Minor League Player of the Day – Josh Fields - 4 for 5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 Run. After his big game on Thursday, Fields is quietly hitting .330 with an OPS of .905 for the season. He's been even better over the past 10 days as his OPS during that time is 1.269. Not a bad insurance policy to have down in AAA.
AAA – Will Savage allowed a season high 11 hits and 8 runs on Thursday, but he somehow still managed to record the win in Albuquerque's 10 - 8 victory over the Cubs. Savage was assisted by a solid bullpen as Derrick Loop allowed just 1 hit over 2 innings while striking out 3 and Josh Wall picked up his 14th save with a perfect 9th. Josh Fields had a big game at the plate for the Isotopes as he went 4 for 5 with a double and a homer. Alex Castellanos also took one deep and had a sac fly, while Tim Federowicz drove in 3 runs with a double and a single
AA – The Lookouts continued to struggle at the plate on Thursday as they fell to the Generals (Mariners) 2 to 1. Blake Smith and Travis Denker both went 2 for 3 with a double and Luis Nunez hit a homer, but that was the extent of the offense. On the mound Ethan Martin reverted back to his old ways with 5 walks and 5 hits allowed over 6 innings, but the good news is that he limited the damage against him as he gave up just 2 runs. Javy Solano threw the final 2 frames and allowed just a single hit to lower his ERA to 2.92.
HiA – The Quakes kept a hold of 1st place on Thursday with 3 late runs in a 5 to 3 victory over the Mavericks (Mariners). Down a run after seven innings, Rancho scored two in the 8th via a Chris Jacobs double, a Leon Landry triple, and a Joc Pederson single, then pulled ahead in the 9th thanks to a High Desert fielding error. Each of the aforementioned players also had base knocks earlier in the contest and were the only three in the lineup to have multi-hit games. Chris O'Brien also contributed with his 2nd homer of the season. Angel Sanchez had a quality start as he allowed 3 runs over 7 frames, striking out 5 and walking just 1. Steve Smith and Eric Eadington finished off the win with back to back shutout innings.
LoA – The Loons scored a walk-off, 5 - 4 win over the Dragons (Reds) on Thursday thanks to a wild pitch. Great Lakes, who had tied the game in the 8th with an O'Koyea Dickson double and a Scott Schebler single, loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th via two singles and an intentional walk. After an infield fly rule out, the Loons got a gift with the wild pitch as Dickson stood at the plate (although let's be honest...he probably would have driven in the winning run anyways). The other big hitter in this game was Angelo Songco, who went 3 for 4 with a double and a homer and drove in 2. Starter Ryan O'Sullivan gave up 3 scores over 6 frames and struck out 4, and it was his fourth outing a row in which he's allowed 3 or less runs. Michael Thomas gave up an unearned run in relief, while Raydel Sanchez and Yimi Garcia were almost perfect over the final 2 innings.
DSL – Not much to write about in this one as the Dominican Dodgers lost to the Mariners 3 to 1. The Dodgers only had 4 hits in this game, although one was a homer by Jeffry Rojas and another was a single by Josmar Cordero to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. On the mound the Dodgers actually threw very well despite the loss, starting with Luis Silverio who allowed just 1 earned run over 4 innings. The bullpen was brilliant as Giordanny Chavez threw 2 shutout innings and Jose Agusto Diaz finished the game with 3 perfect frames.
Coming up – No big name prospects starting on Friday with the minor exception being Matt Magill who will pitch for the Lookouts. Stephen Fife will take the mound for the Isotopes, while Arismendy Ozoria and Andres Santiago will throw for the Loons and Quakes, respectively.
Minor League Transactions – LoA: Juan Rodriguez who had been suspended by the Quake earlier in the season, was added to the Loons roster while Matt Laney was sent to Ogden. Also, Jeff Hunt makes his 2012 roster debut with the Loons while Kevin Taylor was placed on the DL.