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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Grant Holmes rebounds

Grant Holmes bounced back, the Vermont Lake Monsters staged a late comeback, the DSL A’s walked off winners and much more…

Grant Holmes / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
Grant Holmes threw seven strong innings. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

After allowing eight runs in five innings in his last start, Grant Holmes bounced back to earn the win in the Midland RockHounds’ 7-1 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks on Friday night. Holmes went seven strong innings, allowing a run on three hits. He walked three and struck-out five.

Since the start of June, Holmes has allowed more than three runs in a start only twice in eight outings. He has allowed two runs or fewer in seven outings and one run or less in four. He has also failed to work at least five innings only once over that stretch.

Down 1-0 going into the bottom of the first, the RockHounds scored five times in the first and never looked back. With two-outs, J.P. Sportman and Max Schrock had back-to-back RBI singles to give the RockHounds a 2-1 lead. Tyler Ramirez then reached when Jason Martin dropped his flyball to left field. The error scored a run and extended the inning for Sean Murphy, who hit a two-RBI single to break the game open.

Sportman led the way for the RockHounds’ offense with three hits. Schrock had two hits and he drove-in three, while Murphy tacked on two walks to go along with that run-scoring single. B.J. BoydJermaine Curtis and Viosergy Rosa each had two-hit games. Curtis has five hits in three games since coming back to Midland on Wednesday.

Sam Bragg threw a scoreless eighth inning to lower his ERA to 2.80. Tyler Sturdevant finished off the game with a scoreless ninth.

Other Notes

— Andrew Triggs had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip on Thursday. The surgery will end Triggs’ season. In 12 starts for the A’s, he had a 4.27 ERA and a 50:19 K:BB in 65.1 innings. His ERA took a big hit during his final two starts of the season, when he allowed 14 runs in 7.1 innings.

— Catcher Ryan Lavarnway cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Friday. He returned to the Sounds’ line-up Friday night as the DH. Lavarnway was DFA’d last Saturday to make room for Chris Smith on the 40-man roster. Lavarnway appeared in one game with the A’s while on the roster last week.

— The Vermont Lake Monsters scored four times in the eighth inning to earn a come-from-behind win over the Auburn Doubledays, 8-6, on Friday. Bay Area native James Terrell hit his first homer of the season and catcher Jarrett Costa hit a two-run homer in the eighth to tie the game. Costa and Anthony Churlin each had two-hit games. Bryce Conley allowed three runs in 1.1 innings as the starter, but Argenis Blanco (4.2 innings, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 6 K, 0 BB) and Marc Berube (3 innings, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K) pitched well in relief. The Lake Monsters moved to 16-8 on the season.

Vermont Lake Monsters Notebook: Off to a fast start

— Simon Castro threw away a sacrifice bunt with two-on and no-outs in the bottom of the ninth. Both runners scored and the Omaha Storm Chasers stole a win from the Nashville Sounds, 4-3. Franklin Barreto hit his ninth Triple-A homer and Matt Olson doubled and walked twice in the loss. Jesse Hahn allowed two unearned runs in 4.1 innings. He struck-out six and walked three.

— Matt Milburn threw six strong innings, but he earned the loss in the Beloit Snappers 3-2 loss against the Lansing Lugnuts. Milburn allowed three runs (one earned) in six innings. He struck-out four. Eric Marinez had two hits and two walks and Trace Loehr singled and walked. Miguel Mercedes hit a solo homer, his 13th of the season, establishing a new career-high.

— Facing two rehabbing big leaguers in A.J. Griffin and Anthony Bass, the AZL A’s offense was quiet most of the game. The A’s scored three times in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough in a 7-4 loss. Nick Allen and Mickey McDonald each had two hits. Allen also stole a base. Hunter Hargrove had a three-run triple in the ninth.

— Iraj Serrano singled home Yhoelnys Gonzalez to give the DSL A’s a 3-2 win over the DSL Rays. Serrano had two hits and two walks and now has a .472 BA and a .587 OBP in 12 games this season. Serrano also stole a base. He has five straight multi-hit games. Rafioby Urena had two hits to up his average to .293. Angello Infante allowed a run in five innings and his ERA actually went up from 1.48 to 1.53. He has a 25:4 K:BB in 35.1 innings.

— The Stockton Ports took an early 3-0 lead, but the Inland Empire 66ers scored four times in the sixth to earn a 4-3 win. Luis Barrera hit his first High-A homer and he went 2-3 with a walk. Brett Siddall and Nate Mondou each had two hits. Angel Duno threw five shutout innings, striking out four and walking none. Evan Manarino allowed the four runs in the sixth, but settled down after that and threw three scoreless innings to keep the game close.

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