Minor League Player of the Day – Yimi Garcia (AA) - 2 IP, 0 Hits, 0 Walks, 0 Runs, 4 K's. After an outstanding season in 2012, Garcia found himself in AA for 2013 and is making the most of it so far as the Lookouts' closer. On Saturday Yimi recorded a multi-inning save for the first time this year and struck out 4, and he is the type of pitcher who could make an impact with the Dodgers sooner rather than later.
AAERA – The Isotopes managed just 4 hits on Saturday as they fell to the Oklahoma City Redhawks (Astros) 3 to 1. Elian Herrera and Rusty Ryal both doubled and Alex Castellanos drove in the only Albuquerque run with a single, but outside of that there wasn't much action at the plate. Starter Sean White threw well despite the loss as he allowed 5 hits and 2 runs over 5 frames, and Kelvin De La Cruz threw a pair of scoreless innings in his AAA debut. Chris Withrow allowed a hit and a walk in the 9th, but he got out of the jam and has yet to give up a run in 2013.
AA – Zach Lee threw another great game and Blake Smith hit a late 2-run homer to give the Lookouts a 4 - 3 victory over the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins). Lee tossed 6 innings and allowed 1 run on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6. In each of his four starts this year Zach has not given up more than 1 earned run. Kyle Cofield and Eric Eadington both allowed a run in relief which stopped Lee from getting the win, but Yimi Garcia struck out 4 over the final 2 frames without allowing a hit or a walk to record his 4th save of the year. As mentioned the big hit at the plate came from Smith who blasted a game winning 2-run homer in the 8th. The only other notable offensive performance of course came from Joc Pederson who extended his hitting streak to 14 games by going 2 for 4 with a triple. Joc, who celebrates his 21st birthday on Sunday, is now hitting .323 with a 1.061 OPS.
HiA – The Quakes put up a picket fence between the 2nd and 5th innings to down the High Desert Mavericks (Mariners) 5 to 3. Scott Schebler led the way with 3 hits and fell a homer shy of the cycle as he drove in two, while Jonathan Garcia did in fact take one deep and finished the night 2 for 4. On the mound Duke von Schamann won for the first time this year by allowing 4 hits and 3 runs over 6 frames, striking out 3 in the process. Juan Noriega picked up his 3rd hold in 3 games with a scoreless 7th, and Michael Thomas recorded his league leading 6th save with a pair of shutout innings during which he allowed just 1 hit.
LoA Game 1 – The Loons got beat up in the first game of their double header on Saturday as they fell to the Lake County Captains (Indians) 11 to 7. Great Lakes starter Zach Bird threw well early as he allowed just 1 run over the first 3 innings, but in the 4th he ran into trouble and gave up a couple of more runs. The bullpen couldn't provide any relief as Arismendy Ozoria and Gregg Downing combined to allow 6 walks and 8 more runs over the next few frames, and at that point the Loons were pretty much out of it. At the plate Corey Seager tripled and drove in a run, while Tyler Ogle doubled, walked twice, and also had a RBI to increase his OB% to .553. Eric Smith continued his hot hitting as well as he went 2 for 4 with a run batted in.
LoA Game 2 – The Loons salvaged the second game of their double header by downing the Captains (Indians) 9 to 4. James Baldwin had the big game at the dish as he went 2 for 3 with a homer, a double, and 4 RBI's. Jesus Valdez drove in 3 with a bases loaded double, while Pat Stover had his first notable performance of the year with a 3 for 3 effort that included a double and 2 RBI's. Starter Angel Sanchez recorded his first win of the season by throwing 6 frames, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits (although only 2 of those runs were earned). Scott Griggs pitched for the first time in a week and set Lake County down in order in the final inning.
Coming up – The Loons will play another double header on Sunday, sending Ralston Cash and Jharel Cotton to the mound. Stephen Fife will throw for the Isotopes, and Gustavo Gomez is the scheduled starter in a Quakes game that I plan to attend. The Chattanooga starter is TBD.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Osvaldo Martinez was placed on the DL with a strained left calf, and Alfredo Amezaga was activated from the inactive list. AA: As we heard earlier today Yasiel Puig was placed on the DL with a sprained thumb. Brian Cavazos-Galvez was added to the roster to take his place, and relief pitcher Luis Vasquez has also joined the Lookouts as well.