Minor League Player of the Day – Joc Pederson - 4 for 5, 1 HR, 4 RBI's, 3 Runs. Since July 1st, Pederson has been outstanding for the Ogden Raptors. The 19 year old had a great July, but has been even better in August with a 1.196 OPS in 12 games. He also has 18 stolen bases, and really is showing off the speed and power combination that we all hoped he'd display.
AAA – The Isotopes lost a slugfest to the Fresno Grizzlies on Friday, 15 to 10. Both starters got crushed early, with Alberto Bastardo giving up 7 runs in just 2 innings. Joey Newby and Roman Colon allowed the other 8 runs, with all of them scoring in the 6th inning. Albuquerque has 16 hits in this game, and Jamie Hoffmann had 2 of them with a homer, a double, and 4 RBI's. Ivan DeJesus also took one deep and singled twice, while Jay Gibbons went 3 for 5 with a double and a pair of runs batted in.
AA – Jake Lemmerman had an uneventful AA debut, but his Lookouts picked up the newcomer and buried the Barons (White Sox) 4 to 2. Late Night went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, however his teammates combined for 12 hits. Alex Castellanos had a double and a triple, while Travis Denker and Corey Smith both had 3 hits and a RBI. Brian Cavazos-Galvez also drove in run and his double gives his an extra base hit in 3 straight games. On the mound Michael Antonini allowed just 2 runs over 5 innings, then Ethan Martin showed impressive stuff with 3 shutout frames. Shawn Tolleson finished off the win by striking out 2 in the 9th and collecting his 8th AA save.
HiA – The Quakes scored 5 runs in the 1st, and made that stand up as Rancho defeated the Blaze (Reds) 5 to 2. Nick Buss drove in 3 more runs to give him 8 RBI's in the last 4 games, and Jessie Mier had the other 2 runs batted in. Pedro Guerrero went 3 for 3 with a triple to provide the only other offensive highlight of the night. Starter Jon Michael Redding won his 9th game of the year by allowing just 4 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings. Josh Walter recorded the 2 inning save by allowing just 1 hit.
LoA – Chris Jacobs crushed a pair of homers on Friday, but the Captains (Indians) edged the Loons 4 to 3. The long balls give Jacobs 11 bombs on the year, and his OPS is up to an impressive .899. Jessie Bosnik also went 2 for 4 and took one yard, but that was basically it for the Great Lakes offense. Garrett Gould, who is up to 111.2 innings for the season, had another abbreviated outing and allowed 2 hits and 1 earned run over 3 frames. Ryan Christenson had his best appearance in a while as he struck out 6 in 3 shutout innings, but then Juan Rodriguez showed why he is such a wildcard by walking 4 batters and giving up 2 runs to record the loss.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors are finally finding their 2nd half groove as Ogden defeated the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals) 9 to 4. Joc Pederson had another big game as he went 4 for 5 with a homer and 4 RBI's, and his OPS in the Pioneer League now stands at an even 1.000. James Baldwin matched his fellow outfielder with his 8th long ball of the year and 4th in 5 games, while O'Koyea Dickson also drove in 4 runs with a double and a single. Scott Wingo also contributed with a couple of doubles. Starter Derek Cone threw 5 strong innings as he struck out 8 and allowed just 1 earned run. Joel Lima tossed the next 3 frames and held the Chukars in check as he K'ed 3 and gave up one run.
Rookie Arizona – The 1st place Arizona Dodgers already won their 8th game of the month with a 10 to 3 victory over the Brewers. Joe Winker continues to dominate the league as he went 4 for 5 with a couple of doubles and 4 RBI's. Bladimir Franco went 2 for 4 and Chris O'Brien also doubled, but that was pretty much the extent of the offense despite the team's 10 runs. Starter Luis Mesa allowed 8 hits in 4 innings, but was able to limit the opposition to just 2 run. Chance Gilmore picked up the win with 2 innings of hitless relief, but the most interesting performance of the night came from Juan Noriega who stuck out 5 of the 7 batters he faced. The interesting part about the 20 year old Noriega is that he is listed at just 5'7" and 145 lbs, and was recently signed out the Mexican League where he's spent the past two seasons.
DSL Games 1 & 2 – The Dominican Dodgers played the Mets twice on Friday, and won each game with an identical 8 to 4 score. Between the two games, the most notable performances belonged to 17 year old Jonathan Martinez (4 K's in 2.1 shutout innings), Jackson Mateo (6 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER), Vladimir Martinez (2 for 2, 3 BB's, 3 Runs), and Abinaer Soriano (2 for 6, 1 3B, 4 RBI's)