Minor League Player of the Day – O'Koyea Dickson (LoA) - 4 for 6, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 Runs. There were a handful of players considered for this award on Sunday, but I'm giving it to Dickson as his 4 hit performance included both a double and a homer. Dickson slumped during June and July as his OPS was around .700 for those two months, but he's gotten back on track in August and will hopefully finish the season strong.
AAA – Jerry Sands broke the Albuquerque franchise record by getting a hit in his 20th consecutive game and Derrick Loop tossed a gem as the Isotopes blanked the Zephyrs (Marlins) 6 to 0 on Sunday. Sands' only hit of the game was "just" a single, but he also walked, scored 2 runs, and recorded an outfield assist from left field. Scott Van Slyke had the big game as he went 3 for 4 with a 3-run homer, and Josh Fields took one deep as well. Not to be forgottetha n is Tony Gwynn who chipped in with 3 hits himself (including a triple) and stole a base. As mentioned Loop was outstanding in his start as he fired 6.2 scoreless innings by allowing just 3 hits. He struck out 4, and won his 11th game of the year. Scott Rice and Erick Threets finished off the shutout by giving up just one hit over the final 2.1 frames.
AA – Matt Magill started off Sunday's game strong, but Tennessee got to him in the middle innings and the Smokies (Cubs) ended up defeating the Lookouts 6 to 5. Magill did not give up a run over the first 4 innings and had 6 of his 7 K's after just 3 frames, but things went downhill in the 5th and then got worse in the 6th as he allowed 7 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) in total. It should be noted, however, that 3 of those runs scored after Matt had already left the game as Geison Aguasviva picked up in the 6th after Magill let the first 3 batter of the inning reach base. At the plate Luis Nunez got the Lookouts on the board early with a 2-run homer, and Griff Erickson also took one deep for just his second jack of the season. That was about it for the offensive highlights as there were no other extra base hits and nobody had more than one base knock.
HiA – After winning 6 straight, the Quakes have now dropped two in a row after falling to the Storm (Padres) 3 to 1. The Rancho pitching staff actually combined for a 3 hitter in this game, but starter Angel Sanchez walked 5 over 4.2 frames and allowed all 3 runs. The bullpen was perfect for the rest of the game as Bret Montgomery (1.1 innings), Michael Thomas (1 inning), and Yimi Garcia (1 inning) sat down the final 10 batters of the game in order. The Quakes were pretty quiet at the the plate themselves as doubles by Joc Pederson and Jonathan Garcia were the only highlights. Yasiel Puig managed another single and stole as base, but he was also caught on the basepaths for the third time this year.
LoA – A 1.5 hour mid-game rain delay seemed to energize the Loons as they scored 8 runs after the skies cleared and defeated the Whitecaps (Tigers) 13 to 4. Great Lakes collected 19 hits in this game, and while 16 of those were singles O'Koyea Dickson made his base knocks count as he went 4 for 6 with homer and a double. Scott Schebler and Jesse Bosnik both went 3 for 5, while James Baldwin reached base 4 times and drove in two. On the mound Gustavo Gomez allowed 4 hits and 4 runs over 5 innings but got the win, then Craig Stem and Scott Griggs tossed 2 scoreless innings each to secure the victory.
Rookie Ogden – After recording just 4 hits in Saturday's defeat, the Raptors were held to just 2 singles on Sunday in a 5 - 0 loss to the Mustangs (Reds). Corey Seager and Jesus Valdez were the ones who got the base knocks in the contest that lasted less than 2 hours. Ogden starter Lindsey Caughel was pretty stingy himself with the hits as he permitted just 3 singles over 6 innings, but he did walk 3 and gave up 2 runs. Derek Cone struggled in relief as he allowed the final 3 runs to score in just 2 frames.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers were headed for a win until the Royals stormed back in the 9th and walked away with a 5 - 2 victory. All the late scoring came against reliever Travis Jones who picked up the loss and the blown save. Going back to the beginning of the game, starter Jonathan Martinez had his best game in a while as he gave up just 2 hits and didn't allow an earned run while striking out 6 over 5 frames. Jackson Mateo and Jordan Hershiser were also solid out of the bullpen before the Jones debacle. At the dish the Dodgers only had one extra base hit which was a double by Stefan Jarrin. The only multi-hit game came from catcher John Cannon who went 2 for 4.
DSL – Off day
Coming up – Everyone plays but the Arizona Dodgers on Monday, but only 3 starters have been announced. Aaron Miller will be taking the mound for the Lookouts, then a pair of Greg(g)s will start for the Loons (Wilborn) and Raptors (Downing).
Minor League Transactions – AA: Chris Withrow was placed on the DL again, although I'm not sure of the reason this time. The corresponding move was a bit puzzling as Jose Dominguez and his 5.25 ERA were promoted from the Loons. Arizona: Brian Cavazos-Galvez was put on the Dodger roster so he can play a few rehab games, while Kazuya Takano was placed on the 60 day DL.