Thursday, July 7th: Pimentel Drives in Game-Winner for Ports while Sounds Fall despite Hahn’s Strong Start

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports First Baseman Sandber Pimentel (1 for 4 / Double / Walk / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports First Baseman Sandber Pimentel (1 for 4 / Double / Walk / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Lake Elsinore Storm  7

Stockton Ports         8

WP – Navas 2-4 / 3.82

Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Sandber Pimentel

(1 for 4 / Double / Walk / 2 RBIs)

After being down by 4 runs, the Ports came back to put the winning run on the board in the bottom of the 8th inning on Thursday night at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton. With a man on first, two outs and the game tied in the bottom of the 8th, first baseman Sandber Pimentel stepped to the plate and hit a double into the left field corner to bring home the winning run all the way from first base. Pimentel also walked with the bases loaded to bring in a run in the 5th and would score what was then the go-ahead run later in the same inning. Right fielder Joe Bennie singled, doubled, walked and drove in 2 runs, while second baseman Mikey White had 2 singles and drove in a pair for the Ports. Starter Matt Stalcup allowed 6 runs over 5 innings of work, while LHP Cody Stull pitched 2 perfect innings in relief, and RHP Carlos Navas picked up the win despite giving up the tying run in the top of the 8th for Stockton.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

New Orleans Zephyrs  1

Nashville Sounds       0

LP – Hahn 1-5 / 3.60

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Jesse Hahn

(6 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)

 

The Sounds were shut out on just 5 hits as they lost for the seventh time in their last eight games on Thursday. RHP Jesse Hahn turned in an outstanding start, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5 over 6 innings of work, but he still ended up suffering his 5th loss. First baseman Matt Olson doubled for Nashville’s only extra-base hit on Thursday.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals   6

Midland RockHounds   3

LP – Gossett 1-3 / 3.65

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Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Yairo Munoz

(3 for 4 / RBI)

 

Starter Daniel Gossett allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, over 5 innings of work to take his 3rd loss for the RockHounds on Thursday. Second baseman Yairo Munoz had 3 hits and drove in a run, while designated hitter Matt Chapman doubled in a run in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers                4

Quad Cities River Bandits  5

LP – Willman 0-1 / 3.38

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher James Naile

(7 IP / 3 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 5 K)

 

RHP James Naile turned in another strong start for the Snappers on Thursday, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on just 3 hits over 7 innings of work, while RHP Tyler Willman gave up 2 runs in 1 inning of relief to take the loss. First baseman Ryan Howell had a pair of hits, walked twice and drove in a run, while center fielder Justin Higley tripled in what was then the go-ahead run in the top of the 8th, and catcher Jose Chavez, right fielder Brett Siddall and designated hitter Skye Bolt all singled, doubled and scored a run in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Dodgers  6

AZL A’s          4

LP – De La Cruz 1-1 / 12.15

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Argenis Blanco

(5 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 2 K)

 

20-year-old Venezuelan RHP Argenis Blanco was solid on Thursday, allowing just 1 run over 5 innings of work, and he left the game with a 2-run lead. But RHP Emerson Nelo gave up 3 runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief, and RHP Frederick De La Cruz surrendered 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning to suffer the loss. This year’s 26th-round draft pick for the A’s, first baseman Charles Gould, had 2 hits and a walk and drove in a pair, while 34th-round shortstop Casey Thomas had 2 singles, drove in a run and stole a base, and catcher Robert Mullen and right fielder Robert Martinez each doubled and scored a run in the loss.

 

Friday’s Games:

New Orleans @ Nashville – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

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

Stockton @ San Jose – 7:00pm PT

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

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

AZL Cubs @ AZL A’s – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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