See you later, Leon
Minor League Player of the Day – J.T. Wise (AA) - 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI's. Monday was a pretty quiet day in terms of big performances, so this award goes to Wise. After a hot start Wise went through a bit of a slump in May and June, but over the last 10 games he's starting to hit again. He's been almost strictly a 1st baseman this season, however, so he does lose a lot of value there.
AAA – The Sounds (Brewers) made up for a pair of losses on Sunday as they walked off with 4 - 3 win over the Isotopes on Monday. Starting pitcher Fernando Nieve did his best to keep his team in the game as he allowed just 4 hits and 2 earned runs over 7 frames while striking out 8. Reliever Luis Vasquez, throwing in just his second AAA game, got through the 8th inning without issue but in the bottom of the 9th he allowed the walk off hit. At the plate Jerry Sands has another solid game as he went 2 for 4 with another run batted in, while Tim Federowicz's RBI double was the Topes' only extra base hit. Elian Herrera also did well with a pair of singles.
AA – C.J. Retherford's first AA homer of the year came at a good time as he led the Lookouts to a 6 - 5 win over the Stars (Brewers). C.J.'s solo bomb in the top of the 9th broke a 5 - 5 tie and was the eventual game winning hit, while J.T. Wise was no slouch either as he went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer, and 4 RBI's. Blake Smith also had a solid game as doubled and scored two runs. Starter Aaron Miller had a decent outing as he allowed 6 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings, and he struck out 4. Steven "Paco" Rodriguez recorded his first professional win with 1.1 perfect frames, while Steve Ames picked up his 12th win of the season.
HiA – Off day
LoA – The Loons dropped their 5th straight game on Monday as they fell to the TinCaps (Padres) 6 to 1. There isn't really much to write about for this game as Great Lakes managed just 3 singles at the plate. Starter Greg Wilborn struck out 7 over 5 frames, but he also allowed 4 runs and took the loss.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors got crushed by the Owlz (Angels) 16 to 5. Ogden got beat so bad on Monday that they used infielder Kevin Thompson on the mound, and he was actually the only pitcher of the night to not allow a run. Starter Matt Laney was the one who absorbed most of the damage as he gave up 10 runs (7 earned) in just 3 innings. Michael Drowne and Derek Cone permitted 5 more runs to score in relief. At the plate there wasn't a whole lot of action, but Jeremy Rathjen did go 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI's while Jesus Valdez also had two hits including a two-bagger.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers scored a run in the top of the 9th to tie the game, but they returned the favor in the bottom of the inning as the Padres walked away with a 6 - 5 victory. Jonathan Martinez started for the Dodgers and allowed just 3 hits over 4.1 innings while striking out 7, but 6 runs scored against him (only 2 earned) thanks to errors by Alex Santana and Jesmuel Valentin. A couple of relievers threw well in relief before Travis Jones gave up the walk off single in the 9th. At the plate Santana and Valentin partially made up for their errors by recording two hits each, while Paul Hoenecke's triple was the only extra base hit for the Dodgers.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers doubled up the Astros on Monday as they came away with a 10 - 5 victory in game that featured some great names. Wander Beras won his 5th game of the season even though he allowed 7 hits and 4 runs, while Edinson Bock followed with 3 innings of 2-hit ball. 17 year old lefty Wellington Serrano made his professional debut and had some trouble, but he escaped without allowing a run. At the plate Melvin Santana hit a 2-run homer, while Johnathan Linares drove in 3 runs. Josmar Cordero made his return to the lineup by going 1 for 3 with a RBI.
Coming up – Allen Webster is scheduled to start for the Lookouts, while Duke von Schamann will take the mound for the Loons. The only other announced starter is Will Savage for the Isotopes.