Minor League Player of the Day – Scott Schebler - 3 for 4, 1 HR, 2 2B's, 3 RBI's, 1 Run. With a .265 average and a .742 OPS this season Schebler hasn't made a whole lot of noise, but on Tuesday he broke out with a big game which will hopefully lead to a big 2nd half of the season. Despite his numbers he brings a solid combination of speed and power to the table, and I still have pretty lofty expectations for his as a prospect.
AAA – The Isotopes struggled to score on Tuesday as they managed just 6 hits in a 9 - 2 loss to the Express (Rangers). Trent Oeltjen homered while Scott Van Slyke and Josh Fields both went 2 for 3 with a double, but besides that the offense was extremely quiet. Things were ugly on the mound as well as starter Michael Antonini gave up 8 in just 2.1 innings, allowing 10 hits in the process. His bullpen was solid in the loss, however, as the newly activated Angel Guzman tossed 2 shutout innings and both Cole St. Clair and Scott Rice threw a hitless frame.
AA – Off day
HiA – The Quakes winning streak was finally stopped on Tuesday as a run in the 9th by Lancaster gave the JetHawks (Astros) a 3 - 2 win over Rancho. The game moved very quickly as there wasn't a whole lot of action early on, thanks in part to starter Zach Lee who gave up just 4 hits and 2 runs over 5 innings of work. Lee struck out 3, got 9 groundouts, and didn't walk a batter. Jordan Roberts followed with 2 shutout frames, but in the 9th a single, a hit batter, a stolen base, and an errant pickoff attempt doomed Scott McGough and allowed the eventual winning run to score. At the plate Jonathan Garcia had a big night as he went 2 for 4 with a homer and the team's only 2 RBI's, but the rest of the offense was pretty quiet. Leon Landry did double in his 4th straight game and extended his hitting streak to 6, but that was his only base knock of the night.
LoA – Great Lakes got big games out of a few of their hitters on Tuesday which led the Loons to a 6 - 4 win over the Dragons (Reds). Scott Schebler had a monster night as he connected on 3 extra base hits, crushing a 2-run homer in the 5th while also collecting a pair of double in route to 3 RBI's. Jesse Bosnik went 2 for 3 and also took one deep, while Jesus Arredondo had a pair of hits including a triple. On the mound starter Jarret Martin struggled a bit with his control as he walked 5 over 5 innings and also gave up 5 hits, but he still picked up the win. Matt Shelton was stellar in relief with 3 innings of 1-hit ball, and Yimi Garcia picked up his 10th save with a scoreless 9th.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers won again on Tuesday, this time 8 to 3 over the A's. Josmar Cordero had another big as he went 2 for 5 with a double and drove in a team high runs. His 14 RBI's for the season are one off the league best. Melvin Santana also doubled and had 2 RBI's, while Gerson Nelson, Jeffry Rojas, and Detriano De La Cruz went 2 for 4. On the mound 19 year old Jhosue Bermudez made his second start of the season, and in both outings he has allowed just 1 hit over 5 innings. This time out he also walked 3 and struck out just 2 (compared to 1 and 4 last time), but nevertheless the lefty has been impressive thus far. A trio of relievers finished off the game, included Ricardo De La Rosa who struck out the side in the 9th.
Coming up – Ralston Cash and Fernando Nieve, who are both coming off of strong starts, will try and repeat their performances for the Loons and Isotopes on Wednesday. Brandon Martinez will take the mound for the Quakes, while the Lookout starter will be Allen Webster.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Jeff Baisley was released to make room on the roster for Alex Castellanos. Also, Angel Sanchez was reinstated from the suspended list with Bret Montgomery going on the DL (ankle sprain). LoA: Nick Akins was added back to the roster and Jan Vazquez was activated from the DL. Gustavo Gomez has been placed on the Ogden roster for the time being and Andrew Edge was placed on the DL.