Minor League Player of the Day – Tyler Ogle (HiA) - 3 for 4, 1 HR, 1 walk, 2 runs. Ogle connected on his 5th homer of the season and boosted his OPS to above .800 for the season on Wednesday. After spending most of last season at 1st base, Ogle is now transitioning back to full time catching yet continues to put up strong offensive numbers at the dish.
AAA – The Pacific Coast League All Stars fell to the International League All Stars 7 to 3 despite a solo homer from Joc Pederson. Pederson was the only Isotopes to play in the game and in addition to the long ball he also walked and came around to score for the second time in the 8th inning.
AA – The Lookouts led late on Wednesday, but Blake Smith blew another save as Chattanooga fell to the BayBears (Dbacks) 4 to 3. This was really a bullpen game for the Lookouts after Tyson Brummett lasted just 1.2 frames. Mike Thomas allowed an unearned run over 2.1 innings then Jarret Martin gave up a run of his own, but the good guys still led heading into the 8th. That's when Smith allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and made an error which led to his 5th blown save since joining the Southern League and his 3rd loss. At the dish Darnell Sweeney continued his strong season by going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a RBI, while Alex Liddi drove in the other two runs with a pinch hit 2-run triple.
HiA – The Quakes looked like they would give the Dodgers their only minor league win on Wednesday after tying the game in the top of the 9th and then pulling ahead in the 10th, but Rob Rogers couldn't find the plate in the bottom of the 10th and Leo Rodriguez made an error on the final play of the game that gave the Giants a 9 - 8 win over Rancho. Starter Fabio Martinez continued his strange season as he allowed just 3 hits and one earned run over 5 frames, but walked 4 and didn't strike out a batter. Geoff Brown then let the Giants take over the game by immediately giving up 4 runs, but the offense made up some late ground prior to the Rogers meltdown. At the dish player of the day Tyler Ogle went 3 for 4 with a solo homer and Chris Jacobs connected on his 19th bomb of the season. Aaron Miller went 2 for 6 with a double and a RBI while Adam Law reached base 4 times on two singles and two walks and also stole two bases.
LoA – The Loons were shutout at home by the LumberKings (Mariners) 5 to 0 on Wednesday. Great Lakes had just 4 hits in this game, and the only one that went for extra bases was a double by Joey Curletta. On the mound starter Zachary Bird returned from the DL but tossed just 2 innings while allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. Luis Chirinos and Ralston Cash combined for 5 shutout innings of relief and gave up just 1 hit between them, and Victor Araujo struck out the side in the 8th to lower his ERA to 1.26.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors were also held scoreless on Wednesday as they were silenced by the Voyagers (White Sox) 9 to 0. Ogden actually committed more errors that they had hits thanks mostly to a trio of miscues by shortstop Cristian Gomez. Devan Ahart went 2 for 4 with a double and Julian Leon also had a two-bagger, but that was it for the offense. Starter Bernardo Reyes actually threw pretty well in the loss as he allowed just 2 runs over 6 frames. His relievers, however, ran into a lot of trouble as a trio of bullpen arms combined to give up 7 runs over the final 3 innings.
Rookie Arizona – Grant Holmes experienced the first hardships of in his young career as the Arizona Dodgers fell to the Reds 7 to 6. Holmes not only allowed 5 runs in 4 innings on Wednesday, but he also gave up a pair of homers in the process. He did strike out 4, however, and didn't walk a batter. Carlos Felix tossed the final 4 frames and was actually charged with the loss despite not allowing an earned run. At the dish Michael Medina connected on a 2-run homer while Alex Guerrero also drove in a pair without the aid of a hit. Cody Bellinger and Ariel Sandoval both had a single and a double in this contest.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers managed just 2 hits against the Astros in a 10 - 4 loss. DH Luis Paz actually had both hits and drove in 3 of his club's 4 runs. Dennys Chica actually started the game with 3 hitless frames, but Angel German and Melvyn Forbes had a lot of trouble out of the bullpen in the loss.
Coming up – All seven teams play on Thursday, but only four have announced their starters. Matt Shelton gets the nod for the Lookouts, Jharel Cotton takes the mound for the Quakes, Victor Arano throws for the Loons, and Jeff Brigham toes the rubber for the Raptors.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Josh Ravin was promoted to the Isotopes from Chattanooga while John Cannon was sent to Ogden on a rehab assignment. AA: Juan Noriega was placed on the DL. LoA: Brandon Martinez was placed on the DL while Zachary Bird was activated. Rookie Ogden: Jaylen Harris, Austin Cowen, and James Baune were all released. Karch Kowalczyk and Billy Beresziewicz were assigned to the Raptors from the Arizona Dodgers while Stefen Henderson was actually sent back to Arizona. Rookie Arizona: Federico Celli and Misja Harcksen joined the Arizona Dodgers.