Minor League Player of the Day – Ross Stripling (AA) - 6 IP, 2 Runs, 7 K's, 0 walks. It was another slow day in terms of notable performances on Thursday, so Stripling gets the nod here with another solid start for the Lookouts. While he did allow 8 hits including a homer, the 7 K's are nice to see as are the 0 walks.
AAA – The Isotopes were topped by the Aces (Dbacks) 8 to 3 on Thursday as Alex Castellanos returned to action. Castle went 1 for 5 with a double and plated 2 of the 3 runs, but he also struck out 3 times. Nobody else had an extra base hit, but Elian Herrera went 3 for 5 and a few other players had a couple of hits each. This game was actually tied at 3 until the 9th as Blake Johnson had a quality start by allowing the 3 runs over 6 frames and striking out 8. Red Patterson and Geison Aguasviva got through the next few innings without issue, but in the 9th Steve Ames had his first implosion of the season as he gave up 4 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs (3 earned) while getting just 2 outs.
AA – The Lookouts' game was the exact opposite of the Isotopes' contest as Chattanooga broke a 2 - 2 tie in the 10th with 6 runs to pull out a 8 - 2 victory over the Blue Wahoos (Reds). Blake Smith had the big hit in the 10th as his 3-run homer turned out to be the game winner. Big Chris Jacobs then gave his team some extra cushion as he followed that up with a 2-run bomb. Other offense notes are that Yasiel Puig went 1 for 5 with a double while Joc Pederson had 2 singles and scored 2 runs. On the mound Ross Stripling had another solid start as he allowed just 2 runs over 6 frames and struck out 7. He scattered 8 hits and didn't walk a batter. Luis Vasquez tossed 2 hitless innings of relief and Greg Infante picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings.
HiA – The Quakes lost to the Giants 5 to 2 despite outhitting their opposition. Solo homers by Angelo Songco and Darnell Sweeney accounted for Rancho's only two runs, but Bobby Coyle, Ryan Mount, and Scott Schebler had a pair of base knocks each. Starter James Campbell got through the first 4 innings without any problems, he ran into trouble in the 5th and ended up allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. Daniel Coulombe struggled out of the bullpen and permitted the final two runs to score.
LoA – The Loons were held to just 1 hit on Thursday as Great Lakes fell to the Silver Hawks (Dbacks) 4 to 1 in a game that was filled with ejections. Both managers were sent to the showers in this one, as were James Baldwin and Kevin Taylor. In terms of the game, a single by pinch hitter Devin Shines in the 8th inning was the only base knock that prevented the no-hitter, although a bases loaded walk by Taylor plated a run for the Loons earlier in the contest. Starer Angel Sanchez took the loss after allowing 7 hits and 4 runs over 5.2 frames, although he did strike out 6. Luis Meza struck out 3 over 2.1 scoreless frames of relief, while Joel Lima got the final 3 outs in the defeat.
Coming up – Zach Lee will throw for the Lookouts on Friday, and Garrett Gould will take the mound for the Quakes. The Loons will send Miguel Sulbaran to the bump while the Isotopes' starter is TBD.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Alex Castellanos was activated from the DL while Osvaldo Martinez was demoted to the Southern League. HiA: Jon Michael Redding was activated from the DL and John Cannon was added to the roster. To make room for these transactions reliever Craig Stem was sent to LoA and catcher Webster Rivas was assigned back to extended spring training. LoA: Jonathan Martinez was placed on the DL, Devin Shines was activated from the disabled list, and Jesus Valdez was sent back to extended spring training.