The Midland RockHounds and the Stockton Ports kept themselves in the thick of the playoff race with big wins on Friday night. Both teams now hold half-game leads for a playoff berth.
The RockHounds snapped a six-game losing streak with a 12-5 blow-out win over the San Antonio Missions, who are the first- and second-half South Division winners. Jorge Mateo had four hits — including a triple — and B.J. Boyd doubled twice and singled and drove-in four. Boyd’s big night upped his season average to .329 and put him back in the lead for the Texas League’s batting crown.
Viosergy Rosa hit his 18th homerun of the season and he also drove-in four runs. He now has 110 RBI on the year. Jermaine Curtis had three hits and J.P. Sportman added two. James Naile earned the win with six strong innings. He allowed two unearned runs on four hits and one walk. Naile struck-out five.
Midland maintained its half-game lead over Corpus Christi for the final playoff spot in the South division. The RockHounds have three games remaining, while the Hooks have four.
In Stockton, the Ports backed up a 22-0 rout on Thursday with a 12-1 win over the San Jose Giants.
Seth Brown hit his California League-leading 28th homer of the season. Brown homered 12 times in August and picked up right where he left off at the start of September. Brown drove-in two and he now has 106 RBI on the year. The Ports’ team record for RBI in a season is 109.
Mikey White — who ignited the Ports’ three-game winning streak with a walk-off double on Wednesday — had two doubles and he drove-in three. He has an 819 OPS for the second half of the season. Eli White had three hits and he scored three runs and Branden Cogswell drove-in three.
Evan Manarino threw six innings to earn the win. He allowed a run on five hits and two walks. He struck-out three. The win moved the Ports into a half-game lead for the second-half North division crown.
— The A’s made their first September call-ups on Friday, adding top prospect Franklin Barreto and left-hander Sam Moll from Nashville. Moll made his major-league debut on Friday night in Seattle and retired the only batter he faced, former A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso. The A’s also activated Josh Phegley and Jake Smolinski off of the disabled list. Oakland will add more call-ups at the end of the minor league regular season next week.
— On Thursday, the Ports placed shortstop Richie Martin on the DL with a right shoulder impingement. He will be shutdown for six weeks and won’t be eligible to play in Instructional League or as a taxi squad player in the Arizona Fall League.
— Yairo Munoz extended his hitting streak to eight games as the Nashville Sounds defeated the New Orleans Baby Cakes, 3-2. Renato Nunez tripled and walked and Joey Wendle and Chris Carter each had two hits. Reigning Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week Ben Bracewell threw five innings, allowing one run on eight hits. He struck-out five. Over his last five starts, Bracewell has allowed more than one run only once.
— Josh Vidales and Mike Martin each had three hits and Miguel Mercedes and Edwin Diaz added two-hit games to pace the Beloit Snappers in a 7-2 win over the Wisconsin TimberRattlers. Xavier Altamarino allowed a run on six hits in six innings to earn the win. He struck-out seven and walked one. Sam Sheehan picked up his sixth save with 1.2 scoreless innings.
— The Vermont Lake Monsters moved to 10 games over .500 with a 6-3 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades. Payton Squier had three hits, including a double, and he drove-in two. Will Toffey was ejected in the fifth inning, but he went 2-for-3 before that ejection. Ryan Gridley doubled and walked twice. Oscar Tover got the win, allowing two runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck-out four and walked one. The Lake Monsters’ magic number for clinching their division is down to two.
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