Minor League Player of the Day – Juan Noriega - 2 IP, 1 Hit, 4 K's. Noriega continued his miraculous run as he threw 2 more scoreless innings to give him 17 shutout frames since signing with the Dodgers. The 5'7" right-hander now has 27 K's over those 17 innings and has allowed just 13 baserunners (11 hits, 2 walks). The 21 year old's stint in the Mexican League earlier this season wasn't nearly as impressive (4.42 ERA in 36.2 innings), but since the Mexican League is considered the equivalent of AAA it's not surprising that Noriega is using his experience to dominate the rookie leagues.
AAA – Season over
AA – Playoffs start today (Thursday) against the Tennessee Smokies. The pitching matchup for game 1 will be Stephen Fife vs. Brooks Raley.
HiA – Playoffs start Saturday against either the Inland Empire 66ers or the Lake Elsinore Storm
LoA – Season over
Rookie Ogden – The Ogden pitching staff gave up just 5 hits on Wednesday and the result was a 5 - 2 victory for the Raptors over the Ghosts (Rockies). Starter Ryan O'Sullivan allowed just 2 base knocks in his inning of work, but two runs scored against him (1 earned) and he only struck out 1 batter. His bullpen was great, however, as 4 relievers combined to allow 3 hits in 5 shutout innings. Matt Shelton recorded the win, but Juan Noriega was the most impressive as he K'ed 4 over 2 frames. Yimi Garcia was also great as he struck out a pair and picked up his 4th save of the season. On offense every player in the Ogden lineup had at least 1 hit, but only two went for extra bases. Scott Schebler went 2 for 4 and connected on his 13th homer of the season, while Andrew Edge doubled. James Baldwin found his way back at the top of the Raptor lineup and reached base twice while stealing his 21st base of the season.
Rookie Arizona – Season over
DSL – Season over
Coming up - The Raptors finish up their regular season against the Ghosts, and Freddie Cabrera will try to improve upon his 10.57 ERA. As mentioned above the Lookouts begin their playoff series on the road against the Smokies. Chattanooga's game will actually be available on milb.tv as Tennessee is the only team in the Southern League with television capabilities.