Minor League Player of the Day – Tyler Ogle (LoA) - 4 for 5, 2 HR's, 5 RBI's, 3 runs, 1 walk. Ogle started his 2012 season on a tear, and he's doing the same thing in 2013 after his huge day at the plate on Sunday. The 2011 9th round pick has hit very well since turning pro and is a sleeper catching prospect in our system (even though he played 1st base in this game). For more information on him and his big day check out this article from milb.com.
AAA – The Albuquerque bats were quiet on Sunday as the Cubs beat the Isotopes 4 to 1. Dee Gordon's double was the only extra base hit for the good guys while Elian Herrera's 2 for 4 effort with an RBI was the only other offensive highlight. Even Scott Van Slyke went 0 for 4 so his batting average fell to an even .500. Sean White was the starter for the Topes and while he only allowed 2 hits in 4 innings, he walked 5 and gave up 3 runs (2 earned). Red Patterson was solid in relief as he struck out 4 over 3 frames and permitted just 1 run to score, and Geison Aguasviva finished up by tossing a scoreless inning.
AA – The Lookouts were held to just 1 hit over the first 6 frames, and while they eventually put together some offense Chattanooga still lost to the Smokies (Cubs) 7 to 3. Joc Pederson had a hit, a RBI, and a stolen base in this one, but Yasiel Puig went 0 for 4 with 3 K's. Blake Smith also had a hit and a RBI but he was more impressive in the field where he made a diving catch and recorded a pair of outfield assists. On the mound Onelki Garcia didn't have his best stuff as he picked up the first loss of his professional career. The lefty allowed 5 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) and didn't make it through the 4th inning. Aaron Miller gave up one run in 2.1 innings of relief, and Eric Eadington got shelled for 5 hits and 3 runs while recording just 2 outs.
HiA – The Quakes pitchers got lit up in the High Desert on Sunday as Rancho fell to the Mavericks (Mariners) 11 to 5. Coming off a great outing, starter Duke von Schamann got hit around early and often in this one as he allowed 9 hits and 6 runs, with most of the damage coming in the very first inning. Raydel Sanchez and Craig Stem also struggled in relief and combined to give up the final 5 runs. At the plate Darnell Sweeney hit his first homer of the year and also singled, while Angelo Songco, Scott Wingo, and Jonathan Garcia all doubled. For Garcia and Wingo it was the first extra base hit of the year for both of them.
LoA – The Loons offense put on a clinic on Sunday as Great Lakes crushed the Dayton Dragons (Reds) 13 to 4. Five Loon hitters had more than one base knock in this game, but nobody had a bigger day than Tyler Ogle who went 4 for 5 with 2 homers and 5 RBI's. James Baldwin also homered, while Alexis Aguilar went 3 for 5 and drove in a pair of runs. Corey Seager got in on a little bit of the action as he had a single in 4 at bats, and he also stole home on the back end of a double steal. Starter Carlos Frias wasn't overly impressive over his 6 innings of work as he allowed 6 hits and 4 runs (2 earned), but he didn't have to be with all the offense behind him. Reliever Gregg Downing worked the final 3 frames and picked up the long save.
Coming up – The Loons have the day off of Monday, but the rest of the clubs will be playing with Lookout starter Zach Lee highlighting the pitching match ups. Gustavo Gomez will throw for the Quakes, while the Isotope starter is TBD.