Minor League Player of the Day – Matt Angle (AAA) - 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 Runs. There weren't really an overwhelming performance on Monday so this award is going to Angle. After starting out slow in the month of April, Matt has done very well over the past few months as he's hit .307 in May, .314 in June, and .417 so far this July.
AAA – The Isotopes used a pair of 4-run innings to out-slug the Redbirds (Cardinals) 9 to 8 on Monday. Things got off to a rocky start for Albuquerque as their defense made four errors in the first three innings, and that put spot starter Bret Montgomery in a 5 run hole. Montgomery didn't do himself any favors either as he gave up 5 hits and 3 walks in just 2.2 frames. Cole St. Clair permitted two more runs to score over 3.1 innings, but Michael Antonini and Scott Rice were excellent out of the bullpen as they finished the game with 3 shutout frames and collected the win and save, respectively. The Isotope hitters strung together 15 hits in this game, with Matt Angle recording a team high 3 base knocks including a double. Scott Van Slyke crushed his 11th homer of the year, a two run bomb, while Josh Fields went 2 for 5 with a double to extend his hitting streak. Finally, the recently acquired Osvaldo Martinez came into the game as a pinch hitter but ended up going 2 for 2 with a double and 2 RBI's.
AA – A pair of former 1st round draft picks for the Dodgers pitched well in this game as the Lookouts outlasted the Braves 3 to 2 in 10 innings. 2008 1st round pick Ethan Martin started the game with 5 shutout innings, and even though he ended up allowing a pair of runs he was still very solid as he gave up just 4 hits over 7 frames and struck out 6. 2007 1st rounder Chris Withrow came into the game in the 8th and blanked Mississippi for two innings, recording the win the process. After Chattanooga scored in the top of the 10th, Steve Ames shut the door in the bottom of the inning to collect his 10th save of the year. The offense was pretty quiet in this game despite the win, although Rafael Ynoa did go 3 for 5 and started the game winning rally with a single in the 10th. He moved to 3rd on Nick Buss' second hit of the day, then scored on a Kyle Russell sacrifice fly.
HiA – The Quakes went down in smoke on Monday as they were scorched by the Blaze (Reds) 8 to 1. Little went right for Rancho as they couldn't hit, they made a pair of errors, and they gave up 8 runs. Angel Sanchez held Bakersfield at bay for the first four innings, but he got into lots of trouble of the next two frames and ended up allowing 5 runs. It was fourth straight game that Sanchez has allowed at least 5 runs, and his season ERA is now up over 6. Jordan Roberts didn't fare any better in relief as he allowed the final 3 runs of the game to score. The Quake offense only had 4 hits in this game, with the only highlights being doubles by Leon Landry and Joc Pederson.
LoA – The Loons put together a lackluster performance on Monday as they fell to the River Bandits (Cardinals) 6 to 2. The only offense that Great Lakes could muster up was five measly singles, none of which resulted in an RBI. O'Koyea Dickson had one of the 5 hits, but the run he drove in came via a sac fly. Starter Arismendy Ozoria lasted just 3 innings after allowing 6 hits and 2 runs, then Joel Lima pitched the next 3 frames and also permitted a pair of runs to score. Sticking with the theme Juan Noriega gave up the final 2 runs of the game, although he only pitched 1.1 innings. The one bright spot was 2012 second round pick Paco Rodriguez who tossed his fourth scoreless inning in a row.
Rookie Ogden – Postponed
Rookie Arizona – Off day
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers suffered a heart breaking loss on Monday as they fell to the A's 7 to 6. After scoring 3 runs in the 8th to take a 5 - 1 lead and then plating an insurance run in the top of the 9th, the A's stormed back to score 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th and then won in the 10th on a walk-off single. The loss wasted another solid start by Jose Augsto Diaz as he allowed just 4 hits and 1 run over 7 frames. Reliever Edinson Bock managed to give up 3 runs over 1.2 innings without allowing a hit, then Ricardo De La Rosa had his first real meltdown of the season as he allowed the final 3 runs of the game to score on 5 hits. The offense was led by Geison Nunez as the team's second most consistent player went 3 for 4 with a double and a RBI. Jorky Infante also double and had two hits, while Yensys Capellan drove in 3 runs and stole a base.
Coming up – Everybody but the Loons play on Tuesday, including the Lookouts who will have the reining Southern League Pitcher of the Week on the mound in Matt Magill. As we all know the Isotopes pitching situation is still up in the air, but the Quakes will send Jon Michael Redding to the mound. The Raptors have a double header scheduled with Carlos Frias and Jake Hermsen both expected to pitch.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Tyler Henson placed on the DL with a right quad strain. LoA: Ralston Cash placed on the DL, and Greg Wilborn was assigned to the Loons.