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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Matt Milburn continues Ports’ run

The Stockton Ports were the only A’s affiliate to earn a win on Sunday.

Matt Milburn / Photo by Melissa Lockard
Matt Milburn tossed five scoreless innings on Sunday. / Photo by Melissa Lockard

Milburn keeps Ports’ starting staff humming

Four days into the season and the Stockton Ports’ starting rotation is making a loud statement. After Matt Milburn threw five scoreless innings in the Ports’ 8-4 win over the Lake Elsinore Storm, the starter’s ERA for the Stockton staff dipped to 0.46 in 19 2/3 innings. Milburn joined Jesus LuzardoBrian Howard and Parker Dunshee as starters who threw well in the season’s opening weekend.

On Sunday, Milburn needed only 66 pitches to get through his five frames. He struck out six, walked none and scattered five hits. The Ports also got a strong game defensively by catcher Jonah Heim, who threw out an attempted base-stealer and picked off a runner at first base.

The Stockton offense was quiet the first three games of the season, but it came alive on Sunday. The Ports banged out 13 hits and drew five walks en route to eight runs. Will Toffey led the way with four hits and four RBI and Greg Deichmann added a double, two walks and a hit by pitch. Edwin Diaz hit a solo home run and Dairon Blanco had two singles.

Brandon Marsonek struggled in relief of Milburn, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning, but Boomer Biegalski stemmed the Storm threat, going 2.1 innings and allowing just a solo home run. Angel Duno finished off the game with a scoreless ninth.

The Ports (3-1) host the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Monday with Zack Erwin on the hill for Stockton.

Beck solid again but Snappers fall

Austin Beck collected another multi-hit game, but the Snappers couldn’t bunch enough of their hits together in a 4-2 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Beck went 2-3 with a double and an RBI in the game. After an 0-5 to open the season, Beck is 6-9 with five RBI.

Xavier Altamirano got the start and he allowed three runs in 4.2 innings. Two of the runs came on solo homers. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. Ty Damron threw 1.1 scoreless innings in relief of Altamirano and Josh Reagan allowed a run in two innings of work.

Miguel Mercedes and Skyler Weber each had two-hit games.

The Snappers (2-1) take on the Burlington Bees on Monday with Michael Danielak on the hill.

Ruiz roughed up as Midland drops first game of the season

Norge Ruiz got a rude welcome to the Texas League. The right-hander allowed eight runs in 1.2 innings. Down 9-0 in the second inning, the RockHounds battled back but ultimately fell, 12-7, to the Tulsa Drillers.

Ruiz allowed seven hits and two walks in his truncated outing. Two of the hits were home runs. Cody Stull threw 3.1 innings in relief of Ruiz, allowing only a run. Tucker Healy (2 innings), J.B. Wendelken (1.2 innings) and Trey Cochran-Gil (0.2 innings) finished off the game.

The Midland offense continued to hum along. The RockHounds have scored at least six runs in all four games this season. Eli White and Tyler Ramirez each had three-hit games. Ramirez had two doubles and a triple to account for his three hits. Eli White, Mikey White and Sean Murphy all homered.

Kyle Friedrichs takes the ball for Midland on Monday in game two against Tulsa.

Sounds’ offense quiet again in shutout loss to New Orleans

Nashville’s 11-run Opening Day outburst seems like a distant memory, as the Sounds have dropped three straight while scoring only two runs in the process. Nashville was two-hit on Sunday and fell to New Orleans, 4-0.

Renato Nunez and Steve Lombardozzi accounted for the only two Nashville hits. Eric Jokisch went five innings in his first start of the season. He allowed four runs (three earned) on three strike outs and one walk. Kyle Finnegan kept the Sounds in the game with two scoreless innings and Jeremy Bleich added a scoreless frame in the eighth.

The Sounds finish their five-game set in New Orleans on Monday afternoon with Brett Anderson on the hill.

Before the game, the A’s recalled outfielder Mark Canha off of the Nashville roster. He took the roster spot of Boog Powell, who went on the DL with a knee injury.

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