OK so Mario Songco didn't have a big game or anything (well he did have a double), but he was the only name I could come up with that was even remotely close to Mayo. So it will have to do.
AAA – Scott Elbert had another subpar outing as he gave up 6 hits and 4 walks in 4 innings. He also only struck out 2, and of his 84 pitches, only 42 were strikes. I think it’s safe to say that he won’t be with the Dodgers for a while. Travis Schlichting picked up for Elbert and pitched two perfect innings of relief, so that is a positive, but the Isotopes ended up losing the game. Jamie Hoffmann went 3 for 4 with an RBI, and amazingly still hasn’t walked all season. Lucas May went 2 for 4, but is still just hitting .239 overall. Chin Lung Hu also went 2 for 4 as he tries to prove to the Dodgers that they made the wrong choice by promoting Nick Green.
AA – The Lookouts were shut out in Carolina and were held to just 5 total hits. Trayvon Robinson had two of those hits for his third multi-hit performance in his last 5 games. Nobody else did anything offensively that is worth writing about, but it should be noted that Dee Gordon has hit a rough patch as he only has 1 hit in 21 at bats over his last 5 games. Tim Sexton started the game for Chattanooga and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings while striking out 5 batters. Cole St. Clair pitched two excellent innings in relief, striking out 2 without allowing a hit.
High A – Travis Denker made his heroic return to the 66ers and picked up right where he left off, going 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and a RBI. You see Denker was playing for the 66ers when he was traded as the player to be named later in the famous Mark Sweeney deal in August of 2007. Almost three year later, Denker finally gets to finish what he started in the Inland Empire. Anyways, this was a wild game as the 66ers were cruising along with a 9 to 4 lead before the Storm struck for 6 in the 8th and pulled out the win. Miguel Sanfler and Paul Koss were the culprits as they allowed all 6 of those runs to score. Starter Jon Michael Redding actually wasn’t great either as he lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed 7 hits and 5 walks. Kyle Smit was the only guy to pitch well in this game as he struck out 5 in 3.1 innings. Offensively, the 66ers had a few big games besides Denker as Kyle Russell went 3 for 5, and Matt Wallach went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. Nick Buss also seems to be breaking out of his season long slump and his 2 hits gave him 7 base knocks in his last 3 games.
A – Josh Wall really struggled as he allowed 6 runs in 3 innings, but his relievers picked him up and pitched 5 scoreless innings as the Loons were able to get the win. The combination of Justin Miller, Andy Suiter, Steve Smith, and Luis Vasquez ended up allowing just 4 hits over the final 5 frames and struck out 8. Smith continues to be the most impressive of the group as he has not allowed a run all season, and in fact has only allowed 5 hits in his 12.2 total innings. He’s almost 24 so he is definitely old for the league, but that is still pretty impressive. The Loons offense got the best of the Cardinals top prospect Jacob Turner as he lasted just 3.2 innings, and then immediately blitzed his replacement for 4 runs. Christian Lara, who is much too old for the league, went 3 for 5 and had the big hit with a homer. Brian Cavazos-Galvez had his first multi-hit game in a long time, and Lenell McGee picked up 2 more RBI’s.