Minor League Player of the Day – Zach Lee - 4 IP, 0 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 BB, 4 K's. Lee had a solid game for the Quakes as he continues to build back up his arm strength. After throwing 3 shutout innings on June 1, which was his first game action since May 12, Lee added another frame on Thursday and should be good to go 5 or 6 innings in his next outing.
AAA – Thursday's game between the Isotopes and Redbirds (Cardinals) was competitive through 7 innings, but Memphis scored 7 runs over the final 2 frames to pull out a 12 - 6 victory over Albuquerque. Michael Antonini only allowed 1 earned run over his 5 innings of work, but 3 other unearned runs scored against him thanks to the homer he gave up after an Aaron Miles throwing error. Cole St. Clair permitted 3 runs in an inning of "relief", then Ramon Troncoso got shelled for the final 4 runs of the game which boosted his ERA to 9.00. Despite the loss the Topes smacked 3 homers; solo shots by Luis Cruz, Tim Federowicz, and Josh Fields. Jerry Sands went 1 for 5 with a RBI triple, while Scott Van Slyke was hitless in his return to AAA.
AA – The Lookouts and Biscuits (Rays) held each other scoreless for 7 innings, but Montgomery broke through with a run in the 8th to secure a 1 - 0 victory over Chattanooga. Aaron Miller started the game with 5 shutout frames while punching out 5, and he has not allowed more than 3 runs in an outing since May 5th. Red Patterson followed with a scoreless inning, and then it was Geison Aguasviva who gave up the lone run despite allowing just 1 base runner over 1.2 innings. The Lookouts tallied 7 hits in this game, and Brahiam Maldonado's two doubles were the only ones that went for extra bases. Rafael Ynoa, who returned to action after a few weeks on the DL, had the only other multi-hit game.
HiA – The Quakes completed the sweep of the Ports (A's) on Thursday with a 5 - 4 victory in Stockton. With the win Rancho is now just 2 games out of first place even though they technically rank 4th in their division. Zach Lee fired 4 scoreless innings to start this game and now has thrown 7 shutout frames since returning to action. Reliever Steve Smith allowed the Ports to get back into the game as he allowed 4 runs in the 6th, but only 1 run was earned due to a Joc Pederson fielding error. Ryan Acosta and Eric Eadington finished off the game by blanking the opposition for the final 3 innings. At the plate C.J. Retheford crushed yet another homer to give him 7 in his last 8 games, and Austin Gallagher also took one deep, his 10th of the year. Leon Landry also had a big game as he went 2 for 4 with a triple and a stolen base.
LoA – Even though today is the 7th, the Loons are still 0-for-the month of June after losing to the Silver Hawks (Dbacks) 6 to 5. This game was especially heartbreaking as Great Lakes held a slim one run lead heading into the bottom of the 9th, but just 3 batters into the inning the game was over as South Bend went single-double-double to end the contest in walk-off fashion against closer Yimi Garcia. Earlier in the game Jarret Martin also struggled as he allowed 4 hits, 5 walks, and 4 runs in just 3.2 innings. Joel Lima and Juan Noriega were solid in their relief roles before Garcia blew the save. At the plate Angelo Songco had a pair of hits while Joe Winker went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI's. Jesus Arredondo also had a 2 hits including a 2-bagger and O'Koyea Dickson doubled as well.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers got contributions from several players on Thursday in a 10 to 6 win over the Rays. 20 year old Josmar Cordero, who was one of the better prospects on the Dodgers DSL team a year ago, continued his torrid start with 3 more hits including a double and a RBI. Shortstop Jose Luis Javier also had 3 hits including a double and a triple, while Gerson Nunez hit a big 3 run homer. 19 year old starter Abdiel Velasquez allowed just 3 hits over 5 frames but also walked 3 and gave up 2 runs. Fellow teenager Andrew Shellon pitched the final 3 innings of the game and deserving got the save after permitting just 2 hits and allowing no runs.
Coming up – Ralston Cash will make his third appearance of the season on Friday for Great Lakes, while former Loon Brandon Martinez will start for the Quakes. Fernando Nieve is the scheduled starter for Albuquerque, and it looks like it's Matt Magill's turn to go for the Lookouts.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Tyler Henson was placed on the DL, and of course Scott Van Slyke was optioned back to the Isotopes. AA: Rafael Ynoa was activated from the DL while Angelo Ponte was placed on the disabled list.