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Oakland A’s Minor League Notebook: Corey Walter completes task

Corey Walter earned his first Triple-A win in a memorable fashion, Seth Brown went deep again, Edwin Diaz and Tyler Ramirez continued their hot-hitting and more on a busy Sunday in the Oakland A’s minor league system.

Corey Walter / Photo by Chris Lockard
Corey Walter earned a complete game win in his second Triple-A start. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Walter’s complete game gives Nashville a doubleheader split

Corey Walter threw a seven-inning complete game to help the Nashville Sounds salvage a split of their doubleheader against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Sunday. Walter earned his first Triple-A win in his second start at that level.

In the opener, Nashville managed only two hits in an 8-0 loss. With Daniel Mengden heading to Oakland to make a start on Monday, Chris Smith came out of the bullpen to start game one of the doubleheader. Smith was roughed up in the outing, allowing six runs on seven hits. He walked three, struck-out one and allowed two homeruns. Chris Jensen, back from a journey through the A’s system that included stops in High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland over the past week, stopped the bleeding with 2.2 scoreless innings in his return to Nashville.

With the Sounds looking to preserve arms for game two, first baseman Chris Parmelee came on to pitch the seventh inning. He allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning and walked four before being relieved by catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who recorded the final out of the inning.

The Sounds had no answer for the Sky Sox’s Brandon Woodruff and Tyler Cravy. Woodruff threw six scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk. Cravy closed out the game, allowing just a single. Franklin Barreto and Matt Chapman had the Sounds’ two hits. Barreto’s two-out single in the sixth was the Sounds’ first hit of the game.

In game two, Walter gave the Sounds’ bullpen a much-needed rest. Nashville scored a run in the bottom of the first on a Renato Nunez sacrifice fly. The Sky Sox answered with a run in the top of the third, and the game remained 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh. Chapman led-off the inning with a hustle double and he moved to third on a Jaff Decker sacrifice bunt. Lavarnway then lined a base-hit down the left-field line to give Nashville the walk-off win.

Walter was his typical efficient self. He needed just 88 pitches to get through a season-high seven innings. He scattered six hits and didn’t walk a batter. Walter struck-out two and recorded eight outs on the ground. His ERA between Double-A Midland and Nashville is 2.44 in 44.1 innings.

Midland drops slugfest to Naturals

The Midland RockHounds scored six runs on 11 hits, but it wasn’t enough in a 10-6 loss to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Yairo Munoz had three hits and Tyler Marincov had two hits in the loss. Munoz had a double, two singles and a walk in the game. He also scored three runs. It was his fifth multi-hit game in his last 11, and Munoz is now batting .272 on the year. Marincov had a double and a single and he drove-in his 37th and 38th runs of the season. Brett Vertigan also had a two-hit game to raise his average to .314. It was Vertigan’s third-straight two-hit game. He has a .314/.410/.417 slashline on the season.

It was a game to forget for the RockHounds’ pitching staff. Ben Bracewell struggled in his return to the starting rotation. He allowed five runs on four hits and three walks in four innings. Bracewell struck-out two and he allowed a three-run homer. Kyle Friedrichs took over in the fifth and he allowed five runs in 2.1 innings. He gave up five hits and two walks and he struck-out two. Brandon Mann wasn’t charged with a run in 1.1 innings of work, but he did walk three. Sam Bragg recorded the final out in the eighth to lower his ERA to 1.17.

Brown homers again as Ports down Quakes

Seth Brown hit his third homer in his last 10 games and the Stockton Ports downed the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, 7-4. Brown now has 10 homers on the year. He had eight all of last season for the Ports.

Stockton pounded out 12 hits, with Eli White leading the way with three hits. White has eight hits over his last 14 at-bats. Brown, Branden Cogswell and Tyler Ramirez had two-hit games. Ramirez also walked and he is batting .389 with two homers and four walks over his last 10 games. He is batting .309/.407/.431 on the season.

Angel Duno got the start and he allowed a three-run homer in the third and a run in the fifth, but he earned the win with those four runs allowed in five innings. Duno struck-out five and didn’t walk a batter in the game. Jared Lyons and Joey Wagman combined to secure the win, each working two scoreless innings. Neither reliever walked a batter and both allowed just one hit. Lyons struck-out two and Wagman whiffed one.

Snappers win in Erwin’s return

Left-hander Zack Erwin made his 2017 season debut and the Beloit Snappers earned a 7-5 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits.

Erwin began the season at Extended Spring Training, recovering from off-season elbow surgery. He threw three innings in his season debut, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and two walks. He struck-out one. Erwin took the roster spot of right-hander Dakota Chalmers, who was assigned to short-season Vermont on Saturday. Chalmers had a 4.34 ERA and a 47:29 K:BB in 29 innings for the Snappers this year. He allowed only 15 hits.

Ty Damron took over for Erwin in the fourth and Damron earned the win with 4.2 innings of work. He allowed three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings. Damron struck-out four and walked two. Sam Sheehan earned the save with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Edwin Diaz and Miguel Mercedes had the big blows on offense for the Snappers. Diaz hit his sixth homer of the season in the second and Mercedes broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the sixth, his ninth homer of the year. Diaz had two hits in the game to raise his average to .282. He has an eight-game hitting streak and three straight multi-hit games. The 21-year-old is batting .282/.367/.481 on the year.

Luis Barrera had three hits to up his season average to .305. He is batting .357 over his last 10 games and he has a 790 OPS on the season.

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  1. Peter Jones

    May 31, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Great article

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