Freiman's Homer the Difference for A's
After spending all of last season on the Oakland A's active roster, first baseman Nate Freiman was sent to Triple-A Sacramento to start the season. Despite the disappointment of not being in the big leagues, Freiman has put together a big season for the River Cats. In 76 games, he has 14 homers, 69 RBI and an 855 OPS.
On Sunday, Freiman finally got another opportunity at the big-league level. When the A's placed OF Josh Reddick on the disabled list with a knee strain, Freiman got the call to replace him. Freiman started on Sunday and quickly made his presence known. His three-run homer in the sixth gave the A's the cushion they needed to complete a 4-3 win and a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins.
Replacing Freiman on the River Cats' roster was infielder Alden Carrithers. Carrithers had been on the DL since May 30. He was hitting .308/.406/.384 when he landed on the DL. Carrithers didn't play on Sunday, but the River Cats won, 2-1, over Las Vegas.
Nunez Remains Red-Hot
The Stockton Ports dropped a heart-breaker, 7-6 in extra-innings, on Sunday, but third baseman Renato Nunez continued to punish California League pitching. Nunez crushed two more homeruns on Sunday, upping his season total to 16. Since the start of the second half (11 games), Nunez has seven homers and is batting .432.
The Ports in general have been collecting longballs at a torrid pace. Matt Olson leads the team with 23 and Nunez, Chad Pinder (11), Daniel Robertson (10) and Billy McKinney (10) are all in double-digits. Ryon Healy is on the precipice with nine homers.
Powell Off to Strong Start for Ports
A change in leagues hasn't slowed down the bat of outfielder Boog Powell. Powell hit .335 with a .452 OBP in 69 games with Low-A Beloit before receiving a promotion to High-A Stockton. Since joining the Ports, Powell has three multi-hit games and he is batting .355 with four extra-base hits in six games. He has also collected three outfield assists.
Higley Continues to Shine with Vermont
The Vermont Lake Monsters are struggling as a team, but outfielder Justin Higley has been one of the league's top hitters all season. Higley connected on his fourth homerun of the season on Sunday. He is tied for first in the league in RBI with 21 and is tied for second in homers. His 918 OPS is seventh-best in the league.
Chapman Collects Another Milestone
A's 2014 top-pick Matt Chapman hit his first professional homerun in the Beloit Snappers' 9-7 loss to the Kane County Cougars on Sunday. Chapman has hit safely in four of his six games with the Snappers thus far, although the homer was his first extra-base hit at the Low-A level. He is batting .250. In nine games between the AZL and the Midwest League, Chapman is batting .316 with an 824 OPS.