Minor League Player of the Day – J.T. Wise (AA) - 3 for 3, 3 2B's. 1 RBI. Wise's prospect status has all but diminished as J.T. has yet to play catcher in 2013, but he had a solid game at the plate on Friday to earn him the player of the day honors. While the 27 year old isn't much of a prospect, he is still a solid part of the Lookouts team in 2013.
AAA – The Albuquerque pitching staff combined on a 3-hitter on Friday as the Isotopes zapped the Zephyrs (Marlins) 4 to 1. Starter Aaron Laffey gets most of the credit for the team's strong pitching performance as he allowed just 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run over 7 innings of work. He only struck out 2, but this was by far his best start since joining the organziation. Chris Withrow gave up the other hit in the game but struck out the side in the 8th, then Josh Wall K'ed two more in a perfect 9th to record his 3rd save of the year. At the dish Tony Gwynn Jr. did most of the damage as he drove in two with a solo homer and a triple. Alex Castellanos also took one deep, his 9th of the year, while J.R. Towles homered in just his 3rd game with Albuquerque.
AA – Zach Lee had another strong outing on Friday as the Lookouts got the best of the Generals in a 4 - 2 win. Lee allowed a two run homer in the 2nd inning, but that was it as he cruised through 7 frames on 94 pitches while giving up just 5 hits in total. Reliever Jose Dominguez finished the masterpiece with perfection over the final two frames, striking out 4 in the process. Chattanooga scored all four of their runs in the 3rd inning, with the first one coming on a RBI single by Miguel Rojas. Joc Pederson, who finished the night 0 for 3, followed with a sac fly, then a double by Brian Cavazos-Galvez drove in the 3rd run. The 4th and final run was driven in by J.T. Wise who had 3 - count them 3 - doubles in the game.
HiA – The Quakes were shutout by Visalia (Dbacks) on Friday 6 to 0. Rancho had just 4 hits in this game, and none of them went for extra bases. Darnell Sweeney went 2 for 3, but he also made his 25th error of the year at shortstop. On the mound Garrett Gould gave up 3 runs in the 3rd inning and walked 5 for the night, but outside of that he was pretty good as he allowed just 3 hits over 5 frames. Matt Shelton did not allow a hit in his return to Rancho while Joel Lima threw a shutout inning in the loss.
LoA – The Loons scored early and often on Friday on their way to a 10 - 4 win over the Whitecaps (Tigers). Corey Seager drove in one of the Loon's 3 first inning runs, then in the second inning Eric Smith's two-run double was followed up by an RBI two-bagger by Tyler Ogle. Ogle would have another double later in the game, while Leo Rodriguez went 3 for 4. It should also be noted that James Baldwin hit a 2-run homer in the 5th inning, his 4th of the year. On the mound Angel Sanchez had one of his better starts of the season as he picked up the win by allowing 5 hits and 3 runs over 6 frames, striking out 7 along the way. Alan Garcia recorded the long 3 inning save, giving up just an unearned run and punching out 5.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers were beat by the Rays on Friday 8 to 3. The Dodgers got in an early hole as 18 year old starter Miguel Urena allowed 5 hits and 5 runs, although only 2 of those runs were earned. Mario Querales followed by giving 4 hits and a run in 2 innings of work, then a quartet of relievers finished the game with 4 innings of 1-hit ball (although 3 walks by Ariel Pena did result in 2 runs). At the plate Nelson Palmer drove in 2 runs with a pair of doubles, while a 2-run homer by Ibandel Isabel was the only other offense highlight.
Coming up – Chris Reed throws for the Lookouts on Saturday and Matt Palmer gets the ball for the Isotopes. Lindsey Caughel will take the mound for the Quakes while the Loons starter is TBD.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Rob Rasmussen has been promoted to Albuquerque to take the roster spot of Javy Guerra, who was placed on the DL with a right elbow strain. AA: Rasmussen's promotion left an open roster spot on the Lookouts, and that was taken by Duke von Schamann who came up from Rancho. HiA: To complete the chain reaction of pitcher promotions, Matt Shelton joined Rancho from extended spring training.