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Wednesday was a good day for some late-game drama in the Oakland A's system. Chris Bassitt, Renato Nunez, Chad Pinder, Ryan Roberts and Yairo Munoz were among the A's prospects with notable performances. We have details of all of the day's action.

Bassitt Ties Career-High in Sounds' Win

It was a marquee pitching match-up at First Tennessee Park on Wednesday night, and for most of the game, Chris Bassitt versus Andrew Heaney didn't disappoint. The two top prospects dueled through six innings. When Bassitt departed after six innings, the Sounds were trailing the Salt Lake Bees, 1-0. The Sounds would get to Heaney, the Angels' top prospect, in the seventh, scoring twice. Nashville eventually added three more runs for a 5-1 victory.

Bassitt was spectacular in his six innings. He tied a career-high, striking out 11. The right-hander didn't walk a batter and the only run he allowed was unearned. He scattered five hits and recorded five of his six outs that came in the field of play on the ground. Bassitt threw 62 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

Down 1-0 in the seventh, the Sounds mounted a two-out rally. Luke Carlin walked and Craig Gentry followed with a single. Joey Wendle walked to load the bases and Ryan Roberts knocked a clutch, two-out hit to give the Sounds a 2-1 lead.

In the eighth, the Sounds added some insurance. With one out, Kent Matthes walked and Matt Carson doubled him home. Anthony Aliotti singled Carson to third and Carlin drove Carson home. With two outs, Wendle added a single to finish off the Sounds' scoring for the night.

The Nashville bullpen picked up where Bassitt left off, recording three scoreless innings. Joe Paterson earned the win with one scoreless frame. He allowed a hit and a walk. Brock Huntzinger struck-out the side and R.J. Alvarez threw a scoreless ninth. He walked one. Over his last eight outings for Nashville, Alvarez has allowed runs in only one appearance.

Wendle finished the game with two hits and a walk. The walk was his fourth over his last 10 games. He had only six walks over his first 37 games. Matthes also had two hits -- including a triple -- and a walk.


Pinder, Nunez Power RockHounds to Dramatic Win

Down 3-2 in the ninth, Chad Pinder launched his seventh homerun of the season, sending the Midland RockHounds into extra-innings against the Tulsa Drillers. Renato Nunez gave Midland the win with a two-run homer in the 11th, moving the RockHounds to 28-24 on the year.

Pinder's homer saved starter Nate Long from what would have been a very tough loss. He left the game after six innings having allowed just three runs (two earned) on six hits. He struck-out six and walked none. Relievers Ryan Doolittle and Seth Frankoff kept the RockHounds close enough to mount the comeback with a combined three innings of scoreless relief. Jonathan Joseph took over in the 10th inning and his two scoreless innings earned him his third win of the year.

Pinder had the game-tying homer and a run-scoring single, giving him three multi-RBI games over his last four. He has a four-game hitting streak and his hitting line is now up to .283/.355/.445 for the year. Nunez's homer was his fourth of the year.

Matt Olson had two doubles and Matt Angle had a two-hit game, as well.


Three-Run Ninth Gives Beloit a Walk-off Win

Down 7-5 with two-outs and none on in the bottom of the ninth, the Beloit Snappers put together a stunning three-run rally to earn the walk-off win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

The ninth inning began innocently enough with Jose Brizuela flying out and Robert Martinez striking out swinging. Jose Chavez walked and James Harris singled to put Beloit in business. Then Trent Gilbert laced a two-run double to center to tie the game. Yairo Munoz then sent the crowd home happy with a walk-off single to center.

The game started off slowly for the Snappers. Dustin Driver, off the disabled list after missing 10 days with a blister, allowed five runs (four earned) in two-plus innings. Kevin Johnson took over in the third and he allowed two runs in three innings of relief. Rob Huber and Joey Wagman threw four scoreless innings to keep the game close.

The Snappers chipped away at Fort Wayne's early lead. Down 7-1 in the bottom of the third, Munoz hit a three-run homer to bring the Snappers to within three. The homer was Munoz's sixth of the year. He has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and is batting .282 on the year.

Gilbert continued his torrid streak with a three-hit, two-double game. He has six hits and seven RBI over his last two games (10 at-bats). Gilbert is batting .410 over his last 10 games and .308 overall for the season. Harris also had a two-hit game to raise his average to .275.


Player Movement

- In addition to Driver, the Beloit Snappers added Koby Gauna to their active roster on Wednesday. Gauna joins the Snappers after serving his 50-game suspension for an off-season positive test for a drug of abuse. To make room for Driver and Gauna on the Beloit roster, the A's sent Corey Miller and Jordan Schwartz to short-season Vermont. The Lake Monsters' season begins in a little more than two weeks.

- On Tuesday, the Stockton Ports activated outfielder J.P. Sportman (hand) off of the disabled list. He didn't play on Tuesday and the Ports were off on Wednesday. Sportman was batting .282 with a .455 SLG at the time of his injury.

- The A's activated left-hander Drew Pomeranz off of the disabled list on Wednesday and sent RHP Arnold Leon to Nashville. Pomeranz will assume a relief role for the A's. Leon has allowed three runs in 5.1 innings with the A's this season. He has struck-out seven and walked one.

- Oakland's Dominican Summer League affiliate got their season underway over the weekend. The A's DSL club is 0-4 to start the year. Catcher Jorge Gordon has four hits in his first eight at-bats.


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