Minor League Player of the Day – Duke von Schamann (AA) - 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 10 K's, 0 walks. After making one start for the Lookouts at the end of 2012, Duke is now back in AA and had an outstanding start on Monday. The sinker ball pitcher doesn't usually generate many strikeouts, but the right hander was getting swings and misses on Monday which helped him have a stellar outing.
AAA – Rob Rasmussen lost his AAA debut as the Isotopes fell to the Express (Rangers) 5 to 2. Rasmussen's introduction to the Pacific Coast League was a rough one as 2 of the 5 hits he allowed left the yard, and his 4 walks didn't help as he gave up 5 runs in total. Jose Dominguez also made his Albuquerque debut in relief, and while he allowed 3 base runners on 2 walks and a hit, he didn't permit a run to score. At the dish Elian Herrera had a 2-run homer in the 3rd, but that accounted for all of the Isotope scoring. Brian Barten and Rusty Ryal had two hits each while Dee Gordon went 1 for 4 with a double.
AA Game 1 – While the Lookouts had the lead when this game was suspended on Sunday, the Generals (Mariners) came back to win 5 - 4 when the contest was completed on Monday. Onelki Garcia picked up for Andres Santiago who threw an inning on Sunday, and while the left hander did not allow a hit over 3 scoreless frames, Garcia did walk 5 batters. Jharel Cotton then made his AA debut in the 5th inning but unfortunately he was hit with the loss after he allowed 4 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) over 2.2 frames. As I mentioned yesterday Rafael Ynoa was having a big game at the plate when the game was suspended, and it got even better on Monday as he finished the day 3 for 4 with a double and 2 homers. Blake Smith's solo shot drove in the other run for Chattanooga.
AA Game 2 – The Lookouts second game on Monday lasted just 7 innings, but that was still one inning too many as they fell 2 - 1 after Jackson (Mariners) had a walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th. The loss ruined a magnificent performance from Duke von Schamann who was making his first AA start of the year. Duke allowed just 1 run on 3 hits over 6 frames, striking out 10 and walking 0. He was pulled after allowing a double to lead off the 7th, then reliever Hector Nelo gave up two straight hits to lose the game. Chattanooga had just 3 hits themselves in this one with Sean Burroughs going 2 for 2 with a double and a RBI and Blake Smith connecting on a two-bagger as well.
HiA – The Quakes got dropped by the Storm (Padres) 9 to 5 on Monday to fall 4 games below .500. This game was over early as starter James Campbell got rocked for 7 runs in just 2 innings of work. Raydel Sanchez and Freddie Cabrera both worked 2 innings of relief and allowed a run each, while Daniel Coulombe did not give up a hit in his two frames. At the plate Jonathan Garcia doubled and hit yet another home run to give him 14 on the year, which is just 1 behind the California League leader. O'Koyea Dickson went 2 for 4 with a double, and Darnell Sweeney reached base 3 times and also stole his 23rd base of the year.
LoA – The Loons ran their winning streak to 5 games on Monday with a 5 - 3 victory over the Silver Hawks (Dbacks). All 5 of the Great Lakes runs came in the 4th inning, which was highlighted by Kevin Taylor's 2 out, 3-run homer. Earlier in the frame Pat Stover had driven in the other two runs with a double. Other than that the offense was quiet as the rest of the team managed just 3 singles. Corey Seager did not play, although I have not heard a reason why. On the mound Carlos Frias rebounded from a rough start last time out to allow 6 hits and 2 earned runs over 5 innings, although he did also walk 4. Owen Jones tossed 2 innings of hitless relief while striking out 3, and Craig Stem got the save with a perfect 9th.
DSL – Game was suspended due to rain after just 3 inning. At the time of the break the Astros were beating the Dodgers 3 to 0.
Coming up – Julio Urias and the Loons highlight the pitching probables on Tuesday, as do Ross Stripling and the Lookouts. Gustavo Gomez will throw for the Quakes and Blake Johnson will take the mound for the Isotopes.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: With Justin Sellers getting promoted, infielder Elevys Gonzalez was assigned to the Isotopes roster.