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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Lazarito homers

Lazarito hit his first professional homer, the Stockton Ports kept Mike Trout hitless, the Vermont Lake Monsters reached a milestone they haven’t matched in five years and more…

Lazaro Armenteros / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
Lazarito hit his first professional homerun. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

Lazaro Armenteros hit his first professional homerun and he had an outfield assist, but the AZL A’s lost in extra-innings, 7-3, to the AZL Angels. Lazarito’s homer was a two-run shot in the sixth inning off of right-hander Johnny Morrell. He also threw out a runner at third from left field. Lazarito is batting .357 for the AZL A’s. Austin Beck had a rough night at the plate, going 0-5 with four strike-outs, but he also had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at third from centerfield.

Logan Shore made his first appearance on the mound since injuring his lat with High-A Stockton on May 14. He retired all six hitters he faced, striking out two. Three of the outs he recorded came on the ground. Jhenderson Hurtado allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits in 4.2 innings. Brandon Marsonek followed with 2.1 scoreless innings in relief. Cody Puckett got the loss. He allowed five runs (four earned) in the top of the 10th inning.

Other Notes

— Oakland A’s catcher Josh Phegley and his wife Jessica welcomed a baby boy — Calvin James Phegley — into the world on Wednesday. With Phegley on the paternity list, the A’s added catcher Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Nashville. Lavarnway was added to the open spot on the A’s 40-man roster.

— The Vermont Lake Monsters moved to three game over .500 for the first time since the 2012 season with an 6-4 win over the Connecticut Tigers on Wednesday. Kevin MerrellJavier GodardJordan DevencenziAaron Arruda and Anthony Churlin all had two-hit games in the win. Arruda collected the first two RBI of his career. Churlin’s two hits were doubles. Bryce Conley allowed a run on two hits in two innings in his second pro outing. Ivan Andueza took over in the third and worked 5.1 innings to earn the win. The lefty allowed three runs on five hits and three walks. He struck-out five. Those were the first three runs Andueza has allowed this season. He has a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings for Vermont. Branden Kelliher continued the strong start to his season with 1.2 scoreless innings to record his second save of the year. Over his last three outings, Kelliher has allowed just four hits and one walk in 5.2 innings. He has struck-out four.

— Kyle Friedrichs and Andrew Tomasovich combined to hold Mike Trout hitless in his first rehab game since injuring his thumb on a slide into second base. Friedrichs got Trout on a groundout to second and a strike-out swinging and Tomasovich retired Trout with two-on on a flyball to left. The Stockton Ports defeated the Inland Empire 66ers, 6-3. Brett Siddall and Nate Mondou each had three hits in the win. Siddall had two doubles and Mondou drove in three runs. Eli White added a two-hit game. After Friedrichs and Tomasovich threw the first 6.1 innings, Jared Lyons kept the 66ers off of the board for the final 2.2 innings to earn his first save of the season. His ERA is down to 2.86.

— Zack Erwin was outstanding, but Peoria’s Mike O’Reilly was even better in the Chiefs’ 1-0 win over the Beloit Snappers. Erwin allowed just a solo homerun in five innings but took the loss. He struck-out seven, walked one and allowed three hits, including the homer. Yordys Alejo worked three scoreless innings in relief to give the Snappers a chance, but O’Reilly was too dominant. He scattered four hits and struck-out nine in seven innings to lower his ERA to 1.76. Edwin Diaz was the only Snappers’ hitter to reach base twice. He had a double and a walk. Mike Martin stole two bases to up his season total with Beloit to nine.

— The Nashville Sounds had a day to forget, dropping both ends of a double-header against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox by a combined score of 23-12. Corey Walter and Dalton Sawyer both struggled badly in their starts, with neither starter pitching three full innings. Melvin Mercedes made another pitching appearance, allowing a run in one inning in game two. Renato Nunez finished a homer short of the cycle in game two. Mark Canha and Beau Taylor each homered in game one. Taylor went 3-3 in that game.

— Casey Meisner ran into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings of his start and the Midland RockHounds fell, 5-3, to the Springfield Cardinals. Meisner worked three scoreless innings to start the game, but he allowed a two-run homer in the fourth and a three-run homer with one-out in the fifth. He finished the game with five runs allowed on seven hits and four walks in 4.1 innings. He struck-out two. Tyler RamirezB.J. Boyd and Jordan Tarsovich each hit solo homers to account for the Midland offense. Ramirez’s homer was his first at the Double-A level.

— The DSL A’s drew 14 walks and had eight hits in their 10-6 win over the DSL Astros Blue squad. Luis AlmazarCarlos Hiciano and Iraj Serrano each walked three times. George Bell walked twice and he had a single. Rafioby Urena had three hits and four RBI and Jorge Gordon had two hits and drove home three. The DSL A’s staff combined to walk 10, but they mostly avoided the big inning. Dennis Herrera walked five but he allowed just one unearned run in four innings of work. He struck-out five and lowered his ERA to 1.77 in 21.1 innings this season.

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