Saturday, April 15th: Butler Leads Beloit to Shutout Victory while Graves Shines in Stockton’s Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Brendan Butler (4 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Brendan Butler (4 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Peoria Chiefs         0

Beloit Snappers  12

WP – Gilbert 2-0 / 4.50

HR – Diaz (3), Mercedes (3), Shelby (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Brendan Butler

(4 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K)

Three pitchers combined to throw a 5-hit shutout for the Snappers on Saturday. Starter Brendan Butler, who threw 4 1/3 no-hit innings in his last appearance, allowed just 2 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 4 shutout frames on Saturday. LHP Will Gilbert then pitched a perfect 5th to pick up the win, while Butler’s tandem-pitching partner, LHP Ty Damron, tossed 4 scoreless innings in relief to earn the save for the Snappers. Third baseman Edwin Diaz had 3 hits, including a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 3rd to put Beloit on the board, and ended up driving in a total of 3 runs on the day. Second baseman Nate Mondou singled, doubled and also drove in 3, while center fielder JaVon Shelby singled, scored twice and slugged a 3-run homer in the 6th, and first baseman Miguel Mercedes smacked a 2-run shot later in the same inning to wrap up the Snappers 12-run outburst on Saturday.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  6

Nashville Sounds              1

LP – Blackburn 0-2 / 2.25

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Paul Blackburn

(6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 8 K)

 

RHP Paul Blackburn turned in his second straight solid start for the Sounds on Saturday and once again ended up suffering the loss. Blackburn allowed 2 runs, both in the 1st inning, while striking out 8 over 6 innings of work as Nashville dropped its 4th straight. Sounds hitters scored just 1 run on Saturday and have now managed to push just 4 runs across the plate over their last 4 games. Matt Olson, getting a rare start at third base, singled and walked in the game, while Renato Nunez, making his first career start at second base, made a fielding error in the top of the 8th but scored the Sounds’ only run on first baseman Matt McBride’s RBI single in the bottom of the 8th.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

Tulsa Drillers                  6

LP – Mann 1-1 / 7.04

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Corey Walter

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

 

After throwing 4 no-hit innings in his last appearance, RHP Corey Walter was outstanding again for the RockHounds, allowing just 2 hits over 4 scoreless frames on Saturday. But his tandem-starting mate, LHP Brandon Mann, who’d failed to allow a run in his previous two outings, surrendered 6 runs on just 2/3 of an inning to suffer the loss. Center fielder Brett Vertigan was the Hounds’ hitting star, collecting 4 hits, including a double, while shortstop Richie Martin and left fielder J.P. Sportman both doubled, and third baseman Jordan Tarsovich drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds in the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports    6

San Jose Giants   3

WP – Meisner 1-2 / 12.46

HR – Brown (2)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Brett Graves

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

 

Starter Brett Graves had his third straight strong outing for Stockton, throwing 4 scoreless frames on Saturday. 2014’s 3rd-round draft pick for the A’s has now allowed just 1 run over his first 11 1/3 innings so far this season. And despite being charged with 3 runs in 3 2/3 innings of relief, Graves’ tandem-pitching partner, RHP Casey Meisner, picked up the win for the Ports. RHP Nolan Blackwood tossed a scoreless 9th to notch his 2nd save for Stockton. Right fielder Seth Brown slugged a 2-run homer in the top of the 7th and also drove in Stockton’s first run in the 5th, while center fielder Tyler Ramirez collected 4 hits and scored a run in the 6th. Catcher Iolana Akau singled twice, doubled and drove in a run, and first baseman Sandber Pimentel went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and a walk in his first game since returning from the disabled list. In a corresponding move, Stockton outfielder Skye Bolt was placed on the 7-day disabled list on Saturday.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Colorado Springs @ Nashville – 12:05pm PT / 2:05pm CT

Midland @ Springfield – 2:10pm PT / 4:10pm CT

 

 

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