Boyd, Ports Rout Giants in Opener of Key Series
In a series with post-season implications, the Stockton Ports routed the San Jose Giants, 13-2, to take a two-game lead over the mini-Giants in the race for the California League's Northern Division Wild Card spot.
B.J. Boyd, Tyler Marincov and Michael Soto all homered in the win. Boyd drove-in five to pace the Stockton offense. Soto was hit after Boyd's three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. The benches cleared after Soto was hit and John Nogowski (not in the game) wound-up being tossed, along with Giants' pitcher Dan Slania.
Jacob Nottingham had three hits and Yairo Munoz had two hits and a walk and he scored four runs. Nottingham has a five-game hitting streak and he is now batting .301 since joining the Ports. Munoz has five hits in his last two games and he is batting .329 since his promotion from Low-A Beloit. Munoz hit .236 for the Snappers. Brett Vertigan also had a two-hit, one-walk game. He drove-in two.
Raul Alcantara got the start and he was excellent in his four innings. He allowed just two hits and he didn't walk a batter. Alcantara struck-out two. Alcantara has allowed two runs or less in 10 of his 12 outings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. He has been held to a four-inning maximum limit this season.
Kyle Finnegan took over for Alcantara and earned the win with 3.1 solid innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk. Finnegan struck-out three. Sam Roberts finished off the win with 1.2 scoreless innings.
Neal's Solid Outing not Enough for Sounds
Nashville starter Zach Neal put together yet another quality start, but it wasn't enough in the Sounds' 5-1 loss to El Paso. Neal was out-dueled by former MLB outfielder-turned-pitcher Jason Lane, who went seven innings and allowed just one run.
Neal lasted into the seventh inning. He scattered 10 hits over 6.1 innings, striking out five, walking one and allowing three runs (two earned). Neal lowered his ERA to 3.79 for the year. Jim Fuller allowed an inherited runner and one unearned run in two-thirds of an inning in relief of Neal. Taylor Thompson also allowed an unearned run in his two innings of relief. The Nashville defense committed two errors that led to three unearned runs.
Craig Gentry was the only Nashville batter with a multi-hit game (he had two hits). Gentry also stole his 23rd base of the season. In his third rehab game for Nashville, Tyler Ladendorf went 0-for-3 with an RBI. He played third base in the game.
AZL A's Cruise to Win over Brewers
The AZL A's scored four times in the fifth inning en route to a 6-3 win over the AZL Brewers. The victory moved the AZL A's to 21-24 on the season.
The A's featured a line-up of position players who all were graduates of the organization's Dominican Academy. Carlos Hiciano, Miguel Guzman and Rodolfo Penalo each had two hits. Guzman and Penalo both had triples. Guzman drove-in two and he raised his average to .271.
Jordan Schwartz had another solid rehab outing. The right-hander threw two hitless innings. He walked one and struck-out two. Schwartz has allowed just one run in 11 rehab innings in Arizona.
Xavier Altamirano took over for Schwartz in the third and he earned the win with five solid innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in five innings. Altamarino struck-out three and walked none. Tyler Willman threw a scoreless eighth, working out of a bases-loaded, two-out situation. Dustin Hurlbutt struck-out two and he recorded his fourth save of the season. Hurlbutt has allowed just one run over his last eight outings (10.1 innings).