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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TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions    3

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Sanchez 1-2 / 5.51

HR – Olson (4)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

(Home Run / 2 RBIs / 3 Walks)

 

First baseman Matt Olson hit his team-leading 4th home run in the bottom of the 5th inning to allow Midland come back from a 1-run deficit and grab the lead against San Antonio on Friday night. Olson also drew 3 bases on balls to take the Texas League lead in walks with 14. Outfielder Chad Oberacker continued his hot hitting, collecting a triple, a double and a walk while scoring twice, and second baseman Colin Walsh and designated hitter Bruce Maxwell each singled, doubled and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Jake Sanchez allowed 3 runs while striking out 7 over 6 innings of work to earn his 1st win on Friday. RHP Ryan Dull struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of relief, and RHP Seth Frankoff got the final three outs for his 1st save. Meanwhile, with RHP Zach Neal’s promotion to Nashville, RHP Nate Long returned to the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   2

Visalia Rawhide   3

LP – McCurry 0-1 / 7.36

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Lou Trivino

(5 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 5 K)

 

RHP Lou Trivino had his best outing yet for Stockton on Friday, striking out 5 over 5 scoreless innings of work, and he left the game with a 2-run lead. RHP Joel Seddon allowed 1 unearned run in 2 innings of relief, while RHP Brendan McCurry gave up 2 runs to take the loss. Second baseman Branden Cogswell had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while left fielder B.J. Boyd singled, doubled and walked, and center fielder J.P. Sportman singled in a run in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Clinton LumberKings

Beloit Snappers

(POSTPONED)

 

Saturday’s Games:

Nashville @ New Orleans – 4:00pm PT / 6:00pm CT

San Antonio @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Clinton @ Beloit – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

 

 

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