Alvarez fans eight in possible final tune-up
This time next week, Henderson Alvarez could be back in the big leagues for the first time since May 22 of last year. In what is expected to be his final rehab start, Alvarez threw an efficient five innings in a 6-3 Nashville Sounds' win over the Fresno Grizzlies. Alvarez allowed two runs on six hits and one walk. He struck-out eight and threw 75 pitches.
In 22.2 innings for High-A Stockton and Triple-A Nashville, Alvarez has allowed eight earned runs on 18 hits and six walks. He has struck-out 20 and has allowed two homeruns. His GO/AO is 1.75. The A's could use Alvarez to help fix a leaky starting rotation that has a 5.46 ERA and an 824 OPS against.
Behind Alvarez's strong start, the Sounds put together a second straight strong offensive game. After scoring nine runs on Saturday, the Sounds scored six on nine hits and five walks. Matt Olson collected a season-high three hits in the win. Two of those hits were doubles. It was a good game at home for Olson, who has a 559 OPS at First Tennessee Park and a 731 OPS on the road. Rangel Ravelo had two hits, including a double. After a slow start, his bat is starting to heat up. Ravelo is batting .333 over his last 10 games. Chad Pinder had a hit to extend his hitting streak to four games. He had four hits on Saturday and is 7-for-his-last-14 with a walk.
Angel Castro took over for Alvarez in the sixth and allowed a run in 1.2 innings. Patrick Schuster finished off the game with 2.1 scoreless innings. He allowed only one hit and struck-out two. Schuster has a 1.13 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in 16 innings this season. The win moved the Sounds to a game within .500 at 18-19.
Ports pound Blaze
The Stockton Ports racked up 11 hits and four walks in an 8-3 win over the Bakersfield Blaze. Daniel Gossett worked six solid innings to earn his second win of the season.
In his third start back from his brief stint on the disabled list, Gossett pitched past the fifth inning for the first time since April 13. He threw 93 pitches, 61 for strikes. Gossett struck-out three, walked two and allowed seven hits. He lowered his ERA to 3.86.
Tyler Marincov hit his ninth homerun of the season and had two hits in five at-bats. It was Marincov's second straight game with two hits and his second straight game with a homer. He has an 869 OPS for the season. B.J. Boyd extended his hitting streak to 10 games, but he left the game after two at-bats after twisting his ankle. It isn't yet known the severity of the injury. Boyd is batting .475 with six walks during his streak. John Nogowski and Argenis Raga each had two-hit games and Lana Akau drove-in two runs. Nogowski has five hits over his last two games and is batting .275/.375/.406 for the season.
Kyle Finnegan threw two innings in relief of Gossett, allowing a run, and Carlos Navas worked a scoreless ninth to close out the game. Navas has allowed 16 base-runners in 17.1 innings this season and has a 24:6 K:BB.
Snappers one-hit in loss to River Bandits
A Jose Chavez base-hit in the sixth inning was all that stood in the way between the Beloit Snappers and being no-hit by the Quad Cities River Bandits in a 6-0 loss. The Snappers still won the series over Quad Cities, but fell back to the .500 mark at 18-18.
Xavier Altamarino got the loss after allowing four runs in 4.1 innings. He struck-out four, walked two and allowed two homeruns.
Midland rained out in San Antonio
The Midland RockHounds' series finale with the San Antonio Missions was postponed due to inclement weather. The RockHounds will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they head to Frisco on Monday.