Monday, April 27th: Matt Olson Slugs 6th HR & Drives in Game-Winner as Hounds Win in a Walk-Off and Kyle Finnegan Picks up 1st Win for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Matt Olson (Home Run / 2 RBIs / GWRBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Matt Olson (Home Run / 2 RBIs / GWRBI)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks     8

Midland RockHounds  9

WP – Joseph 1-0 /3.00

HR – Olson (6), Pinder (4), Brugman (1), Blair (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

(Home Run / 2 RBIs / GWRBI)

In a game that went back and forth many times on Monday night, it was first baseman Matt Olson’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th that provided the RockHounds with their second walk-off win in as many nights on Monday. Olson also hit his league-leading 6th home run in the 4th inning to bring the Hounds within three. Shortstop Chad Pinder hit his 4th home run in the 2nd and also singled in the game, while right fielder Jaycob Brugman hit a 3-run homer to tie the game in the 5th. Designated hitter Carson Blair homered in the 9th to tie the game once again, and center fielder Matt Angle and left fielder Chad Oberacker had 3 hits apiece for the Hounds. Starter Nate Long allowed 5 runs, 2 earned, over 6 innings of work, while RHP Kris Hall surrendered 2 runs in 1 inning of relief, and RHP Jonathan Joseph gave up 1 run in 2 innings of work to pick up his 1st win for the Hounds. In other news, RHP Tim Atherton, who had a 1.17 ERA over his first four starts for Stockton, and RHP Joey Wagman were both reassigned to the RockHounds.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of April 20-26: Busy Week In Nashville

1B Max Muncy

1B Max Muncy

 

Well, once we hit the third week of the season, the roster shuffling began in earnest. And no affiliate was busier in the past week than the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, who had at least 14 transactions affecting their roster this week. You can check out the latest rosters here – Rosters – and catch up on all the past week’s highlights below. This weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Sunday, April 26th: Joe Bennie’s Grand Slam Helps Snappers Sweep Twinbill while Chad Pinder Leads Hounds to Walk-Off Win in 12th

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Joe Bennie (3 for 3 / 2 Doubles / Grand Slam / GWRBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Joe Bennie (3 for 3 / 2 Doubles / Grand Slam / GWRBI)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

GAME #2

Clinton LumberKings  5

Beloit Snappers        6

WP – Johnson 1-1 / 4.97

HR – Bennie (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Joe Bennie

(3 for 3 / 2 Doubles / Grand Slam / GWRBI)

With Beloit down by three runs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 6th, left fielder Joe Bennie belted a grand slam to provide the winning margin for the Snappers in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Bennie went 3 for 3 in the game with a pair of doubles to add to his big blast. Center fielder Brett Vertigan singled, doubled and scored a run, while shortstop Yairo Munoz singled and drove in the Snappers’ first run on a sacrifice fly. Starter Jordan Schwartz gave up 2 runs in 4 innings of work, while RHP Kevin Johnson picked up the win despite allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, in 2 innings of relief, and LHP Jerad Grundy got the final three outs to earn the save in his season debut for the Snappers.

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Saturday, April 25th: Matt Olson Hits 5th HR in Hounds Loss while Sounds Fall despite Barry Zito’s Best Efforts and Snappers Stage Comeback Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Matt Olson (Home Run / 2 RBIs / Walk)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Matt Olson (Home Run / 2 RBIs / Walk)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions    8

Midland RockHounds  7

LP – Lamb 0-3 /19.00

HR – Olson (5)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

(Home Run / 2 RBIs / Walk)

With the RockHounds down by three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning on Saturday, first baseman Matt Olson slugged a 2-run homer, his second in the last two nights and his 5th home run on the year, to bring Midland within a run. Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Hounds would get on Saturday. Olson also drew his 15th walk in the game, and the 21-year-old is now tied for the Texas League lead in both home runs and walks. Right fielder Jaycob Brugman had a pair of singles, a walk and drove in a run, while left fielder Chad Oberacker singled, walked and scored twice, and designated hitter Josh Whitaker singled, walked and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Chris Lamb had another rough outing, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits over just 4 innings of work to take his 3rd loss. RHP Ryan Doolittle gave up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief, while RHP Jonathan Joseph tossed 1 scoreless frame in his debut for Midland, and RHP Tucker Healy threw 2 shutout innings in the loss. Joseph was called up from Stockton and added to the RockHounds’ roster before the game.

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Friday, April 24th: Zach Neal Wins Sounds Debut with Help from Max Muncy’s HR while Matt Olson’s HR Propels Hounds to Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Zach Neal (5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Zach Neal (5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Oklahoma City Dodgers  1

Nashville Sounds          8

WP – Neal 1-0 / 1.80

HR – Muncy (1), Carrithers (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

(5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

Called up from Midland earlier in the day, RHP Zach Neal made an impressive debut for Nashville on Friday night, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits while walking none over 5 innings of work to earn his 1st win for the Sounds. Neal posted a 3.10 ERA while playing at three levels of the A’s system last season, and the spot in the Sounds’ rotation opened up for him with the recall of RHP Chris Bassitt by the A’s. After Neal’s departure, Nashville’s bullpen kept Oklahoma City in check. LHP Eury De La Rosa tossed a scoreless 6th, RHP Chad Smith threw 2 shutout innings in relief, and RHP Ryan Cook got the final three outs for the Sounds. First baseman Max Muncy had a big night at the plate, collecting 3 hits, including a 2-run homer in the 1st inning to stake Nashville to an early lead. Third baseman Alden Carrithers singled, homered, walked and drove in 2 runs, while catcher Luke Carlin walked and doubled in a pair for the Sounds.

