Cramer Wins Major League Debut
Bobby Cramer had to wait more than eight years to make his major league debut. He can thank the National Football League for not letting the weather take his debut away from him. The Oakland A's game against the Kansas City Royals was moved from an evening game to an afternoon start when the NFL selected the Chiefs for the Monday Night game.
That schedule change proved fortuitous for Cramer and the Oakland A's, as the A's beat the Royals, 3-1, and avoided the monsoon rain and lightening that impacted the Chiefs' game at night. Cramer pitched well in earning his first major league win. He allowed only a Mike Aviles' solo homerun in 5.1 innings. Cramer gave-up four hits and a walk and he struck-out four.
The win moved the A's record back above the .500 mark to 72-71. Oakland won only 75 games in 2010. Newly signed infielder Akinori Iwamura also debuted for Oakland on Monday. The former Tampa Bay Ray and Pittsburgh Pirate walked twice and scored a run. He played third base in place of the injured Kevin Kouzmanoff. Conor Jackson was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Iwamura on the 40-man roster.
The A's should have more reinforcements soon. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Chris Carter, Josh Donaldson, Eric Sogard and Vince Mazzaro will be called-up now that Triple-A Sacramento's season is over. Sogard is the only player among this group who is not on the A's 40-man roster. He will be making his major league debut. Sogard was acquired along with Kouzmanoff from San Diego this off-season. Sogard hit .300 with a 798 OPS for the River Cats this season.
Kane County's Season Comes To An End
The Kane County Cougars playoff run ended quietly on Monday night, as the Cougars fell in a win-or-go-home Game Three in Clinton, Iowa, by a score of 4-1.
Murphy Smith pitched well pitched well but was hung with the loss. He allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings. Rashun Dixon had two hits and a stolen base, but it wasn't enough for the Cougars who left 10 on base.
David Malamut will have full report on the series and a wrap-up of the Cougars' 2010 season in the coming days.
Texas League Championship Series Set
The 2010 Texas League Championship Series will be a rematch of the 2009 tilt, as the Midland Rockhounds will take on the Northwest Arkansas Travelers for the crown.
The series begins on Tuesday night in Arkansas and will travel to Midland on Friday night for Game 3. Graham Godfrey will take on Royals prospect Danny Duffy in Game One.