Friday, June 30th: Ports Win Behind Bolt’s Grand Slam while Matt Chapman & Norge Ruiz Are Set to Join Stockton

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Skye Bolt (2 for 4 / Grand Slam)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Skye Bolt (2 for 4 / Grand Slam)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Visalia Rawhide   5

Stockton Ports   8

WP – Friedrichs 1-0 / 9.00

HR – Siddall (11), Bolt (8), Ramirez (7), Raga (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Skye Bolt

(2 for 4 / Grand Slam)

Stockton won with the help of four home runs on Friday, the biggest of which came off the bat of center fielder Skye Bolt. With the bases loaded, two outs and the Ports down by two runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Bolt stepped to the plate and slugged a grand slam to give Stockton a lead it would never surrender. Left fielder Tyler Ramirez, designated hitter Brett Siddall and catcher Argenis Raga each homered in the first two frames, but the Ports were still down by a pair of runs before Bolt’s big blast. Starter Kyle Friedrichs allowed 5 runs over 5 innings of work in his return to Stockton from Double-A Midland, but he still managed to pick up the win for the Ports. RHPs Joey Wagman and Armando Ruiz each tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, with Ruiz securing his 1st save for Stockton. In other news, first baseman Chris Iriart was placed on the disabled list on Friday, while Stockton LHP Cody Stull was reassigned to the RockHounds. 23-year-old Cuban RHP Norge Ruiz was promoted from the AZL A’s to the Ports and is scheduled to make his first start for Stockton on Saturday, and A’s third baseman Matt Chapman is also set to join Stockton on Saturday on a rehab assignment.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Oklahoma City Dodgers  12

Nashville Sounds            6

LP – Walter 2-4 / 5.48

HR – Canha (7)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Mark Canha

(2 for 4 / Home Run / Walk)

 

The Sounds suffered their seventh loss in their last nine games on Friday. RHP Corey Walter had his roughest start of the year, surrendering 11 runs over just 2 2/3 innings to notch his 4th loss for Nashville. Right fielder Mark Canha singled, walked and slugged his 7th home run for the Sounds, while first baseman Matt McBride singled, doubled and walked, and designated hitter Beau Taylor walked and doubled in a run in the loss. Meanwhile, RHP Ben Bracewell returned to Nashville from the RockHounds and is set to make the start for the Sounds on Saturday.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Springfield Cardinals     8

Midland RockHounds  2

LP – Meisner 0-1 / 8.31

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Prospect Of The Game:

Catcher Sean Murphy

(3 for 4 / RBI)

 

The RockHounds went down to defeat for the seventh time in their last nine games on Friday. Starter Casey Meisner surrendered 4 runs over over 4 1/3 frames to suffer the loss in his Double-A debut. Catcher Sean Murphy collected 3 hits for the second straight night and also drove in a run, while right fielder J.P. Sportman tripled, doubled and scored a run, and center fielder B.J. Boyd and second baseman Max Schrock had a pair of hits apiece in the loss. In other news, RockHounds RHP Ben Bracewell was reassigned to the Sounds, while LHP Cody Stull returned to the RockHounds from the Ports on Friday, and RHP Dustin Hurlbutt is set to make his Double-A debut for Midland on Saturday.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  7

Beloit Snappers                 4

LP – Erwin 1-1 / 2.78

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder JaVon Shelby

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

LHP Zack Erwin allowed 3 runs over 4 2/3 frames to suffer his 1st loss for the Snappers on Friday. Right fielder JaVon Shelby had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while center fielder Luis Barrera and designated hitter Miguel Mercedes both singled and doubled, and second baseman Trace Loehr singled and drove in a pair of runs for the Snappers in the loss.

 

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

Staten Island Yankees       0

Vermont Lake Monsters  1

WP – Andueza 2-0 / 0.00

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Ivan Andueza

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

 

This year’s 7th-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Parker Dunshee, tossed 2 scoreless innings in his first start for the Lake Monsters on Friday. He was replaced by 22-year-old Venezuelan LHP Ivan Andueza, who threw 4 scoreless frames in relief to earn his 2nd victory for Vermont. Designated hitter Jordan Devencenzi walked and doubled in the Lake Monsters’ only run, while this year’s 10th-round pick, right fielder Jack Meggs, doubled, walked, stole a base and scored a run in the win.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL A’s       3

AZL Giants  8

LP – Falk 0-1 / 9.00

Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Alonzo Medina

(1 for 4 / Double)

The AZL A’s scored 3 runs on just 4 hits on Friday. 18-year-old Dominican first baseman Alonzo Medina doubled, while 18-year-old Cuban left fielder Lazaro Armenteros, center fielder Mickey McDonald and third baseman Justin Jones each singled in the loss. This year’s 17th-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Josh Falk, made the start and allowed 2 runs over 2 innings to suffer the loss, while 21-year-old Venezuelan LHP Jhenderson Hurtado gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in 4 innings of work, and 24th-round RHP Slater Lee surrendered 3 runs, 2 earned, in 2 innings of relief for the A’s.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Oklahoma City @ Nashville – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

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

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:10pm PT

Wisconsin @ Beloit – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Lowell @ Vermont – 3:05pm PT / 6:05pm ET

AZL Giants @ AZL A’s – 7:00pm PT

 

Skye Bolt

Skye Bolt

 

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