The Isotopes provided the only minor league win of the day with another walk-off hit, and there weren't really any standout performances on Friday.
In other minor league news, Tim Sexton was promoted to AAA, as was 24 year old Adam Dedeaux who played in the Arizona Rookie League last year.
Minor League Player of the Day – Allen Webster - 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 8 K's, 8 hits. There really wasn't much to chose from on Friday as nobody really stood out at the plate or on the mound. Therefore, I'm giving this award to Webster despite the fact that he allowed 10 base runners because he was able to strikeout 8 and limit the damage against him.
AAA – The Isotopes rallied for two in the 7th and one in the 8th, then Trent Oeltjen's RBI single in the 9th gave the Isotopes their second walk-off hit in as many days for a 7 to 6 victory over the Reno Aces (Dbacks). The single by Oeltjen was his 3rd hit of the night, which led the Topes on Friday. Jamie Hoffman also contributed with a solo homer in the 8th and his 6th stolen base of the year, while J.D. Closser hit his 4th homer of the season earlier in the game. On the mound, Tim Redding continued his unimpressive season with 8 hits, 4 walks, and 5 runs allowed in 6.2 innings. Merkin Valdez threw the final 2 innings and picked up the win while giving up a run and 2 hits.
AA – The Lookouts only had 4 hits in this game, and despite a grand slam homer by Alfredo Silverio Chattanooga lost to the Carolina Mudcats (Reds) 5 to 4. In addition to Silverio's fourth big fly of the year, Scott Van Slyke singled to extend his streak to 9 games and Brian Cavazos-Galvez also had a base knock. Will Savage threw 6 frames for the Lookouts and didn't have the best night, allowing 8 hits and 5 runs over 6 innings while striking out only 1. Josh Wall threw the final 2 innings and was more impressive as he gave up just a hit and a walk without allowing a run.
HiA – Allen Webster limited the Rawhide to 2 runs over 6.2 innings and the Quakes rallied for a couple of runs in the final 2 frames, but that wasn't enough as Visalia edged Rancho Cucamonga 5 to 4. Webster gave up 8 hits and 2 walks, but allowed just 1 earned run to keep his team in the game. Jordan Roberts entered in the 7th and should have gotten out of the inning on a ground ball, but Austin Gallagher booted the play and the Rawhide ended up scoring 4 runs in the inning. Javier Solano threw the final frame and didn't allow a run despite giving up a hit and a walk. At the plate, Griff Erickson hit his first homer of the season and still has a batting average of .397 for the year. Rafael Ynoa had the only other extra base hit (a double) and also singled, while Nick Buss and Travis Denker also both went 2 for 4.
LoA – The Loons offense got completely shut down on Friday as Great Lakes had just 3 hits in a 4 to 0 loss to the South Bend Silver Hawks (Dbacks). The hits belonged to Leon Landry (single), Blake Dean (double), and Jessie Bosnik (double). Big Chris Jacobs went 0 for 3 in his 2011 debut, and Jonathan Garcia went 0 for 4 with 3 K's to drop his average to .248 for the season. Garrett Gould started for the Loons and while he might not have had his best stuff as he walked 3 and only struck out 2, he still had a solid game with just 4 hits and 2 runs allowed in 5 innings. In addition, his ERA of 1.76 still ranks in the top 10 of the Midwest League. Probably the biggest surprise of the night was 2010 28th round pick Mike Drowne making his 2011 debut...as a pitcher. Drowne stands at just 5'10" and was drafted as a speedy outfielder, but the left hander has apparently been converted to a pitcher which is probably a good move given that he had very little upside as an offensive player. Drowne threw 2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) while striking out 3.