Only two games on this Easter Sunday as both the Quakes and Loons had the day off.
Minor League Player of the Day – Scott Van Slyke - 2 for 4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI's. It was slim pickings for this award on Sunday, and the only other real candidate was Corey Smith. That being said, Van Slyke had yet another big game and is among the Southern League Leaders in several offensive categories.
AAA – Albuquerque and New Orleans (Marlins) got into a slug-fest at The Lab on Sunday, but unfortunately the Isotopes came out on the short end in their 10 to 9 loss. There were runs scored in every inning of this game and all 8 Isotope position players had at least one hit, so at the very least the fans were entertained. Corey Smith led the way on offense with a homer and two singles in route to 3 RBI's, while Trayvon Robinson and Justin Sellers also homered in the game. The Albuquerque starter in this game was Francisco Felix, but he was chased after 4 innings. Travis Schlichting was the first reliever out of the bullpen and was saddled with the loss after he gave up 3 runs in just one inning. Jon Huber was even worse as he allowed 7 hits and 4 runs. Finally, Scott Elbert pitched an inning and didn't allow a run, but it was a tightrope act for him as he walked two and allowed a hit.
AA – Chattanooga was looking for a win on Easter with staff ace Rubby De La Rosa on the mound, but the Carolina Mudcats (Reds) ended up hitting a walkoff homer off Josh Lindblom to come away with the 4 to 3 win. Rubby was wild and somewhat hittable in his 3rd start of the season, allowing 5 hits and walking 4 in 5.1 innings. He did strike out 6, however, and only 1 of the 3 runs he allowed was earned. After Rubby left, Josh Wall and Justin Miller were solid in relief before Lindblom lost the game. At the plate, Scott Van Slyke yet again provided most of the offense with a 3 run homer and a double. I'm sure he'll be making an appearance on the Hot Sheet for this week. Pedro Baez had the only other extra base hit for the Lookouts; a double .
HiA – Off day
LoA – Off day