Minor League Player of the Day – Darnell Sweeney (AA) - 5 for 8, 3 HR's, 2 2B's, 4 runs, 5 RBI's. Sweeney would have won this award had be just played one game on Monday as he was 4 for 5 with a pair of homers and a couple of doubles in game one of his double header. He then added a solo homer in the nightcap to finish off his outstanding day.
AAA – The Isotopes scored 5 late runs, including 3 in the 9th, to down the Chihuahuas (Padres) 8 to 6. Tim Federowicz got the rally going as his third hit of the game, an RBI double, got his club within one in the 7th. Erisbel Arruebarrena singled in a run in the 8th to tie the game, then an RBI single by Jamie Romak in the 9th turned out to be the game winner. Alex Liddi added a 2-run homer later in the final frame to provide some much needed insurance as El Paso would score once in the bottom of the 9th off of Pedro Baez before he closed the door for the save. Despite the victory starter Zach Lee did not have a good game as he allowed 5 hits, 4 walks and 5 runs over 5.1 innings. Paco Rodriguez got the win in relief with a scoreless 8th.
AA Game 1 – In a continuation from Sundays game the Lookouts bullpen could not hold onto a lead as Chattanooga fell to the Barons (White Sox) 12 to 10. Chattanooga had a healthy lead heading into the later innings before reliever Juan Gonzalez gave up 2 runs in the 8th. Even still the Lookouts had a 2-run lead going into the 9th, but Blake Smith simply could not get the job done as he allowed 5 runs to take the loss. On the offensive side of the ball Darnell Sweeney had an absolutely monster game as he went 4 for 5 with a couple of homers and a pair of doubles. As I mentioned yesterday Scott Schebler also took one deep, while Bobby Coyle hit his first long ball of the year in just his 3rd game of the season.
AA Game 2 – The Lookouts earned the split of their double header with a 5 - 3 victory over Birmingham (White Sox) in the nightcap. Starter Matt Shelton didn't quite make it through 5 innings as he allowed 3 runs over 4.2 frames, but he did strike out 5. Jhan Martinez got the win in relief while Robert Carson recorded his first save of the season. At the plate Darnell Sweeney picked up right where he left off in game one with a leadoff homer, while Scott Schebler improved his batting average by going 3 for 3. Daniel Mayora also had a big game as he went 2 for 3 with a 2-run homer and 3 RBI's.
HiA – Off day
LoA – The Loons crept past the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) with 2 - 1 victory on Monday. Starter Jonathan Martinez allowed 8 hits over 6 frames, but he didn't walk a batter and gave up just 1 run while punching out 6. Mark Pope got through the next two frames without any issues then Matt Campbell recorded his 1st save with a perfect 9th. Great Lakes won this game without the aid of an extra base hit, although Paul Hoenecke went 3 for 3. Webster Rivas drove in both runs in the 3rd inning with a 2-RBI single.
Rookie Ogden – Not much to see here as the Raptors fell to the Chukars (Royals) 9 to 2. Ogden had just 5 hits in this game, with Theo Alexander's 2-RBI double the only one that went for extra bases. Starter Victor Gonzalez didn't throw too badly as he gave up 7 hits and 2 runs over 5 frames, but reliever Joe Broussard allowed 6 runs to score, although only 2 runs were earned thanks to a couple of errors by 2nd baseman Jimmy Allen.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers fell a game below .500 after a 9 - 6 loss to the hated Giants. Starter Takumi Numata had some success in the early going, but ran into trouble in the 5th and gave up 4 runs in total over 4.1 frames. Relievers Bubby Rossman and Oscar Cruz also had trouble in this game as they combined to give up the other 5 runs. At the dish Alex Verdugo went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI's and Clint Freeman had 2 hits in 5 at bats with a run scored, but that was about it for the offensive highlights.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers suffered a tough loss as they fell to the Athletics 6 to 5 in walk-off fashion. A pair of errors in the bottom of the 9th led to the loss, although reliever Dennis Santana also deserves some of the blame as he allowed 2 hits and a walk. Going back to the start of the game Robert Fernandez had a mediocre performance as he gave up 4 hits and 3 runs over 4 innings of work. The Dodger offense, on the other hand, was quite impressive in the loss as three different batters had 3 hits each. Luis Subero went 3 for 4 with a double and a RBI, while Johan Mieses had two singles and a two bagger to go along with a couple of runs batted in. Hendrik Clementina had the other 3-hit game and also scored a pair of runs.
Coming up – Drew Carpenter makes his second start of the season for the Isotopes while Chris Reed toes the rubber for the Lookouts. Jharel Cotton takes the mound for the Quakes, Zachary Bird gets the ball for the Loons, and J.D. Underwood gets the nod for the Raptors.