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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notes: Yairo Munoz homers off Cole Hamels

Yairo Munoz had a moment to remember, but the Midland RockHounds had an otherwise forgettable day. We recap a light slate of games in the Oakland A’s system.

Yairo Munoz / Photo by Chris Lockard
Yairo Munoz hit his sixth homer of the season. / Photo by Chris Lockard

It was a forgettable day for the Double-A Midland RockHounds in general, but Yairo Munoz had a moment he isn’t likely to forget. Batting in the first inning against rehabbing Texas Rangers’ starter Cole Hamels, Munoz cracked his sixth homerun of the season. It was the highlight of the game for Midland, who fell to the Frisco RoughRiders, 11-2.

Munoz also walked in the game. He is batting .333/.360/.543 in June and .308/.338/.522 for the season. Munoz could be pushing for a promotion to Triple-A Nashville in the coming weeks.

The game was a rout early and it was costly to the RockHounds’ roster, as leading run-producer Tyler Marincov left the game in the sixth after being hit by a pitch. He will be out for an extended period after suffering a fracture after being hit in his left hand. Marincov was batting .275/.353/.470 with nine homers. He was set to participate in the Texas League All-Star game and looked poised for a promotion to Triple-A.

Other Notes

— A pitcher’s duel turned into a rout late, as the Vermont Lake Monsters dropped a 6-1 decision to the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Lake Monsters had only four hits. Two of them were off the bat of James Terrell. One of the hits was a triple. Seth Martinez, in his first start for Vermont, went five strong innings in the loss. He allowed one run on seven hits. He struck-out three and didn’t walk a batter. Martinez has a 2.28 ERA in 27.2 innings between Vermont and Low-A Beloit this season.

— Gean Rigby had three hits in the DSL A’s 3-2 loss to the DSL Dodgers. Rigby is now batting .412/.524/.647 in seven games this season. Angello Infante threw four scoreless innings in relief. He struck-out five and walked none. The 18-year-old from Venezuela has allowed just three innings in 15 innings this season. He had a 2.12 ERA in 34 innings in the DSL last season.

— The Oakland A’s announced that they released outfielder Ryan LaMarre. LaMarre was designated for assignment over the weekend when the A’s added Michael Brady to the 40-man roster. LaMarre hit .240 with a 599 OPS in 41 games for the Nashville Sounds. He was acquired from the Angels on April 23 for a player to be named later.

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