Elian Herrera and two good games on Wednesday, and will soon be welcoming back Jerry Sands to Albuquerque
Minor League Player of the Day – Elian Herrera (AAA) - 5 for 7, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 Runs, 3 RBI's, 1 SB. Herrera played well in both games of the Topes double header on Wednesday and now has 4 multi-hit games in his last 5 contests. No question that he'll be back in LA once rosters expand in September.
AAA Game 1 – Albuquerque swept both games of their double header against the Padres on Wednesday, winning the first contest 4 to 0. John Ely and another masterful performance as he pitched a complete game (7 inning) shutout, allowing just 6 hits and striking out 8. At the plate Ivan De Jesus stayed hot with his 3rd homer of the year, a 3-run shot that provided the Topes with all the offense they needed. Scott Van Slyke went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles, while Adam Kennedy had a pair of singles in his final rehab game.
AAA Game 2 – The Isotopes finished off their double header sweep with some late scoring in game two, and beat the Padres 7 to 2. Elian Herrera had a perfect game as the plate as he went 3 for 3 with a walk, a triple, and 3 RBI's, while Ivan De Jesus got his batting average all the way to .288 with a single and a double. Starter Derrick Loop pitched well in the shortened game to record his 10th win of the season as he gave up just 3 hits over 6 innings. He also walked a pair and did end up allowing a couple of runs.
AA – Not much to see here as the Lookouts were shutout by the Blue Wahoos (Reds) 5 to 0. Matt Magill allowed more than 3 runs for the first time since late June as he gave up 4 hits, 3 walks, and 4 runs over 5.2 innings. He did strike out 5, however, and had a 7 to 1 groundout to flyout ratio. As you can image the offense was very quiet in the loss as Blake Smith had the only notable game by going 2 for 4 with a double.
HiA – After being shutout for 8 innings the Quakes scored 2 in the 9th to tie Nuts (Rockies), but Modesto came back with a walk-off single in the bottom of the frame to pull out a 3 - 2 victory. Austin Gallagher was the momentary hero for Rancho as it was his 2-RBI single in the 9th that tied the game, while Joc Pederson continued his strong 2nd half with a pair of doubles and 2 walks. Starter Angel Sanchez threw pretty well as he allowed just 5 hits and 2 runs over 6 frames, striking out 5. Yimi Garcia struck out 4 over his 1.2 innings of work, but he also picked up the loss as he was the one that allowed the walk-off hit.
LoA – The Loons modest two-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday as they fell to the Captains (Indians) 5 to 2. Both of Great Lakes' runs came on solo homers as Nick Akins hit his 6th bomb of the year, and Pedro Guerrero connected on his 8th. That was it for the offensive highlights. Starter Gustavo Gomez took the loss as he allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks over 5.2 innings, then Juan Noriega allowed the final 2 runs to score although both were unearned.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors downed the Chukars (Royals) 8 - 6 on Wednesday thanks to a 4-run 8th inning. Leadoff man Delvis Morales was a big part of the games scoring as he went 4 for 5 and crossed the plate 3 times, while Eric Smith drove in 3 of the runs with a double and a triple. Jesus Valdez, playing left field in this game, continued his power surge as he crushed his 6th homer of the year, a two-run job in that pivotal 8th inning. On the mound starter Lindsey Caughel allowed 5 hits and 5 runs over 5.1 frames, but his bullpen was solid which helped get the Raptors the win. Alan Garcia pitched a hitless 8th, while Owen Jones recorded his 4th save of the year with a scoreless 9th.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers had just one extra base hit on Wednesday as they fell to the Cubs 5 to 2. Paul Hoenecke was the one who recorded a double, while Yasiel Puig went 2 for 3 to put his OBP at an even .500 and his slugging % at and even 1.000. Miguel Sulbaran struggled a bit in his return to the rookie league as he allowed 6 hits and 4 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings. Aris Angeles threw the final 3 frames and allowed 1 run while K'ing 4.
DSL – Postponed
Coming up – No big time prospects pitching on Thursday with the exception being Aaron Miller throwing for the Lookouts. Jon Michael Redding takes the mound for the Quakes, Greg Wilborn toes the rubber for the Loons, and Matt Laney throws for the Raptors.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Trent Oeltjen was placed on the DL with "dizziness", presumably making room for Tony Gwynn. HiA: Chris O'Brien was activated from the DL while Scott Wingo and Selme Angulo were placed on the DL. LoA: Joe Winker and Gustavo Gomez were activated from the DL. Miguel Sulbaran was sent back to Arizona and Gabriel Suarez was promoted to Rancho.