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A’s minor league recap: Mazzaro shines in Sacramento

Here’s a brief look at what happened down on the farm for the A’s affiliates the last couple of days:

SACRAMENTO (Triple-A)

Here’s the recap from Monday’s game, when Jack Hannahan and Chris Denorfia homered in the ‘Cats win. Daric Barton, hitting .158 in 12 games, left in the second inning after getting hit by a pitch.

Vin Mazzaro was outstanding on Sunday afternoon, but got a no-decision after six solid innings lowered his ERA to 1.93. Jerry Blevins, in his first game with the ‘Cats after being sent down, took the loss by allowing a run in his second inning of work. Here’s Sunday’s recap.

Here’s the recap from Saturday’s game when Sean Doolittle hit the first inside-the-park grand slam in River Cats history. Doolittle (.304) is the only RiverCats’ regular hitting over .300.

A couple of RiverCats who briefly played for Oakland are yearning for a trip back to the big leagues.

MIDLAND (Double-A)

The Rockhounds lost CF Corey Brown to the disabled list and replaced him with Matt Sulentic.

Springfield (Cardinals) downed the Rockhounds 9-4 on Monday. Midland backup catcher Gabriel Ortiz had a pinch-hit 2-run double. Ortiz is likely to be send down once Joel Galarraga’s visa troubles are solved.

The good news is that Chris Carter is finding his stroke. He launched his first homer of the season Sunday and his batting line sits at .283/.345/.457 (batting, on-base, slugging). Carter also saw some action at third base on Monday.

Also, Adrian Cardenas continues to hit — batting .391 — and he was moved to shortstop on Sunday. However, he’s committed three errors in the two games he’s played there.

STOCKTON (High Single-A)

The Ports’ struggles continue as their offense has been stagnant while contributing heavily to a 1-11 start.
Stockton fell 3-2 on Monday night
against Modesto and tries again Tuesday night as Craig Italiano (0-2, 7.36) takes the hill.

KANE COUNTY (Low Single-A)

The Cougars (7-3) have won all three of their series to start the season, thanks to Sunday’s 6-4 win over Cedar Rapids (Angels).

Anthony Capra reached his pitch count in the fifth inning, allowing just one run on four hits and striking out four. Closer Jose Guzman picked up his third save.

Kane County welcomed catcher Petey Paramore (3rd round, ’08) off the disabled list over the weekend. The former Arizona State standout is 0-for-8 in his two starts.

Jon Becker