Eric Smith had another big game for the Raptors on Sunday, leading them to the win and the Championship series
Minor League Player of the Day – Eric Smith (Ogden) - 2 for 2, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 Walks, 1 RBI, 4 Runs. Smith had another big game for the Raptors on Sunday, and finished the short 3 game series with 7 hits in 12 at bats to go along with 4 walks and 8 runs scored. As this story from milb.com mentions, the 2012 12th round pick never got a chance to go to the college world series while with Stanford, so making it to the Pioneer League Championship is a special thing for the young catcher.
AAA – The Isotopes couldn't repeat their magic on Sunday as their season came to an end after a 16 - 7 loss to the Storm Chasers (Royals). Things got out of hand early for Albuquerque as starter Will Savage got rocked for 5 hits and 6 runs over the first 1.2 frames, then Tim Corcoran got touched up for 4 more runs in 2 innings of relief. Down 10 - 0 the Topes started to climb back into it with 4 runs in the 5th, but more ugly relief from Erick Threets (who allowed 4 more runs) really put the game to bed. The offense that the club was able to generate was led by Josh Fields, who ended his season on a high note by going 2 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBI's. Jerry Sands bid farewell with a 2 for 5 effort, while Scott Van Slyke's double was the only other extra base hit for Albuquerque. Finally Dee Gordon went 0 for 5 in his final "rehab" game, but he will most likely join LA at some point in the near future along with a few others.
AA – The Lookouts reached the end of their line on Sunday as they were outhit by the Generals (Mariners) 18 to 6 and fell 8 to 2. Starter Andres Santiago allowed 8 of those hits in his 4.1 innings of work, although he kept his team in the game by permitting just 2 runs to score. Five different relievers threw out of the bullpen for Chattanooga, and they each had mixed results starting with Geison Aguasviva who was touched up for 2 scores to put his team in a 4 - 0 hole. Yimi Garcia and Eric Eadington battled through the next 1.2 innings without any damage, but then Jackson scored 3 in the 9th off of Wes Roemer to really put the game out of reach. At the plate Luis Nunez had the only multi-hit game for the Lookouts as he went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI, while Jake Lemmerman drove in the only other run with a two-bagger of his own. The only other notable performance came from Joc Pederson who tripled for his first extra base hit in AA.
HiA – Season over
LoA – Season over
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors have advanced to the Pioneer League Championship series for the 3rd year in a row after defeating the Rockies 11 to 9. Ogden has lost in the finals in each of the last two seasons, so they are hoping that the 3rd time is the charm. This a back and forth game from the start, but after Ogden took the lead for good in the 6th their bullpen really took control as they finished the game with 3.1 hitless innings. Travis Jones picked up the win by recording 4 outs without a problem, then Owen Jones recorded his 1st save of the post season by hurling 2 perfect frames. Going back to the beginning of the game starter Carlos Frias had a rough outing as he gave up 8 hits and 6 runs over 5 innings. Michael Drowne then allowed Grand Junction to tie the game before the offense re-took the lead and the aforementioned bullpen arms closed out the victory. Speaking of the offense, Eric Smith had the big game at the plate as tripled, homered, and walked twice while scoring a game high 4 runs. Jose Capellan and Bladimir Franco also had two hits including a homer each, while Jesus Valdez and Corey Seager both drove in a pair of runs.
Rookie Arizona – Season over
DSL – Season over
Coming up – For the first time since April 4th there will no minor league baseball for the Dodgers organization, but the Raptors will resume play on Tuesday as they start their championship series with the Missoula Osprey. No starter has been announced for the short best of 3 series, but my guess is that Lindsey Caughel will get the call.