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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Lazarito’s blast the difference for Beloit

Lazarito went yard, Logan Shore, Dustin Hurlbutt, Carlos Ramirez and Evan Manarino had debuts and more on a busy Thursday night in the Oakland A’s system.

Lazaro Armenteros / Andrew Carlson, Beloit Snappers
Lazarito went deep again / Photo by Andrew Carlson, Beloit Snappers

Lazaro Armenteros’ first-inning home run was all the offense the Beloit Snappers would need in a 1-0 win over the Peoria Chiefs on Thursday night.

Lazarito’s home run was his fourth of the season in his 16th game for the Snappers. He is now batting .274/.352/.516 in 62 at-bats and has homered in back-to-back games.

Xavier AltamiranoNick Highberger and Jesus Zambrano combined on the five-hit shutout. Altamirano went the first six, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out four. He lowered his ERA to 2.66 on the season. Highberger worked around a hit and a walk to get through the seventh and Zambrano stranded two runners in the eighth before working a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his first save of the season.

The Snappers are now 20-22 on the year.

Other Notes:

— Logan Shore made his Double-A debut on Thursday. He battled his command but allowed only one unearned run in 4.2 innings in a 2-1 Midland win over Arkansas. Shore struck out three and walked three. Brett Vertigan had three hits and Brett Siddall and Eli White each had two in the win. Nolan Blackwood earned his fourth save of the season with two scoreless innings.

— Kendall Graveman received little support at the plate or in the field on Thursday in Nashville’s 4-0 loss to Colorado Springs. The Sounds committed four errors, leading to two unearned runs, and couldn’t string their eight hits together to push across a run. Graveman was charged with four runs (two earned) on seven hits. He walked one and struck out five. Anthony Garcia had three hits to pace the offense. Carlos Ramirez made his Nashville debut, throwing two scoreless innings. He didn’t allow a hit or a walk and he struck out three.

— Dustin Hurlbutt and Evan Manarino made their 2018 regular season debuts in Stockton’s 6-2 win over Rancho Cucamonga. Hurlbutt threw 3.2 hitless innings, walking one and striking out five. Manarino took over in the fourth and allowed two runs in 2.1 innings. He allowed five hits and he struck out two. Will Gilbert and Andrew Tomasovich combined to throw three scoreless innings to close out the win. Dairon Blanco had a key two-run triple in a five-run sixth that broke the game open. Luis Barrera had four hits, while Blanco, Kevin Merrell and Nate Mondou each had two hits.

— The A’s lost catcher Dustin Garneau on a waiver claim to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Garneau hit .208 for the Sounds this season. He joins a White Sox’s organization that just lost Wellington Castillo to an 80-game suspension for a PED violation.

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