Minor League Player of the Day – Joc Pederson (AA) - 1 for 2, 3 Walks. This was a tough day to choose a minor league player of the day since nobody did much of anything, so I'm going with Pederson again because he reached base 4 times despite recording just 1 hit. After going 0 for 7 to start the season, Pederson has now recorded a hit in 13 straight games to boost his average to .310 and his OPS to 1.032.
AAA Game 1 – The Isotopes were 2-hit in the first game of their double header and lost to the Storm Chasers (Royals) 3 to 2. While Albuquerque made the most of their two hits as Nick Buss blasted a 2-run home run after a Scott Van Slyke single, it just wasn't quite enough. Starter Blake Johnson actually threw a complete game in the shortened contest, and it wasn't until the bottom of the 6th that he allowed the eventual game winning run. Overall Johnson gave up 6 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) over 6 innings.
AAA Game 2 – The Albuquerque offense wasn't much better in the night cap as they again fell to Omaha 3 to 2. This time the Isotopes managed 4 hits, but none of them went for extra bases in the defeat. The only two offensive highlights came from Alex Castellanos, who went 2 for 3 with 2 stolen bases and a RBI, and Dee Gordon who also had 2 hits and scored both runs. On the mound Javy Guerra lasted 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, but it was Angel Castro who took the loss in relief by permitting the game winning run to score in the bottom of the 5th.
AA – The Lookouts followed the trend of quiet bats on Friday as they fell to the Barons (White Sox) 3 to 0. Chattanooga had just 5 singles in this game, but the good news is that one belonged to Joc Pederson who extended his hitting streak and also walked 3 times. Yasiel Puig did not play in this game, but as of now I'm not sure of the reason why. Onelki Garcia was the starter for the Lookouts and threw well as he gave up just 4 hits and 1 run over 5 innings, but he did walk 3 and only struck out 2. Aaron Miller tossed 3 frames of relief and gave up a run as well, while Hector Nelo also permitted someone to score in his inning of work.
HiA – The Rancho offense actually showed a little bit of life on Friday, but their pitching and defense was not up to par as the Quakes fell to the Mavericks (Mariners) 8 to 3. Despite 8 base knocks Darnell Sweeney had the only multi-hit game as he went 2 for 4 with a RBI, and he also stole a base. Scott Schebler and Webster Rivas both doubled for the only extra base hits for Rancho, and they both drove in a run as well. On the mound Jarret Martin showed flashes of brilliance as he struck out 7 over just 3.1 frames, but he also walked 5 and allowed 4 runs (3 earned). Jon Michael Redding and James Campbell both gave up a couple of unearned runs in relief, and that was mostly due to a pair of errors by the aforementioned Sweeney.
LoA – Postponed due to weather
Coming up – The Loons will finally try to get their double header in, and as I mentioned yesterday the starters should be Zach Bird and Angel Sanchez. Duke von Schamann will get the ball for the Quakes, Sean White will throw for the Isotopes, and the Lookouts starter is TBD.