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Oakland A’s Minor League Notebook: Brendan Butler moves up, Matt Olson optioned

It was a tough night for most of the Oakland A’s affiliates. We have the details on the Tuesday slate of games, as well as the latest transactions.

Brendan Butler / Photo by David Malamut
Brendan Butler is moving to High-A Stockton. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Transaction rundown: Butler heads to Stockton; Olson returns to Nashville

After 106 innings with the Low-A Beloit Snappers over the past two seasons, Brendan Butler is heading to High-A Stockton. The right-hander earned a promotion to the California League on Tuesday after posting a 2.32 ERA in 54.1 innings for the Snappers this season. Butler struck-out 64 and walked just 13. In his last start for Beloit, Butler struck-out nine and allowed only a run in six innings of work. The A’s have yet to announce who will be replacing Butler on the Snappers’ roster.

At the big league level, the Oakland A’s optioned first baseman Matt Olson back to Triple-A Nashville after Olson spent just two days with the club. He had one plate appearance, walking with the bases loaded on Sunday. Olson was sent back to Nashville to make room on the roster for the A’s Tuesday night starter, Jesse Hahn. Hahn went six innings in his return to the A’s rotation, allowing just an unearned run on seven hits and one walk. He struck-out two in Oakland’s 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Sounds overpower Storm

The Nashville Sounds hit four homeruns — two of them coming from Jaff Decker — in their 7-3 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Tuesday. Decker paired with Matt McBride and Matt Chapman to give the Sounds two back-to-back homerun sets in the game. Chapman’s homer was his 14th of the season and third in his last four games.

Michael Brady was outstanding in his start for Nashville. He racked up 10 strike-outs in five innings to earn the win. Brady allowed one run on five hits and he didn’t walk a batter. Chris Jensen took over for Brady in the sixth and worked two scoreless innings. Jensen has allowed only two runs over his last 14.2 innings. Jake Sanchez threw a scoreless ninth inning and he has now worked five scoreless innings since being promoted from Midland. Sanchez has five strike-outs, one walk and three hits allowed in those five frames.

Decker had a huge game, connecting on his first two Triple-A homers of the season. He drove home three. Chapman walked and homered and upped his OPS to 930. Renato Nunez and Jaycob Brugman also had multi-hit games. Franklin Barreto had a rough game, striking out four times in five hitless at-bats. His OPS is down to 771 for the season.

Midland drops opener to San Antonio

The Midland RockHounds lost the first of their key four-game series against the first-place San Antonio Missions, 8-2. The loss dropped the RockHounds to three games behind the Missions in the division.

Midland managed just four hits in the game, two from B.J. BoydEvan Manarino struggled in his second start in the Texas League. He allowed five runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings. It was only the third time this season that Manarino has allowed more than two earned runs. Kyle Friedrichs allowed three runs in 2.1 innings in relief of Manarino. Carlos Navas finished the game with 1.1 scoreless innings.

Ports fall in pitcher’s duel

The Stockton Ports locked horns with the Lake Elsinore Storm in a pitcher’s duel but ended up on the losing end, 2-1. Dustin Hurlbutt was brilliant in a no-decision, retiring the first 10 batters he faced and allowing just one run on two hits in seven innings. He struck-out a season-high eight batters.

The game was knotted at 1 going into the top of the ninth inning, when Ruddy Giron singled off of Joey Wagman with two-outs to score the game-winning run.

The Ports managed just six hits, two from Eli WhiteTyler Ramirez went 0-for-4, ending his 12-game hitting streak.

After ninth-inning rally, Snappers lose heart-breaker

The Beloit Snappers rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 6-5 lead, only to lose to the Burlington Bees on a two-out throwing error by second baseman Nate Mondou that allowed two runs to score.

The Snappers fell behind 5-0 in the third inning, as starter Jesus Zambrano struggled early. Beloit rallied with a run in the fourth and then cut the deficit to a run on Jason Goldstein‘s three-run homer in the sixth.

The game remained 5-4 Burlington until the top of the ninth, when Luis Barrera tied the game with a one-out triple. He then scored the go-ahead run on a Luke Persico sacrifice fly.

Barrera had two hits and a walk in the game. He is batting .305 on the season. Eric Marinez had a three-hit game for a second straight game. He is now batting .292 on the year. Trace Loehr also had a three-hit game to up his average to .260.

DSL A’s fall to DSL Red Sox

The DSL A’s are not going undefeated. After winning their first two games, the DSL A’s lost to the DSL Red Sox 1 squad, 6-2, on Tuesday. Yerdel Vargas and Rafioby Urena each had two-hit games. It was Vargas’ second straight two-hit game.

Starter Dennis Herrera was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings. He struck-out five and walked one.

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