The Dodger minor league affiliates split the day as AA and LoA won, while HiA and AAA picked up the losses.
Minor League Player of the Day – Casio Grider - 4 for 5, 2 2B's, 2 RBI's, 1 run. Grider has generally been in the bottom half of the Loons lineup, but after a 4 for 5 day Great Lakes may move up Casio to the top of the batting order. The 2nd baseman had only 2 RBI's heading into the game, but he does have a .366 OBP which ranks 3rd on the team.
AAA – The Isotopes outhit the Aces 9 to 6 on Saturday, but Albuquerque still lost the game against Reno 4 to 0. The newest Tope Mario Alvarez got the start for Albuquerque and lasted 4.2 innings, but he walked 5 and allowed 4 runs as he picked up the loss. Francisco Felix was perfect for 2.1 innings of relief and Jon Link threw 2 shutout innings, but the offense wasn't able to capitalize in the late innings. At the plate, Ivan De Jesus went 3 for 3 with a walk, and Trent Oeltjen had 2 hits in 3 at bats. Overall, Albuquerque didn't have any extra-base hits in this game which led to the shutout.
AA – Lookout pitching allowed just 1 run on 6 hits as Chattanooga smothered the Mudcats 5 to 1. Rubby De La Rosa started this game but threw just 2 innings, striking out 5 of the 7 batters he faced. As of now, we still don't know if he left the game due to a promotion, or simply because he was due for a shorter outing to rest his arm. Joey Newby threw 4 innings in relief and picked up the win as he allowed just 1 run, while David Pfeiffer, Steven Ames, and Josh Lindblom all threw hitless innings to preserve the win. According to one firsthand account of the game, Rubby was hitting 102 mph on the radar gun in the early inning, while Lindblom hit 100 mph in the 9th in route to striking out the side. He said the radar gun was admittedly fast, but even still that's good news for Lindblom whose previous high in terms of mph was approximately 96. At the plate, Brian Cavazos-Galvez was moved up to #2 in the other and it paid off as BCG hit a long home run down the left field line. Shortstop Ivan Ochoa went 3 for 4 with a couple of RBI's, while both Alfredo Silverio and Kyle Russell went 2 for 4 with 3 doubles between them.
HiA – The Quakes were limited to just 3 hits on Saturday as Rancho Cucamonga lost to the Inland Empire 66ers 2 to 0. Nick Buss went 2 for 3 and Tony Delmonico had a double in 3 at bats, but besides that the Quakes stick's were quiet. Andres Santiago got the start for Rancho and allowed just 3 hits and 1 run over 5 innings while lowering his ERA to 2.79, then Steve Smith and Josh Walter threw the final 4 innings while giving up just 1 run.
LoA – The Loons were down 4 to 3 after 7 innings, but the home team scored 3 runs in the 8th to come away with a 6 to 4 victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks (Dbacks). The go-ahead runs scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Pericht, a wild pitch, and a single by Casio Grider. For Grider his single in the 8th was part of a 4 hit game, which included 2 doubles and 2 RBI's. The only other Loon with a multi-hit game was Bobby Coyle, who went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Great Lakes starter Red Patterson lasted just 4.2 inning and gave up 8 hits and 4 runs while striking out 2. Luckily his bullpen was able to save him from the loss as Loon relievers threw 4.1 shutout innings. Andrew Pevsner worked around 3 walks and 2 hits in 1.2 frames, while Pete Budkevics was perfect for 1.2 innings with 3 K's. I know that I had previously mentioned that Budkevics was going to be the closer after Shawn Tolleson left, but according to the announcers it appears that that the Loons new closer is Logan Bawcom, who picked up his 3rd save of the season with a shutout inning in the 9th.