*** Oakland Athletics Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS - With a 6-0 blanking of Las Vegas on Sunday, the River Cats moved back to .500 on the season, at 9-9 and sit in second place in the South Division of the Pacific Coast League, just 2 1/2 games behind division- leading Tucson. The team will finish up its current road trip this week with two more at Las Vegas, before heading to Tucson for a four-game set with the Sidewinders. Leadoff hitter Esteban German tallied three hits in Sunday's win, while fellow infielder Mike Edwards reaped most of the rewards of German's ability to get on base, as the third basemen went 3-for-5, with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Edwards went a combined 6-for-9 on Saturday and Sunday and has now hit safely in nine consecutive games. LHP John Rheinecker (1-2) pitched a strong game for Sacramento and got his first win of the year, giving up just two hits in his six shutout innings of work.
MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS - The RockHounds closed out an extended road trip with a pair of losses against Round Rock over the weekend, including Sunday's 6-4 setback. The loss dropped the team to 6-11 on the year, and 6 1/2 games out of first-place in the West Division of the Texas League. Midland returns home this week for an eight-game homestand, starting with a four-game set against Arkansas. Outfielder Freddie Bynum (.328) and infielder John McCurdy (.224) each picked up two hits in Sunday's loss as well as all four RBI (two apiece). Infielder Mark Teahen (.354), had an eight-game hits streak entering the weekend, but went 0-for-5 on Saturday. He has just one hit now in his last nine at-bats.
MODESTO As - The As, winners of four straight, will attempt to close out a four-game sweep of the Stockton Ports, when they play host to them on Monday. The team's current win streak gives it the best record in the California League (tied with both Inland and Lancaster) at 11-6 and puts the squad atop the North Division of the California League, a full three games ahead of Visalia. Modesto beat Stockton on Sunday 3-2 in 11 innings. Brant Colamarino (.315) collected his third hit of the day, down the right field line in the 11th that brought Isaac Garcia into to score from second, providing the game-winner. Garcia had led off the inning with a double. Colamarino has been red-hot at the plate against Stockton, going 6-for-11 in the first three games of the series. RHP Marc Sauer was phenomenal last week as he went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two starts to pick up California League Pitcher of the Week honors. Sauer is now 3-1 and tied for the league-lead in wins.
KANE COUNTY COUGARS - The Cougars destroyed Cedar Rapids on Sunday, 12-2 to pull into a tie with the Kernels atop the Western Division of the Midwest League standings at 10-7. The victory ended a three-game slide and gives the team a bit of confidence heading into a six-game homestand, starting with a two-game set against Peoria. Sunday's big win saw pitcher Chris Dunwell throw seven strong innings and move to 3-0 on the year, as he struck out a season- high 11 batters and walked none in the win. Dunwell was outstanding this past week, going 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA, striking out 20 batters and walking just two, as he was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. The 24-year old right- hander is tied for second in the league in wins (three) and has lowered his ERA to just 2.66.