Here’s a brief look at what happened down on the farm for the A’s affiliates Friday night:
Right-hander Ryan Webb (4th round, ’04) had a decent Triple-A debut, picking up the win in the River Cats’ 5-4 victory over Tacoma (Mariners). Webb’s line: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s. Jeff Gray, who pitched in five games for Oakland after a September call-up, got the save.
Sean Doolittle (sandwich pick, ’07), playing in right field again, was the offensive standout. He went 2-for-3 with a triple, double and RBI.
Daric Barton went 1-for-5 with an RBI after an 0-for-3 game in the opener.
Jason Fernandez (11th round, ’06) combined with two relievers for a two-hit shutout as the Rockhounds also notched their first win, beating Arkansas (Angels) 4-0.
Fernandez permitted two hits in six innings, striking out three and walking three. Fernandez was the beneficiary of six double plays, one short of the Texas League record first established in 1930. Lefty James Heuser and righty Rocky Roquet — acquired this spring from the Cubs — each struck out two in one inning.
Adrian Cardenas, batting ninth in manager Darren Bush’s lineup, went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. Yung-Chi Chen, repeating Double-A after being signed as a free agent from Seattle, went 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored.
It was a tough night offensively for 1B Chris Carter (0-for-5, 2 K’s) and CF Corey Brown (0-for-4, 3 K’s). Josh Horton (2nd round, ’07) went 2-for-5 and catcher Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4.
STOCKTON (High Single-A)
The Ports managed just three singles in a 4-0 loss to San Jose as the Giants’ top prospect, 19-year-old left-hander Madison Bumgarner, was nearly untouchable. He went six scoreless innings — permitting singles to Greg Dowling and Matt Spencer — and struck out five with no walks.
Stockton’s left-hander, ex-West Valley College standout Carlos Hernandez, took the loss after throwing five innings and allowing six hits and three earned runs. Hernandez (35th round, ’06) struck out six batters. He gave up a memorable two-run home run to Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford — it was the former Foothill High star’s first pro homer.
Ports’ center fielder Jermaine Mitchell went 0-for-3 with two K’s.
KANE COUNTY (Low Single-A)
Harvard graduate Shawn Haviland (33rd round, ’08) pitched five plus strong innings in the Cougars’ 3-2 win over Peoria (Cubs). He allowed six hits, two earned runs, no walks and struck out four.
Setup man Kenny Smalley (24th round, ’08), whose fastball is clocked at 95 mph, earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless work, including two strikeouts. Jose Guzman, the top closer in the Northwest League after converting 15-of-18 save opportunities for Vancouver, picked up his first save for Kane County.
Shortstop Dusty Coleman went 0-for-5 with an error, and third baseman Jason Christian went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
It was two lesser A’s prospects, 1B Steve Kleen and CF Dave Thomas, who led the offense. Kleen, who’s back in Kane County after spending ’07 in Stockton and then missing ’08 with an injury, went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. CF Dave Thomas had two hits, two stolen bases and scored a run.