Minor League Player of the Day – Joc Pederson (AA) - 1 for 2, 1 HR, 2 RBI's, 3 walks. It was a very slow day for in terms of minor league performance, so I'm giving this to Pederson as he finally hit a homer and also showed some good patience at the plate.
AAA – The Isotopes lost their third game in a row with a 8 - 1 loss to Salt Lake (Angels). Eliezar Alfonzo went 2 for 3 with a double and Nick Buss also had a two bagger, but that was pretty much it for the offensive action. Matt Magill got hit hard in the defeat as he allowed 9 hits and 5 runs over 4.1 frames, then Sean White came in and gave up a couple of more runs.
AA – The Lookouts lost to the Smokies (Cubs) 4 to 3 despite a solid game from Joc Pederson. Pederson went yard for the first time in a while, and he also walked thrice. Rafael Ynoa had the only other notable performance at the plate with a couple of doubles. On the mound Zach Lee was a little too hittable as he allowed 9 base knocks and 3 runs over 5 frames. Michael Thomas continued his strong season with 2 innings o f perfect relief, but Pedro Baez allowed in the eventual winning run to score in the 8th on a solo homer.
HiA – The Quakes lost 2 to 1 to High Desert (Mariners) on Thursday. John Cannon went 2 for 4 with a double and Darnell Sweeney went 2 for 3, but the rest of the offense had a slow day including Corey Seager who was hitless in 4 at bats. Starter Geison Aguasviva allowed both runs in his 4 innings of work, and from there the bullpen was solid as a trio of reliever combined for 5 shutout innings.
LoA – The Loons managed just 3 hits on Thursday in a 6 - 0 loss to the Dragons (Reds). Catcher Webster Rivas went 2 for 3 and Aaron Miller had a double, but that was literally it for the offense. Starter Jonathan Martinez allowed 5 runs on 6 hits over 5 frames to take the loss, then Ralston Cash threw the final 3 frames and did now allow an earned run.
Rookie Ogden – Even though closer Jacob Rhame allowed 3 runs in the 9th, the Raptors held on for a 8 - 7 win over Great Falls (White Sox) on Thursday. Rhame and the rest of the pitching staff was backed by a solid offensive attack that had 3 multi-run innings. Zach Babitt finally gets mentioned as he went 2 for 2 with a triple, 2 walks, and 2 RBI's, while Kyle Farmer and Gerson Nunez also had 2 RBI's apiece. Going back to the start of the game Francisco Villa got the win despite allowing 7 hits and 4 runs over 5.2 frames, while Kyle Hooper threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers fell to the Athletics 6 to 5 despite a late comeback attempt. A James McDonald homer and a double by David Reid-Foley were the only extra base hits for the Dodgers, and Reid-Foley also finished the game 3 for 4. On the mound Greg Harris allowed 4 hits and 4 runs in 4 innings, while Bryan Munoz allowed 2 more runs in 3 innings of relief.
DSL –The Dominican Dodgers fell to 15 games under .500 after a 5 - 4 loss to the Astros. Ibandel Isabel continued his hot streak in the loss as he went 2 for 4 with a double, and over his last 10 games the 18 year old has an OPS of 1.178. Ariel Sandoval went 2 for 3 with a RBI and Nelson Nunez drove in a pair. On the mound Kevin Guzman took the loss despite allowing just 1 earned run over 4 frames, then Francisco Martinez gave up a run in 3 innings of relief.
Coming up – Another full day on Friday starting with Zach Bird's return to the Loons. Rob Rasmussen takes the mound for the Lookouts, Red Patterson will throw for the Isotopes, and Victor Arajuo will get the ball for the Raptors.
Minor League Transactions – AA: Hector Nelo was placed on the DL. LoA: James Baldwin was placed on the temporarily inactive list while Robbie Garvey was activated from the DL. Rookie: Jose De Leon was promoted from the Arizona Dodgers to Ogden.