Monday, June 19th: Sounds Suffer Pair of Shutout Losses while Puk Makes Double-A Debut & Vermont Starts Season

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Smith (6 IP / 8 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Smith (6 IP / 8 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

GAME #1

New Orleans Baby Cakes  1

Nashville Sounds             0

LP – Smith 1-2 / 2.03

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Smith

(6 IP / 8 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)

The Sounds were shut out on just 2 hits in the completion of a game that was suspended after 3 scoreless innings on April 30. RHP Zach Neal was the game’s original starter, but RHP Chris Smith took the mound when play resumed on Monday. The 36-year-old was outstanding, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings of work, but he still ended up suffering his 2nd loss for the Sounds. Third baseman Jermaine Curtis and second baseman Joey Wendle notched Nashville’s only hits in the loss.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

GAME #2

New Orleans Baby Cakes  6

Nashville Sounds             0

LP – Hurlbutt 0-1 / 15.00

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

(4 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K)

 

The Sounds were shut out for a second time in Monday’s second game, this time on 4 hits. RHP Dustin Hurlbutt was promoted from Stockton to make the start and surrendered 5 runs over 3 innings of work to suffer the loss. RHP Zach Neal allowed 1 run in 4 innings of relief for the Sounds. Shortstop Melvin Mercedes, second baseman Joey Wendle, third baseman Jermaine Curtis and designated hitter Franklin Barreto all singled in the loss.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  1

Frisco RoughRiders       3

LP – Puk 0-1 / 3.86

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Puk

(7 IP / 4 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 7 K)

 

Despite a few bad breaks in the field, LHP A.J. Puk was solid in his Double-A debut for Midland on Monday. The 22-year-old allowed 3 runs on just 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7 over 7 innings of work to suffer the loss for the RockHounds. RHP Tyler Sturdevant tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief in his first appearance for Midland, while second baseman Max Schrock had a pair of hits and drove in the RockHounds’ only run, and left fielder B.J. Boyd and third baseman Yairo Munoz each singled twice and stole a base in the loss. In other news, RockHounds RHP Lou Trivino was reassigned to the Sounds on Monday, while RHP Brett Graves was placed on the disabled list with a lower leg injury, and former Midland outfielder James Harris, who had been playing for Stockton this season, was released by the organization.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  0

Lowell Spinners                 0

Vermont’s season opener was suspended due to rain with the game a scoreless tie with one out in the top of the third inning on Monday. The match will resume prior to Tuesday’s scheduled contest. You can find Vermont’s opening day roster here.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

New Orleans @ Nashville (Game #1) – 3:35pm PT / 5:35pm CT

New Orleans @ Nashville (Game #2)

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

Vermont @ Lowell (Game #1) – 2:45pm PT / 5:45pm ET

Vermont @ Lowell (Game #2)

 

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

 

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