Minor League Player of the Day – Scott Van Slyke (AAA) - 3 for 5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs. Scott has been on a tear since the beginning of the season, recording 12 hits in 20 at bats for a cool .600 average. Almost half his hits have gone for extra bases and he also has 11 RBI's which ranks 2nd in the PCL.
AAA – The Isotopes played in a wild one on Monday, but at the end of the night they were saddled with their first loss of the season as Albuquerque fell to the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) 8 to 7. This game was actually tied at 4 at the end of 9 innings, but in the 10th frame both offenses found life. In the top of the 10th Isotope reliever Geison Aguasviva started off by allowing a walk and a single. Josh Wall then came in to pitch but after a Rusty Ryal error permitted one run to score, Wall subsequently gave up a 3-run homer. Things looked bleak in the bottom of the 10th when the two of the first three batters got out, but a RBI single by Alex Castellanos and a Scott Van Slyke 2-run homer made things very interesting. Unfortunately Matt Angle grounded out to end the game. Going back to the beginning of the game Albuquerque starter Sean White allowed 5 hits and 3 runs over 5 frames. It should also be noted that Van Slyke also had a double and a single in this game, in addition to his homer.
AA – The two Cubans on the team did their best to help the Lookouts win, but that wasn't enough as Chattanooga fell to the Huntsville Stars (Brewers) 3 to 2. Starter Onelki Garcia allowed just 1 hit over four innings in his 2013 debut while striking out 4, but that one hit did leave the yard for a solo homer. Aaron Miller, who is pitching out of the bullpen because there is no room for him in the rotation, gave up a couple of more runs in the 7th and that was too much for the Lookout offense to overcome. The one player that did stay hot was Yasiel Puig, who refuses to let his batting average to go below .500 and went 2 for 3 with a double. Blake Smith was perfect at the dish with 2 singles and 2 walks, but that was it for the notable performances
HiA – The Quakes continued the trend of losing one run games on Monday as they were cracked by the Modesto Nuts (Rockies) 3 to 2. Despite the loss the Rancho pitching staff threw well, starting with Jarret Martin who struck out 6 and allowed just 1 earned run over 5 frames. Jon Michael Redding fired 3 shutout frames out of the bullpen, and Daniel Coulombe was perfect in his inning of work while striking out a pair. At the plate the Quakes had just 4 hits, with O'Koyea Dickson's double and Elevys Gonzalez's triple the only ones going for extra bases. Jonathan Garcia and Darnell Sweeney each had a sacrifice fly to drive in the two runs.
LoA – The Loons were able to break the spell of one run losses as they recorded a 6 - 5 win over the Lake County Captains (Indians). The starter in this game was 18 year old Jonathan Martinez, who will be piggy backing/alternating starts with fellow teenager Miguel Sulbaran for at least the first few months of the season. Martinez didn't have his best stuff in his LoA debut as he allowed 7 hits and 4 runs over 5 frames, but his offense and bullpen picked him up. Sulbaran was solid in relief as he struck out 6 over 2.2 innings despite giving up 4 hits and a run, while Scott Griggs logged his 1st save of the season by being getting the last 4 outs (2 by the K). On offense Paul Hoenecke stayed hot with 2 doubles and a single, but Jeremy Rathjen had the big hit as his bases loaded two-bagger cleared the bases in the 5th. Malcolm Holland drove in a pair, and Alexis Aguilar's RBI single in the 7th turned out to be the game winner.
Coming up – The Lookouts have an off day on Tuesday, but the other three clubs will be playing including the Isotopes who will send Stephen Fife to the mound. Gustavo Gomez will throw for the Quakes, while Zach Bird is scheduled to make his first start of the year for the Loons.