Minor League Player of the Day – Scott Van Slyke (AAA) - 3 for 5, 2 2B's, 1 HR, 3 RBI's, 2 Runs. Another player of the day award for Scott who had been relatively quiet for the past few days until this big performance. According to Isotopes beat writer Chris Jackson Van Slyke used a defensive shift to his advantage, and his OPS now stands at 1.401 through 18 games.
AAA – The Isotopes snapped their four game losing streak on Monday with a 8 to 1 victory over the RedHawks (Astros). It was an all around great game for Albuquerque who got quality pitching and hitting. Starter Matt Magill allowed just 1 hit (a solo homer) over 4 innings and struck out 7, although he did walk 4. As Eric already mentioned the Dodgers had Matt on a strict pitch count, which is why he was pulled after just 71 pitches. The recently signed Anthony Ortega followed with a pair of scoreless frames, as did Steve Ames. Chris Withrow finished up with a scoreless inning and has yet to allow a run this season. At the plate Scott Van Slyke had another monster game as he slugged two doubles and a homer to drive in 3 runs. Elian Herrera had a pair of hits and a couple of RBI's, while Dee Gordon went 2 for 4 with a walk to raise his average to .323.
AA – The Lookouts were able to down the Suns (Marlins) 5 to 1 on Monday even without their star outfielders in the lineup. With Yasiel Puig on the DL and Joc Pederson getting a regular day off, right fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez picked up some of the slack as he went 2 for 3 with a double and a pair of RBI's. Catcher Griff Erickson also contributed with his 2nd homer of the season, a two-run blast, while Rafael Ynoa had a double and a single to drive in the other run. As was the trend today the Lookouts got a very strong pitching performance, mainly from starter Andres Santiago who struck out 6 over 5 frames and allowed just 1 run on 5 hits. Ryan Acosta tossed a pair of scoreless frames, and Yimi Garcia got out of a late mess started by Luis Vasquez to record his league leading 5th save.
HiA – Off day
LoA – The Loons continued their streak of outstanding pitching and 1-run games on Monday as Great Lakes grounded the Silver Hawks (Dbacks) 1 to 0. Starter Carlos Frias was lights out as the tossed 7 shutout innings, allowing just 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7. Frias also lowered his season ERA to 1.00 in the process. The problem was that the Loons were shutout through 8 innings as well, so Sawil Gonzalez got the win in relief with a couple of scoreless frames of his own. As mentioned the offense was very quiet for most of the day, but in the top of the 9th Great Lakes was able to scrap together the only run they needed after Jesus Valdez was hit by a pitch, moved to 3rd on a errant pick-off attempt throw, and then scored on Jeremy Rathjen's single. Doubles by James Baldwin and Eric Smith were the only extra base hits of the game.
Coming up – Even though all four teams are scheduled on Tuesday, the only announced starter is Garrett Gould for the Quakes. Keep in mind that the Isotopes play an early game (11 am PST) for those of you who want to watch or listen to some minor league action.
Minor League Transactions – LoA: The Loons made a flurry of moves on Monday as both Jake Hermsen and Casio Grider were added to the roster, while reliever Gregg Downing was released. The other roster spot was created when infielder Alexis Aguilar retired.