Minor League Player of the Day: Joc Pederson of Class Double-A Chattanooga continued to mash, hitting two more home runs on Thursday in an 8-3 victory for the Lookouts.
Triple-A: The Isotopes dropped the series opener against the Memphis Redbirds on Thursday in extra innings. After falling behind 3-1, Albuquerque took advantage of an error from shortstop Greg Garcia in the top of the 8th inning, plating two runs off of the misplay. However, the Isotopes would ultimately lose to Memphis after Brock Peterson clubbed a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Familiar face Dee Gordon stole a pair of bases despite failing to reach via base hit or walk. Isotopes starting pitcher Rob Rasmussen allowed two runs in five solid innings of work.
Double-A: The Lookouts snapped a modest three game losing streak on Thursday behind the power performance of outfielder Joc Pederson, who once again turned in a remarkable performance at the plate. The Lookouts received four home runs in total -- including two in the first inning as part of a five run frame -- and two were off of the bat belonging to Pederson. Starting pitcher Duke von Schamann rebounded from his poor outing last time on the mound by allowing three runs on eight hits and zero walks in five innings of work, while striking out five.
High Class-A: The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes finally earned their first win of the second half, defeating the Lancaster JetHawks (Astros) on Thursday behind their offense. The Quakes took control of this game from the beginning, scoring two runs in three of the first four innings, allowing them to jump out to a 6-1 lead. Meanwhile, Carlos Frias fooled Lancaster batters all night, as he allowed just one earned run on five hits and a walk while striking out eight batters in six innings of work. Darnell Sweeney starred for the Quakes offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a line drive home run. Rehabbing Dodger Scott Van Slyke went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. The victory also snapped the Quakes' nine game losing streak that dated back to the 15th of June.
Low Class-A: The Loons extended kept the good times rolling with their third consecutive win, defeating Lake County 3-1. The Loons have now won six of their past seven games. This time it was their pitching that did the work as starter Brandon Martinez allowed just one run in six innings of work before handing it over to the bullpen. Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager, who has been hot since returning to the lineup, recorded yet another hit.
Rookie (Ogden): Facing Grand Junction on Thursday, the Ogden Raptors seemingly cruised to yet another win by the looks of the 7-1 score, but the Raptors couldn't get comfortable until after their four run eight inning. Things didn't look good for the Raptors for much of the game, falling behind 1-0 and held mostly in check by Grand Junction's pitching. But once Helmis Rodriguez was relieved by Jacob Newberry, the Raptors gave the new pitcher a shell shock. Ogden answered by scoring four runs on five hits while recording just one out before another pitching change was needed. Fortunately for the Raptors, starter Jonathan Martinez kept the team in the game, as he tossed six fantastic innings of work. Meanwhile, it was the bottom of the order that did the most damage, as the 7-8-9 hitters each recorded two hits each.
Rookie (Arizona): The AZL Dodgers and AZL Royals went back and forth on Thursday, even taking the game to extras. Ultimately, the AZL Dodgers would win yet again after exploding for five runs in the tenth inning. The AZL Dodgers pitching staff allowed more walks (10) than hits (9), so I suppose the "bend but don't break" plan worked. Cody Bellinger had just one hit on the night, but it proved to be the difference, as his grand slam in the 10th essentially put the AZL Royals away. The 2013 4th round draftee of the Dodgers voiced his enthusiasm through Twitter.
Coming up: All eyes will be once again on 16-year-old pitching sensation Julio Urias, who is scheduled to start for Great Lakes on Friday. Meanwhile, Ross Stripling will look to continue on his success with Class Double-A Chattanooga, having allowed just three runs over his past three starts.