A little bit shorter of a minor league post tonight since I spent most of the time on the Day 2 Draft Recap which will be up soon.
Minor League Player of the Day – Kyle Russell - 2 for 4, 2 HR's, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs, 1 Walk. There were a couple of options for this award, but I had to give it to Russell because one of his homers came against Aroldis Chapman. The 2 homers give Russell 12 for the season and 4 in his last 4 games, while his OPS is up to .919.
AAA – The Isotopes got another solid performance from Tim Sexton and his offense stepped up as well as Albuquerque doubled up the Round Rock Express (Rangers) 6 to 3. Sexton went 5.2 innings and gave up 7 hits, but he limited the damage and allowed just 2 runs to score. Sexton has made 4 AAA starts so far and has gone at least 5 innings each time, yet he has not allowed more than 3 runs in any appearance. The Tope bullpen went 3.1 innings and gave up just 3 hits and 1 run. At the plate, Trayvon Robinson had a good game with his 12th homer and a single, and he's doing his best to join his friends up in the big leagues. John Lindsey went 3 for 4 with a homer, while JD Closser smacked yet another bomb and collected 2 RBI's.
AA – With the game tied at 4 in the bottom of the 8th, the Lookouts had to face the rehabbing Aroldis Chapman. But Chattanooa hitters weren't intimidated as they scored 3 again the fireballer and came away with the 7 to 4 victory over the Mudcats (Reds). Kyle Russell hit his 2nd homer of the night against Chapman, and Alfredo Silverio logged his 10th triple of the year against the righty for his 3rd hit of the night. Brian Cavazos-Galvez homered for the Lookouts earlier in the evening, while Corey Smith and Scott Van Slyke both had 2 hits. Starting pitcher David Pfeiffer got knocked around for 10 hits and 4 runs in 5 innings, but the bullpen was stellar including a cameo appearance from Nate Eovaldi who was getting a midseason break. Shawn Tolleson picked up his 1st save in AA with a perfect 9th and struck out 1.
HiA – The Quakes had a pretty quiet night on Tuesday as Rancho lost to the Bakersfield Blaze 3 to 2. The offense had just 5 hits, with the only extra base hit coming on a Jake Lemmerman double. Arismendy Ozoria started the game and threw OK, allowing just 6 hits and 2 earned runs over 5 innings. Greg Wilborn was great in relief, however, as he allowed just 1 hit in 3 innnings of work and struck out 3.
LoA – Starting pitcher Red Patterson gave up 7 runs, but his bullpen was solid and the Loons came up with 3 runs in the final two frames to pull out a 8 to 7 victory over Cedar Rapids (Angels). Down 7 to 5 after 7 innings, Great Lakes strung together a walk and 3 singles to score 2 in the 8th, then Preston Mattingly's 3rd single of the night in the top of the 9th scored Bobby Coyle (who had doubled) and put the Loons up for good. Blake Dean and Christian Lara also homered earlier in the game. Patterson lasted 5.2 innings and struck out 8 but allowed 7 runs on 7 hits. Bret Montgomery threw 2.1 perfect innings relief, however, and Logan Bawcom picked up his 5th save of the season with a scoreless 9th.
DSL – The Dominican Dodger finally got to play, but the result wasn't pretty as they managed just 4 hits in a 6 to 1 loss to the Dominican Mets. 17 year old Miguel Sulbaran started and gave up 4 runs in 2 innings, then Ricardo De La Rosa (who I found out is not related to Rubby) allowed 2 runs in relief. Melvin Santana had the only decent day at the plate with 2 singles in 3 at bats.