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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Short slate leads to split

Weather problems resulted in two cancellations and Oakland A’s affiliates split the remaining two games on the schedule on Friday night.

Mikey White / Photo by Chris Lockard
Mikey White had a three-run home run for Midland. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Montas struggles in Nashville loss

Frankie Montas had trouble commanding his power arsenal against the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Friday night, and it resulted in a short outing for the right-hander. Montas lasted just two-thirds of an inning and the Nashville Sounds lost, 5-1.

Montas threw 37 pitches in his two-thirds of an inning. He allowed two doubles and two singles to go along with the two walks. He also threw a wild pitch. Montas left the game trailing 3-0 and another run came around with Josh Lucas in the game. Lucas walked three but wasn’t charged with a run in 1.1 innings in his Oakland A’s organizational debut.

Ryan Dull threw two innings in his first rehab appearance for the Sounds. Dull is recovering from a right shoulder sprain. He was charged with a run on three hits, but two of the three hits were catchable balls. Dull walked one and struck out one.

Chris Bassitt had an encouraging relief outing, going four innings to close out the game. He only allowed one hit and two walks and he struck out five.

A night after scoring 11, the Sounds’ offense was quiet. Jorge Mateo had three hits, including a double. He was also picked off and he has two caught stealings on the early season. Sheldon Neuse singled twice. Franklin Barreto didn’t play, likely as a precaution in case the A’s needed to bring him up to replace an injured Chad Pinder.

Trevor Cahill makes his 2018 debut on Saturday.

White’s blast lifts Midland to 2-0

Mikey White‘s no-doubt, three-run home run in the sixth inning broke a 3-3 tie and the Midland RockHounds held on to earn a 6-3 win over the Springfield Cardinals.

Down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the RockHounds mounted a comeback. With one out, Santiago Chavez doubled and he came around quickly on a Melvin Mercedes RBI single. Mercedes, who reached second on the throw home, scampered to third on a wild pitch and scored later in the inning on shortstop Edmundo Sosa‘s fielding error.

In the sixth, the RockHounds rallied with one out. Sean Murphy was hit by a pitch and Brett Vertigan walked ahead of White, who crushed a Ryan Helsley pitch over the bullpens in left field.

Corey Walter got his first start of the season and he went six full innings. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out two and notched his first win of the year.

Trey Cochran-Gil, who was limited to only one appearance last season due to injury, came on in relief of Walter and he threw two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and he struck out one. Nolan Blackwood threw a one-two-three inning to earn his first save of the season. He struck out one.

Murphy reached base twice with the HBP and a single. Vertigan and Melvin Mercedes each had two hits and a walk and White finished with four RBI.

Ben Bracewell gets the start on Saturday, as the RockHounds will try to complete a three-game sweep over Springfield.

Weather postponements

The Stockton Ports and the Beloit Snappers saw their games fall victim to the weather on Friday night. The Ports were rained out and the Snappers had their game cancelled for inclement weather. Stockton will play a doubleheader on Saturday and the Snappers will play Wisconsin in a double-header on April 28.

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