Minor League Player of the Day – Joc Pederson (HiA) - 3 for 5, 2 2B's, 1 HR, 5 RBI's, 3 Runs. Pederson continued his strong second half with another big performance on Tuesday. The 20 year old's average in the second half has "only" increased to .308 (from .291 in the first half), but the real difference is his slugging which has gone from .395 to .550 when you split the season in two.
AAA – Postponed
AA – Chris Reed had another short start but it was good enough to result in a 3 - 1 win over the Braves. Reed allowed just 1 run over 3 frames, but he did give up 5 hits and walked 1 while striking out 3. Andres Santiago made his Southern League debut and allowed just 1 hit over 3 shutout frames (while K'ing 4), and Steve Ames pitched a perfect 9th to record is 14th save of the year. At the plate the Lookouts recorded 13 hits, with 4 of them coming from Nick Buss who doubled and singled 3 times. 3rd baseman Luis Nunez also had a big game as he went 3 for 4 with a homer, while Jake Lemmerman doubled for the 5th game in a row.
HiA – The Quakes pulled out a 11 - 9 win over the Nuts (Rockies) on a 95 degree Tuesday evening. Rancho connected on 3 homers in this contest, with one of them coming from Joc Pederson who also doubled twice and drove in 5 runs. Austin Gallagher went 2 for 4 with a bomb and 2 RBI's, while Pedro Baez also took one deep. On the mound stater Garrett Gould got knocked around early as he allowed 5 hits, 4 walks, and 5 runs over 2.2 innings, while Jordan Roberts gave up 3 more runs in relief. Steve Smith did not allow a run over the next 2.2 frames while the Quakes re-took the lead, and Bret Montgomery picked up his 1st save of the year.
LoA – The Loons beat the Dragons (Reds) 6 to 5 in 10 innings on Tuesday thanks to a walk-off homer by Nick Akins. Prior to Akins' heroics Great Lakes was actually down 1 in the 9th but were able to tie the score on a Pedro Guererro 2-out double. For Guerrero it was his second big hit of the night as he had also connected on a two-run homer earlier in the game. That game tying base knock set up Akins an inning later who said he wouldn't be able to sleep after hitting the winning bomb. On the mound Raydel Sanchez pitched just 2 innings due to a lengthy rain delay, and when play resumed Matt Shelton gave up 4 unearned runs. Juan Rodriguez gave up a run in the top of the 9th, but stayed on the mound through the late scoring to record the win.
Rookie Ogden – Not much to see in this one as the Raptors were shut down by the Chukars (Royals) 7 to 1. Starter Jake Hermsen gave up all 7 runs in this game within the first two frames, then the only real highlight came when reliever Jharel Cotton picked up in relief. Cotton, the Dodgers 20th round pick this year, actually threw 4 no-hit innings and struck out 7 for the best outing of his professional career. At the plate nobody had more than one hit, and the only extra base knocks were triples by Delvis Morales and Pat Stover.
Rookie Arizona – The Brewers scored 4 in the 9th but the Arizona Dodgers were able to hold on for a 10 - 9 win on Tuesday. Starter Zachary Bird allowed some early scoring as he gave up 5 runs on 4 hits over 4.2 innings, while Ricky Perez is the reliever who gave up all 4 late runs. In between Jackson Mateo threw 2 scoreless frames to record the win. At the plate Yasiel Puig hit yet another homer as his 3-run bomb was his 4th jack of his young career. Alex Santana also took one deep and tripled, while Corey Embree actually had a pair of three-baggers on the night.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers won 5 - 3 over the Cardinals behind a combined 3-hitter. Starter Luis De Paula gave up just 1 hit over the first 4 innings of the game while striking out 5, although all 3 runs scored against him (all unearned). A quartet of relievers finished off the game, highlighted by another shutout inning from Bryan Munoz who also struck out a pair. At the plate Yensys Capellan went 2 for 3 with a couple of doubles and a RBI, while Josmar Cordero had two singles and drove in two.
Coming up – The Isotopes are going to play a double header on Wednesday, and amazingly John Ely is scheduled to start both games. Angel Sanchez is supposed to throw for the Quakes, while Gustavo Gomez and Lindsey Caughel will take the mound for the Loons and Raptors, respectively.