Monday, April 25th: Matt Chapman Homers in 14th to Help Hounds Win while Sounds Fall in 10th

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 for 6 / Home Run / Walk / GWRBI)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 for 6 / Home Run / Walk / GWRBI)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

Corpus Christi Hooks     7

WP – Kurcz 4-0 / 2.00

HR – Chapman (5), Barreto (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Matt Chapman

(2 for 6 / Home Run / Walk / GWRBI)

Third baseman Matt Chapman delivered the big blow for Midland on Monday, smacking his 5th home run to lead off the top of the 14th inning and send the RockHounds to victory in a game in which the Hounds came back to overcome an early 7-run deficit. With Monday’s round-tripper, Oakland’s top draft pick in 2014 became the first A’s minor leaguer to make it to 5 home runs this season. Chapman also walked and scored in the 5th inning and singled in the 6th. Shortstop Franklin Barreto slugged his 2nd home run of the season to tie the game in the top of the 8th, while first baseman Ryon Healy and left fielder Danny Oh both collected 3 hits and drove in a pair, and designated hitter Viosergy Rosa, right fielder Brett Vertigan and second baseman Wade Kirkland had a pair of hits apiece. Starter Raul Alcantara put the RockHounds in a big hole early, allowing 7 earned runs over the first 2 innings. RHP Sam Bragg relieved Alcantara in the 3rd and began a streak of 12 shutout innings that would be thrown by the Hounds bullpen on Monday night. RHP Aaron Kurcz earned the win by tossing a scoreless 12th and 13th, and infielder Kirkland took the mound in the bottom of the 14th and got the final three outs to register the save for the RockHounds.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

New Orleans Zephyrs  4

Nashville Sounds       3

LP – Brasier 0-1 / 1.08

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Jake Smolinski

(1 for 4 / Walk / RBI)

 

Despite holding a 2-run lead earlier in the game, the Sounds ended up dropping their fourth straight in 10 innings on Monday. Rehabbing RHP Henderson Alvarez allowed 1 unearned run on 1 hit while walking none and striking out 1 over 2 innings of work. He was hurt by two throwing errors in the top of the 1st inning, one by third baseman Max Muncy and another by shortstop Chad Pinder. Alvarez threw 40 pitches, 22 strikes and 18 balls. LHP Dillon Overton was perfect through 3 2/3 innings before allowing 2 runs with two outs in the top of the 7th to tie the game. RHP Ryan Brasier later surrendered the winning run on a two-out home run in the top of the 10th to take the loss. Center fielder Jake Smolinski singled in the Sounds’ first run in the 4th, while Muncy had a pair of singles and a walk, and Pinder singled and tripled in a run but also made a pair of errors in the game to give him a total of 7 on the young season. In other news, Nashville reliever Andrew Triggs was recalled by Oakland while the A’s optioned LHP Eric Surkamp to the Sounds. And Dillon Overton was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week after he allowed just 1 run while walking none and striking out 5 to earn a 7-inning complete game victory in last Wednesday’s doubleheader for the Sounds.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

New Orleans @ Nashville – 4:35pm PT / 6:35pm CT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Stockton @ San Jose – 6:30pm PT

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

 

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