Minor League Player of the Day – Matt Magill (AA) - 7.1 IP, 5 Hits, 1 BB, 0 ER's, 12 K's. Fresh off winning the Dodgers AA Pride Award for the month of July, Magill went out and had another outstanding game. His 12 strikeouts tied a career high and his 131 punch-outs for the season are almost 20 higher than anyone else in the Southern League. Milb.com had a nice article about him and the game here.
AAA – The Isotopes lost to the 51's (Blue Jays) on Friday 6 to 3. Jerry Sands cranked out another homer, his 20th of the year, while Scott Van Slyke also took one deep for his 13th of the season. Tim Federowicz had the only other notable performance at the plate as he went 2 for 4. Starter Derrick Loop allowed 8 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) over 6 innings, losing just his 3rd game of the year (vs 9 wins). Luis Vasquez allowed the other run in his two innings of work but also struck out 3.
AA – One day after getting no-hit, it was the Lookouts turn to put on a pitching show as Chattanooga downed the Braves 8 to 3. Starter Matt Magill did not allow an earned run over 7.1 innings (though 3 unearned runs did score against him), and he struck out 12 while issuing just 1 walk. Could he be in line for his 4th Southern League Pitcher of the week award? Chris Withrow finished out the 8th without an issue, then Eric Eadington pitched a scoreless 9th to preserve the win. At the plate Jake Lemmerman broke out of his month long slump in a big way as he went 3 for 4 with a homer, 2 doubles, and 4 RBI's. Late Night had hit just .125 in the month of July, and his overall season average is just .232. J.T. Wise had a pair of singles to drive in two runs.
HiA – The Quakes withstood a late rally by the Storm on Friday as Rancho held off Lake Elsinore (Padres) 5 to 4. Ted Lilly was originally scheduled to pitch this game, but a setback in his rehab allowed Jon Michael Redding to make the most of his start. Redding fired 7 shutout innings and allowed just 5 hits, striking out 4. Reliever Jordan Roberts was the one who allowed the Storm back in the game as he allowed 3 runs in the 8th and then 1 more in the 9th before Freddie Cabrera came in and shut the door for his 1st save of the year. Justin Sellers got the scoring started in the 1st as hit a leadoff triple then stole home when Joc Pederson was caught in a rundown. Pederson doubled later in the game to keep his average at an even .300, while Pedro Baez hit a double and a triple. Chris Jacobs crushed a pinch homer in the 8th to give the Quakes the insurance they needed.
LoA – Miguel Sulbaran had another rough start, but his offense picked him up in the Loons 8 - 6 win over the Hot Rods (Rays) in 11 innings. Sulbaran was tagged for 5 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks over 4 frames, and didn't strike out anyone. His relievers were very good, however, as Juan Noriega and Matt Shelton were strong for 3 innings each, and Yimi Garcia struck out the side during a perfect 11th to record the save. Jesus Arredondo and O'Koyea Dickson both had 3 hit games in this contest, with Arredondo connecting on a pair of doubles and Dickson cranking out his 11th homer of the season. Nick Akins also contributed with a pair of long balls, both solo shots.
Rookie Ogden – Lindsey Caughel got lit up in his second professional start as the Raptors got spanked by the Rockies 11 to 3. Caughel allowed 7 hits and 6 runs over just 4.1 innings, although he did strike out 6. Relievers Jason West and Derek Cone weren't much better as they combined to give up the final 5 runs over the next few frames. A couple of hitters had solid games at the plate in the loss, with Jose Capellan going 2 for 3 with his first homer of the year and 2 RBI's. Jesus Valdez hit a single and a double, while Pat Stover had a pair of singles and drove in a run.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers lost to the Indians 9 to 6 on Friday. Starter Aris Angeles gave up 5 hits and 5 runs over the first 3 innings, then Kazuya Takano allowed 5 hits and 4 runs over the next 3 frames. At the plate Paul Hoenecke highlighted the offense by going 3 for 3 with a double, while Jesmuel Valentin hit his second homer of the season. Yasiel Puig hit a triple for the second game in a row, but he struck out in his other 3 at bats.
DSL – Not much to write about in this one as the Mariners got the best of the Dominican Dodgers, beating them 9 to 3. Luis Alcantara went 2 for 4 and his double was the only extra base hit of the game for the Dodgers, while Martin Rosario had the only other multi-hit game with two base knocks. Starter Edinson Bock lasted just 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, then four relievers finished off the game. One of those relievers was 17 year old Bryan Munoz who threw a hitless inning in his second professional appearance.
Coming up – Rubby De La Rosa is scheduled to get the start for the Quakes, although if you were planning on attending it should be noted the game will be played on the road in Lake Elsinore. Aaron Miller will take the mound for the Lookouts, while Fernando Nieve and Matt Laney will throw for the Isotopes and Raptors, respectively.
Minor League Transactions – HiA: Selme Angulo was activated from the DL. LoA: Michael Pericht is now healthy and had joined the Loons, while Tyler Ogle was sent down to Ogden. Arizona Rookie: Jhosue Bermudez, who was pitching well in the DSL, received a rare mid-season promotion to the Arizona Dodgers