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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Ports offense red-hot

The Stockton Ports’ offense remained red-hot with another double-digit scoring effort. The Beloit Snappers’ pitching staff also continued its recent run of success and Grant Holmes turned in another stellar start in a busy night in the Oakland A’s system.

Eli White / Photo by Chris Lockard
Eli White had three hits for Stockton. / Photo by Chris Lockard

The Stockton Ports scored double-digit runs for the third straight game, beating the first-half champion Modesto Nuts by a score of 10-0 on Sunday. The Ports outscored the Nuts 36-10 over the past three games.

Sheldon Neuse homered for the third time in the series, a three-run blast that opened the scoring in the fourth. Neuse also walked and he is batting .375 with four extra-base hits in 10 games since joining the A’s in a trade with Washington earlier this month. Sandber Pimentel also homered, his ninth of the year and fourth in the past nine games. He had three hits and is batting .307 in 45 games this season. Brett Siddall extended his team homer lead with his 17th of the year, Argenis Raga hit his second for the Ports and Luis Barrera added his third since being promoted from Low-A Beloit. Eli White joined Pimentel with a three-hit game and Raga, Siddall and Mikey White had two-hit games. Mikey White has three straight multi-hit games.

Evan Manarino didn’t need all of the run support. The left-hander was on his game on Sunday, cruising through seven shutout innings. He allowed six hits, didn’t walk a batter and he struck-out seven. It was his best start since returning from Midland. Brandon Marsonek worked two scoreless innings to finish off the shutout. The 2017 undrafted free agent struck-out two, walked one and allowed one hit.

Other Notes:

— Grant Holmes put together another impressive start and the Midland RockHounds took down the Corpus Christi Hooks, 8-1. Holmes threw six innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks. He struck-out six. Over his last five starts (31 innings), Holmes has allowed five earned runs on 15 hits and 11 walks while striking out 28. He has lowered his ERA from 5.20 to 4.38 during that stretch. Viosergy Rosa hit an eighth-inning grand slam that turned a 4-1 Midland lead into an 8-1 cushion. The homer was Rosa’s 14th of the year. He has 89 RBI. B.J. BoydJ.P. Sportman and Jordan Tarsovich each had two hits. Sportman and Boyd each notched stolen bases, as did Richie Martin.

— The Beloit Snappers threw their third shutout in their last four games and won their fourth straight with a 5-0 win over the Burlington Bees. The Snappers are now 53-51 and a half game out of first in the Western Division.Beloit is 21-14 during the second half. Kyle Twomey was the latest Snappers’ starter to get in on the shutout fun. He threw five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out seven. Mitchell Jordan (3 innings) and John Gorman (1 inning) finished off the shutout. Eric MarinezCollin TherouxMike Martin and Luke Persico each had two-hit games. Marinez is now batting .293 on the year and .351 over his last 10 games.

— Argenis Blanco threw six strong innings and the Vermont Lake Monsters moved to 22-17 with a 5-2 win over the Tri-City ValleyCats. Malik Jones started the game and threw one scoreless inning before Blanco took over in the second. Blanco allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk. He struck-out four. Branden Kelliher earned the save with two scoreless innings. Kevin Merrell had two hits out of the lead-off spot to pace the Vermont offense. He is batting .310 on the season. Before the game, the A’s promoted Mickey McDonald to Vermont from Arizona. Jack Meggs returned to Arizona to rehab an injury.

— The Nashville Sounds blew an early 6-0 lead and took a tough 12-7 loss to the Salt Lake Bees. A 10-run Salt Lake sixth inning did the Sounds in. Nashville took a 5-0 lead in the first when Joey Wendle walked in a run and Mark Canha followed with a grandslam. Nashville added another run in the second and looked on their way to victory until the sixth inning. Patrick Schuster allowed nine runs on eight hits in one-third of an inning to take the loss. Ben Bracewell allowed two runs in four innings as the starter. Jaff Decker had three hits and Yairo Munoz added two hits in the loss. Munoz has multi-hit games in five of his last 10 games played. Renato Nunez hit his minor league-leading 27th homer in the ninth.

— Austin Beck had two hits, a walk and a stolen base, but the AZL A’s fell to the AZL Indians, 7-5. Beck singled twice and drove-in his ninth run of the season. Cooper Goldby also had a two-hit game. He was hit in the helmet with a pitch in the eighth inning and had to leave the game.

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