Oakland A's MLN: Week In Review, 6/5-6/11

The week of June 5 saw the Kane County Cougars become the first Oakland A's affiliate to clinch a post-season birth. The Cougars won 8-4 on Sunday, clinching the first-half title. Find out the records of all of the A's affiliates and who had good individual performances in our weekly review of the past seven days in the A's system.

Sacramento River Cats
Season Record: 32-31
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/5-6/11:

Jason Perry: 8-22, 3 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K. After struggling during his first two weeks in AAA, Perry has really hit his stride with the River Cats. He is hitting .382 in the month of June and has his AAA average up to .247. He has also made some nice plays in the field and he had two big late-game hits for Sacramento this week, including a game-tying, ninth-inning three-run homerun off of former Giants reliever Jim Brower.

Nate Espy: 5-19, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 BB, 2 K. Espy has done a nice job filling in at first for Daric Barton since Barton was injured in mid-May. Espy is hitting .310 in June and he has 21 RBI in 40 games for Sacramento. His BB:K ratio is nearly 1:1 with 24 walks versus 28 strikeouts on the season.

Ron Flores: 5 G, 2 W, 1 SV, 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Flores began the week on a down note, with a demotion from Oakland back to AAA. However, he responded by posting an excellent week for the River Cats. He has been involved in the River Cats last three wins and he lowered his AAA ERA to 2.13 this week. He could be positioning himself for a return trip to Oakland if they need another arm in the near future.

Shane Komine: 1 GS, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K. Komine has had an inconsistent season, but he put together one of his better performances on Friday night. It was his third "quality start" (six innings with less than three earned runs) this season and he established his season-high for strikeouts. On the year, Komine has struck out 51 against 22 walks. He has gone at least five innings in each of his 12 starts this season.

Juan Dominguez: 2 GS, 1 L, 12.1 IP, 12 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Dominguez continued his run of good starts this week. He has now gone at least six innings in each of his last four starts and has allowed no more than two runs in any of those four outings. His ERA has gone down each month (9.37 in April, 3.72 in May and 2.19 so far in June) and he has six quality starts this season. The major concern with Dominguez's stats lately has been his decline in strikeouts. On the season, he has struck out only 38 in 65 innings. Otherwise, he has looked a lot like the pitcher that he was with Texas in 2004.

Midland Rockhounds
Season Record: 32-31
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/5-6/11:

Brant Colamarino: 10-26, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K. Colamarino's batting average continued to climb this week, going from .269 to .283. He had five hits in the Rockhounds' Sunday night 16-inning heartbreak loss and is eight for his last 12.

Travis Buck: 9-29, 7 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K. Buck had a solid week in the power department, moving him into second place in extra-base hits for the entire minor leagues. He still leads the minors in doubles with 28 for the season. Buck hasn't missed a beat since his promotion to AA in mid-May, as he is hitting .309 with 15 extra-base hits in 123 at-bats for Midland.

Brian Stavisky: 13-29, 6 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. Stavisky hasn't hung his head since being sent down to AA. He is 15 for his first 41 for Midland and he is working on a six-game hitting streak. Stavisky has gotten the bulk of his at-bats in the clean-up spot, where he is 11-22 since joining the Rockhounds.

Vasili Spanos: 6-21, 3 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K. Spanos was one of three Midland position players to be honored as a Texas League All-Star this week. Kurt Suzuki and Kevin Melillo were the other two position player honorees. Spanos leads the team with eight homers, 41 RBI and a .321 batting average.

Lloyd Turner: 4-14, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K. Turner returned to the line-up on Friday after a four-game absence and he produced for Midland over the weekend, collecting hits in all three games. Turner leads the team in stolen bases with eight.

Ronnie Merrill: 9-31, 4 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K. Merrill missed the last week of May with an injured hamstring and it took him a week to get his swing back on-track. He appears to be hitting his stride again with six hits in his last 18 at-bats.

Marcus McBeth: 3 G, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. McBeth has been sparkling at AA since being sent down from AAA on May 11. He has allowed runs in only two of his 12 AA outings and he is holding opposing batters to a .155 BAA. He has allowed only five hits and one run in his last 12.1 innings of work.

Brad Ziegler: 1 GS, 1 L, 1 CG, 8.1 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Ziegler was a tough-luck loser on Thursday, as he allowed a run in the ninth inning to fall, 2-1, to Corpus Christi. It was his longest outing of a year that has seen him go 5-3 with a 3.38 ERA. He was the only Rockhound pitcher to earn a Texas League All-Star birth this week and he posted his third-straight quality start. On the season, he has seven quality starts.

Jeff Muessig: 2 G, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Muessig continued his dominance of AA hitters this week, lowering his AA ERA to 1.96. He has struck out 22 and has walked only four in 18.1 innings for Midland since being recalled from Stockton on May 8.

