Minor League Player of the Day – Jacob Scavuzzo (Ogden) 3 for 4, 2 2B's, 4 RBI's, 2 Runs. Scavuzzo wins this award for the second time in 4 days after another big performance at the plate. The teenager improved his OPS to .940 with the 3 hits and has his average up to .313.
AAA – The Istopes won their 4th straight game on Thursday with a 4 - 1 victory over the Cubs. Starter Angel Castro had a strong outing as he allowed just 4 hits and 1 run over 7 innings to lower his ERA to 2.92 for the season. Peter Moylan threw a scoreless 8th while Javy Guerra punched out 2 in the 9th for his 3rd save. At the plate Ian Stewart went 2 for 3 and connected on his first homer since joining the Isotopes, and Justin Sellers drove in the other two runs.
AA – The Lookouts got chopped by the Braves on Thursday, losing 7 to 3. Steve Smith started the game for Chattanooga but did not fare very well as he allowed 4 runs in just 4 innings of work. Ross Stripling then came out of the bullpen again but this time he was not very successful as he gave up 3 runs in two innings of work to put the game out of reach for an offense that didn't do much at the plate. J.T. Wise drove in a pair with a pinch hit double and Jonathan Garcia went 2 for 4, but that was about it for the highlights.
HiA – The Mavericks (Mariners) and Quakes played 10 innings on Thursday, and the result was a 6 - 3 loss for Rancho. Raydel Sanchez struggled a bit in his first start of the year as he lasted just 3 innings and permitted 3 runs. Daniel Coulombe was great out of the bullpen as he struck out 5 over 3 shutout frames, and Freddie Cabrera followed that up with 3 scoreless innings of his own. Unfortunately Eric Eadington couldn't continue the streak as he gave up a gopher ball in the 10th which was the difference in the game. At the plate Scott Schbler stayed hot was he went 2 for 5 with his 17th homer of the year, while Pratt Maynard also took one deep and finished with 2 hits.
LoA – The Loons mounted a late comeback to tie the Bees (Angels) in the bottom of the 9th, but they eventually fell to Burlington 5 to 3 in 10 innings. Jeremy Rathjen, who went 4 for 4 with a double in this game, started the rally with a RBI single in the 9th, then James Baldwin's sac fly is what tied the game. The excitement was short lived, however, as Owen Jones quickly gave up 2 runs in the top of the 10th to take the loss. Going back to the start of the game, 2013 1st round pick Chris Anderson allowed 2 runs on 4 hits over 4.2 frames, striking out 3. Scott Griggs also K'ed a trio of batters in his 2.1 innings of work.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors also played a 10 inning game on Thursday, but the 3rd time was not the charm as they also fell in a 8 - 7 loss to Missoula (Dbacks). Despite the loss Jacob Scavuzzo had another big game as he went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and drove in more than half of his team's runs. Brandon Trinkwon was the other other Ogden player to record an RBI in this game as he plated 2 with a double of his own. Starter Scott Barlow lasted 5 innings in this game and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. J.D. Underwood struggled in relief as he gave up 3 more runs, and Rob Rogers was the one who permitted the winning run to score in the 10th.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers broke the string of losses by defeating the A's 8 to 5. Starter Victor Gonzalez allowed just 1 hit over 4 innings, but he also walked 4 and gave up 3 runs (although only one run was earned). Abdiel Velasquez permitted 2 more runs in his 3.1 innings but recorded the win, while Lenix Osuna lowered his ERA to 0.96 and recorded the first save of his career with 1.2 scoreless frames. At the dish Blake Hennessey smacked his first homer as a professional and drove in 2 runs, while Adam Law went 2 for 3 with a RBI and a stolen base.
DSL – Postponed
Coming up – Rob Rasmussen starts for the Isotopes on Friday while Andres Santiago will throw for the Lookouts. Jon Michael Redding takes the mound for the Quakes, 2013 2nd round pick Tom Windle gets the ball for the Loons, and Francisco Villa toes the rubber for the Raptors.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Rusty Ryal was placed on the DL, John Baker was placed on the inactive list, Tony Gwynn was sent to Arizona for a rehab assignment, Luis Vasquez was promoted from AA, and Steve Cilladi was activated from the DL.