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Thursday, April 23rd: Yairo Munoz Hits Game-Winning HR in Snappers’ Win while Jarrod Parker Loses Rehab Start for Stockton and Chris Bassitt Joins A’s

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Shortstop Yairo Munoz (2 for 4 / Home Run / GWRBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Shortstop Yairo Munoz (2 for 4 / Home Run / GWRBI)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Burlington Bees    2

Beloit Snappers  3

WP – Stull 1-0 / 2.84

HR – Munoz (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Yairo Munoz

(2 for 4 / Home Run / GWRBI)

With the game tied in the bottom of the 8th in Beloit, shortstop Yairo Munoz stepped to the plate and led off the inning with a game-winning home run for the Snappers. Munoz also singled in the game. Right fielder Robert Martinez collected 3 hits, including a double, while center fielder Brett Vertigan singled, doubled and drove in a run. Starter Junior Mendez turned in a solid outing, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, over 5 innings of work. LHP Mike Fagan pitched 2 perfect innings in relief, while LHP Cody Stull tossed a scoreless 8th to pick up his 1st win, and RHP Trevor Bayless got the final three outs to earn his 2nd save for the Snappers.

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Wednesday, April 22nd: Michael Soto’s HR Helps Stockton Win while Nate Long Loses Nashville Debut and Arnold Leon Joins A’s

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Third Baseman Michael Soto (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Third Baseman Michael Soto (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Bakersfield Blaze  6

Stockton Ports    8

WP – Joseph 2-0 / 1.74

HR – Soto (2), Taylor (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Michael Soto

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

With two on and two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning, third baseman Michael Soto slugged a 3-run homer to give Stockton an early lead on Wednesday. Designated hitter Beau Taylor followed up with a solo shot of his own in the 1st. First baseman John Nogowski walked and singled in outfielder J.P. Sportman, who’d tripled to lead off the 7th, while shortstop Branden Cogswell singled, walked twice and scored twice in the win. Starter Kyle Finnegan was charged with 4 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks over 4 1/3 innings of work, while RHP Jonathan Joseph gave up 1 run 2 2/3 innings of relief to pick up his 2nd win, and RHP Andres Avila got the final four outs to earn his 1st save for Stockton.

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Tuesday, April 21st: Colin Walsh Drives in 3 to Help Chris Jensen Post his 3rd Win for Hounds while Joey Wendle Slugs his 3rd HR in Sounds’ Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Second Baseman Colin Walsh (3 for 4 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Second Baseman Colin Walsh (3 for 4 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  9

Arkansas Travelers        3

WP – Jensen 3-0 / 3.06

HR – Oberacker (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Colin Walsh

(3 for 4 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

Second baseman Colin Walsh had another productive night at the plate for Midland on Tuesday, collecting 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, while driving in 3 runs for the RockHounds. Left fielder Chad Oberacker also continued his hot hitting, notching his 2nd home run of the season to go along with 2 singles and a pair of RBIs, while right fielder Jaycob Brugman also had 3 hits, including a triple, and drove in a run, and catcher Bruce Maxwell collected 3 singles and scored twice. Starter Chris Jensen had another solid outing, allowing 3 runs, just 1 earned, while striking out 7 over 6 innings to earn his 3rd straight win. RHPs Ryan Doolittle, Seth Frankoff and Tucker Healy each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief, with Frankoff striking out the side in the 8th for the Hounds.

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Monday, April 20th: Billy Burns Helps Sounds Win despite Barry Zito’s Struggles while Hounds Split a Pair

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Billy Burns (2 for 4 / Walk / 2 RBIs / Stolen Base)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Billy Burns (2 for 4 / Walk / 2 RBIs / Stolen Base)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  5

Nashville Sounds             11

WP – Huntzinger 1-0 / 1.35

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Billy Burns

(2 for 4 / Walk / 2 RBIs / Stolen Base)

As usual, center fielder Billy Burns was in the middle of much of the action for the Sounds on Monday night. Burns reached base 3 times, on a pair of singles and a walk, drove in 2 runs, notched his 5th stolen base, and scored 3 runs, including the tying run in the bottom of the 5th for Nashville. Right fielder Kent Matthes doubled with the bases loaded in the 7th to bring in 3, while third baseman Niuman Romero singled, doubled, walked and scored twice for the Sounds. Starter Barry Zito had a shaky outing, allowing 5 runs on 9 hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, while RHP Brock Huntzinger pitched a perfect 7th to pick up the win, and RHP Chad Smith got the final six outs for the Sounds.

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Sunday, April 19th: Kent Matthes Leads Sounds to Victory while Daniel Gossett Struggles in Snappers’ Loss and Ports Get Shut Out on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (Double / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  1

Nashville Sounds              2

WP – Bassitt 1-1 / 3.38

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Kent Matthes

(Double / 2 RBIs)

Outfielder Kent Matthes doubled in a pair of runs with 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st to give the Sounds all the runs they would need to prevail on Sunday. Nashville tallied just 3 other hits in the game but managed to draw a total of 7 walks. First baseman Max Muncy, third baseman Tyler Ladendorf and outfielder Billy Burns all singled and walked for the Sounds. RHP Chris Bassitt was scheduled to start, but RHP Fernando Rodriguez took the ball to begin the game with Bassitt following for an extended stint in relief. Rodriguez allowed 1 run over 2 1/3 innings, while Bassitt threw 4 2/3 shutout innings to earn the win. LHP Eury De La Rosa tossed a scoreless 8th, and RHP Ryan Cook pitched a perfect 9th to pick up his 1st save for the Sounds.

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