Minor League Player of the Day – Lindsey Caughel (HiA) - 6 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 7 K's. Caughel started the season in Great Lakes and had ton of success, but he has struggled since joining the Quakes until Wednesday when he put together his best performance to date. Even with his 5.71 ERA in Rancho, however, it should be noted that he has struck out exactly a batter per inning which is a great rate for a starter.
AAA – The Isotopes completed their 3 game sweep of the Sounds (Brewers) on Wednesday with a 9 - 2 victory. Elian Herrera and Alex Castellanos combined for just 2 singles in this one, but they still managed to drive in 7 runs between them which accounted for most of the scoring. Dee Gordon went 2 for 4 with a RBI and a stolen base, while Justin Sellers stayed hot as he reached base 3 times on a single and two walks. On the mound Matt Magill was a little shaky in his return from the DL as he allowed 5 hits and 2 runs over 3.1 innings. Red Patterson picked up the slack in relief, however, as he struck out 6 over 3.2 shutout innings, permitting just 1 hit in the process. Kelvin De La Cruz got the final 6 outs, with 4 of them coming via the K.
AA – Zach Lee got roughed up a bit on Wednesday as the Lookouts fell to the Braves 8 to 2. Lee allowed 7 hits over 5 innings, including a pair of homers, and overall permitted 5 runs to score. Chris Reed, getting a mid season breather, threw one inning in relief and also gave up a run, while Jharel Cotton allowed the final two scores although both were unearned. On offense there wasn't to write about other than a 3 for 4 performance from Sean Burroughs that included a double.
HiA – The Quakes edged the Mavericks (Mariners) 2 to 1 on Wednesday despite recording just 2 hits in the game. One of those hits was Scott Schebler's 16th homer of the season, and the other was a single by Casio Grider (who also had a RBI ground out earlier in the game). On the mound starter Lindsey Caughel was brilliant was brilliant as he allowed just 2 hits over 6 shutout innings, striking out 7 along the way. Carlos Marmol then made his Dodger debut and didn't walk anyone, but he did allow a solo homer during his inning of work. Jarrett Martin, who now appears to be a full time reliever, tossed a scoreless frame before Eric Eadington struck out the side in the 9th for his 4th save of the season.
LoA – The Loons blew a late lead on Wednesday, but in the end they were able to sting the Bees (Angles) 5 to 4. Julio Urias only threw one inning in what I can only imagine was a scheduled shortened start for the 16 year old, and he was perfect while recording those 3 outs. Geoff Brown then came into the game as the long reliever and was very good, allowing just 2 hits over 5 frames in route to his 8th win of the season. Crayton Bare and Luis Meza got into some trouble over the final 2 innings, but Craig Stem was able to get out of the late jam to record his 10th save of the season. At the plate Corey Seager's 2-RBI double was the only extra base hit for Great Lakes, and he is now hitting an even .300 for the season. Robbie Garvey also drove in 2 runs with a trio of singles.
Rookie Ogden – The Osprey proved to be the bigger Bird on Wednesday as Missoula defeated Ogden 6 to 1. Starter Zach Bird continued to struggle as he allowed 5 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks and was unable to make it out of the 5th inning. Jordan Hershiser threw 2.1 frames of scoreless relief, but the offense wasn't able to make up the difference as they were held to 6 hits. Justin Chigbogu stayed hot as he went 2 for 4 with a double and Brandon Trinkwon also had 2 hits including a triple, but that was about it for the highlights.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodger offense was also very quiet on Wednesday as they fell to the A's 7 to 1. The Dodgers only had 5 singles in a double in this one, with the two-bagger coming from Cristian Gomez. On the mound Victor Arano struggled early as he gave up 6 runs in the 2nd inning, but after that his bullpen was very good. Pablo Gonzalez allowed just 1 hit over 3 scoreless frames while striking out 5, while Greg Harris and Wascar Teodo tossed a shutout frame each. 2013 15th round pick Billy Flamion did allow a run in relief but he also struck out the side in his professional debut.
DSL – Postponed
Coming up – 2013 1st round pick Chris Anderson highlights Thursday's scheduled starters as he takes the mound for the Loons, while Scott Barlow will throw for the Raptors. Angel Castro will get the ball for the Isotopes, Steve Smith will toe the rubber for the Lookouts, and Raydel Sanchez will apparently make his first start of the season for the Quakes.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Matt Magill was activated from the DL. AA: Pedro Baez was promoted from the Quakes to the Lookouts.
Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)
Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)
Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)
Ogden Raptors Box Score (Rookie)
Arizona Dodgers Box Score (Rookie)