Tuesday, July 29th: Chris Jensen & Kent Matthes Star in Hounds Loss while Tommy Milone Struggles for Sacramento and Seth Streich Exits with Apparent Injury in Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Chris Jensen (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 2 K)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Chris Jensen (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 2 K)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  2

Frisco RoughRiders        6

LP – Walden 1-2 / 2.05

HR – Matthes (10)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Jensen

(7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 2 K)

RHP Chris Jensen turned in his 6th straight quality start for the RockHounds on Tuesday, but Midland couldn’t manage to pull out the win. Acquired from Colorado in the Brett Anderson trade, the 23-year-old has been one of the Hounds’ most consistent starters while allowing a remarkably miniscule 3 home runs over 129 innings this season. On Tuesday, Jensen allowed 2 runs, only 1 earned, on just 3 hits and left after 7 innings with the game tied. But in the 8th, RHP Marcus Walden loaded the bases before LHP Omar Duran came on to surrender a grand slam. Midland managed just 3 hits in the game, with outfielder Kent Matthes homering for the 4th straight day – and he now has 5 home runs in his last 4 games.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Albuquerque Isotopes        7

Sacramento River Cats  4

LP – Milone 1-1 / 6.43

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Jake Elmore

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

LHP Tommy Milone had a rough start for the River Cats, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits, including a pair of home runs, over 6 innings of work to take the loss on Tuesday. Shortstop Jake Elmore had 2 doubles and drove in a pair of runs, while second baseman Colin Walsh singled, doubled and drove in a run in his first game since returning from the disabled list, and first baseman Nate Freiman doubled, walked twice and scored a run in his first game back at Sacramento. Meanwhile, LHP Chris Lamb returned to Stockton after making one appearance for the River Cats.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Inland Empire 66ers  6

Stockton Ports        7

WP – Avila 1-1 / 4.15

HR- Nunez (26), Brugman (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andres Avila

(4 2/3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 0 K / Win)

 

The Ports should consider themselves lucky to end up walking away with the win on a night when Seth Streich, the best starting pitcher in the A’s minor league system this year, exited the game in the middle of an at-bat in the top of the 1st inning with an apparent arm injury. Streich ended up being charged with 3 runs in just 1/3 of an inning of work on Tuesday. But, fortunately for Stockton, RHP Andres Avila came in on short notice and shut down Inland Empire over the next 4 frames while the Ports pushed 7 runs across the plate. Avila ended up allowing just 3 hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings to post his 1st win for the Ports, while RHP Rodolfo Fernandez got the final four outs for his 1st save. Third baseman Renato Nunez and outfielder Jaycob Brugman both hit 2-run homers, while second baseman Chad Pinder doubled, tripled and scored a run, and designated hitter Ryon Healy drove in a pair of runs for the Ports. Meanwhile, LHP Chris Lamb returned to Stockton after making one appearance for Sacramento.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Peoria Chiefs        6

Beloit Snappers  4

LP – Roberts 0-3 / 3.48

HR – Marincov (15), Pohl (5)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Marincov

(Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Matt Stalcup was a little shaky for the Snappers on Tuesday, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits over 5 innings of work, but Beloit came back to tie things up in the bottom of the 7th on outfielder Tyler Marincov’s 15th home run. The game remained tied until the top of the 10th, when the winning run reached on a B.A. Vollmuth error, and RHP Sam Roberts eventually surrendered 2 unearned runs to take the loss for the Snappers.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters   3

Hudson Valley Renegades  5

LP – McMullen 1-2 / 3.86

HR – Sportman (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jose Torres

(5 2/3 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K)

 

Starter Jose Torres had a solid outing for the Lake Monsters, allowing just 1 run and striking out 8 over 5 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Blake McMullen gave up 4 runs in 1 inning of relief to take the loss on Tuesday. Left fielder J.P. Sportman hit his first professional home run, a 2-run shot in the 9th, while center fielder Ben McQuown had a pair of hits, and third baseman Max Kuhn tripled in a run for Vermont.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Giants  2

AZL A’s     14

WP – Kelliher 1-2 / 2.84

HR – Martinez (4), Soto (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Robert Martinez

(Home Run / 2 Doubles / 5 RBIs)

Starter Dillon Overton had another solid outing in his return from Tommy John surgery, allowing 1 unearned run on just 1 hit while walking none and striking out 3 over 3 innings of work on Tuesday. 18-year-old 8th-round draft pick Branden Kelliher tossed 3 scoreless and hitless innings while walking 5 and striking out 5 to earn his 1st professional win. Outfielder Robert Martinez had a big night, collecting a home run and a pair of doubles while driving in 5 runs. First baseman Michael Soto hit a 3-run homer, while shortstop Trace Loehr and outfielder Vicmal De La Cruz both had 3 hits and drove in a run for the A’s.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Albuquerque @ Sacramento – 12:05pm PT

Midland @ Frisco – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Inland Empire @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Peoria @ Beloit – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

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

 

 

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