Minor League Player of the Day – Hector Gimenez - 4 for 4, 2 HR's, 5 RBI's, 2 Runs. The soon to be 29 year old Gimenez had been rather pedestrian in AA this season, as he had a .270 average an .795 OPS before Saturday's game. Hector improved those numbers dramatically with today's performance, however, and it will be interesting to see if he remains in the Dodgers system after this season.
AAA – John Ely rebounded nicely from his previous outing as the Isotopes grilled the Grizzlies 10 to 4. Ely allowed just 4 hits and 1 run over 6 innings to pick up his 7th win of the year. Ramon Troncoso gave up 1 run over 2 frames and Jon Link allowed 2 runs to score in the 9th, but luckily Albuquerque was up big at the point. The Topes offense pounded out 13 hits, although only 3 went for extra bases. Jamie Hoffmann went 3 for 4 with a double, while Jay Gibbons also had 3 hits and drove in 2 runs. Jerry Sands connected on a double and knocked in a couple, and Tim Federowicz went 2 for 4 to raise his AAA average to .313.
AA – Hector Gimenez was a one man wrecking crew for the Lookouts on Saturday as Chattanooga beat up the Barons (White Sox) 6 to 3. Gimenez, who has been relatively quiet so far during his time in AA, went 4 for 4 with 2 homers and drove in 5 of the team's 6 runs. Alex Castellanos' triple and Travis Denker's double accounted for the team's other extra base hits. Starter Chris Withrow had his longest outing of the year as he tossed 7 innings, and recorded the win despite not having his best stuff. Withrow gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks, and struck out 5. Cole St. Clair threw a perfect 8th, then Steven Ames struck out all 3 batters he faced in the 9th for his 5th AA save.
HiA – The Quakes scored 5 runs in the 1st inning, but Bakersfield (Reds) climbed all the way back and defeated Rancho 8 to 7. Angelo Songco had the only multi-hit game as he went 3 for 5 with a double, while Austin Gallagher led his club with 3 RBI's. Starter Matt Magill gave up 8 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings, although he did strike out 7 and still left the game with the lead. Ryan Acosta was saddled with the loss as he gave the final two runs of the game in the 8th.
LoA – The Loons pitching staff allowed just 2 hits on Saturday, but Great Lakes still just barely got by the Whitecaps (Tigers) with a 3 to 2 victory. Angel Sanchez had another strong outing as he allowed only 2 hits over 5.1 innings, and now has a batting average against of just .190 for the season. He did walk 3 and allowed a couple of runs while striking out 4. Bret Montgomery and Scott McGough did not allow a baserunner over the final 3.2 innings to finish off the win. Not too much went on at the plate for the Loons as they only had 6 hits, although Blake Dean did have a nice game with a homer and a double. Nick Akins had the only other multi-hit game as he went 2 for 4.
Rookie Ogden – Ogden and Idaho Falls were tied at 10 after 8 innings, but the Chukars (Royals) put up a 5 spot in the 9th and defeated the Raptors 15 to 10. Starter Gustavo Gomez allowed the first 6 runs of the game in just 4 innings, although he did strike out 9. Chris Handke came in and gave up 3 more quick runs, then things calmed down until the 9th when Yimi Garcia entered the game. Garcia has been solid as of late, but on Saturday he walked 3 and gave up 5 runs to record the loss. Despite the defeat the Raptors' offense had another big night as they collected 9 extra base hits. Scott Schebler went 3 for 5 with his 7th homer of the year, while OK Dickson doubled and also took one yard (hit 9th). Joc Pederson continued his torrid hitting with a double and a triple, and James Baldwin went 2 for 5 with a double and his 18th stolen base of the season.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers won again on Saturday with a 4 - 0 shutout of the Padres. The Dodger pitching staff allowed just 3 hits, and starter Matt Laney was impressive as he threw 4 innings of 1-hit ball. In fact, since signing with the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in July, Laney has not allowed an earned run in 15.1 innings and has given up just 6 hits. The other strong pitching performance came from Daniel Tamares who struck out 5 in 2 perfect innings. The offense manufactured just 7 singles, but obviously it was enough for the win. Both Joe Winker and Tae-Hyeok Nam went 2 for 4, while Chris O'Brien singled, walked twice, and drove in a run.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers won their 7th game in 8 days as they shutout the Red Sox 7 to 0. 17 year old Miguel Sulbaran strung together his 3rd stellar outing in a row as he allowed just 2 hits over 5 shutout innings to lower his ERA to 2.96 and his batting average against to .175. At the plate Webester Rivas hit a 3-run homer, while Greg Pena and Melvin Santana had two hits each.