Bob Melvin earns 1,000th win in walk-off thriller
The Oakland Athletics snapped a five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion on Saturday night when Rajai Davis hit a two-run walk-off homer to give the A’s a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. The win was manager Bob Melvin‘s 1,000th of his career.
The A’s were down 4-1 in the fifth but chipped away with an RBI single from Yonder Alonso in the bottom of the fifth and a Matt Chapman solo homerun in the bottom of the eighth. Chapman’s blast was the sixth of his young major-league career.
The game-winning rally came began when pinch-hitter Adam Rosales worked his way back from an 0-2 count to earn a lead-off walk. Davis then followed with a long homerun to center off of Twins’ reliever Taylor Rogers. The walk-off seemed a fitting way for Melvin to earn his 1,000th win after he watched his team blow two ninth-inning leads in Toronto earlier in the week. The walk-off win was the A’s 8th of the season and the A’s fifth walk-off homer.
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The victory came on a celebratory day for the A’s organization, as legendary broadcaster Bill King was honored with the Ford C. Frick award at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
With the trade deadline looming on Monday, the A’s announced that Sonny Gray‘s scheduled Sunday start would be pushed back a day. Gray has been the subject of several trade rumors and is likely to be dealt before the deadline. He brought out the line-up card before the game on Saturday.
Sounds pitching shines in win over Salt Lake
Kendall Graveman, Felix Doubront, Chris Bassitt and Kyle Finnegan combined to limit the Salt Lake Bees to one run on four hits in a 2-1 Nashville victory on Saturday.
Graveman had a solid rehab outing, allowing just a wind-aided solo homerun in 4.2 innings. He struck-out five, walked two and allowed four hits. Graveman threw 81 pitches, 50 for strikes. He could return to the A’s rotation as soon as next week.
Doubront threw 2.1 perfect innings to earn the win and Bassitt followed with a perfect eighth inning. Finnegan walked the first two batters he faced in the ninth but then induced a double-play and a flyout to end the game. The save was his third since joining Nashville from Midland. Finnegan has walked 13 in 16.1 innings since coming to Triple-A, but PCL batters are hitting just .196 against him.
The Sounds’ only runs came on a Yairo Munoz two-run homer in the fourth inning. The homer was Munoz’s fifth in Triple-A and 11th in 79 overall games this year. Munoz is batting .343 over his last 10 games. Franklin Barreto had two hits. Chad Pinder, playing center field, had a single and a walk in his latest rehab appearance. He is expected to re-join the A’s next week.
Midland storms back in win over Corpus Christi
Down 3-0 in the top of the seventh, the Midland RockHounds scored four times that inning and once more in the ninth to earn a 5-3 come-from-behind win.
A.J. Puk got the start for the RockHounds and he cruised until the fourth inning, when two walks, two singles, a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch brought home three runs. Puk finished the inning strong with two strike-outs and a ground-out but was done after four innings. He was charged with three runs on four hits and three walks in four frames. He struck-out seven.
The Midland bullpen kept the Hooks off the board from there. Carlos Navas (two innings), Sam Bragg (two innings) and Tyler Sturdevant (one inning) allowed just two hits and two walks between them.
Richie Martin led the Midland offense with three hits and two runs scored. He also stole his 11th base of the season. Sean Murphy had an RBI double and a walk and B.J. Boyd had a two-run single and a walk. Tyler Ramirez‘s 12-game hitting streak came to an end.
Stockton’s offense erupts in win
The Stockton Ports pounded out 15 runs on 23 hits in a 15-5 win over the Modesto Nuts on Saturday. The Ports have scored 26 runs over their last two games.
Every Ports’ hitter had at least two hits in the game. Sandber Pimentel had four hits — two doubles, a homer and a single. The homer was Pimentel’s eighth in 44 games this season. Sheldon Neuse, who homered twice on Friday, had four hits and a walk. He is batting .389 with Stockton. Eli White had three hits, including a triple. Seth Brown and Skye Bolt also tripled in the game.
James Naile got the start for Stockton as he continues his rehab from an oblique strain he suffered in mid-May with Midland. Naile allowed two runs on five hits in three innings. Miguel Romero struggled in relief, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning, but Jared Lyons (2.1 innings), Joey Wagman (2 innings) and Nolan Blackwood (1 inning) kept Modesto off the board the rest of the game.
Beloit trio spins a shutout
Seth Martinez, Heath Bowers and Sam Sheehan combined on a 4-0 shutout of the Burlington Bees on Saturday night.
Martinez lowered his ERA to 2.60 with five shutout innings. He struck-out two and walked one. Bowers threw three scoreless frames, striking out three and walking two, to lower his ERA to 1.80. Sheehan finished with a scoreless inning of his own, despite allowing two walks and a hit, to knock his ERA down to 1.47. Sheehan hasn’t allowed a run since June 10 and he has 40 strike-outs in 30.2 innings this season.
Mike Martin had a big game out of the lead-off spot, collecting two hits and swiping three bases. Martin has 14 stolen bases for Beloit this year. Eric Marinez finished a homer short of the cycle on a three-hit night. He drove-in a run and scored a run. Marinez is batting .291 on the season. Kyle Nowlin had a key two-run double. He is batting .353 with eight RBI over his last 10 games.
The Snappers are now over .500 at 52-51 on the season.
Eighth-inning rally lifts Vermont over Connecticut
The Vermont Lake Monsters scored three times in the top of the eighth inning en route to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Connecticut Tigers.
Will Toffey tripled, doubled, singled and drove-in two to pace the Lake Monsters. Logan Farrar had another two-hit game to raise his Vermont average to .327 in 14 games. Ryan Gridley also had two hits and he drove-in two. Gridley has an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .341 over his last 10 games. Jesus Lage and Jordan Devencenzi also had two-hit games. Anthony Churlin extended his hitting streak to five games with a double. Churlin is batting .385 over the last 10 games.
Michael Danielak earned the win with three innings in relief. He allowed a run on two hits and one walk. He struck-out four. Wandisson Charles earned the save, his fourth of the season. Charles’ ERA is 2.08.
Allen, Beck lead AZL A’s to win
Nick Allen doubled, tripled and walked and Austin Beck had two hits and an RBI to pace the AZL A’s offense in a 7-4 win over the AZL Padres on Saturday night.
Yerdel Vargas chipped in an RBI double and Enrry Pantoja doubled and scored. Jose Mora earned the win with an impressive 3.2 innings. He struck-out eight, walked three and didn’t allow a hit. The 19-year-old has 29 strike-outs in 20.2 innings between Vermont and the AZL A’s this season.
DSL A’s split a double-header
The DSL A’s earned a win in a game resumed from July 12 but then lost their regularly scheduled match-up with the DSL Marlins. Both games were decided by a final score of 4-3.
Marcelo Hernandez threw three hitless innings to earn the win in the resumption of the July 12 game. The A’s stole six bases in the game, including Gean Rigby‘s swipe of home.
In the second game, the A’s managed just four hits but they stole three more bases. Yhoelnys Gonzalez raised his team-leading total to 18 stolen bases with successful steals in both games.
Dennis Herrera worked five innings in the loss, allowing three runs (one earned). He has a 1.58 ERA on the season.
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