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Oakland A's Minor League Notebook: Dylan Covey leaves early

The Oakland A's had strong pitching performances down-on-the-farm on Sunday, but may have lost one of their top pitching prospects to injury.

Covey exits early in Midland loss

Already down starter Sam Bragg, the Midland RockHounds' starting rotation took another potential hit on Sunday when Dylan Covey left his start after just one inning with an injury. Initial reports from Midland indicated that the injury was to his left oblique, but no official announcement has been made.

Covey struck-out two in a one-two-three first inning, but he left the game during his warm-up tosses before the second inning. Covey is in the middle of a strong season. His ERA is 1.84 and he has 26 strike-outs in 29.1 innings pitched. The only blip on Covey's record so far this year has been his 17 walks allowed.

After Covey left, Trey Cochran-Gill came on in relief. He would be hung with the loss in the 3-2 game, as he allowed three runs in three innings pitched. Bobby Wahl also threw three innings in relief and he allowed just a hit and walk. He struck-out three. Wahl has thrown five straight scoreless innings after a rough outing on April 29 when he allowed three runs in one inning of work.

The RockHounds didn't muster much offense against the Frisco RoughRiders. They picked up only two runs on five hits and three walks. Jaycob Brugman and Viosergy Rosa each had doubles. Yairo Munoz and Andy Paz were the only two RockHounds to reach base twice; both had a single and a walk. Paz has four hits and two walks in 12 official at-bats for Midland. Between Midland and Stockton, Paz has 12 hits and six walks in 31 official at-bats. He has struck-out just three times.

The RockHounds are now 18-12 on the season.

Nashville walks-off on Lambo single

The Nashville Sounds blew a two-run lead in the top of the ninth but came back with a walk-off hit by Andrew Lambo in the bottom of the inning to earn a 3-2 win over the Memphis Redbirds. 

In his second PCL start, Daniel Mengden put together another outstanding performance. He tossed seven shutout innings, striking out eight and not allowing a walk. He gave-up just four hits. Mengden has 14 scoreless innings over his first two PCL starts and has a 0.50 ERA and 40 strike-outs in 36 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

Angel Castro worked a scoreless eighth in relief of Mengden, but Tucker Healy allowed a game-tying, two-run homer to David Washington with two-outs in the ninth. Lambo made sure that homer only delayed the Sounds' celebration, however. With two-outs, Jake Smolinski was hit by a pitch. He then stole his third base of the game and came around to score on Lambo's walk-off single. The win brought Nashville to within two games of .500 at 14-16.

Before the game, the A's recalled Sounds' reliever J.B. Wendelken and sent Jesse Hahn back to Triple-A. Wendelken made his major-league debut on Sunday in Baltimore. Like the rest of the A's pitching staff on Sunday, Wendelken struggled, allowing a grand slam to Manny Machado. The A's allowed six homeruns in an 11-3 loss on Sunday.

Stockton cruises to win behind Erwin gem

Zack Erwin recovered from his first poor outing of the season to lead the Stockton Ports to a 7-3 win over the Modesto Nuts. Erwin allowed eight earned runs in his last outing, which lasted only 1.2 innings. He bounced back in a big way on Sunday, allowing just one earned run in six strong innings. He struck-out only one, but walked none and recorded nine outs on the ground. Erwin lowered his ERA to 3.72 for the season.

The Stockton bullpen was strong in relief of Erwin. Cody Stull worked 1.2 scoreless frames and Carlos Navas finished off the game with 1.1 scoreless innings of his own. Navas has allowed three runs in 15.1 innings this season. He has 23 strike-outs and just five walks.

The top of the order did the most damage for Stockton, as Melvin Mercedes (2-for-5), B.J. Boyd (1-for-3 with a walk) and Joe Bennie (2-for-3 with two walks) all had big games. Bennie has a six-game hitting streak and is batting .325 over his last 10 games. Boyd nudged his average up to .301 and is batting .308 over his last 10 games. He has a .385 OBP for the season.

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