Healy, ‘Hounds Walk-off Winners
It was a battle of attrition between the A’s and Rangers’ Double-A affiliates, as the two squads combined to leave 37 runners on base. In two separate innings, the RockHounds had a chance to walk-off winners with a runner at third and less than two outs, but, in the end, it was the combination of a two-out walk to Chad Pinder and followed by a game-winning double by Ryon Healy that gave Midland the victory.
Despite scoring just three times in 12 innings, the Midland offense combined to collect 13 hits and 11 walks. Healy had three hits in seven at-bats, while Colin Walsh and Bruce Maxwell each had two hits and two walks. Pinder walked three times and collected two hits to up his OPS to 819 on the season. He has already walked 18 times this season after walking just 22 times all of last year.
After a slow start, Healy has come on strong in May. He is batting .326 with an 845 OPS this month. On the season, Healy has a .294 BA. The only Midland batter not to collect a hit was Renato Nunez. Nunez did walk twice, however, and he has seven walks in seven games since joining the RockHounds from extended spring training.
Chris Jensen got the start for Midland. He lasted five innings, allowing two runs on four walks and five hits. Jensen struck-out two. The Midland bullpen then combined to throw seven shut-out innings. Kris Hall (2 IP), Ryan Doolittle (2 IP), Ryan Dull (2 IP) and Tucker Healy (1 IP) struck-out a combined 11 batters in those seven innings.
Alvarez Struggles as Sounds Fall in Extras
The Nashville Sounds rallied for two runs in the eighth inning to tie the game at 2, only to see their bullpen allow six runs in the top of the 10th inning. Nashville dropped the game, 8-2.
It was a pitcher’s duel early, as Kendall Graveman and Phil Klein squared-off. Graveman’s command was a bit touch-and-go, as he walked four, but he induced 12 groundouts to only one flyout, in 5.1 innings. Graveman allowed two runs and he struck-out one.
Lefty Jim Fuller came on in relief of Graveman and he kept the game at a 2-0 Round Rock lead by tossing 2.2 scoreless innings. Fuller allowed just one hit and he struck-out three.
Neither team scored in the ninth, and Alvarez came on in the 10th. With two-outs and only a runner on first, Alvarez appeared to be in-line for a quiet inning. Instead, the wheels came off. He allowed the next six batters to reach base safely (one via an error) before being lifted in favor of Brock Huntzinger, who allowed another hit and a walk before finally ending the inning. All told, Alvarez would be charged with six runs on five hits and two walks in 1.2 innings of work.
Beloit Blanked by Quad Cities
The Midwest League’s best team looked the part on Monday, as the River Bandits two-hit the Snappers en route to an 8-0 win.
Daniel Gossett got the start for the Snappers and he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. Gossett struck-out three. The A’s 2014 second-round pick has a 4.94 ERA and a 29:17 K:BB in 31 innings thus far this season.