Barreto Plates Five in Stockton Rout
Barreto came into the game batting .216 with a 560 OPS and one homerun. He homered twice and had a two-RBI single to raise his average to .233 and his OPS to 640. Barreto is batting .320 with a 904 OPS in May.
Left fielder B.J. Boyd also homered for Stockton, his third of the year. He is batting .302 in May. Michael Soto had two hits and two RBI, while Brett Vertigan walked three times and Matt Chapman walked twice.
Dylan Covey got the start and he pitched well for Stockton. The right-hander was charged with three runs (two earned) in six innings. He struck-out five, walked one and recorded 10 outs on the ground. Covey has gone at least five innings in all but one of his seven starts this season and he has four outings of six innings or longer. His ERA is now 3.65 for the year.
Before the game, the A's announced that Ben Zobrist (knee) would begin his rehab assignment with the Ports on Tuesday. He is scheduled to play five innings at second base.
Mills Solid, But Sounds’ Bats Quiet
Mills allowed two runs on six hits and four walks in seven innings. He struck-out five but left the game with the Sounds trailing 2-1. Mills got off to a slow start this season, but he has gone at least six innings in each of his last three starts and he has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his last four outings. Over that stretch, he has lowered his ERA from 5.95 to 4.62.
Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte had a rare poor outing for Nashville, allowing two runs in the eighth inning. Venditte came into the game having allowed three runs the entire season.
With the loss, the Sounds fall to 14-24 on the year.
Midland Blanks Frisco
Long lowered his ERA to 2.31 for Midland with six shutout innings. He struck-out eight, walked two and allowed three hits. Long now has thrown at least six innings in each of his last five starts for the RockHounds.
Wahl took over in the seventh and he worked two perfect innings. He struck-out four and now has 18 strike-outs in 16 innings this season. Dull earned his first save with a scoreless ninth. He has yet to allow a run in 19.1 innings this season.
Offensively, third baseman Renato Nunez led the way, reaching base three times with two hits and a hit-by-pitch. Matt Olson had a hit and a walk and a sacrifice fly. Olson started the game in right field, the second time in recent days that Olson has seen time in the outfield. He finished the game at first when starting first baseman Ryon Healy was lifted in the eighth.
Carson Blair also had two hits and a walk in the game. He raised his average to .297. He came into the game with a .416 OBP and is opening a lot of eyes in his first season in the A’s organization.
The A’s announced before the game that closer Sean Doolittle would continue his rehab with Midland on Wednesday. Doolittle made two relief rehab appearances for Stockton last week. Doolittle will join his younger brother Ryan in the Midland bullpen. The Doolittle brothers have never pitched in the same regular season game.
Driver Solid in Beloit Debut
Driver missed all of last season with a back injury and he then opened this season at extended spring training. His Monday start was his first regular season outing since his draft season in 2013. Driver pitched well, allowing only a run on four hits over his first five innings of work. He allowed the first three runners in the sixth inning to reach safely and all three would come in to score after Driver left the game. Ultimately, he was charged with four runs in five-plus innings. Driver struck-out five and walked only one (the first batter of the sixth inning).
The Beloit bullpen struggled in what eventually was a 14-5 Snappers’ loss. Reliever Corey Miller allowed all three inherited runners to score in the sixth and then allowed two more of his own. Jordan Schwartz took over in the seventh and he allowed eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 2.2 innings. He struck-out three and walked two. Schwartz was making his first relief appearance after starting the year in the rotation. His ERA is now up to 9.38.