Minor League Player of the Day – Blake Johnson (AAA) - 5 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 5 K's. Johnson has quietly had a good season for the Isotopes, and over his last 5 starts he's been especially effective as he's allowed just 4 runs over 30 innings which translates into an ERA of under 1. If injuries continue to haunt the Dodgers pitching staff, could Blake be one of the next in line to get the call to Los Angeles?
AAA – The Isotopes held the Express (Rangers) to just 4 hits on Tuesday in a 6 - 0 shutout. Blake Johnson continued his streak of recent success as he tossed 5 shutout frames, striking out 5 and allowing just 3 hits. Kelvin De La Cruz was just as impressive out of the bullpen as he fired 3 innings of 1-hit ball while also striking out 5. At the dish Matt Wallach finally had a big game as he went 3 for 4 with a homer and a walk, but he's still hitting just .216 for the season. Rusty Ryal also had 3 hits, all singles, while Tony Gwynn singled, doubled, and drove in a run.
AA – The Lookouts scored 3 runs in the first inning and never looked back as Chattanooga defeated the Generals (Mariners) 6 to 1. A Joc Pederson double knocked in the first run of the game, then Brian Cavazos-Galvez had a RBI single. Miguel Rojas connected on a 2-run homer later in the game, while Angelo Songco went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. On the mound Ross Stripling threw very well as he only allowed 4 hits and 1 run over 5.2 innings while striking out 4. Kyle Cofield got through the next 4 outs without issue, then Yimi Garcia struck out 4 over the final 2 frames to secure the victory.
HiA – The Quakes were drowned out by the Storm (Padres) in a 6 - 3 loss on Tuesday. The highlight of this game was that A.J. Ellis made his first rehab appearance, although he did go 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts in his return to the diamond. O'Koyea Dickson had the big game at the plate as he went 2 for 4 with a double and a pair of RBI's, while Noel Cuevas also had a couple of hits including a double. Starter Gustavo Gomez battled his way through 6 innings and allowed just 3 runs on 5 hits, but the normally reliable Jon Michael Redding gave up 3 more runs in the 7th and was handed the loss.
LoA – The Loons offensive continued to thrive on Tuesday as Great Lakes downed the Whitecaps (Tigers) 13 to 6. 11 of those runs came in the first two innings thanks a ton of timely hitting. Aaron Miller crushed a 3-run homer while both Leo Rodriguez and Jeremy Rathjen went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI's. James Baldwin also drove in 2 with a single and a double, and Malcolm Holland fell a homer shy of the cycle with his 3 for 5 effort. Staked to a huge lead 16 year old starter Julio Urias sailed through the first two frames without giving up a hit, but in the 3rd he allowed 4 hits, including a couple of homers, and permitted 3 runs in total. Reliever Alan Garcia also gave up 3 runs, but then Geoff Brown and Scott Griggs were able to finish off the game by combining for 5 innings of 1-hit ball.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers downed the A's on Tuesday 4 to 3. Jose Luis Javier went 3 for 4 and had the Dodgers only extra base hit, a double, while driving in 2 runs. Nelson Palmer had the only other multi-hit game and Ariel Sandoval had a RBI single but is hitting just .080 for the season. Pitching-wise this victory was really a team effort as starter Hector Rodriguez only threw 3 innings despite allowing just 1 hit and an unearned run. Franklin Perez got the win in relief with 3 more innings of 1-hit ball, and Elou Jean recorded the save despite giving up a couple of runs in the 9th.
Coming up – The Lookouts have the day off, but the rest of the teams will be in action including Garrett Gould and the Quakes. Angel Sanchez will throw for the Loons, and Aaron Laffey will take the mound for the Isotopes.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: With the promotions of Chris Withrow and Alex Castellanos, infielder Osvaldo Martinez moved up to Albuquerque. The Isotopes also got Justin Sellers back. AA: Pedro Guerrero has been moved up to Chattanooga from Rancho. HiA: To complete the cycle of promotions, Bladimir Franco was added to the Quakes roster.