Minor League Player of the Day – Eliezer Alfonzo (AAA) - 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. It was slim pickings on Labor Day, so I'm giving the award to the 34 year old Alfonzo in what might just be his last game as a professional. After spending all of last season and most of this season in the Mexican League the Dodgers signed Alfonzo as catching insurance and while he can still hit, he might be ready to hang it up given his age.
AAA – The Isotopes ended their season on a high note as they defeated the Zephyrs (Marlins) 4 to 3. Starter Matt Magill recorded the win after allowing 6 hits and 2 runs over 5.2 innings, striking out 3 and walking just 1. Onelki Garcia followed with 1.1 hitless frames, and while Javy Guerra allowed a run in the 9th, he was still able to record his 12th save. At the dish Matt Angle crushed a 2-run homer, his 8th of the season, while Nick Buss doubled and finished the year with a .303 average and a .888 OPS. Eliezer Alfonzo went 3 for 4 with a double, and it was his RBI single in the top of the 9th that provided Albuquerque with the insurance run they needed for the victory.
AA – Chattanooga's disappointing season finally came to an end with a 4 - 3 win over the Smokies (Cubs). Steve Smith started the game and allowed 1 run over 3 innings, then for whatever reason Garrett Gould threw the next 5 frames in relief and recorded the win after giving up just 2 runs and striking out 6. Yimi Garcia recorded his 19th and final save of the year, lowering his ERA to 2.54 with a perfect 9th. Jeremy Moore and Brian Cavazos-Galvez led the offense as they both went 2 for 4 with a double, with Moore knocking in a pair. Miguel Rojas went deep for the Lookouts only long ball of the day.
HiA – The Quakes lost their final game of the regular season, falling to the JetHawks (Astros) 8 to 1. Rancho had just 5 hits in this game, and none of them belonged to the rehabbing Matt Kemp as he went 0 for 4 as the club's DH. Bobby Coyle's double was the only extra base hit, while Pratt Maynard actually had a perfect afternoon as he went 2 for 2 with a pair of walks. On the mound Francisco Villa allowed 7 hits and 5 runs in his California League debut, giving up a pair of homers along the way. Joel Lima and Blake Smith combined to pitch the final 5 frames and each allowed an earned run.
LoA – Down 9 runs after 3 innings, the Loons staged a furious comeback but eventually fell to the TinCaps (Padres) 11 to 10. Fort Wayne scored most of their early runs against starter Brandon Martinez who gave up 7 scores, then Thomas Taylor was tagged for 3 more runs before the bullpen was able to slow down the opposition. Oddly enough the loss went to Arismendy Ozoria even though only gave up a hit and an unearned run. In terms of the comeback, almost everyone in the Great Lakes lineup contributed in one way or another, including James Baldwin and his 2-run homer. Brandon Trinkwon drove in two runs and his double was the only other extra base hit for the Loons, while Brandon Dixon went 3 for 5 and scored twice.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors playoff hopes continue to fade as Ogden was doubled up by the Rockies 8 to 4. Starter Jose De Leon had a rough game as he allowed 6 of those runs in just 3 innings of work, with 3 of them coming on a pair of homers. Jordan Hershiser got through the next three frames relatively unscathed, then Jacob Rhame continued his late season struggles and allowed the final run to score. The Ogden offense was spread pretty evenly as everyone in the lineup besides Jesmuel Valentin had at least one hit. Joey Curletta and Austin Cowen both had 2 base knocks, while Pat Stover tripled and drove in a run.
Rookie Arizona – Season over
DSL – Season over
Coming up – The Quakes and Loons both have an off day before they begin the post season, therefore the Raptors will be the only Dodger minor league affiliate playing on Tuesday and they'll send Luis De Paula to the mound.
Minor League Transactions – HiA: Gustavo Gomez was placed on the DL, and Francisco Villa was called up from the Raptors to take his spot on the roster. Rookie: Wellington Serrano, Franklin Perez, and Wascar Teodo were all called up to Ogden from Arizona.