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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Joey Wendle sets Nashville doubles record

Joey Wendle set a franchise record, Greg Deichmann hit his first career homerun, A.J. Puk and Norge Ruiz had impressive starts, Trace Loehr flirted with the cycle again and much more on Thursday night in the Oakland Athletics system.

Joey Wendle / Photo by Chris Lockard
Joey Wendle is the Sounds' all-time doubles leader. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Wendle sets Nashville doubles mark

Joey Wendle put himself into the Nashville Sounds’ franchise record books when he collected his 95th career double as a member of the Sounds. He broke the record held previously by Skeeter Barners and took nearly 200 fewer games played to get to 95.

Wendle reached three times in the game, and he was part of the Sounds’ 15-hit, 10-run onslaught in their 10-1 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers. Mark Canha had three hits and Wendle, Franklin BarretoMatt OlsonJaff Decker and Yairo Munoz each had two hits. Olson hit his 18th Triple-A homer of the season, a two-run shot. The Sounds had a big offensive night despite being without PCL homerun leader Renato Nunez, who was given a night off after winning the PCL MVP award in the Triple-A All-Star game on Wednesday.

Ben Bracewell received plenty of run support, but he didn’t need much of it. The right-hander earned his first Triple-A win with six strong innings. Although he didn’t strike-out a batter, he was very effective, allowing just two hits and one walk and one earned run allowed. Felix DoubrontLou Trivino and Kyle Finnegan each threw shutout innings to close out the win. The Nashville staff limited Omaha to three hits and two walks in the game.


Puk effective but ‘Hounds fall late

A.J. Puk‘s first start since the MLB All-Star Futures Game lasted five innings. He left the game with the lead, but the Midland RockHounds would drop a 6-3 decision to the Corpus Christi Hooks after the Hooks got into the Midland bullpen.

Puk was effective in his fourth start at the Double-A level. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk. Puk struck-out seven. The one earned run Puk allowed was a solo homer by former big leaguer Jon Singleton. The homer was just the second Puk has given up this season. He now has 117 strike-outs and 33 walks in 79.2 innings in 2017.

Midland got on the board early, taking a 1-0 lead in the first and adding two more runs in the second. Corpus Christi scored single runs off of Puk in the fourth and fifth and then took the lead in the seventh, when they scored three times against Joel Seddon and Aaron Kurcz. Kurcz allowed another run in the eighth, as well. Carlos Navas threw a scoreless ninth inning.

B.J. Boyd and Tyler Ramirez led the way offensively with three hits each. Boyd’s average is up to .304 and Ramirez is batting .324 since his promotion from High-A Stockton. Jermaine Curtis and J.P. Sportman had two-hit nights.


Ruiz sharp as Ports race past 66ers

Norge Ruiz threw six shutout innings and Brett Siddall homered again in the Stockton Ports’ 7-1 win over the Inland Empire 66ers.

Ruiz struck-out a career-high eight and allowed seven hits and two walks in his six innings. He threw 90 pitches, 62 for strikes. Ruiz also picked off a batter at first base. The native of Cuba has allowed one run over his last 12 innings for the Ports.

Stockton gave Ruiz plenty of offensive support, with Siddall leading the way. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his 14th of the season. Siddall also added a single and he drove-in three. He is now batting .291 with an 865 OPS. He has four homers in 13 games in July after hitting six homers in 22 games in June. Siddall was our A’s minor league player of the month for June.

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Nate Mondou also hit a homerun, his second of the season for Stockton. Mondou hadn’t hit a professional homerun before joining Stockton on June 26. He has a 925 OPS with Stockton. Luis Barrera had a two-hit night in his second game with Stockton. He also drove-in a run.

Joey WagmanAndrew Tomasovich and Armando Ruiz each threw a scoreless inning to finish off the game for the Ports. Stockton pitchers struck-out 11 and walked three in the game.


Loehr red-hot as Snappers complete comeback

For a second straight night, Trace Loehr finished a homer shy of the cycle. His four-hit night helped the Beloit Snappers overcome a late 6-4 deficit to earn a 7-6 win.

Loehr is batting .405 over his last 10 games and has 10 hits over his last 20 at-bats. He has raised his average to .267 on the season with the recent hot streak.

Loehr helped the Snappers jump out to an early 4-1 lead when he tripled home two runs in a four-run second inning. The Snappers were unable to add on until the eighth inning, and by then, their 4-1 lead had turned into a 6-4 deficit. Beloit tied the game in the eighth when Jesus Lopez hit a sacrifice fly and Jason Goldstein singled home a run. Then in the ninth, Loehr singled to lead-off the inning and Kyle Nowlin eventually brought him home with a two-out single.

Kyle Twomey got the start and he went five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. The lefty walked one and struck-out one. Jesus Zambrano took over for Twomey and he had a rough outing, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks in two innings. Yordys Alejo was the winning pitcher after he threw a scoreless eighth and ninth. Alejo didn’t allow a base-runner and he struck-out two.

Josh Vidales, in his second game with Beloit, had two hits and two walks. He played left field. Goldstein had two hits and two RBI and Jesus Lopez had two hits. Lopez has five hits over his first two games with Beloit this season.


Deichmann homers and Vermont rolls over Staten Island

Greg Deichmann hit his first professional homerun and Abdiel Mendoza threw seven strong innings in the Vermont Lake Monsters’ 5-1 win over the Staten Island Yankees.

Deichmann also stole the first base of his career. He has three straight two-hit games and is six-for-his-first-14 as a pro. Logan Farrar also hit his first homerun for Vermont. Farrar had previously homered for the AZL A’s. Roger Gonzalez entered the game for Lana Akau in the third inning and Gonzalez reached base three times with a hit and two walks.

Mendoza was the real story of the game. The 18-year-old from Panama threw seven shutout innings against one of the top teams in the New York-Penn League so far this season. Mendoza allowed three hits and a walk and he struck-out five over those seven innings. It was his second straight seven shutout inning performance. He has a 2.55 ERA for Vermont. Jean Ruiz threw the final two innings of the game, allowing a run on two hits and a walk. He struck-out one.


DSL A’s power way to win over DSL Rays

The DSL A’s hit two homeruns in their 4-1 win over the DSL Rays. The win put the DSL A’s back over the .500 mark at 17-16.

Rafioby Urena and Cesar Diaz both went deep for their first homeruns of the season. Urena, Iraj Serrano and Yhoelnys Gonzalez each had two-hit games. Serrano has a seven-game hitting streak and six of those seven games have been multi-hit efforts. He is batting .455 with a 1048 OPS in 11 games.

The A’s used five pitchers to limit the Rays to one unearned run on eight hits and three walks. The A’s staff struck-out 11. Ismael Aquino struck-out seven in three shutout innings. He earned the win. Aquino has 23 strike-outs in 19.2 innings this season.

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