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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Sounds go deep in Reno

The Nashville Sounds hit homers in bunches on Saturday night, while Heath Fillmyer, Angel Duno, Parker Dunshee and five AZL A’s pitchers impressed on the mound.

Renato Nunez readies to swing. / Photo by Chris Lockard
Renato Nunez hit his 29th homerun of the season. / Photo by Chris Lockard

The Nashville Sounds took full advantage of the thin air in Reno, crushing five homeruns in their 15-8 rout of the Reno Aces.

Franklin Barreto (13), Matt Olson (23), Renato Nunez (29), Yairo Munoz (6) and Chris Carter (2) all went deep. Nunez and Carter also each added a double. Olson and Wendle each had three hits and Barreto, Munoz, Carter and Nunez had two hits each.

Nunez has matched his career-high for homeruns in a season, which he previously reached with High-A Stockton in 2014. Olson has three homers in his last four games. Between the big leagues and Triple-A, he has 27 on the season in 97 games played. Barreto has six straight multi-hit games. His average is up to .285.

Ben Bracewell allowed eight runs in 3.2 innings, but Felix Doubront (1.1 innings), Raul Alcantara (2 innings) and Logan Bawcom (2 innings) kept Reno off of the board. The appearance was Alcantara’s second with the Sounds after completing his rehab for bicep tendinitis.

Beau Taylor left the game early after taking a ball off of his mask.

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— On Saturday, the A’s added catcher Dustin Garneau to their active roster after claiming him off of waivers from the Colorado Rockies on Friday. Oakland designated Ryan Lavarnway for assignment to make room for Garneau. Garneau was a 19th-round pick of the Rockies in 2009 out of Cal-State Fullerton, where he played with Khris Davis. He made his major-league debut in 2015 and he had 68 games of big league experience before joining the A’s. He hit .199 in those 68 games with the Rockies. Garneau is a career .255 hitter with an 801 OPS in nine minor league seasons. He had 10 homeruns in 36 games for Triple-A Albuquerque this season and he hit .206 in in 22 games with the Rockies.

— Reliever Bobby Wahl has been shutdown again with reoccurring soreness in his throwing shoulder. Wahl had made five rehab appearances for Stockton and Nashville. In his last outing on July 31, he allowed three runs in an inning pitched.

— Jesus LuzardoCaleb EvansChris Kohler and Slater Lee combined to five-hit the AZL Giants in the AZL A’s 2-1 win. Luzardo threw three scoreless innings to start the game. He allowed two hits and he struck-out three. He has one walk and 28 strike-outs in 25.1 innings this season. Evans worked a perfect two innings, striking out two. Kohler continued the brilliant pitching with 3.1 innings of work. He left in the ninth with two-on and one out. One of the runs would eventually score, but Slater Lee closed out the win. The run, charged to Kohler, was unearned. Kohler struck-out four and didn’t walk a batter. The lefty’s ERA is down to 3.38. Lee got the save, his second of the season. Lazaro Armenteros and Marcos Brito each went 2-4. One of Lazarito’s hits was a double.

— The Midland RockHounds scored once in the eighth and once in the ninth to send their game against the San Antonio Missions into extra innings, but the RockHounds eventually fell in 14 innings, 4-2. Heath Fillmyer was brilliant in his start, allowing only one hit in seven innings. Unfortunately, that one hit was a two-run homerun. Fillmyer walked two and struck-out four. He has allowed exactly two earned runs in each of his last four starts. Sam Bragg and Tyler Sturdevant each threw three scoreless innings in relief of Fillmyer. Aaron Kurcz allowed a two-out double in the top of the 14th and took the loss. Viosergy Rosa had four hits and a walk in seven plate appearances. Max SchrockTyler Ramirez and Jorge Mateo also had two-hit games. Ramirez and Schrock each walked, as well.

— The Visalia Rawhide scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and the Stockton Ports lost a pitcher’s duel, 3-1. Brandon Marsonek allowed two two-out RBI singles in the eighth and he took the loss. Angel Duno had another strong start for Stockton, allowing only an unearned run in six innings. He gave up four hits and two walks and he struck-out eight. The Ports managed just six hits. Two of those hits came from Seth Brown.

— It took until the ninth inning, but the Beloit Snappers finally collected their first hit and eventually their first run. It wasn’t nearly enough against the Quad Cities River Bandits, however, as the Snappers fell, 8-2. Matt Milburn had a rare poor start, allowing six runs on 10 hits in five innings. He struck-out four and walked one. Josh Vidales broke up the no-hitter in the ninth. Luke Persico followed with a hit and Kyle Nowlin hit a two-run double before the rally fizzled. The Snappers are 1.5 games back of the River Bandits for a second-half division title.

— The Vermont Lake Monsters rallied to tie the game at 2 a piece with a run in the ninth inning, but Vermont fell to Hudson Valley, 3-2, in the 10th. Greg Deichmann drove home Logan Farrar with a game-tying double in the ninth. Deichmann continues to put up big numbers in the New York-Penn League. The A’s second-round pick had two hits in the game and is now batting .342 and he has 13 RBI in 21 games played. Kevin Merrell reached base three times with a hit and two walks and he stole his seventh base of the season. He was also caught stealing once. Parker Dunshee extended his Vermont scoreless streak to 24 innings with three scoreless frames. He allowed three hits, didn’t walk a batter and he struck-out two. Wyatt Marks allowed two runs in four innings. He struck-out four and walked two. Marks has 34 strike-outs and seven walks in 24 innings pitched for Vermont and the AZL A’s. Logan Salow had two scoreless innings in relief to lower his ERA to 1.98.

— The DSL A’s dropped a 6-4 decision that was cut short in after the seventh inning because of rain. Luis AlmanzarCarlos Hiciano and Rafioby Urena each had two hits in the game. One of Urena’s hits was his second homer of the season. Hiciano stole two bases. Santiago Rodriguez made his professional debut in the seventh inning and walked the only batter he faced before the rain stopped the game.

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