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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: A.J. Puk shines in loss

A.J. Puk struck-out 13, but the Midland RockHounds couldn’t pull out a win. We have the full day in the Oakland A’s system inside…

A.J. Puk / Photo by Chris Lockard
A.J. Puk established a career-high. / Photo by Chris Lockard

For six innings, A.J. Puk was as dominant as a pitcher can be without throwing a perfect game. A rough seventh inning sullied Puk’s final line, but the left-hander still put together one of his most impressive outings of the season.

Through six innings, Puk had allowed just one hit and he had struck-out 12. In the seventh, he walked the lead-off batter and allowed a double, an RBI groundout and an RBI single before he was lifted. The third run would eventually come around to score. Even with the rough last inning, it was a banner night for Puk, who established a career-high with 13 strike-outs. He walked one and gave up three hits.

The RockHounds had a 3-0 lead going into the seventh, but San Antonio scored four times in the seventh and once in the eighth to take a 5-3 win. Jordan Tarsovich had two hits.

Max Schrock (7) homered and singled and he drove-in two. Jorge Mateo had a single and an RBI in four at-bats.

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— Franklin Barreto and Renato Nunez each had two hits, but the Nashville Sounds fell to the Reno Aces, 4-3. Frankie Montas allowed three runs on three hits in four innings. He struck-out two. Two of the three hits he allowed were homeruns. Logan Bawcom, signed by the A’s as a free agent on Thursday, made his A’s debut and he allowed a run on two hits in two innings.

— The Stockton Ports blew a 6-3 lead and fell to the Visalia Rawhide, 7-6. Mikey White had two doubles and Seth Brown homered and had two hits in the game. Brown’s homer was his 17th of the season. James Naile threw four innings in his second outing with Stockton since recovering from his oblique strain. He allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk. He struck-out three. Miguel Romero threw two scoreless innings before running into trouble in his third frame, when he allowed three runs on three hits. He allowed a solo homerun.

— Mike Martin hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to give the Beloit Snappers a 7-6 win in extra-innings. The Snappers came back from a 6-0 deficit to earn the win. Miguel Mercedes homered, doubled and had three hits to pace the Snappers’ offense. Jason Goldstein doubled twice. After Seth Martinez allowed six runs in five innings, Mitchell Jordan (three innings) and John Gorman (two innings) kept the Peoria Chiefs off of the scoreboard the rest of the game.

— The Vermont Lake Monsters had 12 hits and they overcame five errors to earn a 6-2 win over Connecticut. Kevin MerrellLogan FarrarGreg DeichmannPayton Squier and Anthony Churlin all had two-hit games. Jean Ruiz threw four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk and striking out four. Acquired for Adam RosalesJeferson Mejia earned the win in his A’s debut. He walked two, struck-out two and didn’t allow a hit in one inning. Malik Jones threw a scoreless inning to give him four scoreless innings with the Lake Monsters.

— The DSL A’s scored three times in the seventh inning to earn a 3-2 win over the DSL Royals. Jose Rivas had two hits. Angello Infante threw 5.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits. He struck-out six.

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