Minor League Player of the Day – Julio Urias (LoA) - 5 IP, 0 runs 1 hit, 5 K's, 2 walks. The Great Lakes version of Puig has surpassed all expectations since joining the Loons in late May. After getting his feet with with a couple of 3 inning starts, Urias lasted long enough to get the win on Thursday and allowed just 1 hit in the process. Not bad for a 16 year old.
AAA – The Isotopes went down quietly on Thursday as they fell to the Zephyrs (Marlins) 3 to 2. Matt Angle went 2 for 4 and drove in both runs for Albuquerque, while Justin Seller's double was the club's only extra base hit. Dee Gordon had a couple singles as well and stole his 15th base of the season. Starter Blake Johnson threw pretty well in the loss as he struck out 7 and allowed just 2 runs over 6 frames. The game was actually tied through 7, but Javy Guerra gave up a solo homer in the 8th which ended up being the game winner.
AA – The Lookouts had their highest run total of the season on Thursday as they out-slugged the Braves 13 to 8. Despite the high run total nobody in the starting lineup had more than 1 RBI in this game, although Osvaldo Martinez had a 3-run homer off the bench. Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Jan Vazquez also went yard with solo shots, while Joc Pederson went 2 for 5 with a double and a triple. Sean Burroughs and J.T. Wise round out the offense highlights as they each had a single, a double, and a RBI. On the mound Ross Stripling got hit around a bit as he lasted just 4 frames and gave up 7 hits and 5 runs. Steve Smith followed with 3 perfect innings of relief and recorded the win, and while Greg Infante got lit up in the 9th, the Lookouts had a big enough lead so it didn't matter.
HiA – The Quakes were held to just 2 hits on Thursday in a 2 - 1 loss to the Rawhide (Dbacks). One of those hits was a solo homer by Jonathan Garcia, his 12th of the season, while Noel Cuevas' single was the team's other base knock and it extended Noel's hitting steak to 11 games. Despite the lack of offense Rancho was in this game all the way to the end thanks to a strong performance from Gustavo Gomez who allowed just 5 hits over 7 frames while striking out 8. His only mistake was giving up a 5th inning solo homer and he left with the game tied. In the 8th, however, Pedro Baez allowed the winning run to scored after walking a batter and then giving up 2 hits.
LoA – The Loons backed their 16 year old starter with some offense on Thursday as Great Lakes defeated West Michigan (Tigers) 4 to 1. As mentioned above Julio Urias was brilliant in the 3rd start of his career as he allowed just 1 hits and 2 walks over 5 scoreless frames. The Loons scored all 4 of their runs before Urias left the game, with two of them coming on solo homers by Corey Seager and Tyler Ogle. Aaron Miller also chipped in with a single and a sac fly, although he also struck out twice and is hitting just .184. Following Julio on the mound were a trio of relievers, with Craig Stem recording his first save of the year with a perfect 9th.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers beat the Rays 7 - 4 for their second win of the season. 17 year old shortstop Dennis Santana had the big game at the plate as he went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer, and 2 RBI's, while Rafael Gomez also doubled and drove in 2. Hector Rodriguez started for the Dodgers and did not allow a base runner in two innings of work, then Francisco Martinez followed with 3 innings of 1-hit ball. Diomailin Rosario also threw two scoreless frames, while Elou Jean recorded the save despite allowing two walks in the 9th.
Coming up – Everyone plays again on Friday with Aaron Laffey getting the ball for the Isotopes and Angel Sanchez starting for the Loons. Garrett Gould will be on the mound for the Quakes while the Lookouts pitcher is TBD.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Matt Shelton, who was brought up to Albuquerque earlier in the but never pitched in a game, was assigned back to extended spring training