A's MLN: Sunday's Stars

Matt Watson homered on Sunday.

A quick look around the A's minor league system to see who turned in notable performances on Sunday.

Sacramento

The River Cats lost to the Salt Lake Stingers, 8-5. Sacramento was undone by a six-run, sixth inning. Steve Sparks picked up his third straight loss when he allowed seven runs in 5 innings.

Jairo Garcia: The hard-throwing righty has struggled of late, but he turned in a good performance on Sunday. In one inning of work, Garica struck out two of the three hitters he faced in his perfect eighth inning. Garcia has struggled with his control at times since he arrived in Sacramento (seven walks in 13 innings), but he has kept up his prolific strike out rate. He has struck out 21 in 13 innings at AAA. He had struck out 30 in 16.2 AA innings earlier in the season.

Matt Watson: Watson crushed his third homerun this week and his sixth on the season on Sunday. Watson drove in two on the day and now has 26 RBI in AAA this season. The left-handed hitter is hitting .330, tops on the team amongst River Cats who have had more than 50 at-bats.

Brant Colamarino: The burly first baseman clubbed his third homerun since his promotion to AAA. In his first seven games for the River Cats, Colamarino has eight hits in 24 at-bats (.333) with three homers and eight runs batted in. He was one of the best hitters in the Texas League before his promotion and has 13 homeruns and 53 RBIs between AAA and AA on the season.

Midland

The Rockhounds' normally potent offense fell quiet on Sunday, as they fell to Arkansas, 3-1. Midland still has a comfortable cushion in the West Division (5 games) and sit at 35-22 on the season.

Jason Windsor: Windsor is starting to get used to a lack of run support this season. Despite pitching well, Windsor only has two wins on the year. Sunday was more of the same for the Cal-State Fullerton alum. He allowed three runs in 5.2 innings, but was given only one run of support and earned the loss. Windsor struck out five but walked a season-high four batters. Before Sunday, Windsor had walked only nine in 61.1 innings pitched.

Matt Allegra: The A's had high hopes for the power-hitting Allegra coming into the 2005 season, but he has struggled for much of the year. Allegra missed most of last season with injuries. He has avoided the injury bug this year but has struggled to find his stroke. Allegra hit his fourth homerun of the season on Sunday to drive in the Rockhounds' only run. His 1-2 day brought his batting average to .201. Allegra has historically struggled with strike outs, and he has continued that trend this season, striking out 56 times in 39 games.

Stockton

The Ports dropped all three games against the Bakersfield Blaze this weekend. On Sunday, they lost a tight one in extra-innings, 5-3.

Scot Drucker: Pitching in relief of starter Steve Smyth, Drucker threw three shut-out innings. Drucker began the year in Kane County as the Cougars' closer. He has been a middle reliever for the Ports and has done a good job. With Sunday's performance, Drucker has a 3.45 ERA as a Port in 9.1 innings pitched. He has struck out eight over that span.

Jared Burton: Burton also contributed a strong performance in relief for Stockton. He went two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.08 in 26 innings. He has 32 strike outs against only 10 walks this season as a set-up man for Stockton.

Richie Robnett: Robnett recently ended an 11-game hitting streak, but he is still swinging a hot bat. He went 2-5 with two doubles and a run scored in Stockton's loss. The burly outfielder is hitting .254 and has 11 doubles despite missing over three weeks with a leg injury earlier in the season.

Daric Barton: Barton collected two hits on Sunday, including his eleventh double of the season. The young Barton has a .413 on-base percentage on the season and has walked 44 times against only 33 strike outs. His power numbers are a little below his norms (.406 slugging percentage), but they have been on the rise since mid-May. He's hitting .276.

Kane County

The offense is starting to come around in Kane County. The Cougars new-found hitting continued on Sunday, as the Cougars pounded out 22 hits and 16 runs to win their game against Fort Wayne.

Raul Padron: Padron officially went off on Sunday. The Cougars catcher collected five hits in six at-bats, a team-best performance for the season. Padron upped his batting average to .314. He doubled twice and drove in three runs. Padron has 22 RBI for the year.

Myron Leslie: Leslie's red-hot May continued on Sunday, as he went 3-4 with three runs scored and he hit his third homerun on the season. Leslie is tied with Padron for the team-lead for batting average (.314) for hitters with more than 100 at-bats.

Eddie Kim: Kim had his best game since joining the Cougars from extended spring training. The Kane County first baseman went a perfect 3-3 with two homeruns and five RBI. He also walked twice. Kim's big day brought his batting average up from .185 to .214.

Javier Herrera: The speedy Herrera added his team-leading eleventh stolen base of the season. He also went 2-5 to snap out of a slump that had dropped his batting average under .250. Herrera's BA is now back up to .252 for the Cougars. He hit .417 in a five game stint with AAA Sacramento earlier in May.

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