Gossett strong in Nashville win
Daniel Gossett churned out his best start of the season, earning his first win in the Nashville Sounds' 3-1 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Franklin Barreto hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Jaycob Brugman had three hits to pace the Sounds' offense. The Sounds tacked on another run in the second on a Chris Parmelee homer and Nashville pitching staff made it hold up.
Gossett went a season-high six innings. He struck-out seven, walked just one and gave-up five hits while allowing a run. Zach Neal, Ross Detwiler and Simon Castro threw scoreless innings to close out the win.
Parmelee also had an outfield assist and Ryan LaMarre added a two-hit game. The Sounds are now 14-17 on the season.
Graves exits early in Midland win
RockHounds' starter Brett Graves exited his second Double-A start in the third inning with an apparent blister on his pitching hand, but right-handers Ben Bracewell and Sam Bragg combined to hold Corpus Christi to one run over 6.2 innings to give Midland a 2-1 win.
Graves gave up only a hit and a walk in 2.1 innings before he was lifted. He dealt with a blister issue in 2016, as well. Bracewell allowed a solo homer in the fourth inning but that was all. Bragg took over in the seventh and he was sharp. He allowed just two hits and a walk in earning his second save of the season. Bragg's ERA is 1.56 for the year.
The RockHounds had 10 hits but managed just two runs. Both came on a B.J. Boyd's 10th double of the season. Boyd had two hits and upped his Texas League-leading average to .376. Argenis Raga had three hits. The win was Midland's eighth of the season against Corpus Christi. Midland is now 20-14 on the season.
After the game, the RockHounds announced that Joe Bennie had been released at his request. Bennie was batting .238 in 22 games for Midland. He is a career .275/.362/.412 hitter in 350 games. He was the A's 28th-round pick in 2013.
Puk pitches well but Ports fall
Pitching with 40-degree winds in the launch pad that is Lancaster's The Hanger ballpark, left-hander A.J. Puk threw a solid five innings. The Ports couldn't manage much offense against the JetHawks, however, and Stockton lost, 7-2.
Puk didn't allow a run until two-outs in the fifth inning, when he allowed back-to-back doubles that brought home two runs. He finished his start with those two runs allowed on six hits. Puk struck-out seven and walked one. Puk has 49 strike-outs and only nine walks in 30.1 innings this season.
Stockton couldn't get much offense going against the JetHawks. The Ports managed only seven hits. Two of them came from Skye Bolt, who also walked in the game. He is batting .261 with an 862 OPS this season. Chris Iriart hit his sixth homerun of the season and Eli White had an RBI triple and a walk.
The game was 2-1 Lancaster going into the sixth, but reliever Jared Lyons ran into a buzzsaw. He allowed a run in the sixth and four in the seventh. Only two of the runs were earned. Andrew Tomasovich came on in the seventh and threw 1.2 scoreless innings. The Ports are now 16-19 and have dropped five straight games.
Beloit scoots past Fort Wayne
The Beloit Snappers racked up 14 hits and nine runs en route to a 9-5 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Luke Persico had three hits, while Mike Martin, Nate Mondou, Kyle Nowlin and Luis Barrera each had two-hit games.
One of Persico's three hits was his third homer of the season. He is batting .293/.355/.485 with 17 RBI and nine walks in 25 games for the Snappers. JaVon Shelby also homered, his fifth of the season. The game got off to a rousing start when Martin doubled to lead-off the game. After a Mondou single moved him to third, Martin and Mondou pulled off the double-steal of home and second. The Snappers would score three in the first.
Matthew Milburn got the start and threw four strong innings. He didn't allow a run, allowing only four hits and two walks. He struck-out six. With the Snappers up 6-0 in the fifth, Dakota Chalmers took over for Milburn. Chalmers struggled, allowing five runs in the fifth. He went only 1.2 innings in his tandem "start" and was charged with five runs on two hits and three walks. He also hit a batter and struck-out four.
Nick Highberger made sure that was all the runs the TinCaps would get. He threw three hitless innings in relief to earn the win, striking out three and walking one. Sam Sheehan took over for Highberger with two outs in the ninth. He walked the first batter he saw but struck-out Fernando Tatis, Jr. to close out the win. The Snappers are now 16-17 on the season.
Sheehan joined the Snappers on Friday from Extended Spring Training. He took the roster spot of Brandon Bailey, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list.