Mikey White helped the Stockton Ports keep their playoff hopes alive with a walk-off double in the Ports’ 4-3, 12-inning win over the Visalia Rawhide. The win pulls Stockton back to 1 game behind the Rawhide for the second-half division title.
White’s double came with one-out in the 12th and it drove home Brett Siddall from second base. The flyball to right center somehow landed between the Rawhides’ right and centerfielders near the wall.
White had two hits in the game. Siddall also had two hits, including a game-tying solo homer in the eighth inning. The homer was Siddall’s 20th of the season. He joins Renato Nunez, Seth Brown and Matt Olson as players in the A’s system with at least 20 minor league homeruns this season.
Logan Shore got the start and he battled D-Backs’ prospect Jon Duplantier in a pitcher’s duel. Shore allowed one run through six innings but was touched for a two-run homer with two-outs in the seventh inning that put the Ports behind, 3-2. Shore would finish the seventh to give him two straight seven-inning outings. He has allowed seven runs in 25.1 innings over his last four starts. During that stretch, he has walked five and struck-out 27.
Kyle Friedrichs took over for Shore in the eighth and he was brilliant. He threw four perfect innings, striking out four in the process. Nolan Blackwood worked around a walk and a stolen base to throw a scoreless 12th inning. He earned the win, his first of the season.
— Alonzo Medina homered and drove-in three in the AZL Athletics 5-2 win over the AZL Diamondbacks. Nick Allen, Santis Sanchez, Medina and Ben Spitznagel each had two hits. Chris Kohler, Zack Kelly and Pat Krall each threw three innings. Kohler allowed two runs and Kelly and Krall each had shutout appearances. Krall earned his first pro save and he lowered his ERA to 3.18.
— The Vermont Lake Monsters split a double-header with the Brooklyn Cyclones, winning the first game, 3-1, and losing the nightcap, 3-0. Jesus Luzardo made the start in game one and he earned the win with a sparkling five-inning outing. He allowed a run on four hits (including a solo homer) and he didn’t walk a batter. Luzardo struck-out six. He lowered his Vermont ERA to 2.25. On the season, Luzardo has a 1.74 ERA and a 44:5 K:BB in 41.1 innings pitched. Will Toffey and Ryan Gridley each hit their first professional homeruns in support of Luzardo. Heath Donica worked two scoreless innings to earn the save. In game two, Ivan Andueza threw a complete game (six innings), but he was the tough-luck loser, as the Lake Monsters managed just four hits. All four hits were singles. Logan Farrar was the only Lake Monsters who reached twice, singling and walking. Andueza allowed three runs on five hits and two walks. He struck-out eight. The lefty has a 2.91 ERA and two complete games this season.
— The Omaha StormChasers scored a run in the top of the 11th to edge the Nashville Sounds, 4-3. The Sounds wasted a big night from Franklin Barreto, who collected three hits and two walks. He also stole a base and was caught stealing. Barreto is now batting .290 with a 795 OPS for the Sounds. Yairo Munoz had two hits to raise his Triple-A average to .299. Zach Neal threw seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He struck-out two and didn’t walk a batter. Felix Doubront threw 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. He struck-out five and didn’t allow a base-runner.
— The Midland RockHounds dropped their fifth straight game in a 5-3 loss to the San Antonio Missions. The RockHounds’ lead over the Corpus Christi Hooks for the wild card spot is down to 1.5 games. Heath Fillmyer allowed two runs on 10 hits in 5.2 innings. He did strike-out seven and he didn’t walk a batter. Fillmyer took the loss after Carlos Navas allowed a 2-0 deficit to climb to 4-0. The RockHounds cut it to 4-2 in the eighth, but after San Antonio scored in the top of the ninth, Midland could manage just one more run to fall, 5-3. Jorge Mateo and Max Schrock each singled twice and Viosergy Rosa went deep for his 17th homerun of the season. Mateo stole his 12th base with Midland (51st of the season overall). B.J. Boyd had a hit in four at-bats and his average is .326. He’s trying to hold on for the Texas League batting title.
— The Beloit Snappers had a quiet night offensively in a 4-0 loss to the Wisconsin TimberRattlers. The Snappers had four singles and drew no walks. Seth Martinez took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in six innings. Jesus Zambrano worked two perfect innings in relief of Martinez. He struck-out three.
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