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Oakland A's MLN: Jacob Nottingham Debuts

The Stockton Ports added two new teammates and one - Jacob Nottingham - made his debut. We have the rundown on Thursday's action in the Oakland A's system.

Busy Day for Stockton Culminates in a Loss

The Stockton Ports’ day began in the early morning hours as they boarded their bus for Lancaster. By the time they reached their destination, they had two new teammates.

The Ports were the Oakland A’s affiliate most impacted by the Scott Kazmir trade. Both players acquired by the A’s were assigned to Stockton. Catcher Jacob Nottingham made his Stockton debut on Thursday and collected one of the Ports’ three hits in the 6-1 loss. Beau Taylor and B.J. Boyd had the other two hits for the Ports.

Chris Lamb got the start and he threw four shutout innings. Rehabbing A’s reliever Pat Venditte threw his first inning since landing on the disabled list with Oakland on June 12. He threw the entire inning right-handed and allowed two hits (including a solo homerun) in one inning. The switch-pitcher will throw an all-left-handed inning in his next rehab outing.

Fellow rehabbing A’s reliever Taylor Thompson took over for Venditte and he had a rough outing. Thompson allowed two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Sam Roberts inherited a bases-loaded situation from Thompson and allow three runners came around to score. Thompson was charged with four runs. He has allowed five runs in 1.1 innings for Stockton in two rehab outings.

Before the game, the Ports announced that shortstop Franklin Barreto was placed on the seven-day disabled list. Barreto was hit in the wrist by a groundball earlier in the week and he stayed back in Northern California to get further tests done on the wrist to determine the extent of the injury. Barreto has a 1093 OPS for the month of July.

Olson Homers as Midland Rolls

For the first time since June 20, Matt Olson went deep. Olson’s homer was one of 13 Midland hits in the 7-0 rout of the San Antonio Missions. Parker Frazier threw eight scoreless innings and Chad Oberacker and Jaycob Brugman each had three-hit games.

Oberacker finished a homerun short of the cycle and he raised his average to .294 on the season. Two of Brugman’s three hits were doubles. Colin Walsh also doubled twice, walked once and swiped his 11th base of the season. He is now batting .301 with 29 doubles this season. Ryon Healy and Wade Kirkland added two-hit games. Despite going hitless, Rangel Ravelo had two RBI. He has eight RBI in 11 games for Midland.

Frazier was very effective in his third start for Midland. Although he struck-out just one batter and walked four, Frazier needed just 87 pitches to get through eight innings. He recorded 16 groundouts and just one flyout. Frazier has allowed only one run in 20.1 innings for the RockHounds since joining the club earlier this month.

Ryan Doolittle finished off the shutout with a scoreless ninth in his return from the disabled list. Midland is now 52-45 on the year.

AZL A's Take Down AZL Angels

Jhonny Rodriguez doubled twice and scored two runs in the AZL A's 5-2 win over the AZL Angels. The powerful Rodriguez has nine extra-base hits in 21 games this year. This is his first season in the US after two seasons in the Dominican Summer League. Edwin Diaz also had two hits and he scored twice in the win.

Dakota Chalmers, the A's 2015 third-round pick, got the start and he threw two scoreless innings. He allowed a hit and two walks and he struck-out two. Jeff Urlaub made his first rehab outing of the season and he worked a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out two. Argenis Blanco threw three scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.18. He has walked just four in 34 innings for the AZL A's this season. Brendan Butler secured the win by tossing a scoreless eighth and ninth.

Sounds Waste Neal’s Outing

Zach Neal threw seven brilliant innings against the Colorado Sky Sox, but Phil Coke and R.J. Alvarez couldn’t hold the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth and the Sky Sox’s walked-off with a 2-1 win.

Neal needed only 88 pitches to get through seven shutout innings. He induced eight groundouts and he struck-out four while allowing just four hits and two walks. Neal lowered his Triple-A ERA to 3.22.

The Sounds held a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Coke threw a scoreless eighth inning, but he ran into trouble immediately in the ninth. Logan Schafer singled to start the inning and Jason Rogers walked to put runners at first and second. Matt Clark then singled to center and Schafer scampered home with the tying run.

Alvarez came on for Coke in the unenviable position of inheriting a tie game and runners on the corners with none out. Alvarez struck-out Matt Dominguez but Juan Centeno grounded a single to left to earn the Sky Sox a walk-off win.

Nashville’s lone run came in the first inning when Jason Pridie hit a sacrifice fly, bringing home Craig Gentry. The Sounds had just five hits. Joey Wendle and Ryan Roberts each had two and Nate Freiman had the other hit. All five hits were singles. Wendle finished the four game series in Colorado Springs with nine hits in 17 at-bats.

Beloit’s Comeback Falls Short

The Beloit Snappers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to pull within one run, but they couldn’t get even with the Burlington Bees in the 6-5 loss. Burlington homered three times, while Beloit got a homerun from Jose Brizuela.

Brett Graves had a rough outing. He allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings. He allowed two of the three Bees’ homeruns. Jose Torres allowed the other homerun. He allowed a run in two innings of work. Carlos Navas tossed two scoreless innings to keep the game close.

Brizuela scored twice and drove-in two to pace the Snappers’ offense. James Harris had two hits and a walk. He was the only Snappers’ batter with a multi-hit game. Yairo Munoz went 0-for-4, snapping his seven-game hitting streak.

Siddall Homers in Vermont Debut

Before Thursday’s game, the A’s promoted OF Brett Siddall and RHP Ryan Gorton. Both debuted for Vermont in Thursday’s 6-2 loss to Auburn.

Siddall, the A’s 2015 13th-round pick, hit .342/.424/.575 with 10 extra-base hits in 19 games for the AZL A’s before his promotion. It didn’t take Siddall long to get started with Vermont. He homered in his second at-bat with the Lake Monsters, accounting for half of Vermont’s offense in the loss.

Seth Brown had three of Vermont’s six hits. The 1B/OF has a .311/.395/.405 line and 11 walks in 20 games for the Lake Monsters. Skye Bolt had an RBI double, his fourth double of the season.

Jonnie Massad got the start and he allowed four earned runs in 5.2 innings. He struck-out five, but walked two and allowed a homerun. Gorton relieved Massad to make his 2015 Vermont debut. Gorton last played for Vermont in 2013, when he was a catcher. He is in his first full season as a pitcher. Gorton allowed a run on three hits in 1.1 innings. He struck-out two. Tyler Painton finished the game with two scoreless innings.

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