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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Seth Brown powers Ports

Seth Brown took a familiar name deep and finds himself on the doorstep of a major milestone. That and all of the Sunday news in the Oakland Athletics system.

Seth Brown / Photo by Chris Lockard
Seth Brown drove-in five in the Stockton win. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Seth Brown hit a grandslam off of rehabbing San Francisco Giants starter Johnny Cueto and the Stockton Ports powered their way to an 8-6 win over the San Jose Giants.

Brown finished the game with five RBI and he is now one short of the century mark. The homer was his 26th of the season and his sixth in his last eight games. Brown has an 822 OPS on the season. He had only eight homers and a 702 OPS for the Ports last season.

Branden Cogswell and Santiago Chavez each had two hits and the Ports took advantage of two San Jose errors.

Dalton Sawyer had a mixed start. He allowed five runs on six hits in five innings. Three of the six hits were homeruns, including two by Gio Brusa. Sawyer struck-out eight and didn’t walk a batter, however. He earned the win. Cueto allowed eight runs (five earned) in 3.2 innings in his rehab start. He gave up nine hits and struck-out four.

The Stockton bullpen did a good job keeping the Giants at bay. John Gorman allowed a run in 1.2 innings and Armando Ruiz (1.1 innings) and Nolan Blackwood (1 inning) followed with scoreless outings. Blackwood struck-out two and earned his 18th save.

The Ports are a half-game back of a post-season berth.

Other Notes:

— Ben BracewellCorey Walter and Raul Alcantara combined on a four-hitter in the Nashville Sounds’ 4-0 win over the Round Rock Express. Bracewell threw seven shutout innings. He allowed only three hits and two walks and he struck-out five. Walter and Alcantara each threw a scoreless frame. Yairo Munoz had three hits to raise his average to .282. Chris Carter hit his seventh homer and fifth in his last nine games. Joey Wendle had two hits and Matt McBride had a hit and two walks.

— The Vermont Lake Monsters were out-hit, 9-4, but they squeaked out a 3-2 win over the Aberdeen IronBirds. Greg Deichmann tripled and Hunter HargroveJames Terrell and Will Toffey each drove-in runs. Argenis Blanco allowed two runs in five innings to earn the win. Josh Reagan and Michael Danielak each threw two scoreless innings in relief of Blanco to lock down the win. Neither reliever allowed a base-runner. Danielak recorded his second save.

— The Midland RockHounds couldn’t overcome five errors and four double-plays in a 9-6, 10-inning loss to the Frisco RoughRiders. B.J. BoydSheldon Neuse and Tyler Ramirez each had two hits and Jorge Mateo hit his second homerun since joining the RockHounds (he has 10 on the season). James Naile had a strong start, allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings. He struck-out two and didn’t walk a batter. The defense let down the Midland pitching staff. Only two of the nine runs Midland allowed were earned.

— The Beloit/Burlington game was postponed on Sunday due to wet grounds. A make-up date is yet to be determined.

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