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Oakland A’s Minor League Notebook: Richie Martin returns

The Midland RockHounds got some good injury news on Friday, while Matt Chapman had a memorable night, Dalton Sawyer had a big debut and another Nashville pitcher got news of a call-up.

Richie Martin / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
Richie Martin is back after missing more than two weeks with a broken nose. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

The Midland RockHounds have been hit hard by injuries lately, but they got some good news on that front on Friday with the return of starting shortstop Richie Martin. Martin came off of the DL and started Game One of their double-header against Corpus Christi. It was Martin’s first game since being beaned and suffering a broken nose on May 30.

Martin had a hit, a hit by pitch and a sacrifice fly in three plate appearances in Game One. The RockHounds would lose both games, however, dropping the first contest, 6-2, and the second, 4-3. In the first game, infielder Jordan Tarsovich threw a scoreless seventh inning to save the bullpen.

Evan Manarino got the loss in Game One, allowing six runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. He has a 7.84 ERA since joining the RockHounds.

In Game Two, Midland suffered a rare late-game bullpen meltdown when Lou Trivino allowed three runs in the top of the sixth to lose a 2-1 lead. Midland scored a run in the bottom of the frame to get to 4-3, but couldn’t push the tying run across. Tyler Marincov, Viosergy Rosa, J.P. Sportman and Kenny Wilson all had two-hit games in Game Two. One of Wilson’s hits was a 2-run homer. Yairo Munoz had a hit in each game to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Other Notes

— A day after walking twice in his major league debut, Matt Chapman had a game-winning, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to cap off a 3-RBI night in the A’s 7-6 win over the New York Yankees. The single was Chapman’s first MLB hit. He also had an RBI groundout in the second inning that was initially ruled a hit. The call was reversed on replay.

— After the A’s game, SF Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser reported that the A’s would be calling up RHP Michael Brady from Triple-A Nashville to serve a long relief role. Zach Neal is being sent out to make room for Brady. Brady has split his time between starting and relieving this season, posting a 3.67 ERA and a 42:6 K:BB in 41.2 innings for the Sounds. The Cal alum and eight-year minor league veteran will be making his major league debut.

— The Sounds used four pitchers to earn a 7-1 win over the Iowa Cubs on Friday night. Felix Doubront got the start and went 2.2 innings, allowing a run. Aaron Kurcz threw 3.1 scoreless frames to earn the win. Tyler Sturdevant (2 IP) and Jake Sanchez (1 IP) finished off the game with scoreless appearances. Bruce Maxwell hit his first homerun since returning from the DL earlier this week. It was a three-run shot. Matt Olson had a hit and two walks and Joey Wendle had two hits. Franklin Barreto had a hit and a walk. The walk was his first since May 16. He now has nine hits over his last 27 at-bats and is showing signs of breaking out of his recent slump.

— Dalton Sawyer had a strong debut for the Stockton Ports, but the A’s High-A club couldn’t muster any offense in a 3-0 loss to Lake Elsinore. Sawyer allowed just one hit and three walks in 5.2 scoreless innings. The lefty struck-out seven. He took A.J. Puk‘s spot in the Stockton rotation. Puk was promoted to Midland on Wednesday. Sean Murphy had two doubles and Brett Siddall had three hits, but the Ports’ offense otherwise was stagnant. Murphy is batting .293 with an 871 OPS, while Siddall has his average up to .276. He is batting .410 in June.

— The Beloit Snappers had 10 hits but couldn’t string enough of them together in a 5-3 loss to Quad Cities. Luis BarreraMiguel Mercedes and Jean Carlo Rodriguez each had two hits in the loss. Mitchell Jordan allowed five runs in four innings to earn the loss.

— The DSL Athletics had their game rained out on Friday night. They are off to an 8-3 start to the season.

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