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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Lazarito debuts with Beloit

Lazarito debuts, Midland strikes big and Nashville comes up short in a sweep bid in this edition of Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook.

Lazaro Armenteros / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
Lazarito had a hit and an RBI in his 2018 debut. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

Beloit wins in extras in Lazarito’s 2018 debut

The Oakland A’s made a slew of changes to the Beloit Snappers’ roster on Monday, including added outfield prospect Lazaro Armenteros. The A’s also activated Nick Allen off of the bereavement list, and sent Jake LumleyAnthony Churlin and Jean Carlo Rodriguez to extended spring training.

Lazarito hit second and played left field in his debut against the Great Lake Loons. In a game the Snappers eventually won, 10-9, in 12 innings, Lazarito had a ground-rule double and a game-tying sacrifice fly in five official at-bats. He also struck out three times.

Austin Beck had a career-high three walks and he also added an RBI double. Trace Loehr had the game-winning single and went 2-4 with three walks.

esus Lopez hit a three-run home run to cap the rally and put the Snappers up 7-5. Great Lakes would hit a two-run home run off of Jesus Zambrano with two outs in the top of the ninth to tie the game.

Neither team scored in the 10th and both teams traded runs in the 11th before Great Lakes scored in the 12th and Beloit answered with two for the walk-off win. Beloit is now 12-13 on the season.

Big first inning carries Midland to win over Frisco

A six-run first inning was all Ben Bracewell and the Midland RockHounds would need in a 6-1 win over the Frisco RoughRiders.

Brett Vertigan doubled to lead-off the game and the rally sprung from there. After an Eli White groundout, Tyler Ramirez was hit by a pitch and Sean Murphy walked to load the bases. After an RBI single from Seth BrownMikey White launched a grandslam, his sixth home run of the season. Brett Siddall would single home Tyler Marincov later in the inning to close the scoring.

Bracewell had all the offense he would need. He cruised through eight scoreless innings to earn his second win of the season. Bracewell didn’t walk a batter and he struck out five. Trey Cochran-Gill allowed a run in the ninth.

Nashville’s bid for a sweep falls short in loss to Memphis

The Nashville Sounds were unable to complete the four-game sweep of their rivals, the Memphis Redbirds, losing the final game, 4-1.

The Sounds’ offense was quiet, collecting only three hits in the game. Two of those hits were from Beau Taylor, who has now reached base in 16 straight games. He’s batting .328 on the year. Nick Martini walked and extended his on-base streak to 19 games.

Starter Eric Jokisch allowed four runs in 6.2 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and he struck out four.

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