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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Zack Erwin, Joseph Camacho throw no-hitter

Zack Erwin and Joseph Camacho combined to throw the Beloit Snappers’ first nine-inning no-hitter since 1996. That and all of the action around the Oakland Athletics minor league system on Wednesday night.

Zack Erwin and Joseph Camacho / Photos by Kimberly Contreras
Zack Erwin and Joseph Camacho combined to no-hit the Quad Cities River Bandits / Photos by Kimberly Contreras

Zack Erwin and Joseph Camacho combined to throw the first nine-inning no-hitter for the Beloit Snappers since 1996 in the Snappers’ 3-0 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits.

Erwin got the ball rolling with six hitless innings. He struck-out four, walked one and needed only 79 pitches to get through six innings. Camacho took over in the seventh and he finished the task, allowing only a hit in three innings. He struck-out two. Below is the final out, a flyball to JaVon Shelby. Catcher Jason Goldstein caught all nine innings.

Erwin lowered his ERA to 2.12 with the six-inning effort. He has an 84:21 K:BB in 85 innings this season. Earlier today, OaklandClubhouse correspondent Bill Seals profiled Erwin:

Camacho has also had a strong season. The right-hander dropped his ERA to 2.94 and he picked up his first save of the season. Camacho has walked only six in 33.2 innings this season.

The Snappers had only five hits themselves, but they walked six times and strung together enough runners to gain the 3-0 advantage. Edwin Diaz doubled and walked and Jean Carlo Rodriguez had a single and a walk.

Other News:

— The Oakland A’s traded veteran outfielder Rajai Davis to the Boston Red Sox for 18-year-old outfielder Rafael Rincones. Davis played in 100 games for the A’s, and he batted .233 with 26 stolen bases. Rincones is currently playing in the Dominican Summer League. He is currently batting .258/.373/.369 with 32 walks and eight stolen bases in 57 games. This is his second season in the Dominican Summer League.

— The A’s recalled starter Daniel Gossett on Wednesday and optioned reliever Michael Brady to Triple-A. Gossett was the starter in the A’s 8-7, 12-inning loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He allowed five runs in five innings.

— The Midland RockHounds moved back to .500 for the season with an 8-4 win over the Corpus Christi Hooks. Heath Fillmyer became the second A’s minor leaguer to reach double-digits in wins with his 10th victory of the season. Fillmyer allowed three runs in 6.1 innings. He allowed six hits and three walks and he struck-out eight. B.J. Boyd had another huge game, going 3-4 with a homer (his fifth) and two singles. Boyd is batting .332 this season. Sheldon Neuse also had three hits, including a double. Tyler Ramirez and Jordan Tarsovich each had two hits.

— The Vermont Lake Monsters routed the Lowell Spinners, 15-2, behind a 14-hit attack. Anthony Churlin homered (3), tripled and singled twice to raise his average to .294. Aaron Arruda (4) and Jesus Lage (1) also homered. Arruda, Lage and Ryan Gridley each had two hits. Greg Deichmann singled and walked twice and he scored three times. Jesus Luzardo worked four innings for a second straight outing. He allowed one run on two hits and three walks and he struck out two. Wyatt Marks earned the win with three strong innings. He struck-out four and allowed one run on three hits and one walk. He has 43 strike-outs in 33.2 innings. Josh Reagan finished off the win with two scoreless innings.

— The AZL Athletics scored 10 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 15-6 win over the AZL White Sox. The A’s picked up 11 hits and 12 walks en route to the win. Marcos Brito had three hits and Lazaro Armenteros had two hits and a walk. Nick Allen also reached three times and scored three runs.

— The DSL Athletics defeated the DSL Astros Blue, 7-2. Christopher Quintin and Jose Rivas each had two hits and Kevin Richards walked three times. Yhoelnys Gonzalez had a hit and a walk and he stole his 26th base of the season. Eliel Ramirez earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief and Carlos Sanchez worked 2.1 innings for the save.

— Seth Brown homered with one-out in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra-innings, but the Stockton Ports fell to the Modesto Nuts, 4-3, in 11 innings. Brown had three hits, including his 24th homer of the season. Sandber Pimentel had two hits to raise his average to .293. Nate Mondou also drove-in two runs. Angel Duno pitched into the eighth inning, allowing three runs in 7.1 innings. He struck-out four and walked one.

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