A’s minor league recap: Stockton falls to 0-8

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


Cliff Pennington’s hustle allowed the RiverCats to escape with a 7-6 10-inning win over Portland (Padres). The shortstop beat out a potential inning-ending double play grounder that allowed the winning run to score. Pennington’s scrappiness also showed earlier in the game as he drew three walks and scored twice. He has a .414 on-base percentage through eight games.

Daric Barton ripped a three-run double and now has a team-leading nine RBI, despite hitting just .138 after eight games. Sean Doolittle went 1-for-5 and is hitting .333. Eric Patterson is hitting .370 and launched his first home run of the season to lead off the game.

James Simmons pitched five innings and gave up six hits and three earned runs. The former No. 1 pick also struck out four. Jeff Gray (1-1, 1.59) got the win after two scoreless innings.

Here’s the recap from Thursday’s game.

MIDLAND (Double-A)

Jason Fernandez (11th round, ’06) gave up four runs in five innings, including a pair of home runs, and took the loss in the Rockhound’s 5-4 defeat against Arkansas (Angels). Solid relief followed Fernandez to the mound as 20-year-old Arnold Leon (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and Sam Demel (1 IP, 1 K) kept things close.

Adrian Cardenas (.300) went 1-for-4, but was robbed of a potential game-tying hit when his liner to left was grabbed just off the grass and turned into a game-ending double play. First baseman Chris Carter walked three times and went 1-for-2 to boost his average to .207. CF Corey Brown went 2-for-4 and is hitting .389. Still struggling is catcher Josh Donaldson, who went 1-for-4 and sits at .143 in the early going.

Here’s the recap from Thursday’s game.

STOCKTON (High Single-A)

Stockton remained winless (0-8) as San Jose ruined the Ports’ home opener with a 3-1 win as Giants’ lefty Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 0.00 ERA) got the win with five solid innings.

Stockton starter Craig Italiano (2nd round, ’05) was touched for two runs in the second inning, but otherwise was solid. He finished his five innings of work allowing just two hits and striking out six batters. Left-handed reliever Derrick Gordon (26th round, ’06) was nearly untouchable, striking out six batters in two scoreless innings.

Shane Keough went 2-for-4 and drove in the Ports’ only run. He’s hitting a team-leading . 318.

San Jose’s Angel Villalona homered in the ninth inning and is now hitting .478.

Here’s the recap from Thursday’s game.

KANE COUNTY (Low Single-A)

Grant Desme went 4-for-4 to snap a 0-for-20 drought to start the season, but the Cougars still fell 6-4 to Cedar Rapids (Angels).

Matt Fitts (16th round, ’08) fell to 0-2 and saw his ERA jump to 6.00 after giving up three runs in four innings. The right-hander also didn’t help his cause with five walks and an error.

Dusty Coleman had a double and two RBI and is hitting .292. Third baseman Jason Christian, a shortstop by trade who moved to third because of Coleman’s stellar glove work, committed a costly error. He also went 0-for-2 and is hitting .208 after six games.

Ex-Pepperdine star Steve Kleen went 1-for-3. The first baseman is hitting .400 and, as this article says, he’s feeling quite comfortable after missing last season with a shoulder injury.

Here’s the recap from Thursday’s game.

Jon Becker