Minor League Player of the Day – Matt Angle (AAA) - 2 for 2, 2 HR's, 2 walks, 4 runs. Angle did his best Puig impression on Wednesday as he played right field and hit a pair of homers for the Isotopes. The only difference was that he walked in his other two plate appearances and scored all four times he came up to bat.
AAA – Matt Angle had a big game at the dish on Tuesday to lead the Isotopes to a 10 - 2 victory over the RedHawks (Astros). As I mentioned above Angle not only went deep twice, but scored 4 of the 10 runs and is now hitting .304 for the season. Dee Gordon knocked home two with a triple while Nick Buss' double drove home a pair as well. On the mound Red Patterson was activated for this game and got the start, allowing 7 hits and 3 walks over 4.2 frames but limiting the damage to just one run. Steve Ames permitted four base runners in two innings of work but did not give up a score, and Chris Withrow tossed a perfect 9th to lower his ERA to 2.01.
AA – Andres Santiago had an outstanding start on Tuesday and Angelo Songco provided the walk-off heroics in the Lookouts 2 to 1 win over Mississippi (Braves). OK so it wasn't all that heroic as all Angelo did was walk with the bases loaded to push across the winning run, but it was cause for celebration nonetheless. The only other RBI in the game belonged to Brian Cavazos-Galvez who went 2 for 4 with a double, while Joc Pederson went 2 for 5 with a two-bagger and now has 4 hits over his last 3 games as he tries to break out of his slump. Getting back to Santiago, he was outstanding over 6 innings as he struck out 8 and gave up just 2 hits and 2 walks. One run did score against him, but it was unearned. Once he left the game Hector Nelo was great over the next two frames, then Jose Dominguez struck out the side in a perfect 9th inning to set up the walk-off.
HiA – Not much to see in this game as the Quakes fell to the 66ers (Angels) 7 to 1. Noel Cuevas and Chris Jacobs both doubled in this game while Darnell Sweeney went 2 for 4, but that was it for the offensive highlights. Starter Jarret Martin allowed all 7 runs in 6.2 innings on 9 hits (including 2 homers), but only 4 of those runs were earned due to a sloppy Rancho defense that made 4 errors. In relief Pedro Baez had his best outing in a while as he struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect frames, and Freddie Cabrera lowered his ERA to 2.20 with a flawless 9th.
LoA – Off day
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers made up for the lack of offense in their first two games by crushing the Indians 13 to 4 on Tuesday. 16 year old right fielder Michael Medina, who was one of the more notable international signees this past off-season, had the big game at the plate as he went 3 for 5 with a pair of triples, 2 RBI's, and a walk. Surprisingly he had the only multi-hit game for the Dodgers, although the offense was a patient bunch as they took 11 walks. It should also be noted that Luis Rodriguez tripled as well and drove in a pair, and that three other hitters had doubles. On the mound 19 year old starter Nelson Sandoval had a stellar 2013 debut as he allowed just 1 hit over 4 shutout innings and struck out 7. Four different pitchers threw in relief, including 16 year old lefty Jairo Pacheco who struck out 2 in his inning of work.
Coming up – The Isotopes have the day off on Wednesday, but all other teams will be playing including Rob Rasmussen and the Lookouts. Duke von Schamann will take the mound for the Quakes while Carlos Frias will throw for the Loons.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Pitchers Matt Shelton and Red Patterson were added to the Isotopes roster while Angel Castro was placed on the DL.