Minor League Player of the Day – Joc Pederson - 3 for 6, 3 HR's, 4 RBI's, 4 Runs. There were several strong performances on Sunday, but I pretty much have to give this award to Pederson after he went deep three times. The three bombs double his home run total for the season, and gives him four over the past two days. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for the 20 year old.
AAA – The Isotopes were shutout by the Storm Chasers (Royals) on Sunday 6 - 0, extending their losing streak to 3 games. Albuquerque's offense mustered up just 6 singles in this game, with two coming from Josh Fields and two more coming off the bat of Tim Federowicz. Stephen Fife took the loss despite allowing just 3 hits over 5.1 frames, and was actually throwing a 1-hitter through 5. In the 6th, however, a hit batter, a single, and 3-run homer off the bat of Wil Myers knocked him out of the game. Ramon Troncoso gave up 2 more runs in relief, while Josh Wall fired a meaningless shutout inning.
AA – The Lookouts recorded the 3rd shutout in 4 days, this one a 3 - 0 blanking of the Smokies (Cubs). Chris Reed started this game and had another short yet effective outing as he threw just 3 innings for the 7th start in a row. Reed allowed 2 hits and 2 walks, but didn't give up a run and struck out 4. Three relievers finished off the victory in style, holding the opposition scoreless over the final 6 frames. Luis Vasquez threw two of those innings, while Steve Ames recorded his 8th save of the year and lowered his ERA to 2.17. Chattanooga only had 1 RBI on the day thanks to 3 Tennessee errors, and that belonged to Blake Smith who went 2 for 4 with a double. Kyle Russell and Jake Lemmerman also had 2-baggers, while Rafael Ynoa collected 3 singles in 5 at bats.
HiA – The Quakes celebrated their return to the Epicenter in a big way as they crushed the Mavericks (Mariners) 17 to 4. Several Rancho batters had huge games at the plate, but nobody was better than Joc Pederson who smacked 3 homers in his first 3 at bats which led to 4 RBI's and 4 runs scored. Bobby Coyle also homered and arguably had an ever better day as he went 5 for 5, while Leon Landry had a triple, 3 singles, and 4 RBI's. Not to be left out was Jonathan Garcia who also scored 4 runs and went 2 for 4 with a double. The rehabbing Mark Ellis was the one who got lost in the highlights as he went a measly 1 for 3 with a walk and a RBI. Javy Guerra actually stared this game as part of his rehab assignment and allowed a run on a lead-off double, a sac fly, and a RBI ground out. Jon Michael Redding pitched the next 6 innings and recorded the win by giving just 2 runs (1 earned).
LoA – The Loons made it to extra innings on Sunday, but Matt Shelton allowed 3 runs in the 10th as Great Lakes lost to the Whitecaps (Tigers) 8 to 5. The Loons took an early lead in this game on a 3-run homer by Angelo Songco, his 5th of the year, but from that point on the offense was very quiet as the team managed just 3 singles after the 1st inning. Jesus Arredondo had two hits and O'Koyea Dickson had a sacrifice fly, but that was about it. On the mound Gustavo Gomez pitched a decent game as he struck out 7 over 5 frames, but 2 of the 5 hits he allowed left the yard. Juan Rodriguez let West Michigan tie the game as his ERA ballooned to 8, and then as mentioned above Shelton picked up the loss with a poor 10th inning.
Rookie Ogden –The Chukars scored 7 runs before the 3rd inning and that was too much for Ogden to make up as the Raptors lost to Idaho Falls (Royals) 9 to 4. Carlos De Aza started this game so he was the one that absorbed all of the early damage, although only 4 of the 7 runs he allowed were earned due to 3 defensive miscues by 2nd baseman Malcolm Holland. Kazuki Nishijima provided excellent relief as he fired 4 scoreless innings once De Aza left the game, while James Campbell allowed the final 2 runs of the game. At the plate there wasn't a whole lot of action until the 9th which is when Devin Shines connected on a 3-run homer. Prior to that the only extra base hit was a Jesus Valdez double, although Pat Stover did have a perfect day at the dish with 2 singles and 2 walks.
Rookie Arizona – 18 year old Miguel Sulbaran continues to impress and he had his best start of the year in the Dodgers 4 - 1 victory over the Brewers. The lefty gave up just 1 hit over 6 frames while striking out 3, and in 16 innings so far this season he has allowed just 11 hits, 1 walk, and 3 earned runs while striking out 17. Francisco Villa, Travis Jones, and Alan Garcia each fired an inning of shutout relief to complete the 4-hitter. Tyler Ogle continued his hot streak at the plate as he went 3 for 4 with a twp-bagger and a RBI, while Bladimir Franco hit his 2nd homer in as many days. Jacob Scavuzzo and Paul Hoenecke both doubled to round out the extra base hits.
DSL – Off day
Coming up – Everyone plays on Monday, including the Isotopes who will send John Ely to the mound. The Lookouts starter will be Allen Webster, and we know that Brandon Martinez will throw for the Quakes. Raydel Sanchez and Jake Hermsen are the scheduled starters for the Loons and Raptors, respectively.
Minor League Transactions – LoA: Jesse Bosnik and Kevin Taylor switched places on the DL, with Bosnik being the one who was activated.