Stockton Continues to Flex Muscle Down South
The Stockton Ports won their third straight game in Southern California by another big margin. With their 7-1 win over Lake Elsinore, the Ports moved back to .500 at 32-32.
Over the past three games, Stockton has outscored its opponents by a 29-8 margin. On Monday, the Ports had 14 hits, including three doubles. A night after he collected four hits, Franklin Barreto had three hits in five at-bats. He stole a base and had a double. Barreto's average is up to .263 on the year.
Tyler Marincov, Branden Cogswell and John Nogowski each had two hits. Marincov drove-in three, while Matt Chapman had a double and two RBI. Cogswell reached base four times and scored three times. He also stole a base. Brett Vertigan swiped his 13th base for Stockton (19th on the year total).
Kyle Finnegan got the start and dominated over Lake Elsinore. Over six innings, Finnegan allowed just one run on five hits and one walk. He struck-out two. Rehabbing A's reliever Edward Mujica threw a scoreless seventh and Corey Walter and Trevor Bayless each threw scoreless frames to close out the win.
Pinder Returns with a Bang
After missing nine games with soreness in his left hip, Chad Pinder returned with a bang, driving home three with a first-inning double to give Midland a 4-1 lead they wouldn't relinquish. Midland would go on to beat Frisco, 5-2.
Pinder is one of eight RockHounds heading to the Texas League All-Star Game. Chad Oberacker, Matt Olson and Carson Blair are all in the starting line-up for the South Division. Pinder, Colin Walsh, Ryon Healy, Nate Long and Ryan Dull are also representing the RockHounds in the mid-season classic.
Walsh had two hits and a walk, while Josh Whitaker drove-in the other two RockHounds' runs and had two hits himself. Oberacker scored twice from the lead-off spot. Matt Olson walked two more times to give him 61 on the season, the most in the Texas League.
Tim Atherton had a solid outing to earn the win. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in six innings. Atherton struck-out four. Ryan Doolittle worked two scoreless innings, while Ryan Dull threw a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save. Over his last 15.1 innings, Doolittle has allowed just two runs and he has lowered his ERA to 3.49 on the year after a slow start.
Nashville Drops Opener to Memphis
Chris Bassitt allowed four runs in the first three innings and the Nashville Sounds went on to lose their series opener to Memphis, 5-2. Bassitt had good stuff, touching 97 MPH on the radar gun, but he had trouble locating and was touched for six hits and three runs in five innings. He struck-out six. The outing raised his ERA to 3.88.
R.J. Alvarez struck-out the side for his second straight outing, working a scoreless bottom of the eighth.
The Sounds didn't manage much offense. They had only five hits and two walks. Niuman Romero was the only Nashville batter to reach twice. He had a hit and a walk.
Snappers' Comeback Falls Short
Down big early, the Beloit Snappers mounted a late-game rally, but fell short, losing to Dayton, 9-7.
The Snappers had just four hits, but they took advantage of six walks and a key Dayton error to score seven times. Justin Higley hit his first homer since being assigned to Beloit, while Joe Bennie doubled.
Heath Fillmyer had a rough outing for Beloit. He allowed seven runs on five hits and five walks in two innings. Carlos Navas had an impressive outing in relief, striking out five in two scoreless innings. He has 34 strike-outs in 28.1 innings this season.