By Tom Price Jr.

Exeter native Adam Pettyjohn said thank you to the Oakland Athletics organization Monday by earning his first win for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats in his first outing after being traded from the San Francisco Giants organization.

According to Bobby Evans the Director of Administration for the Giants, Pettyjohn became expendable and was nearly released when they decided to add more youth to their Triple-A roster. Pettyjohn struggled to understand their motivation.

"Obviously it was a pretty big shock when they told me," Pettyjohn said. "I was pitching well and that was what was so frustrating. I would have liked to finish the season [in Fresno] but hey it's another chance to play some ball."

Pettyjohn came to play against the Salt Lake Stingers throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 3-0 shutout win for the River Cats. Pettyjohn allowed just four hits and struck out five in the win.

This start was strangely similar to the one that piqued the interest of the Athletics. On July 7, as a member of the Grizzlies, Pettyjohn scattered six hits over eight innings in a 7-2 win.

"That is a big reason why he is making his first start with the River Cats tonight," Oakland Athletics Assistant General Manager David Forst said on Monday. "Our Triple-A manager called him to our attention."

What they found was a 27-year-old southpaw who may be shaking off the remaining effects of an illness that nearly ended his career and who is regarded in the Giants franchise as a tremendous person.

"I talked to the Giants people and they told me they wish they had 25 more just like him on their team," Forst said. "He has some Major League experience and that is something we are looking to add in Sacramento."

Pettyjohn, who will be a free agent of season's end, is looking to finish the season and find a home for his career next season. For now he is happy to be in Sacramento.

"I just have to try and focus," Pettyjohn said. "This is absolutely something to be excited about, anytime somebody wants you it's a good thing. It's when nobody has any interest that there is a problem."

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