Minor League Player of the Day – C.J. Retherford - 5 for 5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs. After a crazy homer binge, Retherford has been pretty quiet as of late. That changed on Monday, however, as he had a perfect game at the plate and hit his system leading 17th bomb.
AAA – The Isotopes built a big lead then had to hold on for a 11 - 9 win over the Sounds (Brewers). Several players had big games at the plate, starting with Josh Fields who went 3 for 5 with a homer, a double, and 4 RBI's. Fields is now hitting .332 with an OPS of .920, so you have to wonder if the Dodgers are going to eventually call him up given the team's offensive woes at 3rd base. Getting back to this game, Jerry Sands also took one deep, as did catcher Josh Bard. Luis Cruz had a single, a double, and a RBI, while Alex Castellanos went 2 for 3 with a stolen base. Will Savage won his 10th game of the season despite allowing 8 hits and 4 runs over 6 frames, and after a strong start to his season his ERA is now at 5.21. Ramon Troncoso is the reliever who let Nashville get back into the game, but Wil Ledezma helped close the door in the 9th.
AA – The Lookouts were able to eek out a 3 - 2 win over the Blue Wahoos (Reds) on Monday using just 3 hits. Chattanooga didn't even need a base knock to score their first run of the game as they used 3 walks and a wild pitch to gain an early advantage. After Pensacola tied the game, Blake Smith put the Lookouts up for good with a 2-run homer, his 8th of the season. Chris Reed started this game, but the Dodgers continue to be careful with him as he only threw 3 innings for the fourth time in a row. He continued to show good stuff, however, as he struck out 2 and didn't allow a run or a walk. Wes Roemer and Javier Solano gave up a run each, but Steve Ames got through the 9th without a problem and recorded his 5th save of the year.
HiA – C.J. Retherford had a perfect 5 for 5 day at the plate, but the Quakes still lost the game and the 1st half title, 8 - 5 to High Desert. Because Rancho and the Mavericks were tied to end the 1st half, the tie breaker was to be decided when the two teams met for the first time in the 2nd half. That game was on Monday, and after jumping out to an early lead the Quakes just couldn't hold on for the win. Angel Sanchez had a rough start as he gave up 10 hits and 4 runs in just 4.2 innings, then the recently demoted Eammon Portice permitted 3 more runs to score in the 6th. Ryan O'Sullivan's HiA debut went well as he threw a scoreless inning of relief, but by that time the game was already lost. As mentioned above Retherford tried his best to single handedly win the game as he had 5 hits including a double and a homer, but he just didn't get enough help. Leon Landry also took one deep and scored 2 runs, but nobody else did much at the plate.
LoA – The Loons used a rare big game from James Baldwin to ground the Silver Hawks (Dbacks) 8 to 2. Baldwin had a team high 3 hits and 3 RBI thanks to not just one, but two triples. Nobody else had an extra base hit, but Kevin Taylor went 2 for 4 and drove in a pair while Pedro Guerrero also had 2 singles and brought home a run. On the mound Gustavo Gomez pitched his best game in a while as he allowed just 1 run over 6 innings and struck out 6. Juan Noriega collected the long save by allowing 2 hits and a run over the final 3 frames.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors made things interesting on Monday as they scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but they still came up short in a 8 - 6 loss to the Chukars (Royals). Despite the near comeback there wasn't a whole lot of excitement for Ogden other than from 3rd baseman Alex Santana, who went 2 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI's. It was just the 2nd career long ball for Santana. Nobody else had a extra base hit or a multi-hit game, although Darnell Sweeney did drive in a pair of runs. Only 2 of the 8 runs scored against the Raptor pitching staff were earned as the club made an unsightly 5 errors. Carlos Frias was one of the victims of bad defense as he gave up 4 runs with only one being earned, and he struck out 5 against just 1 walk over 6 frames. Jason West gave up 3 unearned runs, while Kazuki Nishijima struggled a bit in his two innings of work.
Rookie Arizona – Off day
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers won a close game on Monday, 8 to 7 over the Rays. Somebody named Yensys Capellan, an 18 year old 3rd baseman, had a big game in his professional debut as he went 2 for 3 with a triple and 4 RBI's. Gerson Nunez had another strong showing as he singled and doubled, while Josmar Cordero barely kept his hitting streak alive again with a single in 4 at bats. Starter Luis Silverio allowed 4 runs in 3.1 innings but his offense and bullpen picked him up. Jose Agusto Diaz picked up his 2nd save with 2 perfect frames to close out the game.
Coming up – All seven teams play on Tuesday, highlighted by Allen Webster's start for the Lookouts. Jon Michael Redding will pitch for the Quakes, Stephen Fife will throw for the Isotopes, and Carlos De Aza is scheduled for the Raptors.
Minor League Transactions – AA: Zach Lee was promoted to the Lookouts, while Eammon Portice was assigned back to the Quakes. HiA: Ryan O'Sullivan replaced Lee on the roster, and Robert Purpura was released. LoA: Gustavo Gomez was assigned back to the Loons, taking the spot of Ryan O'Sullivan who was promoted to the Quakes.