Here’s a brief look at what happened down on the farm for the A’s affiliates:
Corey Brown is the latest Midland Rockhound to haunt opposing Texas League pitching (see below) and Dana Eveland is set to make his first bid to return to Oakland tonight when he takes the mound for Sacramento.
The RiverCats technically added former Angels and Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy to the team. Kennedy was acquired from Tampa Bay on Friday afternoon for a player to be named later and was assigned to Sacramento. However, the A’s indicated later Friday that Kennedy, who was hitting .280 with three HRs and nine RBI in 23 games for Triple-A Durham, would join the big league club as soon as Saturday.
Also, highly touted pitchers Michel Ynoa, the free-agent pitcher from the Dominican Republic, and Fautino De Los Santos, the hard-throwing righty acquired from the White Sox last year in the Nick Swisher deal, arrived in Phoenix for extended spring training on Thursday. We’ll get updates on their progress as it warrants.
The RiverCats’ third straight defeat still leaves them in first place, two games ahead of Reno in the PCL’s Pacific South division. But, the alarming news is Sacramento’s continuing struggles offensively as the RiverCats rank last among the PCL’s 16 teams with a .229 team batting average. The ‘Cats are also 15th in on-base percentage (.318) and 14th in OPS (.680).
Adrian Cardenas, who was tearing up Double-A Midland, is just 2-for-22 (.091) through six games in Triple-A. Daric Barton’s 1-for-4 in Thursday’s loss boosts his average to .167 (15-for-90 for the season).
Sean Doolittle is one of Sacramento’s more productive hitters with a .257 batting average, four homers and 15 RBI in 27 games.
As a side note, Reno’s Bryan Byrne, the former Saint Mary’s College standout, went 0-for-4 in his Triple-A debut.
Recently demoted Dana Eveland will make his RiverCats’ debut tonight (Friday) in Las Vegas.
Corey Brown continued his torrid pace by smashing a pair of homers, a double and droving in four runs in Thursday’s win. Brown, hitting .435 in 13 games this season, has gone 10-for-17 with four homers and nine RBI in his last four games.
Chris Carter had another RBI, boosting his total to 26 in 27 games. Also, catcher Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer and his 6-for-15 streak has pushed his average to a more respectable .239.
Jason Fernandez (3-3, 4.04 ERA) picked up the win with eight solid innings. He gave up five hits, two earned runs, no walks and struck out four.
STOCKTON (High Single-A)
Craig Italiano’s strong performance on the mound (6 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 8 strikeouts) helped the Ports snap a four-game losing streak by beating the Rawhide. Stockton’s 6-foot-9 closer Jon Hunton notched his fourth save.
Matt Spencer had two hits, including a double. Todd Johnson, leading the Ports’ regulars with a .267 average, drove in a run. Shane Keough (.232) had two hits and two RBI.
KANE COUNTY (Low Single-A)
Anthony Capra was very good but took the loss after surrendering just one hit in six innings. Capra, who walked five and struck out three, allowed a solo home run to Fort Wayne’s Jeff Decker in the fifth inning for the game’s only run.
Kane County’s top two hitters, shortstop Dusty Coleman (.319) and first baseman Steve Kleen (.320) were a combined 0-for-7.