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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Logan Shore, AZL A’s toss two-hitter

The Oakland Athletics are on break, but there is still plenty of action in their minor league system. Logan Shore had another strong rehab outing, Nick Allen and Yerdel Vargas had big games at the plate, Skye Bolt was grand and more on a Monday night in the A’s system.

Logan Shore / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
Logan Shore had another strong rehab outing. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

Logan Shore threw three perfect innings to set the tone for the AZL A’s in their 6-0 win over the AZL D-Backs. Shore, Josh Reagan (2 innings) and Jhenderson Hurtado (4 innings) combined to toss a two-hitter. The three AZL A’s pitchers struck-out 10 and walked three.

Shore has thrown five perfect innings in two rehab appearances in the AZL. He is returning from a lat strain he suffered with High-A Stockton on May 14.

The A’s had plenty of offense, with Nick Allen and Yerdel Vargas leading the way with three hits each. Allen had two RBI and is batting .364 through six games in his pro career. Vargas upped his average to .294 with his big night at the plate. Vargas and Allen also each stole a base. Lazaro Armenteros had two hits and an RBI and he also walked. He is batting .300 since joining the AZL A’s roster. Hunter Hargrove had a double, a single and a walk. He is batting .333. Austin Beck had a hit and an RBI in five at-bats. Mickey McDonald swiped his seventh base of the season. He has played in just 12 games.

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— Zack Erwin set a career-high with eight strike-outs in a 3-1 Beloit Snappers’ win over the Kane County Cougars on Monday afternoon. Erwin threw six shutout innings to earn the win. He allowed just five hits and one walk. The southpaw appears to be back to the form he displayed during his pro debut season with the Chicago White Sox, when he had a 1.34 ERA in 40.1 innings between Rookie ball and Low-A. Erwin was bothered by arm issues most of last season and had off-season elbow surgery. Since joining the Snappers from Extended Spring Training, Erwin has a 2.28 ERA and a 42:12 K:BB in 43.1 innings. Kyle Nowlin and Eric Marinez did most of the offensive damage for Beloit. Nowlin drove-in two and had two hits and a walk. He is batting .300 with six walks over his last 10 games. Marinez had two hits and an RBI. After four straight games without a hit, Marinez has hit safely in his last three games. John Gorman threw 2.2 innings in relief of Erwin. Gorman, who missed last season with injury, allowed a run on one hit. He struck-out five. Yordys Alejo recorded the final out of the game to earn the save.

— A severely depleted Midland RockHounds’ squad dropped a 6-0 decision to the Tulsa Drillers on Monday. The Drillers swept the four-game series. Casey Meisner allowed only one hit in 4.2 innings, but he hit four batters and walked four batters and was charged with four runs. He did strike-out six. The RockHounds, who have only 21 available players at the moment, managed just five hits. Branden Cogswell had two hits and Tyler Ramirez reached three times with a hit and two walks.

— A ninth-inning grandslam from Skye Bolt wasn’t nearly enough for the Stockton Ports to overcome an early deficit against the Lancaster JetHawks. Dalton Sawyer had his first poor start at the A-ball level, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in four innings. He struck-out two and walked one. Kyle Friedrichs saved the bullpen with four innings of his own. He allowed three runs on five hits and one walk. He struck-out four. Bolt had two hits, including the grandslam, which was his 10th homer of the season. Bolt missed the last three games, but he has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games he has played. He has an 821 OPS on the season.

— The DSL A’s managed little on either side of the ball in an 8-0 loss to the DSL Red Sox. Iraj Serrano had two of the DSL A’s seven hits. He has three multi-hit games over his last four played. The 18-year-old is batting .348 with a .500 OBP in eight games this season. Wilson Alvarez had three hits to bump his average to .292 in 10 games played.

— Renato Nunez hit five homers in his only round in the Triple-A Home Run Derby. The Derby winner was Boston Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz who defeated hometown hero Dan Voglebach, who plays for the host Tacoma Rainiers, in the final round. The Triple-A All-Star game is on Wednesday.

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