Oakland A's MLN: Ports Snap Streak

Only one Oakland A's affiliate came away with a win on Monday, but several A's prospects had big nights with the bat. We review the action.

Ports Bust Out in Blowout Win

The Stockton Ports snapped a three-game losing streak with a blowout win over Lancaster. The Ports pounded out 18 hits, 13 runs and connected on three homeruns in the 13-4 victory.

J.P. Sportman – playing at second base – continued his hot start to the season. He went 3-for-6 with a homer, three RBI and four runs scored. John Nogowski had four hits in six at-bats, while Michael Soto and Tyler Marincov each had three-hit games. Justin Higley and Franklin Barreto each added homeruns, their first of the year. Barreto’s homer broke a 1-for-17 stretch. B.J. Boyd had a two-hit game and he is batting .300 in the early going this season.

Lou Trivino got the start and had allowed one run going into the sixth inning before he ran into trouble. He finished the start with a line of four runs allowed – three earned – in 5.1 innings. He struck-out three and walked two. Sam Roberts (1.2 innings) and Corey Walter (2 innings) finished the game in scoreless fashion.

Offense Hot, but Midland Falls

Midland starter Chris Lamb allowed six runs in the top of the first inning. Although he recovered to throw three scoreless innings after that and the Midland bullpen kept the game close, the RockHounds could never get over the hump in an 8-7 loss to the Arkansas Travelers.

First baseman Matt Olson had a big game. He hit his second homerun of the season and finished a triple short of the cycle. He scored twice. Chad Oberacker also homered, his first of the season. Oberacker is 5-for-10 with two walks in four games. Bobby Crocker also had two hits and a walk out of the lead-off spot, while Chad Pinder walked three times and Ryon Healy reached twice.

After Lamb departed, Nate Long took over in the fifth and threw two scoreless innings. He struck-out three and walked one. Ryan Doolittle allowed two runs in two innings before giving way to Tucker Healy in the ninth. Healy tossed a scoreless inning, striking out two.

Outfielder Matt Angle joined the RockHounds’ roster on Monday after being sent down from Triple-A Nashville. Angle’s spot on the Nashville roster was taken by Tyler Ladendorf. Angle went 1-for-5 with a triple in his Midland debut.

Sounds Bats Quiet in Defeat

The Nashville offense had been on point all season until they had an off-night on Monday in Oklahoma City. The Sounds dropped a 5-3 decision to the OKC Dodgers and snapped a three-game winning streak.

The Sounds managed just four hits and one walk as a team. They also struck-out 13 times. Andy Parrino homered for the second straight night, while Max Muncy and Alden Carrithers each had a double. Billy Burns swiped his second base of the season.

Brad Mills had a rough outing. He allowed five runs on four hits and five walks in 3.2 innings. The left-hander struck-out four. The Nashville bullpen kept the game close. Pat Venditte threw 2.1 scoreless innings, followed by scoreless innings from Brock Huntzinger and Eury De La Rosa.

Beloit Struggles in Blow-out Loss

Very little is going right for the Beloit Snappers at the moment. Losers of four straight, the Snappers dropped a 9-0 decision to the undefeated Cedar Rapids Kernels on Monday.

Beloit batters managed just five hits and two walks in the shutout loss. Robert Martinez had the only extra-base hit (a double), while Melvin Mercedes had the only two-hit game.

Junior Mendez struck-out six batters in 3.1 innings, but he allowed eight runs on 13 hits in his first start of the season. Jose Torres allowed a run in 2.1 innings, while Corey Miller had a 2.1 inning scoreless outing.

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