I attended my first blogger night at Dodger stadium on Tuesday, but that didn't leave me much time to write about the minor leagues so this is going to be a short report tonight.
Minor League Player of the Day – Chris Jacobs - 3 for 4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 Runs. Jacobs hit his 3rd homer of the month, and his 4th in the last 10 days during which time he's batting .395 with a 1.202 OPS. Hopefully he stays healthy because I really want to see what kind of damage he can do over the next few months.
AAA – The Isotopes crushed Round Rock (Rangers) 13 to 4 behind 3 homers and 17 total hits. Jerry Sands singled, doubled, and connected on his 12th AAA homer of the season to fall a triple shy of the cycle, while John Lindsey also had a bomb and 3 hits. JD Closser smacked the other homer of the night and drove in 3, while Dee Gordon had 2 hits and stole 2 bases in his return to the minor leagues. Starer Ian Snell was far from impressive but got the win by giving up 6 hits and 4 runs through 6 innings. The bullpen didn't allow a run over the final 3 frames.
AA – The Lookouts lost to Huntsville (Brewers) 3 to 2 despite another solid pitching effort from Chris Withrow. Withrow made 83 pitches in 6 innings and gave up just 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 5. Cole St. Clair took the tough luck loss despite allowing just 1 hit in 2 innings of work, and Josh Lindblom threw a scoreless frame in the 9th. Not much went on at the plate at Chattanooga had only 5 hits, and only Brian Cavazos-Galvez had a good game as he went 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI's.
HiA – The Quakes lost to the Storm (Padres) 4 to 3 on Tuesday when Luis Vasquez refused to find the plate in the 10th inning. Vasquez came into the game with the score tied, but a hit and 3 walks later and he had forced with the dreaded walk-off walk. This wasted a solid start by Jon Michael Redding, who tossed 5 innings and gave up just 1 run on 5 hits. Josh Walter threw the next for frames and pretty good, but he did allow the tying run to the score in the bottom of the 9th. The only offensive player worth mentioning is Tony Delmonico, as he went 3 for 4 with a homer.
LoA – The Midwest League finally caught up to Angel Sanchez on Tuesday as the Hod Rods (Rays) got by the Loons 5 to 3. Sanchez allowed all 5 runs during his 5 innings of work, and allowed 9 hits including 2 homers. Raul Burgos threw the final 3 innings of the game and gave up just 2 hits. Chris Jacobs had yet another big game for the Loons as he went 3 for 4 with a double and his 6th homer of the year. Bobby Coyle also hit one out, but all the rest of the Great Lakes hits were singles.
Rookie Ogden – Ogden defeated the Orem Owls (Angles) 8 to 6 behind a solid offensive performance. O'Koyea Dickson went 3 for 3 with a walk and drove in 2 runs, while Noel Cuevas went 2 for 3 with a double. Scott Schebler also tripled for the Raptors while Charlie Mirabal hit his first home run as a professional. On the mound, Gustavo Gomez hit his first speed bump while in the Pioneer League as he gave up 5 runs on 8 hits, but reliever Carlos De Aza was great in 2.1 innings of shutout relief as he picked up the win and lowered his ERA to 0.87 for the season. Finally, I'm not exactly sure why James Baldwin hasn't been playing over these past few days, but I'm going to try and find out what's going on. I'm pretty sure it's not a big issue though.
Rookie Arizona – Off day
DSL – Postponed
Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)
Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)
Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)
Ogden Raptors Box Score (Rookie)