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Friday, July 31st: Sean Manaea Tosses 7 Shutout Innings in Midland Debut while Daniel Mengden Impresses Again in Stockton Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Seth Manaea (7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds LHP Sean Manaea (7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)



Corpus Christi Hooks     0

Midland RockHounds  4

WP – Manaea 1-1 / 2.57

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Manaea

(7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

Former 1st-round draft pick Sean Manaea, who was recently acquired from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist trade, couldn’t have made a much better impression in his debut for Midland on Friday. The big lefty allowed just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 9 over 7 shutout innings to earn the win for the RockHounds. The 23-year-old threw a total of 87 pitches, 62 of them for strikes, while RHP Tucker Healy pitched a perfect 8th and 9th to complete the 3-hit shutout for Midland. Outfielder Jaycob Brugman singled, tripled and drove in 2 runs, while first baseman Ryon Healy singled, doubled and scored a run, and outfielder Chad Oberacker had a pair of hits and a walk and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Meanwhile, with Manaea’s addition to the roster, RHP Tim Atherton was placed on the disabled list for Midland.

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Exclusive: Get the Inside Scoop on Nashville’s Top Players from Sounds Skipper Steve Scarsone

ssB9315342755Z.1_20141202162702_000_G409A1E4E.1-0cAfter spending parts of seven seasons as a big league infielder, Steve Scarsone has now spent seven seasons managing in the A’s minor league system.

He’s currently midway through his third season managing at Triple-A, though this year the California native had to head east as the A’s Pacific Coast League affiliate switched from Sacramento to Nashville.

Scarsone is handling a veteran club this year in Nashville where the average age is close to 29 and there are very few young prospects on the roster. We took the opportunity to talk with the skipper in Nashville last weekend to get his take on some of the team’s top players…


AF:  I know you spent a lot of time watching Max Muncy in the big league camp this spring, and now he’s back here with you at Nashville. I don’t know if you had the chance to see much of him playing at the major league level.

SS:  Not as much as you’d hope. A lot of times we’re playing at the same time. And by the time our game’s over, if they’re still playing, it’s like…

mmMuncy, Max2AF:  The last thing you need at that point is more baseball…

SS:  Sometimes, to be honest! But we tried to follow him as best we could. I know he wasn’t getting the consistent play, but that’s what he was brought up to do was to be that guy to help out and fill in. And it sounds like he did a pretty good job of it. It’s not easy for a guy to go up for his first time and not be in the everyday lineup and have to try to figure out not only how to compete at that level but how to compete at that level with three or four days in between games. I think it was a great experience for him. I think he’s taken a lot of positives out of it. And now, being here and playing every day, I think he’s shown a huge improvement defensively at third base, which is still somewhat of a new position for him. And his swing plays very nicely in this game – it’s a short swing. He has considerable power, very good pitch recognition, and he’s not afraid to take a walk. He’ll wait for his pitch. Right now he’s kind of struggling, but that won’t last very long. He’ll be fine. I think he’s going to be something that we’ll try to hold on to in this organization and see if we can find a spot for him.

AF:  So is there anything in particular that he needs to do to get himself into a position to get back up there?

SS:  No. From reports that I’ve heard, his return here was not due to his lack of performance. He was just kind of the odd man out up there. To be honest, with his age and experience level, getting a good half-season in Triple-A would be to his advantage – seeing some advanced pitching day in and day out and getting a chance to learn from his teammates and see how to handle himself on and off the field. He’s still relatively young. This year’s his first year in Triple-A, and getting an opportunity to play in the big leagues for a spell was icing on the cake for him. But I think he’s got a good mental outlook on what he needs to continue to try to fight towards, and I think he’ll be fine.

AF:  Like Muncy, one of the other younger position players you’ve got on this team here is Joey Wendle. So what have you seen out of him this year and where do you feel he’s at in his development?

