A's Notes: Ports One; Ellis Done

For the first time this post-season, the Stockton Ports found themselves celebrating a victory in Game One of a series. Meanwhile, the Oakland A's learned that Mark Ellis will miss the rest of the season, which will open up more opportunities for playing time for young players such as Cliff Pennington and Eric Patterson. We have news and notes inside...

Gilbert, Ports Ground JetHawks In Game One

Archie Gilbert drove home six runs and the Stockton bullpen threw six strong innings of relief, as the Ports cruised to a Game One victory over the Lancaster JetHawks in the best-of-five California League finals.

The speedy Gilbert had one of his best games of the year on Thursday night. Gilbert collected three hits and drove home six of the Ports' nine runs in the victory. The Bay Area native and Cal-State East Bay alum also stole two bases and doubled in the game. He is hitting .302 with nine RBIs and three stolen bases this post-season.

During the regular season, Gilbert put together two hitting streaks of 20 or more games and batted .278 with 35 stolen bases and 55 walks in 119 games. He signed with Oakland as a minor league free agent last off-season after playing in the Chicago White Sox chain in 2007.

Gilbert got a big assist on offense from Frank Martinez, who went 2-3 with three runs scored, two doubles, an RBI and a walk. Mike Massaro also had two hits and two runs scored, while Chris Carter reached base three times and stole a base.

Scott Moore got the start for Stockton and allowed four unearned runs in three innings. All four runs came in the top of the third, a half inning after Stockton had staked Moore to a 4-0 lead. A Carter fielding error at third in that frame was costly.

Lancaster went up 5-4 in the fourth inning, but the Ports tied the game in the bottom of the inning and never looked back, adding two in the sixth and two in the eighth. Jason Glushon earned the win with three innings of relief. He allowed a run on three hits and a walk and struck-out one. James Heuser tossed two scoreless frames and Michael Benacka worked a 1-2-3 ninth with two strike-outs.

The Ports will send 2008 second round pick and Oakland native Tyson Ross to the hill on Friday night to try to extend their series lead to 2-0. The series will then head down south to Lancaster.

A's Ellis Out For Season With Shoulder Injury; Oakland Drops Game One Of Series With Texas

Mark Ellis has bone chips in his right shoulder that have caused cartilage damage, and it is likely that the A's second baseman will need surgery. He will miss the rest of the season, Ellis told TheSportsXChange on Thursday.

Ellis had an MRI on Monday and a CT scan on Wednesday, after which team orthopedist John Frazier recommended surgery. Ellis will receive a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, but surgery is believed to be a strong possibility.

Ellis expects the recovery time to be three to four months, and he should be completely ready for spring training. He will be a free agent after this season, and the season-ending injury will not help when it comes to signing a new deal in Oakland or, more likely, elsewhere.

"It's not good," Ellis said, "but I can still play. I know this isn't the end of my career."

The injury is unrelated to the separated shoulder that kept Ellis out the entire 2004 season. He still has a torn labrum in the same shoulder from that injury, but he has played with it for four seasons without trouble.

Cliff Pennington and Eric Patterson figure to see the bulk of the playing time at second with Ellis sidelined. Gregorio Petit could also be recalled after the Sacramento River Cats' post-season is over to give the A's additional depth.

RANGERS 6, A'S 1: Dallas Braden, who had allowed three earned runs, total, in his previous three starts, gave up six runs, five earned, in four-plus innings on Thursday at the Coliseum, and he left after Hank Blalock's leadoff homer in the fifth. Jack Cust established a franchise record for most strikeouts in a season with 176, as he added three to his 2008 total.

News And Notes

--DH Mike Sweeney, released by Oakland on Tuesday, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he hopes to sign with another team when he clears release waivers on Friday. His agents have told the veteran DH there might be some interest from a contender. Sweeney will have microfracture surgery on both knees this winter but has not decided on retirement yet.

--RHP Justin Duchscherer (right hip soreness) feels good, according to manager Bob Geren, but he must throw a max-effort bullpen session before being considered for another start this season. Duchscherer has missed more than three weeks with discomfort in his surgically repaired right hip. Dr. Thomas Byrd cleared him to resume throwing this week.

--INF Cliff Pennington made his third appearance at shortstop in four games Thursday, with usual starter Bobby Crosby again on the bench. Pennington was one of seven rookies who started Wednesday's game for Oakland, and one of six in Thursday's lineup. He's got a six-game hitting streak during which he is 8-for-19.

--The A's have released outfielder Todd Donovan, who spent the season with the Double-A Midland Rockhounds. The minor league veteran was a minor league free agent signing by Oakland last off-season. Donovan passed the 300 career steals mark this season and swiped 37 bags in only 79 games for the Rockhounds.

--3B Jeff Baisley became the 12th player to make his major league debut with Oakland this season. He is one of 15 rookies on the current roster. Baisley has started at third the past three games. He is still looking for his first big league hit, as he is 0-9, but he started the game-winning rally for Oakland on Tuesday with a walk. He has two walks.

-- LHP Gio Gonzalez has been moved into the bullpen and LHP Josh Outman has replaced Gonzalez in the rotation. The A's are moving Gonzalez to the bullpen temporarily after he struggled as a starter in his first taste of the big leagues. The PCL post-season All-Star has a 9.32 ERA in 28 innings with Oakland. Outman has a 6.23 ERA in 4.1 innings for the A's, all in relief.

-- The A's have used 50 players this year, second most in Oakland history. Over the past two seasons, the club has used 80 players.

TheSportsXChange contributed to this report.

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