Wednesday, July 27th: Graves Is Almost Perfect in Ports’ Win while Alcantara Leads Sounds to Shutout Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Brett Graves (8 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Brett Graves (8 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports             2

High Desert Mavericks  1

WP – Graves 5-8 / 5.11

HR – Pimentel (16)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Brett Graves

(8 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / Win)

2014’s 3rd-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Brett Graves, was nearly perfect for the Ports on Wednesday. The 23-year-old allowed just one base runner all night, on an infield single in the 7th inning, and ended up throwing 8 shutout innings to earn his 5th win for Stockton. RHP Carlos Navas notched his 6th save despite giving up a run in the bottom of the 9th to spoil the shutout. First baseman Sandber Pimentel slugged his 16th home run in the 2nd inning to put the Ports on the board, while left fielder James Harris singled in a run in the 7th, and second baseman Mikey White singled, doubled and scored a run for Stockton.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  0

Nashville Sounds              2

WP – Alcantara 1-0 / 0.00

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

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

 

On Wednesday afternoon, RHP Raul Alcantara turned in his second straight impressive start since joining the Sounds last week. The 23-year-old allowed 7 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 7 shutout innings to earn the win, while RHP Ryan Brasier tossed a scoreless 8th, and LHP Patrick Schuster pitched a perfect 9th to complete the 7-hit shutout and pick up his 7th save for the Sounds. Alcantara, who was acquired at the end of 2011 from the Red Sox along with Josh Reddick and Miles Head in return for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney, has now failed to allow an earned run or a walk in 14 innings over his first 2 starts for Nashville. The Sounds managed just 5 hits on the day. Catcher Matt McBride and third baseman Renato Nunez both singled and drove in runs in the win. And with McBride returning to the roster, catcher Jarrett Costa was sent back to the AZL A’s on Wednesday.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       1

Midland RockHounds  4

WP – Bracewell 6-1 / 1.76

HR – Chapman (23), Barreto (8)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Corey Walter

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

 

Converted reliever Corey Walter was solid once again for the RockHounds, allowing just 1 hit over 4 shutout innings on Wednesday. And Walter has now allowed just 1 earned run and 1 walk over his last 12 innings of work. RHP Ben Bracewell took over for Walter and gave up 1 run in 2 2/3 innings of relief to pick up his 6th win, while RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and RHP Bobby Wahl got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 8th save. Third baseman Matt Chapman smacked his league-leading 23rd home run, a 2-run shot in the 3rd inning, while shortstop Franklin Barreto belted his 8th home run in the bottom of the 1st to lead things off for Midland, then singled and scored in the 3rd and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the 7th to complete the scoring for the RockHounds.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  5

Burlington Bees    6

LP – Schwartz 0-1 / 13.50

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Robert Martinez

(2 for 4 / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

Starter Angel Duno allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 5 innings of work and left the game with a 2-run lead on Wednesday, but RHP Jordan Schwartz gave up 3 runs in 2 innings of relief to suffer the loss for the Snappers. Right fielder Robert Martinez singled, doubled and drove in 3 runs, while shortstop Edwin Diaz and designated hitter Chris Iriart had a pair of hits apiece in the loss.

 

Thursday’s Games:

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

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

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:10pm PT

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

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

AZL Giants @ AZL A’s – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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