Here’s a brief look at what happened down on the farm for the A’s affiliates Monday:
Gio Gonzalez didn’t allow any runs or hits in his first start of the season, but the left-hander’s three-inning stint in the River Cats’ 4-1 win over Portland (Padres) Monday also included some wildness. Gonzalez, who was limited to three innings due to reaching his pitch count, walked three and threw just 19 of his 38 pitches for strikes.
Relievers Dan Giese (4 IP, 1 ER) and Chad Reineke (2 IP, 0 H) earned the win and save, respectively, teaming with Gonzalez on a three-hitter.
Catcher Anthony Recker keyed the offense with a two-run homer in the fourth. Eric Patterson, playing in left, went 2-for-3 and is hitting .400. Patterson and Cliff Pennington each stole a base as Sacramento has swiped eight bases in five games. Pennington is hitting .313 after a single extended his hitting streak to five games. Right fielder Sean Doolittle went 1-for-4 with an RBI and is hitting .316.
Daric Barton (0-for-3, hitting .111) and Jack Hannahan (0-for-4, .056) continued their struggles.
Vin Mazzaro, who threw four innings of no-hit ball in his first start, is back on the mound tonight (Tuesday).
The Rockhounds won their fourth straight as Corey Wimberly ignited a 7-2 win over Springfield (Cardinals) by going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Wimberly snapped out of a 1-for-15 slump to start the season.
Chris Carter (.227) had two RBI and two K’s. Adrian Cardenas (.286) had a double in five at-bats. Catcher Josh Donaldson (.118) had a walk, a hit and a run scored.
Starter Chris Farley went four innings and permitted two hits and two runs. Reliever Mike Benacka, a one-time Frontier League revelation, got the save by striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.
It’s worth noting that Springfield’s Brett Wallace, whom many had ticketed to the A’s in last June’s draft before Oakland opted for Jemile Weeks, went 0-for-4 with four K’s. After going 4-for-6 with two HRs and six RBI in the opener, Wallace has gone 1-for-14 with seven K’s.
STOCKTON (High Single-A)
The Ports remain winless after falling 4-2 to Modesto (Rockies) on Monday. Matt Spencer (.167) drilled a two-run double in the first inning, which produced one more run than Stockton scored in its first four games against San Jose.
Ports starter Scott Mitchison, a one-time Phillies prospect, went five innings with four strikeouts and allowed just one earned run.
Ex-Bishop O’Dowd High and Cal star Tyson Ross takes the hill tonight in Modesto for the Ports.
KANE COUNTY (Low Single-A)
The Rockhounds and Burlington (Royals) were rained out on Monday and will play a doubleheader today. Brett Hunter (7th round, ’08) will make his first start of the season today.
UPDATE: Cougars played just one today, losing 4-3 in their home opener despite a brilliant performance by lefty Anthony Capra (5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K’s). Doubleheader set for Wednesday, with Hunter debuting then.