Minor League Player of the Day – Brian Cavazos-Galvez - 3 for 5, 1 HR, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs, 2 SB's. It was a toss up between Zach Lee and BCG for this award, but I'm giving to Brian because of his all around effort at the plate and on the base paths. Cavazos-Galvez has a hit in every game since joining Rancho, and his OPS is exactly 1.000.
AAA – The Isotopes were able to overcome an unplanned bullpen game on Monday as Albuquerque silenced the Sounds (Brewers) 8 to 3. Starter Mike Parisi had to leave the game after just two innings due to shoulder tightness, but luckily reliever Cole St. Clair stepped up big time with 4 solid frames. The big lefty allowed just 1 run on 4 hits, then passed the ball to the trio of Wil Ledezma, Shane Lindsay, and Scott Rice who closed out the game with 3 shutout innings. Luis Cruz had the big night at the plate as he slugged a RBI double and connected on a 3 run homer. Elian Herrera continued his hot hitting with 2 doubles to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, while Scott Van Slyke* and Tim Federowicz* both went 1 for 3 with a RBI. Jerry Sands* had just one official at bat on the day as he walked once and had two run scoring fly balls, while Trent Oeltjen* had a single and a stolen base in 4 at bats.
AA – Chris Withrow* had trouble finding the plate, but he still managed to record the win on Monday as the Lookouts defeated the Biscuits (Rays) 5 to 3. Withrow walked 6 batters over 5 laborious innings and also allowed 5 hits, but only 3 runs scored against him thanks to some timely defense and his ability to get out of a few jams. Blake Johnson continued his solid relief work with 2 more shutout innings, and Shawn Tolleson picked up his 5th save of the year despite allowing a couple of base runners. The top 3 batters in the Lookouts' lineup had all but 1 of the Chattanooga hits, starting with leadoff man Anthony Jackson who went 3 for 3 with a triple and scored 3 runs. Jake Lemmerman continued his incredible hot streak with 2 more hits including 2 run homer, and over his last 10 games he is hitting .500 with an OPS of 1.500. J.T. Wise drove in the other 3 runs of the game with a sac fly and a two run double.
HiA – Zach Lee rebounded nicely on Monday as he led the Quakes to a 6 - 2 win over the 66ers (Angels). Lee limited the opposing hitters to just 3 singles over 5 frames, with all 3 of the hits coming in the same inning which resulted in a run. In the other 4 frames he was flawless and struck out 5 without issuing a walk. Steve Smith was great in relief, and Logan Bawcom got the final out of the game to escape a bases loaded jam and record the save. On offense the big hitter of the night was Brian Cavazos-Galvez who went 3 for 5 with a homer, 2 RBI's, and 2 stolen bases. The other 10 hits by the Quakes were all singles and were scattered among 7 different hitters. Leon Landry, Chris O'Brien, and C.J. Retherford all had 2 base knocks and drove in a run each.
LoA – The Loons were extremely quite at the plate on Monday, yet still managed to hang on until the very end in a 2 - 1 loss to the Silver Hawks (Dbacks). Great Lakes had just 4 hits, although all 4 went for extra bases including a triple and a home run by center fielder Noel Cuevas. The other two-baggers were by O'Koyea Dickson and Joe Winker. On the mound starter Jarret Martin threw a very good game as he allowed just 1 run on 3 hits over 7 innings. Matt Shelton wasn't as sharp in relief, however, as he gave up 4 straight hits to start the 9th which drove home winning run.
Coming up – Jose Dominguez will make his first start of the season for the Loons, but he'll be up against a tough opponent in top prospect Archie Bradley. Nathan Eovaldi will toe the rubber for the Lookouts, while Jon Michael Redding will replace Chris Reed in the Quakes rotation. Finally, Will Savage will start the game for the Isotopes.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Lance Zawadzki and Brent Leach were released, while Joe Becker was removed from the roster. HiA: There were a flurry of moves as Andres Santiago and Jordan Roberts were placed on the DL, while Craig Stem (RHP) and Brandon Martinez were added to the roster.
* Denotes player is on the 40 man roster