Minor League Player of the Day – John Ely - 6.2 IP, 5 Hits, 1 BB, 0 Runs, 8 K's. Ely is quietly having himself a solid season, especially given the hitter friendly environment of the PCL. His season ERA is now 3.22, and he is striking out more than a batter per inning.
AAA – John Ely extended the Isotopes starter scoreless streak to 13.2 innings with 6.2 shutout frames as Albuquerque blanked the Express (Rangers) 2 - 0. Ely, who hasn't given up more than 3 runs in a game since April 24th, allowed just 5 hits and walked 1 while striking out 8. Derrick Loop, Scott Rice, and Josh Wall completed the shutout by getting the final 7 outs. The Topes' offense wasn't overpowering, but was able to scrap together a pair of runs thanks to an RBI groundout by Jerry Sands and a run scoring single by Matt Angle. Jeff Baisley's double was the only extra base hit of the game for the good guys.
AA – Allen Webster allowed just 1 hit over 5 innings, yet still gave up 3 runs in a 5 to 4 loss to the Generals (Mariners). The runs scored against Webster were the result of a pair of walks and some well timed ground outs which has got to be frustrating for the right hander. The other good news about Allen's performance, however, is that he only needed 60 pitches to get through his 5 frames. Javier Solano didn't provide much relief out of the bullpen as he permitted a pair of runs to score, while Eammon Portice and Luis Vasquez tossed a scoreless inning each. The Lookouts actually had a decent chance to tie the game in the 9th, but Blake Smith ended the game with a runner on second by becoming the 4th strikeout victim of the half inning (Matt Wallach had reached on a past ball after his strikeout). Prior to the 9th the Chattanooga score came via a Luis Nunez homer and a Griff Erickson double.
HiA – Jon Michael Redding threw a great game and Chris Jacobs hit the eventual game winning homer in the 9th as the Quakes sunk the Ports (A's) 3 to 2. Redding allowed just 3 hits over 8 strong frames and struck out 9, although 2 of the 3 hits he allowed went over the fence so when he left the game when it was tied. Luckily Jacobs was able to take one over the right field fence with 2 outs in 9th which game Jon Michael the win. Eric Eadington fired a scoreless bottom of the 9th for his 5th save with Rancho. Outside of Jacobs' bomb the Quakes' offense was limited to a triple and a single by Joc Pederson and two more hits by C.J. Retherford who also drove in a run.
LoA – Off day
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers gave up just 3 hits on Tuesday, but they still managed to give up 5 runs (4 unearned) in a 5 - 3 loss to the Indians. 17 year old starter Mario Querales only threw 2 innings and gave up just 1 hit but was victimized by 3 walks a HBP, and an error which resulted in 4 runs allowed (1 earned). Wander Beras, the player formerly known as Leonel Beras who magically aged almost 3 years over this past off-season, fired the final 6 innings and he allowed just 2 hits while striking out 6. At the plate the Dodgers collected 10 base knocks included 2 hit days from Jorky Infante, Melvin Santana, and Josmar Cordero.
Coming up – Only three full season teams in action on Wednesday as Albuquerque has the day off. Ethan Martin and Garrett Gould will throw for the Lookouts and Quakes, respectively, while the Loons starter is TBD.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Blake Johnson was promoted to Albuquerque from the Lookouts and JJ Ethel was activated from the DL. AA: The recently signed Wes Roemer, a RHP who was a 1st round pick by the Dbacks back in 2007, was assigned to the Lookouts. HiA: Steven Domecus gets the call for the first time this season as he was assigned to the Quakes while Steve Cilladi was placed back on the DL.