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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Vermont well represented in All-Star game

The Vermont Lake Monsters will have plenty of representatives in Tuesday’s New York-Penn League All-Star game. Plus, the AZL Athletics put together a rebound win, Bobby Wahl had surgery and more…

Branden Kelliher / Photo by Greg Bessette
Branden Kelliher is a New York-Penn League All-Star / Photo by Greg Bessette

The Vermont Lake Monsters will be well represented at the New York-Penn League All-Star game on Tuesday. Pitchers Parker DunsheeBranden Kelliher and Jean Ruiz, catcher Jordan Devencenzi, infielder Ryan Gridley and outfielder Greg Deichmann were all named to the New York-Penn League’s North Division All-Stars roster.

Dunshee hasn’t allowed a run in 27.1 innings for the Lake Monsters this season and he has allowed only 20 base-runners. Kelliher has a 2.92 ERA and 23 strike-outs in 24.2 innings this year. He is holding New York-Penn League hitters to a .204 average. The 20-year-old Ruiz has a 1.50 ERA and a 32:8 K:BB in 36 innings. His WHIP is 0.94.

Devencenzi missed the start of the season with injury, but the Bay Area native has hit well for Vermont. He is batting .294/.388/.341 in 126 at-bats. Gridley has a .373 OBP and a .268 BA in 36 games. He also has played solid defense at second base and shortstop this season. Deichmann has appeared in only 28 games thanks to his participation in the College World Series and a wrist injury, but he has been very productive when he’s been in the line-up. In 102 at-bats, Deichmann has a .324/.421/.569 slashline. He has homered four times and he has 17 walks.

The All-Star game is Tuesday at the home park for the Tri-City ValleyCats.

Other Notes:

— The Oakland A’s announced that reliever Bobby Wahl had successful thoracic outlet surgery on his right arm. The rookie right-hander will be out the rest of the season. Wahl had a 4.70 ERA in 7.2 innings for the A’s in his first taste of the big leagues. He struck-out eight and walked four. In 15 minor league innings, Wahl had a 3.60 ERA with 28 strike-outs.

— The A’s officially announced the promotion of Sheldon Neuse to Double-A Midland on Monday. The RockHounds were off on Monday. Branden Cogswell was sent back to High-A Stockton to make room for Neuse in Midland.

— After a heart-breaking extra-inning loss on Sunday, the AZL Athletics rebounded with a 5-2 win over the AZL Cubs. Santis Sanchez had two hits and two RBI to pace the A’s offense. Nick Allen also had two hits and he stole a base. He was also hit by a pitch. Austin Beck walked three times and recorded an outfield assist, while Lazaro Armenteros had a hit, a walk and a stolen base. Rafael Kelly allowed two runs (one earned) in 4.1 innings. Heath Donica earned the win with 2.2 perfect innings. He struck-out three. Donica has allowed three runs over his last 12.2 innings. He has 18 strike-outs over that stretch. Caleb Evans earned the save with two scoreless innings.

— Down to their final strike, the Stockton Ports rallied to tie the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Stockton would go on to win, 7-6, in 10 innings. Mikey White singled on a 2-2 pitch to bring home Skye Bolt at second to tie the game. In the 10th, Argenis Raga singled with one out to score Eli White with the game-winning run. Nolan Blackwood threw a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th inning to earn the save. Eli White had three hits and he scored twice. Seth Brown and Nate Mondou added two-hit games. Brett Siddall made his first appearance since fouling a pitch off of his knee on August 11. He singled in a pinch-hitting appearance. The Ports won despite the Quakes featuring rehabbing big leaguers Andre Ethier and Adrian Gonzalez in their line-up. Former A’s prospect Jose Brizuela had a hit and an RBI in his first game against his old team.

— The Beloit Snappers scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth but fell a run short in a 9-8 loss to the Wisconsin TimberRattlers. Josh Vidales hit a two-run homer in the first and Mike Martin had three hits, including his first homer of the season. Luke Persico had three RBI and two hits. Eric Marinez and Jean Carlo Rodriguez also had two-hit games.

— Daniel Mengden returned to the mound for the Nashville Sounds for the first time since May 23 in a 3-1 loss to the Memphis Redbirds. Mengden injured a lat muscle in early June. After two rehab appearances with the AZL A’s, Mengden threw four innings in his return to Triple-A. He allowed two runs on two hits and one walk in four innings. The two runs came on a two-run homer by Tyler O’Neill in the first. Mengden struck-out four. Chris Bassitt allowed a run in two innings in relief of Mengden. He struck-out two. The Sounds had eight hits, with Renato Nunez and Mark Canha each collecting two hits.

— The DSL Athletics played two one-run games in a double-header against the DSL Marlins on Monday. The A’s won one game, 8-7, in nine innings, and lost the other, 2-1, in seven innings. Iraj Serrano had two hits and two walks in the win to up his average to .333 and Wilson Alvarez had two hits and a walk. He added another hit in the loss and raised his average to .310. Angello Infante threw five innings, allowing one earned run. In the loss, the A’s managed just six hits.

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