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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: BJ Boyd MVP

B.J. Boyd earned some hardware, the Beloit Snappers mounted a comeback, the Nashville Sounds engaged in a see-saw battle and more in this Tuesday edition of Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook.

B.J. Boyd / Photo by Chris Lockard
B.J. Boyd took home All-Star MVP honors.

Midland RockHounds’ outfielder B.J. Boyd earned MVP honors in the Texas League All-Star game after going 3-4 with three RBI in the South division’s 10-3 rout of the North All-Stars. Boyd had a double and two singles and he also scored two runs.

Several other RockHounds had a positive impact in the game for the South team. Reliever Sam Bragg threw a scoreless fifth inning, the first of five straight scoreless innings for the South team to close out the game. He needed only 13 pitches to get through his one inning. Max Schrock went 2-3 with two runs scored, J.P. Sportman went 2-4 and Viosergy Rosa had a double in his only at-bat.

Midland will host the 2018 Texas League All-Star game. The RockHounds resume the second half of their season on Thursday.

Other Notes:

— The Beloit Snappers rallied from a 6-0 deficit to take an 8-6 lead in the eighth inning, but the Snappers’ bullpen couldn’t hold the advantage, and Beloit lost, 10-8. Jean Carlo Rodriguez had two hits and three RBI and Luke Persico drove home two to pace the Beloit offense. In his first start for Beloit, Kyle Twomey allowed six runs on 10 hits in four innings. He struck-out four. Jesus Zambrano also threw four innings. He allowed two runs on four hits. Yordys Alejo got the loss when he gave up a walk-off homer to Ryan McCarvel.

— The Nashville Sounds battled the Round Rock Express in a see-saw affair, but Round Rock came out on top, 6-4, after scoring twice in the top of the ninth inning. Jaff DeckerMark Canha and Kenny Wilson each had two hits and a walk in the game. Wilson also stole two bases. Chris Smith had a rare poor start, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. Jake Sanchez got the loss after allowing two runs in the ninth. In his Triple-A debut, Kyle Finnegan threw 1.1 scoreless frames. He allowed two hits and he struck-out one.

— Rafael KellyTomy Arias and Andy Cruz combined to five-hit the DSL Rays1 in a 7-1 DSL A’s win on Tuesday. Kelly allowed a run on four hits and one walk in five innings. He struck-out six. The run allowed was the first given up by Kelly this season. He has an 0.45 ERA in 20 innings this season. Arias got the win with three scoreless innings of work. He didn’t allow a hit and he walked one while striking out four. Cruz finished off the game with his second scoreless inning of the season. Jose Paula, a native of Martinique, went 3-4. The 18-year-old is batting .348 with a .464 OBP in eight games this season. He had a .375 OBP for the DSL A’s last season in 24 games. Gean Rigby had two hits and two walks in the game to raise his slashline to .357/.486/.500 in 28 at-bats.

— The Stockton Ports were down early to the San Jose Giants and a late comeback came up short in an 11-5 loss. Angel Duno allowed eight runs (six earned) in five innings to earn the loss. Tyler Ramirez had three hits and Seth BrownNate Mondou and a rehabbing Marcus Semien each had two hits in the loss. Ramirez is now batting .296 on the season. Semien has six hits in 14 at-bats in his rehab with the Ports thus far.

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