Minor League Player of the Day – O'Koyea Dickson - 2 for 3, 1 HR, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs. Dickson was named the MVP of the Midwest League All Star Game after leading his team to a big victory. The best part was that his family was in attendance to watch his performance, and you can read more about that here.
AAA – The Isotopes mounted a solid comeback as they scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but they still fell short as they lost to the Zephyrs (Marlins ) 9 to 7. The difference in this game was the top of the 1st inning which is when New Orleans scored 5 runs off of starter Fernando Nieve. The right hander settled down after the 1st and shut out the Zephyrs over the next 4 innings, but the majority of the damage was done at that point. To make matters worse Bret Montgomery gave up a run in relief, while Wil Ledezma permitted 3 runs to score in the top of the 9th. At the plate Trent Oeltjen had the big night as he went 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI's, and Brian Cavazos-Galvez also had 3 hits and scored 2 runs. Jerry Sands drove in 2 with a 9th inning double, while Josh Fields had another multi-hit game and is batting almost .500 over his last 10 contests.
AA – The Lookout players were on the losing end of the All Star Game as the Southern Division beat the Northern Division 6 to 2. Matt Magill actually picked up the loss after allowing 3 runs while recording just 1 out in the 2nd, with Steven Ames getting the other two outs of the inning while giving up a hit. Ethan Martin and Red Patterson each tossed a scoreless frame, although Patterson did allow 2 hits. At the plate the Lookout players didn't have a whole lot of success as Blake Smith and Pedro Baez both went 1 for 4, while J.T. Wise went 0 for 2 with a pair of K's.
HiA – Not much to write about in this All Star Game as the California League squad lost to the Carolina League team 9 to 1. Only two Quake players were in this contest, with C.J. Retherford going 0 for 2 and and Leon Landry collecting a single in two at bats.
LoA – The Loon players and their Eastern Division teammates destroyed the Western Division 18 to 2 in the Midwest League All Star Game. As mentioned above, O'Koyea Dickson was the MVP of this contest as he crushed a 2-run homer in the 1st inning, then added a single and scored another run. Teammate Joseph Winker didn't have as good of a game, but he did go 1 for 3 with a run batted in. On the mound Jarret Martin was one of the few pitchers to struggle for the East as he gave up the only two runs for his team.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors scored runs in each of the first 5 innings in route to a 8 to 5 win over the Rockies. Similar to the first game of the season, this contest was a team effort as 8 of the 9 batters in the lineup at at least one hit. Shortstop Darnell Sweeney led the way as he went 4 for 5 with a triple, while fellow 2012 draftee Eric Smith connected on a pair of doubles and singled. 2nd baseman Malcolm Holland also had 3 hits as he went 3 for 4 with a two-bagger, and Jesus Valdez rounded out the mulit-hit days with 2 singles and 2 RBI's. On the mound Matt Laney proved to be very good after taking a step down from LoA, tossing 5 shutout innings while giving just 4 hits. Jason West struggled but also had a bit of tough luck as 3 of the 5 runs he allowed were unearned, but after he left the game the bullpen was stellar. Surprise closer Sawil Gonzalez, the 22 year old who spent all of last year in the Dominican Summer League and posted a 5.23 ERA, recorded his 1st save of the season.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers poured it on in the late innings on Tuesday as they defeated the Royals 10 to 5. As expected Josmar Cordero contributed to the win with a single, a double, and a RBI, although fellow catcher Jonathan Linares had an ever better game as he went 3 for 5 with a double and 3 runs driven in. Jose Luis Javier also had a two-bagger and recorded a pair of RBI's. Starter Giordanny Chavez lasted just 2 innings as he allowed 5 hits and 3 runs (1 earned), but Jose Agusto Diaz picked up the slack as he tossed 5 innings of shutout relief.
Coming up – More off days on Wednesday as the Loons, Quakes, and Lookouts finish up their All Star breaks. The Isotopes will send Will Savage to the mound, while Carlos Frias will start for the Raptors.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Scott Van Slyke was placed on the inactive list due to the birth of his child. LoA: Arismendy Ozoria was added back to the roster. Ogden: The Raptors added three 2012 draftees to their roster, with Jeremy Rathjen (11th round), Ross Stripling (5th), and Matt Reckling (14th) joining the team.