Minor League Player of the Day – Jamie Romak- 4 for 8, a double, 2 home runs, 5 RBI. Jamie Romak returned to the Isotopes last weekend and in Saturday's double-header, Romak goes 4 for 8 with a double, 2 home runs, and 5 RBI.
AAA – Isotopes split their doubleheader against 51s (Mets) winning the first game 11-3 and losing the second game 6-3.
Carl Crawford made his return to game action in the second game. Crawford started in left field and was tested in the first inning as he had to run back to the wall and Crawford made a nice catch. In his first plate appearance, Crawford singled to left. Jamie Romak singled Crawford to third. Crawford would score when Brock Petersen doubled.
Zach Lee started the second game and gave up some hard hit balls including a solo home run. Lee pitched 4 innings where he allowed 2 runs, five hits, one walk and struck out two. During the bottom of the fourth, the rain came and the game was delayed for about an hour and twelve minutes.
In the first game of the doubleheader, a 5-run first inning was the first of two 5-run innings. Steve Smith was activated off the disabled list and pitched 6 innings, allowing two runs, four hits and striking out three.
AA – The Lookouts lost in fourteen innings to the Suns (Marlins) 3-2. Matt Shelton started and pitched 5 innings, allowing a run, three hits, three walks and striking out five. Blake Smith has had some rough outings but on Saturday, Smith pitched 2 innings, three hits, and struck out three.
HiA – The Quakes tried to come back but saw their winning streak end at nine games as the JetHawks (Astros) won 6-5. Fabio Martinez continues to have an amazing season stat line of innings pitched, walks and strikeouts looking almost identical (77 IP, 74 walks, and 76 strikeouts). On Saturday night, Martinez allowed four runs in 4 innings pitched.
After trailing 5-1 after the fifth inning, the Quakes tried to come back as the Quakes scored four runs but came up short. Adam Law was 3 for 3, Brandon Dixon was 2 for 4 with a home run. Corey Seager had the rare 0 for 5 game with an RBI and two strikeouts.
LoA – The Loons and Lugnuts (Blue Jays) were tied at 3 until the Loons scored two runs in the eighth to win 5-3. Jacob Rhame and Victor Araujo pitched the final 2.2 innings to get the win and save respectively. Jesmuel Valentin was 1 for 5 with a double and a run scored. Joey Curletta was for 1 for 2 with a double and two RBI.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors trailed the Chukars (Royals) 3-0 but then the Raptors scored six runs in the top of fourth to pace their 8-4 win. Victor Gonzalez picked up the win and there was an impressive bounce back game for undrafted free agent Vaughn Hayward, the 23-year old was roughed up a little in his first game but on Saturday, Hayward pitched 3 shutout innings and struck out five. 2014 11th round pick A.J. Vanegas pitched a 1-2-3 inning to finish the game.
2014 16th round pick Devan Ahart was 3 for 5 with a triple and two RBI. Player to watch, catcher Julian Leon hit his third home run of the season.
Rookie Arizona – The Dodgers came back from their Fourth of July day off and defeated the Indians 5-1. Francisco Martinez is a little old for this league (22) but at least he has been dominant in 13 total innings, Martinez has allowed a single run, five hits, three walks and Martinez has struck out 17. 2014 33rd round draft pick Carson Baranick pitched 2 innings and struck out one for the win.
2014 2nd round pick, Alex Verdugo was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. 17-year old outfielder Michael Medina hit his first home run.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers coasted to a 11-1 win over the Royals. Robert Fernandez pitched 5 innings, gave up five hits and struck out four. Shakir Albert was 1 for 5 with two RBI.
Coming up – Zachary BIrd takes the mound for Great Lakes at 11:05 a.m. PDT; Chris Reed toes the rubber as Chattanooga begins at 12:05 p.m.; Trevor Oaks makes his first start for Ogden at 3:00 p.m.; Jharel Cotton starts for Rancho Cucamonga at 5:00 p.m.; Red Patterson starts for Albuquerque at 5:05 p.m. Arizona will also play on Sunday, the Dominican Dodgers are not scheduled.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Carl Crawford sent to Albuquerque to begin rehab assignment. Pitcher Steve Smith activated from disabled list. Catcher Johnny Monell placed on disabled list.