A’s rookies have a day to remember
The Oakland A’s made history on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox when three rookies — Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto — became the first three teammates to hit their first major league homers in the same game since 1914 in the Federal League. Olson homered in the first and then again in the seventh. Brugman hit his first career homer in the second inning and Barreto went deep in the third inning. Barreto’s blast was also his first career hit. The A’s top prospect went 2-for-5 with two RBI in his major-league debut.
Those weren’t the only firsts in the game. Starter Daniel Gossett earned his first major league win with six strong innings. He allowed two unearned runs on six hits and one walk. Gossett struck-out five. Rookie reliever Michael Brady put an exclamation point on a great day for A’s rookies by striking out the side in the ninth to end the game.
Infielder Yairo Munoz was promoted to Triple-A Nashville to replace Barreto on the Sounds’ roster. Munoz hit .316/.348/.532 in 47 games for the RockHounds before the promotion. Flight delays prevented Munoz from getting to Oklahoma City in time to play in Saturday’s game. He is likely to make his Triple-A debut on Sunday.
— A late comeback carried the Vermont Lake Monsters to a 4-2 victory over the Tri-City Valley Cats. Down 2-0 in the eighth, the Lake Monsters scored twice in the eighth and twice more in the ninth to even their record at 3-3. Javier Godard hit a two-run single in the eighth to tie the game and Jesus Lopez had a two-run single with two-outs in the ninth to give the Lake Monsters the lead. Lopez had two hits and a walk in the game. Oscar Tovar got the start and allowed two runs in four innings. He struck-out four, walked two and allowed three hits. Jhenderson Hurtado got the win with four scoreless innings. He struck-out five and he allowed just two hits. Marc Berube earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
— Jean Carlo Rodriguez had three hits and Collin Theroux, Kyle Nowlin and Eric Marinez each had two hits to pace a seven-run, 13-hit attack in the Snappers’ 7-4 win over the Clinton LumberKings. This was the fourth straight multi-hit game for Marinez, who is now batting .292 on the year. Xavier Altamarino earned his third win with five strong innings. He allowed two runs on six hits. Altamarino struck-out six and walked one. The right-hander’s ERA actually went up to 1.90 with the outing. He hadn’t allowed an earned run since May 11. He has allowed only 39 hits in 50 innings this season. Heath Bowers allowed a run in three innings and Yordys Alejo allowed a run in the ninth but closed out the win.
— A.J. Puk had a rare poor outing and the short-handed Midland RockHounds dropped a 7-3 decision to the San Antonio Missions. Puk didn’t have his command and it was a short night for the lefty. Puk allowed three hits and three walks and he struck-out one over the first seven batters he faced before he was pulled. He would be charged with three runs. Kyle Friedrichs (3 innings, two runs allowed) and Brandon Mann (3.2 innings, one run) helped save the bullpen. Kyle Finnegan threw a scoreless eighth. The RockHounds managed just six hits, with two each coming from Max Schrock and J.P. Sportman. The RockHounds played with just 21 active players on the roster (the limit is 25).
— Ben Bracewell had a solid Triple-A debut, but the Nashville Sounds’ offense was quiet in a 4-1 loss to Oklahoma City. Bracewell allowed three unearned runs in four innings. He struck-out four and walked three. Jaff Decker homered and had two hits to account for most of the Sounds’ offense.
— A rehabbing Marcus Semien finished a triple short of the cycle and Tyler Ramirez hit a grand slam in the Stockton Ports’ 8-2 win over the Modesto Nuts. Sandber Pimentel also homered and Sean Murphy had two hits in the win. Murphy is now batting .299 and he is riding a seven-game hitting streak. Casey Meisner allowed a two-run homer in the first but was strong after that. He went seven innings, allowing just those two runs on five hits and no walks. He struck-out six. Meisner’s ERA is down to 3.98. Armando Ruiz finished off the game with two scoreless innings in relief of Meisner.
— The DSL A’s cruised to a 6-1 win over the DSL Marlins on Saturday. Alexander Calderon (4 innings), Ismael Aquino (3 innings), Marcelo Hernandez (1 inning) and Ruber Aquino (1 inning) combined to hold the DSL Marlins to three hits. They struck-out 10. Luis Almanzar and Yhoelnys Gonzalez each had two hits and Rafioby Urena drove-in three in the win.
— The AZL A’s had a rough opening night, dropping a 9-2 decision to the AZL Cubs. A’s 2017 top pick Austin Beck made his professional debut. He went 0-for-3 with two strike-outs and he was hit by a pitch. A rehabbing Jhonny Rodriguez had a hit and three walks. Hunter Hargrove had the team’s only RBI and he walked twice. Chris Kohler made his first start since 2015. He allowed three runs in two innings. Parker Dunshee also allowed three runs in two innings in his pro debut. Adam Reuss (two runs in one inning) and Heath Donica (one unearned run in 1.2 innings) also made their pro debuts. Lefty Jorge Martinez worked a scoreless 1.1 innings to finish the game. To view the current AZL A’s roster, click here.
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