Oakland A's MLN: Marincov, Chapman Power Up

Tyler Marincov, Matt Chapman and Rangel Ravelo all went deep for Oakland A's minor league affiliates on Wednesday. We have all of the night's action in this edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook.

Ports Pound Giants

The Stockton Ports collected nine runs on seven hits and 10 walks en route to a 9-1 victory over the San Jose Giants. Tyler Marincov (12) and Matt Chapman (16) hit back-to-back homers to lead-off the fourth inning and start the Ports’ scoring.

Stockton had plenty of offense, but starter Joel Seddon didn’t need much support. The right-hander allowed just one unearned run in six innings. He struck-out five and walked one. Seddon lowered his ERA to 3.36. He has a 70:16 K:BB this season.

In addition to the homers, Chapman added a double and a walk and Marincov walked and stole a base (his 10th). John Nogowski and Michael Soto each had two hits and a walk, while Branden Cogswell had a hit and two walks and Beau Taylor walked twice. Franklin Barreto reached base on an error, but he saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end.

After Seddon departed, Ben Bracewell (one inning) and Sam Roberts (two innings) combined to blank the Giants over the final three innings and secure the Ports’ 47th win of the season.

Heads-Up Base-Running Leads to RockHounds’ Win

The Midland RockHounds scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead in their 6-4 victory over the San Antonio Missions. Two of Midland’s runs came with two outs when Missions reliever Brandon Alger uncorked a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Chad Oberacker broke for home, drawing a hurried throw from catcher Adolfo Reina. The throw was wild and not only did Oberacker score, but Colin Walsh came around to score from second, as well. Those runs were the difference in the game.

The game began with Tim Atherton on the mound in his return from the disabled list (Chris Lamb was sent to Stockton before the game to make room for Atherton on the Midland roster. Lamb took Phil Coke’s spot in Stockton. Coke was promoted to Triple-A Nashville.). Atherton pitched well in a no-decision, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings. He struck-out five and walked one. Atherton left the game with the score tied 3-3.

Midland’s first two runs came in the bottom of the third when Walsh singled home Oberacker and Jaycob Brugman. Those runs tied the game at two. San Antonio scored a run in the top of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead, but Rangel Ravelo tied the game back up again with his first homerun of the season. The homer came in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the seventh, the Missions scored a run off of reliever Bobby Wahl to take the 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, Matt Angle and Oberacker each singled with one out. Walsh walked to load the bases for Ravelo, who singled to tie the game. Renato Nunez struck-out with the bases-loaded, but the RockHounds scored the go-ahead runs during Matt Olson’s at-bat on the wild pitch/throwing error.

Omar Duran and Ryan Dull each tossed scoreless innings to secure the win. Dull got the save, his 10th of the year. He lowered his ERA to 0.44.

In addition to Ravelo, Oberacker and Chad Pinder each had two-hit games. Walsh reached base twice and drove-in two runs. Midland moved to 47-42 on the year.

Beloit One-Hit in 1-0 Loss

A Sandber Pimentel single in the first inning was the only hit the Beloit Snappers could muster in a 1-0 loss to the Peoria Chiefs. Heath Fillmyer was stuck with a tough-luck loss. He allowed a run on two hits in five innings. He walked five and struck-out four.

The Beloit bullpen also had a good night. Carlos Navas threw two scoreless innings, allowing only a hit and striking out two. Koby Gauna tossed a scoreless eighth inning, lowering his ERA to 1.48.

Beloit drew five walks, but couldn’t bring anything across. Yairo Munoz had two of the walks and he stole his 10th base of the season. Beloit fell to 34-56 on the year.

Vermont Mounts Comeback, but Falls in Walk-Off

Down 4-0 after two innings, the Vermont Lake Monsters drew even with Tri-City in the seventh but eventually lost to the Valley Cats, 6-5, on a walk-off hit in the ninth.

The Lake Monsters’ one-two-three hitters had big games. Steven Pallares had three hits out of the lead-off spot, while number two hitter Richie Martin and third-place hitter Mikey White each had two hits. They scored three of the Lake Monsters’ five runs. Number nine hitter Skye Bolt also had a good game. He singled and walked and scored two runs.

With Bolt, Pallares, Martin and White on-base so much, clean-up hitter Chris Iriart had plenty of opportunities to drive-in runs and he came through with three RBI. White and fifth-place hitter Seong-Min Kim had the other two RBIs. Seth Brown had a double and a walk in the loss.

Starter Dustin Driver had a rough outing. He was touched for four runs on six hits and three walks in three innings. Driver struck-out three. Corey Miller threw two scoreless innings in relief of Driver and gave-way in the sixth to Kevin Duchene, who is piggy-backing starts with Driver. Duchene, the A’s 2015 5th-round pick, threw three innings. He allowed a run on two hits and he struck-out four. Duchene has had three three-inning outings for the Lake Monsters and he has allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks with eight strike-outs.

John Gorman took over in the ninth and he took the loss. Gorman walked three – although two were intentional after Gorman’s throwing error on a pick-off play let Bryan Muniz reach third with no outs. Gorman retired Anthony Hermelyn on a flyout with the bases-loaded before Dexture McCall singled to give Tri-City the walk-off win.

Ninth Inning Dooms AZL A’s

The AZL Rangers scored six runs in the top of the ninth to earn a 7-3 comeback win over the AZL A’s. Xavier Altamirano and Jesus Zambrano combined to throw 7.2, one-run innings, but the AZL A’s bullpen couldn’t close out the game. Altamirano threw three scoreless frames, allowing just two hits and a walk. Zambrano, who was piggy-backing Altamirano in the start, took over in the fourth and scattered six hits over 4.2 innings. He was charged with one run.

The AZL A’s had seven hits but walked just once and scored three times. Brett Siddall had two hits and scored twice. He also stole his second base of the season. Luis Barrera also had two hits to raise his average to .353 on the year. Jhonny Rodriguez had a two-RBI double that gave the AZL A’s a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth.

In the top of the ninth, AZL A’s reliever Yordy Alejo allowed two singles and a walk and left the game with one run in and two on base. Armando Ruiz came on in relief of Alejo and allowed a bunt hit to load the bases. After a force-out at home, Ruiz walked in the game-tying run. A two-run single followed and the inning unraveled from there. Alejo and Ruiz were each charged with three runs. Philip Ortiz got the final out of the inning.

Pridie Singles Twice in Triple-A All-Star Game

Nashville Sounds’ outfielder Jason Pridie played the entire Triple-A All-Star game and had two hits in five at-bats. Pridie was the only Sounds’ representative in the game. The International League scored three times in the top of the ninth to earn a 4-3 win over the Pacific Coast League.

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