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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Ports stay in playoff hunt

Three first inning homers got the Stockton Ports off-and-running, as they stayed in the playoff race with a key win over the Modesto Nuts. Get all of the Tuesday action in this edition of Oakland A’s Minor League Notebook.

Seth Brown / Photo by Chris Lockard
Seth Brown hit his 23rd homer of the season / Photo by Chris Lockard

Locked in a tight playoff race, the Stockton Ports won a key game against the Modesto Nuts, 5-1, on Tuesday. Dalton Sawyer, back from a brief trip to the disabled list, threw five shutout innings to earn the win.

Sawyer allowed only two hits over his five frames. He struck-out four. Evan Manarino allowed a run in two innings and Kyle Friedrichs threw two scoreless innings to close out the win.

The Ports jumped out to an early lead when Eli White (4) homered to lead-off the first inning. One out later, Brett Siddall (19) and Seth Brown (23) went back-to-back to give the Ports a 3-0 lead. The Ports added two more runs in the third and the pitchers took it the rest of the way.

The Ports had 13 hits, with Mikey White leading the way with three. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Brown had two hits, as did Richie Martin and Branden Cogswell. Martin also walked. He has an eight-game hitting streak and he is batting .282 since being sent down to Stockton.

Other News:

— Grant Holmes and the Midland RockHounds fell to the Corpus Christi Hooks, 5-1, in a game that featured rehabbing MLBers Tony Sipp, Will HarrisMichael Feliz and Evan Gattis suiting up on the Hooks’ side. Holmes went six innings and he allowed just five hits and two walks, but two of the five hits were homers and he was charged with five runs allowed. He struck-out eight. B.J. Boyd and J.P. Sportman each had two-hit games, but Midland managed just six hits as a team. Boyd is now batting .329 on the season, tops in the Texas League. One of Sportman’s hits was a solo homer, his 12th longball of the season. Sipp, Harris and Feliz each pitched a scoreless inning to start the game. Gattis went 0-1 with two walks.

— Matt Milburn didn’t allow his first base-runner until the fourth inning, but he wound-up the losing pitcher in the Beloit Snappers’ 4-1 loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits. Milburn allowed a run on three hits in six innings. He struck-out eight and walked only one. Luke PersicoJosh Vidales and Jesus Lopez each had two hits, but the Snappers couldn’t string enough hits together to score more than one run. Lopez has six hits and two walks over his last three games and is now batting .317 for the Snappers.

— Argenis Blanco allowed 10 runs (nine earned) in 3.2 innings in the Vermont Lake Monsters’ 12-5 loss to the Lowell Spinners. Blanco wasn’t himself, allowing three homeruns and walking five. James Terrell had a big night at the plate, collecting three hits, including his second homerun of the season. Logan Farrar had two hits, a walk and an outfield assist and Greg Deichmann had a double, a walk and an outfield assist. Infielder Javier Godard threw a .1 of an inning to close out the game on the Vermont side.

— Angello Infante was brilliant once again in the DSL Athletics’ 3-0 win over the DSL Braves. Infante lowered his ERA to 1.06 with six shutout innings. He didn’t walk a batter, allowed just four hits and he struck-out five. Marcelo Hernandez allowed only one hit by pitch over three frames. He struck-out three and lowered his ERA to 1.44. Iraj Serrano had two doubles, a single and a walk and he scored all three of the A’s runs. Rafioby Urena had two hits and a walk and Jordan Diaz had three hits. George Bell had a two-hit game and he is batting .240 over his last 10 games.

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