Mills Gets into Win Column for Nashville
After a slow start, the Nashville Sounds’ starting rotation is pitching like they were expected to going into the season. Left-hander Brad Mills got into the act on Tuesday with six solid innings in the Sounds’ 6-3 win over the Iowa Cubs.
Mills allowed three runs on eight hits in those six innings and earned his first win of the season. He struck-out five, walked two and allowed two solo homeruns.
The Sounds’ bullpen ensured that Mills would get the win with three scoreless innings. Seth Frankoff didn’t allow a hit in two scoreless innings. He walked one and struck-out three. Since allowing two runs in his first appearance for Nashville, Frankoff has given up no runs in 5.2 innings. Ryan Cook threw a one-two-three ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.
The Sounds had plenty of offense against the Cubs. Andy Parrino, Kent Matthes, Nate Freiman, Jason Pridie and Ryan Roberts all had two-hit games. Pridie had a triple and two RBI, while Freiman and Roberts also had two RBI. Craig Gentry stole two bases.
The Sounds moved to 13-19 on the season. Before the game, the A’s officially added Chris Bassitt to the Sounds’ roster and removed Jarrod Parker from the rehab list. The A’s also traded catcher Blake Forsythe off of the Nashville roster to the Philadelphia Phillies. Forsythe joined the A’s partway through last season and was an instrumental member of the Midland Texas League champion last year.
’Hounds Hold On for Series Sweep
They escaped by the narrowest of margins, but the Midland RockHounds managed to hold on for a 6-5 win over the Frisco RoughRiders, completing a sweep of their Texas League rivals. Jonathan Joseph induced a pop-out with the bases-loaded to secure the one-run win.
Josh Whitaker and Renato Nunez had the big blows for Midland, a pair of RBI doubles. Nunez reached base three times with that double and two walks. He has nine walks in eight games since joining the RockHounds from extended spring. Whitaker had two hits and a walk to raise his OPS to 814. He has three straight two-hit games and could be nearing a promotion to Triple-A. Whitaker is batting .286/.349/.464 in 14 games since joining Midland from a stint in extended spring of his own.
Jaycob Brugman showed off his speed with his third triple and his fourth stolen base of the season. He also walked. Colin Walsh connected on a solo homerun – his third of the season – and he scored three runs. Ryon Healy also hit a solo homerun, his second of the year. Healy has a five-game hitting streak and a .293/.356/.398 line. Both of his homeruns have come in the last three games.
Nate Long battled his command a bit but earned his first win of the season. He scattered five hits and four walks in six innings, allowing two runs. Long struck-out five. Andres Avila allowed two runs in two innings and Joseph had an eventful ninth to earn his first save at the Double-A level. Joseph allowed a solo homerun to make it a one-run game and then loaded the bases on two hits and a walk with two outs. Joseph got J.T. Wise to pop-up to end the game.
Midland moves to two games over the .500 mark with the win.
Stockton Routed by Mavericks
Stockton starter Louis Trivino allowed three runs in the first inning and the High Desert Mavericks won their Tuesday night game over the Ports going away, by a score of 10-3.
Not much went right for the Ports, who committed three errors and allowed 10 runs on 10 hits and four walks. On offense, Branden Cogswell’s first inning homer was the highlight, as the Ports managed just six hits and one walk.
No Stockton hitter had more than one hit in the game. Franklin Barreto singled in three at-bats. Since the start of May, he is batting .344 after hitting just .171 in April. He did commit an error, however, his 11th of the season.
A’s 2014 top pick Matt Chapman is still looking to get on track. He joined the Ports on May 7 from extended spring training and is just 1-for-18 with three walks. He went 0-for-4 on Tuesday and was charged with two errors.
Before the game, the Ports announced that A’s closer Sean Doolittle will make a rehab appearance with Stockton on Thursday. The Ports have an 11:10am start time on Thursday. Stockton is now 14-18 on the season.
Beloit Slows Red-Hot River Bandits in Rout
The Beloit Snappers ended the Quad Cities River Bandits’ 12-game winning streak in emphatic fashion in a 10-4 road win. Beloit pounded out 13 hits, six of the extra-base variety, to grab the win.
Shortstop Yairo Munoz had a big day at the plate, collecting four hits to raise his average to .277. Two of Munoz’s four hits were triples – his first two of the season. Munoz is batting .286 over his last 10 games.
Joe Bennie and Robert Martinez each had two hits. Bennie had a double and a single, while Martinez collected his first homerun of the season. Jose Brizuela also hit a homerun, his first for Beloit and his second overall this season.
Brett Graves got the start for the Snappers. He walked four in five innings, but minimized the damage, allowing just one run and three hits. Graves struck-out five and earned his second win of the season. Cody Stull allowed three runs (two earned) in two innings, but Corey Miller threw two scoreless innings to secure the win.
Beloit is now 14-18 on the year.