Minor League Player of the Day: Zach Lee, pitcher, Chattanooga Lookouts. Lee pitched his best start in a while, going 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, a run and strikes out 4 while walking none.
Triple-A: A reunion of former Dodger Talk hosts Ken Levine and current Isotope radio play by play man Josh Suchon could not keep the rain away. The Isotopes and the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins) did not complete an inning, the Zephyrs scoring 2 in the top of the first and then the Isotopes bouncing back to score 1 but then the rain halted play last night. The game will be continued prior to today's (Saturday) game as a 9-inning game and then the regularly scheduled game will go 7 innings (though extra innings do apply).
Double-A: The Lookouts got good pitching and enough offense to overtake the Jackson Generals (Mariners) 5 - 2. Zach Lee picked up the win with strong relief from Pedro Baez and Onelki Garcia. Joc Pederson homered as part of a 2 hit, 2 RBI game. Jan Vasquez hit a 2-run home run. Jon Garcia went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
High Class-A: A pitching duel arose in Rancho Cucamonga and they played free baseball going 10 innings before the Lancaster Jethawks (Astros) won 2-1 over the Quakes. Outfielder turned pitcher Blake Smith took the loss as he gave up the run in the 10th. Prior to that, Lindsay Caughel started and he went 6.2 innings, giving up a run, 6 hits, 5 strikeouts and no walks. Not a lot offense as Bobby Coyle homered for the Quakes only run.
Low Class-A: The Loons were overwhelmed by Bowling Green as the Hot Rods (Rays) beat the Loons 7 to 3. Brandon Martinez started and hit up for 6 runs and 7 hits. One note, 2013 32nd round pick, pitcher Rob Rogers made his Loon's debut pitching three solid innings with 2 hits allowed and 2 strikeouts. Rogers has made the rare 3 stop journey in his first seaon, pitching for both Rookie teams (Ogden and Arizona) prior to going to Great Lakes. Corey Seager went 1 for 5.
Rookie (Ogden): The first half of the Pioneer League is winding to a close and the Raptors are just playing out the string as they were eliminated from the playoff consideration. However the Orem Owlz (Angels) are still in the race and they beat Ogden 3-2 to keep their first half division winning hopes alive. Pitcher Zachary Bird was a great story in 2012 and the just turned 19 year old has plenty of time to come back but July was a rough month as he gave up 20 earned runs in the month. As always, hitting isn't a problem (though run scoring was last night), Hank Yates, Pat Stover and Alex Santana each had 2 hits.
Rookie (Arizona): The Dodgers beat the Brewers 6 to 5 on Friday night. An interesting prospect is pitcher Wascar Teodo, the 92nd ranked Dodger prospect, had a nice outing going 3 innings for the save. For the month thus far, Teodo has pitched 10.1 innings, all in relief, giving up a run, 5 hits and 9 strikeouts with no walks. The 19 year old Dominican is 6 foot 4, 185 lbs. so he might be someone to watch as he goes up the ranks. Adam Law continues to hit in Arizona, the BYU alum had 3 hits in 5 at bats and he is hitting .427 in July with an .999 OPS this month.
Transactions: Pitcher James Campbell was assigned to Arizona from Great Lakes. Pitcher Angel Bautista was activated by Dominican Dodgers.
Coming up: Julio Urias headlines the pitchers on the mound today as he starts for the Loons. Matt Palmer will pitch the regularly scheduled game for the Isotopes, J.D. Underwood starts for Ogden and Jharel Cotton continues his stay for Rancho Cucamonga. Ross Stripling, who hasn't started since July 3rd, is scheduled to start for the Lookouts.