AAA – Scott Elbert was finally able to control his pitches as he allowed just one walk in 6 innings of work. He also limited the 51’s to 4 hits and 2 runs while striking out 5, so this was probably Elbert’s best game since his first start of the season. The Albuquerque bullpen was bad, however, and the Isotopes ended up losing in 10 innings. Travis Schlichting allowed 4 hits and 3 runs in 1.1 innings, and Scott Dohmann blew the save in the 9th. Brent Leach then walked in the winning run in the 10th. Offensively, Russell Mitchell only had one hit, but the hit was his 4th homer of the season. Justin Sellers, who was called up to replace the injured Chin-Lung Hu, had only a single in 5 at bats in his AAA debut. John Lindsay continues to rake as he went 4 for 5 to increase his minor league leading batting average to an amazing .434.
AA – Down 4 to 1 heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, it appeared that Chattanooga was going to have another disappointing game. However, the last place Lookouts came up with some magic and won the game on a walk off grand slam by Corey Smith. I wish the grand slam would have been hit by someone like Trayvon Robinson instead of a 28 year old non-prospect like Smith, but a win like this is exciting nonetheless. There were not really any other offensive bright spots in this game for the Lookouts except for Jaime Pedroza going 3 for 3, and Dee Gordon stealing 2 more bases. Gordon has 15 stolen bases for the season, which unfortunately is barely more than the 13 errors he has made at shortstop. Chris Withrow got the start, and I guess you can say it was one of his finer performances of the season because he allowed just 2 runs, only allowed 1 extra base hit, and almost struck out a batter per inning. However, his overall line score wasn’t great as his WHIP for the game was almost 2.00 (7 hits, 3 walks in 5.1 innings). Kenley Jansen picked up the win in his 3rd AA appearance, although he did allow a run and would have allowed more had Scott Van Slyke not thrown out a runner at the plate.
High A – The 66ers lost a close, yet high scoring game on Sunday in Rancho Cucamonga 9 to 8. Aaron Miller started the game, but left after just three batters. Unfortunately I have no idea why he left so early, but it has to be due to some sort of injury. When I find out more information, I will post it in the comments, or if anyone else knows anything feel free to post it in the comments as well. Javier Solano picked up for Miller and got shelled, allowing 6 runs in 3 innings of work. Paul Koss also allowed a run in relief. At the plate, the 66ers had 15 hits, but only 3 went for extra bases and none were homers. Matt Wallach went 3 for 5 with a double, and converted infielder Ramon Jean, who I wrote about in previous post, continues to stay hot with 3 hits and 2 RBIs. He’s hitting .455 in 5 games this season. Kyle Russell came back to earth after his 4 game homer streak, getting just one single and striking out 3 times in 5 at bats.
A – Great Lakes led early, but the bullpen let the game get away as the Loons lost to the Lugnuts 5 to 4 in Lancing. Josh Wall got the start, and although he was wild (4 walks), he had an overall solid game as he allowed just one run. In fact, this was Wall’s third straight game in which he has allowed 1 earned run or less, and he has lowered both his ERA and FIP to 4.20. J.B. Paxson and Steve Smith combined to allow 3 runs in 3.2 innings, and Luis Vasquez gave up a walk off single in the 10th to pick up the loss. The Loons 12 hits were very spread out in this game as every Loon player had at least one base knock in this game. Sands went 1 for 4 with a double, and Mario Songco had two singles to extend his hitting streak to 8 games.