SS:  I think the first thing that comes to mind when we talk about Joey is just his love for the game. He hustles on and off the field and plays as hard as he can. I think that’s a quality that sometimes kind of gets overlooked, because we get so caught up in defining tools and stuff like that. And it’s kind of that X factor that doesn’t really come up in a scouting report, but I think it’s very important to bring up for him because that’s a huge part of the kind of player he is – he’s kind of a throwback in a sense. But he’s given us great defensive play. I think he’s improved greatly in just his knowledge and experience and anticipation of what’s going to happen and how to be in the right spot at the right time. His work habits are obviously good. I really have enjoyed watching him progress. I think playing with some of these older guys has been a huge advantage for him. As coaches, we kind of find ourselves limited at times. There’s so much we can do. We can give them the work, we can give them the information, but the criticism and encouragement that comes from his teammates go leaps and bounds above what we can do as coaches. I think he’s benefited greatly from some of the older players that he’s playing with – just in terms of how to best prepare himself and how to play the game as a professional player. I think that’s going to help him along the way as he continues, and I’m sure he’ll make the next step too.

jwWendle, Joey3AF:  I talked to A’s infield coach Mike Gallego about him in spring training. He raved about his preparation and how much he had his head into every play and he was really impressed with his whole approach. Now you were an infielder too, so do you concur with that assessment?

SS:  Definitely. And what we’ve tried to do this year with him is to take that attention to what’s going on, his first step and his movements and everything, and try to smooth everything out so it’s a little bit more fluid through the play. Early on, he was getting himself into trouble kind of being a little bit too forceful to the ball instead of really reading the ball and getting the hop that’s going to be best for him. As a second baseman, you don’t have to be as aggressive as on the other side. So I’ve seen a great improvement on that in terms of taking the game in a little bit more and not trying to force yourself down the game’s throat.

AF:  So letting things come to him as opposed to maybe trying a little too hard and trying to force things all the time.

SS:  Exactly! And he’s taken to it very well – he’s got a very nice rhythm about him right now.

AF:  Now what about at the plate? Obviously, he could be a little more selective. But what have you seen in terms of the evolution of his approach at the plate over the course of the year, and what does he need to be thinking about doing up there right now?

SS:  I think that’s the key. The key for him is to get good pitches to hit, because he can handle just about any pitcher he sees. He has just as much success against left-handers as he does against right-handers. He’s shown some power. He’s able to hit the ball to all fields. I think, at times, he just gets a little too aggressive. So that’s been the process with him, to try to smooth out his offense just liked we’re trying to do on the defensive side. We have him hitting in the two hole, so there’s some more things that can happen up there. He’s willing to bunt and he tries to hit the hole when he has that opportunity. So there are a lot of good things that we’re seeing, and we know that the mentality is there. It’s just a matter of more and more reps. I think we’re going to see where it’s going to start to click for him more and more as this season finishes up. And I’d like to see how he comes back next season after having an offseason to just kind of rethink everything, because in the heat of the season, you just grind and grind and grind. Sometimes that offseason of reflection can be very useful. I really do look forward to seeing how he plays out.

AF:  So it sounds like you think he knows what he needs to do and he’s headed in the right direction and it’s just a matter of executing.

SS:  By all means, yes.

AF:  A guy who was a big hitter for you last year at Sacramento is Nate Freiman, but he’s really been struggling this year. So what’s been going on with him and what’s been holding him back?

nfNate+Freiman+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+CFUGtYuCl4Ll2bSS:  Well, Nate showed up in spring and hurt his back. He was down all spring, and he was left in Arizona. He ended up joining us almost six weeks after the season started. And then, at that point, we were using him kind of sparingly to keep him from a relapse.So it took him seven or eight weeks into our season before he was kind of starting to play every day. He didn’t have a spring training. He found himself not getting off to a start, and he’s been kind of pressing, trying to contribute. He feels like he’s letting the team down. He’s a very selfless guy – he’s a great teammate. For him not to hit the ball and drive people in, it’s been very frustrating for him, and we’ve had several talks. Of course, he went through the situation where they took him off the 40-man roster, and he was stressed about that. We’ve all had to go through that at some point. It’s been a learning year for him. If you think about it, he went from Double-A to the big leagues. And then last year, he kind of went up and down. So he hasn’t had a 400+ at-bat season since 2012 when he was in Double-A with the Padres. He’s just now kind of getting a chance to get some more regular playing time. He’s working on it, he’s trying a bunch of different things and it’s frustrating. It’s tough to pull yourself out of the hole, but he’s got a good attitude and he works hard and he plays hard.

AF:  Is the back still an issue at all? Are there any lingering physical issues with him?

SS:  No, he’s 100% percent. That’s all fine. He’s just trying to get on some kind of a roll at the plate and start feeling like Nate again.

