A couple of minor league transactions occurred over the past few days while I've been away. 19 year old Joc Pederson, who signed for $600K last year as a 11th round pick, joined the Loons and took the place of outfielder Bobby Coyle. Preston Mattingly, who was with the Loons in 2007 and 2008 has returned to the Midwest League in place of Chris Henderson. Another Great Lakes roster move was that Derek Cone was placed on the Loons DL when Zach Lee returned to action, although I'm not sure what his injury is. In the higher levels, Cole St. Clair was recently placed on the AA DL, and Corey Smith has been sent back down to AA from AAA. Finally, Shawn Tolleson continues his meteoric rise as he was just promoted up to AA, and the previously retired Justin Orenduff has joined the Quakes from extended spring training.
Minor League Player of the Day – Michael Pericht - 4 for 4, 1 2B, 3 RBI's, 1 Run, 1 BB. Pericht has struggled for most of the season, but he finally had a breakout performance on Monday with a perfect day at the plate. I thought that the 6'5" Pericht would have more than 2 homers at this point in the season, so despite his big day I'm still disappointed in him and his .755 OPS.
AAA – Tim Redding threw a complete game for the Isotopes on Monday, but he was still a tough luck loser as Albuquerque was defeated by New Orleans (Marlins) 3 to 2. Redding allowed just 6 hits and didn't walk a batter, but two of those hits went for homers and all 3 runs scored against him were earned. The Isotope batters weren't able to pick up their starting pitcher despite out-hitting the Zephyrs with 8 base knocks. Eugenio Velez had 3 singles to increase his average to .375 for the season, and John Lindsey went 2 for 4. AJ Ellis' double was Albuquerque's only extra base hit of the game.
AA – The Lookouts lost to the Birmingham Barons (White Sox) 4 to 1 on Monday, but things could have been a lot more embarrassing for Chattanooga because the Lookouts were almost the victim of a no-hitter. The Lookouts didn't collect their first hit until the 6th inning, and were held to just one base knock through 8 innings. In total Chattanooga had just 3 hits for the night, including a double by Brad Coon and an RBI single by Alfredo Silverio. Starter Will Savage allowed 6 hits and 4 runs though 6.1 innings, striking out 6. Josh Wall threw the final 1.2 innings of the game and allowed just 1 hit, and it should be noted that he is the most recent Lookout bullpen arm to find success. After a rough start to his season, Wall has given up just 1 run over his past 9.2 innings and has 9 K's during that period.
HiA – I thought about going to the game, but based on the results I'm OK with the fact that I didn't go because Rancho lost to the Storm (Padres) 12 to 4 in a relatively uneventful game. Ethan Martin breezed through the first 2 innings, but got crushed in the 3rd as he gave up 4 hits, a couple of walks, and 6 runs. Josh Walter took over the game at that point and was actually very impressive, saving most of the bullpen by throwing 4.2 shutout frames and allowing just 2 hits. Ryan Acosta pitched the final 2 innings and gave up 6 runs, although only 2 were earned. At the plate, the Quakes scored a couple of runs in the 1st on consecutive doubles by Angelo Songco, JT Wise, and Blake Smith, but after that the offense was pretty quiet other than a 5th inning homer by Rafael Ynoa and another double in the 9th by Smith (who actually went 3 for 4 on the day with yet another outfield assist).
LoA – The Loons snapped their 8 game losing streak with authority on Monday as they pounded the TinCaps (Padres) 11 to 2. Great Lakes recorded 17 hits in this game and scored in 5 different innings, and really blew the game open with 6 runs in the 9th. Michael Pericht led the way by reaching base in all 5 of his plate appearances, going 4 for 4 with a double, 3 RBI's, and a walk. Bryant Hernandez went 3 for 5 with a double and 3 runs scored, while Christian Lara went 3 for 6 with a triple and 3 RBI's. One other hitting note is that 19 year old Joc Pederson picked up his first hit as a professional in this game, and also stole his first base since turning pro. Garrett Gould was the starter for the Loons and had yet another solid outing. After allowing 2 early runs, Gould only gave up 1 hit over his final four inning of work and in total struck out 6 in 7 frames. Bret Montgomery and Pete Budkevics each threw shutout innings to preserve Gould's 5th win of the season.
DSL – The DSL page on milb.com isn't fully functional yet, but the box scores are being posted and on Monday the Dominican Dodgers picked up their first win of the season with a 4 to 1 victory over the Red Sox. It was a strange game that was completed after just 8 and a half innings despite the home team being down 3 runs, and I'm guessing this had something to do with weather. The Dodgers had just 6 hits in the game, including a RBI double by 18 year old Arce Rodriguez. Their pitching was great as they allowed just 3 hits in this game. 18 year old Victor Arajuo started the game and gave up just 1 hit over 4 shutout innings, and the other impressive performance came from 18 year old Andrew Shellon who picked up the save in his first professional appearance.