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Oakland A's MLN: Dull with Scoreless Debut

Ryan Dull made his major-league debut on Tuesday night, and it was a memorable one. Plus, the Midland RockHounds achieved another milestone and the Stockton Ports pulled off a stunning comeback.

Ryan Dull Debuts

In his first day as a big leaguer, Ryan Dull looked very much like the pitcher he has been throughout his professional career. The owner of a 0.74 ERA in the minor leagues this season, Dull threw a scoreless inning in his major-league debut.

The Oakland A's 32nd-round pick in 2012 was one of eight players called up on Tuesday as a September call-up. Dull debuted for Oakland in the eighth inning of their 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. He struck-out the first batter he faced -- C.J. Cron -- and then allowed a single to Erick Aybar. A passed ball moved Aybar to second, but Dull recovered to induce a David Freese pop-up and a Carlos Perez ground-out to get out of the inning.

Dull has allowed five runs in 62 total innings at three levels this season.

Stockton Stuns Rawhide

Down 5-0 in the fourth, the Stockton Ports stormed back to score nine unanswered runs to beat the Visalia Rawhide, 9-5. Stockton moved to 70-64 on the season. The Ports are tied with the San Jose Giants at the top of the Wild Card standings and are four games ahead of the Modesto Nuts. The three teams are vying for the final two California League playoff spots. The Rawhide already clinched a spot with a first-half division title.

Daniel Mengden had a rare off-night for the Ports, allowing five runs in three innings. Sam Roberts took over for Mengden and turned the tide for the Ports on the mound. He threw three perfect innings to give Stockton a chance to get back into the game, and they did. The Ports scored single runs in the fourth and fifth. Then Tyler Marincov hit a two-run double in the sixth and Brett Vertigan singled Marincov home to tie the game.

The Ports broke open the game in the seventh. Yairo Munoz drew the second of his two walks to open the inning. With one out, John Nogowski walked and B.J. Boyd followed with a run-scoring single to give the Ports the lead. Marincov then brough home Nogowski with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-5.

Stockton would add two more insurance runs in the eighth inning. Branden Cogswell and Vertigan opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Then with one-out, Munoz singled home Cogswell. Two wild pitches would lead to the final Ports' run of the night.

Lefty Jose Torres made his High-A Stockton debut in the seventh inning. Torres struck-out three, but one of those strike-outs reached, so he was only credited with two-thirds of an inning pitched. He left with two-on and two-out. Ben Bracewell stranded those runners and added two more scoreless innings to notch his sixth save of the season.

Midland Sets Franchise Record

A day after clinching the second-half South Division title, the Midland RockHounds beat the San Antonio Missions, 4-2. The win was the 'Hounds 44th of the second half, setting a new franchise record for wins in a half season. The previous record of 43 was set by a Tony DeFrancesco-led squad in 2001.

Dillon Overton got the start and pitched well in his 4.2 innings. He struck-out seven, walked one and allowed four hits in a scoreless outing. Overton lowered his Double-A ERA to 3.32. He has a 42:15 K:BB in 59.2 Double-A innings. For the year, Overton has a 3.57 ERA and a 101:27 K:BB in 121.1 innings.

Andres Avila took over for Overton in the fifth and he would be credited with the win. He allowed two runs in 2.1 innings. Tucker Healy and Seth Frankoff combined to throw two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Chad Oberacker had two hits and a stolen base and Beau Taylor and Wade Kirkland each added two-hit games for Midland. Every Midland hitter had at least one hit.

Other Notes:

- Jake Sanchez made his Triple-A debut for Nashville, but it was the Round Rock Express that a big night in a 10-5 Nashville loss. Sanchez allowed seven runs in three innings. Aaron Kurcz threw two scoreless innings, but Tanner Peters was touched for three runs in his two innings of work. Trevor Bayless threw two scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut. Nate Freiman hit his third homer of the season.

- Kane County scored three runs in the eighth to complete a comeback and defeat the Beloit Snappers, 10-9. Argenis Raga and Shawn Duinkerk each had three hits and Max Kuhn hit his ninth homerun of the season in the loss.

- The Vermont Lake Monsters had a 4-0 lead disappear late in an 8-4 loss to the Aberdeen Ironbirds. Seth Brown, Chris Iriart, Skye Bolt and Tom Gavitt each had two hits.

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