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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Austin Beck, Snappers walk-off

Austin Beck once again came up big for the Beloit Snappers on Monday night.

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Austin Beck is batting .280 on the season. / Photo courtesy of the Oakland A's

Beck’s walk-off single brings Snappers back to .500

Austin Beck cracked a walk-off single to center with no-outs in the top of the 10th inning to give the Beloit Snappers a 2-1 win over the Peoria Chiefs. Beck went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in the win.

The inning began with a runner (Nick Allen) on second base per MiLB’s new extra-innings rules. Trace Loehr led-off the inning with a walk and then Beck grounded a single to center, scoring Allen. Beck has hit safely in five of six games and has three multi-hit games over that span. He’s batting .280 on the season. Allen also had two hits.

Xavier Altamirano got the start and he worked five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk. He also hit a batter and struck out two. Seth Martinez allowed a run in two innings of work, but Ty Damron worked two scoreless innings to get the game to extras and Logan Salow worked around that inning-starting runner at second to keep the game knotted at 1.

The Snappers are back to .500 at 6-6 and they snapped a three-game losing streak.

Sounds escape Omaha with a win

After dropping the first two games of their series against the StormChasers, the Nashville Sounds carved out a 4-3 win in the series finale. They return home on Wednesday.

Josh Phegley drove-in two and Sheldon Neuse had a much-needed two-hit game to help pace the Nashville offense. Dustin Fowler also had three hits and he stole his fifth base of the season.

Daniel Gossett earned the win with six strong innings. He allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk. Gossett struck out six. His ERA since returning to Triple-A is 1.29 in 14 innings.

Simon Castro worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam to throw a scoreless seventh. After Lou Trivino allowed a run in the eighth, Raul Alcantara threw a perfect ninth — striking out two — to earn his first save of the season.

RockHounds’ offense quiet in loss to Hooks

J.P. Sportman‘s solo home run was the only offense for Midland in a 6-1 loss to Corpus Christi.

The home run was Sportman’s third of the season. Sean Murphy‘s 10th double of the year was the only other Midland extra-base hit on the night.

Corey Walter got the loss despite allowed only two runs (one earned) in six innings. Nolan Blackwood allowed a run in the seventh and Cody Stull gave up three in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

On Tuesday, A’s prospect Jesus Luzardo will join the Midland rotation. Luzardo jumps to Double-A after only 14.2 innings with High-A Stockton. He struck out 25 and allowed just two runs in three starts for Stockton. For more details on Luzardo’s promotion and the week that was in the A’s system, read my weekly “Down on the Farm” report for The Athletic.

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