Minor League Player of the Day – Scott Van Slyke - 3 for 4, 2 2B's, 1 RBI. While quite a few players had good games on Sunday, nobody really stood out all that much so I'm giving the player of the day to Van Slyke. Scott continues to pound AAA pitching and he pushed his OPS back above 1.000 with his big game.
AAA – New daddy Scott Van Slyke had his first multi-hit game since re-joining the team as the Isotopes defeated the Sounds (Brewers) 4 to 2. Van Sklye went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI, and was assisted by his buddy Alex Castellanos who also drove in a run with a pinch hit double. Tyler Henson had a big game as well as he hit the only homer of the game. On the mound Fernando Nieve allowed 8 hits in 6 innings but didn't walk a batter and only permitted 2 runs to score. The Albuquerque bullpen was great as Cole St. Clair, Angel Guzman, and Josh Wall all threw a shutout inning to close out the game.
AA – Pensacola got the best of the Lookouts for the third day in a row as Chattanooga lost to the Blue Wahoos (Reds) 8 to 7. This defeat hurt more than the others as the Lookouts led this game by 2 heading into the 9th, but saw their lead disappear when Logan Bawcom blew the game. Fellow reliever Red Patterson also wasn't at his best as he allowed 2 runs in the 7th. Going back to the start of the game Aaron Miller had an OK outing as he gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs over 5 frames. At the plate Rafael Ynoa had the only multi-hit game as he went 3 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI's. Nick Buss and Jake Lemmerman also doubled, but that was pretty much the extent of the offense.
HiA – Things got crazy in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday as the Blaze (Reds) scored 9 runs in the 9th to pull out a miracle 14 to 9 victory over the Quakes. Things started smoothly enough as Blake Hawksworth flew through the 1st in his second rehab appearance with a shutout inning, but then Garrett Gould took over and allowed 5 runs in 4 innings. Things were still OK heading into the 9th as Rancho held a 4 run lead, but the game got ugly when Scott McGough entered. McGough managed to give up 7 hits and 7 runs (5 earned) in what was surely the worst outing of his short professional career. Robert Purpura then came in but he didn't provide any relief either as he permitted the final 2 runs of the game to score. Despite the loss the Quake offense had a pretty good night, starting with Jonathan Garcia who connected on a homer for the second night in a row. Catcher Steve Domecus went 3 for 3 with a double and a RBI, while Leon Landry had a big bases clearing double early in the game.
LoA – The Loons were victim of a 9 run inning of their own on Sunday as Great Lakes lost to the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 13 to 6. The big inning for Lansing occurred earlier in the 5th, and the damage was split between starter Arismendy Ozoria and relievers Jose Dominguez and Juan Rodriguez. Ozoria got in trouble to start the frame as he allowed 3 hits, but after that is was mostly walks that hurt the Loons. At one point the Great Lakes bullpen walked 7 straight batters, with 4 coming from Dominguez and 3 coming from Rodriguez. Dominguez actually got extremely lucky as all 6 runs he allowed were unearned thanks to a defensive miscue by Delvis Morales. No matter how you look at it, however, it was an ugly box score. On offense the team did manage a few good performances as Joe Winker hit a 3-run homer and Pratt Maynard went 2 for 2 with a double and a RBI.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors didn't score after the 4th inning, but their early rallies were enough for a 6 - 5 victory over the Owlz (Angles). The offensive load was split between many different players in the win, with Kevin Thompson collecting the only multi-hit game with 2 singles and a double. Justin Boudreaux drove in 2 despite recording just 1 single, and Devin Shines' triple also brought home a run. On the mound Matt Laney got touched up for 6 hit and 4 runs (3 earned) over 4 innings, then 2012 5th rounder Ross Stripling allowed a run in his professional debut. The bullpen was outstanding over the final 4 frames, however, including 2 perfect innings from Duke von Schamann who picked up the win. Owen Jones notched his first save with a flawless 9th.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers continued to hot start on Sunday with a 9 - 7 victory over the Rangers. Every player in the Dodger lineup had at least 1 hit, with Jesmuel Valentin leading the way with a double, 2 singles, and 2 RBI's. Tyler Ogle hit another homer and singled, while Paul Hoenecke actually lowered his batting average to .500 after going 2 for 5. Starter Jackson Mateo did not allow an earned run but lasted just 2.2 innings, and when he left the game Francisco Villa got knocked around for 6 hits and 5 runs (although only 2 were earned on a night when the Dodger defense made 6 errors). A trio of relievers finished off the win, including Rickey Perez who struck out 3 of the 4 batters he faced and recorded his 2nd save.
DSL – Off day
Coming up – All teams in action on Monday except for the Arizona Dodgers, and the pitching highlight will definitely be when Chris Reed throws for the Lookouts. Angel Sanchez will start for the Quakes, and Carlos Frias is the scheduled pitcher for Ogden. As of now the Loons and Isotopes pitchers are TBD.
Minor League Transactions – LoA/HiA: Ryan O'Sullivan has been promoted to the Quakes.