Minor League Player of the Day – Leon Landry (HiA) - 3 for 4, 2 RBI's, 1 SB. Landy has been solid all year, but on Thursday he increased his average to .323 with a 3 for 4 effort.
AAA Game 1 – The Isotopes won the first game of their double header on Thursday as they defeated the Redbirds (Cardinals) 4 to 3. This 7 inning game wasn't even as close as the final score assumes as starter Derrick Loop only allowed just 3 hits and 1 run over 6 solid frames. Scott Rice gave up a pair of runs in relief, but neither was earned as Rice recorded his 7th save of the year. At the plate it was lead-off man Matt Angle who connected on Albuquerque's only homer of the contest, increasing his average to an impressive .304. Jerry Sands went 1 for 3 with a double, while Ivan De Jesus went 2 for 3 for the team's only multi-hit game.
AAA Game 2 – Albuquerque had to settle for a double header split on Thursday as the Isotopes lost 3 - 2 to the Redbirds (Cardinals). The Topes' had a weak offensive game as they managed just 5 singles in the loss. Trent Oeltjen went 2 for 4 with an RBI while Jerry Sands also drove in a run, but Josh Fields went hitless to halt his hitting streak. On the mound Fernando Nieve threw a good game as he allowed just 4 hits and 1 run over 5 frames, and at that point he was looking forward to a win. Michael Antonini didn't allow that to happen, however, as he walked a pair in the bottom of the 7th and picked up his 7th defeat of the season.
AA – The Lookouts won a one-run game on Thursday as they defeated the Smokies (Cubs) 4 to 3. Travis Denker smoked a homer for Chattanooga, while Luis Nunez went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. Starting pitcher Aaron Miller also helped his own cause as he doubled and drove in a pair. On the mound Miller only lasted 3.2 frames as he gave up 4 hits and 2 runs, and he was uncharacteristically wild as he walked 4. Javier Solano recorded the win as he tossed 2.1 shutout frames, while Steve Ames struck out a pair in the 9th for his 11th save of the year.
HiA – Leon Landry made sure the Quakes won on Thursday as the the left fielder led Rancho to a 4 -2 win over the Storm ( Padres). Landy went 3 for 4 on the night and recorded a rare pair of triples in route to 2 runs and a RBI. Angelo Songco hit his 1st homer for the Quakes in 2012, while Scott Wingo and Pedro Baez both doubled. Andres Santiago had another strong showing on the mound as he allowed just 4 hits and 2 runs over 7 frames and struck out 8, while Eric Eadington recorded yet another save to give him 17 for the season.
LoA – The Loons defeated the Timber Rattlers (Brewers) 4 to 3 on Thursday. None of the 9 Great Lakes' hits went for extra bases, but Scott Schebler did go 3 for 4 and drove in a run. James Baldwin had the only other multi-hit game as he went 2 for 4 and stole a pair of bases, while O'Koyea Dickson had a hit and drove in a run. Starter Greg Wilborn allowed 7 hits over 5 innings but gave up just 2 runs for his 1st Midwest League win of the year, and Steven "Paco" Rodriguez struck out the side in the 9th and recorded his 1st professional save.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors kept pace with the Voyagers (White Sox) on Thursday for most of the game, but Ogden ended up losing to Great Falls 10 to 7. Starter Matt Laney gave up 4 runs (2 earned) over 6 innings, but it was Sawil Gonzalez who picked up the loss after allowing 4 runs in relief. Owen Jones also had a rough outing as he permitted a pair of runs to score which solidified the loss. A trio of Raptor hitters had 3-hit games at the plate, including leadoff man Jeremy Rathjen who went 3 for 5 with a double and 2 runs scored. Jesus Valdez also had a trio of hits and drove in a run, as did Devin Shines who recorded a pair of doubles and drove in a run.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers scored a pair of runs in the top of the 9th to come away with a 5 - 4 win over the Reds. A Jacob Scavuzzo triple drove in the tying run in the 9th, then Jesmuel Valentin drove in the winning run with a sac fly. Valentin had also homered earlier in the game, his first bomb as a professional, while Justin Chigbogu doubled earlier in the game. Starter Jonathan Martinez didn't have his best stuff, but he still managed to get through 4 innings without allowing a run. Ricky Perez recorded his 8th save of the season thanks to his solid team.
DSL Game 1 – The Dominican Dodgers defeated the Mariners 6 to 5 on Thursday. I'm not 100% sure what happened to the pitching matchup since the box score is showing Wander Beras throwing for the second day in a row, and that just can't be right. Whoever did start the game apparently had 8 K's over 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs. Melvin Santana had another big game at the plate as he went 3 for 4, and he also drove in a pair of runs which helped contribute to the win.
DSL Game 2 – The Dominican Dodgers apparently played a double header on Thursday, losing the second game to the Mariners 3 to 1. The good guys managed just 4 singles at the plate, with Melvin Santana driving in the team's only run. Starter Mario Querales took the loss despite allowing just 1 run over 2 innings, while Luis Silverio allowed the other 2 runs in relief.
Coming up – Everyone plays tomorrow, with Chris Reed throwing for the Lookouts. Duke von Schamann will take the ball for the Loons, while Ross Stripling will be the starter for the Loons.