AF:  I wanted to ask you about a couple of pitchers here. The most interesting story on your pitching staff this year has to be Barry Zito. So what have you seen out of Barry and what he’s been doing here?

bzZito, Barry3SS:  Well, on the field, he’s pitched phenomenally. The numbers speak for themselves. He’s going deep into games, he’s controlling the games and he’s doing very well now. I would have loved to have been around when he was at the top of his game. He’s not an imposing pitcher like he was in terms of his velocity – there’s onbviously been a drop-off. But the curveball and the changeup are still there. He makes hitters look silly still. He sets them up and puts them down. And it’s just that experience and knowledge of pitching and the ability to make a pitch when he needs it that really has been impressive. No, not every pitch has been right where he wants it, and you can see that there’s some struggle there, but he never lets that bother him to where he can’t go back and make the pitch he needs when he needs it. And off the field, in the clubhouse, he’s been outstanding. He’s been a great source for these other guys. They look up to him, and he takes it with a ceratin modesty and grace. It’s actually fun to have him on the club.

AF:  Well, there aren’t too many minor league clubhouses with Cy Young winners in them.

SS:  But you know what what? He doesn’t wear that on his sleeve. He’s very humble. And I’m enjoying the fact that I got the chance to spend the summer with him.

AF:  So where’s his velocity been at lately?

SS:  He’s mid-80s with the fastball. When you just look at the fastball, that’s not very hard. But when you play it off of that changeup, which is arguably Tom-Glavine-like at times, and then the breaking ball, which is purely Barry-Zito-like, the velocity of the fastball probably looks about 92 to some of these hitters when he uses it at the proper time. On the scouting side, you’d probably say it’s not quite there. But in terms of effectiveness, he knows how to pitch, he knows how to get people out.

AF:  Do you have any update on a guy who was pitching here for you before landing back on the disabled list, A.J. Griffin?

ag456167SS:  He’s back in Arizona. I’m not positive where he’s at. It’s just one of those situations where trying to compensate for one injury kind of created a little bit of another. So it was decided not to push this. Obviously, I can’t talk too much about the medical side of it. He just needs to get himself feeling right.

AF:  And was it basically right shoulder soreness?

SS:  Basically.

AF:  And what about Sean Nolin, who recently went back on the disabled list again?

SS:  Sean’s still here with us. He started for us for four or five starts and he started feeling some stuff, so we slowed him down. He’s currently on the DL trying to regain some strength and ability to really get after it. But he’s on the mend and we’ll probably look to see him start to get himself into a rehab situation over the next week or so. And then hopefully over the next couple weeks we should see him back active. I don’t know if we’ll use him as a starter or in the bullpen. We’d have to build him up as a starter again, and I don’t know if we have enough time left in the season to get him built up.

AF:  Well, I guess it’s a good sign that he’s still here with you guys rather than being down in Arizona.

SS:  Yeah, it was just some small stuff. After coming off all the stuff he’s had to battle through the last year, everybody agreed that it was best for him to stay on a little bit of a slower pace rather than trying to push him into something and make things worse.

AF:  Another guy you’ve got here with quite a bit of major league experience is Ryan Cook. He’s been struggling a bit lately. But where’s he at, what’s been going on with him and what does he need to figure out to get back to where he used to be?

rc5l64jcRW2SS:  He went up and down early. Obviously, he started the season here. And I know he was frustrated. I think it was kind of a shock to him. He handled it pretty well, but you could tell he was struggling with the situation and all. And he didn’t really get off to a great start. Then he got called up and you thought, “Okay, he’ll back in a groove and he’ll stay there.” Then they did so many quick moves so soon with all those relievers. Since he’s been here, his attitude has greatly improved. He’s all about trying to get himself back on track and get himself back to the big leagues, which is a good sign. He’s an emotional guy. He’s high-strung. We’ve all seen him in Oakland – he’s out there giving it everything he’s got. He’s a hard charger. He’s just been kind of getting knocked around a little bit, so he’s getting a little bit of humility. And that sometimes can be a good thing. So he’ll continue to pitch and he’ll continue to give it everything he’s got. And I think that, at some point or another, Oakland will need him again and he’ll go up and step right back into where he left off.

AF:  Is there anything in particular that he’s been working on here?

SS:  No, no, he’s pretty much the same pitcher. He’s just trying to get a little bit more consistent with his control, trying to pitch a little bit more ahead in the count. He’s finding himself kind of getting behind and having to come across the plate with a little bit more of a hitter’s pitch. Two years ago when he was dominating in the big leagues, he was getting ahead, he was using both sides of the plate. He had late movement that was giving him opportunities for missing the barrel. But now I think he’s just trying to aim a little too much and probably losing a little bit of that late movement, and it’s being knocked around a little bit more than he’s used to. You know, sometimes that just comes from the pressure and from trying to be too fine and trying to take that next step to prove that he’s able and ready to go back up. But his velocity’s there and the pitches are getting stronger. So he’s still a valuable part of this organization.

