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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Mickey McDonald provides walk-off

Mickey McDonald played the role of hero for the Vermont Lake Monsters on Thursday, while Franklin Barreto, Mark Canha and Daniel Gossett keyed a Nashville Sounds’ win and Heath Fillmyer pitched the Midland RockHounds to victory.

Mickey McDonald / Photo by Greg Bessette
Mickey McDonald had a big hit for Vermont. / Photo by Greg Bessette

The Vermont Lake Monsters moved out to a 2.5 game lead in their division thanks to a two-out, two-run walk-off double from Mickey McDonald. The clutch base-hit gave the Lake Monsters a 3-2 win over the Lowell Spinners. Vermont is now 30-25 on the season.

McDonald is just getting his feet wet in the New York-Penn League after batting .278 in 20 games for the Arizona Rookie League A’s to start his pro career. He had a big game on Thursday, walking twice and collecting the game-winning hit.

Jesus Luzardo made his second start for Vermont and he put together a brilliant outing. The 19-year-old southpaw allowed just one hit in four shutout innings. He struck-out five and walked none. He also hit a batter. Luzardo needed 56 pitches to get through four frames, and he threw 39 of them for strikes.

After Marc Berube was charged with two unearned runs in the fifth inning, Wandisson Charles and Michael Danielak each threw two scoreless innings to keep the game within reach. Charles retired all six batters he faced, five by strike-out, while Danielak struck-out three and walked one. Danielak earned his third win of the season.

Kevin Merrell and Will Toffey each had two hits for the Lake Monsters. Ryan Gridley reached twice with a single and a walk. McDonald’s game-winning double was Vermont’s only extra-base hit of the night.

Other Notes:

— Daniel Gossett had another strong start for Nashville and the Sounds held off a late Memphis Redbirds’ rally in an 11-8 win. Gossett allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk in six innings. He struck-out six. Since being sent back to Triple-A, Gossett has made three starts. He allowed four runs in 3.2 innings in his first outing, but he has allowed four runs in 12 innings in his last two starts with 16 strike-outs. Both of those starts came against Memphis, which is one of the top-hitting teams in the PCL. The Sounds needed every bit of their 11-run, 16-hit explosion to hold off Memphis, who scored six times late in the game. Franklin Barreto and Mark Canha each had four-hit games. Barreto broke a 3-for-20 slump with a 4-4 night. He homered (14), tripled (6) and drove-in four. Canha collected two doubles and two singles and he drove-in three. Beau Taylor had three hits and Jaff Decker added two. Decker also stole a base.

— Heath Fillmyer continued his outstanding second half with seven shutout innings in the Midland RockHounds’ 6-0 win over the Northwest Arkansas Travelers. Fillmyer allowed just four hits and two walks in seven frames. He struck-out four and needed only 85 pitches. Fillmyer lowered his ERA to 3.45 and he took back the lead from Grant Holmes for most innings thrown by an A’s minor leaguer this season. Fillmyer has 130.1 innings pitched this year. He threw 134.1 last season. In 11 second-half starts, Fillmyer has a 3.31 ERA and a 54:19 K:BB. Viosergy Rosa earned himself a spot in the Midland record books on Thursday. He went 3-3 with a homer (15) and three RBI. The three RBI gave him 100 for the year. He is the first Midland hitter to reach the century mark since Chris Carter in 2009. B.J. Boyd had two hits and a walk to raise his average to .325. Jorge Mateo had a hit and a walk but he was caught stealing for the first time since he was added to the Midland roster.

— The Beloit Snappers split a double-header with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, losing the first game, 7-3, and winning game two, 3-1. In game one, Beloit managed just five hits, two were homers — Jason Goldstein (3) and Kyle Nowlin (11). In game two, Xavier Altamarino threw four scoreless innings before Joseph Camacho (1.1 innings) and John Gorman (1.2 innings) allowed only one run to close out the game. Gorman struck-out four and he didn’t allow a base-runner. Nowlin had a double and a walk.

— The DSL Athletics earned a rain-shortened 8-2 win over the DSL Rays1 on Thursday. Luis Almanzar scored three runs and he had two hits and a walk. Jose Rivas drove-in two. Manuel Manzanillo was credited with a complete game after he threw five innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and no walks. Manzanillo struck-out four.

— The Stockton Ports managed just five hits in an 8-0 loss to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Mikey White‘s two singles and Argenis Raga‘s two walks and a single led the Stockton offense. Angel Duno had a rough outing. He allowed four homeruns and was charged with eight runs allowed in five innings. Brandon Marsonek (1.2 innings) and Joey Wagman (1.1 innings) kept Rancho off the board for the final three innings.

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