Oakland A's MLN: Carrithers, Muncy Go Deep

The Nashville Sounds and the Midland RockHounds had their power bats going on Friday night in wins, while the Stockton Ports suffered a late loss. We have all of Friday's action in the Oakland A's system.

Nashville Avoids the Sweep with a Rout

The Nashville Sounds jumped out to a 6-0 lead in three innings and never looked back en route to a 8-1 win over the Oklahoma City Dodgers. The win helped Nashville avoid a sweep and moved them back to the .500 mark.

Max Muncy hit his first homerun of the season and he went 3-for-5 with two RBI. He raised his average to .293. Alden Carrithers also hit a homerun – his first of the season – and he went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. He is batting .295 on the season. Luke Carlin had two RBI and Jason Pridie reached base three times in the rout.

Zach Neal was promoted from Double-A to make the start on Friday and he was very effective in his first Triple-A outing of the year. He allowed just four hits and a run in five innings. Neal struck-out three and walked none. Eury De La Rosa (1 IP), Chad Smith (2 IP) and Ryan Cook (1P) all had scoreless outings.

The Sounds now head to New Orleans to start a seven-game roadtrip.

Midland Wins Fourth Straight

The Midland RockHounds are starting to hit their groove. After an uneven start, the RockHounds have rattled off four straight wins. Midland’s latest victory was a 5-3 win over the San Antonio Missions in game two of their homestand.

The RockHounds had just eight hits, but five of those eight hits went for extra-bases. Matt Olson hit his fourth homerun of the season, while Chad Oberacker added a double and a triple and Bruce Maxwell and Colin Walsh each doubled.

Olson reached base four times with his homer and three walks. Olson has 14 walks in 14 games and he has reached base seven times over the last two games. Oberacker reached base three times and raised his average to .429 on the year. He also scored twice. Walsh’s double was his seventh of the season and he is batting .320 on the year. Bruce Maxwell also had two hits and an RBI. He has six hits in his last 13 at-bats.

Jake Sanchez got the start and he went six innings to earn his first win of the year. He allowed 10 hits, but he struck out seven and walked one while allowing three runs. Ryan Dull and Seth Frankoff combined to throw three scoreless innings to secure the win. Dull went two innings, striking out four, walking one and allowing two hits. Frankoff allowed a hit and a walk in his scoreless ninth. He struck-out one and saved his first game of the season.

The ‘Hounds are now back to .500 on the year.

Stockton Blows Lead Late

The Stockton Ports held a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but the Visalia Oaks scored single runs in the 8th and 9th to earn a 3-2, walk-off win.

Lou Trivino had an outstanding start, but was hung with an unlucky no decision. He allowed just three hits and three walks in five shutout innings. Trivino struck-out five and lowered his ERA to 2.31. Joel Seddon took over for Trivino in the six and threw two innings, allowing an unearned run. He struck-out one and allowed one hit.

Closer Brendan McCurry took over in the eighth, but he gave-up the lead in that inning on a two-out homerun to Stewart Ijames. McCurry then allowed two fly balls that were ruled doubles, although the second one only advanced the runner on-base one base. Domingo Leyba then singled off of McCurry to send home the winning run.

Beloit Rained Out

The Beloit Snappers were rained out on Friday and they will play a double-header to make-up the rain-out on Sunday. Trevor Bayless was promoted to High-A Stockton on Friday and will join the Ports for Saturday’s game. Jerad Grundy came off of the DL to take Bayless’ place on the roster.

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