Friday, July 14th: Holmes’ Strong Start Helps Hounds Win while Costa’s Big Bat Leads Vermont to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Grant Holmes (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Grant Holmes (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / Win)



Corpus Christi Hooks     1

Midland RockHounds  7

WP – Holmes 6-9 / 4.92

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Grant Holmes

(7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / Win)

RHP Grant Holmes turned in an outstanding start for the RockHounds, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits over 7 innings of work to earn his 6th win on Friday. RHPs Sam Bragg and Tyler Sturdevant each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief for the Hounds. Right fielder J.P. Sportman collected 3 hits and drove in a run, while second baseman Max Schrock singled twice and drove in 3. Designated hitter Jermaine Curtis had 2 hits and a walk and scored twice, and catcher Sean Murphy singled, walked twice and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.

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Nashville Sounds         3

Omaha Storm Chasers  4

LP – Castro 3-5 / 3.32

HR – Barreto (9)



Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Franklin Barreto

(1 for 4 / Home Run)


The Sounds suffered a walk-off loss in Omaha on Friday. Starter Jesse Hahn was charged with 2 unearned runs over 4 1/3 innings of work for Nashville. Catcher Beau Taylor doubled in a run in the 2nd inning, while second baseman Franklin Barreto hit his 9th home run in the 3rd, and first baseman Matt Olson doubled in the go-ahead run in the 5th. But in the bottom of the 9th, RHP Simon Castro gave up a pair of singles before making a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt to allow the tying and winning runs to come around to score as Omaha won in a walk-off on Friday.



Inland Empire 66ers  4

Stockton Ports        3

LP – Manarino 4-6 / 5.26

HR – Barrera (1)



Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Angel Duno

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


RHP Angel Duno turned in a strong start for Stockton on Friday, throwing 5 scoreless frames before exiting the game with a 3-run lead. But LHP Evan Manarino surrendered 4 runs in 4 innings of relief to suffer the loss as Stockton fell for the fifth time in its last six games. Left fielder Luis Barrera singled, walked, stole a base and hit a 2-run homer, while center fielder Skye Bolt doubled, walked, stole a base and scored a run, and second baseman Nate Mondou had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the Ports.



Beloit Snappers  2

Lansing Lugnuts   3

LP – Milburn 5-7 / 4.17

HR – Mercedes (13)



Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Miguel Mercedes

(1 for 4 / Home Run)


Starter Matt Milburn allowed 3 runs, just 1 earned, over 6 innings of work to suffer his 6th loss as the Snappers had their three-game winning streak snapped on Friday. First baseman Miguel Mercedes hit his team-leading 13th home run, while shortstop Eric Marinez singled twice, walked twice and scored a run in the loss.


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

Auburn Doubledays           6

Vermont Lake Monsters  8

WP – Berube 2-0 / 3.72

HR – Terrell (1), Costa (1)



Prospect Of The Game:

Catcher Jarrett Costa

(2 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)


The Lake Monsters staged a late-inning comeback to notch their ninth win in their last eleven games on Friday. Catcher Jarrett Costa clubbed a key 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game, and the winning run came in to score later in the same inning thanks to a throwing error. Shortstop Ryan Gridley doubled in another run in the 8th, while center fielder James Terrell homered in the 4th, and right fielder Anthony Churlin singled twice, drew a walk and drove in a run for the Lake Monsters. Starter Bryce Conley gave up 3 runs in just 1 1/3 innings of work, while RHP Argenis Blanco allowed 3 runs, just 1 earned, over 4 2/3 frames, and RHP Marc Berube threw 3 scoreless innings to earn his 2nd victory for Vermont.


ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Rangers  7

AZL A’s          4

LP – Berrios 0-1 / 13.50



Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Hunter Hargrove

(1 for 4 / Double / 3 RBIs)


17-year-old Puerto Rican RHP Osvaldo Berrios made the start and allowed 5 runs, 4 earned, in just 1 2/3 innings of work to suffer the loss on Friday. This year’s 28th-round draft pick for the A’s, LHP Pat Krall, pitched 2 perfect innings in relief for the A’s. 25th-round first baseman Hunter Hargrove doubled with the bases loaded to drive in 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th, while 18th-round right fielder Mickey McDonald had a pair of hits and a walk, and 3rd-round shortstop Nick Allen singled twice, scored twice and stole a base in the loss.


Saturday’s Games:

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

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Inland Empire @ Stockton – 7:10pm PT

Beloit @ Great Lakes – 4:05pm PT / 6:05pm CT

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

AZL A’s @ AZL D-backs – 7:00pm PT


Grant Holmes

Grant Holmes


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