Thursday, August 18th: Blanco Pitches AZL A’s to Victory while Mengden, Bracewell & Naile Suffer Losses for Sounds, Hounds & Ports

A’s Prospect Of The Day: AZL A’s Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 2/3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: AZL A’s Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 2/3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Indians  1

AZL A’s        6

WP – Blanco 4-4 / 2.84

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Argenis Blanco

(5 2/3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

RHP Argenis Blanco turned in another impressive outing for the AZL A’s, striking out 8 over 5 2/3 shutout innings to earn his 4th win on Thursday, and the 20-year-old Venezuelan has now failed to allow more than 2 earned runs in each of his last 10 appearances. 19-year-old Dominican RHP Wandisson Charles gave up 1 run in 3 1/3 innings of relief to earn his 1st save. This year’s 21st-round draft pick for the A’s, left fielder Kyle Nowlin, had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair, while 28th-round second baseman Josh Vidales singled, doubled and drove in a run, and 2015 11th-round center fielder James Terrell walked, doubled in a run and scored twice for the A’s in Thursday’s win.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tacoma Rainiers     6

Nashville Sounds  4

LP – Mengden 6-2 / 1.79

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Prospect Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Colin Walsh

(1 for 3 / Double / Walk / 2 RBIs)

 

After failing to allow more than 2 earned runs in any outing at Triple-A, RHP Daniel Mengden had his first rough start this season for the Sounds, giving up 4 runs over 5 innings of work to suffer his 2nd loss for Nashville. LHP Sean Doolittle walked 1 and struck out a pair in 1 scoreless inning of relief in his second rehab appearance for the Sounds. Designated hitter Colin Walsh walked and doubled in a pair, while shortstop Arismendy Alcantara singled twice and drove in a run, and third baseman Matt Chapman went 0 for 3 with a pair of walks in his second game for the Sounds.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Tulsa Drillers                  8

Midland RockHounds  6

LP – Bracewell 7-2 / 1.98

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder James Harris

(3 for 4 / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

RHP Ben Bracewell had a rare rough outing for the RockHounds on Thursday, allowing 6 runs, 5 earned, in just 3 innings of work to suffer his 2nd loss, while RHP Corey Walter threw 3 scoreless frames in relief. Left fielder James Harris came up big in just his second game for Midland, collecting 3 hits, including a two-run double in the 9th, while center fielder Brett Vertigan singled and tripled, and shortstop Franklin Barreto had 2 hits and a walk, stole a base and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   2

Visalia Rawhide   4

LP – Naile 3-1 / 4.26

HR – Brizuela (14)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Jose Brizuela

(2 for 4 / Home Run)

 

Starter James Naile allowed 3 runs over 5 innings of work to suffer his 1st loss for Stockton on Thursday. Third baseman Jose Brizuela belted his 14th home run, his 4th in the last 5 days, while shortstop Richie Martin collected 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and right fielder Seth Brown had a pair of hits for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  2

Burlington Bees    3

LP – Huber 1-5 / 2.76

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dustin Hurlbutt

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

 

RHP Dustin Hurlbutt gave up just 1 earned run in his fifth straight start for the Snappers on Thursday. He was also charged with 1 unearned run in his 6 1/3 innings of work, while RHP Rob Huber allowed another unearned run in relief to take the loss on Thursday. Second baseman Trent Gilbert had 2 hits, including a double, while first baseman Michael Soto and right fielder Luis Barrera both doubled, and designated hitter Brett Siddall drove in a pair for the Snappers.

 

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

GAME #1

Vermont Lake Monsters   1

West Virginia Black Bears  5

LP – Sawyer 0-2 / 3.45

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Brandon Bailey

(5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 5 K)

 

This year’s 6th-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Brandon Bailey, turned in another strong start for the Lake Monsters, allowing just 1 run while striking out 5 over 5 innings of work, and he left with the game a 1-1 tie on Thursday. But 9th-round LHP Dalton Sawyer gave up 4 runs, 2 earned, in 1 inning of relief to suffer his 2nd loss. Second baseman Eric Marinez doubled and scored, and first baseman Miguel Mercedes drove in Vermont’s sole run with a sacrifice fly as the Lake Monsters lost the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader.

 

GAME #2

Vermont Lake Monsters   5

West Virginia Black Bears  1

WP – Chalmers 5-2 / 4.09

HR – Persico (2)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dakota Chalmers

(5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

RHP Dakota Chalmers was solid in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader, allowing just 1 run over 5 innings of work to earn his 5th victory for Vermont. This years 12th-round draft pick for the A’s, first baseman Luke Persico, homered and doubled, while catcher Nick Collins doubled with the bases loaded to drive in 3 runs for the Lake Monsters.

 

Friday’s Games:

Tacoma @ Nashville – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

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

Bakersfield @ Stockton – 7:10pm PT

Beloit @ Wisconsin – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Vermont @ West Virginia – 4:05pm PT / 7:05pm ET

AZL A’s @ AZL Reds – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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