Stockton shut out Visalia on 5 hits to win its third straight on Saturday. Starter Dalton Sawyer was outstanding, striking out 5 while throwing 5 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win for the Ports, and last year’s 9th-round draft pick for the A’s has now allowed just 4 earned runs while striking out 23 over his last 20 innings for Stockton. RHPs Joey Wagman, Miguel Romero and Kyle Friedrichs combined to throw 4 scoreless frames in relief to complete the shutout on Saturday. First baseman Mikey White walked and doubled with the bases loaded to drive in 3 runs, and designated hitter Jake Smolinski went 0 for 2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch in his first rehab appearance for the Ports. Meanwhile, LHP Andrew Tomasovich was activated from the disabled list while LHP Jared Lyons landed on the DL for Stockton on Saturday.
RHP Casey Meisner turned in his third straight strong start to help Midland snap a three-game skid on Sunday. The 22-year-old allowed just 3 hits while striking out 6 over 7 shutout innings to earn his 4th win for the RockHounds, and he’s now failed to allow a run over his last 14 frames for the Hounds. LHP Brandon Mann and RHP Carlos Navas each contributed a scoreless inning in relief to complete the 3-hit shutout on Sunday. First baseman Viosergy Rosa singled, tripled and walked, while center fielder B.J. Boyd had 3 hits, stole a base and drove in a run for the RockHounds.
RHP Xavier Altamirano turned in his third straight quality start, allowing just 2 hits over 7 shutout innings to earn his 7th win as the Snappers won for the fifth time in their last six games on Thursday. RHPs Joseph Camacho and John Gorman each contributed 1 scoreless inning in relief to complete the 3-hit shutout. Shortstop Eric Marinez singled, doubled and drove in a run, while third baseman Trace Loehr tripled in 2 runs, and designated hitter Miguel Mercedes singled twice and drove in a pair for the Snappers.
RHP Chris Jensen turned in a strong start to help the Sounds win their third straight on Friday. The 26-year-old allowed just 1 unearned run over 6 innings of work to notch his 5th win for Nashville. Rehabbing RHP Ryan Dull pitched a perfect frame in the 7th, while RHP Tucker Healy gave up 4 runs in just 2/3 of an inning of relief, and LHP Patrick Schuster got the final out to secure his 1st save of the season. Sounds hitters slugged four home runs, all solo shots. Shortstop Franklin Barreto blasted his 11th in the 1st, while catcher Ryan Lavarnway clubbed his 6th in the 3rd. Rehabbing second baseman Chad Pinder belted his 1st in the 6th, and left fielder Yairo Munoz smacked his 4th in the 7th. Munoz also singled and stole a base for the Sounds. Meanwhile, RHP Frankie Montas and first baseman Matt Olson were both recalled by the A’s, while first baseman Chris Carter was signed to a minor league deal and sent to Nashville, and infielder Melvin Mercedes was reassigned to the Sounds roster on Friday.
LHP Zack Erwin turned in another impressive start to help the Snappers notch their fifth win in their last six games on Sunday. The 23-year-old allowed just 1 hit while striking out 7 over 5 shutout frames to earn his 3rd win, and he’s now thrown 11 straight scoreless innings for the Snappers. Shortstop Eric Marinez singled twice, doubled, drove in a pair of runs and stole a base, while second baseman Jesus Lopez had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, and third baseman Trace Loehr singled twice, scored twice, walked, stole a base and drove in a run for the Snappers.
The Lake Monsters won the second game of Tuesday’s twinbill to secure a split of the doubleheader. This year’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s, designated hitter Greg Deichmann, who made his debut in Tuesday’s first game, was the hitting star of the second game. The 22-year-old out of LSU singled, tripled, walked and drove in a pair of runs for Vermont. 16th-round left fielder Payton Squier doubled in a pair, while 19-year-old Venezuelan second baseman Jesus Lage tripled and scored, and 21-year-old Venezuelan third baseman Javier Godard singled, doubled and drove in a run for the Lake Monsters. This year’s 8th-round pick, 6’9″ RHP Brian Howard, made the start and threw 3 shutout innings, while RHP Branden Kelliher tossed 2 scoreless frames to earn his 2nd victory for Vermont. Meanwhile, Lake Monsters infielder Jesus Lopez was promoted to the Snappers, and AZL A’s outfielder Logan Farrar was reassigned to Vermont on Tuesday.
