIs and he raised his season average to .299. His OPS is 925 and he has a .366 average over his last 10 games. Grant Green reached base four times, three times on walks. He had walked only seven times coming into the game.

Trey Barham and Brett Hunter put together impressive outings in relief of Smalley. Barham allowed only a hit in 1.2 innings. He struck-out two and lowered his ERA to 1.59. Barham has 22 strike-outs in 22.2 innings. Hunter threw a perfect inning, striking out two. In three appearances stretching over 2.2 innings, Hunter has struck-out five and walked none for the Ports. He walked 63 in 57 innings last season.

Fautino De Los Santos had a rough outing in his second appearance for Stockton this season. He allowed two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. He struck-out one and walked one.

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