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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Beloit no-hits Burlington

An historic day for the Beloit Snappers highlights Thursday’s action around the Oakland A’s minor league system.

Bryce Conley during the Snappers' no-hitter / Photo by Quintin Parker
Bryce Conley during the Snappers' no-hitter / Photo by Quintin Parker, Burlington Bees

Three combine on nine-inning no-hitter for the Snappers

For a second straight year, Oakland A’s farmhands have combined to throw a nine-inning no-hitter for the Beloit Snappers. Last year, it was Zack Erwin and Joseph Camacho who teamed up for the feat, which was the first nine-inning no-no in Beloit franchise history. This season, Bryce ConleyTy Damron and Josh Reagan held the Burlington Bees hitless in a 2-0 win.

Conley threw four no-hit innings in his 2018 debut and he stretched his hitless inning streak to 10 with six frames on Thursday. The right-hander, who was the A’s 22nd-round pick out of Georgia State last season, needed only 71 pitches in his six frames. He struck out four and walked one.

Damron took over in the seventh and he worked a one-two-three seventh before walking two batters with one out in the eighth. He buckled down after that, however, ending the inning with a force out and a strike out. Damron struck out two and walked two in two innings.

Reagan joined the party in the ninth and had the pressure of trying to close out the historic feat while facing the top of the Bees’ order. Reagan was up to the task, getting Spencer Griffin to fly out to center and then striking out top Angels’ prospect Jo Adell and MLB scion Torii Hunter, Jr. 

The Snappers didn’t need much offense, but they got just enough to make history. In the first inning, Austin Beck drove in Nick Allen on an RBI groundout to get the Snappers on the board. Allen had doubled to lead-off the game. Then in the fourth, Beck tripled to lead-off the inning and he came around to score on a Miguel Mercedes groundout.

Mickey McDonald had two hits to continue his red-hot start to the season. In six games, he has nine hits and three walks in 18 at-bats. The Snappers’ pitching staff is off to a strong start, as well. As a unit, they have a 2.79 ERA and the league’s best WHIP (1.09).

Dunshee, Ports continue to roll

Another start, another set of zeros for Parker Dunshee. The right-hander extended his scoreless innings streak to 48 2/3 innings with five shutout frames in the Stockton Ports’ 4-1 win over the San Jose Giants.

Dunshee was in command throughout his outing, allowing only one hit and one walk. He struck out four. In two outings with the Ports, Dunshee has allowed three hits and a walk and he’s struck out 14 in 10 innings.

Brandon Marsonek came on in relief of Dunshee and allowed a run in the sixth but pitched well to escape further damage. He worked a scoreless seventh and gave way to Miguel Romero, who continued his impressive start to the season with a two-inning save. Romero hit a batter but was otherwise perfect in his outing. He struck out one. Romero has three saves and has only allowed two base-runners in five innings over three appearances this year.

Luke Persico led the way offensively with a three-hit night. He also walked. Dairon Blanco had two hits, including a double. Blanco, Persico, Greg DeichmannJonah Heim and Brallan Perez all had doubles. Deichmann’s two-run double in the third was the big blow in a three-run inning.

The Ports are now 7-1 on the season. The Stockton staff leads the California League with a 1.59 ERA and an 0.90 WHIP. The Ports also have 85 strike outs and 19 walks in 68 innings this season.

Sounds fall in extras

The Nashville Sounds scored once in the eighth and twice in the ninth to overcome a 3-0 deficit, but they couldn’t muster any offense in extra innings, as they fell to the Iowa Cubs, 6-3.

Trevor Cahill got his second start for Nashville and he threw 5.2 innings in what could be his final tuneup before joining the A’s rotation. Cahill had a shutout going with two-outs in the sixth before he walked the bases loaded. He was lifted from the game and watched as all three runners came around to score against Jake Sanchez.

For the game, Cahill was charged with those three runs on one hit in 5.2 innings. He walked four (three coming in the sixth) and struck out seven. He threw 83 pitches.

Daniel Gossett took over in the seventh and he gave the Sounds a chance to win by firing four shutout innings. Gossett allowed only a hit and two walks and he struck out four. He successfully navigated the 10th inning when the I-Cubs were given a runner on second to start the frame.

Kyle Finnegan was unable to keep the I-Cubs off the board in the 11th. Finnegan allowed a hit and three walks, resulting in three runs allowed, in 2/3 of an inning. Jeremy Bleich recorded the final out of the 11th.

The game only reached extras because of some late heroics from the Sounds. Down 3-1 in the ninth, Anthony Garcia came up with a runner on base and one out. He parked a game-tying, two-run home run off of Dillon Maples, his first home run of the season. The Sounds had only five hits in the game, two from Renato Nuñez, who is batting .360 in his rehab stint.

Walter struggles in Midland loss

Corey Walter had a rare rough start, as the Midland RockHounds lost to the Springfield Cardinals, 10-5.

Walter was charged with nine runs in five innings. Six of the nine came in the third inning, when Springfield sent 11 men to the plate. All but one of the eight hits in the inning were singles.

Midland had some offensive firepower of its own. Eli WhiteTyler Ramirez and J.P. Sportman each homered. White, Sportman, Seth Brown and Brett Siddall all had two-hit games.

On Wednesday, the RockHounds bid adieu to utilityman Melvin Mercedes, who was promoted to Nashville. The A’s have yet to announce a corresponding move.


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