Wednesday, July 1st: Nate Long Leads Sounds’ Shutout Victory while Justin Higley’s Grand Slam Highlights Snappers’ Win & R.J. Alvarez Lands on DL

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Nate Long (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Nate Long (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  0

Nashville Sounds              2

WP – Long 1-1 / 3.09

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Nate Long

(7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

After his promotion from Midland, RHP Nate Long didn’t waste any time making a positive impression on his new team in Nashville. On Wednesday, the 29-year-old minor league veteran allowed just 2 hits while striking out 5 over 7 shutout innings to earn his 1st win for the Sounds. And Long now leads all A’s minor league pitchers in strikeouts with 78. RHP Arnold Leon pitched a perfect frame in the 8th, and RHP Ryan Cook got the final three outs in the 9th to post his 7th save. Designated hitter Dayan Viciedo doubled with 2 outs in the 4th, and right fielder Jason Pridie singled him in for the Sounds’ first run, then left fielder Jake Smolinski doubled in Pridie for the Sounds’ second and final run of the game. Third baseman Ryan Roberts also doubled but was left stranded in the 6th, while shortstop Andy Parrino had a pair of singles for the Sounds. Meanwhile, RHP R.J. Alvarez was placed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain, while catcher Luke Carlin was released, and catcher Carson Blair was reassigned to Nashville from the RockHounds.

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CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

San Jose Giants  3

Stockton Ports   6

WP – Trivino 7-4 / 4.79

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

Shortstop Franklin Barreto doubled in the go-ahead run for Stockton in the 2nd inning, then doubled in his second run of the game in the 5th. And Barreto now boasts a total of 18 doubles on the season. Outfielder B.J. Boyd and designated hitter John Nogowski each had 3 hits and drove in a run, while second baseman Branden Cogswell doubled and walked, and outfielder Brett Vertigan had a pair of hits as well as a walk for the Ports. With LHP Dillon Overton’s promotion to Midland, LHP Matt Stalcup made the emergency start for Stockton and allowed just 1 run in 4 innings of work on Wednesday, while RHP Lou Trivino tossed 3 scoreless innings to earn his 7th win, and RHP Brendan McCurry got the final three outs in the 9th for his 15th save. In addition to Overton’s promotion, catcher Nick Rickles was also reassigned to the RockHounds and catcher Jose Chavez was promoted from the Snappers to Stockton.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers                9

Quad Cities River Bandits  4

WP – Mendez 2-6 / 4.61

HR – Brizuela (5), Higley (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Justin Higley

(Grand Slam)

 

With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 3rd, outfielder Justin Higley stepped to the plate and slugged a grand slam to give the Snappers what would prove to be an insurmountable 7-run lead on Wednesday. Third baseman Jose Brizuela singled, doubled, homered, walked and drove in 3 runs, while catcher Argenis Raga and outfielder James Harris had a pair of hits apiece for the Snappers. Starter Junior Mendez allowed 3 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings of work to earn his 2nd win on Wednesday. With catcher Jose Chavez reassigned to Stockton and catcher Andy Paz sent to the Arizona League A’s, catchers Argenis Raga and Iolana Akau both joined Beloit from Vermont.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  2

Tri-City ValleyCats             8

LP – Massad 1-1 / 2.76

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Trace Loehr

(Double / 2 RBIs / Stolen Base)

 

Starter Jon Massad was charged with 7 runs, 4 earned, over 5 2/3 innings to take his 1st loss for the Lake Monsters on Wednesday. Third baseman Trace Loehr doubled in Vermont’s only 2 runs of the game in the top of the 2nd, while first baseman Chris Iriart doubled and walked, and right fielder Seth Brown had a pair of hits in the loss.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Colorado Springs @ Nashville – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Arkansas @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

San Jose @ Stockton – 7:10pm PT

Wisconsin @ Beloit – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Vermont @ Tri-City – 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET

AZL A’s @ AZL Cubs – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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