Minor League Player of the Day – Corey Seager (Ogden) - 4 for 8, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 Runs, 3 RBI's, 1 SB. Seager played in both Raptor games on Saturday, but he actually did all of his damage in the first contest as he went 0 for 3 in the night cap. After a slow start, Seager is now hitting .306 for the season with an OPS of 1.211 over his last 10 games, which is more of what we expected out of him when he was drafted a few months ago.
AAA – The Isotopes were led by a bunch of players who have already spent time in Los Angeles this season as Albuquerque beat Reno (Dbacks) 7 to 5. Jerry Sands and Scott Van Slyke each had a big game as both hit a 2-run homer, had two other hits, and drove in 3 runs. Elian Herrera also had 3 hits and including a double, while Alex Castellanos went 2 for 5 with a triple and a RBI. On the mound it was Stephen Fife who got the win after allowing just 3 hits and 3 runs over 7 innings, although he only struck out 1. Josh Wall picked up his 22nd save with a scoreless 9th that included a pair of K's.
AA – Zach Lee didn't have the most impressive stats on Saturday, but he did enough to lead the Lookouts to a 6 - 4 victory over Pensacola (Reds). Lee allowed 8 hits and 3 runs over 6 frames, walking 1 and striking out 3 while recording his first AA victory. Steven "Paco" Rodriguez allowed his first run and walked the first batter of his professional career as the Blue Wahoos got within two in the 8th, but Steve Ames closed out the game in the 9th for his 15th save. At the plate Chattanooga actually only had 4 hits in the win, but two of those left the yard as J.T. Wise crushed a 3-run bomb and Joe Becker hit a solo shot.
HiA – The #3 and #4 batters in the Quakes lineup combined for 10 RBI's on Saturday as the Quakes cleared the Storm (Padres) 14 to 2. On a night where Rancho had 5 homers, Bobby Coyle had the grandest game of them all as he crushed a based loaded blast and also drove in two other runs to give him 6 RBI's for the contest. Austin Gallagher was second best as he went 2 for 4 with a double and a 3-run homer to collect 4 RBI's, while Angelo Songco continues to heat up as he went 3 for 5 with a bomb. Jonathan Garcia returned from his suspension and hit a 2-run tater, and Chris O'Brien connected on the 5th homer of the night. On the mound Ryan Acosta pitched well in another spot start, allowed 5 hits and 2 unearned runs over 5 frames. Ryan O'Sullivan and Yimi Garcia finished the game with a perfect inning each.
LoA – The Loons lost to the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) on Saturday 4 to 3 in 12 innings. Starter Arismendy Ozoria allowed 7 hits and 2 runs over 5.1 frames, then later in the game Juan Rodriguez pitched 2 no-hit innings with 3 strikeouts. Daniel Coulombe recorded all 5 of his outs via the K, but was saddled with the loss when he allowed the winning run in the 12th. The Loons were relatively quiet at the plate outside of a few players. Darnell Sweeney went 3 for 4 with a double and a stolen base, while Michael Pericht hit a 2-run homer. James Baldwin connected on a pair of singles and stole his 44th base of the season.
Rookie Ogden Game 1 – In the completion of Friday's suspended game, the Raptors won a crazy back and forth contest against the Rockies 13 to 12 on a Justin Boudreaux walk-off 2-run single. Ogden had 18 hits in this game, with 4 of them coming from Corey Seager who went 4 for 5 with a double and a homer to drive in 3 runs. Catcher Jose Capellan had the next most hits with two singles and a double (and 2 RBI's), while the aforementioned Boudreaux also doubled earlier in the game, walked twice, and knocked in 3. Starter Ross Stripling only got 2 outs in this game because the game was suspended on Friday after just 4 batters. Kazuki Nishijima took over when play resumed on Saturday and allowed 2 runs, then Gregg Downing got touched up for 4 scores in just 1.1 frames. Jason West might be the luckiest pitcher of the night as he also gave up 4 runs in relief, but recorded the win thanks to the walk-off.
Rookie Ogden Game 2 – The Raptors second game on Saturday wasn't nearly as exciting as the first as Ogden fell to the Rockies 5 to 2. Starter Carlos Frias allowed all 5 runs in the shorted game while lasting just 4 innings, although 3 of those runs were unearned thanks to a pair of errors (yes, one of those was by Corey Seager). A trio of relievers finished off the game with a perfect frame each, highlighted by Sawil Gonzalez striking out the side in the 6th. Both of the Raptors' runs scored on homers as Jeremy Rathjen hit his 4th of the year, and Eric Smith went 2 for 3 with a solo shot.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers scored a pair of late runs to pull out a 6 - 5 victory over the Brewers. The Dodger offense only had 6 hits in this game, but a big two-run single by John Sgromolo in the 8th inning (his second hit of the night) was the key to the win. Leo Rodriguez's surprise homer was the only extra base hit for the club, and it should be noted that Yasiel Puig did not play on Saturday. Starter Victor Araujo gave up 7 hits and 4 runs over 5 innings, then Jhosue Bermudez made his first US relief appearance and picked up his first US win by holding the Brewers to 1 run over 2.2 frames. Travis Jones got the save by getting the final 4 outs of the game.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers defeated the Indians 6 to 2 despite collecting just 5 singles on the night. Jose Luis Javier had the only multi-hit game on Saturday, while Yensys Capellan drove in a pair with his single. Starter Wascar Teodo won his 3rd game of the year by allowing just 3 hits over 5 innings, with one earned run scoring against him. Luis Silverio was solid in relief as he pitched 3 shutout frames.
Coming up – Chris Reed and Garrett Gould will highlight Sunday's action as they start for the Lookouts and Quakes, respectively. Raydel Sanchez will take the mound for the Loons, while Blake Johnson will get the ball for the Isotopes.
Minor League Transactions – HiA: Jonathan Garcia returned to the team from his suspension, while Steve Domecus was put on the DL.