Oakland A's MLN: Billy Burns Leads the Sounds

The Nashville Sounds blew multiple leads but earned a wild win; plus all of the rest of the action in the A's system.

Nashville Scratches Out Extra-Inning Win

The Nashville Sounds blew multiple leads in the late innings, but they kept fighting and scratched out a 7-6, 10-inning victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Reliever Ryan Cook was ejected in a wild seventh inning that saw the Sounds give up five runs on just two hits.

Right-hander Chris Bassitt recovered from a rough 2015 debut start to throw the first quality start of the Nashville season. Bassitt struck-out nine and allowed just two runs in 6.1 innings. Both of those runs scored after he left the game. He allowed just three hits and two walks and recorded six outs on the ground and just two in the air. Bassitt threw 60 strikes in 95 pitches.

Eury De La Rosa had a rough outing. He came in for Bassitt in the seventh with two-on and one-out. He allowed both of those runs to score and left the game with the bases loaded. De La Rosa walked two, hit a batter and he was hurt by poor defense when Andy Parrino made an uncharacteristic error at third. Cook would come on in relief of De La Rosa with three runs in and the bases loaded. The first batter Cook faced reached on a fielding error by Max Muncy at first base. Cook then induced an RBI ground-out and recorded a strike-out, but the scored was tied. He was then ejected by the homeplate umpire in-between innings.

The Sounds kept pushing despite the crazy seventh inning. Muncy walked in a run in the top of the eighth to give the Sounds a one-run lead. When Chad Smith allowed a game-tying run with two-outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Sounds again responded in the top of the 10th. Alden Carrithers singled to lead-off the inning. After moving to second on Niuman Romero's sacrifice bunt, Carrithers scored on Billy Burns' RBI triple. This time Smith was able to get through a scoreless frame and secure the win.

Burns had a big game out of the lead-off spot. He went 4-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. He also stole two bases and is up to four on the year. Burns struggled in Triple-A last season, but he is batting .360 since being sent down from Oakland.

Shortstop Tyler Ladendorf also had a good game in his first outing for Nashville. Ladendorf went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Bryan Anderson and Carrithers also had two-hit games, while Muncy reached three times with a hit and two walks. The Sounds are now 4-2 on the season.

Midland Drops Close Game to Arkansas

The RockHounds dropped a back-and-forth affair with the Arkansas Travelers, 6-4, on Tuesday night. Midland rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, but Jim Fuller allowed three runs in the top of the seventh. Midland would score a run in the bottom of the ninth and they had the winning run on-base but couldn't get the game-winning hit.

Midland managed just five hits in the game, and four of them came from Colin Walsh and Chad Oberacker (two hits each). Zach Neal allowed three runs in 5.2 innings in his second start of the season. He struck-out one and walked two. Fuller had a rough outing, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Seth Frankoff (1.2 innings) and Bobby Wahl (1 inning) combined to throw 2.2 scoreless innings. Midland is now 2-4 on the season.

Beloit's Losing Streak Continues

Beloit's losing streak has reached five, as the Snappers fell to 1-5 after an 8-4 loss to Cedar Rapids. Daniel Gossett had an uneven 2015 debut and earned the loss.

Gossett, the A's second overall pick in 2015, allowed six runs (four earned) in five innings. He allowed only four hits, but one was a homerun. He walked two and struck-out one.

The Snappers were down 5-0 after two innings and never got closer than three runs down after that. Beloit had 10 hits and six walks, but they left 12 runners on base.

Shortstop Yairo Munoz snapped a short slump with a 2-for-4 night. He walked once, as well. Second baseman Trent Gilbert had two hits and a walk in three official at-bats and he scored twice. Melvin Mercedes, batting lead-off, had two hits and a walk.

Extended Spring Daily Report

By Kimberly Contreras

For a primer on extended spring training, see this article.

The A's won on Tuesday, 4-1.

Pitchers: Dustin Driver: 3IP – FABULOUS! Command was brilliant; velo on his FB averaged 94, topped at 95. Felt GREAT afterward. Followed by 2.2 solid innings from LHP Chris Kohler, who is still early on his progress and development. LHP Victor Veliz worked 2.1 good innings, RHP Joey Wagman pitched an inning and then RHP Ben Bracewell came in with a 4-1 lead to finish the game.

Standouts from Today's Game: Driver, Jhonny Rodriguez and James Harris

Jhonny Rodriguez showed BIG POWER: oppo-homer in the second inning, then a long, hard-hit near miss to CF that resulted in runs. The ball sounded different coming off his bat than anyone else’s all game (A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman concurred.)

Newly acquired James Harris showed his plate discipline as well as his wheels on the base paths (a threat to steal, then stole easily, good sliding technique, advanced on overthrow by the Giants catcher) and really good defensive skills playing CF for the full nine innings.

Position Players:

Andy Paz was starting catcher; Seongmin Kim in for the 2nd half.


1st half of the game
1B: Miguel Mercedes
2B: Eric Marinez
SS: Carlos Hiciano
3B: Jean Carlo Rodriguez

2nd half of the game:
1B: Mercedes
2B: Jesus Lopez
SS: Trace Loehr
3B: Jean Carlo Rodriguez

Outfielders (full game)
LF Jhonny Rodriguez
CF James Harris
RF Vicmal de la Cruz

Tomorrow: Jesus Zambrano and Branden Kelliher are the first two scheduled pitchers.

Rehab Notes: Renato Nuñez as well as Matt Chapman were in the stands for Tuesday's game. Nuñez will see game action soon starting with EXT; Chapman a little farther behind but progressing nicely.

Stockton/Lancaster "Winded" Out

The Stockton Ports game with the Lancaster JetHawks was cancelled thanks to dangerous high winds that ripped through Southern California on Tuesday night. The two teams will play a twilight/night doubleheader starting at 5:30 tomorrow night. Stockton opens its home schedule on Thursday.

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