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A’s minor league recap: Mound troubles in Sacramento

Here’s a brief look at what happened down on the farm for the A’s affiliates Wednesday:


SACRAMENTO (Triple-A)

Rought night to be a River Cat on Wednesday. After pitchers Ryan Webb (3 IP, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K’s) and Jared Lansford (1.2 IP, 4 ER, 5 BB) struggled, Sacramento actually had two position players take the mound during its 11-1 loss to Portland (Padres). Backup catcher Raul Padron (1 IP, 0 ER) fared better as a pitcher than outfielder Matt Carson (1 IP, 3 ER).

Lansford is still having trouble locating the strike zone — he’s walked 10 batters in just 4 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, Daric Barton’s slow start continues. He’s 3-for-24 (.125) through seven games, though he did pick up his 5th RBI with a sacrifice fly Wednesday. Sean Doolittle (.357) started for the first time at first base after six starts in right field. He moved to right after Barton moved from DH to first base later in the game.

Here’s the recap from Wednesday’s game.

MIDLAND (Double-A)

The Rockhounds, and the entire Texas League, had Wednesday off as a travel day. Midland sends right-hander Jason Fernandez against Arkansas (Angels) Thursday night, trying to duplicate his 6-inning, zero-run performance against the Travelers in his previous start.

STOCKTON (High Single-A)

The Ports (0-7) concluded their road trip with a 3-2 loss to Modesto, where the bright spot was the pitching of left-hander Carlos Hernandez (35th round, ’06), who went six innings and allowed just on run. Hernandez gave up five hits and one walk and struck out six.

First baseman Matt Spencer, the No. 3 hitter in the Ports’ lineup, went 0-for-4 and finished the trip 3-for-26 (.115).

Stockton starts a four-game home series against San Jose Thursday night. The Giants swept a four-game series against the Ports to start the season, allowing Stockton just one run.

Here’s the recap from Wednesday’s game.

KANE COUNTY (Low Single-A)

The Cougars swept a doubleheader against Burlington (Royals) — 7-4 and 6-1 — as shortstop Dusty Coleman (4-for-5, including 3-for-3 with a 2B & 3B in 1st game) and third baseman Jason Christian (grand slam in 2nd game) led the way offensively.

Brett Hunter’s first start was marked by wildness as last year’s 7th-round pick walked five in three innings, leading to two runs. Hunter gave up just one hit and struck out three.

In the second game, Cougars spot starter Ben Hornbeck (32nd round, ’08) was terrific. The lefty pitched five no-hit innings, didn’t allow a walk and struck out six. Scott Deal finished up by allowing just one hit and striking out three in two innings.

Here’s the recap from Wednesday’s doubleheader.

Jon Becker