Athletics

Athletics

The A's have gotten off to a solid start, posting a 6-4 record after taking three out of four from the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

But the early-season success isn't limited to the big league club.

The Las Vegas Aviators, Oakland's Triple-A affiliate, took the field for the first time Thursday, and a few important names had memorable 2019 debuts.

Center fielder Dustin Fowler, acquired from the Yankees in the Sonny Gray trade, went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs. Shortstop Jorge Mateo, who was also acquired in the Gray trade, went 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple and three RBI, while Skye Bolt made an incredible diving catch to seal the first win in Aviators history.

Fowler and Mateo both impressed during spring training but were optioned to Las Vegas to continue to hone their games.

Elsewhere on the farm, 2016 supplemental first-round pick Daulton Jefferies took the mound for the first time in two years after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He tossed three scoreless innings in a 4-1 win for the Single-A Stockton Ports. Meanwhile, outfielder Greg Deichmann notched three hits, including two doubles, in his Double-A debut.

 

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All in all, it was a successful day on the farm for the A's.