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Oakland A's MLN: Ports Clinch Playoff Berth

The Stockton Ports punched their ticket to the California League post-season on Thursday night.

Stockton Grabs Post-Season Berth

On Thursday night, the Stockton Ports pounded the Visalia Rawhide by a score of 14-2. That win, combined with a Modesto Nuts' loss to the San Jose Giants, brought the Ports' magic number for a post-season spot down to zero and punched their ticket to the playoffs. The win moved the Ports to 71-65 for the year.

The Port had 20 hits in the game and were led by Jacob Nottingham and Yairo Munoz, both of whom had four-hit games. Munoz raised his Stockton average to .336 and Nottingham hit his 17th homerun of the season. B.J. Boyd and Branden Cogswell each had three hits and John Nogowski added two hits and he drove-in three. Every Ports hitter had at least one hit. One day after his first game back from the disabled list, Matt Chapman did not play in the game.

Dylan Covey had an excellent start to earn his eighth win of the season. In six innings, he allowed just one unearned run. He struck-out five and allowed just three hits and two walks. He recorded 10 outs on the ground.

Other Notes:

- Sean Manaea struck-out a career-high 13 batters in the Midland RockHounds' 4-1 win over the San Antonio Missions. Chad Oberacker had two hits and Ryon Healy and Renato Nunez each doubled in the victory.

- Max Kuhn (10) and Argenis Raga (2) each homered and the Beloit Snappers pounded out 11 runs and 19 hits in their 11-3 win over Clinton. Joe Bennie had five hits, including a double and a triple, and five Snappers had multi-hit games. Heath Fillmyer got the win after he went five innings. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks. Fillmyer struck-out five. Ryan Gorton struck-out five in a shut-out, two-inning relief appearance.

- The Vermont Lake Monsters scored four times in the first and that was all they would need in a 4-1 win over Hudson Valley. Bubba Derby allowed an unearned run and he struck-out four in a two-inning start. John Gorman, Kyle Friedrichs and Andrew Tomasovich combined to throw seven shut-out innings to close out the win.

- The Nashville Sounds dropped their home schedule finale on Thursday night, 8-3. Nate Freiman had three hits in the loss. Brad Mills was touched for five runs in four innings. Victor Veliz, up from the AZL A's, threw three shutout innings. Veliz has thrown 4.1 scoreless innings since joining the Sounds earlier this week. He has 32 strike-outs in 30 innings this season.

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