Ethan Martin throwing during spring training
Minor League Player of the Day – Ethan Martin - 7 IP, 0 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Walks, 4 K's. For the first time this season Ethan Martin did not walk a batter, and is led to great success in what was probably his best start of the year. Martin's ERA is now below 3.00, and batters are hitting just .211 against him for the season.
AAA – The Isotopes used a big 7th inning to down the Redbirds (Cardinals) 10 to 8. Alex Castellanos upped his batting average to .374 with a 2 for 4 effort that included a homer and 3 RBI's, while Josh Fields had two more hits including a double. Trent Oeltjen went 3 for 6 and Matt Angle drove in 2. Derrick Loop was a bit wild in his first start of the season as he walked 4 over 3 frames which resulted in 4 earned runs. Five different relievers had varying degrees of success in the victory, culminating with Josh Wall's 18th save of the year.
AA – Ethan Martin was outstanding on Thursday and his offense got him just enough support as the Lookouts shutout the Logan Bawcom got the final 3 outs for his 9th AA save of the year. Chattanooga's lone run came in the 4th via a leadoff triple by Blake Smith and a RBI ground out by J.T. Wise.1 to 0. Martin fired 7 innings of shutout ball and allowed just 4 hits, striking out 4 in the process. The best part about his night, however, was that he didn't walk a batter and was relatively efficient as he made 97 pitches.
HiA – The Quakes matched the JetHawks (Astros) hit for hit on Thursday, but there was a big discrepancy in the number of runs as Rancho lost to Lancaster 10 to 3. Starter Andres Santiago took on most of the damage as he allowed 9 hits and 7 runs over 5.1 innings. He did strike out 8, but also saw his ERA increase to 5.96. The Quakes' 12 hits were spread among 8 different hitters so nobody really had a standout night. Bobby Coyle went 2 for 3 with a double while Chris Jacobs drove in 2 runs with a single, but that was about the extent of the offensive highlights.
LoA – Not much to see here as the Loons were crushed by the TinCaps (Padres) 10 to 0. Stater Ralston Cash couldn't match the success of his cousin on Thursday as the right hander got lit up for 8 runs (6 earned) over 4.1 innings thanks to 5 hits and 5 walks. Juan Rodriguez pitched pretty well in long relief as he gave up a run over 3.2 frames and struck out 3. Great Lakes only had 4 hits on the night, with Scott Schebler collecting 3 of them including a double. O'Koyea Dickson saw his average drop below .300 as he went 0 for 3, and he also made 2 errors in the field.
Rookie Ogden – Things looked bleak when starter Derek Cone was knocked out of the game in the 1st inning after allowing 5 runs, but the Raptors' offense battled back and their bullpen was outstanding as Ogden pulled out a 8 - 5 victory over the Rockies. After Cone left the game it was Jason West who stepped in and he was outstanding as he struck out 4 and was perfect over 3.1 innings. Ross Stripling also struck out 4 in just 2 innings of work, while Owen Jones K'ed two in a perfect 9th for his 2nd save. At the plate, Alex Santana continued his hot start with 3 more hits and 2 RBI's, while Justin Boudreaux went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 runs batted in. Eric Smith and Tae-Hyeok Nam drove in the final 2 runs.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizonafinally lost, and it wasn't pretty as they fell 14 - 8 to the . Starter Victor Araujo got crushed in the early going as he allowed 8 hits and 7 runs in just 2.2 innings. Alan Garcia (22nd round) and Alfredo Unzue (32nd round) both made their professional debuts in relief but both struggled a bit (although Garcia did strike out 4 over 2 frames). Joey Curletta had a nice day at the plate as he collected his first two hits as a professional, a single and a double, and drove in 2. Tyler Ogle went 2 for 3 with a double and 2 walks, while Paul Hoenecke plated 2 runs with a double. Justin Chigbogu had a night to forget as he went 0 for 5 with 4 K's.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers defeated the A's 11 to 5 thanks to a 7 run 9th inning that included two big triples. Jorkey Infante got his team back in the game with a bases loaded 3-bagger, then with his hitting streak on the line Josmar Cordero broke through with a 2-run triple of his own. Jose Luis Javier also had a good game as he hit the game's only homer. After starting the season on fire, Jhosue Bermudez finally struggled as he allowed 9 hits and 5 runs over 4.2 frames. Nelson Sandoval was great in relief as he tossed 2.2 hitless innings, and Jose Moreno recorded the win with 1.2 scoreless innings.
Coming up – Garrett Gould and Matt Magill will highlight the pitching matchups on Friday as they throw for the Quakes and Lookouts, respectively. The recently promoted Duke von Schamann will get the start for the Loons, while Fernando Nieve and Matt Laney will take the mound for the Isotopes and Raptors.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: As we all know Scott Van Slyke was recalled by the Dodgers and Ivan De Jesus was returned to Albuquerque. Also, Bret Montgomery was activated from the DL. AA: Chris Withrow was activated from the DL