Minor League Player of the Day – Leon Landry - 4 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB. Landry boosted his average to .326 on Saturday thanks to a 4-hit game. The 22 year old has been consistent throughout the entire season as he has hit over .300 for in each of the first 3 months of the year.
AAA – The Isotopes stopped scoring after the 4th inning and eventually lost to the Storm Chasers (Royals) 8 to 7. Luis Cruz connected on his league leading 31st double of the year and drove in 2 in the loss, but that wasn't enough for an Albuquerque win. Jerry Sands went 2 for 4 with a double while Trent Oeltjen also had two hits including a two-bagger and 3 RBI's, but that was the extent of the Isotope offense. On the mound Will Savage gave up a season high 12 hits over 4 innings and allowed 7 runs, although only 4 of those runs were earned. Bret Montgomery gave up just 1 hit in 3 innings of relief, but he was still saddled with the loss thanks to an unearned run.
AA – The Lookouts won their 6th straight game on Saturday in a 8 to 5 defeat over the Braves. Aaron Miller gave up just 1 hit over 5 frames and struck out 6, but he also walked 4 also allowed 3 runs. Five different bullpen arms threw in this game and most had success for Chattanooga as Luis Vasquez recorded his second win of the year and Logan Bawcom collected his 10th save with a perfect 9th. At the plate Blake Smith went deep for the 9th time this year with a solo shot, while Miller helped his own cause with a triple and a run scored. Nick Buss went 2 for 2 with a double and 2 RBI's, while Pedro Baez also drove in run with a two-bagger.
HiA – Angel Sanchez and the Quakes got behind early and despite a late comeback were unable to climb out of their hole as Rancho lost to Lancaster (Astros) 8 to 7. Sanchez got knocked out after just 2.2 frames after allowing 6 hits, 4 walks, and 8 runs (5 earned), and although the JetHawks didn't score again after the 3rd it didn't matter as the Rancho offense was unable to make up the difference. Ryan Acosta did not allow a run over 2.1 innings and Freddie Cabrera was solid over 3 frames, but again their success didn't matter since the Quakes were too far behind. At the plate Mark Ellis made his rehab debut as the #2 hitter in the lineup, but he went 0 for 4 as the DH. Leon Landry had a huge game as he went 4 for 5 with a double and 2 runs scored, while C.J. Retherford connected on 2 doubles and a homer which led to 4 RBI's. Joc Pederson also took one deep, his 3rd of the season, while Steve Domecus went 2 for 3 with a double in the loss.
LoA – The Loons were ahead for most of the game, but a 3-run 7th by the TinCaps (Padres) resulted in a 4 - 3 loss for Great Lakes. Starter Arismendy Ozoria was great over 6 frames, but in the 7th he allowed back to back singles and those runs eventually came in to score which stopped him from getting the win. Michael Thomas actually allowed the 4th run to score and took the loss, while Yimi Garcia pitched the final 1.1 frames of the game and did not allow a base runner. At the plate Pratt Maynard finally hit his first homer of the year, while James Baldwin went 2 for 3 with a double and a long ball of his own. Angelo Songco also doubled, but that was the extent of the Loons' offense.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors and Chukars matched 5-spots in the 1st inning, but in the end it was Ogden who came away with a 10 - 5 win over Idaho Falls (Royals). The Raptors singled the Chukars to death in this contest as none of the 15 hits by Ogden went for extra bases. Jeremy Rathjen led the way as he went 3 for 4 with a walk and 2 RBI's, and lead-off man Darnell Sweeney had the only other 3-hit night. Alex Santana had 2 more hits to raise his average to .370, while Jesus Valdez boosted his average to .447 with a pair of base knocks. Starter Carlos Frias had a rough outing as he allowed 9 hits and 5 runs over 5.1 frames, but it was enough for the win as the Raptors scored 7 runs before he left the game. Craig Stem fired 2.2 innings of no-hit ball, while Gregg Downing finished off the win with a scoreless 9th.
Rookie Arizona – Off day
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers picked up another win, this time a 3 - 1 victory over the Mariners. In what has become a redundant story Josmar Cordero extended his hit streak with a single, but he didn't have anything to do with the victory as he had no RBI's or runs. Fellow catcher Jonathan Linares went 3 for 3 with a double and a RBI, while Jose Luis Javier had the only other multi-hit game in the win. Mario Querales threw the first 5 innings of this game and allowed just 1 run, although he did give up 7 hits and a walk. Luis Silverio recorded the win with 3 innings of relief, while Ricardo De La Rosa picked up his 4th save of the year.
Coming up – With everyone in action besides the Dominican Dodgers, one could argue that the highlight of the day would be starter Stephen Fife for the Isotopes. Jon Michael Redding will take the mound for the Quakes, while Gustavo Gomez will start for the Loons. The Lookouts starters is TBD, but Carlos De Aza will take the ball for the Raptors.