Minor League Player of the Day – Jacob Scavuzzo (Ogden) - 2 for 4, 2 HR's, 3 RBI's. Scavuzzo was one of those picks in the 2012 draft that was based on athleticism, but after a rough debut there were some questions about Jacob's ability to play pro ball. So far in 2013, however, Scavuzzo is doing his best to prove that he has what it takes to make it with the Dodgers as his 5 homers leads the Raptors. While he has yet to walk in 55 plate appearances, his ability to hit for power is something that should impress scouts.
AAA – The Cubs posted a 7 spot in the 7th inning which was too much for Albuquerque to overcome in a 8 - 5 loss to Iowa. Reliever Geison Aguasviva was to blame for most of the late damage as he allowed 4 runs, although newcomer Greg Infante also deserves some of the responsibility as he permitted 3 runs to score as well. Starter Rob Rasmussen, on the other hand, threw very well as he allowed just 1 run over 5 frames, permitting just 4 hits and punching out 4. On offense Alex Castellanos took over the team lead with his 12 homer of the year, and he also singled to record the only multi-hit game of the night for the Topes. Matt Angle took one deep as well, his 7th of the year, while Dee Gordon singled, walked twice, and stole his league leading 31st base of the season.
AA Game 1 – Craig started the recap of this game a few days ago, and on Sunday it finally ended in a 2 - 1 win for the Lookouts over the Suns (Marlins). Friday's minor league player of the day Chris Reed started this game and struck out 9 over 4 shutout innings, but he didn't throw at all on Sunday. Instead it was Garrett Gould who picked up in relief in his AA debut, and he allowed 1 runs on 2 hits over 2.2 frames, striking out 3 along the way while recording the win. Ross Stripling made a rare appearance out of the bullpen and was perfect over 2 innings, striking out 3 for his first save of the year. At the dish Matt Wallach drove in the game winning run as he followed Miguel Rojas' double with a RBI single. Brian Cavazos-Galvez went 2 for 3 with a double and knocked in the only other run of the game with a single in the first inning.
AA Game 2 – The Lookouts just couldn't escape the rain this weekend as their makeup game from Saturday against the Suns (Marlins) as postponed after 3 and a half innings with the score tied at 0. Andres Santiago was throwing well prior to the inclement weather as he tossed 4 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 5. Andres also doubled in this game, which was just one of two hits for Chattanooga who decided to sit Joc Pederson.
HiA – The Quakes won their second straight game for the first time since June 28th with a 5 - 3 victory over the 66ers (Angels). Starter Jon Michael Redding was a big part of the win as he tossed 5.1 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and walking a pair to lower his ERA to an even 2.00. Jarrett Martin, who now appears to be a bullpen arm as he made his 6th relief appearance in a row, got roughed as he permitted 3 runs to score in the 8th, but Eric Eadington got the final 5 outs for his 3rd save of the season. At the plate the red hot Scott Schebler drove in 2 of the runs with a triple, while Pedro Guerrero went 2 for 4 with a run batted in. Darnell Sweeney also had 2 hits, and he stole 3 bases as well to take over 2nd place in the California League with 31 swipes.
LoA – The Loons scored in six different innings on Sunday to double up the TinCaps (Padres) for a 8 - 4 win. The offense was spread among so many individuals because everyone in the lineup had at least one hit, although Brandon Dixon led the way with two doubles and a single. Jeremy Rathjen plated a team high 3 runs with a pair of singles, while Corey Seager reached base 4 times with a double, a single, and two walks. On the mound starter Miguel Sulbaran won his 5th game of the year after allowing just 1 run on 6 hits over 6 frames, punching out 6 along the way. Three of the four relievers allowed runs out of the bullpen, but that didn't matter since Great Lakes had build up such a solid lead in the game.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors clung to a one-run lead after 8 innings on Sunday, but Sawil Gonzalez gave up the lead and the game as Orem (Angels) stormed back for a 10 - 6 win. Only 2 of the 5 runs allowed by Gonzalez were earned, but the 3 unearned runs that scored were due to a throwing error by Sawil himself so he really deserves all the blame in this one. That being said starter Jonathan Martinez permitted 4 runs to score over his 5 innings of work, and while he didn't record any strikeouts, he didn't walk anyone either. At the plate Jacob Scavuzzo busted out with a 3 RBI's and pair of homers to give him 5 long balls for the season, while Justin Chigbogu drove in 3 runs as well with a double. Jesus Valdez also had a solid game as he went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles.
Rookie Arizona – The Padres shut out the Arizona Dodgers 3 to 0 on Sunday. The Dodgers had just 4 hits in this one, with Josh Henderson's double the only base knock going for extra bases. On the bump Jose De Leon allowed all 3 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings of work, but the good news as that his bullpen was nearly unhittable. Edison Bock, Jackson Mateo, and Lenix Osuna all tossed a hitless inning each, while Michael Johnson allowed just a single while striking out a pair.
DSL – Off day
Coming up – Brandon Martinez will throw for the Loons, but the rest of the pitchers are TBD for Monday's games.
Minor League Transactions – More moves are expected to be made on Monday to account for Sunday's trade involving Steve Ames, Josh Wall, and Angel Sanchez, but for now...AAA: Greg Infante has been promoted from AA to take one of the vacant bullpen spots for the Isotopes. AA: Catcher Dashenko Ricardo has been activated from the disabled list. Rookie Arz: 2013 30th round pick Ryan Scott has signed out of Notre Dame High School and has been assigned to the Arizona Dodgers.