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A's MLN: Short-handed Sacramento Beats Tacoma
The Sacramento River Cats had to piece together a patchwork pitching approach to their game against the Tacoma Rainiers when their scheduled starter, Ryan Glynn, was promoted to Oakland before the start of Friday's game. Glynn was added to the A's starting rotation after posting a 1.29 ERA in three starts for the River Cats. He was acquired by Oakland in early May from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash consideration. Glynn started for the A's against Roy Halladay and the Blue Jays in Oakland and got the loss, but pitched a solid game, allowing only three runs in seven innings of work.
With Glynn in Oakland, the River Cats were forced to square off against Tacoma pitching phenom Felix Hernandez with five relievers. Despite the long odds, Sacramento managed to out-pitch "King Felix" and the Rainiers and take home their 30th win of the season, 6-3.
Oakland reliever Kiko Calero started the game for the River Cats as part of his rehabilitation assignment. Calero allowed two runs in his one inning of work on Wednesday, but he was much better on Friday. He worked a perfect inning and struck out a batter. Calero will likely be activated on Sunday.
Calero was followed by relievers Victor Moreno, Mike Saipe, Keith Stamler and Marcus Gwyn. Moreno worked 3.2 innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks. He struck out four. Moreno has a 1.35 ERA on the season, but he has walked 23 against only 21 strikeouts. He earned his first win of the season on Friday. The newly acquired duo of Saipe and Stamler combined to throw 2.2 innings, allowing one run to bridge the gap between Moreno and Gwyn. Gwyn worked 1.2 innings to earn his second save of the season.
The River Cats' offense was lead by catcher John Baker and third baseman Keith Ginter. Baker went 3-4 with two doubles, including a two-run double in the third against Hernandez that gave the River Cats a lead they would never relinquish. Baker has his batting average over .250 for the first time this season (.253). Ginter went 2-4 with two doubles of his own. His double in the seventh inning drove in three runs and gave Sacramento a 5-1 lead. The River Cats would add another run in the eighth on Bobby Smith's RBI single.
Stanley Is Grand In Midland's Win
In a line-up filled with sluggers, it was the littlest hitter on the team who provided the biggest punch for the Rockhounds on Friday. Centerfielder Steve Stanley came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning and cranked a grand slam over the right field wall. It was the diminutive Stanley's fourth homerun of the year and his second homer this week. He has recovered from his horrendous April to bring his average up to .287 and his slugging percentage to .400.
Midland had the game well in hand when Stanley went yard in the seventh, thanks in large part to a stellar pitching performance by starter Leonard Landeros and a trio of relievers. Landeros, making his first start of the season after appearing in 14 games as a reliever, worked five solid innings. He allowed only three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Shawn Kohn, Nick Mattioni and Kyle Crowell pitched the final four innings to complete the six hit shut-out, as the Rockhounds beat Arkansas, 9-0.
Every Midland hitter collected at least one hit and the Rockhounds had 18 hits in the game. Brian Stavisky, Mark Kiger and Omar Quintanilla each had three hits. Casey Myers continued his recent hot streak, going 2-5 with a double and two RBI. The catcher/first baseman is hitting .338 on the season and has four homers and four doubles in only 68 at-bats.
Stockton Pounded By Bakersfield
The Ports five-game winning streak came to an abrupt end on Friday, as they were clubbed by the Bakersfield Blaze by a score of 10-2. Danny Putnam hit his fifth homerun of the season, but it wasn't nearly enough, as the Ports pitching staff allowed 10 runs on 12 hits. Trent Peterson earned his fifth loss of the season when he allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings of work. Brigmer Leon worked two scoreless innings in relief of Peterson, but Tomas Cabaniel allowed four runs in his two innings.
Putnam was the Ports' offensive star on Friday. He went 2-4 with that homerun. He is now hitting exactly .300 and has a team-leading 36 RBI to go along with those five homeruns. Luke Appert went 2-2 and drove in the team's only other run with his 16th double of the season. He leads the team in that category. The Ports are now 28-27 on the season.
Big Ninth Inning Lifts Kane County To Win
Kane County broke open a tight game with a five-run ninth inning that gave the Cougars a 9-3 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps. The Cougars' offense came alive, pounding out 16 hits in the game. Starter Jared Trout was excellent once again, allowing only two runs in seven innings. He upped his record to 2-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.55. Trout has struck out 25 and has walked only eight in 35.1 innings pitched this season. J.R. Pickens earned his first save of the year with 1.2 scoreless innings.
The Cougars' eighth and ninth place hitters -- Tom Everidge and Nick Blasi -- combined to go 5-9 with five RBI. Catcher Raul Padron, third baseman Myron Leslie and right-fielder Jose Pineda each collected three hits. Leslie and Pineda have been the Cougars' hottest hitters over the past two weeks. Leslie is hitting .306 and Pineda is at .340. Centerfielder Javier Herrera stole two bases on Friday, upping his season total to 10. He is tied for the team-lead with Blasi in that category. With the win, the Cougars are now 24-30 on the season.
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