Minor League Player of the Day – Chris Reed (AA) - 7 IP, 0 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 K's. After a rough start to his season, Reed put together his second impressive outing in a row to earn player of the day honors. When you include the 5 shutout frames he threw last week, Chris has now strung together 12 consecutive innings of scoreless baseball to get his ERA of 4.34 to a much more respectable level.
AAA – The Isotopes managed just 4 singles on Wednesday as they fell to Memphis (Cardinals) 5 to 1. The weak offensive performance and an implosion by reliever Anthony Ortega wasted a very strong start by Angel Castro who fired 6 shutout innings. The right hander allowed just 3 hits and 1 walk while lowering his ERA to 3.20 for the season. As mentioned Ortega had an awful outing as he allowed 3 homers and 5 runs out of the bullpen so the 1.2 scoreless innings of relief by Steve Ames didn’t matter. On offense Matt Angle had 2 of the team’s 4 hits and drove in the only run to provide the only hitting highlight.
AA – For the second day in a row the Lookouts shutout the BayBears (Dbacks) by a score of 1 – 0. The victory was Chattanooga’s 9th in a row, although for the season they are still under .500. One day after Zach Lee fired 6 scoreless innings, Chris Reed did him one better by blanking Mobile for 7 frames. He allowed just 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5 in his best outing of the season. Luis Vasquez got through the 8th without any problems, then Yimi Garcia nailed down his 11th save by setting the BayBears down in order in the 9th. At the plate Yasiel Puig didn’t have a hit but drove in the only run of the game with a based loaded walk. Rafael Ynoa went 2 for 4 and his double was the Lookouts’ only extra base hit, while Joc Pederson went 0 for 4 and struck out twice.
HiA – The Quakes fell to Lancaster (Astros) 9 - 4 to extend their losing streak to 3 games. Starter Lindsey Caughel had an rocky outing as he allowed 8 hits over 5 innings, but he limited the damage against him as he only permitted 3 runs. Reliever Daniel Coulombe was not so lucky, however, as he gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and 6 runs in just 1.1 innings of work. At that point the game was out of reach for the Rancho offense that had just 6 hits on the night. Ryan Mount went 2 for 4 with a double and O'Koyea Dickson also had a 2-bagger that resulted in an RBI, but that was about it for the offensive highlights.
LoA – The Loons were shutout for the 8th time this season as they fell to the Whitecaps (Tigers) 5 to 0 on Wednesday. The Greats Lakes offense, which has scored 1 run or less in 5 of their last 8 games, had just 5 hits in this game. Aaron Miller's double, his first hit since joining the club, was the only extra base knock, and the team went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. Jesmuel Valentin had an especially rough game as he went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts, and over his last 10 games he is hitting .167 with an OPS of .476. On the mound starter Jharel Cotton threw relatively well as he allowed just 4 hits over 6.1 frames and struck out 8, but he still gave up 4 runs and recorded the loss. Owen Jones threw the last 1.2 innings and permitted 4 hits of his own, but just 1 run scored against him.
Coming up – Matt Magill takes the mound for the Isotopes on Thursday while Andres Santiago gets the ball for the Lookouts. Jarret Martin will throw for the Quakes and the Loons will send Carlos Frias to the bump.