Minor League Player of the Day – Darnell Sweeney (HiA) - 4 for 5, hit for the cycle, 3 Runs, 2 RBI's. Sweeney fell a homer shy of hitting for the cycle last August, but on Tuesday he needed just 6 innings to complete the feat. Since starting the season slow, Sweeney has turned things around recently with a .366 average and a 1.092 OPS over his last 10 games. Milb.com has more on Sweeney's cycle here.
AAA – The Isotopes scored two early runs, but the Padres came back with 6 unanswered as Tuscon defeated Albuquerque 6 to 2. Catcher Jesus Flores plated both runs for the Topes with a two-run double in the 2nd, but from there on out the rest of the hits were all for naught. Scott Van Slyke went 2 for 3 in his outfield debut with double and a walk, although he did move to 1st base later in the game. On the mound Sean White allowed 7 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) over 5.2 frames, while Steve Ames tossed another inning of scoreless relief. Josh Wall continued to struggle as he gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs in the 8th.
AA – Zach Lee and the rest of the Chattanooga pitching staff had a great day on Tuesday as the Lookouts shutout the BayBears (Dbacks) 3 to 0. Lee allowed just 3 hits and 1 walk over 6 scoreless frames to lower his ERA to 2.15 for the season. In 5 of his 7 starts so far, Zach has allowed 1 earned run or less. Greg Infante followed with a pair of perfect innings, then Yimi Garcia recorded his 7th save with a 1-2-3 9th. At the plate Griff Erickson led the offense with a 3 for 4 effort that included a double, while Joc Pederson got in on the action as usual with a couple of singles. Yasiel Puig didn't have a hit in this one so his average fell below .300, but his run scoring ground out accounted for the only RBI of the game as the other runs scored on a wild pitch and an error.
HiA – Darnell Sweeney hit a home run in the first, and neither he nor the Quakes ever looked back in Rancho's 9 - 3 win over the 66ers (Angels). In the 3rd inning Sweeney tripled to get the two most difficult hits out of the way when it comes to the cycle, then in the 4th he singled. Knowing he needed a double to complete the cycle, Darnell led off the 6th with a two bagger to complete the feat. Ryan Mount also had a big game for the Quakes as he went 2 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI's, while Scott Schebler doubled twice and drove in a run. Lost on the offense fireworks was a solid performance from Duke von Schamann as the right hander allowed 5 hits and 2 runs over 6 frames while punching out 5. Raydel Sanchez tossed the final 3 innings and recorded the long save by allowing just 2 hits and a run.
LoA – Off day
Coming up – All four teams are back in action tomorrow, and three of the games will start before noon. Ralston Cash and the Loons will play at 8:05 PST, and while the Lookouts starter is TBD their game will being shortly after at 8:15. Even the Quakes have a rare 10:35 start as they send James Campbell to the mound, and the Isotopes will start Matt Palmer in a more traditional night game.
Minor League Transactions – There were a whole slew of transactions on Tuesday, starting with catcher Eliezar Alfonso getting activated from the restricted list when Elian Herrera was recalled from the Isotopes. Youngster Leo Rodriguez has also joined the club to help out in the infield.. The Lookouts and Quakes swapped of players as starter Ross Stripling and reliever Michael Thomas head to AA while OF Bobby Coyle and bullpen arms Eric Eadington and Ryan Acosta head to Rancho. Chris Jacobs has also been activated from the DL for the Lookouts, while Robbie Garvey was placed on the DL for the Quakes.