Bassitt sharp in first rehab start
In his first rehab start after Tommy John surgery, Chris Bassitt threw three shutout innings for the Stockton Ports. The Ports went on to beat the San Jose Giants, 8-4. Bassitt threw 46 pitches in three innings, 30 for strikes. He struck-out three, walked one and allowed a single.
Bassitt landed on the disabled list a year ago and had Tommy John surgery not long after. He made only five starts for the A's last season before the injury. He threw 155 innings between Oakland and Triple-A Nashville in 2015.
Alcantara clears waivers; Wendle optioned
The A's received a boost to their pitching depth chart when right-hander Raul Alcantara cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. Alcantara, who is out of options, had been designated for assignment on Tuesday. The 24-year-old struggled in three appearances with the A's this April, but he had a 1.18 ERA in 45.2 innings for the Sounds last season. That was his first stint in Triple-A. Alcantara had Tommy John surgery in 2014, spent 2015 in High-A before starting the 2016 campaign in Double-A.
The A's also announced on Saturday that they had activated second baseman Joey Wendle off of the 15-day DL and optioned him back to Nashville. Wendle had a right shoulder strain during spring training. He began a rehab assignment with the Sounds on April 19 and is batting .296 in seven games with Nashville.
Nashville wins third straight
The Nashville Sounds routed the New Orleans Baby Cakes, 10-2, to earn their third straight win. Matt Olson had four hits, including a double, Bruce Maxwell reached base four times with three hits and a walk, and Franklin Barreto had two singles and a double to lead the offense. Renato Nunez knocked his fourth homer of the season and Mark Canha had two doubles. The Sounds combined for 14 hits and four walks.
Chris Smith had an outstanding start. He scattered three hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. Smith has a 2.18 ERA in 20.2 innings for the Sounds this season. The Sounds are 9-11 on the year.
RockHounds back to .500
Midland scored three runs in the top of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie en route to a 7-5 win over the San Antonio Missions on Saturday night. Max Schrock's third homerun of the season gave the RockHounds' a 6-4 lead in the 8th and Brett Vertigan would score on a wild pitch later in the inning.
The RockHounds had 11 hits in the game. Viosergy Rosa connected on his fourth homerun of the season and his third over the past five games. B.J. Boyd went 3-for-3 and he has hit safely in 15 of 16 games.
Grant Holmes got the start and he allowed one unearned run in three innings. Holmes allowed four hits and two walks and he struck-out two. James Naile was the second half of the tandem and he went 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He struck-out two and walked one. Lou Trivino was charged with his first run of the season, but he earned the win after Midland's big eighth inning. Trivino struck-out three. Kyle Finnegan allowed a solo homer in the ninth but secured his fourth save of the season. Midland is now 11-11 on the season.
Ports move back over .500
The Ports jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning and held on for an 8-4 victory. Chris Iriart hit a three-run homer in the second and Jose Chavez followed with his first homer of the season to jump-start the Ports' scoring. Eli White and Seth Brown each had two hit games.
After Bassitt threw the first three innings, the Ports only needed their starter tandem to get through the next six innings. Angel Duno allowed four runs in 2.2 innings. Logan Shore took over with two-outs and a runner on first in the sixth and got out of the inning before throwing three more scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season. Shore allowed just two hits, didn't walk a batter and he struck-out five. His ERA is now 2.01 and he has a 28:3 K:BB in 22.1 innings this year.
Snappers-Cougars washed out
The Beloit Snappers and the Kane County Cougars were rained out on Saturday and will play a double-header on Sunday, weather-permitting. The Cougars snapped the Snappers six-game winning streak on Friday.