Thursday, August 3rd: Mercedes Had Big Game in Beloit’s Win while Midland’s Puk Was Near-Perfect through Six

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers First Baseman Miguel Mercedes (3 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers First Baseman Miguel Mercedes (3 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Peoria Chiefs        6

Beloit Snappers  7

WP – Gorman 1-0 / 1.32

HR – Mercedes (14)

Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Miguel Mercedes

(3 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

It might have taken 10 innings, but the Snappers won in a walk-off to notch their seventh victory in their last eight games on Thursday. First baseman Miguel Mercedes had a big night at the plate for Beloit, coming a triple short of a cycle. The 21-year-old collected 3 hits, including his 14th home run and his 21st double, both of which lead the team. And after Beloit was behind 6-0, his 2-run homer in the Snappers’ 4-run 6th brought his team back within 2 runs. Beloit tied the game in the bottom of the 8th. Then, after Peoria’s Dewin Perez walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, center fielder Mike Martin‘s sacrifice fly brought home the winning run as the Snappers won in a walk-off. Martin also tripled and scored a run in the game, while shortstop Eric Marinez singled in a run in the 8th, and catcher Jason Goldstein singled twice and walked twice for Beloit. Starter Seth Martinez surrendered 6 runs over 5 frames, while RHP Mitchell Jordan was solid in relief, throwing 3 shutout innings, and RHP John Gorman tossed 2 scoreless innings to pick up his 1st win for the Snappers.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  3

Reno Aces              4

LP – Bawcom 1-4 / 2.77

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Renato Nunez

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

Starter Frankie Montas was perfect through 3 2/3 innings before a double and a pair of home runs with two outs in the bottom of the 4th led to 3 runs, and he exited after 4 frames with the game tied 3-3 on Thursday. RHP Logan Bawcom, who was signed to a minor league deal by the A’s after he was released by the Padres organization on Wednesday, allowed 1 run in 2 innings of relief to take the loss. RHP Raul Alcantara and LHP Felix Doubront each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief. Left fielder Renato Nunez had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while shortstop Franklin Barreto singled twice and scored a run as the Sounds lost their fourth straight. Meanwhile, the A’s optioned RHP Daniel Gossett back to Nashville on Thursday.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions    5

Midland RockHounds  3

LP – Navas 2-4 / 3.79

HR – Schrock (7)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Puk

(6 2/3 IP / 3 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 13 K)

 

Starter A.J. Puk was perfect through the first 4 frames, and after 6 scoreless innings, he’d given up just 1 hit while striking out 12 without allowing a walk. But he surrendered 3 runs in the 7th and ended up being charged with 3 earned runs on 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out a career-high 13 in 6 2/3 innings on Thursday. RHP Carlos Navas suffered the loss after giving up 2 runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief to snap Midland’s five-game winning streak. Second baseman Max Schrock singled, walked, homered, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   6

Visalia Rawhide   7

LP – Lyons 2-3 / 4.73

HR – Brown (17)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Seth Brown

(2 for 4 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

Starter James Naile allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 4 frames, while RHP Miguel Romero gave up 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief, and LHP Jared Lyons surrendered the winning run in the 7th to suffer his 3rd loss for Stockton on Thursday. Right fielder Seth Brown singled, homered and drove in 3 runs, while center fielder Skye Bolt tripled in a run, and first baseman Mikey White had 2 doubles and drove in a pair

for the Ports.

 

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

Connecticut Tigers             2

Vermont Lake Monsters  6

WP – Mejia 1-0 / 0.00

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Prospect Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Greg Deichmann

(2 for 3 / Double / RBI / Stolen Base)

 

The Lake Monsters snapped their three-game skid on Thursday. Designated hitter Greg Deichmann had 2 hits, including a double, stole a base and drove in a run, while shortstop Kevin Merrell, center fielder Logan Farrar and right fielder Anthony Churlin each singled twice, stole a base and drove in a run for Vermont. Starter Jean Ruiz threw 4 shutout frames, while RHP Jeferson Mejia, recently acquired from Arizona in return for Adam Rosales, tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief to pick up the win in his Vermont debut.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL A’s        2

AZL Padres  8

LP – Mora 2-1 / 4.24

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Prospect Of The Game:

Catcher Santis Sanchez

(2 for 2 / 2 Walks)

 

Starter Jose Mora gave up 5 runs in just 1 inning of work to suffer his 1st loss for the A’s, while rehabbing LHP Ty Damron allowed 1 run in 1 2/3 innings of relief, and RHP Rafael Kelly, who was recently promoted from the Dominican League, threw 3 2/3 scoreless frames in his U.S. debut on Thursday. Catcher Santis Sanchez singled twice and walked twice, while third baseman Jake Lumley had a pair of hits in the loss.

 

Friday’s Games:

Nashville @ Reno – 7:05pm PT / 9:05pm CT

San Antonio @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

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

Connecticut @ Vermont – 4:05pm PT / 7:05pm ET

AZL Dodgers @ AZL A’s – 7:00pm PT

 

Miguel Mercedes

Miguel Mercedes

 

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