Thursday, July 6th: Sounds Win behind Nunez’s Big Bat while Stockton Stages Comeback Win and Hounds Fall in a Walk-Off

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (3 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (3 for 5 / 2 HRs / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds             11

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  7

WP – Finnegan 1-0 / 5.40

HR – Nunez 2 (24)

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(3 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

Third baseman Renato Nunez did his part to help Nashville snap a four-game skid on Thursday. The 23-year-old Venezuelan collected 3 hits, including a pair of home runs to extend his league-leading total to 24, while also driving in 5 runs. Right fielder Mark Canha singled, doubled twice and scored twice, while first baseman Jermaine Curtis doubled, singled twice, walked and drove in a run, and shortstop Joey Wendle had 2 hits, including a run-scoring triple, for the Sounds. Starter Jesse Hahn allowed 4 runs over 3 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Kyle Finnegan tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, and RHP Simon Castro got the final two outs in the 9th to notch his 4th save for Nashville.

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TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  1

Springfield Cardinals      2

LP – Sturdevant 1-2 / 6.00

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dustin Hurlbutt

(6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 3 K)

 

A walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th brought the RockHounds their sixth loss in their last seven games on Thursday. Starter Dustin Hurlbutt threw 6 scoreless innings and left the game with the RockHounds up by a run, but LHP Brandon Mann was charged with 1 unearned run in the 7th, and RHP Tyler Sturdevant then gave up the game-winning homer with one out in the bottom of the 9th to suffer his 2nd loss for Midland. Left fieder Jordan Tarsovich had a pair of doubles, while designated hitter B.J. Boyd and right fielder Tyler Ramirez both singled, doubled and walked, and second baseman Max Schrock drew a pair of walks and doubled in the RockHounds’ only run in the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports        7

Inland Empire 66ers  6

WP – Wagman 2-2 / 3.41

HR – M.White (8)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Shortstop Mikey White

(3 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

Stockton mounted a big late-inning comeback to claim its second straight victory against Inland Empire on Thursday. Rehabbing A’s RHP Chris Bassitt started the game and struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning. He was replaced on the mound by RHP Brendan Butler, who surrendered 6 runs in 6 innings of work, and his team was down by 5 runs when his work was done in the 7th. Shortstop Mikey White singled, doubled, homered, scored twice and drove in 3, while designated hitter Eli White doubled twice and scored a run, and right fielder Seth Brown singled, tripled and drove in 3 runs, including the tying and winning runs in the top of the 9th for Stockton. RHP Joey Wagman tossed a scoreless 8th and 9th to pick up the win for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  0

Peoria Chiefs        4

LP – Martinez 1-4 / 2.88

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Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Edwin Diaz

(2 for 3 / Double / Walk)

 

The Snappers were shut out for the second straight night on Thursday. 23-year-old Cuban RHP Miguel Romero made the start and threw 3 scoreless innings. He was replaced by RHP Seth Martinez, who allowed 4 runs in 3 innings of relief to suffer the loss for the Snappers. Despite being shut out, Beloit batters managed to notch 9 hits on Thursday. Third baseman Edwin Diaz singled, doubled and walked, while first baseman Miguel Mercedes had 2 hits, including a double, and center fielder Mike Martin singled twice for the Snappers in the loss.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  2

Connecticut Tigers             0

WP – Tovar 1-0 / 2.35

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Oscar Tovar

(5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

The Lake Monsters shut out Connecticut on 4 hits on Wednesday to win their third straight and sweep their three-game series with the Tigers. This year’s 8th-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Brian Howard, made the start and tossed 2 scoreless innings in his pro debut before being replaced by 19-year-old Venezuelan RHP Oscar Tovar, who threw 5 scoreless frames to earn his 1st victory for Vermont. 6-foot-6 Dominican RHP Wandisson Charles tossed 2 scoreless innings to complete the shutout and earn his 2nd save for the Lake Monsters. 11th-round shortstop Ryan Gridley singled, doubled, walked and scored a run in the win.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL A’s       4

AZL Angels  6

LP – Reagan 0-1 / 20.25

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Prospect Of The Game:

Catcher Skyler Weber

(2 for 4 / 2 Doubles / RBI)

 

The AZL A’s suffered their ninth loss in eleven games on Thursday. Last year’s 18th-round draft pick for the A’s, catcher Skyler Weber, doubled twice and drove in a run, while this year’s 3rd-round pick, shortstop Nick Allen, singled twice but was picked off both times. 17-year-old Puerto Rican RHP Osvaldo Berrios made the start and allowed 1 run in 2 innings of work, while 15th-round LHP Josh Reagan gave up 3 runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief to suffer the loss in his pro debut.

 

Friday’s Games:

Memphis @ Nashville – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

Midland @ Springfield – 5:10pm PT / 7:10pm CT

Stockton @ Lancaster – 6:35pm PT

Kane County @ Beloit – 5:00 PT / 7:00pm CT

Hudson Valley @ Vermont – 4:05pm PT / 7:05pm ET

 

Renato Nunez

Renato Nunez

 

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