Minor League Player of the Day – Rob Rasmussen (AA) - 5 IP, 0 Runs, 0 Walks, 4 hits, 5 K's. The Rasmussen for John Ely continues to look like a steal for the Dodgers as Rob continues to pitch very well. The left hander has allowed 3 runs or less in 8 of his 9 starts this year and has limited opposing hitters to a .215 average.
AAA – The Isotopes scored 6 times in the 4th inning and that's all the needed for a 7 - 3 win over the Sky Sox (Rockies). The Albuquerque offense took advantage of 3 walks and an error in that critical 4th inning, and Rusty Ryan had the big hit with a bases loaded single that plated two runs. Elian Herrera singled 3 times and scored a pair of runs thanks to a trio of stolen bases, while Tim Federowicz and Justin Sellers both doubled. On the mound Steve Smith performed well in a spot start, striking out 6 over 4 frames and allowing just 3 hits and a couple of unearned runs. Anthony Ortega got through the next 3 innings and allowed a run, then Josh Wall and Steve Ames nailed down the win with a scoreless inning each.
AA Game 1 – The first game of the Lookouts' double header on Monday was a rough one as Chattanooga fell to the Smokies (Cubs) 9 to 2. The offense had just 5 hits in this one, with only Miguel Rojas' double going for extra bases. Yasiel Puig went 1 for 2 with a walk, a RBI, and a stolen base, but Joc Pederson didn't fare so well as he had his hitting streak snapped. Starter Andres Santiago got rocked in this one as he gave up 6 hits and 7 runs over 3 frames while striking out just 1. Scott Elbert punched out 2 in his scoreless inning of relief, while Aaron Miller K'ed 4 over 2 frames but also allowed 4 hits and a run.
AA Game 2 – Chattanooga earned a split of their double header by shutting out Tennessee (Cubs) 1 - 0 in the nightcap. The victory actually came in an unusual walk-off fashion as the winning run scored on a strikeout. You see Blake Smith doubled with one out in the 7th and final inning, then moved to 3rd on a wild pitch. After a couple of intentional walks the bases were loaded for Griff Erickson, and while he struck out swinging, the pitch got away from the catcher which allowed Smith to score. On the mound starter Rob Rasmussen lowered his ERA to 2.79 by blanking the Smokies for 5 innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 5 without issuing a walk. Luis Vasquez picked up the win in relief with a couple of scoreless frames.
HiA – The Quakes won their 3rd game in a row on Monday as they defeated the JetHawks (Astros) 10 to 6. Rancho scored early and often in this one as they plated 7 of their runs within the first two innings. O'Koyea Dickson cleared the bases with a double in the 1st, and added his 4th RBI later in the game with a sac fly. Noel Cuevas went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple to fall a homer shy of the cycle, and Angelo Songco picked up 2 RBI's with a double and a single. Starter Duke von Schamann didn't have his best stuff as he allowed 7 hits, 4 walks, and 4 runs over 5.2 frames, but he was still able to record his 6th win of the year. A trio of relievers threw in the relief, and the only one who didn't allow a run was Pedro Baez who struck out 2 in his inning of work.
LoA – The nightmare season for the Loons continued on Monday as the club's 5th straight loss, a 4 - 3 defeat to the Lugnuts (Blue Jays), turned out to be a heart-breaker. With the game tied heading into the 9th, Elevys Gonzalez's RBI single gave Great Lakes a lead heading into the bottom of the inning. Unfortunately closer Scott Griggs wasn't able to hold the lead as he allowed the tying run to score, then in the 10th fellow reliever Sawil Gonzalez couldn't get anyone out and gave Lansing the win by hitting a batter with the bases loaded. Going back to the beginning of the game starter Carlos Frias had another fine outing as he limited the opposition to just 1 run over 7 innings to lower his ERA to 1.54. As I already mentioned, however, his bullpen couldn't hold the lead. The other offensive highlights in this one include a homer from Tyler Ogle and a 3 for 4 performance for Devin Shines that included a couple of doubles.
Coming up – The Loons have a much needed day off, while James Campbell and the Quakes will play a morning game in Lancaster. The Isotopes will send Blake Johnson to the mound and the Lookout starter is still TBD.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: With the recent demotion of Tim Federowicz, there was no longer room on the roster for Matt Wallach. LoA: Paul Hoenecke and Malcolm Holland were activated from the DL, and to make room on the roster Pat Stover was sent back to extended spring training while catcher Eric Smith was placed onto the disabled list