Photo by Mike Strasinger/Nashville Sounds

Oakland A's Minor League Notebook: Homer happy

There were homers aplenty in the Oakland A's system on Thursday night.

Nunez's blast the difference in Sounds' win

Renato Nunez connected on his 16th homer of the season and the blast was the winning run in Nashville's 2-1 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The homer was Nunez's third in his last seven games. He leads the Sounds in that category.

Chris Smith earned the win in the pitcher's duel. He allowed a run on three hits and a walk in six innings. Smith struck-out three and lowered his ERA to 4.11. Andrew Triggs worked two scoreless innings in a rehab relief appearance and Tucker Healy tossed a one-two-three ninth to secure his sixth save.

The Sounds had only six hits and four of them came from Matt Olson and Matt McBride, who both singled twice. It was Olson's third two-hit game in his last four starts.

Nashville moved to 12 games over .500 with the win. They have an eight game lead in the division over Memphis.

Chapman homers in Midland comeback

Matt Chapman hit his 24th homer of the season and the Midland RockHounds scored twice in the top of the ninth to earn a 3-2 win over the Corpus Christi Hooks. Chapman -- hitting second in the line-up -- had two hits and a walk. He has homered in two straight games and is batting .278 over his last 10 games. Chapman leads the A's minor league system in homers and he has a two-homer lead in the Texas League.

Daniel Gossett had yet another outstanding start for the RockHounds. The right-hander allowed just three hits and two runs (one earned) in seven innings. He didn't walk a batter and he struck-out nine. Gossett's ERA for Midland is down to 2.73 and 2.98 overall for the year. He has a 114:29 K:BB in 108.2 innings this season.

Despite the great start, Gossett was in-line for the loss until the RockHounds rallied in the ninth. Chapman led-off the inning with a walk and he moved to second on a Beau Taylor bunt single. With one-out, Viosergy Rosa hit a two-run double to give the RockHounds the lead. 

Lou Trivino earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning. Bobby Wahl worked around two walks to lock down the save, his ninth of the year. Wahl's ERA is down to 2.41 for the season. He has allowed just three hits and one earned run over his last nine innings of work.

Ports pound Rawhide

Sandber Pimentel and B.J. Boyd each went deep in an 8-5 win over the Visalia Rawhide. Stockton collected 11 hits in the win.

Pimentel's homer was his team-leading 17th of the year. He is second in the Cal League in homers, eight behind league-leader Travis Demeritte, who was traded to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. 

Boyd's blast was his sixth of the year and was part of a three-hit, three-runs scored effort. Boyd is batting .303 on the season. James Harris and Joe Bennie each had two hits to keep their batting averages above .300 (Harris is hitting .311 and Bennie is batting .306). Mikey White had a two-run double. He has 12 extra-base hits in July after not collected one in June.

James Naile allowed four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings in his second Cal League start. He struck-out seven, walked two and earned his first Cal League win. Corey Miller worked 1.2 scoreless innings in relief of Naile and Gauna allowed a run in two innings in closing out the win.

Snappers drop a one-run game

The Beloit Snappers had 11 hits, but they managed just two runs in a 3-2 loss to the Burlington Bees. The Snappers left 12 men on base in the loss.

Dustin Hurlbutt fought through some early start wildness to pitch six solid innings in a losing effort. He was charged with three runs on four hits, but only one was earned. Hurlbutt walked four and he hit a batter, but he struck-out five and recorded seven groundball outs.

Every Beloit starter had at least one hit. Edwin Diaz led the way with two hits and Brett Siddall and Jordan Devencenzi drove-in the two Beloit runs.

Puk struggles as Vermont falls

A's 2016 top pick A.J. Puk struggled with his command and with facing college teammate Pete Alonso in Vermont's 5-3 loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones. Puk walked two and allowed four hits in a 2.2 inning outing. He struck-out four and was charged with four runs (two earned). Puk allowed two hits to Alonso -- his teammate at Florida -- an RBI single and an RBI triple.

Xavier Altamirano took over for Puk in the third and he allowed a run on two hits in 4.1 innings. Altamarino struck-out five and walked one. The outing actually raised his ERA from 0.89 to 0.99. Ty Damron threw two scoreless innings in his second pro outing. He struck-out four and walked one.

AZL A's walk-off winners

Cole Gruber's grounder in the ninth was booted by AZL Giants second baseman Michael Bernal, sending home Jesus Lage with the game-winning run in a 2-1 victory.

Robert Bennie and Charley Gould each had three hits in the win. Bennie is batting .337 and Gould bumped his average up to .293.

Argenis BlancoMatthew Milburn and Sam Sheehan combined to limit the Giants to one run on 10 hits. Blanco allowed a run on six hits and a walk in five innings. He struck-out five and lowered his ERA to 2.83. Milburn threw three scoreless innings in relief of Blanco and Sheehan worked a scoreless ninth.

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