Oakland A's MLN: Barreto, Ports Rack Up Hits

The Stockton Ports and Midland RockHounds had their bats working on Sunday, while the Nashville Sounds and the Beloit Snappers dropped close games.

Barreto, Ports Heat Up in Desert

The Stockton Ports collected 20 hits in their 8-5 win over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Sunday. The Ports had a big weekend against the Quakes. Stockton scored 14 on Saturday before their 20-hit explosion on Sunday.

Shortstop Franklin Barreto broke a two-game hitless skid with a four-hit night. One of those hits was his sixth homerun of the season. Michael Soto (5) and Tyler Marincov (6) also homered. Every Ports hitter had at least one hit. Barreto led the way with four, while Soto and Melvin Mercedes each had three, and Marincov, Brett Vertigan, John Nogowski and B.J. Boyd each had two hits.

Dylan Covey had a strong start in his first appearance since being added to the California League All-Star team. In five innings, he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck-out six. Covey has 12 strike-outs over his last two starts (10 innings).

Brendan McCurry earned his ninth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Midland Blanks Frisco

Nate Long pitched into the eighth inning and the Midland offense gave him plenty of support in their 8-0 rout of the Frisco RoughRiders.

Chad Oberacker collected three hits and scored four times from the top spot in the Midland line-up. He finished a homer short of the cycle and also walked. Renato Nunez finished a triple short of the cycle. His homer was his eighth of the year and his fifth over his last 11 games. Jaycob Brugman and Josh Whitaker also had two-hit games. Matt Olson singled and walked four times. He has 11 walks over his last 10 games and 59 on the year.

Tucker Healy took over for Long in the eighth with two-outs and bases-loaded and he stranded all three runners. He threw a scoreless ninth to finish off the shutout. Long lowered his ERA to 2.52 with the 7.2 scoreless innings. He has allowed four runs combined in his last four starts (27 innings).

Nashville Swept by Oklahoma City

An entire game's worth of scoring came in the third inning of Nashville's 4-2 loss to Oklahoma City. The Sounds scored twice in the top of the third, only to see the Dodgers answer with four runs in the bottom of the inning. That score would hold the rest of the game.

Former A's prospect Deck McGuire earned the win with seven innings of work. He allowed two runs on six hits. Brad Mills allowed four runs (three earned) in 2.1 innings and earned the loss for Nashville.

The Sounds managed just six hits. Alden Carrithers and Anthony Aliotti were the only two Sounds to reach base more than once. Both had a hit and a walk. Aliotti is batting .321 over his last 10 games and .285 overall.

Snappers Can't Overcome Early Deficit

Down 4-0 in the second inning, the Beloit Snappers couldn't crawl all the way back into the game, losing to Dayton, 6-4.

Joey Wagman allowed four runs in three innings and he was hung with the loss. Kevin Johnson followed with three scoreless innings of relief before Cody Stull allowed two runs (one earned) in two-thirds of an inning.

Joe Bennie and Andy Paz led the way offensively for Beloit with two hits each. Bennie had a double and two RBI and he also walked. Paz also doubled. He has five hits in 19 at-bats since joining the Snappers' roster.

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