Minor League Player of the Day – Josmar Cordero (DSL) - 4 for 5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI's, 3 Runs. Cordero said forget me not on Saturday as he has his best offensive performance in a long time, driving in 4 and recording 4 hits. Fans have been clamoring for Cordero's promotion to Arizona since June, but that hasn't happened yet so he's doing his best to get out of the DSL for several months.
AAA – The Isotopes continued their pitching success on Saturday as both John Ely and Josh Wall set Pacific Coast League highs in their 3 - 1 victory over the Zephyrs (Marlins). Ely won his 14th game of the year after allowing just 1 run over 8 innings, striking out 7 and walking a pair. Wall's 24th save also set a PCL high as his perfect 9th lowered his ERA below 5.00. At the the plate Tim Federowicz went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI's in a game that did not feature an extra base hit from the home team, while Jerry Sands extended his hitting steak to 19 game to tie a team record. The only other notable performance came from Oswaldo Martinez who singled in the 7th, then scored the game winning run on a wild pitch and a throwing error.
AA – The Lookouts scored all their runs in the 7th inning on Saturday as they defeated the Suns (Marlins) 3 to 2. Luis Nunez's 2-run homer tied the game, then C.J. Retherford tripled for his 3rd hit of the contest and scored the eventual winning run on Joe Becker's RBI single. The only other notable performance was the 2 for 4 effort from J.T. Wise, who had his 3rd multi-hit game over the past 4 days. Starter Andres Santiago allowed just 4 hits over 5 shutout innings, but he was robbed of the win since his team didn't score until he left the game. Wes Roemer picked up the victory despite giving up the only two runs, while Steven Rodriguez recorded his second save with a hitless 9th.
HiA – A pair of rehabbing Dodgers had success on Saturday, but Garrett Gould struggled out of the bullpen as the Quakes lost to the Storm (Padres) 5 to 2. Rubby De La Rosa fired 4 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk in the process. Matt Guerrier was perfect in his inning of relief, but Gould lost his 8th game of the year as he permitted 5 runs to score on 4 hits and 4 walks over 3 frames. At the plate Joc Pederson connected on yet another extra base hit as he had an RBI double, but that was about it for the Rancho offense. Leadoff man Gabriel Suarez went 2 for 3 with a double, but again that was it for the Quakes in their loss.
LoA – The Loons lost their 4th straight game on Saturday as Great Lakes was defeated by the Whitecaps (Tigers) 4 to 1. James Baldwin's double was the team's only extra base hit, while Darnell Sweeney had the Loons' only RBI. On the mound starter Raydel Sanchez gave up 6 hits and all 4 runs in this game, then his bullpen provided a couple of innings of hitless relief. Juan "Scrap Medal" Rodriguez walked 4 batters but didn't give up a base knock, while James Campbell got the final out of the game and lowered his ERA to 3.00.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors managed just 4 hits on Saturday as they lost to Billings (Reds) 3 to 1. Bladimir Franco and Eric Smith had the team's only extra base hits with a double each, but it wasn't enough for the Ogden victory. Starter Jake Hermsen had a strong game as he allowed just 1 run over 6 frames, but Luis Meza took the loss as he gave up a pair of runs in relief.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers got a strong performance out of their pitching staff on Saturday as they defeated the Rangers 4 to 3. Starter Miguel Sulbaran gave up just 5 hits and 2 runs over 6 frames, and he struck out 7 to increase his Arizona League K/9 to 9.23his ERA to 2.22. A trio of relievers finished off the win, including a save from Travis Jones who did not allow a run in the 9th. At the plate 2nd baseman Stefan Jarrin hit a rare homer and recorded a pair of RBI's, while Noel Cuevas went 2 for 4 for the team's only multi-hit game.
DSL – After a quiet few weeks, Josmar Cordero came back with authority on Saturday as he led the Dominican Dodgers to a 9 - 6 win over the A's. Cordero went 4 for 5 with a two-run homer and a double to drive in 4 runs, and he boosted his average to .363. Melvin Santana and Geison Nunez, the next best hitters in the lineup, also had big games as they combined for 5 singles and a pair of RBI's. On the mound Wascar Teodo only threw 3 innings and gave up a pair of runs, so Luis Jimenez got the win with 3.1 frames of relief during which time he allowed 4 hits and 2 runs. Only one of those runs was earned, however, thanks to one of the Dodgers 6 errors. Ricardo De La Rosa recorded his 9th save of the year with a perfect 9th.
Coming up – Derrick Loop will try to redeem himself in his start for the Isotopes, and the same goes for Angel Sanchez for the Quakes. Matt Magill will look to continue his success for the Lookouts, while Gustavo Gomez and Lindsey Caughel will take the mound for the Loons and Raptors, respectively.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Trent Oeltjen was activated from the disabled list, while Will Savage was placed on the DL. AA: Matt Wallach was placed on the DL, causing a domino effect in the minor league catching ranks. Jan Vazquez, who started the year with the Loons and was hitting just .242 for the Quakes, was promoted to the Lookouts. HiA: Pratt Maynard was promoted to the Quakes to take the spot of Vazquez. LoA: Tyler Ogle, who was with the Loons earlier in the season, has returned to Great Lakes to make up for the loss of Maynard.