Minor League Player of the Day – Leon Landry - 4 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 Runs, 1 SB. Landry boosted his average to a cool .333 on Monday with another big game and he is 12 for 19 in his last 5 contests. His 14 stolen bases are a team high, although it'd be nice to see the lead-off man improve upon his 25 to 6 strikeout to walk ratio.
AAA – After scoring 17 runs on Sunday, the Isotopes broke out the big sticks again as they crushed Round Rock (Rangers) 12 to 5. Albuquerque pounded out 17 hits in this game, including 3 each from the 5th through 8th batters in the lineup (Luis Cruz, Josh Field, Tim Federowicz, and Brian Cavazos-Galvez). Two of FedEx's hits were doubles which led to 3 RBI's, while BCG's day included a triple and 2 runs driven in. Scott Van Slyke rounded out the multi-hit days by going 2 for 4 with a double. Starter John Ely put together another solid start as he allowed just 2 earned runs on 4 hits over 5 frames while striking out 4. Cole St. Clair and Ramon Troncoso both gave up a harmless run in relief, while Derrick Loop tossed a scoreless frame.
AA – The rain finally stopped long enough in Montgomery for the Lookouts to get in one of their games, but unfortunately Chattanooga got burned by the Biscuits (Rays) 6 to 4. The second game of the scheduled double header ended up getting canceled. Despite the loss there was definitely a silver lining as starter Chris Reed threw 3 hitless innings for the second outing in a row. Last time out he walked 2 and K'ed 2, and in this game he walked 3 and struck out 3. Wes Roemer followed 2 more innings of scoreless ball, but Red Patterson entered the game in the 6th and had his worst outing of the season as he gave up 4 runs while recording just 1 out. Logan Bawcom also struggled out of the bullpen as he followed Patterson in the 7th and picked up the loss by allowing the final 2 runs of the game. Only a couple of hitters did anything worth mentioning in this game, and they were Blake Smith who went 3 for 4 and Jake Lemmerman who doubled in 2 with the Lookout's only extra base hit.
HiA – The Quakes continued their winning ways on Monday, and their 8th victory in a row came in walk-off fashion as Rancho defeated the JetHawks (Astros) 5 to 4. Lancaster was finally able to suppress 3rd baseman C.J. Retherford as he managed just a single in this game, but they weren't able to slow down Leon Landry who went 4 for 5 with a double and scored the game winning run. He also stole a base, and over the last 5 games Landry has 12 hits. Michael Pericht delivered the walk off hit with the bases loaded in the 9th and also walked 3 times, while Joc Pederson went 2 for 5. Not to be lost in the walk-off win was the magnificent performance by starter Garrett Gould, who allowed just 2 hits and 1 run over 6 innings while striking out 6. Steve Smith pitched a perfect 7th but gave up 3 straight hits to start the 8th and they all came around to score against Eric Eadington. Ryan Acosta picked up the win with a scoreless 9th.
LoA – James Baldwin finally hit his first homer of the year, but it wasn't nearly enough in the Loons' 11 - 6 loss to the Whitecaps (Tigers). Baldwin also added a double and drove in 3 runs for the night, while Angelo Songco, O'Koyea Dickson, Pedro Guerrero, and Pratt Maynard all had a two-bagger as well. All-Star Joe Winker had 3 hits to lead the club. On the mound all three Great Lakes pitchers got roughed up, starting with Gustavo Gomez who allowed 5 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks over 3 frames. Matt Laney followed and permitted 3 more runs to score, then Joel Lima got torched for 3 additional scores in just 1.2 frames.
DSL – Josmar Cordero continues to make an mockery of the DSL as he led the Dominican Dodgers to a 12 - 1 win over the Indians. Cordero went 4 for 4 with a homer, 3 RBI's, and 3 runs scored to boost his average to .515. Gerson Nelson drove in a pair of runs with 2 doubles, and Jose Luis Javier went 3 for 4 with a RBI. On the mound 17 year old starter Mario Querales allowed just 1 hit over 3 frames, and he was followed by a quartet of relievers. Fellow 17 year old Wascar Teodo had the most notable performance as he gave up 1 hit over 1.2 shutout innings.
Coming up – Only three full season teams will be playing on Tuesday as the Lookouts have the day off. Zach Lee will highlight the action on the field for the Quakes, while Jarret Martin and Michael Antonini will throw for the Loons and Isotopes, respectively.