Minor League Player of the Day – Aaron Miller - 5 IP, 2 Runs, 3 K's, 1 for 2, 1 3B, 2 RBI's. Miller's pitching alone was not worthy of this award, but the fact that he drove in 2 runs with a triple helped him capture his prize on a day where there were very few standout players. This isn't Miller's first good hitting day as he is batting a healthy .273 for the season.
AAA – Brian Cavazos-Galvez returned home to Albuquerque for the first time in his minor league career, and while he had a good showing his team did not as the Isotopes got mauled by the River Cats (A's) 16 to 5. BCG went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored to the delight of the home crowd, although he made a pair of errors in left field. Tim Federowicz also had a single and a double while driving in 2, and Luis Cruz went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple. As you may have guessed several of the Albuquerque pitchers had an ugly Thursday, beginning with starting pitcher Michael Antonini who threw just 1.1 frames yet allowed 7 runs on 8 hits. Ramon Troncoso provided no relief as he gave up 5 runs in 2.2 innings, while Derrik Loop and Shane Lindsay permitted the final 4 scores to cross the plate.
AA – Aaron Miller had a good game on the mound and at the plate as the Lookouts shot down the Stars (Brewers) 6 to 3. Miller allowed 2 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings, and the former outfielder also drove in 2 runs with a triple. Javier Solano followed with 2 innings of 1 hit relief, while Logan Bawcom continued his meteoric rise with 1.2 more shutout frames for his 2nd AA save. Outside of Miller's big hit there wasn't a whole lot of offense in the Chattanooga win, as Rafael Ynoa's double was the only other extra base hit. J.T. Wise also had a solid game as he went 2 for 4 and drove in a run.
HiA – The Quakes ended their mini two-game losing streak on Thursday with a 7 - 4 win over the Mavericks (Mariners). Starter Angel Sanchez pitched better than his final line as he allowed just 4 hits and 1 run over his first 7 innings. He tired a bit in the 8th and in total gave up 4 runs, including a pair of homers. Steve Smith got the final out of the 8th, but he had some trouble of his own in the 9th which allowed Eric Eadington to come in and record his 2nd save. C.J. Retherford led the offense as he went 3 for 4 with a double and a RBI, while Joc Pederson singled twice and drove in a run. Leon Landry extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single, and Chris O'Brien plated 3 runs with a single and a sac fly.
LoA – Not a whole lot of noteworthy action in this game as the Loons lost to the Whitecaps (Tigers) 6 to 3. Starter Jarret Martin was actually pretty solid despite the 4 runs allowed and 5 walks as he only gave up 2 runs over the first 7 innings. Much like Angel Sanchez for the Quakes Martin tired in the 8th, and when Raydel Sanchez took over in relief he struggled as well as the final two runs scored against him. The Great Lakes was pretty boring as the only extra base hits were doubles by Joe Winker and Pratt Maynard. James Baldwin continued to struggle with 3 more strikeouts, which is representative of most of the Loons lineup as 6 of the 9 batters in Thursday's lineup were hitting below .260.
Coming up – The Loons play another early morning game on Friday and will send Jose Dominguez to the mound. Matt Magill will start for the Lookouts, it seems to be Fernando Nieve's turn for the Isotopes, and the Quakes will give Greg Wilborn a chance.
Minor League Transactions – LoA: The struggling Justin Boudreaux was sent back to extended spring training and Delvis Morales was added back to the Loons roster.
Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)
Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)
Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)