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Oakland A's MLN: Manaea, RockHounds Cruise

Sean Manaea, Matt Olson and the Midland RockHounds continued their hot second-half with a blowout win. That and all of the news in the Oakland A's system for Sunday.

RockHounds Blow-Out Tulsa

Sean Manaea and three Midland RockHounds' relievers combined on a five-hit shutout in the RockHounds' 9-0 win over the Tulsa Drillers. Midland moved to 18 games over the .500 mark with the win.

Manaea, in his fourth start since being acquired in the Ben Zobrist deal, worked six shutout innings. He struck-out five, walked two and allowed four hits. He has a 2.19 ERA in his four Midland starts with a 27:8 K:BB in 24.2 innings. Kris Hall, Andres Avila and Jonathan Joseph each threw an inning in relief to finish out the shutout.

The Midland offense collected 13 hits against Eric Stults and the Drillers' pitching staff. Matt Olson had a huge game, hitting his 14th homerun of the season and connecting on two doubles. He is second in the Texas League in doubles with 31.

Chad Pinder also had a three-hit game to raise his average to .317 and Josh Whitaker had a two-hit game. Midland has a comfortable six-game lead in the second-half division race.

Doolittle Shines in Nashville Loss

Oakland A's closer Sean Doolittle could be nearing a return to the big leagues. Doolittle had his best rehab outing of the season on Sunday, striking out the side and throwing 10 of his 13 pitches for strikes against the El Paso Chihuahuas. Doolittle has thrown three rehab innings since August 7. He has allowed just a solo homerun over those three frames.

The Sounds were unable to scratch out a win on Sunday, however, as they fell, 4-3. Nashville jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but they couldn't hold it. Nate Long got the start and he allowed three runs in five innings. Long walked six and he left with the game tied. Arnold Leon allowed the game-winning run in the sixth inning and was hung with the loss.

Joey Wendle and Jason Pridie each had two-hit games. Wendle raised his average to .278. He is batting .349 over his last 10 games. Wendle has hit .284 or higher in every month except May this year. Pridie's two hits bumped up his average to .297 and he has a .333 average over his last 10 games.

Tyler Ladendorf had a hit and four strike-outs in five at-bats in his second rehab game for Nashville. He had two games with Stockton before moving his rehab to Nashville over the weekend. 

Ryan Dull retired both batters that he faced. He has allowed just one run in 9.1 innings since being promoted to Triple-A. He has 13 strike-outs and just two walks.

Ports Down Rawhide

The Stockton Ports scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to break a 5-5 tie and take a 7-5 win over the Visalia Rawhide. The win moved the Ports back to a game over the .500 mark.

Yairo Munoz and Jacob Nottingham each singled to start the game-winning rally. After B.J. Boyd hit a ball to first-baseman Kevin Cron, Cron retired Munoz at third. However, on the continuation play, Nottingham and Boyd moved to third and second. John Nogowski dropped a flyball single just past the pulled in infield to bring home the two game-winning runs. Nogowski had two hits and three RBI in the game. Boyd also had two hits and two RBI, while Munoz added three hits to raise his Stockton average to .320. Nottingham also had two hits and he scored twice.

Daniel Mengden got the start. He allowed three runs in the second and a run in the fifth and finished with a line of four runs allowed in 5.2 innings. He struck-out two and walked two and he allowed a homerun. Mengden recorded nine outs on the ground.

Lou Trivino threw 2.1 innings in relief of Mengden and he pitched well, allowing just a solo homerun. He struck-out two and earned the win when the Ports mounted their 8th inning rally. Corey Walter notched his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth. He struck-out one and didn't walk a batter.

Beloit Routs West Michigan

The Beloit Snappers scored eight times in innings two through four en route to a 9-3 win over the White Caps.

Shawn Duinkerk and Justin Higley each homered and the Snappers had 10 hits in the game. Higley, Joe Bennie and Max Kuhn each had two-hit games. Bennie's two hits were both doubles. He has been on an absolute tear in August. He's batting .355 with eight homers, six doubles and a 1214 OPS in 14 August games.

Joey Wagman had a strong start. The East Bay native struck-out eight and walked just one in six innings. He allowed three runs and earned his seventh win of the year. Koby Gauna threw two scoreless innings in relief to lower his ERA to 1.30 for the year. Lee Sosa finished off the game with a scoreless inning.

Vermont Drops Slugfest

The Vermont Lake Monsters pounded out 16 hits and scored eight runs, but it wasn't enough in a 10-8 loss to the Staten Island Yankees.

Seth Brown led the way with three hits, and Trace Loehr, Chris Iriart, Seong-Min Kim, Brett Siddall, Steven Pallares and Jordan Devencenzi each had two-hit games. Brown has a six-game hitting streak and he is batting .292 on the year.

Dustin Driver had a rough outing, allowing eight runs (six earned) in three innings. Tyler Painton had a solid outing in relief of Driver, allowing just a run in three innings. John Gorman and Ryan Gorton each threw a scoreless inning of relief.

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