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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Sheldon Neuse promoted

After less than a month with the High-A Stockton Ports, Sheldon Neuse is on the move again. Find out the details of Neuse’s promotion and the rest of the Sunday action in the Oakland A’s system.

Sheldon Neuse / Photo by Melissa Lockard
Sheldon Neuse is moving up a level for the third time this season. / Photo by Melissa Lockard

After hitting a blistering .386/.457/.675 in 22 games with the High-A Stockton Ports, Sheldon Neuse is on the move, according to Ports’ broadcaster Zack Bayrouty. Neuse has been promoted to Double-A. The Oakland A’s have yet to announce a corresponding move.

Neuse, acquired from the Washington Nationals in the Sean Doolitte/Ryan Madson deal, has hit a combined .312/.373/.515 with 16 homers and 14 stolen bases in 99 games for Low-A Hagerstown and Stockton. The 22-year-old was a second-round pick of the Nationals out of the University of Oklahoma last season. Neuse finished his time in the California League with a five-game hitting streak that included a three-hit, two-homer game against San Jose.

Neuse played 10 games at third base and eight games at shortstop while with Stockton. He didn’t commit an error at third but did commit four at shortstop. Neuse isn’t likely to see much time at short with the Midland RockHounds. Jorge Mateo is getting everyday reps at short.

Other Notes:

— The Neuse-less Ports scored seven runs in the second and three in the third en route to a 10-1 blowout against the Visalia Rawhide on Sunday. Rehabbing A’s outfielder Jake Smolinski went 5-for-5 with a homer, a double and three singles. He drove-in five. Richie Martin tripled and had two hits, while Argenis Raga and Seth Brown each had two-hit games. Mikey White cracked his 14th homer of the season. Every Ports’ batter reached base safely. Logan Shore had his best start since rejoining the Ports after rehabbing a strained lat muscle. He threw five shutout innings, scattering three hits and three walks. He struck-out seven. Andrew Tomasovich returned to the active roster and he allowed a run in an inning of work. Brandon Marsonek continued his impressive pro debut season, throwing three scoreless innings to close out the win. The lefty didn’t allow a base-runner and he struck-out three. The save was the first of his pro career.

— Tomasovich took the place of Jared Lyons on the Ports’ active roster. Lyons landed on the 7-day DL. The A’s also placed Frankie Montas on the 7-day DL with the Nashville Sounds. He suffered a strained oblique in his last start. Beau Taylor was activated from the DL to take Montas’ place on the roster.

— The Midland RockHounds scored eight runs over the final three innings to earn a come-from-behind 11-6 win over the Arkansas Travelers. J.P. Sportman hit a ninth-inning grandslam and Tyler Ramirez hit a solo homer as part of a two-run eighth inning. Jorge Mateo walked three times and Tyler Marincov came off the bench to collect his second triple of the season. Sportman, Ramirez, B.J. Boyd and Max Schrock all had two-hit games. James Naile threw four scoreless innings to start the game. After Dustin Hurlbutt struggled in one-plus innings, Aaron Kurcz took over and threw two scoreless frames. He earned the win.

— Logan Farrar homered and had three hits and Kevin Merrell had three hits and three runs scored in the Vermont Lake Monsters’ 9-4 win over the State College Spikes. Payton Squier also had three hits. Squier is batting .378 over his last 10 games. Greg Deichmann had a hit to extend his hitting streak to six games. He is batting .324/.421/.569 in 28 games to start his pro career. Jean Ruiz threw four innings, allowing two unearned runs to lower his ERA to 1.50. The 20-year-old has a 32:8 K:BB in 36 innings this season.

— The Nashville Sounds had 16 hits and seven runs, but they still fell to the Memphis Redbirds, 12-7. The win gave Memphis the division title. Renato Nunez hit his 31st homer of the season. Nunez, Joey WendleJaff DeckerMark CanhaChris CarterBeau Taylor and Yairo Munoz all had two-hit games.

— The Clinton LumberKings scored twice in the top of the ninth to earn a 4-2 win over the Beloit Snappers on Sunday. The Snappers managed just five hits in the loss. Zack Erwin allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. He struck-out six and lowered his ERA to 2.36.

— The AZL Athletics scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra-innings, but their rally in the bottom of the 10th fell just short in a 9-8 loss to the AZL Brewers. The AZL A’s seven-run rally was highlighted by an Austin Beck three-run triple and a two-out, game-tying homer by Justin Jones. With each inning in extras beginning with a runner on second base, the AZL Brewers scored a run in the top of the 10th. The AZL A’s loaded the bases with no-outs in the bottom of the inning, but Jake Lumley grounded into a force out and Beck and Alonso Medina struck-out to end the game. Beck was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Lazaro Armenteros went 2-3 with a walk and a hit by pitch. One of Lazarito’s hits was a triple and he also stole a base. Ben Spitznagel and Marcos Brito each had three hits and Beck had two hits.

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