Manaea battles in big league debut
The final line won't tell the full story of Sean Manaea's major-league debut. The Oakland A's top pitching prospect threw an impressive five innings before running into trouble in the sixth and leaving the game with one run in and two runners still on base. Both of those runners would come around to score. When it was all said and done, Manaea was charged with four runs on four hits and four walks in five plus innings. He struck-out three and threw 87 pitches.
Through the first five innings, Manaea's only mistake came in the second inning when he allowed a solo homerun to Evan Gattis on a 1-1 pitch. Going into the sixth, Manaea had allowed just three hits and three walks. At the start of the sixth, Manaea hit George Springer with a pitch and then walked Carlos Correa on a 3-2 pitch. Manaea faced Gattis again and the veteran got to him for an RBI single on a 2-2 pitch. That ended Manaea's night at 87 pitches. Sean Doolittle came on in relief, but he was unable to keep the runners on base from coming around.
All in all, it was a solid first start for Manaea, who is making a bid for a permanent spot in the A's rotation. The left-hander was in-line for a loss until the eighth, when the A's mounted a two-run rally against Astros' big off-season acquisition Ken Giles. Marcus Semien led-off the eighth with a solo homerun and Billy Burns followed with a single. He then stole second and took third on a throwing error by catcher Erik Kratz. Former Astros infielder Jed Lowrie quickly tied it up with a sacrifice fly. In the ninth, Stephen Vogt hit a lead-off double. Pinch-runner Tyler Ladendorf moved to third on a bunt by Mark Canha. The Astros called on former A's reliever Pat Neshek. He walked Coco Crisp intentionally after falling behind and then gave-up a walk-off, three-run homer to Yonder Alonso to give the A's a much-needed comeback win. The homer was Alonso's first with Oakland.
Surkamp stars in first Nashville start
The man who Manaea replaced in the A's rotation -- Eric Surkamp -- made his Sounds' debut on Friday. The left-hander was brilliant in the 3-2 Nashville win over the Round Rock Express. He struck-out 10 and allowed just two unearned runs in seven innings. Surkamp walked one and allowed only two Round Rock hits.
The Sounds had only six hits, but they would string together enough offense for the win. Renato Nunez hit his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot. Matt Olson had a two-run double to account for the rest of the Nashville scoring. Jake Smolinski had three hits, including a double.
Midland routs San Antonio
The Midland RockHounds scored 19 runs on 19 hits in a 19-7 rout of the San Antonio Missions. Matt Chapman hit his seventh homer of the season and J.P. Sportman connected on his first homerun of the year. Ryon Healy led the way with four hits and four runs scored. He is now batting .341 on the season.
Every Midland batter had at least one hit. Franklin Barreto continued his recent hot streak with two doubles in five at-bats. He has his average up to .256. He has a seven-game hitting streak and three straight multi-hit games. Sportman and Chapman each had three hits, while Brett Vertigan had two hits and three walks and Wade Kirkland had three RBI.
Chris Jensen got the win, going seven innings and allowing four runs. He struck-out five.
Stockton holds on versus Modesto
It wasn't easy, but the Stockton Ports held off a fierce ninth inning rally by the Modesto Nuts to earn a 9-8 on Friday night. Down 3-1 in the second, the Ports' bats came alive and scored eight more runs to run out to a 9-4 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Kyle Finnegan retired Wes Rogers on a flyball to right with the tying run on first base to seal the game after the Nuts scored four times in their final at-bat.
The middle of the Ports' order had a big nit. Hitters three through seven had 13 hits between them (Tyler Marincov and Mikey White each had two and Seth Brown, Joe Bennie and John Nogowski each had three hits). Lead-off hitter James Harris had two hits and he upped his average to .357.
With Daniel Gossett on the disabled list, reliever Joey Wagman got the start for Stockton. He allowed three runs (two earned) in three innings of work. Brendan Butler made his Stockton debut and he was sharp. In three innings, he allowed a solo homer but not much else. He struck-out four and earned his first Cal League win.
Beloit busts out at the plate
The struggling Snappers' offense came alive on Friday in a 10-3 win over the Great Lakes Loons. The Snappers picked up 13 hits and five hits in support of Angel Duno, who was once again outstanding.
Duno walked his first batter of the season, but still put together a standout start. He threw 5.2 innings, allowing only five hits and three runs (one earned). Duno struck-out five. He has walked only one in 23 innings this season and has a 1.96 ERA. Dating back to last season, Duno has walked five batters in 92 innings.
Jose Chavez had three hits out of the ninth spot in the order. Jesus Lopez had two hits and three RBI. Brett Siddall had two hits, two runs scored and two RBI. Siddall is batting .347 on the season. Trent Gilbert and Edwin Diaz also had two-hit games.