Minor League Player of the Day – Alex Santana - 4 for 5, 3 2B's, 3 RBI's. Santana didn't want to get lost among the new 2012 picks so he decided to make a name for himself on Friday with 4 hits and 3 RBI's. Not bad for the 18 year old, and hopefully he continues to be aggressive as the season continues
AAA (Completion of Suspended Game) – The Isotopes finished their suspended game in style as they defeated the Zephyrs (Marlins) 7 to 5 with a pair of homers. Scott Van Slyke, fresh off the inactive list after the birth of his son, crushed a 3 run homer right when the game resumed, then Brian Cavazos Galvez solidified the win with a 2-run bomb in the 6th. Nobody else did a whole lot at the plate except for Matt Angle who went 3 for 4 with an RBI. On the mound Stephen Fife allowed 5 hits and 3 runs in 4 frames prior to the rain delay, and when play resumed Derrick Loop picked up the win despite giving up a pair of runs in 2 innings of work. Ramon Troncoso had his most impressive performance in a while as he struck out 3 over two perfect frames, while Josh Wall recorded his league leading 16th save with a scoreless 9th.
AAA Game 2 – John Ely had his worst outing in over a month, yet he still recorded his 8th win of the season as the Isotopes defeated New Orleans (Marlins) 8 to 4. Ely gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk, yet he almost got through the entire shortened game as he lasted 6.1 innings. The first 5 batters in the Albuquerque lineup all had at least 1 RBI, but Luis Cruz led the way with a homer and 2 runs batted in. Alex Castellanos went 2 for 4 with a double, while Trent Oeltjen had a pair of singles and was one of the batters that drove in a run.
AA – Ethan Martin pitched a solid game, but the Lookouts lost to the Blue Wahoos (Reds) 4 to 2. Martin gave up just 1 run over 5 frames, although he did give up 6 hits and 5 walks. Javy Solano and Geison Aguasviva permitted the final 3 runs to score in the loss. At the plate it was leadoff man Rafael Ynoa who had the best game as he went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI. Brahiam Maldonado had the only multi-hit game with a pair of singles.
HiA – The Quakes made up for a slow Thursday as they defeated the Blaze (Reds) 8 to 2 on Friday. Chris O'Brien went 3 for 4 with a triple and 4 RBI's, while Bobby Coyle also had 3 hits including a double. Alexis Aguliar and C.J. Retherford had 2 hits each, which rounded out the mulit-hit games for Rancho. On the mound Blake Hawksowrth pitched for the first time in a long time and gave up a run in the 1st inning. Brandon Martinez tossed the next 6 frames and didn't allow a run, although his accuracy failed him as he walked 6. Scott McGough threw the final frame and allowed a run on 2 hits and a walk.
LoA – The Loons put together one of their best games of the season as Great Lakes froze the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 4 to 0. Starter Jarret Martin struggled a bit with his control as he walked 4, but he allowed just 2 hits over 5 shutout innings and struck out 5. A trio of relievers were outstanding out of the pen as Matt Shelton lowered his ERA to 2.12 with 2 hitless frames, while Raydel Sanchez and Michael Thomas hurled a scoreless inning each. At the plate there wasn't a whole lot of action despite then win as the team managed just 6 singles and a double, with Nick Akins collecting the two bagger. Scott Schebler went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI's, while Pedro Guerrero drove in the other 2 runs with a 2-run single.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors collected 15 hits on Friday and defeated the Owlz (Angels) 11 to 6. Alex Santana had probably his best game as a professional as he went 4 for 5 with 3 doubles and drove in 3 runs. Tae-Hyeok Nam also had 3 RBI's thanks to 2 singles and a double, while Eric Smith went 2 for 4 with a 2-bagger and a run batted in. Starter Jake Hermsen and bullpen arm Michael Drowne both struggled at the start of the game, but a trio of relievers dominated over the final 4.2 frames to solidify the win. Sawil Gonzalez was the most impressive of the bunch as he struck out 3 over 2 perfect innings and recorded the win.
Rookie Arizona – After a big time victory on Thursday, the Arizona Dodgers went with a more conventional win on Friday as they defeated the Rangers 4 to 1. Nobody in the Dodger lineup had more than one hit, but Jesmuel Valentin and Paul Hoenecke both doubled in the win. Catcher John Cannon also contributed with a homer. 17 year old Jonathan Garcia, who dominated the DSL last season, made his US debut on Friday and tossed 5 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and K'ing 5 batters. A trio of relievers finished off the victory, including Ricky Perez who stuck out 2 and picked up the save in a perfect inning of work.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers 4-game winning streak was snapped in a big was as they were crushed by the Indians 15 to 3. Starter Edinson Bock allowed a pair of runs over 3 frames, but it was Simon Binns who absorbed most of the damage as he gave up 6 hits and 8 runs while recording just 6 outs. A trio of relievers permitted the final 5 runs to cross the plate. At the plate the Dodgers were pretty quiet as they recorded just one extra base hit, a double by Melvin Santana. Claudio Tejeda went 2 for 4 with a pair of walks, while Josmar Cordero continued his hit streak with a single in 4 at bats.
Coming up – All 7 teams will be in action again on Saturday, and based on the pitching matchups it looks like Matt Magill will be the highlight as he throws for the Lookouts. Derek Cone will pitch for the Raptors, Andres Santiago will take the mound for the Quakes, and Michael Antonini will toe the rubber for the Isotopes. As of now the Loons pitcher is TBD.