Saturday, May 23rd: Yairo Munoz’s 2 HRs Help Snappers Win while Dylan Covey Pitches Ports to Victory & R.J. Alvarez Takes Loss in 11th for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Shortstop Yairo Munoz (3 for 5 / 2 Home Runs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Shortstop Yairo Munoz (3 for 5 / 2 Home Runs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Cedar Rapids Kernels  6

Beloit Snappers          7

WP – Torres 3-3 / 4.97

HR – Pimentel (6), Munoz 2 (4), Harris (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Yairo Munoz

(3 for 5 / 2 Home Runs)

Shortstop Yairo Munoz had a big night for Beloit, collecting 3 hits, including a pair of home runs, on Saturday. The 20-year-old infielder’s first homer tied the game in the 3rd inning, while his second round-tripper helped extend the Snappers’ lead in the 7th. Designated hitter Sandber Pimentel followed Munoz’s first home run in the 3rd with one of his own, his team-leading 6th, and had 2 singles as well, while outfielder James Harris homered to put Beloit on the board in the bottom of the 1st. Starter Dustin Driver allowed 2 runs in 2 innings of work but didn’t return to the mound for the 3rd inning, and we’ll have to wait to find out if his early exit was injury-related. RHP Jordan Schwartz gave up 1 run in 2 1/3 innings of relief, while RHPs Rob Huber and Carlos Navas combined on 3 2/3 scoreless innings. LHP Jose Torres allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, in the top of the 9th to tie things up though and the game went to extra innings. But outfielder Shawn Duinkerk singled in Sandber Pimentel in the bottom of the 10th to give Beloit the walk-off win, and Torres was credited with the victory after tossing a scoreless frame in the top of the 10th for the Snappers.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  2

Fresno Grizzlies      3

LP – Alvarez 2-2 / 7.20

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brad Mills

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

 

LHP Brad Mills had his best start of the season for the Sounds on Saturday, allowing just 5 hits while striking out 6 over 7 scoreless innings and left the game with a 1-run lead. In the bottom of the 8th, RHP Seth Frankoff hit the leadoff batter, then allowed a single and a sacrifice bunt before giving way to LHP Jim Fuller, who allowed the tying run to score on a groundout. LHP Ryan Verdugo then tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, and the game remained tied until the top of the 11th, when outfielder Kent Matthes doubled in the go-ahead run for Nashville. RHP R.J. Alvarez then came on in the bottom of the 11th and ended up surrendering 2 runs to give Fresno the walk-off win and take his 2nd loss for the Sounds. Ben Zobrist went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts and a walk in his second rehab appearance with Nashville. And with LHP Drew Pomeranz on the disabled list for the A’s, Sounds starter Kendall Graveman was recalled by Oakland and tossed 6 scoreless innings to earn the win for the A’s on Saturday.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  1

Corpus Christi Hooks     7

LP – Long 2-3 / 3.25

HR – Nunez (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Home Run)

 

RHP Nate Long had his roughest start of the season for the RockHounds, allowing 7 runs, 6 earned, over 5 1/3 innings to take his 3rd loss on Saturday. Midland managed just 1 run in the game, on third baseman Renato Nunez’s 3rd home run in the last 5 days, while catcher Bruce Maxwell collected 3 hits, and outfielder Chad Oberacker reached base 3 times, on a pair of singles and a walk.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports         4

Lake Elsinore Storm  2

WP – Covey 4-3 / 3.27

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dylan Covey

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

 

RHP Dylan Covey turned in one of his best starts for Stockton on Saturday, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 8 innings of work to earn his 4th win, while LHP Omar Duran tossed a scoreless 9th to post his 1st save for the Ports. Catcher Beau Taylor singled, doubled and tripled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 6th, while center fielder Brett Vertigan collected 3 hits. Third baseman Matt Chapman singled, doubled and scored twice, and shortstop Franklin Barreto singled and drove in a pair for the Ports.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Nashville @ Fresno – 2:05pm PT / 4:05pm CT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 4:05pm PT / 6:05pm CT

Stockton @ Lake Elsinore – 1:00pm PT

Cedar Rapids @ Beloit – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

 

 

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