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Oakland A's Minor League Notebook: Matt Olson, Renato Nunez power Nashville Sounds

Oakland A's affiliates split their four games on Monday.

Sounds survive game one in Vegas

Despite a late-game rally by the Las Vegas 51s, the Nashville Sounds managed not to waste an outstanding outing by Dillon Overton and earned a 7-4 win thanks to the power bats of Matt Olson and Renato Nunez. Olson and Nunez both homered and doubled in the win, which pushed the Sounds to three games over .500.

Olson came into the game without a homer in May, but he came through in a big moment. After the 51s scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Sounds' lead to 5-4, Olson hit a two-run homer to give Nashville a much-needed three-run cushion. The homer was Olson's fourth of the year. All four of his homers have come on the road, where his OPS for the season is 817.

Until the eighth inning, the game was dominated by Nashville. Overton zipped through six innings of work, allowing just one run on five hits and one walk. He struck-out seven. Overton threw only 82 pitches, 58 for strikes.

The Sounds built a 5-1 lead going into the eighth inning thanks, in large part, to Nunez, who hit his eighth homer of the year in the first inning. It was a two-run shot off of Mets' prospect Gabriel Ynoa. Nunez added a double later in the game. The Sounds also got two walks and a hit from rehabbing A's catcher Josh Phegley. Rehabbing A's infielder Jed Lowrie went 1-for-4. Andrew Lambo had three hits and Ryon Healy and Bruce Maxwell each had two. Jaycob Brugman had two sacrifice flies.

In the eighth inning, J.B. Wendelken ran into a buzzsaw, allowing three runs in one-third of an inning. He allowed three hits and his defense also struggled in the inning. Patrick Schuster allowed two of the three runners he inherited from Wendelken to score, but he got the final two outs without Las Vegas tying the game and retired the side with only one hit allowed in the ninth to record the save.

Midland out-slugged by Corpus

Despite 15 hits and nine walks from the offense, the Midland RockHounds were on the wrong end of a Texas League slugfest, falling to the Corpus Christi Hooks, 11-7.

Every Midland batter had at least one hit, but the RockHounds were only 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Brett Vertigan had a hit and three walks out of the lead-off spot and he scored three runs. Wade Kirkland had three hits and Beau Taylor had two hits and two walks. Franklin Barreto had two hits and a walk, but he did commit two errors at shortstop.

Joel Seddon had a strong start and left the game in-line for the win. He allowed only a first-inning run in five innings, striking out four, walking one and allowing six hits. The RockHounds had a 6-1 lead going into the 7th and a 7-3 lead going into the eighth before a late Hooks rally tied the game in the eighth. Corpus Christi scored four times in the 10th for the win.

Martin debuts but Ports are blanked

Oakland A's 2015 top pick Richie Martin made his 2016 regular season debut on Monday, but the Stockton Ports dropped a pitcher's duel to the Visalia Rawhide, 2-0.

Martin missed the first six weeks of the season recovering from a torn meniscus. He played shortstop and batted lead-off in his Ports' debut, going 0-for-4 with a strike-out. 

Casey Meisner dropped to 0-7 despite a very solid start. He went six strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks. The right-hander struck-out seven and lowered his ERA to 4.14. Cody Stull (1.2 innings) and Koby Gauna (1.1 innings) combined to throw three scoreless innings to give the Ports a chance to tie it up.

The Ports had six hits but failed to draw a walk and struck-out 10 times. Joe Bennie and Melvin Mercedes each had two hits. 

Snappers blow lead but rally late for win

The Beloit Snappers saw a two-run lead slip away in the eighth inning but came away with a 5-4 win over the Peoria Chiefs when Snappers' infielder Edwin Diaz hit the game-winning homer in the top of the ninth.

The homer was Diaz's first in the Midwest League. He had three hits in the game and raised his average to .291. He has a five-game hitting streak and is batting .358 with a 911 OPS in May.

The Snappers got a strong start from Angel Duno, who recovered from his first bad outing of the season to go six strong in the no-decision. He allowed two runs on six hits and no walks. Duno struck-out three and lowered his ERA to 2.74. He was in-line for the win before the Chiefs' eighth-inning rally.

Beloit had 11 hits. In addition to Diaz's three hits, Jean Carlo Rodriguez had three hits and Justin Higley had two. Rodriguez has two three-hit games over his last three starts for the Snappers. Higley has three straight multi-hit games. He has struck-out 18 times over his last 10 games, but he is batting .300 over that stretch.

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