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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Chris Bassitt, Sounds blank I-Cubs

Chris Bassitt was one of several Oakland A’s minor league pitchers who had strong nights on the mound on Wednesday.

Chris Bassitt / Photo by Chris Lockard
Chris Bassitt threw four scoreless innings in relief for Nashville. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Sounds shutout I-Cubs for second straight game

Home cookin’ is agreeing with the Nashville Sounds. After losing four straight to New Orleans, the Sounds returned home on Monday and have now put together two wins in a row, both shutouts, in their first two home games of the season. Four pitchers combined to five-hit the Iowa Cubs in a 6-0 win.

Frankie Montas got the start and he threw three one-hit innings in a nice rebound effort after not making it out of the first inning in his season debut. Montas struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.

After Ryan Dull threw a scoreless inning, Chris Bassitt took over and was once again impressive. He tossed four scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and striking out six. Bassitt threw four scoreless innings in his first relief outing of the season, as well. Lou Trivino then finished off the shutout with a perfect ninth. He struck out two. Sounds’ pitchers struck out 11 and didn’t walk a batter.

Sounds hitters combined for 14 hits and three walks. B.J. Boyd had three hits and Jorge MateoSteve LombardozziSlade Heathcott and Renato Nunez each had two hits. Every Nashville batter reached safely at least once.

Dull’s relief outing was his first back-to-back appearance. He has allowed a run in four innings over three rehab appearances.

Ports continue to roll behind another starting pitching gem

The Stockton Ports moved to 6-1 on the season and extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-3 win over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Lefty Jesus Luzardo had another strong starting pitching outing, as the Ports’ rotation continues to impress in the early going.

Luzardo carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and finished his outing with one run allowed on two hits in five innings pitched. He walked three (two in the fifth) and struck out a career-high 10. Stockton starters have now allowed only two earned runs in 34.2 innings this season.

The Ports were actually losing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth when the offense exploded for four runs, giving Luzardo the win. They would add another run in the seventh inning. Two Kevin Merrell triples were big parts of both scoring rallies.

Luis Barrera had a two-hit game and Nate Mondou had a hit, a walk and a sacrifice bunt.

Boomer Biegalski came on for Luzardo and he was charged with two unearned runs in 1.1 innings. Sam Sheehan struck out four in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief and Angel Duno worked a scoreless ninth to notch his first save.

Beloit splits doubleheader with Burlington

The Beloit Snappers were blanked in game one of their doubleheader with the Burlington Bees, but they rebounded for a one-run win in game two.

In the first game, the Snappers fell, 6-0. The offense managed just a Skyler Weber single and three walks. Jean Ruiz struggled, allowing five runs in two innings. Seth Martinez was charged with an unearned run in 2.1 innings and Heath Bowers finished off the game with 1.2 scoreless innings.

In game two, the Snappers scored single runs in the first and second en route to a 3-2 win. Mickey McDonald had two hits, as did Logan Farrar. One of Farrar’s hits was a triple. Nick Allen also reached twice with a hit and a walk.

Jared Poche’ made his season debut. The left-hander, who was limited to one appearance with Vermont last season after he signed out of the draft, worked 4.2 innings. He allowed a run on three hits and two walks and he struck out six. Logan Salow earned the win with 2.1 innings of relief work. He allowed a run one on one hit and one walk. He struck out three.

Puk has surgery

The A’s announced that A.J. Puk had successful surgery on Wednesday to repair the UCL in his left elbow. He will miss the rest of the season. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrache. Puk injured the elbow during spring training. The general recovery is 12-18 months.

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