AF:  Great, thanks!

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Tuesday, July 21st: Renato Nunez’s Early HR Helps Hounds Win while Jason Pridie Delivers Decisive Blow in Sounds Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds DH Renato Nunez (Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)



Midland RockHounds  9

Corpus Christi Hooks     7

WP – Duran 1-0 / 1.86

HR – Nunez (14), Pinder (9)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Renato Nunez

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

Designated hitter Renato Nunez delivered a big blow early by belting a 3-run homer in the top of the 1st inning to give the RockHounds an early lead on Tuesday. Nunez later doubled with two outs in the 8th but was left stranded and, over his last 2 games, he’s now gone 5 for 10 with 2 home runs. Shortstop Chad Pinder collected 4 hits, including his 9th home run, while first baseman Rangel Ravelo had 3 hits and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Chris Jensen allowed 7 runs, 4 earned, over 4 1/3 innings to take the loss, while LHP Omar Duran threw 2 shutout frames to earn the win. RHP Seth Frankoff contributed another 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and RHP Tucker Healy got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 3rd save.

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Sunday, July 12th: Jake Sanchez Leads Hounds to Second Straight Shutout Victory while #1 Picks Matt Chapman & Richie Martin Homer for Stockton & Vermont

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (6 2/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (6 2/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K)



Midland RockHounds   2

NW Arkansas Naturals   0

WP – Sanchez 7-5 / 4.70

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jake Sanchez

(6 2/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

The RockHounds shut out the Naturals for the second straight night on Sunday. RHP Jake Sanchez turned in an impressive start, striking out 6 over 6 2/3 shutout innings to earn his 7th win. RHP Tucker Healy got the final out in the 7th, then RHP Bobby Wahl tossed a scoreless 8th, and RHP Ryan Dull pitched a perfect 9th to notch his 9th save and complete the 6-hit shutout on Sunday. Shortstop Chad Pinder doubled in the RockHounds’ first run in the 3rd, while first baseman Rangel Ravelo had 3 hits and drove in a run in his second game since joining Midland.

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Wednesday, July 1st: Nate Long Leads Sounds’ Shutout Victory while Justin Higley’s Grand Slam Highlights Snappers’ Win & R.J. Alvarez Lands on DL

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Nate Long (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Nate Long (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)



Colorado Springs Sky Sox  0

Nashville Sounds              2

WP – Long 1-1 / 3.09

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Nate Long

(7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

After his promotion from Midland, RHP Nate Long didn’t waste any time making a positive impression on his new team in Nashville. On Wednesday, the 29-year-old minor league veteran allowed just 2 hits while striking out 5 over 7 shutout innings to earn his 1st win for the Sounds. And Long now leads all A’s minor league pitchers in strikeouts with 78. RHP Arnold Leon pitched a perfect frame in the 8th, and RHP Ryan Cook got the final three outs in the 9th to post his 7th save. Designated hitter Dayan Viciedo doubled with 2 outs in the 4th, and right fielder Jason Pridie singled him in for the Sounds’ first run, then left fielder Jake Smolinski doubled in Pridie for the Sounds’ second and final run of the game. Third baseman Ryan Roberts also doubled but was left stranded in the 6th, while shortstop Andy Parrino had a pair of singles for the Sounds. Meanwhile, RHP R.J. Alvarez was placed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain, while catcher Luke Carlin was released, and catcher Carson Blair was reassigned to Nashville from the RockHounds.

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Tuesday, June 23rd: Ryan Roberts Has 4 Hits & Barry Zito Earns 5th Win as Sounds Snap 5-Game Skid while Vermont Comes Up Short despite Seong-min Kim’s Grand Slam

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Ryan Roberts (4 for 4 / Double / RBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Ryan Roberts (4 for 4 / Double / RBI)



Nashville Sounds   6

Memphis Redbirds   4

WP – Zito 5-6 / 3.94

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Ryan Roberts

(4 for 4 / Double / RBI)

Third baseman Ryan Roberts collected 4 hits for the Sounds for the third time this season on Tuesday. The 34-year-old veteran also drove in a run and scored a run to help the Sounds snap their 5-game losing streak. Outfielder Jake Smolinski, claimed off waivers by the A’s earlier in the week, went 2 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs in his debut for Nashville, while Dayan Viciedo, who’s primarily been playing first base since joining the Sounds, doubled, walked and scored a run. Starter Barry Zito held Memphis scoreless through 4 innings and gave up just 1 run through 6. But he put three men on and allowed one to score in the bottom of the 7th before leaving with no outs. Zito ended up being charged with 3 runs in 6 innings of work and earned his 5th win. RHP Dan Otero tossed 2 scoreless innings while also allowing one of Zito’s runners to score, and RHP Ryan Cook picked up his 6th save despite giving up 1 run in the 9th. Meanwhile, Sounds outfielder Kent Matthes was released on Tuesday.

