Middle of the order powers 'Hounds
Ryon Healy, Matt Chapman and Viosergy Rosa combined for eight hits, three doubles, one triple, two homers, six RBI and a walk, as the Midland RockHounds cruised to a 9-2 win over the San Antonio Missions.
Daniel Mengden got the start and he earned his first win of the season with six strong innings. Mengden allowed his first two runs of the season, but still held the Missions to two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck-out four. Mengden has a 1.00 ERA in 18 innings and is the reigning Texas League Pitcher of the Week.
Sam Bragg came on in the seventh in relief of Mengden. Bragg began the year as part of a tandem starting pitcher duo, but he allowed 14 runs in 4.1 innings. Back in his more familiar bullpen role, Bragg returned to form. He worked two scoreless innings, striking out four, walking one and not allowing a hit. Jake Sanchez worked a perfect ninth to finish the game.
The Midland offense pounded out 16 hits, including eight extra-base hits. Healy and Chapman hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning and Josh Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the ninth. Chapman, Rodriguez and Rosa each had three hits, while Healy and Danny Oh both had two-hit games.
Chapman extended his hitting streak to four games. He has raised his batting average from .143 to .279 over that stretch. The homer was his fourth of the season.
The RockHounds are now 8-5 on the season.
Pitching carries Snappers to win
Chris Iriart connected on a two-run homer in the first inning and the Snappers would never relinquish the lead. The homer was Iriart’s fourth of the season. The Snappers had only nine hits, but five of them went for extra-bases. Brett Siddall had a triple and a double, while Trace Loehr collected his second triple of the season and Justin Higley doubled.
Altamarino and Biegalski continued their productive starter tandem. Altamarino got the start and he was brilliant. He allowed only one hit in four innings. Altamarino struck-out three and lowered his ERA to 0.71. Biegalski took over in the fifth and earned the win with four innings of two-run ball. He struck-out six, walked one and gave-up four hits. Biegalski has a 3.12 ERA on the season and he moved his record to 2-0.
Kurz earned his second save with a scoreless ninth. He walked one but recorded one out on the ground and two flyouts to close out the Snappers’ eighth win of the season.
Sounds survive slugfest in 9-8 win
It was an old fashioned, high altitude slugfest in Colorado Springs. The Nashville Sounds came out on top, holding on to a 9-8 victory.
Andrew Lambo crushed a grandslam as part of a five-run sixth inning. The Sounds held an 8-4 lead after five and a half, but they had to fight off a Colorado Springs’ rally in the ninth for the one-run win.
The Sounds had 12 hits, including Lambo’s blast. He finshed the game with three hits and five RBI. Joey Wendle hit his third homerun of the season and went 2-for-5. Renato Nunez, Max Muncy and Rangel Ravelo each had two hits. Nunez is now batting .333 with a 910 OPS.
Zach Neal had his worst start of the season, but it was good enough to earn his second win. He allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 5.1 innings. He struck-out four and walked one. A parade of Sounds relievers followed, as Eduard Santos (1 IP), Daniel Coulombe (0.2 IP) and J.B. Wendleken kept the Sky Sox off the board until the ninth.
Patrick Schuster got the final out of the eighth, but he ran into trouble in the ninth. Schuster allowed back-to-back singles before recording an out. Ryan Brasier came on in relief of Schuster and allowed a run-scoring double. A fielder’s choice scored a second run, but Brasier stranded the tying run on second by striking out Keon Broxton to end the game.
It appears that utilityman Tyler Ladendorf will be the first player from Nashville to earn an in-season promotion to Oakland. Third baseman Danny Valencia is expected to be placed on the DL on Friday with a hamstring strain, according to A’s beat writers. Ladendorf, who didn’t play on Thursday, is the logical choice to replace Valencia on the roster because of his ability to play all over the field. With Ladendorf on the roster, the A’s will be able to give Marcus Semien a day off, if needed.
Ports drop pitcher’s duel
The Inland Empire 66ers won just their third game of the season in a well-pitched game, defeating the Stockton Ports, 3-2.
Casey Meisner got the start for Stockton. He allowed just one run until two-outs in the fifth inning, when he ran into trouble. With two-outs and no one on, Meisner allowed back-to-back singles and a two-run double before getting the third out of the inning. He was finished after the fifth, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. He struck-out six.
The Ports’ bullpen threw four scoreless innings in relief of Meisner to keep the game close. Carlos Navas tossed a perfect two innings. Koby Gauna allowed a hit and two walks, but kept the 66ers off the board. Joey Wagman threw a scoreless ninth.
Stockton’s offense was quiet on Thursday. Tyler Marincov hit a solo homer in the second, his third of the season. Stockton wouldn’t score again until the eighth, when Joe Bennie drew a bases-loaded walk. The Ports couldn’t push another run across, however.