Smooth sailing for Ports' Meisner
Casey Meisner didn't enjoy the struggles he endured last year, but he believes they proved beneficial in the long run.The A's No. 26 prospect yielded two singles over 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Sunday as Class A Advanced Stockton held on for a 3-2 victory over Modesto at John Thurman
The A's No. 26 prospect yielded two singles over 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Sunday as Class A Advanced Stockton held on for a 3-2 victory over Modesto at John Thurman Field.
Meisner struck out six and walked four while matching his longest start of the season. It was his longest scoreless outing since May 21, 2015, when he fired seven shutout innings for Class A Savannah in the Mets system.
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"[Modesto] was a pretty aggressive team, so keeping them off-balance was my primary goal," Meisner said. "They're a team that wants to grind out at-bats and stay alive. They foul off a lot of pitches and try and get you out of the game as quickly as possible. I just went right after them and made them put the ball in play."
Meisner (4-5) worked around three walks and a hit batter over the first three innings of a scoreless duel with Nuts right-hander
Including the final out in the fourth, Meisner set down nine straight batters until
"My adrenaline was going pretty good there in the first few innings, but I was able to settle in," the Texas native said. "To be honest, a few of my walks could have gone either way. Some of those pitches were very close, but it is what it is. After I got the lead, it took a little of the weight off."
Obtained from the Mets on July 27, 2015 for All-Star reliever
"The California League is a tough league to pitch in and at the beginning of the season, I was just throwing too much over the heart of the plate," Meisner said. "I've been working on a slider for the last year or so and that's come along nicely, which has really helped.
"As far as last year, I really didn't experience much failure in my career up until then. To have that happen wasn't a good thing, but it also was -- if that makes sense. I grew up a lot and learned how to deal with adversity. I was able to draw on that earlier this year when I was struggling. It was a good learning experience for me."
A's No. 24 prospect
McClain (7-4) was charged with three runs on five hits and two walks while fanning three in six frames. Top Mariners prospect Kyle Lewis made his 2017 debut for the Nuts but left in the fourth after making a leaping catch. He missed the first 2 1/2 months of the season after tearing two ligaments and the meniscus in his right knee last July.
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