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A.J. Puk shines in Cal League curtain call

A.J. Puk, Corey Walter, Seth Martinez and Kyle Twomey put together strong pitching performances on Wednesday night.

A.J. Puk / Photo by Chris Lockard
A.J. Puk is ready to make the jump out of the Cal League. / Photo by Chris Lockard

In what is expected to be his final start in the California League, A.J. Puk once again looked every bit the part of a future big league star. The Oakland Athletics 2016 first-round pick struck-out 11 and allowed just one run in 6.2 innings against the Visalia Rawhide on Wednesday. The Stockton Ports couldn’t muster any offense, however, in a 3-0 loss to Visalia.

Puk broke double-digits in strike-outs for the second time in three starts. He struck-out 12 on June 3 and he just narrowly missed matching his career-high on Wednesday. The lefty has 98 strike-outs in 61 innings this season. He has held opposing batters to a .194 average and he has walked 23 while allowing just one homerun.

The Ports managed just four hits in support of Puk. Two of them came off the bat of Sean Murphy, who is now batting .286 on the year.

Other Notes

— Corey Walter threw six strong innings in the Nashville Sounds’ 6-1 win over the Iowa Cubs. Walter allowed only four hits and one run in those six innings. He struck-out four and walked two to lower his Triple-A ERA to 2.96. In his return to the minor leagues, Matt Olson connected on his 16th homer of the season. Bruce Maxwell joined the active roster off of the DL and had a hit in four at-bats. Maxwell, who DHd, is recovering from an oblique strain. Ryan Lavarnway and Matt McBride each had two hits.

— Seth Martinez and Kyle Twomey pitched well for the Beloit Snappers, but Beloit finished on the wrong end of a pitcher’s duel, 3-2, to the Clinton LumberKings. Martinez, in his first start of the season, allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings. He struck-out two and walked one. Twomey made his Beloit debut a strong one, throwing three shutout innings. The lefty struck-out three and allowed just two hits. The Snappers managed just five hits themselves. Edwin Diaz had a hit and walk to raise his OPS to 837.

— The DSL A’s lost just their third game of the season, dropping a 10-2 decision to the DSL Royals. The A’s had only seven hits. The A’s were done in by an eight-run fifth inning.

— The Midland RockHounds were rained out for the second time this week. Midland lost their battle with the rain on Monday and had to play a double-header on Tuesday. They will play another double-header on Friday.

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