Sunday, May 31st: Barry Zito Throws 8 Shutout Innings as Sounds Win 7th Straight while Drew Pomeranz Is Solid in 1st Rehab Outing for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Barry Zito (8 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Barry Zito (8 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Las Vegas 51s        0

Nashville Sounds  1

WP – Zito 3-4 / 4.12

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Barry Zito

(8 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / Win)

Barry Zito turned in his best start yet for Nashville on Sunday. The 37-year-old allowed just 2 hits while walking 3 and striking out 6 over 8 shutout innings to earn his 3rd win as the Sounds won their seventh straight. And with Sunday’s start, Zito has now thrown 14 scoreless innings over his last two starts. RHP R.J. Alvarez came in to get the final three outs in the 9th for his 3rd save. The Sounds had just 3 hits in the game, with designated hitter Nate Freiman doubling in the team’s only run in the bottom of the 1st.

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TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Springfield Cardinals     7

Midland RockHounds  2

LP – Lamb 0-4 / 14.68

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Colin Walsh

(4 for 4 / 2 Doubles / Walk)

 

LHP Chris Lamb had another rough start for the RockHounds, allowing 7 runs in just 3 2/3 innings to take his 4th loss on Sunday. The Hounds bullpen then shut things down after that, with RHPs Kris Hall, Seth Frankoff, Ryan Dull and Jonathan Joseph combining on 5 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Second baseman Colin Walsh reached base 5 times, on 2 doubles, 2 singles and a walk, while shortstop Chad Pinder doubled in the RockHounds’ only 2 runs of the game. And while Frankoff officially rejoined the RockHounds roster, outfielder Chad Oberacker was placed on the disabled list for Midland.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Lake Elsinore Storm  6

Stockton Ports         2

LP – Seddon 2-4 / 4.70

HR – Chapman 2 (5)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Matt Chapman

(2 Home Runs)

 

The A’s top pick in last year’s draft, third baseman Matt Chapman, had a big day at the plate, clubbing 2 home runs, his 4th and 5th, but that was all the scoring Stockton would do on Sunday. Starter Joel Seddon allowed 5 runs over 5 innings of work to take his 4th loss, while A’s LHP Drew Pomeranz pitched 2 perfect innings, throwing 23 pitches and striking out 3 in his first rehab appearance for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers                 4

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  1

WP – Torres 4-3 / 4.20

HR – Kuhn (2), Martinez (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Robert Martinez

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Daniel Gossett threw 79 pitches in just 4 innings of work, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits and 6 walks while also striking out 6 on Sunday. The Snappers were held scoreless over the first 6 innings, but first baseman Max Kuhn, who hit the game-winning home run in the 8th on Saturday, hit the game-tying home run in the 7th on Sunday. Designated hitter Sandber Pimentel then singled in the winning run in the 8th. And with the Beloit holding a slim 1-run lead, outfielder Robert Martinez slugged a 2-run homer to give the Snappers a much more comfortable 3-run margin heading to the bottom of the 9th. After Gossett’s early exit, relievers Corey Miller and Jose Torres each tossed 2 scoreless innings, with Torres picking up the win, and RHP Joey Wagman came on to pitch a perfect 9th to post his 1st save for the Snappers.

 

Monday’s Games:

Las Vegas @ Nashville – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Lake Elsinore @ Stockton – 7:10pm PT

Beloit @ Wisconsin – 10:05am PT / 12:05pm CT

 

 

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