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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Yairo Munoz busts out

Yairo Munoz had a breakout game, Matt Chapman flexed his muscle in the big leagues, Lazarito homered and much more on Saturday night in the Oakland A’s system.

Yairo Munoz / Photo by Chris Lockard
Yairo Munoz had a big game for Nashville. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Yairo Munoz doubled twice and homered in the Nashville Sounds’ 11-5 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday night. Munoz drove-in five.

Munoz has gotten off to a slow start in Triple-A, but his three-hit effort on Saturday was his third multi-hit game in his last six played. He is now batting .244/.268/.359 with the Sounds.

Mark Cahna also had a three-hit game in the win. He doubled and had two singles and he scored three runs. Canha is batting .421 over his last 10 games and has an 842 OPS in Triple-A this season. Matt McBride finished a triple short of the cycle. The Sounds pounded out 14 hits in the win.

Frankie Montas pitched well as the starter. The right-hander allowed just two hits and he didn’t walk a batter in four innings. He struck-out five. Montas hasn’t allowed a run over his last two starts (8 innings). Kyle Finnegan earned the save with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. It was his first save at the Triple-A level.

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— Oakland A’s rookie Matt Chapman had a game to remember in the A’s walk-off 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Chapman hit his first big league homerun, and then followed that up with a game-tying homerun in the eighth inning. The game-tying homer was to straight-away centerfield and was measured at 455 feet. He also doubled. All three hits came against Indians’ ace Corey Kluber. The A’s won on a walk-off homerun by Khris Davis in the bottom of the ninth.

— Logan Shore tossed three shutout innings in his latest rehab outing and the AZL A’s routed the AZL D-Backs, 10-3. Shore has now thrown eight scoreless innings in three rehab appearances in the Rookie League. He hasn’t walked a batter and he’s struck-out 13. Shore may be nearing a return to High-A Stockton, where he hasn’t pitched since straining a lat on May 14. Chris Kohler earned the win, his first since 2015, with three one-hit, shutout innings in relief of Shore. Kohler has two straight three-inning, shutout appearances after struggling his first three outings. He missed all of last year with a shoulder injury that required surgery. 17-year-old Marcos Brito hit his first professional homerun and Lazaro Armenteros added his second AZL homer in the win. Austin Beck and Nick Allen each had singles and an RBI. Beck scored two runs.

— Xavier Altamarino threw six dominant innings and the Beloit Snappers cruised to a 5-1 win. Altamarino allowed just a run on two hits and a walk. He struck-out six. Joseph Camacho (2 innings) and Sam Sheehan (1 inning) each had two strike-outs in scoreless relief appearances. Sheehan has a 1.65 ERA and 35 strike-outs in 27.1 innings since joining Beloit from Extended Spring Training. Trace Loehr (two hits) and Eric Marinez (three hits) jump-started the Beloit offense from the top two spots in the line-up. Loehr is batting .395 over his last 10 games and Marinez bumped his average back up to .280 with the strong offensive night. Kyle Nowlin also had two hits from the fourth spot. He has a .367 average over his last 10 games.

— The Vermont Lake Monsters lost a tough one, 5-3, in 14 innings to the Auburn Doubledays. Outfielder Anthony Churlin was the losing pitcher, although none of the three runs he allowed were earned. Logan FarrarWill Toffey and Jarrett Costa each had two-hit games. Greg Deichmann came into the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and ended up with four at-bats. Parker Dunshee three three scoreless innings as the starter. The A’s 7th-round pick allowed two hits and one walk. He struck-out five. Dunshee hasn’t allowed a run over his last four outings (10.2 innings). Wyatt Marks, the NCAA leader in K/9 this season, struck-out five in three innings of work. He allowed a run on two hits. Marks has 17 strike-outs in 10.2 innings between Vermont and the AZL this season. Wandisson Charles threw two scoreless innings to drop his ERA to 0.90. He walked one but struck-out three. The hard-throwing Charles has 14 strike-outs in 10 innings this season.

— Heath Fillmyer had a rough outing and the Midland RockHounds lost a slugfest, 13-7, to the Corpus Christi Hooks. Fillmyer allowed seven runs, including six in the third inning, in the loss. Tyler Ramirez homered and singled to up his Double-A average to .341 and Richie Martin had three hits, including a triple. Andy PazViosergy Rosa and Jordan Tarsovich had two-hit games.

— In a nearly four-hour game, the Stockton Ports fell to the Inland Empire 66ers, 16-8. The 66ers scored seven times in the top of the sixth and the Ports answered with five in the bottom half, but Inland Empire scored six times in the seventh to put the game away. Seth Brown had a homer and five RBI and Mikey White connected on his ninth homer of the season. Nate Mondou added two hits to raise his High-A average to .324. Dalton Sawyer got the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings. He struck-out four and walked two. Reliever Andrew Tomasovich left the game with an undisclosed injury. Catcher Argenis Raga pitched the ninth inning and allowed just a lead-off walk.

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