Minor League Player of the Day – John Ely (AAA) - 7 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 2 Walks, 3 K's. It was a very quiet day in terms of big performances, so I'm giving this award to Ely even though he allowed 2 runs and only had 3 K's. Ely lowered his ERA to 3.10 with this start, over the last 10 games opposing batters are hitting just .214 against him.
AAA – The Isotopes doubled up the Redbirds (Cardinals) 6 - 3 thanks to another strong performance from John Ely. Ely allowed just 3 hits and 2 earned runs over 7 innings of work, although he didn't get the win because Albuquerque scored 3 of their runs in the 9th. Scott Rice got the victory instead with a scoreless inning of work, and Josh Wall picked up the save. At the plate Elian Herrera had the only extra base hit and multi-hit game as he went 2 for 4 with a triple. Jerry Sands had the only other notable game as he singled and drove in 3 runs.
AA – Andres Santiago allowed 5 runs over the first two innings, and while the Lookouts fought back they weren't able to make up enough ground as they lost to the Smokies (Cubs) 5 to 4. Santiago settled down after the 2nd and overall gave up 6 hits and 2 walks, and it was enough to record his first loss in AA. Eric Eadington rebounded from a rough performance last time out with 1.2 perfect innings, and Geison Aguasviva didn't allow a run over his 1.2 frames of work. On offense Chattanooga was relatively quiet as the only had 2 extra base hits, with one of them being a double by C.J. Retherford. J.T. Wise also had a two-bagger and continued his recent hot streak by going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's.
HiA – It was a disappointing game for the Quakes as they lost to the JetHawks (Astros) 10 to 0. Garrett Gould allowed 5 of the runs in the first 3.2 innings of the game, then Jordan Roberts and Eammon Portice combined give up the other 5 runs. Pedro Baez's double was the only extra base hit for Rancho, although Joc Pederson continued his hit streak and Austin Gallagher went 3 for 4.
LoA – The Loons won a back and forth game on Thursday, beating the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 9 to 8 thanks to a walk off single by Joe Winker in the 10th. For Winker it was his only hit of the game, while Scott Schebler and O'Koyea Dickson both went 2 for 5 with a double. Tyler Ogle had 3 hits, and James Baldwin walked twice and stole his 49th base of the year. On the mound Raydel Sanchez got hit hard early as he allowed 5 hits and 6 runs over 4 frames, then Matt Shelton gave up 2 runs out of the bullpen. James Campbell and Daniel Coulombe followed with 4 innings of hitless relief and that allowed Great Lakes to come back for the victory.
Rookie Ogden – Ogden took down Missoula (Dbacks) 5 to 4 thanks to an all around solid game. Luis Meza made his first start of the year for the Raptors and did quiet well as he allowed just 4 hits and 1 earned run over 5 frames. Jason West struggled in relief to the tune of 2 runs in 1.1 frames, while Alan Garcia got out of a jam in the 9th to record his 1st save of the season for Ogden. Jeremy Rathjen hit the Raptors only homer and walked 3 times, while Jesus Valdez went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI's. Bladimir Franco had the only multi-hit game as he went 2 for 4.
Rookie Arizona Game 1 – Zachary Bird pitched well on Thursday and the Arizona Dodgers beat the Indians 3 to 1 in the first game of their double header. Bird allowed just 1 run on 4 hits over 5 innings of work, striking out 4 in the process. Aris Angeles got the win with 2 innings of hitless relief. The Dodgers scored 2 runs in the final frame to come away with the win thanks to a 2-run double by Leo Rodriguez. John Sgromolo also doubled and had the team's only other RBI, while Paul Hoenecke went 2 for 4.
Rookie Arizona Game 2 – The Arizona Dodgers lost the second game of their double header as they fell to the Indians 4 to 2. Starter Miguel Sulbaran took the loss as he allowed 3 of the 4 runs over 4 .2 frames, but he did strike out 8 during that span. Jackson Mateo worked the final 2.1 innings and gave up a run on 1 hit. Brian Cavazos-Galvez highlighted the offense by going 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles, and Paul Hoenecke homered for the 5th time this season.
DSL – Starter Luis Silvero had a great game as he allowed just 3 hits over 5 shutout frames, but his bullpen couldn't help him out as the Dodgers lost to the Cardinals 6 to 1. Reliever Luis Jimenez was the culprit as he allowed 5 runs (3 earned) out of the bullpen, and Daniel Lantigua gave up the final run in the 9th. The Dodgers offense continued to be quiet as they managed just 5 singles, and those were spread among 5 different players.
Coming up – Matt Magill will look to have another strong start for the Lookouts, and the same goes for Derrick Loop with the Isotopes. Gustavo Gomez is the scheduled starter for the Loons, while Angel Sanchez will try to change his luck with the Quakes.
Minor League Transactions – Ogden: Noel Cuevas was assigned to the Raptors after his rehab stint ended in Arizona.