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Saturday, June 6th: Zach Neal Pitches Sounds to Victory while Matt Chapman Hits 8th HR in Stockton’s 5th Straight Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Zach Neal (8 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Zach Neal (8 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)



Nashville Sounds       4

New Orleans Zephyrs  2

WP – Neal 5-0 / 1.60

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

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

RHP Zach Neal turned in another strong start on Saturday, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits over 8 innings of work to earn his 5th win in 5 starts for the Sounds. RHP Ryan Cook picked up his 5th save despite putting two runners on in the bottom of the 9th. First baseman Anthony Aliotti went 4 for 4 and singled in the tying run in the top of the 9th, while Craig Gentry was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring home the winning run for Nashville. Gentry also singled and scored in the 1st on an RBI single by designated hitter Nate Freiman, who had a pair of hits for the Sounds.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of May 11-17: Relievers in the Spotlight

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte


With all the issues in the A’s bullpen weighing on everyone’s mind lately, it seems like a good time to take a look at how some of the organization’s top minor league relievers have been doing so far this season. You can always check out the latest A’s affiliate rosters here – Rosters. And you can catch up on how the A’s top minor league relievers have been doing below. This weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation


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Sunday, May 17th: Kendall Graveman Earns 2nd Win for Sounds while Sean Doolittle Takes the Loss in 2nd Rehab Appearance for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Kendall Graveman (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Kendall Graveman (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K)



New Orleans Zephyrs  2

Nashville Sounds       6

WP – Graveman 2-1 / 1.85

HR – Carson (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Kendall Graveman

(7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

RHP Kendall Graveman turned in an impressive start for the Sounds, allowing just 2 unearned runs on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 3 over 7 innings of work on Sunday. The 24-year-old earned his 2nd win and lowered his ERA to 1.85 after 4 starts for Nashville. RHP Ryan Cook pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings in relief to pick up his 4th save for the Sounds. Outfielder Matt Carson, reacquired a little over a week ago in a deal with the Dodgers, hit a 2-run homer in the 2nd and singled in another run in the 4th, while first baseman Anthony Aliotti and third baseman Niuman Romero both singled, walked and drove in a run, and shortstop Andy Parrino and second baseman Joey Wendle had a pair of hits apiece for the Sounds. In other news, with A’s first baseman Ike Davis landing on the disabled list, Sounds outfielder Craig Gentry was recalled by Oakland.

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Wednesday, May 13th: #1 Pick Matt Chapman Hits 1st HR for Ports in Loss while Ryan Cook Coughs up Lead in 9th as Sounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Matt Chapman (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Matt Chapman (Home Run / 2 RBIs)



High Desert Mavericks  6

Stockton Ports            5

LP – Walter 0-2 / 3.55

HR – Soto (3), Chapman (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Matt Chapman

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

The A’s #1 pick in last year’s draft, Matt Chapman, came to the plate with a man on in the bottom of the 4th inning and Stockton down by a run and slugged his 1st home run of the season to give the Ports a 1-run lead on Wednesday. Before Wednesday, Chapman had gone 1 for 18 in his first 5 games since returning from a knee injury he suffered right before the start of spring training. Third baseman Michael Soto also hit a 2-run shot in the 3rd for Stockton. But unfortunately, the lead that Chapman provided the Ports with wouldn’t last for long. RHP Dylan Covey, who’d given up 4 runs in the 1st, also allowed the tying run in the top of the 5th. Covey ended up allowing 5 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings of work and left with the game a 5-5 tie. RHP Corey Walter tossed a scoreless 6th but loaded the bases in the 7th before giving way to RHP Sam Bragg, who walked in the winning run, giving Walter his 2nd loss for Stockton. In other news, LHP Sean Doolittle is set to join the Ports on Thursday to begin his rehab assignment in Stockton.

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