Vermont Mounts Late Comeback
The best-hitting team in the New York-Penn League was at it again on Thursday night. The Vermont Lake Monsters pounded out 14 hits and 10 runs in their 10-7, come-from-behind victory over the Tri-City Valley Cats. Five of Vermont’s 10 runs came in the final two innings of the game, as the Lake Monsters overcame a 7-5 deficit.
Richie Martin and Trace Loehr each had three hits to lead the Vermont attack. Loehr also walked once and he scored twice. Martin raised his average to .316. He has a 909 OPS in 13 pro games. Skye Bolt collected two doubles and Seth Brown and Mikey White each had two hits. White is third in the New York-Penn League in batting with a .354 average. His 961 OPS leads the league.
Vermont starter Chris Kohler had a rough outing. He allowed five runs in three innings. Kohler walked just one, but he allowed six hits and he hit a batter. Kohler struck-out three. Andrew Tomasovich and Derek DeYoung each threw an inning in relief before giving way to Bubba Derby, who was piggy-backing the Kohler start. Derby went three innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk. He struck-out three. Derby has a 12:2 K:BB and has allowed just one run in 8.2 innings for Vermont. James Naile picked up his second pro save with a scoreless ninth.
Hounds Move to Six Games Over .500 with Comeback Win
The Midland RockHounds moved to 48-42 on the season with a come-from-behind, 5-4 win over the San Antonio Missions. Midland scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to overcome a 3-2 deficit and then held on to the one-run win.
Midland had plenty of base-runners on Thursday. They collected 14 hits and five walks. Renato Nunez led the way with three hits, including a double. Ryon Healy, in his return from the disabled list, had a key hit in the seventh inning and went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Matt Olson, Chad Pinder and Colin Walsh also had two hit games.
Chris Jensen got the start and he allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in six innings. He struck-out three and recorded six groundouts. Kris Hall got the win with 1.1 innings of work. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk. He struck-out one. Seth Frankoff inherited a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the eighth and stranded two of the runners. He worked a scoreless ninth and earned his fifth save for Midland. Frankoff struck-out three.
AZL A’s Pitching Leads Way in Win
Angel Duno and a slew of relievers combined to defeat the AZL Dodgers, 3-2, on Thursday night. Duno continues to impress in his first season in the United States. He allowed a run in five innings, walking none and striking out six. Duno has 24 strike-outs and no walks in 30 innings this season. His ERA is 2.70.
Tyler Willman came on in the sixth but left the game before pitching to a batter. Brendan Butler took over and allowed a run in two innings. Jorge Martinez (0.2 innings) and Dustin Hurlbutt (1.1 innings) combined to throw two scoreless innings to close out the game.
A’s 2015 11th-round pick James Terrell walked four times out of the lead-off spot. Robert Martinez also drew four walks and he scored twice. Miguel Guzman and Eric Marinez each had two hits to lead the A’s offense.
Gossett Pitches Well, but Beloit Falls
In a game shortened by rain, the Beloit Snappers dropped a 3-1 decision to the Peoria Chiefs. Daniel Gossett had his fourth straight solid start, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks. He struck-out five and was credited with the complete game in the loss. Gossett finally has his ERA under 5.00 and he has a 2.95 ERA in three July starts. His walk-rate has dropped considerably since the start of June. In April and May, Gossett walked 28 in 49.1 innings in April and May. He has walked 12 in 45 innings since.
The Snappers didn’t muster much offense, but Yairo Munoz supplied most of what the Snappers did have. The shortstop went 3-for-3 with two doubles and Beloit’s only RBI. Joe Bennie, Max Kuhn, Iolana Akau and Justin Higley had the other four Snappers’ hits.
Late Comeback Falls Short for Nashville
The Nashville Sounds scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to send their game into extra-innings, but the Omaha Storm Chasers two in the top of the 10th to send Sounds to a 7-5 loss.
Barry Zito got the start and he was solid in his six innings. He had a rough fourth inning when the Storm Chasers pushed four runs across. Two of the runs were unearned, coming after a Nate Freiman fielding error. Zito went six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk. He struck-out five. Zito’s ERA is 3.57 on the year and he has gone at least six innings in each of his last 10 starts.
Barreto Homers, but Stockton Falls
A night after seeing his 11-game hitting streak snapped, Franklin Barreto hit his 10th homerun of the season. He also had a sacrifice fly, but it wasn’t enough, as the Ports fell to the San Jose Giants, 7-2.
Starter Dylan Covey didn’t get much help from his defense. He was charged with six runs in four innings, but only two of those runs were earned, as the Ports had four fielding errors. Covey didn’t strike-out any batters and he walked one.
The Ports managed just two hits the entire game – Barreto’s solo homerun and a ninth inning triple by B.J. Boyd. Boyd would later score on Barreto’s sac fly.