The Isotopes were the only team to win on Wednesday, although there were a couple of near victories including a big time comeback in Chattanooga that fell just short.
Minor League Player of the Day – Jeff Baisley - 3 for 4, 1 HR, 3 RBI's, 2 Runs. Not to take anything away from Baisley's night, but there weren't many players to chose from on Wednesday for this award. That being said, Jeff is now tied for the Albuquerque team lead with 3 homers and also leads the club with 13 RBI's. The 29 year old has been mostly a 3rd baseman through his career, but is now playing first base as well for the Isotopes.
AAA – Starting pitcher Fernando Nieve was ejected after just 2.2 innings on Wednesday, but the Isotopes bullpen and offense picked up the slack as Albuquerque clubbed the Cubs 6 to 4. Nieve cruised through 2 frames before giving up a double and a homer in the top of the 3rd, and when he hit the next batter he was tossed. I'm guessing the ejection had something to do the fact that Alex Castellanos was also beaned in the 1st inning after his big night on Tuesday, and therefore this was some sort of retaliation. Anyways, Will Savage picked up in relief and had another solid outing, tossing 4.1 shutout innings while picking up his 3rd win of the year. Brent Leach also threw a scoreless frame, then Scott Rice recorded the save despite allowing his first run of the season. At the plate, Jeff Baisley had a big day as he went 3 for 4 with homer and 3 RBI's. Tim Federowicz also went yard and drove in a pair, and Matt Angle drove in the final run with a triple.
AA – The Lookouts mounted a crazy comeback attempt on Wednesday after falling behind 8 to 0, but their rally fell just short as Chattanooga fell to Birmingham (White Sox) 9 to 8. Starter Matt Magill got bullied by the Barons early as he gave up 8 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, and exited after just 3 frames. Solid bullpen work is what allowed the Lookouts to get back into the game, however, with Javier Solano being the most impressive of the bunch with 3 shutout innings. Several Chattanooga hitters contributed to the failed comeback, starting with Nick Buss who went 3 for 5 with a pair of triples. Luis Nunez drove in 3 runs with a single and a double, while Pedro Baez also went 2 for 4 with a double and knocked in two runners.
HiA – The Quakes were forced into a bit of a bullpen game thanks to a rain out last week, and the result was a 8 - 5 loss to the Giants. Freddie Cabrera was given the start for the Quakes for the first time this season but struggled during his 3 innings of work by allowing 4 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs. Steve Smith was solid in relief with 3 shutout frames and 4 K's, but Greg Wilborn gave up 3 more runs over the final 2 frames which ended any hope of a Rancho comeback. A couple of Quakes had decent games at the plate, starting with Austin Gallagher who connected on his second homer of the season; a two-run job. Tyler Henson also drove in a pair with a double, while Chris Jacobs recorded his first two hits and first RBI of the 2012 campaign.
LoA – The Loons scored 4 in the 4th, but that was their only run producing inning as Great Lakes fell to the Hot Rods (Rays) 5 to 4. Starter Matt Laney threw 5 frames and had a decent outing as he allowed just 4 hits and 3 runs (though only one was earned) over 5 frames. Reliever Matt Shelton took the loss by permitting a pair of runs to cross the plate in his 1.1 innings of work, while Jason West continued his hot start with 1.2 hitless innings. Half of the Loons offense was generated by another Scott Schebler double as he drove in a pair, while Joe Winker collected a pair of two-baggers and scored a run.
Coming up – 3 of the 4 teams will be at home on Thursday, with Gustavo Gomez and Loons as the only away club. Nathan Eovaldi and John Ely will throw for the Lookouts and Isotopes, respectively, while Andres Santiago will pitch for the Quakes.
Minor League Transactions - AA: Kyle Russell was placed on the DL with a strained oblique, and Anthony Jackson was activated from the disabled list. LoA: Matt Laney was assigned back to the Loons while catcher Andrew Edge was placed on the DL.