Chalmers earns first win in strong start for Lake Monsters
Oakland A's 2015 third-round pick Dakota Chalmers earned the first win of his professional career in the Vermont Lake Monsters 4-3 win over Tri-City. The Lake Monsters have now won three straight after losing their first four games of the season.
The hard-throwing right-hander threw a career-high five innings. He allowed a first inning run and nothing else, striking out five, walking two and allowing three hits. Marc Berube and Tyler Painton each allowed a run in two-inning stints, finishing off the game.
The Lake Monsters walked seven times and collected eight hits. Luis Barrera doubled, drove-in two and walked twice out of the lead-off spot. Miguel Mercedes had three hits and Nate Mondou collected the first two hits of his pro career and he drew a walk.
Friedrichs continues to roll in Stockton win
The Stockton Ports got their second half off to a good start, blanking the San Jose Giants, 5-0, behind another strong Kyle Friedrichs' start. Cody Stull, Lou Trivino and Carlos Navas each threw scoreless innings to close out the win.
Friedrichs scattered five hits in six innings. He struck-out eight and didn't walk a batter. Over his last four starts for the Ports, Friedrichs has allowed seven runs in 25 innings (2.52 ERA). During that stretch, he has issued no walks and has 31 strike-outs.
Sportman, Chapman power Midland to win
Sportman also tripled and scored twice. The homer was his third of the year. Chapman doubled and homered, his 17th of the season. Beau Taylor had three hits and Franklin Barreto had a double and two RBI. Carson Blair picked up a hit and a walk in his return to the Midland line-up. The RockHounds had seven extra-base hits.
Daniel Gossett struggled with his command, walking seven in three innings. He managed to work around a lot of the wildness, allowing just three runs (two earned).
AZL A's pound AZL Giants in win
The AZL A's collected eight runs on 12 hits and six walks in their 8-4 win over the AZL Giants.
Charley Gould had two hits and four RBI and Cole Gruber and Jesus Lage each had two-hit games to pace the offense. Kyle Nowlin and Josh Vidales each walked twice. Vidales also had a hit and Nowlin added an RBI.
A's 2016 10th-round pick Mitchell Jordan made his pro debut, throwing a scoreless first inning. He walked one, struck-out one and allowed a hit. Wandisson Charles got the win. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 3.2 innings. Charles walked two and struck-out six. Yeudy Minaya, who signed a free agent deal with the A's recently, worked 2.1 scoreless innings, walking two and striking out two.
Nashville splits a pair
The Nashville Sounds split a double-header with the Iowa Cubs, dropping the first game, 3-0, and rebounding with a 7-4 win in the finale.
The Sounds' offense was quiet in the opener, but Ryon Healy continued his tear, adding two hits in three at-bats. He added a hit and a walk in the second game and is batting .368 over his last 10 games (.345 between Triple-A and Double-A on the season).
Matt McBride, Tyler Ladendorf and Joey Wendle each had two-hit games in the finale. McBride and Wendle each had three RBI in the win. Josh Reddick (rehab, broken thumb) went 1-4 in the finale. He has tomorrow off and is expected to play again for Nashville on Saturday. The A's are aiming for Reddick to return on Monday.
Game two of the double-header ended up a bullpen game after starter Eduard Santos was hit by a comebacker in the first inning and left the game after just one frame. Tucker Healy picked up his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.
Beloit drops second-half opener
A bad second inning doomed Evan Manarino and the Beloit Snappers in their 5-1 loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernals. Manarino allowed all five runs in that second inning and the Snappers couldn't manage much offense.
Four of the runs off Manarino were earned. He threw 2.2 innings, his shortest start of the year. Victor Veliz threw 4.1 scoreless innings in relief of Manarino and Cody Kurz added a scoreless inning of his own.
Overton to make major-league debut Saturday
After the Oakland A's 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, A's manager Bob Melvin announced that left-hander Dillon Overton would be promoted to Oakland on Saturday to make his major league debut. Overton has a 3.01 ERA in 83.2 innings for Nashville this season. He hasn't allowed a run over his last three starts (20.1 innings). He has a 72:22 K:BB and has allowed just two homeruns this season.