Tuesday, August 9th: Cotton Is Almost Perfect in 1-Hit Shutout for Sounds while Snappers Get No-Hit & Taylor Drives in Game-Winner in 10th for Hounds

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Jharel Cotton (9 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 12 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Jharel Cotton (9 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 12 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds      3

Round Rock Express  0

WP – Cotton 10-5 / 4.33

HR – Nunez (20)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Jharel Cotton

(9 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 12 K / Win)

RHP Jharel Cotton, who was recently acquired from the Dodgers in the Josh Reddick/Rich Hill deal, turned in the top pitching performance of the season for the Sounds on Tuesday. The 24-year-old came within one out of throwing a perfect game before allowing a two-out triple in the bottom of the 9th. Cotton still ended up throwing a one-hit shutout while striking out 12 over his 9 innings of work to earn his 10th win and extend his league-leading strikeout total to 136 in 112 1/3 innings this season. Third baseman Renato Nunez homered for the second straight night, hitting his 20th, a two-run shot in the top of the 6th to put the Sounds on the board, while catcher Matt McBride collected a pair of doubles, and shortstop Chad Pinder walked twice and singled in the only other run for the Sounds.

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TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  7

Tulsa Drillers                  6

WP – Sanchez 6-5 / 3.13

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Prospect Of The Game:

Catcher Beau Taylor

(3 for 5 / Walk / 2 RBIs)

 

With two outs, two men on and the game tied in the top of the 10th inning on Tuesday, catcher Beau Taylor stepped to the plate and singled in the winning run for the RockHounds. Taylor ended the night with 3 hits, a walk and 2 RBIs, while left fielder J.P. Sportman singled, doubled and drove in 2 runs, and third baseman Matt Chapman drew 3 walks and doubled in a pair to extend his league-leading RBI total to 77. Starter Brandon Mann allowed 3 runs over 6 1/3 innings of work and left the game with a three-run lead, but RHP Andres Avila was charged with 3 runs, just 1 earned, in the 8th to tie the game. RHP Jake Sanchez tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win, while RHP Sam Bragg posted his 1st save after getting the final three outs in the bottom of the 10th for Midland. Meanwhile, RHP Kris Hall returned to the RockHounds roster after completing a rehab assignment in Arizona, and designated hitter Joe Bennie went 0 for 5 with an RBI in his first game for the Hounds after being promoted from the Ports.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  1

Modesto Nuts     9

LP – Friedrichs 3-6 / 4.75

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder James Harris

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

Starter Kyle Friedrichs suffered his fifth straight loss for Stockton, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, over 5 innings of work on Tuesday. Center fielder James Harris singled, doubled and drove in a run, while designated hitter John Nogowski had a pair of hits for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers        0

Clinton LumberKings  2

LP – Butler 1-3 / 3.75

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Brendan Butler

(6 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K)

 

The Snappers were no-hit by four Clinton pitches as the team suffered its seventh straight loss on Tuesday. Center fielder Skye Bolt drew Beloit’s only walk of the game. RHP Bredan Butler turned in a strong start, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, while striking out 6 over 6 innings of work, but he still ended up suffering his 3rd loss for the Snappers.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  0

Brooklyn Cyclones             3

LP – Shore 0-1 / 4.50

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Ivan Andueza

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

 

Vermont was shut out on six hits as the Lake Monsters lost their ninth straight on Tuesday. Right fielder Steven Pallares had a pair of hits, and designated hitter Eric Marinez doubled for Vermont’s only extra-base hit of the game. This year’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Logan Shore, allowed 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2 in 2 innings of work to suffer the loss in his second start for the Lake Monsters. But 21-year-old Venezuelan LHP Ivan Andueza was solid in relief, allowing just 1 run while striking out 5 in 5 innings of relief for Vermont.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL A’s       6

AZL Angels  9

LP – Blanco 3-3 / 3.07

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Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Charley Gould

(2 for 5 / RBI)

 

20-year-old Venezuelan RHP Argenis Blanco allowed 2 runs, just 1 earned, over 3 innings of work to suffer his 3rd loss, while a pair of 19-year-old Dominican RHPs, Wandisson Charles and Frederick De La Cruz, each gave up 3 earned runs in relief. This year’s 26th-round draft pick for the A’s, first baseman Charley Gould, had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while designated hitter Roger Gonzalez singled and doubled, and right fielder Jhonny Rodriguez singled, walked and scored twice in his return to the Arizona League from Vermont.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Nashville @ Round Rock – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Midland @ Tulsa – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Stockton @ Modesto – 7:05pm PT

Vermont @ Brooklyn – 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET

AZL Angels @ AZL A’s – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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