Minor League Player of the Day – Corey Seager (LoA) - 3 for 4, 2 HR's, 1 2B, 6 RBI's. Seager has missed a good portion of the season due to a pulled hamstring, but he showed that he was healthy on Friday with a huge night at the plate. For the season Corey is now hitting above .300, and with 6 homers in 38 games he continues to demonstrate his power.
AAA – The Isotopes wasted a big night at the plate from Justin Sellers as Omaha (Royals) outlasted Albuquerque 7 to 6. Sellers went 4 for 5 with 3 doubles to increase his average to .372, driving in 3 runs along the way. Rusty Ryal stayed hot as he went 2 for 3 with a walk and a RBI, and John Baker had 2 hits in 4 at bats. Starter Blake Johnson, who has performed very well thus far in Pacific Coast League, had probably his worst outing of the season as he allowed 8 hits and 7 runs over 4.2 frames. Kelvin De La Cruz struck out 4 in 2.1 innings of relief, while and Josh Wall got the final 3 outs in the loss.
AA – The middle of the Lookout lineup did a lot of damage on Friday in Chattanooga's 8 - 7 win over the Smokies (Cubs). The 3 through 6 hitters had 10 of the clubs 11 hits, with Brian Cavazos-Galvez collecting a good chunk of them with 4 singles in 5 at bats. Joc Pederson did most of the damage as he drove in 4 with a 3-run homer and a single, while Miguel Rojas was a long ball away from the cycle and scored 2 runs. On the mound Andres Santiago saw his ERA rise above 5 after giving up 4 runs on 7 hits through 5 innings, and Hector Nelo also struggled in relief as he allowed 3 runs to score. The good news is that Yimi Garcia was solid as always as he nailed down his 14th save with 2 strikeouts in a perfect 9th.
HiA – The Quakes got crushed by the JetHawks (Astros) on Friday in a 14 - 0 loss. Starter Jarrett Martin was on the mound for most of the damange as he allowed 9 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, although only 6 of those runs were earned due to a number of of Rancho errors. Joel Lima also got crushed in relief as he permitted 4 runs to score, while Pedro Baez gave up a run as well. This game was extremely lopsided as the Quakes managed just 4 singles in this one, meaning that there were no offensive highlights.
LoA – Corey Seager was dynamite on Friday as his big night at the plate led the Loons to a 9 - 7 victory over the Whitecaps (Tigers). Seager went 3 for 4 while playing in just his second game since June 9th, crushing a pair of homers and also collecting a double in route to a 6 RBI night. Robbie Garvey had the only other RBI for Great Lakes and also tripled in this game, while Jose Capellan went 2 for 3 with a double. Starter Miguel Sulbaran actually allowed 6 runs in this game over 4.2 frames, but only 2 of those were earned thanks to an error by newcomer Brandon Dixon. Arismendy Ozoria struck out 5 in 2.1 innings of relief and recorded the win, and Craig Stem picked up the save despite allowing 3 base runners in the 9th.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors remain winless on their young season as they fell to the Rockies 6 to 3. Francisco Villa started for Ogden in this one after spending the last two seasons as a reliever in Arizona, but the results weren't favorable as he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits over 5 innings. 2013 26th round pick Thomas Taylor made his professional debut in relief and allowed 2 runs, while 2013 6th round Jacob Rhame also debuted and struck out 1 in a perfect inning. At the dish Jesmuel Valentin had another big game as he went 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and a stolen base, but that was about it for the offense highlights as the Raptors as a team managed just 5 singles in this game.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers scored early and often on Friday on their way to a 9 to 5 win over the Brewers. Justin Chigbogu, the 2012 4th round pick who struggled in his professional debut, had a big game at the dish as he homered twice and drove in 5 runs. James McDonald had three more hits and is hitting .500 for the young season, while Adam Law went 2 for 4 with a double and plated a pair of runs. On the mound 17 year old Victor Gonzalez struck out 6 over 5 innings of work, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs. Fellow 17 year old William Soto permitted 3 runs in relief, but only one of those runs were earned thanks to a pair of errors by shortstop Cristian Gomez. 2013 32nd round pick Rob Rogers recorded the save with a couple of scoreless innings to end the game.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers had just 4 hits on Friday in a 7 - 2 loss to the Indians. All four of those base knocks were singles, with two of them coming from Nelson Palmer who continues to stay hot. The starter for the Dodgers was the 6'4" 17 year old Angel German, but he had a terrible time on the mound as he allowed 5 runs in 1+ innings of work. That put a lot of strain on the bullpen, but they responded well as they permitted just one more earned run the rest of the way. Dennys Chica had the most success in relief as he fired 3 shutout frames while striking out a pair.
Coming up – Duke von Schamann will be the top pitching prospect to throw on Saturday as he starts for the Lookouts, while Carlos Frias will take the mound for the Quakes. Brandon Martinez gets the ball for the Loons and Jonathan Martinez will be going for the Raptors, but the other starters are TBD.