By Jon Becker
Saturday, May 30th, 2009 at 2:17 am in A's minor league news.
Here’s a look at the A’s minor league leaders as well as a brief look at what happened down on the farm Friday for their affiliates:
Thru Friday’s games
Average: Chen (Sac) .369; Wimberly (Midland) .348; Y. Carter (Stockton) .342; C. Brown (Midland) .333; Barfield (Kane County) .323.
Home runs: Spencer (Midland) 10; Coleman (Kane County) 8, Putnam (Midland) 8; Everidge (Midland) 7; Carson (Sac) 6, Desme (Kane County) 6.
RBI: Everidge (Midland) 43; Cardenas (Midland) 40; C. Carter (Midland) 38; Spencer (Midland) 36; Coleman (Kane County) 35, Donaldson (Midland) 35..
On-base pct.: Wimberly (Midland) .458; Chen (Sac) .436; C. Brown (Midland) .420; Paramore (Kane County) .412; Y. Carter (Stockton) .407.
OPS: C. Brown (Midland) 1.020; Coleman (Kane County) .927; Wimberly (Midland) .893; Chen (Sac) .912; Barfield (Kane County) .886.
Stolen bases: Patterson (Sac) 20; Pennington (Sac) 17; Desme (Kane County) 15; Christian (Kane County) 13, Gilbert (Midland) 13.
Wins: Webb (Sac) 5, Banwart (Midland) 5, J. Fernandez (Midland) 5; 7 others tied with four.
Innings: J. Fernandez (Midland) 57.2; Mazzaro (Sac) 56.2; Haviland (Kane County) 52; Godfrey (Midland) 51.1; Banwart (Midland) 51.
ERA: Demel (Midland) 0.92; Kilby (Sac) 1.17; Marshall (Sac) 1.37; Hunton (Midland) 1.67; Deal (Kane County) 1.73; Hornbeck (Stockton) 1.75.
Strikeouts: Hornbeck (Stockton) 65; Haviland (Kane County) 48; Capra (Kane County) 45; Italiano (Stockton) 44, Mazzaro (Sac) 44.
Saves: Demel (Midland) 8; Hunton (Midland) 6; Espinal (Stockton) 4, Gray (Sac) 4, Guzman (Kane County) 4, Storey (Kane County) 4.
The RiverCats played the second-longest game in their history Friday night and escaped with a 16-inning victory as Eric Patterson’s RBI single capped a four-hour, 37-minute marathon in Sacramento. It was nearly 11:45 p.m. when Patterson’s liner skipped on the grass in left-center to bring home Matt Carson with the game-winner.
Patterson had three hits and is hitting .305 for the RiverCats, who also got a huge boost on the mound from Gio Gonzalez. The enigmatic lefty had his best outing of the season, going seven innings and allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out six. Gonzalez walked three.
Gonzalez’s shot at a victory ended when hard-throwing Henry Rodriguez allowed the tying run to score in the eighth.
Sacramento’s first run came on a ringing RBI double by Daric Barton.
Jay Marshall is making it more and more difficult for the A’s to ignore him as the situational lefty threw three scoreless, hitless innings to pick up the win. Marshall’s ERA dipped to 1.37.
Catcher Josh Donaldson continued his hot streak by going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI to help the RockHounds sweep NW Arkansas and win their fifth straight. Donaldson, now in a 14-for-30 groove, has 10 RBI in his last six games.
Shortstop Josh Horton also remained hot. He went 2-for-4 and is hitting .441 (15-for-34) in his last seven games.
Jason Fernandez got the win for the Hounds after throwing six innings of two-run ball. Fernandez (5-4) struck out six and walked two.
Former Modesto A’s catcher John Suomi hit his sixth homer of the season for the Naturals. The 28-year-old Suomi was Oakland’s 22nd-round pick in 2000 and drove in 99 runs for Modesto in 2004.
STOCKTON (High Single-A)
Ben Hornbeck gave up five runs in the fifth inning on the way to his first loss this season. The lefty (5-1) took a 3-0 lead into the fifth when things got ugly as the first five hitters reached and he departed. All five runners eventually scored, including two after Hornbeck left. Hornbeck had retired eight straight hitters while holding Bakersfield scoreless until the fifth-inning trouble.
The A’s top pick last year, Jemile Weeks, homered for the second straight night. His two-run blast to right in the top of the fifth gave the Ports a 3-0 edge. Weeks is hitting .313 with a pair of homers and five RBI in three games. He also committed his first error at second as he mishandled a throw from shortstop on a force play in the eighth.
KANE COUNTY (Low Single-A)
Brett Hunter has been arguably the most disappointing A’s minor leaguer this season. The right-handed pitcher from Pepperdine, a seventh-round pick last year, continued to struggle with his new delivery as last-place Beloit tagged him for eight runs — six earned — in one-plus innings. Hunter’s ERA jumped to 8.10. Hunter walked six batters and has now issued 39 free passes in just 30 innings.
Cougars backup catcher Dusty Napoleon took the mound and threw a scoreless inning in the eighth.
Kane County’s lead in the Midwest League over Cedar Rapids (Angels) is down to one game.
Jeremy Barfield was a bright spot as the Cougars’ right fielder went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Barfield is hitting .323.