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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Anthony Churlin continues to impress

Anthony Churlin continued a recent hot streak, the AZL A’s and the Stockton Ports engaged in some late-game heroics, Rafael Kelly threw six no-hit innings and more.

Anthony Churlin / Photo by David Malamut
Anthony Churlin is batting .371 over his last 10 games. / Photo by Greg Bessette

The Vermont Lake Monsters pounded out 14 hits in an 11-2 rout of the Aberdeen IronBirds. Anthony Churlin had two hits and an outfield assist to continue a recent spate of strong performances. Churlin was one of five Lake Monsters to have a multi-hit game. Vermont is now 19-13 on the season.

Churlin had a triple and a single and he is batting .371 over his last 10 games. The 20-year-old has upped his season slashline to .274/.324/.470.

Logan Farrar and Ryan Gridley each had three hits. Greg Deichmann had two hits and two RBI. The A’s third overall pick in the 2017 draft is batting .356. Jordan Devencenzi reached base three times with two hits and a walk. Devencenzi is batting .304 with a .421 OBP. Both he and Kevin Merrell stole a base in the game. Aaron Arruda hit his second homer of the season, a two-run shot.

Bryce Conley got the start and he allowed a run in two innings. Josh Reagan threw three innings, allowing a run on two hits. He earned the win. Oscar Tovar picked up his second save with four shutout innings. He allowed just three hits and he struck-out three. Tovar lowered his ERA to 3.10. It was his first outing without a walk since his season debut on June 19.

Other Notes:

— Mike Martin had three hits and he stole his 11th base of the season in the Beloit Snappers’ 6-3 win over the South Bend Cubs. Xavier Altamarino threw six strong innings to earn the win. He allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk. He struck-out six. Luke Persico and Kyle Nowlin each had two hits. Nowlin drove-in two and also walked. John Gorman struck-out two in two scoreless innings. He has 15 strike-outs in 9.2 innings with Beloit since joining the club in late June.

— After a rainout on Friday, the AZL A’s split a pair of seven-inning games to the AZL Angels on Saturday. In the make-up game, the A’s scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull off the come-from-behind 5-4 win. Justin Jones hit a sacrifice fly to complete the game-winning rally. Austin Beck had the first two-hit game of his career, singling twice in three at-bats. Jhenderson Hurtado threw two scoreless innings to earn the win. He struck-out three and lowered his ERA to 1.83. In the regularly scheduled game, the A’s scored five runs in the top of the seventh but fell one run short in a 7-6 loss. Jhonny Rodriguez hit a three-run homer and Marcos Brito and Lazaro Armenteros each had two hits. Santis Sanchez also had two hits, his first multi-hit game of his career. Nick Allen reached base twice on a hit and a walk. Allen is batting .300 and Lazarito has his average up to .304.

— Rafael Kelly threw six hitless innings as part of a two-hitter in the DSL A’s 5-0 win over the DSL Astros Blue. Kelly walked one and struck-out eight. He has a 2.04 ERA and a 44:10 K:BB in 39.2 innings. Rafioby Urena and Carlos Hiciano each had two-hits. Kevin Richards tripled and drove-in three.

— Sandber Pimentel hit a two-out, two-strike, two-run homer to send the game into extra-innings, but the Stockton Ports fell to the Modesto Nuts, 11-6, in 10 innings. Pimentel had three hits, including the mammoth, game-tying blast. It was his sixth of the year. Luis Barrera and Mikey White each had two hits. Brandon Bailey struck-out six in 3.1 innings, but he allowed four runs in the fourth inning and five total in the game. Kyle Friedrichs took over and threw 4.2 hitless innings in a strong outing. He walked three but struck-out six. Skye Bolt had a double and a walk.

— The Nashville Sounds and the Midland RockHounds were victims of bad weather on Saturday, as both of their games were washed out.

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