The four minor league teams all won on Thursday, completing a perfect 5 for 5 day for the Dodgers organization.
Minor League Player of the Day – Blake Smith - 3 for 4, 1 HR, 4 RBI's, 3 Runs. Smith started the season ice cold, but started showing signs of life over the last few days with a few hits and a few walks. He really broke out on Thursday, however, and provided most of the offense in the Lookouts big win.
AAA – The Isotopes won their 3rd straight game against the Cubs on Thursday as Albuquerque outlasted Iowa 4 to 3. Starter John Ely put together his second consecutive quality start by allowing 3 runs on 6 hits over 7 frames while striking out 5. Lefty Wil Ledezma finally had a solid outing as he threw a perfect 8th, then Josh Wall fired a flawless 9th to record his 4th save of the season. The Isotope offense wasn't lead by the usual suspects as Scott Van Slyke went 0 for 4 and Alex Castellanos was given the night off. Instead it was Josh Fields who went yard and Josh Bard who went 2 for 3 with a double and a RBI. Jerry Sands also drove in a run with a single and walked.
AA – The Lookouts beat down the Barons (White Sox) 9 to 2 on Thursday to salvage the final game of the 5 game series. Blake Smith finally had the breakout game he was looking for as he went 3 for 4 with a homer, 4 RBI's, and 3 runs scored. J.T. Wise also had 3 hits (including a double) and drove in 2 runs, while Luis Nunez had the other 2 RBI's with a triple. As we all know by now starter Nathan Eovaldi was pulled after just 1 inning for an unknown reason, although it's been confirmed by several sources that it was not due to an injury. Luckily Chattanooga has several qualified long relievers on the roster and Jon Michael Redding threw the next 4 innings to record the win. Redding allowed just 1 run on 3 hits, but walked 5. Blake Johnson hurled the final 4 frames and picked up the long save despite the 7 run win.
HiA – The Quakes beat the Rawhide (Dbacks) 5 to 1 on Friday in a game that was started by old friend Takashi Saito. Saito was making on a rehab assignment for Visalia and threw just 1 inning, allowing 2 base-runners although neither scored. The starter for Rancho was Andres Santiago and he had a wild, yet solid night on the mound. The young right hander allowed just 3 hits over 5.2 shutout innings and struck out 7, but the only bad news is that he walked 5. Scott McGough picked up in relief and tossed 1.1 hitless innings while punching out 2, then Logan Bawcom finished the game with 1.1 hitless frames of his own to pick up his 3rd save. On the offensive side of the ball Scott Wingo made his 2012 debut and did what he does best; get one base. Wingo had just one single but walked twice and stole 3 bases to make his presence felt. The only extra base hit in this game belonged to Chris Jacobs who doubled, and the only multi-hit game came from Nick Akins who also walked and had an RBI. Tony Delmonico managed to drive in 3 runs despite just one single as he also had a run scoring ground out.
LoA – Great Lakes broke out the big sticks on Thursday as the Loons demoted the Chiefs 11 to 4. Five different Loon hitters had multi-hit games, including Pratt Maynard who led the way with 3 base knocks including 2 doubles and he ended the day with 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored. James Baldwin, Justin Boudreaux, and Scott Schebler all had two hits and drove in a run, while Devin Shines knocked in a pair with a double. Starter Gustavo Gomez didn't have his best stuff and lasted just 4 innings thanks to 7 hits and 3 walks, but his bullpen picked up the slack in the big victory. Ryan O'Sullivan threw 3 decent frames, while Yimi Garcia finally got some work in and struck out the side in the 9th.
Coming up – A few people had mentioned that Zach Lee might start on Friday, but it looks like he'll be moved to Saturday as Angel Sanchez is the scheduled Quakes starter for Friday. Allen Webster is the scheduled starter for the Lookouts per milb.com, but as Eric mentioned yesterday Chris Withrow is expected to be activated and make the start instead. Arismendy Ozoria should get the call for the Loons, and finally it's Mike Parisi's turn in the rotation for Albuquerque.
Minor League Transactions - HiA: Scott Wingo was added to the roster while Pedro Guerrero was assigned to Ogden (a holding ground for now)