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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Altamarino continues to shine

The Beloit Snappers and the DSL Athletics were the only Oakland A’s affiliates to land in the winner’s column on Thursday night. We rundown the night’s action.

Xavier Altamarino / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
Xavier Altamarino threw seven scoreless innings. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

Xavier Altamarino threw seven two-hit innings and the Beloit Snappers shut-out the Kane County Cougars, 8-0, on Thursday night.

Altamarino needed just 91 pitches to get through seven frames. He walked one, struck-out four and recorded six groundouts. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.81 in 86.1 innings. Over his last three starts, Altamarino has allowed three earned runs in 19 innings and he has walked only three over that stretch.

The Snappers gave Altamarino plenty of offensive support. Beloit scored five times in the second and cruised to the win. Trace Loehr drove-in two in the second with a triple. Miguel MercedesJosh Vidales and Eric Marinez each had two-hit games. Jesus Lopez doubled and walked to keep his batting average at .406 since his promotion from Vermont.

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— Sean Murphy homered for a second straight game, but the Midland RockHounds fell to the Corpus Christi Hooks, 4-2. The loss snapped the RockHounds’ six-game winning streak. Jordan Tarsovich also homered, accounting for Midland’s other run. Murphy now has 11 homeruns in 69 games between Midland and Stockton this season. Tyler Ramirez doubled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Joel Seddon allowed two runs in four innings and got the loss. Cody Stull allowed the Hooks other two runs in one inning of work. Tyler Sturdevant (2 innings) and Carlos Navas (1 inning) kept Corpus Christi hitless over the final three frames.

— The Las Vegas 51s scored four runs in the top of the first off of Zach Neal and cruised from there in a 7-2 Nashville Sounds’ loss. Joey Wendle had three hits and Matt Olson notched two knocks in the loss. Wendle has his average up to .294 on the season.

— The Stockton Ports had a disastrous game on defense and dropped a 6-4 decision to the Modesto Nuts. The Ports committed five errors that led to four unearned runs in the loss. Logan Shore allowed five runs — but only two earned — in three innings. He allowed four hits and two walks and he struck-out two. 2017 undrafted free agent signing Brandon Marsonek made a relief appearance for the Ports, working two innings. He didn’t allow a hit, but he was charged with an unearned runs. He struck-out one and walked one. Marsonek has 18 strike-outs in 9.2 Rookie-ball innings this season. Joey Wagman and Nolan Blackwood combined to throw three scoreless innings to keep the game close, but the Ports couldn’t scratch across the equalizing run. Brett Siddall had two hits and a walk. He is batting .309 on the season.

— The Connecticut Tigers scored six runs in the fifth inning and beat the Vermont Lake Monsters, 7-1, on Thursday night. The Lake Monsters managed just four hits in the loss. Logan Farrar was the only Vermont batter to reach twice. He had a double and a walk. Kevin Merrell also doubled. Ivan Andueza pitched well until the fifth but wound-up being charged with seven runs (five earned) in 4.2 innings. Brian Howard threw 3.1 scoreless innings in relief of Andueza. He didn’t walk a batter and he struck-out three.

— The AZL A’s had a quiet night on offense in a 4-2 loss to the AZL Rangers. Jhonny Rodriguez had two hits and a walk and Yerdel Vargas had two hits to account for much of the A’s offensive output. Austin Beck connected on an RBI double.

— The DSL Athletics split a double-header with the DSL Red Sox on Thursday, earning a 7-3 win and losing 7-0. In the 7-3 win, Gean Rigby hit his first professional homerun. He went 2-4. Rigby made his pro debut in 2014. Wilson Alvarez also had two hits in the win. Livan Sanchez threw four scoreless innings and Enmanuel Sullivan threw a scoreless fifth inning to earn the win. The A’s managed just five hits in the 7-0 loss. Alexander Caledron allowed a run in three innings but took the loss in the game.

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