Minor League Player of the Day – Carlos Frias - 6 IP, 1 Hit, 0 ER's, 6 K's. After allowing 10 earned runs in his last 2 starts, Frias completely turned things around on Wednesday and gave up just 1 hit. The 22 year old has had an up and down minor league career, but he's still young enough to turn the corner and make something of himself given his big frame and reported mid 90's fastball.
AAA – The Pacific Coast League All Stars defeated the International League All Stars 3 to 0 on Wednesday, with three Isotope players contributing to the win. Tim Federowicz was the only Albuquerque player in the starting lineup, and the catcher made it count as he went 1 for 2 with a double and a RBI. John Ely threw a hitless inning in the 4th and struck out a pair, while Josh Wall worked around a hit and a walk in the 7th to throw a scoreless frame. Royals farmhand Wil Myers, who I believe was the youngest player in this game, was named the MVP of the game after he went 2 for 3 with a double and a RBI.
AA – Matt Magill was outstanding for the third straight time on Wednesday as the Lookouts reeled in the Blue Wahoos (Reds) 5 to 1. Magill fired 6 shutout innings in this game and gave up just 3 hits, striking out 7 without issuing a walk. Dating back to June 29th, Matt has now thrown 17 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. Red Patterson gave up the only run of the game in the 8th, while Steve Ames recorded all four of his outs via the K. At the plate it was Luis Nunez who had the big game as he went 3 for 4 with a homer and 2 RBI's. Nick Buss continued his recent hot streak with 3 hits, while Griff Erickson drove in a pair of runs with a double.
HiA – The Quakes were limited to just 3 singles on Wednesday as they were shutout by the 66ers (Angles) 7 to 0. The hits were spread among 3 different players, and nobody in the lineup reached base more than once. Andre Ethier went 0 for 2 in his first rehab game. On the mound starter Angel Sanchez continued to struggle as he was tagged for all 7 runs, increasing his ERA to 5.85 for the season. He only struck out 1 over 4.1 frames, and actually allowed 4 homers. Ryan O'Sullivan walked two in his inning of relief but didn't give up a run, and Scott McGough struck out a pair over 1 frame.
LoA – The Loons put together a well rounded game on Wednesday as they buried the Kernels (Angels) 6 to 4. The bottom of the Great Lakes lineup did most of the damage, starting with James Baldwin who was moved down to the 9th spot in the order and responded by connecting on a two run triple. #8 hitter Jeff Hunt drove in a run with a double, while Jesse Bosnik went 2 for 4 with an RBI out of the #7 spot. Scott Schebler also had a solid game as he doubled, walked twice, scored two runs, and stole a base. Starter Arismendy Ozoria picked up the win by allowing 5 hits and 3 runs over 5 frames, and Juan Noriega was excellent in relief as he struck out 4 over two perfect frames. Michael Thomas loaded the bases in the 9th, but got out of the jam to record his 4th save of the year.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors pitching staff combined for a 1-hitter on Wednesday as they out-traveled the Voyagers (White Sox) in a 8 to 1 victory. Carlos Frias was the main star as he gave up just 1 single over 6 innings of work. He walked 3 and struck out 6. Craig Stem took over in the 7th and struck out 4 over two perfect frames, while Owen Jones closed out the masterpiece with a flawless 9th. The top 4 batters in the Raptors lineup all had multi-hit games, starting with leadoff man Jeremy Rathjen who went 2 for 5 with a homer, 2 RBI's, and 3 runs scored. Eric Smith had 3 hits and 3 RBI's, while Pat Stover and Jesus Valdez both went 2 for 4.
Rookie Arizona – Off day
DSL – Speaking of low hit totals, the Dominican Dodgers limited the Rays to just 3 base knocks in a 5 - 3 victory. Starter Wascar Teodo, a 6'4" 18 year old out of the Dominican Republic, allowed just 1 hit over 5 innings to lower his season ERA to 0.68. In fact, over his last 16 innings he has amazingly given up just 2 hits. Geuris Alcantara picked up the win in relief with 3 innings of 1-hit ball, and Ricardo De La Rosa recorded his 6th save. The Dodgers offense was spread among several players as nobody had more than 1 hit. The highlights were doubles by Josmar Cordero, Vladimir Martinez, and Jonathan Linares.
Coming up – All seven teams will be back in action on Thursday, although there aren't really any top prospects throwing. Aaron Miller is about as good as it gets as he goes for the Lookouts, while Raydel Sanchez will take the mound for the Loons. Jon Michael Redding, Fernando Nieve, and Jake Hermsen will be the starters for the Quakes, Isotopes, and Raptors, respectively.
Minor League Transactions – AA/HiA: C.J. Retherford was promoted from the Quakes while Anthony Jackson was activated from the DL. Pedro Baez was demoted back down to Rancho while Brahiam Maldonado was placed on the DL. LoA: Tyler Ogle was promoted from the rookie league while Delvis Morales was placed on the DL.