Minor League Player of the Day – Joey Curletta (Ogden) - 4 for 6, 2 2B's, 2 Runs, 7 RBI's. Curletta hasn't made a lot of noise this year despite playing in the hitter friendly Pioneer League as he had just 4 extra base hits and 3 RBI's to his credit prior to Wednesday's game, but he broke out in a big way in the Raptors big victory which will hopefully jump start the big right fielder's season.
AAA – The Pacific Coast League All Stars lost to the International League All Stars 4 to 3 in a game that featured just one Isotope. Nick Buss was Albuquerque's lone representative and he started in left field, although he moved to center field later in the game while playing all 9 innings. At the plate Buss bat lead off and went 1 for 4 with a run scored.
AA – The Southern League All Star game was the opposite of the AAA version as it featured several Lookout players, but the result was even worse than above as the South Division threw a 1-hit shutout against the North Division. Joc Pederson and Rafael Ynoa were in the starting lineup for the North, but they combined to go 0 for 4, with Pederson striking out twice. On the mound four Chattanooga pitchers threw for the North, starting with Zach Lee who retired both batters he faced. Yimi Garcia struck out the only batter of his assignment, while Ross Stripling and Hector Nelo both also got an out each.
HiA – It took 14 innings, but the Quakes finally beat the Ports (A's) 11 to 8 on Wednesday. Rancho almost had the game won in regulation after starter Freddie Cabrera and a trio of relievers held Stockton to 4 runs over 8 innings, but after Jarret Martin allowed a couple of base runners in the 9th a costly error by Pedro Guerrero allowed the Ports to tie the game. 5 innings later the Quakes got the last laugh when O'Koyea Dickson sealed the win with a grand slam. Pratt Maynard also homered earlier in the game, a 3-run job, while Noel Cuevas hit a 2-run shot and Bobby Coyle blasted a solo jack as the Quakes completed the home run cycle.
LoA – Chris Anderson won his first game as a professional on Wednesday in the Loons 8 to 2 win over Kane County (Cubs). It was also Anderson's best game to date as he fired 5 scoreless innings of 2-hit ball, striking out 6 and walking 4. Despite the big win Craig Stem picked up his 11th save with 1.1 innings of relief because he came into the game with the bases loaded in the 8th and got out of the jam. At the dish Jeremy Rathjen was a perfect 3 for 3 on the day and collected a pair of doubles and a RBI. Corey Seager recorded 2 RBI's with a double and also walked twice, while Tyler Ogle went 2 for 4 with a two-bagger as well.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors completed overpowered the Osprey (Dbacks) on Wednesday in a 20 to 3 victory. As you can imagine there were several big performances at the plate for Ogden, but the main highlight came from player of the day Joey Curletta who went 4 for 6 with a pair of doubles and 7 RBI's. Jacob Scavuzzo continued his hot streak as he had two more doubles, while Pat Stover drove in 3 with two singles and a two bagger of his own. Jesmuel Valentine had his best game in recent memory as he knocked in 4 and fell a triple shy of the cycle, and the same can be said for Brandon Trinkwon who singled, doubled, and homered while also walking twice. On the mound Scott Barlow won his first game of the year with a solid performance because despite 5 walks, he still threw 5 innings of scoreless baseball while allowing just 3 hits. J.D. Underwood struggled in relief, but the rest of the bullpen breezed through the final 3 frames thanks to the big league.
Rookie Arizona –The Dodgers scored in each of the last 4 innings as they recorded a 7 - 6 walk-off win over the Indians. Julian Leon's second hit of the game, a RBI single in the bottom of the 9th, is what caused the celebration, although Cody Bellinger had the best game at the dish as he went 2 for 3 with a double, 3 RBI's, and 2 walks. Jaylen Harris and Adam Law also had a double and a single each. On the mound starter Victor Gonzalez allowed 4 runs (2 earned) over 4 frames, but Abdiel Velasquez was great in relief as he permitted just 2 hits in 4 innings of relief and struck out 5.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers put together an all around solid game on Wednesday as they defeated the Mariners 10 to 4. At the plate 16 year old Michael Medina had his 3rd multi-hit game in a row as he went 2 for 5 with his 6th homer of the season. Fellow 16 year old Ariel Sandoval had 3 hits and 3 RBI's, while Ibandel Isabel went 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored. Starter Kevin Guzman was excellent on the mound as he allowed just 3 hits over 5 scoreless innings, striking out 4 along the way. Dennys Chica allowed all 4 runs between the 6th and 7th innings, but the rest of the bullpen did not allow a hit the rest of the way
Coming up – Everyone is back in action on Thursday, and the best pitcher going for the organization is 2013 2nd round Tom Windle for the Loons. Jon Michael Redding throws for the Quakes, Francisco Villa will take the mound for the Raptors, and the rest of the starters are TBD.