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Oakland A’s Minor League Notebook: Homers aplenty

Oakland A’s affiliates have shown plenty of power this season, and that continued on Thursday night. We review the night’s action in the latest edition of Oakland A’s Minor League Notebook.

Sounds rout Grizzlies

Franklin Barreto finished a triple short of the cycle and Matt Chapman and Renato Nunez also homered in a 13-3 Nashville rout over the Fresno Grizzlies.

Every Nashville hitter had at least one hit and the Sounds had 19 hits overall. Chapman’s eighth homer was one of his three hits and he also walked. He has homered in three straight games and four times in his last nine games.

Barreto drove home five runs. He has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games and is batting .320 on the year. The homer was Barreto’s sixth of the season.

Nunez connected on his 10th homer of the year, a long solo blast in the eighth inning. He also doubled and drove home three. Matt Olson, Matt McBride, Ryan LaMarre and Jaycob Brugman also had two-hit games. Brugman is batting .377 on the year.

Daniel Mengden got plenty of run support, but he didn’t need it in his third rehab outing for the Sounds. He went a season-high six innings, allowing just one run on four hits. Mengden struck-out seven and didn’t walk a batter. A’s reliever John Axford needed just five pitches to work a scoreless seventh inning in what is expected to be his final rehab outing before returning to the A’s bullpen.

Sanchez returns, but RockHounds fall

The Midland RockHounds jumped out to an early lead, but the Frisco RoughRiders rallied to hand Midland a tough 6-5 loss. Reliever Jake Sanchez made a successful return after missing three weeks after being beaned by a line drive, tossing a scoreless eighth inning.

Viosergy Rosa got the RockHounds off to a good start when he connected on a three-run homerun in the top of the first inning. The homer was Rosa’s seventh of the year. He had two hits in the game and is batting .361/.451/.607 for the month of May.

Midland tacked on another run in the fifth inning when B.J. Boyd tripled and Yairo Munoz brought him home on a sacrifice fly. Boyd had two hits in the game to up his season average to .338.

RockHounds’ starter Corey Walter was cruising until the fifth inning. With two-outs and two-on, Walter walked Scott Heineman and uncorked a wild pitch on ball four, allowing a run to score. Consecutive singles scored two more runs to narrow the RockHounds’ advantage to 4-3.

Walter came back out for the sixth inning and he allowed a single and a stolen base before departing with one-out and a runner on. Brandon Mann took over and allowed the inherited runner to score on a double. The go-ahead run came across on a rare fielding error by shortstop Richie Martin. The RoughRiders would tack on another run on a fielding error – this time by Boyd – in the seventh.

Going into the ninth, the RockHounds were down by two runs. Brett Vertigan and Richie Martin walked to start the inning, but the Midland rally would only net one run.

Sanchez allowed a hit and he struck-out a batter in his scoreless return to the mound. Vertigan had two hits and a walk and Martin walked twice.

Ports rally late, hang on for win

The Stockton Ports made it two wins out of their last three games with a late-inning rally to overcome the Inland Empire 66ers, 8-7. Tyler Ramirez and Chris Iriart both homered in the seventh to turn a 6-5 deficit into an 8-6 lead. Carlos Navas allowed his first earned run of the season but struck-out seven and earned the win with a 2.2 inning outing.

The Ports fell behind early. After trading runs in the second inning, the 66ers scored twice off starter Angel Duno in the third and once again in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Mikey White brought the Ports to within a run with a two-run single in the fifth and Skye Bolt gave the Ports a brief 5-4 lead with a two-run homer in the sixth. The lead would be short-lived, however, as reliever Matthew Sergey allowed a two-run homer in the top of the seventh.

The Ports didn’t remain down for long. With one out in the seventh, White walked and Ramirez followed with a go-ahead, two-run blast to left, his third of the year. One out later, Iriart connected on his eighth homer of the year.

Navas was touched for a solo homerun to start the ninth, ending his streak of innings without allowing an earned run to begin the season at 17. He was otherwise brilliant in his outing, however, striking out seven of the nine batters he faced. Navas’ ERA is 0.50 for the year and he has a 28:4 K:BB and a 0.56 WHIP.

Duno had a solid start. He allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings, but he struck-out seven and walked just one. The six innings were season-high for Duno, who hadn’t gone past 4.2 innings in any other outing this season.

White had two walks and a hit to up his OPS to 844 for the year. Branden Cogswell also had two walks and a hit. Ramirez had two hits in the game and has now homered twice in his last four games.

On Wednesday, the Ports welcomed back catcher Sean Murphy from the disabled list. Lana Akau was sent back to Extended Spring Training to make room for Murphy on the active roster. Murphy had been sidelined with a wrist strain.

Snappers drop a marathon game

The Beloit Snappers scored a run in the top of the ninth to tie the game 1-1, but they would eventually lose on a three-run homer to the Peoria Chiefs in the bottom of the 15th in a heart-breaker.

Brandon Bailey returned from the disabled list and threw three scoreless innings in his first outing since May 9. He allowed only two hits and he struck-out four. Matthew Milburn took over in the fourth and threw six outstanding innings. He allowed a run in the bottom of the eighth, but Luke Persico tripled with one-out and JaVon Shelby brought him home with a two-out single to tie the game in the top of the ninth.

The Snappers and Chiefs would trade zeros until the bottom of the 15th, when Peoria’s Andrew Kinzer hit a three-run walk-off homer off of Yordy Alejo.

The Snappers had 11 hits and nine walks but couldn’t string enough of them together to score a second run. Persico had four hits to raise his average to .317. Shelby had two hits and a walk and Luis Barrera chipped in two hits. Eric Marinez walked twice and has seven walks over his last 10 games. He has 13 walks in 31 games this season. Marinez walked only four times all of last season.


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