Minor League Player of the Day – Chris Reed - 7 IP, 4 Hits, 0 Runs, 0 Walks, 8 K's. There were a few candidates for this award on Sunday, but Reed took the prize thanks to an outstanding outing. He treated the home fans to dominating performance, setting down 16 batters in a row at one point and picking up his first win as a professional in the process.
AAA – Albuquerque was involved in a marathon game on Sunday, and when it was all said and done the Isotopes outlasted the RedHawks (Astros) 11 to 10 in 14 innings. There were so many players involved in this game that I can't possibly mentioned them all, so I'll stick to the key performances of this lengthy battle. Both Scott Van Slyke and Josh Bard had the unique opportunity to record 8 official at bats in this game, and both made the most of it by collecting 4 hits each. Van Slyke's hits didn't result in any RBI's, but Bard was able to drive in 4 runs via a 4th inning grand slam. Alex Castellanos continued his torrid start with 3 more base knocks and 2 walks, while Jeff Baisley also reached base 5 times and had 3 RBI's. The winning rally in the 14th was started by a Josh Fields triple. He was still on 3rd two groundouts later, but then Tim Federowicz was able to be the hero as his infield single drove in the final run. 8 different pitchers threw for Albuquerque on Sunday, starting with Stephen Fife who had yet another poor outing with 8 walks and 5 runs allowed in 4.2 innings. A slew of relievers followed him, and the guys worth mentioning are Ramon Troncoso, Cole St. Clair, Josh Wall, and Brent Leach because they finished the game (in that order) by throwing a combine 6 shutout innings.
AA – The Lookouts led early on Sunday, then had to get out of several late inning jams to survive with a 7 to 6 victory over the Smokies (Cubs). Ethan Martin started the game for Chattanooga and was shaky early on, but he settled down after the 2nd and ended up throwing 6 solid innings with just 4 hits allowed and 6 K's. Javier Solano took over in the 7th but quickly got into trouble, so with a slim lead manager Carlos Subero decided to bring in his closer to get out of the jam. Shawn Tolleson did just that by striking out both batters he faced in the 7th, then also struck out the side in the 8th. I actually watched most of this game, and Tolleson was making the hitters look downright foolish as they swung at his offerings. For the season, Tolleson has a 17.5 K/9, a 0.45 WHIP, and a negative FIP of 0.70 over 6.2 innings. Getting back to the game, Steve Ames was forced into the save situation and got into a jam himself, but after allowing a run he was able to shut the door by striking out the final batter of the game. At the plate, the Lookouts were led by a surprising name as shortstop Rafael Ynoa went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and 2 RBI's. Nick Buss also drove in 2 runs with a double and a single, while Pedro Baez went 2 for 4 with a two-bagger of his own.
HiA – The Quakes finished off their short 4 game home stand on a high note as Rancho shutout Visalia (Dbacks) 2 to 0. Starter Chris Reed had by far the best outing of his young professional career as he went 7 strong innings, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 8. Reed also did not issue a walk, and his groundout to flyout ratio was 8 to 4. The Rancho bullpen was just as good on Sunday as Scott McGough and Logan Bawcom were perfect over the final 2 frames, punching out a batter each. The Quakes didn't produce a whole lot offense in this game, but Tony Delmonico provided enough for the win as he had a sac fly in the 2nd and a RBI single in the 6th. The only other notable performance came from Chris Jacobs as he extended his hitting streak to 4 games with a single, walked, and surprisingly stole a base.
LoA – Last time Brandon Martinez was on the mound the Loons combined to throw a shutout, but on Sunday it was his Great Lakes team that got blanked 7 to 0 by Burlington (A's). Martinez exited after just 3 innings due to the fact that he gave up 5 runs on 6 hits, and luckily Ryan O'Sullivan was able to provide 4 innings of solid relief to take the burden off of the rest of the bullpen. At the plate, 2nd baseman Jesus Arredondo had a decent game as he went 2 for 4 with a double, while Noel Cuevas tried to break out of his slump with a pair of singles.
Coming up – Aaron Miller and Garrett Gould continue to stay on the same schedule as they will start for the Lookouts and Quakes, respectively. Fernando Nieve will throw for the Isotopes on Monday while it's Matt Laney's turn in the rotation for the Loons.
Minor League Transactions - HiA: Missed this one the other day but Bret Montgomery has been assigned back to extended spring training.