Down 4-0 in the bottom of the eighth, the Midland RockHounds scored four times to tie the game and then mounted a two-out rally that ended in a Jordan Tarsovich walk-off walk in the bottom of the 10th to earn a 5-4 victory over the Springfield Cardinals.
Catcher Sean Murphy had an impressive Double-A debut, singling three times in five at-bats. Tarsovich walked three times, including to force home the game-winning run. Max Schrock had two hits and two walks and B.J. Boyd was walked intentionally twice and he had a double.
Heath Fillmyer got the start and he allowed four runs in 5.1 innings. Two of the four runs came on solo homeruns, one of which was hit by former A’s prospect John Nogowski in his first game as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization. The other two runs Fillmyer allowed came on a two-out double in the fifth. He struck-out six and walked two.
The Midland bullpen was outstanding in relief of Fillmyer. Aaron Kurcz (1.2 innings), Carlos Navas (1 inning) and Tyler Sturdevant (2 innings) combined to throw 4.2 scoreless frames, keeping the RockHounds close enough to make a comeback. They allowed just one hit and they struck-out six.
— A trio of Beloit Snappers’ pitchers (Xavier Altamarino, Joseph Camacho and John Gorman) combined to limit the Peoria Chiefs to two runs on eight hits in the Snappers’ 8-2 victory. Altamarino got the win. He allowed two runs on eight hits and no walks in 5.1 innings while striking out three. Camacho then threw 2.2 perfect innings before turning the ball over to Gorman in the ninth, who also worked a perfect frame. Gorman missed all of last season with injury and he was making his full-season affiliate debut. Trace Loehr drove-in three and Edwin Diaz had two hits. Jean Carlo Rodriguez had a hit and a walk. He is batting .303 with six walks over his last 10 games.
— Seth Brown hit his 12th homer of the season and added a single, but it wasn’t enough for the Stockton Ports in an 8-5 loss to the San Jose Giants. Marcus Semien went 0-3 with an RBI in his latest rehab outing. In his first start since being sent back from Double-A, Evan Manarino struggled. The left-hander allowed six runs on nine hits in four innings. He allowed one homerun. Boomer Biegalski allowed two runs in 1.2 innings but left his outing after appearing to injure his throwing shoulder. Jared Lyons threw 2.1 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 3.19.
— It was a forgettable evening for the Nashville Sounds, who dropped a 10-0 decision to the Round Rock Express in front of more than 10,000 fans for the Battle for the Boot. Zach Neal allowed five runs on 10 hits in four innings. Lou Trivino and Kyle Finnegan also struggled, with Trivino allowing two runs in two innings and Finnegan allowing two runs in one inning. He walked four. Superutilityman Melvin Mercedes pitched the ninth inning. He allowed a run on a hit and two walks. The Sounds managed just three hits.
— Logan Farrar reached base five times with four hits and a walk and Lazaro Armenteros had three hits, a walk and two stolen bases, but the AZL A’s fell to the AZL Mariners, 13-6. Chris Kohler struggled in his second start of the season, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks in two innings. Marcos Brito also had a two hit game for the AZL A’s, who had 12 hits as a team. Farrar, with his second straight four-hit game, is now 10-13 with a walk in three games in his pro career. Lazarito is now 6-10 with three walks since coming to the AZL.
— The Midland RockHounds weren’t the only A’s affiliate to win on a walk-off walk on Thursday. Javier Agelvis walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the DSL A’s a 2-1 win over the DSL Royals. The DSL A’s walked three times and were hit by a pitch in their game-winning rally. Gean Rigby and Jorge Gordon each had two hits. Rigby has three straight two-hit games. Manuel Manzanillo and Alexander Calderon each threw four scoreless innings. Manzanillo struck-out two and Calderon struck-out five. Marcelo Hernandez blew the save by allowing a tying run in the top of the ninth but was awarded the win when the A’s mounted their game-winning rally.
— The Vermont Lake Monsters had their game with the Staten Island Yankees rained out on Thursday.
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