Sunday, August 20th: Puk Pitches Hounds to Victory while Brown’s Big Bat Helps Ports Prevail

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher A.J. Puk (6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher A.J. Puk (6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Arkansas Travelers        1

Midland RockHounds  9

WP – Puk 2-3 / 4.91

HR – Sportman (11)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Puk

(6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)

Starter A.J. Puk turned in an impressive performance to help the RockHounds score their sixth win in their last seven games on Sunday. The 22-year-old allowed just 1 run while striking out 7 over 6 innings of work to earn his 2nd win for Midland, and he’s now recorded 42 strikeouts over his last 27 innings for the RockHounds. RHPs Joel Seddon, Sam Bragg and Kyle Finnegan each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief. Right fielder J.P. Sportman doubled and hit a 2-run homer, while center fielder B.J. Boyd (.327) and second baseman Max Schrock (.323) collected 3 hits apiece to move into first and third place, respectively, in the Texas League batting race.

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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Iowa Cubs               9

Nashville Sounds  1

LP – Neal 3-8 / 5.47

HR – Carter (4)

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Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Chris Carter

(2 for 4 / Home Run)

 

After being shut out on Saturday, the Sounds scored just one run on Sunday to lose their second straight to Iowa. First baseman Chris Carter slugged a solo shot in the 2nd inning to provide all the Sounds’ scoring in the loss. RHP Zach Neal had a shaky start, surrendering 7 runs over 5 frames to suffer his 8th loss for the Sounds. Meanwhile, Nashville outfielder Jaycob Brugman was placed on the disabled list on Sunday.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  15

Modesto Nuts       3

WP – Romero 3-1 / 6.87

HR – Brown (22), Bolt (13), Raga (6)

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Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Seth Brown

(3 for 5 / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

 

Stockton scored 15 runs to crush the Nuts on Sunday. First baseman Seth Brown had 3 hits, including his team-leading 22nd home run, and drove in 5 runs to give him a league-leading total of 88 on the season. Catcher Argenis Raga singled and socked his 6th home run for Stockton, while right fielder Skye Bolt ripped his 13th round-tripper. Shortstop Richie Martin singled twice, doubled, walked and scored 3 runs, and designated hitter Jake Smolinski singled, drew 3 walks and drove in 4 runs in his seventh rehab appearance for the Ports. Starter Brandon Bailey threw 3 scoreless frames, while RHP Miguel Romero allowed 1 unearned run in 3 innings of relief to earn his 3rd win for Stockton.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers            2

Cedar Rapids Kernels  12

LP – Twomey 2-4 / 4.61

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Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Jesus Lopez

(3 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

LHP Kyle Twomey had a shaky start on Sunday, surrendering 6 runs over 4 frames to suffer the loss as the Snappers fell for the eighth time in their last nine games. Third baseman Jesus Lopez had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while second baseman Josh Vidales singled twice, and first baseman Miguel Mercedes doubled in a run in the loss.

 

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

Connecticut Tigers             5

Vermont Lake Monsters  6

WP – Charles 2-0 / 3.43

HR – Farrar (3)

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Logan Farrar

(4 for 6 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

The Lake Monsters won in a 13-inning walk-off on Sunday. Center fielder Logan Farrar had a big night at the plate, collecting 4 hits, including a home run, while driving in a pair, and the 22-year-old has now gone 10 for 23 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs over his last 5 games for Vermont. Designated hitter Jordan Devencenzi singled, doubled and drove in a run, while shortstop Jesus Lage singled and drove in 2 runs, including the winning run in the bottom of the 13th, and left fielder Anthony Churlin had a pair of doubles and scored the winning run for the Lake Monsters. Starter Oscar Tovar allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, over 6 innings of work, while LHP Jeferson Mejia pitched 3 perfect innings in relief, and RHP Wandisson Charles got the final three outs to earn his 2nd victory for Vermont.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Giants  8

AZL A’s       3

LP – Kohler 4-3 / 3.93

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Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Austin Beck

(1 for 4 / Double / Walk / Stolen Base)

 

Starter Chris Kohler was charged with 3 unearned runs over 3 innings of work to suffer his 3rd loss for the AZL A’s on Sunday. Center fielder Austin Beck doubled, walked, stole a base and scored a run, while designated hitter Lazaro Armenteros tripled and walked. Third baseman Jake Lumley had 2 hits, including a double, and left fielder Ben Spitznagel doubled in a run in the loss.

 

Monday’s Games:

Iowa @ Nashville – 2:05pm PT / 4:05pm CT

Beloit @ Cedar Rapids – 10:05am PT / 12:05pm CT

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

AZL A’s @ AZL Angels – 7:00pm PT

 

A.J. Puk

A.J. Puk

 

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1 comment for “Sunday, August 20th: Puk Pitches Hounds to Victory while Brown’s Big Bat Helps Ports Prevail

  1. Bootdude
    August 23, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Heads up, the link for Jesus Lopez links to the wrong Jesus Lopez
    Correct link https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=lopez-009jes

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