Friday, July 8th: Bowers Pitches Vermont to Victory while Seddon’s Solid Start Isn’t Enough for Hounds & Sounds Drop 3rd Straight

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Heath Bowers (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Heath Bowers (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 4 K)

 

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

Batavia Muckdogs             1

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

WP – Bowers 2-2 / 1.04

HR – Mercedes (4)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Heath Bowers

(6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

RHP Heath Bowers, last year’s 24th-round draft pick for the A’s, turned in another outstanding start for the Lake Monsters on Friday, allowing just 1 unearned run on 2 hits over 6 innings of work to earn his 2nd win, and he’s now given up just 3 earned runs over 26 innings for Vermont this season. RHP Marc Berube tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, while RHP Nolan Blackwood pitched a perfect 9th to notch his 2nd save. First baseman Miguel Mercedes belted a 2-run homer, while second baseman Eric Marinez singled in a pair of runs, and shortstop Eli White singled twice and walked in the win.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

New Orleans Zephyrs  5

Nashville Sounds       1

LP – Neal 6-2 / 3.02

HR – Ravelo (5)

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Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Rangel Ravelo

(1 for 2 / Home Run)

 

RHP Zach Neal had a shaky start for the Sounds on Friday, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, over 5 innings of work to suffer his 2nd loss in a game that ended after 6 innings due to rain. First baseman Rangel Ravelo homered for Nashville’s only run, while shortstop Arismendy Alcantara doubled, and catcher Bruce Maxwell had a pair of singles as the Sounds dropped their third straight on Friday.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals   5

Midland RockHounds   3

LP – Seddon 3-7 / 5.86

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Joel Seddon

(6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 5 K)

 

RHP Joel Seddon turned in his third straight quality start for the RockHounds on Friday, allowing 2 runs over 6 innings of work, but he still ended up suffering his 7th loss for Midland. Third baseman Matt Chapman tripled in a pair of runs, while second baseman Franklin Barreto singled, doubled and scored twice, and let fielder J.P. Sportman singled twice and drove in a run for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports    7

San Jose Giants  11

LP – Wagman 3-5 / 3.98

HR – Harris (3)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder James Harris

(3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 RBIs / Stolen Base)

 

Stockton starter Kyle Friedrichs allowed 3 runs over 5 innings of work and left the game with a 2-run lead on Friday. But a fielding error by first baseman Sandber Pimentel opened the door to a big inning in the bottom of the 7th. RHP Joey Wagman was charged with 6 runs, just 1 earned, and suffered the loss for Stockton. Center fielder James Harris had 3 hits, including a 2-run homer, and stole his 17th base, while left fielder B.J. Boyd tripled in a run, and catcher Iolana Akau had 2 hits and drove in a pair for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Burlington Bees    3

Beloit Snappers  0

LP – Manarino 7-4 / 2.33

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Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Trent Gilbert

(1 for 4 / Double / Stolen Base)

 

The Snappers were shut out on just 5 hits on Friday. LHP Evan Manarino allowed 3 runs over 6 innings of work to suffer his 4th loss. Second baseman Trent Gilbert doubled for Beloit’s only extra-base hit of the game and also stole a base, while third baseman Ryan Howell singled and drew a pair of walks for the Snappers. Meanwhile, first baseman Michael Soto was placed on the disabled on Friday.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Cubs  6

AZL A’s    3

LP – Tovar 0-1 / 5.40

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Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Josh Vidales

(3 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

18-year-old Venezuelan RHP Oscar Tovar allowed 3 runs over 5 innings of work to take the loss in his Arizona League debut on Friday. This year’s 28th-round draft pick for the A’s, second baseman Josh Vidales, collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while designated hitter Robert Martinez singled, doubled and scored a run, and catcher Skyler Weber had a pair of singles in the loss.

 

Saturday’s Games:

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

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

Stockton @ San Jose – 5:00pm PT

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

Batavia @ Vermont – 3:05pm PT / 6:05pm ET

AZL A’s @ AZL Reds – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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