This year’s second overall draft pick for the A’s, shortstop Kevin Merrell, was the hitting star in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. The 21-year-old collected 3 of Vermont’s 6 hits while swiping a pair of bases and driving in a run. Catcher Iolana Akau doubled for the Lake Monsters’ only extra-base hit of the game. 22-year-old Venezuelan LHP Ivan Andueza allowed 3 runs over 6 innings of work to suffer his 1st loss for the Lake Monsters.
Corpus Christi @ Midland – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT
Inland Empire @ Stockton – 7:10pm PT
Beloit @ Lansing – 4:05pm PT / 6:05pm CT
Vermont @ Staten Island – 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET
AZL A’s @ AZL Padres – 7:00pm PT
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Second baseman Nate Mondou had a productive night at the plate to help the Ports prevail on Wednesday. Last year’s 13th-round draft pick for the A’s collected 3 singles, walked, stole a base and drove in 3 runs. He notched his first RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning to tie the game, singled in what would prove to be the winning run in the 5th, then singled in another run in the 6th. And the 22-year-old is now batting .343 since being promoted to the Ports from Beloit last week. Left fielder Brett Siddall continued his hot hitting of late, singling and doubling twice, and he’s now 13 for 23 over his last 6 games for Stockton. Starter Kyle Friedrichs allowed 2 runs over 4 1/3 frames, while LHP Andrew Tomasovich gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief to record the win, and LHP Jared Lyons tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings to secure his 1st save for Stockton. Meanwhile, Ports pitchers held the rehabbing Mike Trout hitless in 3 at-bats. And in other news, Stockton starter Logan Shore began a rehab assignment with the AZL A’s on Wednesday.
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.
RHP Heath Fillmyer turned in his best start of the season to help the RockHounds snap their four-game losing streak on Friday. The 5th-round draft pick for the A’s in 2014 was outstanding, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 7 over 7 1/3 shutout innings to earn his 4th win for Midland. RHP Sam Bragg gave up 1 hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to complete the 4-hit shutout for the Hounds. Designated hitter Viosergy Rosa doubled in a pair of runs, while right fielder J.P. Sportman singled in a run, walked and stole a base, and Yairo Munoz, making his first appearance in center field for Midland, singled, doubled and scored a run for the RockHounds. And considering the lack of center field options in the A’s system, it wouldn’t be surprising if this isn’t the last time we see Munoz in center. In other news, Midland outfielder Tyler Marincov successfully underwent surgery on his broken left hand on Friday and he’s expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. RockHounds RHP Ben Bracewell was reassigned to the Sounds on Friday and is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut for Nashville on Saturday, while LHP A.J. Puk is set to make his second start for Midland on Saturday.
Tyler Marincov post-surgery (photo courtesy of Marincov’s Twitter)
On a night when all the A’s affliates went down to defeat, for a while, it looked like Sounds starter Paul Blackburn might lead Nashville to victory. The 23-year-old threw 5 scoreless frames before a throwing error by shortstop Franklin Barreto helped open the door to a 3-run inning in the 6th. And when all was said and done, Blackburn was charged with 3 unearned runs over 5 2/3 innings to suffer the loss for the Sounds. Despite the loss, Blackburn has allowed just 1 earned run over his last 18 2/3 innings for Nashville. Barreto had a pair of singles and, after enduring a 1-for-23 slump, Barreto has now gone 8 for 24 with 4 multi-hit games in his last 5 contests. Third baseman Jermaine Curtis doubled and walked in his Nashville debut. With the promotion of Matt Chapman, who went 0 for 3 with a pair of walks in his big league debut on Thursday night, Curtis was reassigned from the RockHounds to the Sounds on Thursday.