Mengden shines for Nashville
Daniel Mengden's rise up the Oakland A's pitching prospect ladder continued on Monday when he had a sparkling debut with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. The right-hander fired six shutout innings against the Iowa Cubs to earn the win in the 5-1 Nashville victory.
In four starts with Double-A Midland, Mengden allowed just two runs on 15 hits and 12 walks in 23 innings. He struck-out 28 and didn't allow a homerun. Mengden was just as effective against Triple-A batters on Monday. He struck-out four, allowed just five hits and walked only two. He threw 96 pitches, 69 for strikes, and recorded 11 outs on the ground and only one in the air.
Renato Nunez led the Nashville offense in support of Mengden. The third baseman finished a double short of the cycle. The homer was Nunez's fifth of the year and he raised his average to .296 with the 3-for-4 night. Jake Smolinski had two hits, including a double.
Eduard Santos finished off the game to earn a three-inning save. He allowed only a solo homerun and a walk while striking out four. The save was Santos' second of the year.
Midland wins a slugfest
It was an old fashioned shootout in Midland on Monday night, as the RockHounds earned an 11-10 win over the San Antonio Missions. The RockHounds scored runs in each of the first five frames and held off a late Missions' rally.
The RockHounds had 14 hits and walked six times. Franklin Barreto had three hits, including his third homer of the season. He stole two bases -- his sixth and seventh of the season -- and drove-in two. Barreto has his average up to .281. He is batting .435 with two homers over his last 10 games. His OPS is up to 740 for the season.
Matt Chapman hit his league-leading eighth homerun of the season, a solo shot. Beau Taylor, J.P. Sportman, Jaycob Brugman and Viosergy Rosa each had two hit games. Danny Oh and Ryon Healy each had a hit and two walks. Healy has 11 walks and a .414 OBP this season.
The RockHounds used five pitchers in the game, and the only one not to allow a run was Ryan Doolittle, who worked a scoreless ninth to secure the save. He hasn't allowed a run in 11.1 innings this season.
Stockton loses to San Jose at home
The Stockton Ports saw their three-game winning streak come to an end with a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Giants. The Ports have dropped their first four games against the mini-Giants this season.
Despite a rehab appearance by Danny Valencia, the Ports managed little offense. Two solo homeruns by Sandber Pimentel were all the Ports could muster against Mark Reyes and company. The homers were Pimentel's first of the season. He has his OPS up to 817 after a very slow start. Besides Pimentel's blasts, the Ports had only three other hits, all singles. Valencia went 0-for-3.
Casey Meisner got the start and had a strong outing despite being hung with the loss. Meisner allowed just three unearned runs in six innings. He allowed four hits and walked two, while striking out seven. Kyle Finnegan allowed two runs in two innings in relief of Meisner and Cody Stull threw a scoreless ninth inning.
Loehr's late-game heroics lift Snappers
Fresh off the disabled list, Trace Loehr made a significant impact in a Snappers' 4-2 win over the West Michigan White Caps. Loehr hit a two-out, two-run triple in the top of the ninth to give the Snappers their margin of victory. Loehr had been on the DL with a lower body injury.
Lefty Evan Manarino got the start and he continued his strong beginning to the season. He allowed only two hits over five shutout innings. He lowered his season ERA to 0.70. Manarino has walked only three and he has 21 strike-outs in 25.2 innings this season. Xavier Altamirano -- the second half of the starter tandem -- took over and allowed two runs in three innings. He walked two and struck-out two. Kevin Johnson took over in the ninth and made quick work of the White Caps, tossing a one-two-three inning to earn his first save of the season.