Sunday, April 9th: Jefferies Shines in Stockton Debut while Nashville’s Chapman Lands on DL

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Daulton Jefferies (4 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Daulton Jefferies (4 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes  1

Stockton Ports                       2

WP – Navas 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Brown (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Daulton Jefferies

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

RHP Daulton Jefferies, the A’s second overall pick in last year’s draft, made his debut start for Stockton on Sunday and looked impressive. The 21-year-old, who grew up about 60 miles down the road from Banner Island Ballpark in Atwater, allowed just two base runners over 4 scoreless innings of work. With two outs in the 1st inning, Jefferies surrendered two consecutive singles then proceeded to retire the next 10 batters he faced and exited the game with a 1-run lead. Jefferies’ tandem-pitching partner, LHP Evan Manarino, replaced him on the mound and allowed 1 run in 4 innings of relief and left with the game a 1-1 tie. Right fielder Seth Brown was Stockton’s hitting hero of the day, homering in the 4th inning to give his team a 1-run lead. Then, in the bottom of the 9th inning, pinch-runner Skye Bolt took the opportunity to come all the way around from first base to score the winning run when Brown tried to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out at second base, as the Ports posted a walk-off win in unusual fashion on Sunday. RHP Carlos Navas picked up the win after tossing a scoreless top of the 9th for the Ports.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds      1

Round Rock Express  7

LP – Blackburn 0-1 / 1.50

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Paul Blackburn

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

 

RHP Paul Blackburn, acquired from Seattle in exchange for Danny Valencia, was solid in his first start for the Sounds, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, over 6 innings of work, but he ended up suffering the loss on Sunday. RHP Josh Smith surrendered 5 runs in just 2/3 of an inning, while RHP Chris Jensen tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Jensen was added to the Sounds roster on Sunday when third baseman Matt Chapman was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a left wrist injury. Nashville managed just 5 hits on the day. Designated hitter Ryan Lavarnway singled and doubled, while center fielder Jaff Decker walked and singled in the Sounds’ only run on Sunday.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Springfield Cardinals      6

Midland RockHounds  3

LP – Friedrichs 0-1 / 10.80

HR – Martin (1)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Shortstop Richie Martin

(2 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Midland starter Ben Bracewell allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings of work and left with the game a 1-1 tie on Sunday. His starting-tandem mate, RHP Kyle Friedrichs, gave up 5 runs, 4 earned, over 3 1/3 innings to take the loss. 2015’s top draft pick for the A’s, shortstop Richie Martin, had 2 hits, including a 2-run, inside-the-park home run, while designated hitter Max Schrock, second baseman Melvin Mercedes and outfielders B.J. Boyd and Brett Vertigan had a pair of hits apiece in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers          1

Cedar Rapids Kernels  6

LP – Bailey 0-1 / 9.00

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Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Nate Mondou

(2 for 4)

 

Last year’s 6th-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Brandon Bailey, allowed 3 runs in 3 innings of work to suffer the loss in his first start for the Snappers on Sunday. He was replaced on the mound by his tandem-pitching partner, RHP Matt Milburn, who gave up 3 runs in 4 innings of relief for Beloit. After collecting 3 hits in Saturday’s game, second baseman Nate Mondou added 2 more hits on Sunday, while right fielder Luis Barrera singled, walked and scored a run, and left fielder Cole Gruber singled in the Snappers’ only run in the loss. And with outfielder Mike Martin landing on the disabled list, outfielder Luke Persico was added to the Snappers roster on Sunday.

 

Monday’s Games:

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

Springfield @ Midland – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

Modesto @ Stockton – 7:10pm PT

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

 

 

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