Casey Meisner threw five shutout innings to earn his first Double-A win in the Midland RockHounds’ 7-1 win over the San Antonio Missions.
It was a much-needed strong start for Meisner, who allowed 13 runs over 13.1 innings in his first three starts for the RockHounds. On Sunday, Meisner struck-out four, walked one and allowed four hits. He threw 85 pitches, 54 for strikes. Joel Seddon threw two scoreless innings in relief of Meisner and Sam Bragg allowed a run in two innings to finish off the win.
The game was close early on, but the RockHounds took a 2-0 lead and turned it into a blow-out with a five-run seventh inning. The Missions’ only run came in the ninth inning. Jermaine Curtis went 3-3 with two walks and B.J. Boyd and J.P. Sportman each had two hits.
— The A’s selected the contract of Simon Castro from Triple-A Nashville and added him to the 25-man roster after the A’s traded Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Castro made his Oakland A’s debut in the ninth inning in the A’s 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Castro allowed a solo homerun and a single with two-outs but he also struck-out the side. Castro had 63 strike-outs in 38 innings for Nashville this season. He also had a 3.32 ERA. Before Sunday, Castro had 17 career major league innings.
— The Vermont Lake Monsters moved to 17-9 on the season with a 6-3 win over the Auburn Doubledays. Aaron Arruda hit his first homerun for Vermont and he had two hits. Logan Farrar, Jordan Devencenzi and Lana Akau each had two-hit games, as well. Brian Howard allowed a run in three innings in his third pro start. The 6’9” right-hander hasn’t walked a batter in eight innings for Vermont. Ivan Andueza went the rest of the way and earned the win. The lefty allowed two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck-out one. He lowered his ERA to 2.67.
— Zack Erwin was brilliant once again and the Beloit Snappers earned a 7-1 win over the Great Lakes Loons. Erwin allowed just one hit in five innings. He struck-out seven and lowered his ERA to 2.05 in 48.1 innings. Mitchell Jordan and John Gorman each pitched two innings in relief to close out the win. Gorman struck-out five in his two innings and he has 21 strike-outs and one walk in 12.2 innings for Vermont and Beloit this season. Gorman is coming off of a season lost to injury. Trace Loehr and Eric Marinez were busy at the top of the Beloit line-up once again. Loehr had two hits and Marinez had three. Loehr is batting .410 over the last 10 games and has his average up to .272. Marinez has a .288 average on the season and three straight multi-hit games. Jesus Lopez had two hits. He is 8-for-16 since being promoted from Vermont.
— Lazaro Armenteros homered for the second straight game and the AZL A’s earned a 13-5 win over the AZL Reds. Lazarito’s third AZL homer came in the sixth with one on. He is batting .309 in the AZL. Hunter Hargrove, Ennry Pantoja, Ben Spitznagel and Jake Lumley each had two-hit games. Spitznagel also walked and he scored three runs. He is batting .412 in five AZL games. Lumley is batting .371 in nine AZL games. Jhenderson Hurtado earned the win. He went five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck-out five. The quartet of Hurtado, Zack Kelly, Cody Puckett and Slater Lee did not walk a batter.
— After a nearly four-hour game on Saturday night, the Stockton Ports had an early wake-up call for a bus ride down to Rancho Cucamonga to get there in time for a 5:00pm start on Sunday. The exhausted Ports’ squad put up a good fight for much of Sunday’s game, but fell apart late in a 9-1 loss. The game was tied 1-1 until the sixth, when Rancho scored twice. The Quakes would score twice more in the seventh and four times in the eighth. Brett Siddall and Argenis Raga each had two hits, accounting for all of the Ports’ hits in the game. Siddall is batting .297 for the season and .364 with a 1099 OPS since the All-Star break. Kyle Friedrichs got the loss but pitched well, allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings. Armando Ruiz had a rough night but took one for the team with the Ports’ bullpen running on empty. He allowed six runs in two innings.
— It was a tough night for the Nashville Sounds, who dropped a 15-1 decision to the Omaha Storm Chasers. All four Nashville pitchers allowed at least two runs, with position player Melvin Mercedes getting in on the action, allowing a grand slam in the eighth with two outs. Chris Bassitt allowed four runs in two innings in a rehab relief appearance. He allowed five hits, including two doubles. The Sounds had 10 hits but only one run. Kenny Wilson had three hits and Mercedes and Yairo Munoz each had two.
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