Saturday, July 16th: Maxwell’s Big Bat Leads Sounds to Victory while Hounds Fall Despite Alcantara’s Solid Start

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Catcher Bruce Maxwell (5 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 6 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Catcher Bruce Maxwell (5 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 6 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds   19

El Paso Chihuahuas  5

WP – Neal 7-2 / 3.21

HR – Pinder 2 (12), Maxwell 2 (9), Alcantara (7)

Prospect Of The Game:

Catcher Bruce Maxwell

(5 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 6 RBIs)

Whether it’s due to Ryon Healy’s recent promotion to Oakland or something in the water in El Paso, a number of Nashville’s position players have appeared to be pretty inspired at the plate lately. And no one has been hotter than catcher Bruce Maxwell. The backstop had a career day on Saturday, collecting 5 hits, including a pair of home runs, while driving in 6 runs for the Sounds. And Maxwell is now 10 for 14 with 4 home runs and 10 RBIs in the first three games of Nashville’s four-game series in El Paso. Shortstop Chad Pinder also swatted a pair of home runs on Saturday, while left fielder Arismendy Alcantara doubled twice and homered, and center fielder Jaycob Brugman had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs for Nashville. Starter Zach Neal allowed 3 runs over 5 innings of work to pick up the win as the Sounds won their fourth straight on Saturday.

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TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  0

San Antonio Missions    1

LP – Alcantara 5-6 / 4.80

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

(6 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K)

 

RHP Raul Alcantara turned in a strong start for the RockHounds, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits while walking none and striking out 8 over 6 innings of work, but he still ended up suffering his 6th loss. The Hounds were shut out on 6 hits on Saturday. Center fielder Brett Vertigan singled twice in the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts    13

Stockton Ports  2

LP – Wagman 3-6 / 4.23

HR – Boyd (4)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder B.J. Boyd

(2 for 3 / Home Run / Walk / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Joey Wagman allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, over 3 innings of work to suffer his 6th loss on Saturday. Center fielder B.J. Boyd singled, walked, homered and drove in a pair, while third baseman Jose Brizuela doubled, walked and singled twice for Stockton.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers              0

Bowling Green Hot Rods  4

LP – Duno 5-4 / 2.42

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dustin Hurlbutt

(5 2/3 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 6 K)

 

Starter Angel Duno gave up 3 runs in just 2 1/3 innings of work to take the loss, while RHP Dustin Hurlbutt was solid, allowing just 1 run while striking out 6 over 5 2/3 innings in relief. The Snappers were shut out on 6 hits on Saturday. Center fielder Skye Bolt doubled and walked, while first baseman Chris Iriart went 0 for 4 in his return to the Snappers, and outfielder Mike Martin was placed on the disabled list on Saturday.

 

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

Williamsport Crosscutters   5

Vermont Lake Monsters   4

LP – Alejo 0-2 / 1.50

HR – Barrera (2)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Luis Barrera

(2 for 4 / Home Run / Walk)

 

Starter Xavier Altamirano allowed 2 runs over 5 innings of work and left the game with a 1-run lead on Saturday, but RHP Yordy Alejo gave up the winning run in the top of the 11th inning to suffer his 2nd loss for the Lake Monsters. Center fielder Luis Barrera singled, walked and homered, while designated hitter Eli White singled, doubled, walked twice and drove in a run for Vermont.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL A’s          4

AZL Dodgers  7

LP – Camacho 1-1 / 4.61

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Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Javier Godard

(3 for 5 / 3 Doubles / RBI / Stolen Base)

 

This year’s 4th-round draft pick for the A’s, 19-year-old RHP Skylar Szynski, tossed 2 scoreless innings to start things off right on Saturday, but LHP Kevin Duchene gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in 4 innings of relief, and RHP Joseph Camacho surrendered the tying run in the bottom of the 9th as well as a game-winning 3-run homer in the bottom of the 10th to take the loss. Second baseman Javier Godard collected 3 doubles, drove in a run and stole a base, while catcher Robert Mullen singled, doubled and drew 3 walks, and third baseman Jesus Lage singled in a run in the loss.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Nashville @ El Paso – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 4:00pm PT / 6:00pm CT

Modesto @ Stockton – 6:10pm PT

Beloit @ Bowling Green – 2:05pm PT / 4:05pm CT

Vermont @ Connecticut – 1:05pm PT / 4:05pm ET

 

 

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