Parrino to Oakland
On Friday, the Oakland A’s placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the disabled list with a fractured finger in his right (throwing) hand. River Cats' infielder Andy Parrino was recalled to take Lowrie's place. Unless the A’s make a waiver trade before July 31st, Parrino is likely to see a lot of playing time at shortstop in Lowrie’s absence.
Known more for his glove than his bat, Parrino has hit well this season since joining the Sacramento River Cats in April. In 90 games, he hit .286/.363/.404 with seven homers and seven stolen bases. The versatile Parrino is a plus and experienced defender at short and second and he can also play first base and the corner outfield if needed. He went 0-for-3 in the A’s 7-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
Versatile infielder Wade Kirkland was promoted from Stockton to Sacramento to take Parrino’s place on the roster. Kirkland, in his second season with the Ports, In 58 games, he hit .244/.295/.376 with three homers and 20 RBI. He previously played in two games with the River Cats in earlier season stints with the team.
Recently named the Midwest League’s Player of the Month for July, Tyler Marincov bid the Beloit Snappers’ adieu on Friday. He was promoted to High-A Stockton, giving the Ports another potent bat during their run for the California League title.
Marincov leaves the Midwest League with 16 homers, 17 stolen bases and an 821 OPS. He is currently seventh in the Midwest League in OPS, sixth in homers, fifth in slugging percentage and seventh in doubles.
Marincov was the A’s 8th-round pick last season out of North Florida. He made his debut with Stockton on Friday night and made a diving catch in the outfield but went 0-for-3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch at the plate.
Pomeranz Shines in Win Over Former Team
On the same night that A’s starter Jason Hammel had yet another poor outing, former A’s starter Drew Pomeranz starred in his start for the River Cats. The left-hander struck-out nine and allowed just a run in six innings. He walked two and allowed five hits. The one run was a solo homer to lead-off the game.
Pomeranz is now 3-0 with a 2.88 ERA in 40.2 innings for the River Cats. He has 49 strike-outs and 14 walks and he has allowed four homers. Pomeranz had a 2.91 ERA in 55.2 innings for the A’s before breaking his hand in June.
Nick Buss extended his hitting streak to 21 games, while Shane Peterson added his 33rd double of the season. Tucker Healy, Seth Frankoff and Evan Scribner each tossed a scoreless inning to close out the win. The save was Scribner’s 15th of the year. Frankoff has allowed just one run over his last 10 appearances (12.2 innings).
Chapman Homers in Beloit Win
In 34 games with Beloit, Chapman has a .256/.304/.424 line. He has 11 extra-base hits in 125 at-bats, but he has struggled with his plate discipline, posting a 25:5 K:BB.
Soto went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. He is batting .306 over his last 10 games. Since returning from a rehab assignment in Arizona after recovering from a broken finger, Soto is batting .327/.404/.490. Ryan Mathews also had two hits in the win.
Junior Mendez, Brendan McCurry and Sam Bragg combined to limit the LumberKings to three runs. Mendez went six innings, allowing those three runs on six hits and one walk. Only two runs were earned. He struck-out four. McCurry worked two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.43. He didn’t allow a base-runner. McCurry has allowed just one run in 21 innings this season. He has given up 11 hits and three walks while striking out 28. McCurry was the A’s 22nd round pick this season. Bragg earned his seventh save and lowered his ERA to 3.36. He has 63 Ks in 67 innings pitched this year.
Jensen Wins 12th
Midland’s Chris Jensen earned his 12th win of the season with a strong start against the Springfield Cardinals. Jensen allowed just two hits and three walks and one unearned run in seven innings. He struck-out five. The outing lowered Jensen’s ERA to 3.32. He leads the Texas League in wins and innings pitched and is 11th in the league in ERA.
Shortstop Dusty Coleman connected on his 14th homerun of the year – a two-run shot – which was the big blow in the RockHounds’ 3-2 win. He scored twice.
The RockHounds are tied for first with the Frisco RoughRiders with a 31-23 second-half record.
Zambrano, Martinez Shine in AZL A’s Win
17-year-old Jesus Zambrano allowed two unearned runs in six innings to earn his fifth win of the season. The right-hander allowed four hits and two walks and he struck-out four. Zambrano has a 4.78 ERA with a 49:17 K:BB in 58.1 innings.
Outfielder Robert Martinez had three hits, including his fifth homerun. Martinez drove-in three runs. He leads the team in homeruns and RBI (25).
Ports Massive Comeback Falls Just Short
Down 11-3 in the ninth, the Stockton Ports scored seven times and it took a brilliant defensive play by San Jose Giants’ third baseman Mitch Delfino to prevent the Ports from walking off winners. Stockton collected four hits and five walks and one hit-by-pitch before Renato Nunez’s lined smash found Delfino’s glove. Stockton was held without a homerun, but the Ports still had 14 hits and eight walks.
Second baseman Chad Pinder led the way with four hits and three RBI. He raised his average to .292. Daniel Robertson, Matt Olson, Ryon Healy and Jaycob Brugman each had two hits. Olson also had two walks. Bobby Crocker walked three times.
Lake Monsters Smothered in Loss
The Vermont Lake Monsters couldn’t muster any offense in their 7-0 loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday night. Vermont managed just two hits and one walk. They combined to strike-out 16 times. Brooklyn starter Marcos Molina allowed only a hit and a walk and he struck-out 12 in seven innings.