Parker Returns, but Stockton Falls
Oakland A's rehabbing right-hander Jarrod Parker made his first start since he had Tommy John surgery last spring. Parker allowed two runs in the first inning, but he settled down and threw two scoreless innings before allowing a solo homerun in his final inning of the night. He finished his start having allowed three runs on four hits in 3.2 innings. He struck-out one and walked one.
Tyler Hollstegge finished off the fourth and then Dillon Overton -- who would have started for Stockton had Parker not been on a rehab assignment -- finished the game from there. He threw four shut-out innings in his best outing with Stockton. Overton allowed only two hits and one walk and he struck-out three.
J.P. Sportman had two hits and a walk out of the lead-off spot. One of those hits was a homerun, his second of the year. John Nogowski, Tyler Marincov and B.J. Boyd had the other three hits for Stockton.
The Ports are now 6-9 on the year.
Midland Wins in Return to West Texas
Before the game, outfielder Josh Whitaker joined the roster from extended spring training. He took the place of outfielder Bobby Crocker, who was placed on the disabled list.
Scheduled starter Tanner Peters was a late scratch, so the RockHounds went with an all-bullpen approach to the game. Kris Hall got the start and he combined with Jim Fuller, Tucker Healy and Bobby Wahl to get the RockHounds the win.
Hall allowed one run on two hits in three innings. He walked four but induced six groundouts to minimize any potential damage. Fuller then threw four outstanding innings, allowing just a hit and no walks. He struck-out four. Tucker Healy struck-out two in a perfect eighth.
Midland held a 5-1 lead in the ninth. Things got interesting when Matt Olson made a rare error. Bobby Wahl then allowed three straight hits, bringing the Missions within a run. Wahl got the final out to close out the game.
Olson may have had the error, but his bat was a big reason the RockHounds were in position to win the game. He had three hits, including a double, and he scored a run. Jaycob Brugman also had three hits, including two doubles. Brugman is now nine-for-his-last-15 and has his average up to .275. Chad Oberacker and Bruce Maxwell also had doubles. Oberacker had two RBI and he is up to 12 for the year. Whitaker, in his 2015 debut, went 1-for-4 and he played right field.
Midland has now won three straight and are just a game under .500 at 6-7.
Munoz's Blast Gives Beloit a Win
The Beloit Snappers scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to erase a 2-0 deficit and earn a 3-2, come-from-behind win over the Burlington Bees. Yairo Munoz's first homerun of the season was the difference in the game.
The Snappers' pitching staff was very effective on Thursday in frigid temperatures (thankfully it was a day game). Junior Mendez got the start and he allowed just two runs (one earned) in five innings. He struck-out four and walked four and he gave up just two hits. Mike Fagan threw two shutout innings, not allowing a base-runner. Cody Stull worked out of a two-on situation to throw a scoreless eighth and Trevor Bayless earned his second save with a scoreless ninth. Bayless has six scoreless innings to start the year. He has 11 strike-outs and has allowed just one hit.
The top of the Snappers' order was red-hot. Brett Vertigan, Melvin Mercedes and Munoz each had two hits. Sandber Pimentel also reached twice with a hit and a walk. At the bottom of the order, Robert Martinez had three hits, including a double. Martinez is five-for-his-last-seven.
The Snappers are now 5-10 on the season.
One Big Inning the Downfall for the Sounds
With Arnold Leon and Chris Bassitt both needed by the A's this week, the Sounds needed some length from their starter. They got it from Mills, who survived the bad second inning and went six frames. He allowed only those four runs on five htis and three walks. Mills struck-out three.
Fernando Rodriguez made sure the Sounds didn't need any more pitchers. He worked three hitless innings, facing just the minimum. Rodriguez struck-out four.
Nashville managed just six hits and none went for extra-bases. Niuman Romero had two hits.
With Bassitt with Oakland, the Sounds will have a new starter on Friday: Zach Neal, who is being promoted from Midland. Neal split last season between Double-A and Triple-A.
The Sounds are now 7-8 on the year.