Gray sails through rehab outing
Sonny Gray made a strong bid in his attempt to return from a right shoulder strain, throwing five scoreless innings for the Stockton Ports in his first rehab start. Gray needed just 47 pitches to get through five one-hit frames. He struck-out six and recorded seven outs on the ground. Gray has been out since after his second spring start with the shoulder strain. His return could bolster a suddenly hot Oakland A's team that has won five straight games and is two games over .500 heading into Sunday's series finale against the Seattle Mariners. According to former OaklandClubhouse contributor Chris Biderman, who covered the game for MLB.com, Gray threw 13 more pitches in the bullpen after his outing was done.
After a two-week absence, Matt Chapman re-joined the Nashville Sounds' active roster on Saturday. Chapman, who injured his wrist on a check swing on April 7th, went 1-3 with a walk in his return. Chapman's hit was his first of the season. He took the spot of Corey Walter on the Sounds' roster. Walter, who started for Nashville on Thursday, was placed on the temporarily inactive list.
Bolt back for Ports
Skye Bolt returned to the Stockton Ports' roster on Saturday after missing a week on the disabled list. Bolt had an active return, walking three times, including once with the bases-loaded, and making a spectacular catch in centerfield. Bolt took Sandber Pimentel's spot on the Ports' roster. Pimentel returns to the DL for the second time this season.
-- The Sounds scored twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth to complete a 5-2, come-from-behind win over Oklahoma City on Saturday. Bruce Maxwell drove-in two and had two hits in four at-bats to lead the Sounds' offense. Franklin Barreto also had two hits and he is now batting .344 this season. Melvin Mercedes added a triple and he has five hits in his first 15 at-bats for the Sounds. Chris Smith allowed a run in six innings and Bobby Wahl struck-out two to lock down his third save of the season.
-- The Midland RockHounds scored eight times in the second inning and cruised to a 9-1 win over San Antonio on Saturday. B.J. Boyd and Andy Paz each had three hits and J.P. Sportman and Jordan Tarsovich each had two knocks. Boyd is batting .383 on the season. Heath Fillmyer (one run in 3.2 innings) and Joel Seddon (4.1 scoreless frames) had a strong tandem start. Lou Trivino finished the game with a scoreless ninth. He hasn't allowed a run in five appearances this season.
-- With Sonny Gray on the mound, the Stockton Ports dominated the San Jose Giants before a packed house on Asparagus Night at Banner Island Ballpark. After Gray threw five scoreless innings, Dustin Hurlbutt (two scoreless innings) and Evan Manarino (two scoreless innings) continued the Ports' dominance from the mound. Ports' pitchers combined to strike-out 11 Giants and they walked only two. Stockton scored twice in the second and five more times in the seventh to earn a 7-0 win. Chris Iriart had two doubles and Branden Cogswell had a hit, two walks and two RBI. Skye Bolt walked three times and Lana Akau pitched in with a pinch-hit, two-run single.
-- Beloit pitchers combined to strike-out 10 and allow just three unearned runs on four hits in an 8-3 Snappers' win over the Burlington Bees. Matthew Milburn threw four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and Brandon Bailey tossed three scoreless innings, striking out five. Kyle Nowlin (2) and Miguel Mercedes (4) each homered and Luke Persico and Trace Loehr each had two hits.