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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Sounds hit four homers

The Nashville Sounds hit four homeruns, the Midland RockHounds mounted a comeback, the Vermont Lake Monsters got back in the win column and more.

Franklin Barreto / Photo by Chris Lockard
Franklin Barreto got the party started with a lead-off homer. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Franklin Barreto‘s lead-off homer was the first of four for the Nashville Sounds, who staved off a late New Orleans Baby Cakes rally for a 7-5 win.

Barreto (11), Chad Pinder (1), Ryan Lavarnway (6) and Yairo Munoz (4) all homered in the game. Nashville had seven hits in the game, but they made them count with the five extra-base hits. Munoz had two hits, his sixth multi-hit game over his last 10. Munoz is now batting .297 in Triple-A despite a slow start at that level.

Chris Jensen was moved up a day to make Friday’s start and he was sharp. In six innings, Jensen allowed just one unearned run. He scattered six hits and walked one while striking out one. Ryan Dull threw a scoreless inning in his second rehab appearance since injuring his knee, his first appearance with Nashville. Dull needed just eight pitches in a 1-2-3 inning, and seven were strikes. He struck-out one. Tucker Healy allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning in the ninth. It was Healy’s third straight outing allowing four runs. His ERA has ballooned two full runs over those three appearances.

Before the game, the A’s recalled Matt Olson and Frankie Montas to Oakland. They also activated Chris Carter on the Nashville roster, although he didn’t play on Friday. Oakland also brought Melvin Mercedes, who had been re-assigned to Midland earlier in the week, back to the Sounds’ roster. Mercedes came into the game as a pinch-hitter for Pinder in the eighth inning. Pinder played the first seven innings as the second baseman.

Other Notes:

— Down 5-0 in the third, the Midland RockHounds scored six unanswered runs to earn a 6-5 win over Corpus Christi. Viosergy Rosa, who leads the Texas League in RBI, drove-in four and Jordan Tarsovich reached base five times with three hits and two walks. B.J. Boyd and Max Schrock had two-hit games. Casey Meisner struggled as the starter, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks in three innings. The Midland bullpen was lights out, with Cody Stull working three scoreless innings, followed by Carlos Navas (two scoreless) and Sam Bragg (a scoreless ninth).

— Brian Howard allowed a run in the first inning, but then he combined with Ivan Andueza (six innings) and Wandisson Charles (1 inning) to keep the Aberdeen IronBirds off the board for the rest of the game. That gave the Vermont Lake Monsters a chance to mount a late rally and a four-run seventh gave them their 18th win of the season. Kevin Merrell had two hits to raise his average to .340 and Greg Deichmann collected his second triple of the season.

— Logan Shore‘s return to the Stockton Ports’ rotation didn’t go according to plan, as the A’s 2016 second-round pick allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings in a 9-6 loss to the Modesto Nuts. Shore worked around a double in a scoreless first, but with one out, he ran into trouble in the second. Shore allowed a groundball single, a pop-fly single and a line-drive single to load the bases. A Rayder Ascaino double scored three. After a strike-out, Shore couldn’t close out the inning. He allowed three straight singles before being lifted. Joey Wagman then allowed a homerun to Mariners’ 2016 top pick Kyle Lewis to close out Shore’s line. The Ports were down 9-0 before mounting a late-game rally. They scored twice in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before rallies fizzled in the eighth and ninth. Sheldon Neuse had three hits and drove-in two in his second game with the Ports. Brett Siddall and Argenis Raga collected two hits each.

— The DSL A’s scored four runs in the eighth inning to earn a 5-2 win over the DSL Astros Blue. Iraj Serrano and Jordan Diaz each had two hits. Serrano is batting .446. Angello Infante threw six scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.31. He struck-out seven and didn’t walk a batter.

— Bad weather wiped out the scheduled games for the Beloit Snappers and the AZL A’s on Friday.

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