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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Neuse goes deep twice

Sheldon Neuse made some noise, the Nashville Sounds threw a shutout, the Beloit Snappers clawed back to .500 and more on a busy Friday night in the Oakland A’s system.

Sheldon Neuse / Photo by Melissa Lockard
Sheldon Neuse hit his first two homers as a member of the A's organization. / Photo by Melissa Lockard

Neuse homers twice in Ports’ win

Sheldon Neuse homered in the first and in the ninth to lead the Stockton Ports to an 11-5 victory over the first-place Modesto Nuts.

Neuse finished the game 3-5 with five RBI. He is batting .323 with a 948 OPS since debuting with the Ports on July 20. The Ports had 14 hits in the game, including three from Mikey White and two each from Sandber PimentelBrett Siddall and Argenis Raga. Siddall’s two hits brought his OPS up to 900. Pimentel now has an 827 OPS. Stockton did all of its scoring in three innings: three in the first, six in the sixth and two in the ninth.

Kyle Friedrichs and Brendan Butler were the tandem starters in the game. Friedrichs allowed three runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. Butler walked four in four innings, but worked around his wildness, allowing just a run. He struck-out two. Armando Ruiz finished off the game with 1.1 innings of relief.


Trio of Sounds shut-out 51s

Michael BradyBobby Wahl and Corey Walter combined to hold the Las Vegas 51s to six hits in a 1-0 win for the Nashville Sounds on Friday night. The win gave the Sounds a series victory for the first time since early June.

Brady went four innings, allowing three hits and striking out five. Wahl took over in the fifth and was sharp in a two-inning rehab appearance. He didn’t allow a base-runner and he struck-out four. Walter got the three-inning save, scattering three hits. He struck-out four. The trio combined to strike-out 13 and they didn’t walk a batter.

The Sounds had only five hits, but they were able to scrape across a run in the fifth. Jaff Decker — who made a highlight reel play in center for a second straight game — tripled to lead off the fifth. Decker quickly scored the game’s only run on a Yairo Munoz sacrifice fly. Decker had two hits. Chris Carter doubled and Chad Pinder and Beau Taylor each singled. Pinder played right field in his latest rehab appearance. He is expected to re-join the A’s next week.


Snappers back to .500 with win

The Beloit Snappers scored five runs in the sixth inning and held on for a 7-6 win over the Kane County Cougars. The victory moved Beloit back to .500 at 51-51.

Kyle Nowlin (9) homered, singled and drove-in three in the win. Luke Persico (5) also homered and he had a double. His eighth-inning solo blast ended up being the difference in the game. Persico also had an outfield assist.

Zack Erwin worked a season-high six innings to earn the win. He allowed three runs (one earned) on nine hits and one walk. The left-hander struck-out six and lowered his ERA to 1.85. Jesus Zambrano allowed three runs in 1.1 innings, but Yordys Alejo earned the save with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.


Hurlbutt pitches well but RockHounds fall

Dustin Hurlbutt had another solid start but the Midland offense was quiet in a 3-1 loss to the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Hurlbutt allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings. He didn’t walk a batter and he struck-out six. Hurlbutt has a 2.61 ERA in six Double-A starts since being promoted from High-A Stockton.

Brandon Mann also pitched well in a relief appearance. In 2.2 innings, he didn’t allow a hit and he walked one while striking out six.

Jermaine Curtis had two hits and Tyler Ramirez doubled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.


Third inning dooms Lake Monsters against Tigers

Jordan Pearce hit a three-run homerun in the third inning and that was all the offense the Connecticut Tigers would need in a 3-2 win over the Vermont Lake Monsters.

Vermont starter Oscar Tovar allowed three runs on six hits and three walks in four innings. He struck-out three. Josh Reagan and Bryce Conley each threw two scoreless innings in relief to keep the game close.

Logan Farrar had three hits and Anthony Churlin had two hits to pace the Vermont offense. Farrar is batting .313 in 13 games with Vermont. He hit .486 in nine games for the AZL A’s before being promoted to short-season. Churlin continued a recent run of success, as well. He is now batting .286/.337/.486 in 22 games this season.


Infante shines in DSL A’s win

Angello Infante threw four scoreless innings to earn the win in the DSL A’s 7-5 victory over the DSL Marlins.

Infante allowed four hits and he didn’t walk a batter in his relief appearance. He struck-out four. The right-hander has a 1.19 ERA in 45.1 innings this season. The 18-year-old has a 36:4 K:BB. He had a 2.12 ERA and a 22:4 K:BB in 34 innings in the DSL last season.

Wilson Alvarez had two hits to lead the A’s offense. He has two straight two-hit games.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Krak

    July 28, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    How come no mention of Norge Ruiz’s 10-game suspension?

    • Melissa Lockard

      July 29, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Sorry! I thought I had. I mentioned it on Twitter and I guess I forgot here.

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