Minor League Player of the Day – Lindsey Caughel (HiA) - 7 IP, 1 hit, 0 walks, 0 runs, 9 K's. With apologies to Jacob Scavuzzo who had another huge game for the Raptors, I'm giving this award to Caughel who was nearly perfect over 7 innings of work and struck out 9. The only base runner Lindsey allowed as a 2nd inning single, and this was his second standout performance in a row as he gave up just 2 hits over 6 innings last time out.
AAA – All Star break
AA – All Star break
HiA – Lindsey Caughel had another phenomenal performance as he led the Quakes to a 7 - 5 win over the Blaze (Reds). After allowing just 2 hits over 6 shutout innings last week, Caughel one-upped his performance on Monday by facing just one over the minimum over 7 scoreless frames. He also racked up 9 strikeouts and didn't walk a batter. After he left the game Raydel Sanchez almost blew the lead as he allowed 4 runs in the top of the 9th, but Matt Shelton got the final out to preserve the victory while recording his first save of the season. Everyone in the Rancho lineup had at least one hit in this game, and three different players took the ball deep. Scott Schebler got things going in the 1st with his 18th homer of the year, then Noel Cuevas and Bobby Coyle connected on long balls later in the game. Scott Wingo had a team high 3 hits, although they were all singles.
LoA – The Loons were outclassed on Monday in a 5 - 3 loss to the Chiefs (Cardinals). 16 year old starter Julio Urias and another short outing as he tossed just 2 innings, and during that time he allowed 1 run on 2 hits while striking out a pair. James Campbell then took over and promptly gave up 4 additional runs, although only one was earned thanks to a trio of Great Lakes errors in this game. At the plate Corey Seager went 2 for 4 with a couple of doubles, while Aaron Miller and Brandon Dixon had a two bagger and a RBI each.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors lost a back and forth game on Monday in a 9 to 7 defeat to the Brewers. Despite the loss outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo had a huge game at the dish as he went 4 for 4 with a double and a pair of homers to give him a league leading 7 long balls for the season. Over the last 10 games Scavuzzo has a .372 average and an astounding 1.256 OPS. Jesmuel Valentin went 2 for 3 but is hitting just .221, while Brandon Trinkwon had a single and a double for the only other multi-hit game. On the mound Zach Bird's struggles continued as he allowed 6 hits and 5 runs over just 3 innings of work. Jordan Hershiser then really got lit up to the tune of 4 more runs which basically put the game out of reach.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers were held to just 4 hits on Monday in their 7 - 2 loss to the Indians. Jaylen Harris went 1 for 1 with a double and collected the only RBI for his club, and he was also issued one of the 11 walks that were handed out to the Dodgers. Melvin Santana's triple was the only other extra base hit for the good guys. Victor Arano threw well as he gave up just one unearned run over 4 innings while punching out 4, but Greg Harris got crushed out of the bullpen while recording just 2 outs. Wascar Teodo shined in relief as he was perfect over 2.1 frames and struck out 3.
DSL – 18 year old Welington Serrano continued his standout season as he limited the opposition to just 1 hit over 6 innings in the Dominican Dodgers 4 - 1 win over the A's. Serrano lowered his ERA to 0.84 with his performance and for the season opposing hitters are batting just .186 against him. Franklin Perez threw 3 scoreless innings in relief and struck out 5 while recording his 2nd save of the year. At the plate 16 year old Michael Medina finally had a breakout game as he crushed a pair of homers to give him 5 for the season. Nelson Palmer also went yard for the first of long ball of his career.
Coming up – Everyone takes the day off for the Major League All Star game except for the Dominican Dodgers.
Minor League Transactions – HiA: Scott Wingo returned to the Quakes while Bladimir Franco was assigned to the Arizona Dodgers. LoA: Austin Cowen was added to the Loons roster as Eric Smith was sent on a rehab assignment. Ogden: Johnathan Linares was promoted to the Raptors from Arizona.