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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Jesus Luzardo does it again

Oakland A’s minor league pitchers combined to allow two runs in 27 innings on Tuesday night.

Jesus Luzardo / Photo by Melissa Lockard
Jesus Luzardo threw five no-hit innings on Tuesday night. / Photo by Melissa Lockard

Luzardo breezes through five … again

In his last start, Jesus Luzardo carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. On Tuesday, he one-upped himself, throwing five no-hit innings in the Stockton Ports’ 4-0 win over the Modesto Nuts.

Luzardo threw 76 pitches — 50 strikes — in his outing. He struck out nine and walked one. He also committed a fielding error. In three starts this season, Luzardo has allowed two runs on six hits in 14.2 innings. He has 25 strike outs and has walked five.

Luzardo gave way to Angel Duno in the sixth. Although Duno lost the no-hitter, he was very effective in his own right. He allowed only one hit and he struck out four in two innings. Duno moved from the rotation to the bullpen this season and he’s off to a strong start. He hasn’t allowed a run in 13.1 innings. He has 15 strike outs and two walks. Miguel Romero finished the shutout with two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save. He didn’t walk or strike out a batter and he allowed three hits.

The Ports’ offense was paced by Edwin Diaz, who hit his second home run of the season. He also walked twice and upped his season OPS to 945. Diaz has 12 walks in his last nine games. Kevin Merrell had a two-hit night to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Nate Mondou drove-in two and Greg Deichmann connected on his sixth double.

The Ports moved to 9-4 on the season with the win.

Sounds win fourth straight

The Nashville Sounds moved back over the .500 mark (7-6) with a 3-2 win over the Iowa Cubs on Tuesday.

Daniel Gossett — starting in the place of the promoted Trevor Cahill — went four scoreless innings to get Nashville off to a good start. He allowed only one hit and three walks and he struck out six in his second outing since being sent down from the big leagues. Gossett has allowed one hit and no runs in each of those four-inning outings.

With the Sounds up 3-0 in the fifth, Kyle Finnegan allowed two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Simon CastroJeremy Bleich and Josh Lucas were able to keep the I-Cubs from scoring any more runs. Lucas earned his first save as a member of the A’s organization.

In his first game back from the big leagues, Franklin Barreto went 0-for-3 with two walks. Dustin Fowler had two hits and a stolen base and Beau Taylor had a two-hit game. Sheldon Neuse doubled and walked. B.J. Boyd also had a hit and a walk. He has hit safely in seven out of his last eight games.

Midland blanks Tulsa in pitchers’ duel

Tyler Marincov‘s two-out single in the top of the ninth broke a 0-0 tie and the Midland RockHounds held on for a 1-0 win over the Tulsa Drillers.

Pitchers dominated the first eight innings before there were fireworks in both halves of the ninth. In the top half, Marincov lined a single to right with Sean Murphy on second base. Murphy came around and scored on a close play at the plate. Tulsa manager Scott Hennessey vigorously disagreed with the call and was ejected by plate umpire Tyler Olson.

In the bottom of the ninth, J.B. Wendelken walked the bases loaded with two outs before getting Errol Robinson to ground into a force out at second to end the game.

Corey Walter got the start and bounced back from a horrific second outing that saw him allow nine runs in five innings. Walter went seven on Tuesday, allowing only five hits. He didn’t walk a batter and he struck out seven. Tucker Healy struck out the side in a scoreless eighth before giving way to Wendelken in the ninth.

The RockHounds are now 8-4 on the season.

Other Notes

— Lou Trivino made his major-league debut on Tuesday night, pitching the ninth inning in the A’s 10-2 win over the White Sox. He loaded the bases with one out but struck out Omar Navarez and Yoan Moncada to end the game.

— Ryan Dull made his big league season debut in the same game. He allowed a two-run home run to Moncada but also struck out four thanks to a wild pitch that allowed Navarez to reach after his strike out.

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