Minor League Player of the Day – Jonathan Garcia (HiA) - 5 for 6, 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI's, 3 runs. Sunday was a good day for Dodger minor leaguers as there were several candidates for the player of the day award. Garcia gets the nod after a 5 hit day that saw him drive in 4 and fall a triple shy of the cycle. While Jonathan's season stats are still a little underwhelming for a player repeating in the hitter friendly California League, he's been hot over the last few weeks including a 1.057 OPS in his last 10 contests.
AAA – The Isotopes used a 6-run outburst in the 5th inning and an outstanding start from Red Patterson to defeat the Zephyrs (Marlins) 7 to 4. Nick Buss got the big inning started with a 3-run homer, then later in the frame Justin Sellers drove in two more with a single. For Sellers it was one of 4 hits on the day as he increased his average to .337. Brian Barten also contributed by going 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI. On the mound Patterson was making just his 4th start of the year on Sunday, and it was his best by far as he faced just one batter over the minimum over 6 frames. Not only did he allow just 1 hit, but he also struck out 9. Anthony Ortega gave up 4 runs in relief, including 3 in the 9th, but Sean White came in to extinguish the comeback attempt.
AA – The game between the Lookouts and Generals (Mariners) was suspended due to rain, but the Lookouts had the early 3 - 0 lead. Rafael Ynoa was off to a hot start as he had already homered and doubled, and Blake Smith had also gone deep. Starter Andres Santiago threw just one inning and didn't allow a run despite permitting a hit and a walk.
HiA – The Quakes scored multiple runs in each of the first five innings as they crushed Visalia (Dbacks) 17 to 5. As you can image there were several big offensive games in this one, but no one did better than Jonathan Garcia who went 5 for 6 with a homer, a double, 4 RBI's, and 3 runs scored. Pedro Guerrero also homered and finished 4 for 6 with 3 RBI's, while Chris Jacobs drove in 2. Darnell Sweeney had a triple, a double, and a single by the 4th inning, but he didn't have a hit over the final 5 frames so he fell a homer shy of his 2nd cycle of the year. Starter Jarret Martin had a wild start as he walked 8 and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings, but he still got the win thanks to the offensive outburst. Four relievers pitched the final four frames, and Joel Lima had the best results as he struck out the side in a hitless inning.
LoA – The Loons continued to show off their new found offensive ability on Sunday as Great Lakes shut out the Silver Hawks (Dbacks) 11 to 0. After struggling at the plate for most of the season, the Loons have scored 10+ runs in each of their last 3 wins and have a 4-game winning streak. Jeremy Rathjen drove in a half dozen runs in this game without the aid of an extra base hit, although he did go 4 for 5. Corey Seager stayed hot as he went 2 for 2 with a double and a RBI, but he did leave the game in the 5th inning for an unknown reason. Eric Smith, Tyler Ogle, and Leo Rodriguez all also had 2 hits on the day. On the mound Miguel Sulbaran had one of his best outings of the year as he fired 5 shutout innings of 3-hit ball, walking 2 and striking out 4. Arismendy Ozoria punched out 5 in 3 innings of scoreless relief, and Luis Meza finished the shutout by pitching the 9th.
DSL – Off day
Coming up – The Lookouts will finish up their suspended game on Monday, then Rob Rasmussen is going to start the clubs regularly scheduled contest. Carlos Frias will throw for the Loons, but the pitchers for the Quakes and Isotopes are still TBD.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: J.R. Towles was placed on the DL with a sprained thumb, so the Isotopes called up catcher Dashenko Ricardo who has already moved around quite a bit this season. HiA: Another catcher went on the DL with a hand issue as Chris O'Brien has fractured the middle finger on his right hand. Webster Rivas was added to the Quakes roster to take his spot.