Minor League Player of the Day – RHP Zach Lee - Lee had one his poorest starts of the year on June 19th, going only 4 innings, allowing 6 runs, 8 hits, a walk and striking out 5. Lee bounced back this week with two strong starts, in this one, he went 7 shutout innings and gave up just 2 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts for his 6th win of the year.
AAA – Albuquerque scored early and held on to a 1-run win as the Isotopes defeated Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 3 to 2. Dee Gordon scored 2 runs, Alex Castellanos went 2 for 2 and drove in a run. Nick Buss doubled and had 2 RBI. Matt Palmer picked up the win and Kelvin De La Cruz got his 4th save.
AA – Zach Lee and Onelki Garcia combined for a 3-hit shutout pitching the Lookouts over Stars (Mariners) to a 4 to 0 victory. As mentioned above Lee pitched a great 7 innings and then Garcia closed the door, going 2 innings with a hit, a walk and 3 strikeouts. SS Osvaldo Martinez went 3 for 3 with a home run and 2 runs scored. Joc Pederson had no hits and a walk, he also stole 2 bases. Jon Garcia is now 0-5 in his first two games in AA.
HiA – Back to back 2 run innings were too much for the Quakes as the JetHawks (Astros) won 4 to 2. Jon Michael Redding started and had a good outing, 4 IP, no runs, 3 hits, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. But the JetHawks scored 2 runs in the 6th and 2 more in the 7th and that was too big a deficit for the Quakes. Scott Schebler went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. And Darnell Sweeney drove in the two runs as he went 1 for 4.
LoA – With 4 runs in the last two innings, the Loons won their 5th straight, 4 to 3, taking the first game of their series aganst the Lugnuts (Blue Jays). Arismendy Ozoria started for the Loons and gave up 2 runs in 3 innings. For a while it looked like the 2 runs would stand up until the top of the 8th when walks to Aaron Miller and James Baldwin surrounding a fielder's choice to Brandon Dixon loaded the bases with no outs. 2 ground outs scored the tying runs and then a wild pitch scored the go-ahead run. The Loons scored another run in the 9th that would ultimately be the difference. The Lugnuts would score a run in the bottom of the 9th but it would be too little, too late.
Rookie – Ogden has played Idaho Falls six times in 2013 and tonight they won for the 6th time. Tonight the Raptors beat the Chukars (Royals) 8 to 6. Starter Zach Bird made his Ogden debut and he wasn't sharp going 5 innings giving up 4 runs, 5 hits and 4 walks with no strikeouts. Kyle Hooper got the win and Jose Agusto Diaz got the save. Jesmuel Valentin, Hank Yates, Jesus Valdez and Kyle Farmer all had 2 hits, Farmer and Yates both hitting .375 in the early season.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers lost 4 - 2 to the Mariners. Ariel Sandoval wen 2 for 4, with a double and stolen base.started and had a good start with 5 IP with 2 runs, 1 earned, and 4 strikeouts. 16 year-old Jairo Pacheco had a 2 inning stint with no runs, 1 hit and 3 strikeouts.
Coming up – LHP Jonathan Sanchez (who can opt out of minor-league contract if not on MLB roster on July 1st) pitches for the Isotopes, LHP Chris Reed tries to continue the great starting pitching for the Lookouts, LHP Ted Lilly starts his rehab with the Quakes, RHP Chris Anderson to make his second start for the Loons, RHP Scott Barlow will pitch for the Ogden Raptors, Arizona Dodgers starter is not known.
Minor League Transactions – Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of RHP Jose Dominguez from Albuquerque Isotopes, Dodgers optioned RHP Peter Moylan to Albuquerque. For more on Dominguez, see here. Albuquerque Isotopes activated RHP Sean White and utility man Elian Herrera on Saturday and Friday, respectively and put RHP Kyle Cofield on the disabled list. Dominican Dodgers SS Bernys Almarante was put on the 60-day disabled list.