Minor League Player of the Day – Trent Oeltjen - 4 for 5, 1 2B ,4 RBI's, 2 Runs. Oeltjen slumped to start the season which led to his removal from the 40 man roster, but since June he's been much better. While it's unlikely he'll get added back to the roster this season, there's always a chance if he continues to hit.
AAA – An Aussie provided most of the fireworks in Albuquerque on Wednesday as the Isotopes delivered an 8 - 2 loss to the Express (Rangers). Trent Oeltjen went 4 for 5 with a double and 4 RBI's to lead his club, and is hitting .350 over his last 10 games. Josh Fields and Tyler Henson drove in the rest of the runs as they both had 2 hits and 2 RBI's. Tim Federowicz also had a pair of base knocks while Alex Castellanos chipped in with a triple. Fernando Nieve pitched a solid game as he allowed 6 hits and 2 runs over 6 innings, and his bullpen was even better over the final 3 frames. Cole St. Clair worked around a hit and 2 walks in the 7th, then Bret Montgomery and Scott Rice finished the game with a hitless inning each.
AA – The Lookouts didn't have much to celebrate on Independence Day as they lost to the Stars (Brewers) 5 to 1. Ethan Martin started this game and actually threw pretty well as he gave up 5 hits and 2 runs over 6 innings, walking 2 and striking out 5. His bullpen didn't fare so well, however, as Wes Roemer and Luis Vasquez allowed the final 3 runs to score in just 2 frames. Rafael Ynoa was the lone bright spot at the plate as he went 3 for 4 with a triple, while Kyle Russell's double was the only other extra base hit. Blake Smith finally had a rough night as he struck out in all 4 of his at bats.
HiA – The Quakes exploded for 18 hits on Wednesday in what turned out to be a 13 to 2 win over the 66ers (Angels). Every Rancho player that stepped to the plate in this game collected at least one hit, with Chris Jacobs and Scott Wingo leading the way with 3 base knocks each. Jonathan Garcia went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple, while C.J. Retherford and Bobby Coyle both took the ball out of the yard. Matt Kemp started the game in center field and had a nice day at the plate as he went 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBI's. On the mound, Garrett Gould started this game with 4 innings of no-hit ball, and overall allowed just 2 hits over 6 frames while striking out 5. Gould did walk 4 batters, however, and only threw 53 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Overall it was still a great outing for Gould, especially since it was his first appearance since his name came up in all the Carlos Lee trade rumors. Ryan Acosta struck out the side in both of his innings of work, and Freddie Cabrera got the final 3 outs.
LoA – The Loons led for most of this game but a 6 run 8th by the Lugnuts resulted in a 8 - 4 loss for Great Lakes. Duke von Scharmann threw the first 5.2 frames and had a decent amount of success as he allowed 7 hits but also didn't walk anyone and gave up just 2 runs. Juan Rodriguez made it through the 7th unscathed, but in the 8th he walked the first two batters he faced. They eventually came into score after Yimi Garcia entered the game, then Garcia allowed 4 more runs of his own to score, although two were unearned due to a Jesus Arredondo error. At the plate Joe Winker went 2 for 4 and his double was the club's only extra base hit. Jesse Bosnik and Jan Vazquez also had two hits apiece and combined to drive in 3 runs.
Rookie Ogden –The Raptors didn't have fun on the 4th of July as they were tossed by the Chukars (Royals) 9 to 2. Starter Matt Laney got tagged for 5 early runs, and while he settled down after that the early deficit was too much to overcome. James Campbell gave up a run in two innings of relief, while Alan Garcia also allowed a few runs to score. Two Ogden batters combined for 7 of the team's 10 hits, with Justin Boudreaux going a perfect 4 for 4 (all singles). Outfielder Pat Stover went 3 for 4 with a double, which was the only extra base hit for the Raptors.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers defeated the Mariners 5 to 4 in a game that lasted just 6 innings due to rain. 2012 9th round pick Zachary Bird made his professional debut and threw two scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out a pair. Greg Wilborn gave up 3 runs in 3 innings of relief, then Jackson Mateo also gave up a few runs but was credited with the win when the Dodgers scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the 6th. At the plate Bladimir Franco crushed a pair of homers, including the game winning blast, to give him 4 bombs in his last 4 games. Maybe the 21 year old is finally figuring things out now that he's in his 3rd season in the Arizona League. Tyler Ogle had the only other notable game as he went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI's.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers went down quietly on Wednesday in a 4 - 2 loss to the Cardinals. The Dodgers managed just 6 hits, with the highlights being triples by Melvin Santana and Johnathan Linares. Jeffry Rojas had the only multi-hit game by going 2 for 4. On the mound starter Jose Augusto Diaz had a pretty good start as he allowed just 5 hits and 1 run over 5 frames. Four relievers finished off the loss but nobody did anything worth mentioning.
Coming up – Everyone but the Arizona Dodgers are in action on Thursday, although only a few of the scheduled pitchers have been announced. Angel Sanchez will throw for the Quakes, while Will Savage and Carlos Frias will take the mound for the Isotopes and Raptors, respectively.