Overton Strong in Pro Debut
A little more than a year after he was the A's second-overall pick in the 2013 draft, Dillon Overton made his professional debut. The debut was delayed by a year because of an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery, but Overton showed why he was so highly regarded in his first post-surgery outing.
Overton allowed singles to the first two batters he faced, but after that, he smothered the AZL Giants in a game the AZL A's would win, 6-4. It was the A's first win of the young Arizona Rookie League season. Overton, working quickly and with confidence, allowed just those two hits and a run in the first inning of his three-inning outing. He struck-out four and walked none.
Right-hander Corey Miller, the A's 2014 10th-round pick, took over for Overton in the fourth and he earned his first pro win. Miller allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in 3.1 innings. He struck-out three in his pro debut. Michael Fagan allowed a run in 1.2 innings in relief of Miller. Cody Stull worked around two walks and struck-out the side in his second pro appearance. He earned his first pro save.
Outfielder Robert Martinez homered for the second straight day. He also had a single and a walk to lead the AZL A's at the plate. Edwin Diaz, who also homered on Sunday, had two hits and a walk, while 2014 16th-round pick Jose Brizuela had two hits and a walk. Brizuela has four hits in nine at-bats thus far in his pro career.
Nunez Puts on Power Display as Ports Hold Off JetHawks
While first baseman Matt Olson has deservedly been receiving a lot of ink of late, Ports' third baseman Renato Nunez has quietly been heating up. Going into Monday's game, Nunez was batting .321 with two homers and a 986 OPS in June. Those numbers jumped up on Monday after Nunez collected three doubles and a homer in Stockton's 8-7 extra-inning win over the Lancaster JetHawks.
The homer was Nunez's 12th of the year. He also has 19 doubles this season. Nunez had four RBI and now has 39 on the season. The 20-year-old has pushed his season OPS above the 800 mark.
Nunez's four-hit night was matched by Ryon Healy, who singled four times and drove-in two. He is now batting .265 after hitting only .185 in April. Outfielder Boog Powell had a huge debut with Stockton after earning a promotion on Sunday from the Midwest League. Powell collected three hits in five at-bats. He also stole a base and threw out a runner at the plate. His RBI single drove-in Bobby Crocker in the top of the 10th, and it was the winning run. Crocker also had a good game, finishing just a homer short of the cycle. Catcher Bruce Maxwell also tripled in the game.
Right-hander Jake Sanchez – acquired for Michael Taylor – made his A's debut in getting the start for Stockton. He was in-line for the win before the bullpen blew a late lead. Sanchez allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks in six innings. He struck-out five.
Relievers Michael Ynoa and Jeremy Barfield couldn't hold the 7-3 lead, however. Ynoa allowed three runs on four hits and a hit batter in one inning of work (the seventh). Barfield allowed the tying run on a solo homer in the eighth inning, but he pitched a scoreless ninth and wound-up with the win. Kris Hall earned the save with a perfect 10th.
Freiman Homers Twice in River Cats' Win
Sacramento River Cats' first baseman Nate Freiman has punished the Pacific Coast League in June and that continued on Monday night when he homered twice in the River Cats' 4-2 victory over New Orleans. The homers were Freiman's 13th and 14th of the season and his fifth and sixth of the month. He has a 1062 OPS in June and he leads the PCL with 68 RBI.
Starter Arnold Leon allowed two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings. He walked three and struck-out two. He earned a no-decision. Reliever Paul Smyth earned the win with 1.1 scoreless innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.93. Joe Savery pitched a scoreless eighth and Evan Scribner earned the save with a scoreless ninth. He allowed a hit and a walk but he struck-out two.
Catcher Ryan Ortiz reached base three times with two hits and a walk. He raised his season OPS to 746. Anthony Aliotti also had two hits and a walk. He has four hits and two walks in 11 at-bats since returning to Sacramento.
Lake Monsters Lose Lead Late
The Vermont Lake Monsters held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, but they ended up on the wrong side of a 6-2 decision. Joe Michaud was hung with a tough no-decision, as he allowed just one unearned run in six innings. He struck-out eight and didn't walk a batter. He has yet to walk a batter in three starts (18 innings) and he hasn't allowed an earned run in his last two starts (13 innings).
Kevin Ferreras and Dominique Vattuone had rough outings in relief of Michaud. Ferreras allowed the tying run in the seventh and Vattuone allowed four runs in the eighth to take the loss.
Outfielder Brett Vertigan hit his first homerun of the season to account for one of Vermont's two runs. Justin Higley collected his 16th RBI of the season with a base-hit. Gabriel Santana had two hits in four at-bats.
DSL A's Drop Game in Ninth
Before the ninth, tandem starters Jorge Martinez and Jhenderson Hurtado combined to limit the Royals to two runs on four hits. Martinez allowed both runs in four innings. He walked one and struck-out two. Hurtado gave-up only one hit in 3.1 innings, although he walked three. Hurtado struck-out five.