John Ely continues to dominate the Pacific Coast League
Minor League Player of the Day – John Ely (AAA) - 7.1 IP, 4 Hits, 1 BB, 0 Earned Runs, 7 K's. Ely threw another great game on Monday, and now ranks 3rd in the league in ERA and WHIP, and leads the entire PCL with 130 K's. He also has a strikeout to walk ratio of better than 5 to 1, and has a FIP of 3.27.
AAA – John Ely continued the Albuquerque pitching dominance on Monday as he led the Isotopes to a 3 - 1 win over the Cubs. Ely gave up just 4 hits and one unearned run over 7.1 innings, striking out 7 and lowering his ERA to 3.34 which is good for 3rd best in the PCL. Scott Rice saved the victory with 1.2 scoreless frames, striking out 3 in the process. At the plate Josh Bard had a pair of singles and drove in two of the three runs, while Scott Van Slyke's double was the Topes' only extra base hit. What was also notable about this game was the defensive positioning of the team as Alex Castellanos played 3rd base, Josh Fields played 1st and 2nd, and Ivan De Jesus played 2nd and left field.
AA – Off day
HiA – Off day
LoA – The Loons couldn't quite pull off a sweep of Beloit as they were shutout by the Snappers (Twins) 3 to 0. Pratt Maynard went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and Pedro Guerrero also had a two bagger, but that was about it for the offense. Starter Raydel Sanchez had a pretty solid outing as he allowed 6 hits over 7 frames without issuing a walk, but two of those hits left the yard which resulted in the 3 runs scored against him.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors made things interesting in the 9th as they scored twice to pull within a run, but they ended up falling short in a 5 - 4 loss to the Brewers thanks to seven errors on defense. None of Ogden's 8 hits went for extra bases, but Eric Smith went 2 for 5 with a pair of RBI's and and Jeremy Rathjen also had a couple of hits. Starter Jake Hermsen lost his 4th decision in a row after allowing 6 hits and 4 runs (2 earned) over 4 frames, but Michael Drowne kept his team in the game with 3 hitless innings of relief. In the end the errors were just too much to overcome, including a pair of miscues by Malcolm Holland and the 9th mistake of the season by Corey Seager.
Rookie Arizona – After starting off the season on fire, the Arizona Dodgers have cooled off as of late and fell to the Giants 6 to 4 on Monday for their 3rd straight loss. The defeat wasn't the fault of starter Miguel Sulbaran who put together another strong outing, allowing 7 hits but giving up just 1 walk and 1 unearned run over 5 innings. Relievers Ronny Lugo and Jordan Hershiser got touched up for 4 runs in the 6th, but both of Hershiser's runs were unearned due to a Bladimir Franco error. The Dodgers scored all 4 of their runs in the 1st inning, with 3 coming on a bases clearing double by Cory Embree. Andrew Edge had a pair of hits including a double, and Jesmuel Valentin extended his hit streak with a single.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers outhit the opposition 13 to 11, but still fell to the Royals in a 7 - 5 loss. Jeffry Rojas had 4 of the team's hits including the Dodgers' only extra base hit (a double), while Claudio Tejeda went 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI's. Jhosue Bermudez had a rough start as he allowed 6 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs over just 3.2 innings. Moises Tamarez gave up the other 4 runs in relief, but the one highlight was a pair of perfect frames from Abdiel Velasquez.
Coming up – The Loons take the day off on Tuesday, but everyone else will be in action including Matt Magill and the Lookouts. Derrick Loop for the Isotopes and Matt Laney for the Raptors are the only other scheduled starters that have been announced.