Minor League Player of the Day – Chris Reed - 3 IP, 0 Hits, 0 Runs, 1 BB, 4 K's. Reed has been handled with care since returning from a minor shoulder injury, but he continues to impress and was excellent in his shortened outing on Tuesday. His ERA is down to 3.09 and opposing hitters are batting just .203 against him.
AAA – The Isotopes were basically helpless without Kemp on Tuesday as they lost to the Zephyrs (Marlins) 4 to 1. Tim Federowicz provided a solo homer for the only Albuquerque run, and Matt Angle's single was the only other base hit in this game for the Topes. Starter Will Savage lost his second straight decision after starting the year with 7 straight wins as he gave up all 4 runs on 8 hits over 7 innings. Michael Antonini finally got some work in as he pitched a scoreless 8th.
AA – The Lookouts scored early in often in a 9 - 5 beating of the Barons (White Sox). Nick Buss led off the game with a homer, and Kyle Russell hit a 3 run bomb later in the 1st to start Chattanooga off on the right foot. J.T. Wise went deep later in the game and also doubled in route to 3 RBI's, while Blake Smith went 3 for 5 with a stolen base and a run driven in. As expected Matt Magill returned to the roster to make the start, and while the reigning Southern League player of the week didn't have his best stuff, he still recorded the win. Magill gave up 5 runs (3 earned) over 5 frames and struck out 6, and the good news is that he walked only 1. Javier Solano struck out 3 in his 2 innings of scoreless relief, while Red Patterson tossed another shutout frame to lower his ERA to 1.26 for the season.
HiA – The Quakes downed the Nuts (Rockies) 5 to 2 on Tuesday behind a solid performance by the pitching staff. The Dodgers are still be cautious with Chris Reed as he was only allowed to throw 3 innings for the second start in a row, but he made the most of it by allowing just 1 base runner (via a walk) and striking out 4. Freddie Cabrera gave up both runs in his 2 innings of relief, but Steve Smith and Scott McGough were excellent over the final 4 frames as they combined to allow just 2 his. The offense was relatively quiet in the win as Rancho didn't have any extra base hits, but C.J. Retherford did go 2 for 4 and drove in 3 runs. Michael Pericht also had a pair of singles, as did left fielder Bobby Coyle who was finally making his 2012 debut.
LoA – The Loons used a 3-run rally in the 9th to tie up South Bend on Tuesday, then completed the comeback by walking off with a 6 - 5 win over the Silver Hawks (Dbacks). There were several big hits in this game, but none bigger than the walk-off single by Jesse Bosnik in the 10th. Scott Schebler had 2 doubles, including a big one in the 9th that drove in a run, while Joe Winker also had a big RBI single that brought the Loons to within one. Angelo Songco only had 1 hit in his second rehab game, but it was a big one as he crushed a 2 run homer in the first inning. He also walked twice and ended up scoring 3 runs. Starter Jose Dominguez had another rough outing as he gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in just 3 innings, but once he left the game his bullpen was outstanding. Joel Lima played a big part in the win as he hurled 3.1 innings of 2-hit relief, while Juan Noriega and winning pitcher Yimi Garcia combined to allow just 1 hit over the final 3.2 frames.
Coming up – Chris Withrow and the Lookouts will get things started with a day game on Wednesday, while Ryan O'Sullivan will start for the Loons. Stephen Fife will take the ball for the Isotopes, while the Quakes starter is TBD.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Mike Parisi was placed back on the DL which opened up a spot for Bret Montgomery. AA: As expected Matt Magill was added back to the roster to take the spot of Nathan Eovaldi. HiA: The Jarrad Page experiment is over has he has been released, and Casio Grider was added back to the roster to take his place. Leon Landry was placed on the bereavement list, and Bobby Coyle was called up to take his spot.