A.J. Ellis went 4 for 4 on Friday
Update: It appears that James Baldwin should be back playing with Ogden this weekend. No word on why he was out.
Minor League Player of the Day – AJ Ellis - 4 for 4, 4 RBI's, 3 Runs, 1 HR, 1 2B. Ellis finally got a hold of one and had a big game to boost his season average to .331. He's batting .471 since returning to the Isotopes last week, and over his last 10 AAA games dating back to June he has an OPS of 1.183.
AAA – The Isotope offense starred in this one as Albuquerque picked up John Ely with a 12 to 10 victory over the Zephyrs (Marlins). AJ Ellis had the big night as he recorded 4 RBI's and went 4 for 4 including a double and his first homer in almost 3 years. Trayvon Robinson also took one deep and drove in 4 runs in addition to legging out a triple. Jay Gibbons and Justin Sellers added to the homer-fest with a bomb each, while Dee Gordon went 2 for 5 with a double, 3 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases. John Ely had a rocky night as he gave up 7 runs on 10 hits, but his bullpen did enough to get the win. Jon Link closed it out with a perfect 9th for his 9th save of the year.
AA – Will Savage threw a good game, but the offense behind him only managed a couple of runs as the Lookouts lost to the Stars (Brewers) 3 to 2 on a walk-off single. Savage allowed just 1 run on 4 hits, but Josh Walter gave up an unearned run as Huntsville tied the game. Josh Wall then came in for the 9th and had all kinds of trouble as he walked 2 and allowed 2 hits, one of them being the walk-off job. The Chattanooga offense scattered 9 hits, but the only two of significance were the homers by Scott Van Slyke and Hector Gimenez.
HiA – After recording 14 punchout in his previous start, Jon Michael Redding had nowhere near the same success on Friday as he took the loss in a 7 to 3 defeat to Visalia (Dbacks). Redding actually only struck out 1 batters in 5.2 innings while issuing 5 walks and allowing 4 runs. The Quake offense outhit the Rawhide 9 to 7 in the loss, and Angelo Songco had the only homer of the game. Jake Lemmerman, Nick Buss, and Pedro Guerrero all went 2 for 4 with a double each.
LoA – The Loons only had 5 hits on Friday, but 3 of them left the yard as Great Lakes snuffed the Snappers (Twins) 5 to 2. Big Chris Jacobs did most of the damage at the plate as he crushed 2 jacks and collected 3 RBI's. Nick Akins hit the other homer and the other 2 RBI's. Garrett Gould started this game, but only threw one inning in a scheduled abbreviated start. Angel Sanchez picked up in relief and again limited the hits against him as he allowed just 2 base knocked over 5.1 innings. He gave up 2 runs and walked 3. Scott McGough picked up his first save in full season ball with a scoreless 9th.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors got doubled by Great Falls (White Sox) 8 to 4 despite collecting 13 hits in the game. Joc Pederson and O'Koyea Dickson both had 3 hits in 5 at bats, with Pederson adding his 10th stolen base of the season. Scott Schebler and Alexis Aguilar had 2 hits apiece. Derek Cone got the start and threw 5 innings of shutout ball, although he did allow 4 hits and 4 walks. Carlos De Aza took on most of the damage in relief as he gave up 5 runs in just 1.2 innings.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers lost to the Brewers 7 to 5 in the heat of the Arizona night on Friday. There weren't really many notable pitching performances other than the fact that 2011 15th round pick Craig Stem recorded the loss in his professional debut. At the plate both Bladimir Franco and Chris O'Brien went 2 for 4, with Franco connecting on 2 doubles and O'Brien hitting one 2-bagger.
DSL Game 1 – The Dominican Dodgers won 4 to 3 over the Mets in a game that really has nothing worth mentioning.
DSL Game 2 – The Dominican Dodgers swept their twinbill with a 8 to 2 victory over the Mets in their nightcap on Friday. Again there really wasn't much worth writing about, but I will highlight Jackson Mateo who threw another good game (4 hits and 2 runs over 5 innings) to pick up his 3rd win and keep his ERA below 2 for the season.