Minor League Player of the Day – Jerry Sands (AAA) - 4 for 7 - 2 HR's, 1 2B, 10 RBI's. Sands had a huge day on Sunday, driving in the winning run in the first game of the double header and then crushing a pair of grand slams in the night cap. After a slow start to the season, Sands had a 1.165 OPS over his last 10 games and has 3 homers over the past 2 contests.
AAA Game 1 – Jerry Sands continued his recent hot streak with a two-run double in extra innings to lead the Isotopes to a 4 - 2 win over the Sounds (Brewers). Sands' big hit actually came in the 8th inning on Sunday, but that was considered overtime in the first game of Albuquerque's double header that was scheduled to last just 7 frames. Scott Van Slyke got the Topes' on the board early with a 2-run homer, while Trent Oeltjen's triple was the team's only other extra base hit. On the mound Derrick Loop kept his team in the game by allowing 8 hits and 2 runs over 6 innings, while Erick Threets picked up the win with a scoreless frame. Josh Wall got into trouble in the bottom of the 8th as he made a throwing error and then walked a pair, but luckily he was able to work out of the bases loaded and no-out jam to eventually record his league leading 19th save of the year.
AAA Game 2 – After driving in the winning run in the first game of the double header, Jerry Sands made sure that Albuquerque got the sweep on Sunday as he drove in 8 runs in a 11 - 0 victory over Nashville (Brewers). Sands tied a PCL record with a two grand slams which obviously resulted in 8 runs driven in, and he has increased his batting average to .274 after a very slow start to his season. Trent Oeltjen also had a solid game as he went 4 for 5 with another triple and 3 runs scored. Starter Blake Johnson had another strong start as he allowed just 2 hits over 5 shutout innings, while Ramon Troncoso and Angel Gomez fired a scoreless frame each to preserve the win.
AA – The Lookouts couldn't get their offense going on Sunday as they lost to the Stars (Brewers) 3 to 1. Blake Smith had the only notable game at the plate as he went 3 for 4 with a double, although Griff Erickson also had a two-bagger and drove in the team's only run. Starter Matt Magill gave up all 3 runs over 6 frames on 7 hits, but he still threw pretty well as he struck out 6 and didn't issue a walk. Javy Solano fired the final two frames without allowing a run and lowered his ERA to 2.82 over 60.2 innings.
HiA – The Quakes used a pair of major leaguers pitcher to get the win on Sunday as they defeated the Storm (Padres) 8 to 1. Ted Lilly started the game and gave up just 1 hit over 2 shutout innings, then Rubby De La Rosa took the mound and fired 3 shutout innings. According to game reports, De La Rosa was throwing in the low to mid 90's and hit 97 mph at times. Brandon Martinez threw the final 4 frames and picked up what will probably be the only save of his minor league career, and he was aided by a pair of doubled from Angelo Songco. Bobby Coyle continued his hot hitting with 3 hits, while Scott Wingo and Austin Gallagher drove in a couple of runs each as they both connected on a two-bagger.
LoA – 18 year old Miguel Sulbaran had a rough time in his Midwest League debut as the lefty allowed 7 hits and 6 runs in just 2 innings which resulted in a 12 - 7 Loons loss to the TinCaps (Padres). I didn't listen to this game so I didn't get any new scouting reports on Sulbaran, but it should be noted that he gave up a pair of homers. Joel Lima and Jose Dominguez combined to give up 4 runs in relief, while Juan Rodriguez walked a pair and allowed 2 hits as he allowed two additional runs. Jesus Arredondo led Great Lakes at the plate as he went 3 for 5 with a pair of RBI's. James Baldwin tripled and singled and Jesse Bosnik also had a pair of hits, while Pratt Maynard's double drove in two runs.
Rookie Ogden – Fresh off clinching a 1st half playoff spot, the Raptors lost to the Owlz (Angels) on Sunday 6 to 4. A trio of Ogden errors led to the Ogden defeat, wasting 5 innings of 3-hit ball from starter Lindsay Caughel. Walks plagued the relievers in this game as Derek Cone issued 3 free passes without recording an out, while Jason West walked 5 batters in the defeat. At the plate it was a trio of lesser known minor leaguers who did most of the damage, with JJ Ethel going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Devin Ethier drove in two runs with a two-bagger, while Delvis Morales went 2 for 5 with a double and a RBI.
Rookie Arizona – Postponed
DSL – Off day
Coming up – The Quakes take Monday off, but everyone else will be in action including Fernando Nieve and the Isotopes. Greg Wilborn will start for the Loons, while Matt Laney will take the mound for the Raptors.