Minor League Player of the Day – Rob Rasmussen (AA) - 5.1 IP, 0 Runs, 8 K's, 2 Hits, 2 Walks. After a trio of mediocre starts to begin the season, Rasmussen shined on Tuesday with a great outing. According to this milb.com article Rob mixed his pitches well to keep the hitters off balance, and he also did a good job of keeping the ball down in the zone.
AAA – The Isotopes went on a hit parade on Tuesday as they pounded the RedHawks (Astros) 12 to 2. While only two of Albuquerque's 21 hits went for extra bases (doubles by Dee Gordon and Tony Gwynn), everyone in the lineup had more than one base knock outside of Elian Herrera (who went 0 for 5). Alex Castellanos, Scott Van Slyke, Matt Angle, Alfredo Amezaga, and Gwynn all had 3 hits apiece, while Matt Wallach drove in a team high 3 runs with a pair of singles. As mentioned Gordon doubled and also reached base twice more on a single and a walk, but it should be noted that he made his 7th error of the season as well (in 17 games). On the mound Angel Castro made his first start of the year and was very solid over 6 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits. Kelvin De La Cruz struck out 4 over his two frames, and Peter Moylan got the final 3 outs without giving up a run.
AA – Neither the Lookouts nor the Suns (Marlins) were able to score in the first 8 innings of their game on Tuesday, but Chattanooga plated 4 runs in the top of the 9th to secure a 4 - 0 victory over Jacksonville. Lookouts starter Rob Rasmussen, who was facing his former organization for the first time, had by far his best game of the year as he allowed just 2 hits over 5.1 shutout frames and struck out 8. Hector Nelo followed with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, and once Chattanooga took the lead Greg Infante shut the door with a scoreless 9th. As you already may have guessed there weren't any offensive highlights for the Lookout until the 9th. Following a walk and an error Miguel Rojas brought home the first run with his second hit of the game, then Rafael Ynoa followed with a 2-RBI double. That allowed Joc Pederson to come up one last time, and with his 15 game hitting streak on the line he doubled to plate the final run.
HiA – The struggles of Garrett Gould continued on Tuesday as the Quakes lost to 66ers (Angles) 7 to 5. Spotted a 4 run lead before he even took the mound, Gould immediately gave back 2 of the runs in the bottom of the 1st. While he settled down over the next two frames, he allowed 3 more runs in the 4th and couldn't get out of the inning. Overall Garrett gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks, and his ERA now stands at 11.74. Because the game was tied when Gould left, Jon Michael Redding actually picked up the loss despite allowing just 1 run in his 3.1 innings of work. Outside of their early outburst the Rancho offense didn't do much damage in this game, and Jonathan Garcia had the only multi-hit game as he went 2 for 4 with a double. O'Koyea Dickson also doubled and drove in a run, as did Elevys Gonzalez.
LoA – Rained out
Coming up – The Isotopes are off on Wednesday, but there will still be four games played as the Loons are slated for a doubled header. Great Lakes will send Jonathan Martinez to the mound in the first game, and Lindsay Caughel will throw in the second. The scheduled starters for the Lookouts and Quakes have yet to be announced.