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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Snappers win fifth straight

The Beloit Snappers found some walk-off magic, the Midland RockHounds remain hot and the AZL A’s cruised to a win. Get all of the day’s action in the Oakland A’s system…

Mike Martin watches it fly / Photo by David Malamut
Mike Martin's legs made the difference in the Snappers' win. / Photo by David Malamut

Martin, Snappers walk-off for fifth straight win

Mike Martin beat out a potential double-play with the bases-loaded in the bottom of the 12th to give the Beloit Snappers a 4-3 win over the Burlington Bees. The Snappers have won five straight games.

The Snappers had only five hits in the game, but they walked eight times and took advantage of three Burlington errors, including one that extended the 12th inning. Kyle Nowlin hit a solo homer in the eighth to tie the game at 3. It was Nowlin’s 10th homer of the season. He also walked twice.

The Snappers are now 54-51 overall this season and have a half-game lead in the Western division for the second-half title.


Fillmyer, RockHounds beat rehabbing Ross

The Midland RockHounds beat old friend Tyson Ross, who was rehabbing with the Frisco RoughRiders on Monday night. The RockHounds scored four runs — two earned — in 4.2 innings against Ross in their 4-2 win over Frisco. Midland is now tied with Corpus Christi for a potential post-season berth.

Heath Fillmyer worked 5.1 innings to earn the win. He allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out five. The effort lowered Fillmyer’s ERA to 3.83. Joel Seddon (2.2 innings) and Tyler Sturdevant (2 innings) kept Frisco off the board for the rest of the game.

The RockHounds had seven hits, with Max Schrock collecting the only two-hit night for Midland. He is batting .312 on the season.


Luzardo, AZL A’s cruise to win over AZL Cubs

Jesus Luzardo impressed in a scheduled two-inning stint and the AZL A’s cruised to a 5-1 win over the AZL Cubs.

Luzardo faced the minimum in two perfect innings. He struck-out two. The lefty was scheduled to go only two innings as the A’s prepare him for a longer outing in his next start, according to A’s Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman. Luzardo is working his way back from Tommy John surgery.

Chris Kohler took over for Luzardo and he also had a strong outing. In four innings, he allowed just one hit and one unearned run. He walked one and struck-out two. Brandon Withers threw two scoreless innings and Caleb Evans finished off the win with a scoreless ninth.

Ben Spitznagel doubled and walked and scored twice. He also stole two bases and is batting .370 on the season. Marcos Brito collected two singles and he walked twice.


Sounds squander another big lead to Salt Lake

A day after losing a 6-0 lead, the Nashville Sounds wasted a 5-1 lead en route to an 11-5 loss to the Salt Lake Bees. Bobby Wahl allowed three runs in the seventh inning and Chris Bassitt was charged with six runs in the eighth inning, as the Bees scored 10 answered runs.

The shaky bullpen wasted a strong outing from Jesse Hahn. Hahn worked six innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. He struck-out three.

Wahl came on in the seventh and allowed a two-out, three-run homerun to Eric Young, Jr. Bassitt took over in the eighth looking to preserve the lead, but he ran into trouble right away. He would face seven batters and retire only one — on a sacrifice bunt. The remaining six reached on four singles, one walk and one hit by pitch. All six would score.

Franklin Barreto and Mark Canha each doubled and tripled. Barreto also walked. Chris Carter had two singles and Yairo Munoz had a double and a stolen base.


Ports fall in return to Stockton

After running off three straight routs in Modesto, the Stockton Ports fell, 6-3, to Inland Empire in the first game of their homestand.

A two-run homer from Sandber Pimentel (10) and a solo homer from Seth Brown (15) in the fourth was the only offense the Ports could muster. Pimentel had two hits and a walk. He has four straight multi-hit games.

Angel Duno struck-out six in five innings, but he allowed four runs (three earned) on 11 hits. Nolan Blackwood allowed two runs in two innings. The Ports are now 52-56 on the season.


Vermont avoids no-hitter but falls in extras

The Vermont Lake Monsters didn’t collect their first hit until there was one-out in the eighth inning. On a night with little offense on either side, the Lake Monsters would lose to the Tri-City ValleyCats, 1-0 in the 10th.

Lana Akau‘s one-out single in the eighth was the Lake Monsters’ only hit of the game. They drew four walks.

Wyatt Marks (3.1 innings), Parker Dunshee (2.2 innings) and Logan Salow (2 innings) combined to hold Tri-City to two hits over the first eight innings. Marc Berube threw a scoreless ninth but he walked in the winning run with two-outs in the bottom of the 10th.

Marks struck-out four to give him 30 in 20 innings pitched this season. Dunshee extended his scoreless innings streak to 21 innings (all since joining the Lake Monsters from Arizona). The A’s 2017 seventh-round pick has a 25:6 K:BB with Vermont.


DSL A’s fall late

The DSL A’s jumped out to an early 3-0 but dropped a 4-3 decision to the DSL Rays.

Wilson Alvarez had three hits but the rest of the A’s offense was quiet in the loss. Alvarez also stole two bases. Yhoelnys Gonzalez stole home, his 20th stolen base of the season.

Manuel Manzanillo allowed three runs in 3.1 innings. He allowed only one hit but he walked five. Andy Cruz allowed a run in two innings and was charged with the loss.

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