Oakland A's MLN: Beloit On A Roll
Snappers Move To Three Better Than .500 The Beloit Snappers have been on a roll of late, and they are inching their way up the standings in the Midwest League's Western Division. After their 6-1 win over the Peoria Chiefs on Wednesday night, the Snappers moved to 17-13 on the season. They have won seven of their last nine games. The offense had a big night, as the Snappers collected 13 hits, including three homeruns. Renato Nunez, Sam Roberts and Rashun Dixon went deep. The homers was Nunez's seventh of the season. The 19-year-old has a 936 OPS in 97 at-bats in his first year in a full-season league. Dixon has had a significant impact since being sent out to Beloit from extended spring training. In his first six games, Dixon has hit safely in five of them and he has two homeruns. He has also walked four times and has scored five runs. Roberts' homerun was his second of the year. The infielder has nine extra-base hits in 62 at-bats this season. Several other Snappers also had big games. Daniel Robertson collected three hits in five at-bats, moving his average to .421 in 38 at-bats. John Wooten and Ryan Mathews each had two-hit games. One of Mathews' hits was a double, his fourth of the season. He has seven extra-base hits in 73 at-bats this year. Brett Vertigan also had a double, his seventh of the season. RHP Derek DeYoung got the start and worked five scoreless innings to earn his second win of the year. DeYoung struck-out two, walked one and scattered four hits. His ERA is down to 2.92 and he hasn't allowed a run in his last two outings, spanning nine innings. RHP Vince Voiro was the tandem starter with DeYoung and he finished off the game. In four innings, Voiro allowed one run on five hits and two walks. He struck-out six. There were two transactions made impacting the Snappers' roster on Wednesday. RHP Tyler Vail was placed on the disabled list and RHP Stuart Pudenz was activated off of the DL. Earlier in the week, the A's released reliever Drew Tyson, who had been on the Beloit roster. Big Inning Does Ports In At Modesto The Modesto Nuts scored six times in the fifth inning and that is all they would need in defeating the Stockton Ports, 6-4. With one-run in and two-outs, the Nuts had six straight batters reach safely to plate five two-out runs. All six runs were charged to starter Deyvi Jimenez. Jimenez gave-up five hits, including a three-run homer, and he walked three in 4.2 innings. Blake Hassebrock and Pedro Vidal combined to toss 3.1 scoreless innings in relief. The Ports managed just six hits, and only one went for extra-bases (a Max Muncy double). Josh Whitaker had two hits and two RBI. Bobby Crocker went 1-for-2 and is batting .364/.400/.606 over his last 10 games. River Cats Fall In Early Game At Memphis The River Cats dropped a 6-2 decision to the Memphis Redbirds in an early morning game that was dubbed Education Day. The Redbirds touched up River Cats' starter Bruce Billings for five runs in 4.2 innings. Billings walked four and struck-out four. Sacramento managed only six hits against Memphis pitching. Scott Moore connected on his third homer of the year, a two-run shot. The homer gave the River Cats homers in 12 straight games. Jemile Weeks, playing at second base, had two hits and a walk out of the lead-off spot. He also grounded into two double-plays. Stephen Vogt had a double in four at-bats. Midland Roster Moves The RockHounds were off on Wednesday, but there were several moves made that impacted their roster. OF Jeremy Barfield was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento. He is replacing Daric Barton, who was promoted to Oakland. Barfield had eight homers to lead the RockHounds. He will be making his Triple-A debut. Third baseman Jefry Marte landed on the disabled list with a leg injury. Replacing Marte and Barfield on the active roster are infielder Michael Fabiaschi and catcher Ryan Lipkin. Both were activated from the disabled list.