Don't want this to get buried in the transactions below, so I'm also mentioning it at the top here that Chris Reed has been promoted to AA. Should be interesting to see how he performs against the tougher opposition.
Minor League Player of the Day – C.J. Retherford - 2 for 5, 2 HR's, 3 RBI's, 2 Runs. Not a lot of options for this award on Sunday as all the teams suffered bad losses. Therefore I am giving this award to Retherford for the second day in a row thanks to another big day at the plate.
AAA – The Isotopes offensive woes continued as Albuquerque got run over by the Express (Rangers) 7 to 3. The 3 runs were actually an improvement for the Tope hitters as it was the most runs they've scored in a game since May 30th. Even still they only manged 5 hits, with two of them coming from Josh Fields who homered and doubled while driving in 2. Brian Cavazos-Galvez's double was only other extra base hit, while Matt Angle had the team's other RBI. After starting the season with 7 straight wins, Will Savage has dropped each of his last 3 decisions including Sunday when he allowed 7 hits and 5 runs over 4.1 innings. Cole St. Clair was solid over 1.2 frames and Scott Rice worked around 3 base runners for a scoreless inning, but Josh Wall's struggles continued as he allowed the final 2 runs and now has an ERA of 6.85.
AA – The Lookouts played a forgettable game on Sunday as they were shutout 7 - 0 by the Generals (Mariners) on just 2 hits. J.T. Wise doubled in this game, giving him a league leading 20 two-baggers, but that was really the only offensive highlight. On the mound Matt Magill had a tough outing as he allowed 7 hits, 3 walks, and 4 runs over 5 innings. Eammon Portice was solid in two innings of relief, but Luis Vasquez got touched up for 5 hits and the final 3 runs of the game.
HiA – As expected it was a high scoring affair in Lancaster on Sunday but unfortunately the Quakes came out on the wrong side of the outcome as they were crushed by the JetHawks (Astros) 15 to 8. Rancho actually matched Lancaster with 12 hits, but the difference was that the Quakes pitching staff issued 10 walks compared to just 3 free passes allowed by the JetHawks. Starter Carlos Frias walked 5 of the batters and allowed 4 hits which resulted in 6 runs, while Greg Wilborn had a heck of a day as he walked a pair, hit 3 batters, and gave up 4 runs while recording just 2 outs. This game got so out of hand late that even infielder Charlie Mirabal pitched the final inning. At the plate C.J. Retherford continued his recent hot streak with 2 more homers, giving him 4 bombs over the last 4 games. Jonathan Garcia also connected on another jack for his 5th homer in 9 contests, while Joc Pederson went 3 for 5 with a double.
LoA – The Loons struggles continued as they lost their 4th straight in a 11 - 1 defeat to the Whitecaps (Tigers). Ralston Cash made his first start and second appearance of the season on Sunday, but the results were not pretty as he gave up 5 hits and 5 runs over 4 innings. Jose Dominguez, who has been bumped back to the bullpen, also struggled as he allowed 4 hits and issued 3 walks which resulted in 4 runs, and the final 2 runs of the were unearned thanks to 4 fielding errors by Great Lakes. At the plate the rarely used Andrew Edge went 2 for 3 with a triple and had the only RBI and multi-hit game. Kevin Taylor, Joe Winker, and Pedro Guerrero all had doubles, while James Baldwin continued his struggles by going 0 for 5 with 4 K's.
DSL – Off day
Coming up – All teams will be on action on Monday, starting with the Loons who will probably send Ryan O'Sullivan to the mound. Chris Reed makes his Double A debut Monday, starting for the Lookouts, with Chris Withrow hitting the disabled list with a lower back strain. Stephen Fife will throw for the Isotopes, and Angel Sanchez is the scheduled starter for the Quakes.
Minor League Transactions – AA/HiA: Chris Reed was promoted to AA, while Greg Wilborn was re-assigned to the Quakes roster.