Minor League Playoff Update: The 1st half of the minor league season ends on Sunday, so here is a quick update on the playoff hopes of the Dodger minor league affiliates.
AAA - The Pacific Coast League doesn't use halves, so the Isotopes won't know their playoff fate until the end of the season. Currently, they are in 2nd place, 2.5 games back of the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
AA - Sitting 9 games back the Lookouts were eliminated from the playoffs a little while ago, and they will look to start fresh in the second half
HiA - California League South Division is still very tight as four teams are within 2 games of 1st place. The Quakes currently have the advantage as they stand alone at the top, but it seems they'll have to win at least 1 of their next 3 games to secure at least a wildcard spot.
LoA - The Loons remained in the wild card hunt despite for most of June despite a sub .500 record, but after losing 7 out of their last 10 they are now just playing for pride and will have to look forward to the second half.
Minor League Player of the Day – O'Koyea Dickson - 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB's, 1 SB. Not a lot of options for this award, so I'm giving it Dickson for his all around solid day. After reaching base 4 times his OB% is up to .434, and his OPS is now back above 1.000 at 1.002. He even stole his 3rd base of the year.
AAA – The Albuquerque pitching staff allowed 15 hits on Wednesday, and while most of those hits were singles the Isotopes still lost to the Express (Rangers) 5 to 2. Starter Fernando Nieve gave up 9 singles and a triple in 6 innings of work which resulted in 4 runs (3 earned) scoring against him. Wil Ledezma allowed 3 hits and the final run of the night, while Josh Wall struck out the side in the 9th despite giving up a pair of hits himself. At the plate the Topes' 7 hits were spread among 7 players, including doubles by Alex Castellanos and Josh Bard and a triple by Luis Cruz.
AA – The Lookouts kept this game close for 6 innings, but the Generals (Mariners) exploded for 7 runs in the final few frames and shutout Chattanooga 8 to 0. Allen Webster started this game and luckily he left this contest before the offensive outburst as he gave up just 1 run over 6 innings. He did allow 8 hits, but all were singles and he also struck out 8 while walking just 1. Relievers Geison Aguasviva and Luis Vasquez endured all of the damage once Webster left the game as the final 7 runs of the game scored against the pair. Playing for just the second time in 5 days, the offense continued to show some rust as Blake Smith's double was the club's only extra base hit. Pedro Baez and Travis Denker both went 2 for 4, but that was the extent of the hitting highlights.
HiA – With just 4 games left before the end of the first half, the Quakes successfully defended 1st place on Wednesday with a dramatic 3 - 2 victory over the JetHawks (Astros). After falling behind 2 - 0, Rancho tied the game in the 6th with another C.J. Retherford homer and then back to back doubles by Jonathan Garcia and Chris O'Brien. The real hero came in the 8th, however, when Joc Pederson connected on just his 2nd long ball of the season. Starter Brandon Martinez had a solid outing as he gave up just 2 runs on 6 hits over 6 frames. Robert Purpura followed with a pair of perfect frames and recorded the win, while Eric Eadington picked up the save with a scoreless 9th.
LoA – The Loons scored 7 runs the first 4 innings, but it turned out that it wasn't enough as Great Lakes fell to the Dragons (Reds) 8 to 7. Many contributed to the early runs as everyone in the lineup except for the #9 hitter had at least one hit. Scott Schebler's hot bat from the previous game carried into this contest as he went 2 for 5 with a double, while O'Koyea Dickson singled, doubled, and walked twice. Everyone else had just one hit, with Pratt Maynard and Jesus Arredondo rounding out the extra base knocks with a two-bagger each. After an outstanding performance last time out, Ralston Cash struggled on Wednesday to the tune of 7 hits, 4 walks, and 5 runs over 5 frames. Juan Noriega also had a subpar outing as he gave up 2 runs, while Jose Dominguez was charged with the loss since he gave up the final score of the contest.
DSL – It's not a good sign when you have a team has an equal number of errors and hits in the same game, but that's what happened on Wednesday as the Dominican Dodgers lost to the A's 3 to 1. What makes this feat even more impressive was that the Dodgers had 7 hits, so you do the math on their defense in this game. Three of the errors were made by Jose Luis Javier, and the other 4 were spread among other players. Fielding aside, all 7 of the Dodgers hits were singles, but 3 of them came from the red hot Josmar Cordero who is now hitting .524 for the season. On the mound 19 year old Abdiel Velasquez had another solid start as he gave up just 1 run and 3 hits over 6 innings, while Jose Moreno was the tough luck loser after allowing a pair of unearned runs.
Coming up – Ryan O'Sullivan and his 2.77 ERA for the Loons will highlight the action on Thursday, and Angel Sanchez will be throwing for the Quakes. The Albuquerque starter will be Will Savage, while the Lookout pitcher is TBD and is tough to predict given all of their recent off days.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: As it's already been reported, Aaron Miles has retired. Tyler Henson was activated from the DL to replace his roster spot. HiA: Chris O'Brien was activated from the DL while Steve Domecus was placed on the DL.