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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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds       0

New Orleans Zephyrs  5

LP – Zito 0-1 / 5.57

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Barry Zito

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

 

LHP Barry Zito turned in his best start yet for the Sounds, allowing 3 runs, just 1 earned, on 3 hits over 7 innings or work, but he still ended up taking the loss. Nashville was shut out on 6 hits on Saturday. Second baseman Andy Parrino had 3 hits, including a double, while catcher Blake Forsythe singled and doubled for the Sounds. In other news, Nashville first baseman Max Muncy was called up by the A’s in time for Saturday’s game in Oakland. And in order to make room on the A’s 40-man roster, Sounds’ LHP Eury De La Rosa was designated for assignment.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   0

Visalia Rawhide   4

LP – Roberts 0-1 / 1.35

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dylan Covey

(6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 5 BB / 7 K)

 

Starter Dylan Covey had a solid outing for Stockton on Saturday, striking out 7 over 6 shutout innings, but he left with the game a scoreless tie. RHP Sam Roberts allowed 1 run in the 7th inning to take the loss, while RHP Corey Walter came on to give up 3 runs, 2 earned, in the 8th. The Ports were shut out on just 2 hits on Saturday. Outfielder Justin Higley and shortstop Franklin Barreto both singled, while second baseman Branden Cogswell walked twice in the loss. Meanwhile, RHP Trevor Bayless was promoted from Beloit to join the Ports’ bullpen.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Clinton LumberKings  3

Beloit Snappers        4

WP – Miller 2-0 / 1.74

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Yairo Munoz

(2 for 3 / 2 Runs / Stolen Base)

 

Beloit came back from a 3-run deficit to best Clinton on Saturday. Starter Daniel Gossett surrendered 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning but then settled down to toss 5 shutout innings and ended up allowing 3 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings of work for the Snappers. RHP Corey Miller pitched 2 perfect innings in relief to earn his 2nd win, while RHP Rob Huber tossed a scoreless 9th to pick up his 2nd save. Shortstop Yairo Munoz, whose bat has been heating up of late, had a pair of hits, stole a base and scored the Snappers’ first two runs in the game, while second baseman Trent Gilbert had 2 hits and a walk, and first baseman Max Kuhn singled, drew a pair of walks and drove in a run in the win. Meanwhile, LHP Jerad Grundy was activated from the disabled list for Beloit.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Nashville @ New Orleans – 11:00am PT / 1:00pm CT

San Antonio @ Midland – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 1:00pm PT

Clinton @ Beloit (Game #1) – 10:00am PT / Noon CT

Clinton @ Beloit (Game #2)

 

 

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