I was starting to wonder if Jeff Hunt, who was one of my sleeper prospects heading into the season, would ever hit a home run. He didn’t hit one in 2009, and then has had limited playing time in 2010 after an injury delayed the start to his season. But on Sunday, much to my delight, Hunt finally knocked one out of the park. Hopefully this is the first of many homers in his professional career.
AAA – The Isotopes lost 6 to 5 on Sunday, and to be honest there isn’t much to write about for this game. Starter Claudio Vargas allowed all 6 runs in 5.1 innings before 3 relievers finished the game unscathed. John Lindsay hit his 20th homer of the season, and the surprising Justin Sellers hit his 9th bomb of the season. Trent Oeltjen also knocked in 2 runs with a couple of doubles.
AA – Chris Withrow had yet another ugly outing, allowing 7 hits, 3 walks, and 6 runs in 4.2 innings of work. The only slightly good news is that he was able to strike out 5. As bad as Withrow was, however, the Lookouts were able to keep pace with Tennessee until the 9th inning when Jon Huber allowed the winning runs to score. In between Withrow and Huber, Cole St. Clair and Justin Miller threw a combined 3.1 innings of 1-hit relief. Two players stood out at the plate for the Lookouts in very different ways. Jerry Sands, who is getting hot again, went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. It was Sands 4th 3-hit performance in his last 6 games. Dee Gordon, on the other hand, didn’t record a hit, but got on base 3 times and was able to steal 4 bases. Gordon’s stolen base total now stands at 47 for the season.
High A – Making his 2nd start since being demoted back to the California League, Aaron Miller was good through 4 innings. Unfortunately, the game was being played in Lancaster and Miller ran into trouble (and I’m sure some strong winds) in the 5th inning. Miller ended up allowing 7 runs (4 earned) and the 66ers lost the game 9 to 7. The offense actually did pretty well in this loss as they racked up 14 hits, although all of the hits were singles. Pedro Baez and Tony Delmonico went 3 for 5, and Steven Caseres reached base 4 times in 5 plate appearances.
A – Down 4 runs after the 1st inning, the Loons came back with 9 runs over the next two frames and were able to hold on for a 9 to 8 win. Starter Edwin Contreras with Withrow-like, allowing 6 runs in 4.2 innings of work, and J.B. Paxson allowed 4 walks in relief. Steven Ames was able to rebound from his worst performance of the season, however, and pitched a shutout 9th inning. The Great Lakes offense was led by Brian Cavazos-Galvez, who went 2 for 5 with a double and drove in 3 runs. Big Chris Jacobs also drove in a couple of runs with a double to right field. The other hits and RBI’s were spread between several players.
Rookie Ogden – Tied at 1 after the 5th inning, the Raptors scored 7 runs in the 6th and finished off the sweep of the Chukars with a 9 to 1 win. Four different Ogden players had multi-hit games, including Chris Henderson, who went 3 for 5 and is the hottest offensive player on the team. In his last 10 games, Henderson is hitting .487 with an OPS of 1.190. Leon Landry went 2 for 5, and Jessie Bosnik went 2 for 4 with a couple of RBI’s. Starter Bret Montgomery has a very solid outing, giving up just 2 hits and 1 run over 6 innings while striking out 8. Carlos Frias finished off the game with yet another relief appearance, so I’m guessing he has been moved to the bullpen full time for at least the time being.
Rookie Arizona – As mentioned above, Jeff Hunt had a big day, but it wasn’t enough as the Arizona Dodgers lost 7 to 4. Hunt not only homered, but went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s. Jan Vazquez also had a solid game with 2 hits in 4 at bats, including a double. The pitching load was spread among 6 pitchers, including starter Bolivar Medina, and nobody really stood out as being notably good or notably bad. 3 of the 7 runs against the Dodger pitching were unearned.
DSL – Off day