Stockton Ports
Season Record: 30-32
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/5-6/11:

Myron Leslie: 7-21, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K. Leslie is quietly putting together another solid season at the plate. The switch-hitting third baseman is hitting .275 for the Ports with 36 RBI in 60 games. He has been hot in June, hitting .314 with eight RBI in only 10 games. Leslie had a 13-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday.

Gregorio Petit: 7-20, 6 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K, 2 SB. Petit had an all-around good week this week. He had his first multi-homer game of the season on Saturday and stole home on Sunday, his team-leading 15th stolen base of the year. Petit has had three straight two-hit games now and he raised his average nine points on the week to .258. Petit has been a consistent presence in the Ports' line-up this year, playing in 61 games for the injury-plagued ballclub. He is hitting .314 in the month of June after hitting only .229 in May.

John McCurdy: 5-15, 3 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K. McCurdy has seen his playing time increase since early May and he has taken advantage of that increased playing time with improved numbers across the board. He hit .284 in May and is hitting .296 in June. For the season, McCurdy is hitting .284. He has already matched his May RBI totals in June with five.

Brad Sullivan: 3 G, 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 0 K. Sullivan's final week line doesn't look as impressive as it would have because he allowed three runs in one inning in his final appearance of the week. However, that appearance broke a string of solid outings that had seen him allow only four earned runs in his last 15 innings pitched. He had a three inning outing on June 1 where he allowed only one hit and he struck out four. For the month of June, Sullivan is holding opposing batters to a .182 BAA and the homerun he allowed Sunday was the first homer he has given up this season.

Trent Peterson: 2 G, 1 GS, 1 W, 9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 K. Peterson had the unusual duty of relieving and starting in the same week. He worked three innings of scoreless relief on Thursday and then backed that up with a solid six inning start on Sunday, where he allowed only one run in the Ports 8-5 win. The Sunday start was Peterson's second of the season. The first came in the second game of a double-header and was only an abbreviated start (3.2 IP). Peterson has been most effective at Banner Island Ballpark this season, holding hitters to a 2.42 ERA and posting a 3.51 ERA at home. On the road, he has allowed opposing batters to hit him at a .400 clip and he has a 9.00 ERA in nine relief outings.

Brad Davis: 2 G, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. The California League hasn't been as easy for Davis as the Midwest and Northwest Leagues were, but Davis has been pitching much better as of late. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 5.2 IP. He has struck out 21 against 10 walks in 25 innings for Stockton this season.

Kane County Cougars
Season Record: 39-24, clinched playoff berth with Sunday's 8-4 win over Burlington.
Notable Performances for the Week of 6/5-6/11:

Anthony Recker: 6-26, 6 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K. Recker was named to the Midwest League All-Star team this week and he solidified that selection by crunching his fourth and fifth homeruns of the season. He is hitting .333 in the month of June and .311 on the season.

Justin Sellers: 8-22, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB. Sellers had a good week at the plate, raising his average from .231 to .245. Despite being only 20 years old, Sellers has shown an advanced understanding of the strike zone this season. He has struck out only 24 times in 204 at-bats and he has 27 walks on the year. He is the youngest position player on the Cougars roster.

Jeff Baisley: 6-25, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 9 K. Midwest League All-Star and early candidate for league MVP, Baisley actually had a relatively pedestrian week by his standards. He saw his 16-game hitting streak come to an end on Tuesday. Baisley's 58 RBI total is still tops for the entire minor leagues and he is second in the Midwest League in homeruns with 12.

Jason Ray: 1 GS, 1 W, 1 CG, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Ray, another Midwest League All-Star, won his fifth straight start this week, hurling a complete game in the first game of a double-header versus Wisconsin. Ray has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last six starts. He has two complete games this season and he has struck out 65 in 59.2 innings. The 21 year-old Ray is holding opposing batters to a .188 BAA in the month of June and a .205 BAA for the season.

Trey Shields: 1 GS, 1 W, 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Shields has won four straight starts and is tied for the team-lead with six wins for the season. Shields has been particularly good during his last three times out on the hill, throwing a combined 21 innings and allowing only five earned runs. He has a 40:17 K:BB ratio this season.

Vince Mazzaro: 1 GS, 5 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. The Cougars' pitching staff has been excellent this season and Mazzaro has been a big part of their success. The 19 year-old has been terrific since giving up seven runs in 3.1 innings on May 4. Since that time, Mazzaro has made seven starts and has gone 4-1 while allowing only nine earned runs in 34.1 innings.

Jared Lansford: 1 GS, 1 W, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Lansford recovered from his worst outing as a professional to throw a gem on Friday. He didn't walk a batter for the first time this season and won his fifth game of the year. Batters are still hitting only .185 off of Lansford, although he has walked 23 in 45.2 innings this season.

Brad Kilby: 2 G, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Kilby is quietly putting together an outstanding season in the Cougars' bullpen. He has a 2.30 ERA in 31.1 innings for Kane County this season and is holding batters to a .196 BAA. He has allowed only one hit over his last eight innings of work. The lefty has struck out 31 and walked only 12 this season.

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