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Oakland A’s Minor League Notebook: Ports Bolt to win

It was a light slate for Oakland A’s affiliates on Monday night, but two of the three in action took home wins.

Skye Bolt / Photo by Chris Lockard
Skye Bolt scored twice in the Stockton Ports' win over Lake Elsinore. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Skye Bolt‘s two doubles helped the Stockton Ports capture a 6-4 win over the Lake Elsinore Storm on Monday. Bolt scored twice and drove in a run in the game. The Ports built a 4-0 lead through the second inning and scored single runs in the fifth and sixth after the Storm tied the game in the top of the fifth.

Going into the fifth, Ports’ starter Casey Meisner had a perfect game. He allowed a solo homerun to Josh Naylor to begin the fifth and Meisner’s night unraveled from there. He allowed two walks (one intentional), three singles and a triple and was charged with four runs before leaving with two outs in the inning. Andrew Tomasovich recorded the third out to prevent the damage from going beyond four runs.

The Ports’ bullpen made sure that the Storm wouldn’t get any more across. Tomasovich, Sean Doolittle (rehab), Jared Lyons and Nolan Blackwood combined to throw 5.1 scoreless innings. Ports’ relievers struck-out nine and didn’t walk a batter. Doolittle struck-out all three batters he faced, and he needed just 14 pitches to do it. Meisner struck-out eight and was dominant through the first four frames. He now has 61 strike-outs in 53 innings this season.

Sean Murphy had a double in four at-bats. Tyler Ramirez singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

Other Notes

  • The DSL A’s moved to 2-0 on the season with a 4-1 win over the DSL Dodgers 1 squad on Monday. Norge Ruiz, who signed a seven-figure bonus with the A’s in December, made his minor league debut and went four scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and a walk and he struck-out one. Ruiz is expected to pitch in the DSL until he gets a visa to pitch in the USYerdel Vargas had two hits and two RBI in the win.
  • The Nashville Sounds lost a pitcher’s duel, 4-2, to the Omaha Storm Chasers on Monday night. Daniel Gossett went seven solid innings, but he was hung with the loss. He allowed four runs on seven hits and no walks and he struck-out four. Gossett hasn’t walked a batter since a start on May 17, a span of three starts. Renato Nunez had three hits, including his system-leading 15th homer of the season. Joey Wendle also had three hits but the rest of the line-up managed just four hits total.
  • Yairo Munoz and Sean Murphy were named to MLB’s Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week this week. The A’s were the only organization with more than one prospect on this week’s list.

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