Minor League Player of the Day – Garrett Gould (HiA) - 6 IP, 3 Hits, 0 Walks, 0 Runs, 8 K's. After starting the season ice cold, Gould rebounded on Saturday with a very impressive outing. I'm not sure if he changed something in his delivery or simply got lucky, but the impressive outing is good news for the former 2nd round pick.
AAA – The Isotopes and Zephyrs both had 14 hits in this game, but New Orleans (Marlins) ended up with one more run in their 6 - 5 win over Albuquerque. Starter Angel Castro gave up all 6 runs in 5 innings of work, allowing 10 hits in the process. Anthony Ortega, Josh Wall, and Steve Ames finished the game with 4 shutout frames, but that didn't matter as the offense wasn't able to make up enough ground. Scott Van Slyke and Tim Federowicz both stayed hot as they each went 2 for 4 with a homer, while Nick Buss boosted his average to .316 with a 3 for 5 effort that included a triple and his 6th bomb of the season.
AA Game 1 –The Lookouts finished up Friday's suspended game on Saturday, but the result was ugly as Chattanooga was 1-hit in a 8 - 0 loss to the Barons (White Sox). C.J. Retherford's single as the only base knock in this one as Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig combined to go 0 for 7 with 4 K's. We already discussed Andres Santiago's rough outing yesterday, so today we'll touch on the bullpen struggles as Kyle Cofield, Ryan Acosta, and Greg Infante combined to give up 7 hits and 7 walks and 4 runs over the final 5 frames.
AA Game 2 – The Lookout bats were silent again in their nightcap as Chattanooga lost to Birmingham (White Sox) 3 to 2. Rafael's Ynoa's double and singles by Blake Smith and Miguel Rojas were the only hits in this one as the offense continued to struggle. Rob Rasmussen threw pretty well over 6 innings as he gave up just 4 hits and 2 runs while striking out 6. Yimi Garcia took the loss after he allowed a walk-off single in the bottom of the 8th pf the shortened game.
HiA – Garrett Gould finally had a solid outing for the Quakes on Saturday as Rancho shutout the Giants 6 to 0. Gould tossed 6 shutout frames while striking out 8, allowing just 3 hits and walking nobody. Juan Noriega got through the 7th without any issues, then Craig Stem hurled two perfect innings to close out the win. At the plate Noel Cuevas drove in half of the Quakes' runs after going 2 for 5 with a double, while Angelo Songco plated a pair with a double and a single of his own. Darnell Sweeney also had a solid night as he singled twice and swiped a pair of bases.
LoA – Carlos Frias had another impressive outing on Saturday, but his bullpen couldn't hold the lead as the Loons fell to the Timber Rattlers (Brewers) 6 to 4. Frias tossed 6 shutout innings to lower his ERA to 0.91 which ranks 3rd in the Midwest League. Joel Lima and Arismendy Ozoria both allowed runs in relief, but Scott Griggs gets credit for the loss as he allowed 3 runs to score in the final frame. On offense nobody had more than one hit, but Corey Seager drove in a pair with a single. Pat Stover's solo homer was the only extra base hit of the game for the Loons.
Coming up – It looks like Onelki Garcia is scheduled to come off the DL as he is scheduled to pitch for the Lookouts on Sunday. Blake Johnson will throw for the Isotopes, Ross Stripling will take the mound for the Quakes, and Lindsey Caughel will get the call for the Loons.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Dee Gordon has been promoted to the big leagues, but his replacement has not been decided upon for the Isotopes. HiA: Elevys Gonzalez has been placed on the DL, and Casio Grider has joined the Quakes.