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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Three shutouts

Three of the four Oakland A’s affiliates threw shutouts on Tuesday night.

James Naile / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
James Naile had another strong outing for Nashville. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

Naile sparkles, offense comes alive in Nashville home opener

Must be something about having James Naile on the mound that gets the Nashville Sounds’ bats going.

On Opening Day, Naile was the beneficiary of 11 runs. The Sounds would then score only seven more runs over the final four games of the series against New Orleans. With Naile back on the mound in the Sounds’ home opener, the Nashville offense clicked again in a 7-0 win over the Iowa Cubs.

Ironically, Naile might be the pitcher who least needs the run support on the Sounds’ staff right now. After throwing five scoreless innings in his first start, Naile threw 5.2 more shutout frames on Tuesday. He scattered seven hits and a walk and he struck out three.

The Sounds had nine hits, including three doubles. Dustin FowlerSlade Heathcott and B.J. Boyd all had two-hit games. One of Fowler’s hits was a double and he drove-in two. He is batting .320 for Nashville. He also stole a base, his third of the year. Boyd added a stolen base, as well, his second of the season.

Josh Lucas (1.1 innings), Ryan Dull (1 inning) and Bobby Wahl (1 inning) finished off the shutout. Dull worked a perfect eighth inning, striking out two, in his second rehab appearance with Nashville.

Midland continues to roll with shutout of Tulsa

Joel Seddon and Jarret Martin combined to throw a four-hitter in the Midland RockHounds’ 5-0 win over the Tulsa Drillers. Midland is now 5-1 on the season.

Seddon went seven innings, allowing only three hits and one walk. He struck out five and threw 62 of 89 pitches for strikes. Martin allowed only a hit over the final two innings of the game.

Tyler Marincov got the RockHounds off to a good start with a two-run home run in the first inning. It was his first home run of the season. He also walked in the game and is batting .333 on the year. Brett Siddall reached base three times on two hits and a walk, and Santiago Chavez had a double.

Ports blank Quakes in matinee as starters continue to roll

An 11am start time may have had a chilling effect on the bats for both the Stockton Ports and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Tuesday, although the Ports’ staff has been dominant at all times of the day thus far this season.

Jake Bray, the sixth starter in the Ports’ six-man rotation, made his A’s organizational debut and he kept alive a remarkable streak for Stockton starters. Bray went four scoreless innings in the Ports’ 1-0 win over the Quakes. For the first time through the rotation, Ports starters allowed only one run in 29 2/3 innings pitched.

Bray was matched up with Brendan Butler in a tandem on Tuesday, and Butler was also sharp. He worked four hitless innings, allowing only two walks, and he struck out three. Miguel Romero worked a quick 1-2-3 ninth to earn his second save of the young season.

The Ports’ offense was quiet on Tuesday, but they were able to scratch a run across in the bottom of the eighth to get the win. Luke Persico singled to start the inning and he moved to second on a Nate Mondou sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch moved Persico to third and Collin Theroux brought him in with a sacrifice fly.

Persico had two of the Ports five hits. Mondou had a double in addition to his sacrifice bunt.

Snappers’ bat left on ice in loss to Bees

A day after their game was snowed out, the Beloit Snappers and the Burlington Bees played in a relatively balmy game-time temperature of 47 degrees. The Snappers were still out in the cold at the plate, however, as they fell to the Bees, 4-0.

Michael Danielak and Dakota Chalmers had the tandem starting assignment on Monday. Danielak went first and he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. Chalmers stranded two inherited runners in the fourth but battled his command for much of his 2018 debut. In 2.2 innings, he struck out five but walked six. He allowed only one hit, however, and no runs. Jesus Zambrano threw 1.2 innings and he allowed a run.

The Snappers had six hits in the game, two coming from Mickey McDonald. McDonald is off to a strong start with five hits and three walks in 12 at-bats this season.

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