Wednesday, June 25th: Nunez’s 2 HRs Help Ports Win 9th Straight while Granier Pitches Hounds to Victory and Cats’ Ladendorf Gets 50-Game Suspension

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (4 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (4 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports       10

Lancaster JetHawks  2

WP – Joseph 3-3 / 5.21

HR – Nunez 2 (14), Olson (20), Kirkland (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Renato Nunez

(4 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

Designated hitter Renato Nunez helped the Ports post their 9th straight win on Wednesday. Nunez had 4 hits, including a pair of home runs, and drove in 3 runs for Stockton. And the 20-year-old is now 15 for 27 with 4 doubles, 5 home runs and 13 RBIs in 7 games since the California League All-Star break. First baseman Matt Olson hit his league-leading 20th home run, while second baseman Wade Kirkland hit his 2nd, while center fielder Herschel Powell tripled in a pair of runs for the Ports. Starter Chris Lamb allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks over 4 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Jonathan Joseph pitched 3 1/3 perfect innings in relief to pick up the win.

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TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals    0

Midland RockHounds  8

WP – Granier 4-3 / 3.29

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

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

 

RHP Drew Granier delivered a strong start for the RockHounds on Wednesday, tossing 6 shutout innings to earn his 4th win, while RHP Tucker Healy got the final five outs for his 4th save. Second baseman Dusty Coleman tripled in a pair of runs, while outfielder Billy Burns singled, doubled, drove in a run and stole his 37th base. Shortstop Addison Russell singled, walked twice and stole a base, and outfielder D’Arby Myers singled, walked, stole a base, drove in a run and scored twice in his return to the RockHounds after spending over two months on the disabled list with a broken wrist.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  2

Burlington Bees     6

LP – Mendez 2-3 / 4.47

HR – Brugman (6)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jaycob Brugman

(Home Run)

 

RHP Junior Mendez had a shaky start for the Snappers, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, over 5 innings of work to take his 3rd loss on Wednesday, while this year’s 11th-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Joel Seddon, tossed a scoreless 8th inning in his debut for Beloit. Outfielder Jaycob Brugman hit his second home run in as many days, while 1st-round pick Matt Chapman went 2 for 4 in his second game for the Snappers, and first baseman Ryan Mathews, second baseman Luis Baez and designated hitter Philip Pohl had a pair of hits apiece for Beloit.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

Vermont Lake Monsters  0

Connecticut Tigers               3

LP – Grundy 0-1 / 2.81

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Gabriel Santana

(2 for 4 / Double)

Starter Jerad Grundy, last year’s 10th-round draft pick for the A’s, allowed 3 runs over 5 innings of work to take the loss on Wednesday, while RHPs Tyler Hollstegge, Blake McMullen and Fernando Cruzado each tossed a scoreless inning in relief. The Lake Monsters managed just 6 hits in the game. Shortstop Gabriel Santana singled and doubled, while catcher Kyle Wheeler had a pair of singles in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL D’Backs  4

AZL A’s         11

WP – Zambrano 1-0 / 4.50

HR – Kuhn (1), Brizuela (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman John Nogowski

(3 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs)

 

17-year-old starter Jesus Zambrano allowed 3 runs while striking out 9 over 6 innings of work to earn his 1st win on Wednesday. The A’s 34th-round draft pick out of Florida State, first baseman John Nogowski, had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and drove in 4 runs, while outfielder Robert Martinez also had a pair of doubles and drove in a run. Designated hitter Robert Kuhn, this year’s 13th-round pick, hit his 1st home run, while the team’s 16th-round pick, third baseman Jose Brizuela, also notched his 1st homer – an inside-the-parker – and tripled for the A’s.

 

In Other News…

River Cats infielder Tyler Ladendorf has been suspended for 50 games after a second positive test for a “drug of abuse.” Marijuana, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, heroin and other opiates are considered drugs of abuse by MLB. Ladendorf posted a slash line of .305/.387/.429 while playing second base and shortstop for Sacramento this season.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Las Vegas @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

NW Arkansas @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 7:45pm PT

Beloit @ Burlington – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Connecticut – 4:05pm PT / 7:05pm ET

AZL A’s @ AZL Cubs – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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