Minor League Player of the Day: 19-year-old Joshua Henderson, who was drafted in the 16th round of the 2012 draft makes a surprising appearance. Henderson made his first appearance in almost a month and picked right up where he had left off with a perfect game. Josh had two hits, scored two runs, drove in two runs, and hit his first professional home run. Josh only has 44 at bats due to missing a month, but his OPS is now a lofty 1.018.
Triple-A: Mike Kickham and three other relief pitchers shut down the Isotopes 2-0. It is obvious the Isotopes offense is nothing with out Dee Gordon. Red Patterson got the start and did his job, getting 17 outs, while giving up just one earned run. You might remember Kickham as an emergency starter for the Giants this year. He did not fare so well at the upper level. Matt Angle did his job, batting from the top of the lineup he got on base all four times (three hits, one walk) but no one brought him home.
Double-A: Once again the Lookouts lost. One again the Lookouts scored one run or less. I haven't wanted to look at the damage but it is high time we took a look. You may want to cover your eyes and have your children read this to you in a cartoon voice to mitigate the horror. Since the Double-A All-Star Game on July 17, the Lookouts are 3-16. They have been shutout seven times. They have scored one run three times. That means that in 10 of those 19 games, the Lookouts have scored a total of three runs. I've seen slumps, not sure I've ever seen an offensive slump such as this. Back in 2005 the Dodgers affiliate was said to have the greatest collection of offensive talent on one team. In 2013, they just might have the worst offensive talent on one team. Brandon Lennox is going to freak out when he sees just how far Joc Pederson has dropped in just three weeks.
On the positive side Jon Garcia banged out a double, thus ensuring his hit-less streak did not extend to 30 at bats. Pederson drove in Garcia for the only run of the game.
High Class-A: The Quakes did not play.
Low Class-A: The Loons lost 11-4. They might have been infected by what ails the the upper affiliates. They were being shut out until the ninth inning when they went off for four runs. Or they might simply be bad. Brandon Trinkwon popped his first A ball home run. Aaron Miller hit a three-run homer. First baseman Tyler Ogle got the last out of the eighth inning. Yup, that kind of night. The Loons used three real pitchers (Brandon Martinez, Alan Garcia, Rob Rogers) and each of them gave up at least three runs. The first baseman gave up no hits and no runs.
Rookie (Ogden): The Raptors lost 9-5. The offense did their job spraying hits all night and even got them off to a 3-0 lead, but Victor Araujo was rocked hard giving up the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. Oxnard favorite Jesus Valdez blasted his eighth home run. Jesmuel Valentin continued his hot ways with a double and walk. In his last 10 games Valentin has a .948 OPS.
Rookie (Arizona): Arizona Dodgers won 4-3, making them the only affiliate to win today. They scored two in the first, two in the third and made it stand up. 19-year-old Wascar Teodo won the game in relief of Greg Harris, who did not go the required five innings. Teodo is now 3-0 and has never lost a professional baseball game. He should retire today. Josh Henderson blasted a home run.
Rookie (Dominican): The DSL Dodgers lost 6-0.
Transactions: Dee Gordon was recalled to the majors from the Isotopes, and Stephen Fife was optioned back to Albuquerque. Great Lakes sent third baseman Paul Hoenecke, on the disabled list since June 1, to the AZL Dodgers on a rehab assignment.
Coming up: The 16-year-old sensation Julio Urias starts for Great Lakes in a 10 a.m. PT morning start. Corey Seager will make his home debut with Rancho Cucamonga, in a 7 p.m. PT game started for the Quakes by Lindsey Caughel. Ross Stripling starts for Chattanooga. Angel Castro starts for Albuquerque.