Oakland A's MLN: Power Surge

Travis Buck wasn't the only member of the Oakland A's organization swinging a big bat on Tuesday. A number of A's minor leaguers got in on the power act in a big way. We have a run-down inside.

Faison's Big Night Leads Rockhounds

Vince Faison wasn't in the starting line-up, but he was the difference in the Rockhounds' 6-4 win over Frisco. Faison entered the game for Javier Herrera in the second inning after Herrera left with an undisclosed injury. Faison went 3-3 with a ninth inning homerun, two RBI and a stolen base in the game. The homer was Faison's fifth of the season and the stolen base was his 11th.

Faison's heroics supported a strong outing from starter Trent Peterson, who went 7.1 innings, a season-best. He allowed four runs on six hits and no walks. He left with the game tied at four. Travis Foley retired the final two batters in the eighth and earned the win. David Shafer worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Jeff Baisley drove-in two runs and Cliff Pennington reached base three times and scored two runs for the Rockhounds. Eddie Cornejo also added two hits and an RBI and Luke Appert drove-in his 29th run for the Rockhounds in the win.




Doolittle Homers In Cougars' Win

A's supplemental first round pick Sean Doolittle hit his second Midwest League homer and Mike Affronti had three hits, including a double, as the Cougars eeked out a 5-4 win over Dayton.

Scott Deal worked seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. He earned his fifth win against eight losses. Derrick Gordon threw a scoreless eighth and 2007 pick Andrew Carignan worked a scoreless ninth for his first pro save.

Jermaine Mitchell had a hit and three walks and he and Affronti each stole a base. Larry Cobb reached three times.



Sacramento Powers Their Way To Win

Sacramento had three homers in their 8-2 win over Memphis. J.J. Furmaniak hit his 14th of the season, while Dee Brown connected for his 11th and Gregorio Petit collected his first Triple-A homer in support of Mike Madsen. Jorge Piedra added a double and a triple and Donnie Murphy also doubled.

Furmaniak was the star of the game, going 4-5 with a walk and two runs scored. Brown, Piedra, Murphy and Petit had multi-hit games and Nick Blasi scored twice.

Madsen had plenty of run support, but he didn't need it. The right-hander went eight strong innings, allowing only two runs on five hits and two walks. Julio Manon worked a scoreless ninth to finish off the win.



Stockton Collects Two Homers In Loss

Tom Everidge and Jon Zeringue both homered, but the Stockton Ports fell short against Modesto by a score of 6-3. Everidge's fifth inning homer was his second in two days and his 21st on the season. He leads the A's organization in homers. Zeringue's blast was his sixth of the season.

Chad Boyd and Isaac Omura each added two hits and the Ports had nine overall. Starter Brad Davis had a rough day, allowing five runs in 3.1 innings. Branden Dewing and T.J. Franco combined to allow only one run in 4.1 innings, but the Ports couldn't quite complete the comeback.



Arizona A's Win In Extras

The A's Rookie League team banged out 11 hits and beat the Chicago Cubs' Rookie League team with a run in the 11th inning. Carlos Arrieche and Yunior Rodriguez each had three hits for the A's. Arrieche had a double and drove-in three in the A's 6-5 victory.

Herbert Hudson and Dan Wentzell each tripled and Marcos Luis added a double. Adam Klein scored two runs. Starter Jason Glushon allowed four runs (three earned) in 3.1 innings, but he struck out seven. Hector Garcia was outstanding in relief. He allowed only one run on two hits in 5.2 innings. Francisco Pena earned his first win with two scoreless innings in relief. He has allowed only one run in 9.1 innings pitched this season.




Canadians' Offense Quiet In Loss

The big hitting didn't reach the Vancouver Canadians' dugout, as the C's managed only three hits and two runs in a 5-2 loss to Everett. Michael Richard reached base three times and stole his 16th base in the defeat.

Coming off of a five inning perfect game in his last start, Brad Hertzler allowed seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. He gave up three runs (two earned) and struck out five. Hertzler has a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings this season and he has an impressive 18:2 K:BB ratio. Brett Lysander finished off the game by allowing two runs (one earned) in 3.2 innings.




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