Zach Lee throwing during spring training
Minor League Player of the Day – Zach Lee (AA) - 7 IP, 2 Hits, 1 BB, 1 Run, 4 K's. There were a few other great performances by Dodger prospects on Wednesday, namely from Corey Seager, but Lee gets this award one day after an article came about how he has tweaked his delivery for the better. The change seems to have worked as his great outing spawned yet another article about him on milb.com just one day later.
AAA – The theme of walk-offs carried over from Tuesday as the Isotopes lost to the Redbirds (Cardinals) 2 - 1 after forcing in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th via a based loaded walk. The defeat spoiled a great start from Will Savage as he allowed just 3 hits and 1 run over 7 innings. Javy Guerra followed with 2 frames of hitless relief in his AAA debut, but Erick Threets allowed a walk and a double to start the 10th. The Isotopes then decided to do the unthinkable as they intentionally walked Eugenio Velez, and that move came back to bite them as Threets then couldn't find the plate and walked in the winning. At the plate Scott Van Slyke was the only one to get anything going as he had half his team's hits in a 2 for 3 effort that included his 17th homer of the year. Jerry Sands went 1 for 4 with a pair of K's.
AA – The Lookouts used 6 homers and an outstanding pitching performance from Zach Lee to extinguish the Smokies (Cubs) 11 to 1. Lee allowed just 3 base runners in his 7 innings of work on 2 hits and a walk, throwing 100 pitches in the process. Only 1 run scored against Lee and he struck out 4. Red Patterson tossed a scoreless 8th, then Jose Dominguez struck out a pair in his AA debut. As mentioned Chattanooga swatted 6 bombs, so bear with me as I mention them all. J.T. Wise not only had a 3 run long ball, but also had the best all around game as he went 4 for 4 and missed a cycle by a triple. Everyone else who jacked one out also had exactly one single in the game, so the rest of the homer group is Blake Smith (3 RBI's), Bobby Coyle (2 RBI's), Jake Lemmerman, Nick Buss, and Griff Erickson (1 RBI each).
HiA – The Quakes scored a pair of runs in the 9th on Wednesday to come from behind and take down the JetHawks (Astros) 8 to 7. Starter Ryan Acosta let Lancaster score some early runs as he had his worst start of the year, allowing 8 hits and 6 runs (5 earned) over 4.2 innings. His bullpen did good work, however, as Michael Thomas gave up the final run but struck out 4, and Yimi Garcia K'ed 5 and did not allow a hit in his 2.2 innings of work. At the plate Chris Jacobs went 2 for 5 and hit the game's only homer, while Alexis Aguilar went 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles. Joc Pederson had 2 more hits and drove in 2 runs, while Austin Gallagher had his third multi-hit game in a row as he went 2 for 4 with a double.
LoA – The Loons went down quietly on Wednesday as they fell to the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 7 to 1. Jeff Hunt provided the only run for Great Lakes with his 5th homer of the year, while Jesus Arredondo's double was the team's only other extra base hit. Starter Arismendy Ozoria evened his record at 8 - 8 by picking up the loss after he lasted just 2 innings and gave up 3 runs. Joel Lima got roughed up in relief to the tune of 4 runs, but Scott Griggs and Craig Stem highlighted the night as they struck out 8 batters between them by splitting the final 4 frames
Rookie Ogden – In a game that was filled with highs and lows, the Raptors eventually lost to the Osprey (Dbacks) 12 to 11 in 10 innings. Ogden scored 6 early runs in this game and held an early lead, but they found themselves down by 1 in the bottom of the 9th. After doubles by Corey Seager and Bladimir Franco tied the game, Ogden turned around and gave the run right back in the 10th and couldn't generate another rally. For Seager that late two bagger was part of a huge game as he went 4 for 5 with a homer, 2 doubles, and 4 runs scored. Franco also had a good game as he finished 3 for 5, while Jeremy Rathjen, Jesus Valdez, and Justin Boudreaux all left the yard. On the mound it was an all around rough game, starting with Carlos Frias who gave up 9 hits and 5 runs over 5 frames. Mike Drowne allowed 4 runs (2 earned) in relief, while Owen Jones blew the the save in the 9th and Carlos De Aza took the loss in the 10th.
Rookie Arizona – Game canceled
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers couldn't generate an extra base hit on Wednesday, but this time they still came away with a 2 - 1 win over the Cardinals. Josmar Cordero went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Geison Nunez drove in the other run, but that was about it for the offensive highlights. Starter Luis De Paula tossed a solid game as he did not allow a run over 4 innings and stuck out 5, then 5 different relievers threw in relief. 4 of the 5 bullpen arms didn't allow a run, including Bryan Munoz who pitched the 9th and recorded the first save of his professional career.
Coming up – Garrett Gould and John Ely highlight Thursday's action as they throw for the Quakes and Isotopes, respectively. Andres Santiago will draw the start for the Lookouts, Raydel Sanchez will take the mound for the Loons, and Luis Meza will get the ball for the Raptors.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Tyler Henson was placed on the DL with a right quad strain.