Jerry Sands hit a walk off homer for the Isotopes on Thursday
Minor League Player of the Day – Matt Magill - 6 IP, 1 hit, 1 walks, 1 unearned run, 5 K's. Magill has been up and down this year, and when you look at his last 10 outings you can see that he's been very good in two of the starts, very bad in 3 of the starts, and somewhere in between in the other 5 starts. Overall he has a 4.38 ERA, a 3.49 FIP, and a 10.1 K/9, so that's more than you can ask for out of the 22 year old.
AAA – The Isotopes were involved in one of those crazy Pacific Coast League games on Thursday, and luckily they came out on the winning end after Jerry Sands hit a walk-off homer for a 10 - 9 victory over the Express (Rangers). For Sands it was his second hit of the day, and the two-run bomb gave him a team high 4 RBI's. Sands didn't do it alone, however, as Albuquerque was down 9 to 5 after 6 and a half innings and got back into with Tim Federowicz's 3rd hit of the game, a two-run single. Then Tyler Henson's solo bomb in the 8th brought the team to within one and set up Jerry's heroics. Trent Oeltjen also took one deep earlier in the contest, while Josh Fields increased his average to .337 with a 3 for 5 game. Starter Will Savage allowed the first four runs of the game over 5.2 innings, but then things got out of hand when Wil Ledezma and Michael Antonini threw in relief. Luckily Ramon Troncoso and Josh Wall stopped the bleeding as they combined to allow just 1 hit over the final 3 frames.
AA – Matt Magill continued his extreme Jekyll and Hyde type season with his second strong start in a row to lead the Lookouts to a 5 - 3 win over the Stars (Brewers). Magill allowed just one hit and one walk over 6 innings of work, striking out 5 and throwing an efficient 82 pitches. Chris Withrow threw in relief for the 3rd time since returning from the DL, but this time he gave up 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs. The damage could have been worse but Steve Ames was able to get out of the jam in the 8th and then pitch a perfect 9th for his 9th save. At the plate there really weren't a whole lot of action despite the win, with the big hit being a pinch hit two-run double off the bat of J.T. Wise. Nick Buss also drove home two with a single, while Rafael Ynoa went 2 for 3 with a RBI.
HiA – The presence of Matt Kemp wasn't enough on Thursday as the Quakes lost to the 66ers (Angles) 5 to 2. Kemp went 1 for 4 with an RBI in his third rehab game, but was outdone by Joc Pederson and Austin Gallagher who both singled and doubled on the night. Scott Wingo's triple was the only other notable performance at the plate. On the mound Angel Sanchez had his best strikeout game in a while as he rang up 8 batters, but he also allowed 7 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs over 6.2 innings. Eammon Portice tossed the final 1.1 frames and did not allow a run.
LoA – The Loons pitching staff allowed just 5 hits on Thursday in a 5 - 2 win over the Lugnuts (Blue Jays). Starter Arismendy Ozoria put together a strong outing as he allowed just 4 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) over 6 innings, which helped him record his 5th win of the year. Juan Noriega was great in relief as he gave up just one hit over 2 frames, then Michael Thomas closed out the game for his 3rd save of the year. At the plate O'Koyea Dickson is trying to break out of his recent slump and went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Pedro Guerrero had a single and a triple to drive in two, while Delvis Morales also plated a pair.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors got pushed around by the Owlz (Angles) on Thursday in a 13 to 6 loss. None of the Ogden pitchers had much success, starting with Carlos Frias who got rocked for 7 hits and 6 runs in just 3.1 innings. Greg Downing followed and allowed 7 more hits over 4 frames to go along with 3 runs, then Craig Stem couldn't find the plate which led to 4 runs scoring against him in just 1.1 innings. On offense Jesus Valdez had a good game to keep his batting average above .400 as he crushed a pair of doubles and drove in 3 runs. Jeremy Rathjen also had a pair of hits, while Darnell Sweeney did his job atop the order by walking 4 times and scoring 3 runs.
Rookie Arizona – Off day
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers used a big 5th inning to down the Royals 11 to 5 on Thursday. Josmar Cordero rejoined the lineup after a much deserved day off and got back into the swing of things by going 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI's. Melvin Santana had 3 singles and also drove in a pair, while Jeffry Rojas had 2 hits and plated two. On the mound starter Mario Querales lasted just 2 innings after giving up 3 hits and 3 walks, but his relievers picked him up by allowing just 2 runs over the final 7 frames. Luis De Paula highlighted the bullpen action by allowing just 1 hit over two innings of work.
Coming up – Aaron Miller will highlight the pitching matchups for Friday as he takes the mound for the Lookouts. Jon Michael Redding will throw for the Quakes, while Carlos De Aza and Stephen Fife will be the respective pitchers for the Raptors and Isotopes. Finally, Gustavo Gomez is the scheduled starter for the Loons.