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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Ports offense continues to roll

The Stockton Ports, Midland RockHounds and Beloit Snappers all found themselves back in the win column on Wednesday night. We have the full recap on the night’s action.

Skye Bolt / Photo by Chris Lockard
Skye Bolt had a key three-run homer. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Logan Shore threw four innings of two-run ball and the Stockton Ports’ offense connected on three homeruns in a 9-5 win over the Inland Empire 66ers.

Shore had his best outing since returning from the disabled list. He allowed seven hits in four innings, but all but one of those hits were singles. Shore struck-out six and didn’t walk a batter.

The Ports had 10 hits, including homeruns by Sheldon Neuse (4), Seth Brown (16) and Skye Bolt (11). Bolt’s homer was a three-run shot that put the Ports in the lead, 4-2. Neuse had two hits and he is batting .392 since being acquired from the Washington Nationals. Nate Mondou also had two hits. Sandber Pimentel left the game after his first at-bat. He appeared to injure himself attempting to beat out an infield groundball.

Brendan Butler earned the win. He allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits in 4.1 innings. Butler struck-out five and walks one. Nolan Blackwood picked up his 12th save, recording the final two outs.

Richie Martin played DH in his return to the Ports. He went 0-4 with a walk and a run scored.

The Ports are 54-56 on the season and 18-22 in the second half.

Other News:

— Dustin Hurlbutt threw seven strong innings and the Midland RockHounds’ bullpen of Sam BraggBrandon Mann and Tyler Sturdevant threw four scoreless innings in the RockHounds’ 3-1, 11-inning win over the Frisco RoughRiders. Hurlbutt lowered his Double-A ERA to 2.21 with a one-run effort. He allowed five hits and one walk and he struck-out five. Jorge Mateo sparked the winning rally in the 11th with a one-out single. He would score on a Viosergy Rosa forceout. The ‘Hounds would add an insurance run on a Max Schrock bases-loaded walk. Mateo went 1-5 in his second game in the A’s organization. Jermaine Curtis had two hits to pace the Midland offense.

— Zack Erwin threw six scoreless innings and the Beloit Snappers got back on the winning track with a 7-1 win over the Peoria Chiefs. Erwin lowered his ERA to 1.68. He struck-out a career-high nine batters and he allowed just two hits and one walk. Heath Bowers earned the save with three innings of work. He allowed a run. Mike Martin had three hits, a stolen base and he scored twice. Trace LoehrKyle NowlinJosh Vidales and Miguel Mercedes each had two hits.

— The Vermont Lake Monsters dropped a back-and-forth game, 7-6, to the Connecticut Tigers. Kevin Merrell hit his first professional homerun and Hunter Hargrove hit his first for Vermont. Merrell, Hargrove and Will Toffey each had two hits. Mickey McDonald collected his first hit as a member of the Lake Monsters and he drove-in a run.

— Down 4-0, the DSL A’s scored five unanswered runs to earn a 5-4 win over the DSL Royals. Gean Rigby and Carlos Hiciano had two hits each in the win.

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