The Lookouts pulled out the only minor league win of the day for the Dodger minor league affiliates, and even their victory was a close call as they barely squeaked by with a 1 - 0 victory. Outside of the standout players in the Chattanooga win, there really weren't may minor league highlights on Thursday.
Minor League Player of the Day – Aaron Miller - 5 IP, 1 Hit, 0 Runs, 10 K's, 3 Walks, 1 Win. Miller had probably the best Dodger minor league start to date (in 2012) with his 5 innings of 1-hit ball and his 10 strikeouts. The lefty has flown under the radar a bit after an injury plagued 2011 season, but as you can see he can very good when healthy.
AAA – The Isotopes didn't put up much of a fight on get away day as Albuquerque lost to the Iowa Cubs 8 to 2. Starter Stephen Fife had his second poor outing in a row as he allowed 5 second inning runs and 6 in total, while Brent Leach and Wil Ledezma also gave up runs in relief. At the plate the Topes managed just 1 extra base, coming on a double by Jerry Sands. Sands also had the only multi-hit game of the day, while Scott Van Slyke singled and recorded 2 outfield assists from right field.
AA – In a game that featured just 3 total hits and a single run, the Lookouts were able to come out on top as they blanked the Suns (Marlins) 1 - 0. Aaron Miller was excellent in his second start of the season, allowing just 1 hit over 5 innings while becoming the first Dodger minor leaguer of the year to record double digit strikeouts. Red Patterson tossed 3 perfect innings of relief, while Shawn Tolleson recorded his 2nd save by K'ing all 3 batters he faced in the 9th. The lone run in this game came on a solo by Kyle Russell, his first jack of the season. Blake Smith's single was the only other Chattanooga hit in this game.
HiA – The Quakes were held scoreless for 7 innings and eventually lost to the Visalia Rawhide (Dbacks) 6 to 2. Garrett Gould started the game for Rancho and had an interesting outing as he gave up 4 hits and 5 walks over 3.2 frames, yet allowed just a single unearned run. Gould also struck out 5, and while he managed to somehow keep his team in the game, his bullpen didn't return the favor. PJ Zocchi and Bret Montgomery combined to allowed 5 runs between the 7th and 8th innings, and that's how the game was lost. The Rancho offense was extremely quiet until the final two frames which is when they were able to string together a few doubles which resulted in a few runs. Casio Grider and Tyler Henson both had two-baggers, as did Michael Pericht who also singled earlier in the game.
LoA – The Loons fell back into their losing ways on Thursday as they fell to the Fort Wayne Tincaps (Padres) 5 to 2. Great Lakes only had 3 hits in this game, with their big blow coming on a solo home run by 1st baseman Joe Winker. Scott Schebler's double was the only other offensive highlight. Brandon Martinez got the start for the Loons but had another unimpressive outing as he allowed 8 hits (including 2 homers) and 5 runs over 5 frames. Michael Thomas was sharp in relief, however, as the lefty gave up just 2 hits over the game's final 4 innings.
Coming up – The Isotopes have their home opener on Friday, and while their starter has not yet been announced I can tell you that it's Fernando Nieve's spot that's up in the rotation. Matt Magill will try to build off of his solid 2012 debut for the Lookouts, while Andres Santiago and Matt Laney are scheduled to get the ball for the Quakes and Loons, respectively