Minor League Player of the Day – Justin Sellers (AAA) - 4 for 5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI's, 2 Runs. Sellers had his second 4 hit game in 8 days and has thrived at the plate since his demotion to AAA. Justin is hitting .373 since re-joining the Isotopes and has an OPS of .971 over 18 games.
AAA – Things were looking good for the Isotopes for most of the game on Saturday but a late rally by Oklahoma City resulted in a 13 to 10 win for the RedHawks (Astros). While Albuquerque was down early after Aaron Laffey allowed 9 hits and 7 runs over 4+ innings, Justin Sellers and the rest of the offense bailed out their starter by scoring 10 runs of their own. Sellers went 4 for 5 with a double, a homer, and 3 RBI's while Tony Gwynn and Alfredo Amezaga each had a two-bagger and a pair of singles. Alex Castellanos also contributed by going 2 for 4 with a triple and a RBI. On the mound there were five different relievers who threw after Aaron left the game, including Anthony Ortega who did not allow a run over 3 frames. In the 9th, however, Steve Ames allowed 5 runs on 4 hits to blow the save in his worst outing of the season.
AA – The Lookouts had just 4 hits on Saturday as they fell to the BayBears (Dbacks) 2 to 1. A homer by Brian Cavazos-Galvez accounted for Chattanooga's only run while the other three hits were singles spread among three different players. Joc Pederson continued to slump as he went 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts, while Yasiel Puig did not play in the game to make sure he was healthy in case of a call up. On the mound starter Ross Stripling allowed 6 hits and 2 runs over 5.2 frames, striking out 6 along the way. Hector Nelo and Greg Infante did not give up a run in 2.1 innings of relief.
HiA – The Quakes built up a 8 - 2 lead over the Blaze and were cruising toward a victory until Bakersfield scored 4 runs in the 9th for a 9 - 8 win. Starter Gustavo Gomez threw pretty well in this one as he gave up 5 hits and 3 runs over 5 innings, but then the Rancho defense and bullpen gave away the game. O'Koyea Dickson, who is apparently getting a tryout at 3rd base, made two errors and a couple of his teammates made two more which led to a few unearned runs in the later innings. Then in the bottom of the 9th Eric Eadington got just one out while allowing 4 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs including the game winner. At the dish Jonathan Garcia had a big game as he went 3 for 3 with his 10th homer of the year, while the aformentioned Dickson had a double and a single. Chris Jacobs drove in a pair of runs as did the rehabbing Hanley Ramirez who had 1 hit in 4 at bats as the club's DH.
LoA – The Loons staged a late comeback on Saturday but their efforts fell just short as they lost to the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 7 to 6. Great Lakes scored 4 runs in the 9th to make the game interesting, with Aaron Miller's 2-RBI triple highlighting the inning. Miller also doubled earlier in the game as did Eric Smith, but that was it for the extra base hits in this one. Robbie Garvey had the only multi-hit game as he went 2 for 5. On the mound Angel Sanchez had another rough start as he gave up hits and 7 runs (5 earned) over just 3 innings. His relievers did great work including 2.2 scoreless frames from Geoff Brown and 2 innings of 1-hit ball from Luis Meza, but it was all for naught in the loss
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers had their opening day on Saturday, but unfortunately they were shutout by the Royals 2 - 0. The starter for the Dodgers was the 6'8" Miguel Urena who was signed this past off-season, and he threw quite well as he allowed just 3 hits and a walk and did not give up an earned run. Two unearned runs did score against him, however, and he also did not strike out anyone. Three relievers finished the game strong including 2 scoreless innings from Diomailin Rosario. Beating him out for best name in the game was DH Isbandel Isabel who went 2 for 4 and had the only good game for the offense. Ariel Sandoval and Michael Medina, two of the more notable international players signed by Dodgers this off-season, combine for just 1 single in 8 at bats and played right and left field, respectively.
Coming up – Matt Palmer starts for the Isotopes on Sunday while Steve Smith takes the mound for the Lookouts. Garrett Gould will get the ball for the Quakes and the Loons pitcher is TBD.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Red Patterson has been removed from the roster for the time being. LoA: Paul Hoenecke was placed on the DL and Sawil Gonzalez was sent back to extended spring training. Alan Garcia was activated from the bereavement list and outfielder Pat Stover was added back to the roster.