By Jon Becker
Thursday, May 14th, 2009 at 3:07 pm in A's minor league news.
Here’s a brief look at what happened down on the farm Wednesday for the A’s affiliates:
Dana Eveland picked up his first win since being sent down to Sacramento, but he still had some command issues as he walked four in six innings and threw just 57 of his 101 pitches for strikes.
Aaron Cunningham provided some offense by hitting a two-run home run. Cunningham has two homers and is hitting .375. Danny Putnam had a pair of hits and is now 3-for-7 since being recalled from Double-A Midland.
Meanwhile, Daric Barton is slowly getting things together. He has a hit in nine of his past 10 games (10-for-36) and is hitting .196.
Albuquerque got a hitless inning of relief from former Granada High standout Erick Threets, the hard-throwing lefty who was originally drafted by the Giants.
Thursday night’s game features a pitching matchup of Gio Gonzalez and the Isotopes’ Shawn Estes.
Tommy Everidge drove in five runs, including three on a long home run to lead the first-place RockHounds’ offense. The ex-Sonoma State standout is second in the league with 32 RBI and is hitting .311 while transitioning from a first baseman to a third baseman.
Travis Banwart improved to 4-1 after allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Banwart, the Texas League’s top starting pitcher statistically, allowed just two baserunners after San Antonio scored single runs in the first and second. Closer Sam Demel notched the save.
Josh Donaldson, who has also played some third base, was back behind the plate. He went 1-for-3 and his average is at .261, thanks to a recent hot streak (7-for-16).
STOCKTON (High Single-A)
Craig Italiano struck out eight in six innings, but the bad news was he gave up nine hits and five runs to absorb the loss.
Christian Vitters went 2-for-4 and is 3-for-8 in his two games since joining Stockton from extended spring training. However, the third baseman grounded out with two runners aboard in the ninth to end the game.
KANE COUNTY (Low Single-A)
Wednesday: Cougars vs. Burlington (Royals), ppd., rain
Thursday: Cougars vs. Burlington (Royals) doubleheader