PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 06: Starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on August 6, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Minor League Player of the Day – Nathan Eovaldi - 5 IP, 0 Runs, 3 Hits, 2 K's. Sure he had twice as many walks as strikeouts on Sunday, but Eovaldi still managed to get through 5 innings on just 60 pitches which earned him the player of the day award. His strong outing lowered his ERA to 3.18 for the season.
AAA – The Isotopes lost 5 to 4 on Sunday against the River Cats (A's) in a game that finally proved Shawn Tolleson isn't perfect. Tolleson entered started the 9th with the game tied at 3, but he allowed a homer and two doubles which plated two runs. Albuquerque responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the 9th thanks to a double by Matt Angle and a RBI ground-out, but the good guys still fell just short. The only other extra base hits in this game were doubles by Jeff Baisley and Tim Federowicz, while Trent Oeltjen drove in 3 with a pair of singles. On the mound, Stephen Fife gave up 5 hits (including 2 homers) and walked 5 over 6 innings, but managed to allowed just 3 runs to cross the plate. Derrick Loop continued his strong relief work with 1.1 hitless frames, but then Tolleson got the ball and the rest is history.
AA – Nathan Eovaldi worked 5 scoreless innings as the Lookouts eclipsed the Stars (Brewers) 7 to 3. Eovaldi threw just 60 pitches in his 5 frames and only allowed 3 hits, although he did walk 4 and K'ed just 2. Red Patterson continued his stellar relief work with 2 more innings of 1-hit ball, and even though Blake Johnson gave up 3 runs in the 8th Chattanooga didn't have to worry because Steve Ames sat down the final four Huntsville batters of the game in order. At the plate Blake Smith drove in 4 runs for the second day in a row, although this time he did it with only one big hit (a 3-run homer) and a sac fly. Travis Denker plated 2 with a pair of doubles, while J.T. Wise went 3 for 4 with a RBI and 2 runs scored.
HiA – The Quakes played in a low scoring game that featured just 2 extra base hits between the two teams, but Rancho was able to come out on top with a 3 - 2 victory over the 66ers (Angels). Garrett Gould started this game and threw relatively well as the allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. A quartet of relievers got though the final 3 frames unscathed, concluding with Scott McGough who recorded his 3rd save of the year. As previously mentioned the offense in this game was pretty light as C.J. Retherford's RBI double was the only extra base hit for the Quakes. Austin Gallagher went 2 for 4 with a RBI, while Jonathan Garcia drove in the other run with a single.
LoA – A pair of errors resulted in two early unearned runs, and that was the difference in the Loons 6 - 4 loss to the Dragons (Reds). Gustavo Gomez started this game while was the victim of the two unearned runs, but he didn't help himself either as he walked 5 and allowed 6 hits in 5.2 innings. Jason West also allowed a run in relief, while Joel Lima got through his frame unscathed to lower his ERA to 1.04. O'Koyea Dickson had a big game in the loss as he went 2 for 4 with a 3-run homer. Scott Schebler continued his recent hot streak with 2 more hits, but that was really it for the offensive highlights.
Coming up – Ethan Martin starts for the Lookouts on Monday, while John Ely will take the mound for the Isotopes. Arismendy Ozoria gets the call for the Loons, and it's Brandon Martinez's turn in the rotation for the Quakes.
Minor League Transactions – HiA: Jordan Roberts was activated from the DL