Thursday, May 11th: Martin Helps Hounds Mount Comeback Win while Sounds & Ports Both Drop 4th Straight

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Richie Martin (2 for 4 / Double / 2 Runs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Richie Martin (2 for 4 / Double / 2 Runs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

Corpus Christi Hooks     1

WP – Trivino 4-0 / 0.61

Prospect Of The Game:

Shortstop Richie Martin

(2 for 4 / Double / 2 Runs)

The RockHounds were shut out on 3 hits through the first 7 innings on Thursday. And the Hounds were down 1-0 in the top of the 8th inning, when shortstop Richie Martin doubled and eventually came around to score the tying run on right fielder J.P. Sportman‘s sacrifice fly. Then, later in the same inning, designated hitter Tyler Marincov singled in center fielder Brett Vertigan, who’d also singled, to provide the margin of victory for Midland. Martin also singled to lead off the 6th but was left stranded and later came in to score an insurance run for the RockHounds in the top of the 9th. Starter Heath Fillmyer allowed 1 run over 4 innings of work and exited with his team down by a run. LHP Brandon Mann and RHP Lou Trivino each tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, with Mann extending his scoreless-innings streak to 17 1/3, and Trivino picking up his 4th win. RHP Kyle Finnegan pitched a perfect 9th to post his 5th save as the Hounds won for the eighth time in their last nine games.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Albuquerque Isotopes  7

Nashville Sounds       5

LP – Kurcz 2-3 / 6.75

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Smith

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

 

Despite another strong outing by starter Chris Smith, the Sounds lost their fourth straight on Thursday. Smith allowed 2 runs and struck out 6 over 6 innings of work. He left with his team holding a 2-run edge, but Nashville’s bullpen couldn’t hang on to the lead. RHP Michael Brady allowed 1 unearned run in the 7th, while RHP Aaron Kurcz gave up 2 runs in the 8th to take the loss, and RHP Tyler Sturdevant surrendered 2 more runs in the top of the 9th for the Sounds. Catcher Matt McBride doubled with the bases loaded to drive in 3 runs and give Nashville the lead in the 4th, while second baseman Joey Wendle singled, doubled and drove in a run, and first baseman Matt Olson drew a pair of walks and notched his 2nd stolen base of the season for the Sounds. In other news, the A’s optioned RHP Jharel Cotton to Nashville on Thursday. And the Sounds now have six starting pitchers on the roster – Cotton, Raul Alcantara, Daniel Gossett, Paul Blackburn, Zach Neal and Chris Smith – as well as rehabbing starters Daniel Mengden, Chris Bassitt and Sean Manaea.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports         3

Lake Elsinore Storm  6

LP – Hurlbutt 1-2 / 3.90

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Seth Brown

(1 for 4 / Triple / RBI)

 

Starter Dustin Hurlbutt had a shaky outing for Stockton, surrendering 5 runs over 4 2/3 innings to suffer his 2nd loss as the Ports dropped their fourth straight on Thursday. RHP Boomer Biegalski allowed 1 run in 3 1/3 innings of relief for Stockton. Right fielder Seth Brown tripled in the tying run in the top of the 4th for the Ports, while first baseman Chris Iriart doubled in the go-ahead run later in the same inning. Shortstop Eli White had 3 singles in the game and stole a base, and catcher Jose Chavez collected a pair of hits for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers         2

Fort Wayne TinCaps  10

LP – Damron 1-4 / 4.05

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Luke Persico

(1 for 4 / Triple / RBI)

 

LHP Ty Damron got things off to a rough start for the Snappers, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, in just 1 2/3 innings to suffer the loss on Thursday, while his tandem-pitching partner, RHP Michael Murray, was charged with 4 unearned runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Left fielder Luke Persico tripled in a run, while designated hitter Kyle Nowlin singled in a run, and shortstop Eric Marinez and first baseman Miguel Mercedes both doubled in the loss.

 

Friday’s Games:

Albuquerque @ Nashville – 4:35pm PT / 6:35pm CT

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

Stockton @ Lancaster – 6:35pm PT

Beloit @ Fort Wayne – 4:05pm PT / 6:05pm CT

 

Richie Martin

Richie Martin

 

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