Monday, May 25th: Ports Win behind Brett Vertigan’s Big Bat while Sean Nolin Leads Sounds’ Shutout of Sacramento & Hounds Fall Despite Bruce Maxwell’s Grand Slam

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Brett Vertigan (3 for 6 / Double / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Brett Vertigan (3 for 6 / Double / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports       12

Lake Elsinore Storm  6

WP – Seddon 2-3 / 4.15

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Brett Vertigan

(3 for 6 / Double / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base)

With the bases loaded, two outs and Stockton down by a run in the top of the 4th inning, outfielder Brett Vertigan stroked a bases-clearing double to bring home 3 runs and give the Ports a lead they would never surrender on Monday. Vertigan also had a pair of singles and stole his 6th base for Stockton and his 12th on the season. Outfielder Tyler Marincov walked twice and tripled in a pair in the 6th, while catcher Nick Rickles singled and doubled in 2 runs in the 9th, and shortstop Franklin Barreto collected 3 hits and drove in a pair for the Ports. Starter Joel Seddon allowed 3 runs over 5 innings of work to earn his 2nd win for Stockton. RHP Sam Roberts gave up 1 run in 2/3 of an inning in relief, while LHP Matt Stalcup was charged with 2 runs over 1 1/3 innings, and RHP Ben Bracewell got the final six outs to post his 2nd save for the Ports.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds         5

Sacramento River Cats  0

WP – Fuller 1-0 / 1.50

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Nolin

(4 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K)

 

The Sounds shut out Sacramento on Monday in the first matchup between Oakland’s new Triple-A team and the A’s old Triple-A affiliate. LHP Sean Nolin started things off by striking out 4 over 4 shutout innings, despite never registering above the high-80s on the radar gun, and the 25-year-old has now allowed just 1 run in 12 2/3 innings since his return to action. LHP Jim Fuller then pitched 2 perfect frames to pick up the win, and RHP Brock Huntzinger closed things out with 3 scoreless innings to earn his 1st save for the Sounds. First baseman Anthony Aliotti collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs, while center fielder Matt Carson had 2 hits and drove in a pair, and left fielder Jason Pridie doubled, singled twice and scored twice for the Sounds. In other news, after being released by the Royals, Oakland signed left-handed reliever Joe Paterson to a minor league contract and assigned him to the Sounds. The 29-year-old, who was born in Oakland, had pitched in 12 games for Triple-A Omaha this season, has appeared in 73 major league games for Arizona, and has a career minor league ERA of 2.85 in 339 games. With Ben Zobrist’s return to the A’s from the disabled list, the team optioned outfielder Craig Gentry back to Nashville. And LHP Sean Doolittle, who’d made a pair of appearances with the Sounds, is expected to be activated by the A’s on Tuesday.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  7

Corpus Christi Hooks     8

LP – Healy 2-1 / 3.86

HR – Maxwell (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Bruce Maxwell

(Grand Slam)

 

The Hounds lost a heartbreaker on Monday. With the bases loaded and his team down by 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning, catcher Bruce Maxwell stepped to the plate and slugged a grand slam to tie things up and send the game to extra innings. And in the top of the 10th, outfielder Jaycob Brugman singled in the go-ahead run with his 5th hit of the day. Brugman ended his day with 4 singles, a double, 2 RBIs and a stolen base. But in the bottom of the 10th, RHP Tucker Healy surrendered 2 runs to allow Corpus Christi to win in a walk-off and take his 1st loss for the RockHounds. Starter Jake Sanchez allowed 6 runs, 4 of them unearned with the help of a throwing error by first baseman Ryon Healy, over 4 2/3 innings of work for Midland on Monday.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Cedar Rapids Kernels  12

Beloit Snappers           3

LP – Fillmyer 0-4 / 7.33

HR – Harris (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder James Harris

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Double)

 

In his return from the disabled list on Monday, RHP Heath Fillmyer allowed 4 runs in just 1 1/3 innings of work to take his 4th loss, while RHP Junior Mendez gave up 5 runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief for the Snappers. Outfielder James Harris singled, doubled and homered, while second baseman Trent Gilbert, third baseman Jose Brizuela and designated hitter Joe Bennie had a pair of hits apiece in the loss. With Fillmyer’s return to action, RHP Dustin Driver was placed on the 7-day disabled list with what is believed to be a blister on his pitching hand.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Nashville @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT / 9:05pm CT

Tulsa @ Midland – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

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

 

 

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