AAA – The Isotopes won 6 to 4 behind the strong pitching performance by Alberto Bastardo. Bastardo only allowed 2 unearned runs in 7.1 innings and only walked one batter. The strange thing, however, was that he only had 1 strike out on the night. Newcomer Jack Taschner picked up the save. On offense, Justin Sellers hit his first AAA homer, Xavier Paul went 2 for 5 with a triple, and Chin-Lung Hu raised hit batting average to .300 with a couple of doubles in 3 at bats.
AA – Jerry Sands continues to dominate AA pitching as he hit yet another homer on Tuesday. Overall, Sands 2 for 4 with 4 RBI’s and a walk. Between Lo-A and AA, Sands now has 22 homers and we are still only in June. Dee Gordon and Trayvon Robinson also had very strong performances as they both had multi-hit games and stole 2 bases a piece. Mario Alvarez started the game and lasted just one batter because he hit the first batter of the game and was tossed. There obviously is some bad blood between Chattanooga and Huntsville. The Lookout still prevailed with the win, however, as David Pfeiffer picked up for Alvarez and went 4.2 strong innings. Cole St. Clair also chipped in with a couple of innings and struck out 3.
High A – The 66ers were stymied at home on Tuesday as they lost to Lake Elsinore 6 to 1. Inland Empire only managed 6 singles, 2 of them coming from Austin Gallagher who is a 6’5” singles machine. Josh Walter got the start and allowed 5 of the 6 runs, which means that the 66ers bullpen was actually pretty good on this night. Kyle Smit continues to thrive in relief and lowered his ERA to 2.92 with a perfect 9th inning.
A – Matt Magill had a masterful performance as he allowed just 5 hits and 1 run on Tuesday while striking out 7. His ERA is now 3.15 as he continues to shine in his breakout season. Big Chris Jacobs was the catalyst of the Loons offense as he homered twice and drove in 3. Jacobs is still hitting just .180 for the season, but hopefully he is turning things around. Christian Lara went 3 for 5 and also homered for Great Lakes.
Rookie Ogden – Jake Lemmerman continued his strong professional debut with a 3 run homer on Tuesday as the Raptors beat the Owls 5 to 2. 10th round pick Bobby Coyle also had a good day in his very first professional game as he had a couple of hits in 3 at bats. Antonio Castillo started this game and only allowed 4 hits and 1 run in 6 innings of work. After a dismal year in Ogden last year, Castillo has had a good start to 2010. Nick Gaudi pitched the 9th for his first save of the year.
Rookie Arizona – Off day
DSL – The Dodgers picked up 14 hits and scored 9 runs in their 9 to 6 win on Tuesday. Several players had multi-hit games, and Abdul Nieto hit a homer to raise his average to .106. You read that correctly, one of the guys that I considered to be a top DSL prospect is hitting just .106. Hopefully this homer jump starts his season. 4 pitchers threw for the Dodgers, but the only performance that stood out was the 6 K’s that 17 year old Jackson Mateo picked up in just 2.2 innings of work.