Tuesday, June 23rd: Ryan Roberts Has 4 Hits & Barry Zito Earns 5th Win as Sounds Snap 5-Game Skid while Vermont Comes Up Short despite Seong-min Kim’s Grand Slam

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Ryan Roberts (4 for 4 / Double / RBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Ryan Roberts (4 for 4 / Double / RBI)



Nashville Sounds   6

Memphis Redbirds   4

WP – Zito 5-6 / 3.94

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Ryan Roberts

(4 for 4 / Double / RBI)

Third baseman Ryan Roberts collected 4 hits for the Sounds for the third time this season on Tuesday. The 34-year-old veteran also drove in a run and scored a run to help the Sounds snap their 5-game losing streak. Outfielder Jake Smolinski, claimed off waivers by the A’s earlier in the week, went 2 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs in his debut for Nashville, while Dayan Viciedo, who’s primarily been playing first base since joining the Sounds, doubled, walked and scored a run. Starter Barry Zito held Memphis scoreless through 4 innings and gave up just 1 run through 6. But he put three men on and allowed one to score in the bottom of the 7th before leaving with no outs. Zito ended up being charged with 3 runs in 6 innings of work and earned his 5th win. RHP Dan Otero tossed 2 scoreless innings while also allowing one of Zito’s runners to score, and RHP Ryan Cook picked up his 6th save despite giving up 1 run in the 9th. Meanwhile, Sounds outfielder Kent Matthes was released on Tuesday.

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Midland RockHounds  4

Frisco RoughRiders       6

LP – Jensen 5-6 / 5.13

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(3 for 5 / 2 RBIs)


After being named Texas League Pitcher of the Week on Monday, RHP Chris Jensen was roughed up a bit by Frisco on Tuesday, allowing 5 runs over 5 innings of work to take his 6th loss for the RockHounds. LHP Omar Duran gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief, while RHP Ryan Dull tossed a scoreless frame in the 8th. Shortstop Chad Pinder collected 3 hits and drove in a pair, while designated hitter Renato Nunez also had 3 hits and drove in a run, and second baseman Colin Walsh singled, walked, swiped a pair of bases and scored twice in the loss.


NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

Aberdeen IronBirds            12

Vermont Lake Monsters  10

LP – Willman 0-1 / 20.25

HR – Kim (1)



Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Seong-min Kim

(Grand Slam)


Despite getting a grand slam courtesy of catcher Seong-min Kim in the 8th inning, the Lake Monsters still came up two runs short on Tuesday. After missing all of last season while battling injuries, the A’s 3rd-round supplemental pick in 2013, LHP Chris Kohler, made his debut for Vermont on Tuesday, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while walking none and striking out 3 over 5 innings of work, and he left with the game a 3-3 tie. But an 8-run 6th inning did in the Lake Monsters. RHP Tyler Willman was charged with 6 runs in just 1/3 of an inning to take the loss, while RHP Jesus Rivas gave up 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief. 12th-round first baseman Chris Iriart walked, singled and drove in a pair of runs, while outfielder Shawn Duinkerk and 15th-round second baseman Ryan Howell each singled and drove in a run, and shortstop Jesus Lopez and designated hitter Iolana Akau had a pair of hits apiece. Kim’s grand slam in the bottom of the 8th brought the Lake Monsters within two runs, but that’s as close as they would get as they suffered their fourth loss in five games this season.


ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL A’s      1

AZL Giants  3

LP – Duchene 0-1 / 0.00



Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Rangel Ravelo

(1 for 2 / Triple)


This year’s 5th-round draft pick for the A’s, LHP Kevin Duchene, allowed 1 unearned run on 1 hit in just 1 inning of work to take the loss in his debut on Tuesday. Last year’s 8th-round pick, RHP Branden Kelliher, tossed 2 scoreless innings in his season debut, while 27th-round RHP Xavier Altamirano gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, in 1 inning of relief, and 31st-round RHP John Gorman pitched a perfect frame in the 5th. Designated hitter Rangel Ravelo went 1 for 2 with a triple and is now 2 for 3 with 3 walks in his rehab assignment in Arizona. Right fielder Jhonny Rodriguez and 19th-round left fielder Seth Brown both doubled in the loss.


Wednesday’s Games:

Nashville @ Memphis – 9:35am PT / 11:35am CT

Midland @ Frisco – 9:05am PT / 11:05am CT

Aberdeen @ Vermont – 4:05pm PT / 7:05pm ET

AZL Mariners @ AZL A’s – 7:00pm PT



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