Minor League Player of the Day – Matt Wallach (AAA) - 3 for 4, 1 HR, 1 walk, 2 runs, 1 RBI. Thursday another night that lacked a true breakout performance, so I'm going with Wallach who homered and reached base 4 times for the second straight game.
AAA – The Isotopes plated 5 runs in the top of the 11th to outlast the Express (Rangers) 9 to 4 on Thursday. Tony Gwynn had the first big hit in the final frame as he plated two with a double, then Jeremy Moore really sealed the deal when he crushed a 2-run homer. The suddenly hot Matt Wallach also homered earlier in the game and finished the contest 3 for 4, while Elian Herrera had two singles and drove in a run. Starer Matt Palmer allowed 3 run on 3 hits over 5 innings, and from there the bullpen did very well outside of a run given up by Josh Wall. Jose Dominguez threw another scoreless inning while Steve Ames got the win despite allowing 1 hit and 2 walks.
AA – Zach Lee threw well on Thursday but the Lookouts still fell to Huntsville (Brewers) 3 to 1. Lee allowed a 2-run homer in the first inning, but that was it as he struck out 8 over 6 frames and in total gave up just 4 hits and 2 walks. Michael Thomas got the final 6 outs and struck out 3, although he finally permitted a run. The Chattanooga offense was very quiet in this game as they managed just 6 singles. 4 of those were split between Miguel Rojas and Brian Cavazos-Galvez, with BCG driving in the only run.
HiA – The Quakes lost their 4th straight game on Thursday as they fell to Stockton (A's) 8 to 4. Starter Lindsey Caughel couldn't make it out of the 4th inning as he allowed 6 run on 9 hits. The bullpen threw pretty well the rest of the way, with Raydel Sanchez being the most successful as he allowed juts 1 hit over 2.1 frames. At the plate Scott Schebler had the big game for Rancho as he went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer, and 3 RBI's. Jonathan Garcia had the only other notable game went 2 singles in 4 at bats
LoA – The Loons winning streak was snapped on Thursday as Great Lakes was washed away by the Whitecaps (Tigers) 5 to 2. Their offense went back to it's old ways as they collected just 5 hits, with Tyler Ogle's double the only one that went for extra bases. Leo Rodriguez went 3 for 4 while the rest of the lineup didn't do much at all. Starter Zach Bird gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks over 3.2 frames, and Luis Meza permitted the final 2 runs in relief. Scott Griggs worked the last 2 innings and struck out 3.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers were doubled up by the Mariners on Thursday in a 8 to 4 loss. Starter Miguel Urena didn't allow a hit, but walked 4 of the 6 batters he faced before getting the early yank. From there 5 different relievers threw for the Dodgers, and 4 of them gave up at least 1 run. On offense Jimy Perez hit a 3-run homer and Nelson Palmer went 2 for 4 with a double to raise his average to .455. Jose Luis Javier also had a solid game as he went 2 for 3 with a triple and a RBI.
Coming up – All teams will be in action on Friday, but only two of the starters have been announced as Jarret Martin will throw for the Quakes and Miguel Sulbaran will take the mound for the Loons.
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