Oakland A's MLN: Zito's Streak Reaches 21

Barry Zito's resurgence continued on Friday, as the left-hander extended his scoreless streak. We have all of the news and notes from the day in the Oakland A's system.

Zito Brilliant Again in Sounds' Win

It took him a few weeks, but Barry Zito has hit his stride with the Nashville Sounds. Zito threw his third consecutive scoreless start on Friday, extending his scoreless-inning streak to 21 innings. The left-hander lowered his ERA to 3.71 with the seven-inning gem. He struck-out five, walked one and allowed five hits. Over his last three starts, Zito has lowered his season ERA by a full run.

The Sounds managed only four hits of their own, but they came away with win thanks to an RBI groundout by Jason Pridie in the fourth inning. The grounder scored Joey Wendle, who had doubled to lead-off the inning. Wendle had two doubles in the game. Wendle has three-straight two-hit games and is batting .359 over his last 10 games.

Relievers Brock Huntzinger and R.J. Alvarez each worked a scoreless inning to secure the shutout. Alvarez struck-out two and walked one in a hitless ninth to earn his fourth save. Alvarez has five straight scoreless outings for Nashville.

Three Snappers Named to MWL All-Star Game

On Thursday, the Midwest League announced the rosters for the 2015 MWL All-Star Game. The Beloit Snappers will have three representatives: RHP Brett Graves, SS Yairo Munoz and 1B Sandber Pimentel.

Graves is 5-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 11 starts. He has a 34:24 K:BB and two homers allowed in 57 innings.

Munoz is batting .286/.317/.453 with seven homers and six stolen bases. This is his second straight All-Star appearance. He started in the New York-Penn League game last year.

Pimentel has a .262/.355/.477 line with nine homers in 49 games. This is Pimentel's first season playing in the United States. He was named to the starting line-up as the DH.

Venditte Debuts

The Oakland A's four-game winning streak came to an end on Friday against the Boston Red Sox, but Pat Venditte had an outstanding major-league debut. The switch-pitcher was added to the A's roster on Friday morning and arrived at the ballpark at game time. He pitched two scoreless innings for the A's, striking out one and allowing one hit. Venditte needed just 28 pitches in his two innings of work. He threw with both hands in the game.

Venditte joins Tyler Ladendorf, Mark Canha, Arnold Leon and Angel Castro as players to make their major-league debuts with the A's this season.

Offense Ignites Stockton Win

The Stockton Ports pounded out 12 hits and four walks in their 10-6 victory over the Modesto Nuts. Matt Chapman homered and tripled, while J.P. Sportman reached base four times in the win.

In just his third game back from the disabled list, Sportman had a huge game. He doubled and singled twice and was hit-by-a-pitch. Sportman scored twice. Brett Vertigan had two hits, including a double, and he scored three times from the lead-off spot. Vertigan and Sportman each stole a base, as well. John Nogowski also had two hits and two runs scored.

The homer was Chapman's seventh of the season. He leads the team despite missing the first six weeks of the season with a knee injury.

Kyle Finnegan earned the win with five innings of work. He allowed four runs on seven hits. Brendan McCurry came into the game with two-on and two-out and the score 8-6 in the eighth inning. He stranded both runners and worked a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save.

Errors Undo RockHounds

The Midland RockHounds allowed five unearned runs in their 6-2 loss to the Springfield Cardinals. Starter Jake Sanchez was charged with six runs in five innings, but only one was earned. He struck-out five and walked one.

Carson Blair hit his fourth homerun in the loss. It was Blair's second straight game with a homer. He has a 940 OPS on the season. The Hounds managed just five hits total in the game.

Beloit Shut-out by Fort Wayne

Junior Mendez and the Snappers bullpen had a solid game but no run support in the Beloit 3-0 loss to the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Mendez allowed three runs in six innings. He struck-out three and walked two. Joey Wagman threw two scoreless innings and Jose Torres tossed a scoreless ninth in relief of Wagman.

The Snappers had only five hits in the game and two came off of the bat of Jose Brizuela. Jose Chavez and Edwin Diaz each collected doubles.

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