Minor League Player of the Day – Joey Curletta (LoA) - 4 for 7, 1 2B, 2 RBI's. Curletta has been off to a hot start in 2014, with 5 multi-hit games in his 9 contests. While he has yet to go deep, he does have 6 doubles and is averaging an RBI per game.
AAA – Tacoma (Mariners) scored 7 late runs on Sunday to down the Isotopes 8 to 3. Albuquerque starer Red Patterson held the Rainiers to just 1 run over 6 innings of work, striking out 4 without allowing a walk. The Topes relievers, however, struggled mightily as newly acquired reliever Colt Hynes gave up 3 runs out of the bullpen to take the loss. Josh Judy also had some trouble as he permitted the final 4 runs to score in the 9th. At the dish Alex Guerrero made his AAA debut and had a big game as the team's second baseman, going 3 for 4 with a double and a 3-run homer:
Nick Buss had the only other extra base hit with a double, while Clint Robinson went 2 for 5.
AA – The Lookouts got smoked by Tennessee (Cubs) on Sunday in a 8 - 2 loss. Starter Garrett Gould got knocked around for 6 runs in a rough second inning, allowing a couple walks and a pair of homers. Three of the four Chattanooga relievers threw well, but Mike Thomas struggled and permitted a couple of more runs to score. The Lookout offense had just 5 hits in this game, and the only ones that went for extra bases were doubles by O'Koyea Dickson and Brian Cavazos-Galvez.
HiA – Jeremy Rathjen fell a triple short of a cycle on Sunday as he led the Quakes to a 7 - 4 win over the Nuts (Rockies). After singling in the first, Rathjen crushed a 2-run homer in the 5th to give Rancho the lead for good. Jeremy also doubled in the 9th for good measure and he had half of his' team's 6 hits. Starter Chris Anderson actually struggled quite a bit as he walked 5 and allowed 4 runs in just 3.1 innings of work. Rob Rogers had another strong relief outing, however, and collected his first win of the season. Owen Jones tossed a perfect 9th to collect his second save of the year.
LoA Game 1 – The Loons got blasted by the River Bandits (Astros) in the first game of their double header on Sunday 11 to 0. Starter Luis Chirinos allowed 7 runs over his 4.2 innings of work, although only 3 of those runs were earned thanks to a couple of errors. Francisco Villa wasn't much better in relief as he permitted 4 more runs to score over the next 2.1 frames. The Great Lakes offense has just 6 hits in this game, and none of them went for extra bases. Paul Hoenecke and Joey Curletta led the way by each going 2 for 3.
LoA Game 2 – Great Lakes was able to split their double-header thanks to a walk-off 5 - 4 win over Quad Cities (Astros). Jacob Scavuzzo, who went 3 for 4 in the game with a double and a walk, set up the winning run in the bottom of the 9th with a single. Kyle Farmer then drove in the winning run with a single into left. Joey Curletta and Jesmuel Valentin both went 2 for 4 with a double in the contest. Starter Greg Harris was average at best as he allowed 4 runs over 6 innings of work, but Michael Johnson and Jacob Rhame were excellent in relief to capture the victory.
Coming up – Julio Urias highlights the pitching matchups on Monday as the throws for the Quakes, while Stephen Fife will take the mound for the Isotopes. Jonathan Martinez gets the ball for the Loons while Carlos Frias will toe the rubber for the Lookouts.