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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: RockHounds erupt

The Midland RockHounds swept a doubleheader, Zack Erwin and Seth Martinez cruised in a Beloit Snappers’ win, the Stockton Ports made a late comeback and more…

Richie Martin / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
Richie Martin had four hits in the doubleheader. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

It has been a rough month for the Midland RockHounds, but they put those struggles behind them in a doubleheader sweep of the Corpus Christi Hooks on Sunday night. The RockHounds swept the two seven-inning games by a combined score of 25-3.

In game one, the RockHounds collected 14 hits in their 12-2 win. Max Schrock went 4-4 and was a triple short of the cycle. He drove in three and upped his average to .314. Richie Martin had two hits and a walk and Andy Paz had two hits and drove-in two.

Dustin Hurlbutt cruised through six innings to earn the win. He walked four, but allowed just three hits and two runs. He struck-out three. Hurlbutt lowered his ERA to 2.20. Aaron Kurcz finished off the win with a scoreless seventh.

In game two, the RockHounds picked up right where they left off in game one. Midland collected 15 hits in the 13-1 win.

B.J. Boyd had three hits, including a three-run homer, in a four-RBI game that saw him up his average to .313. Tyler Ramirez and Branden Cogswell each had two hits and a walk and Tyler Ramirez and Martin each had two hits. Martin is batting .314 over his last 10 games.

A.J. Puk got the start and he recovered from his poor last outing with a five-inning, one-run effort. Puk allowed three hits and three walks. He struck-out five. Joel Seddon threw two scoreless innings to close out the win.

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— Zack Erwin and Seth Martinez combined on a two-hitter in the Beloit Snappers’ 6-0 win over the South Bend Cubs. Erwin allowed two hits over four innings and Martinez threw five hitless innings. Erwin has a 1.89 ERA in 52.1 innings and Martinez has a 2.86 ERA in 50.1 innings this season. Trace Loehr (3), Kyle Nowlin (8) and J.C. Rodriguez (2) all homered. Loehr is batting .406 for the month of July. Eric Marinez had two hits and is batting .285.

— For a second straight night, the Stockton Ports were down to their last strike in the ninth inning before tying the game. This time, the Ports were able to pull off the win in 10 innings. On Saturday, it was a Sandber Pimentel two-run homer that sent the game into the 10th inning. On Sunday, it was a Little League sequence by the Nuts defense that scored the tying run. Modesto catcher Arturo Nieto tried to pick-off Luis Barrera at first base. The throw got away and Barrera was able to come all the way around to score when second baseman Jordan Cowan committed another throwing error. In the 10th, Mikey White walked to lead-off the inning and, after moving to second on an Edwin Diaz a sacrifice bunt, came around to score on an Eli White single. Brett Siddall went 4-4 with his 15th homer of the season. He was also hit by a pitch and he scored three runs. Mikey White hit a grandslam, his 11th homer of the season, and Eli White had three hits, including the game-winner. Pimentel also homered for the second straight night. Seth Brown also had three hits. Miguel Romero allowed four runs (three earned) in 3.1 innings. He struck-out four and walked two. Bobby Wahl threw a scoreless inning in his second rehab appearance. He walked two but then struck-out the side. He has six strike-outs in two innings in his rehab appearances. Brendan Butler allowed six runs on four hits and five walks in four innings. Armando Ruiz got the win after throwing a scoreless 10th.

— The Nashville Sounds’ bats were quiet in a 6-0 loss to the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Sunday. The Sounds managed just seven hits, with two from Franklin Barreto and two from Renato NunezMatt McBride had the other three hits. Zach Neal allowed a run in two innings. Chris Bassitt threw a scoreless inning in relief in his latest rehab outing. Chris Carter went 0-4 with three strike-outs in his Nashville debut.

— The Tri-City ValleyCats scored four unanswered runs, including a run in the top of the ninth, to send the Vermont Lake Monsters to a 5-4 defeat. Jesus Lage and Greg Deichmann each had two hits. One of Deichmann’s hits was his third triple of the season. Jean Ruiz allowed an unearned run in three innings as the starter. Ruiz struck-out three and walked one. He lowered his ERA to 1.69.

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