Minor League Player of the Day – Duke von Schamann (AA) - 4 IP, 1 hit, 4 K's, 0 ER's. While he only threw 4 innings (because Dodgers are trying to give him a bit of a break, Duke had another strong performance as he allowed just 1 hit. His AA ERA is now down to 3.25 and the good news is that he's allowed just 1 home run over 36 innings of work.
AAA – The Isotopes played two full games on Sunday, but it only counted for one win in the standings after Albuquerque defeated the Cubs 5 to 1 in 18 innings. After exchanging runs in the 6th, the two teams would remain scoreless for the next 11 innings until the Topes broke it open in the top of the 18th. The first run scored on a throwing error, but the big hit came when Nick Buss crushed a 2-run triple to cap his 3 for 8 night. Alex Castellanos went 2 for 4 with a double and a home run, while Brian Barten was on the other end of the spectrum as he went 0 for 7. The Isotopes used 9 pitchers and one infielder on the mound in this game, and the amazing part is that the bullpen did not allow a run despite pitching 12.2 innings. There are too many to name, but I will point out that infielder Elevys Gonzalez got the final 3 outs of this game and allowed just 1 hit, and would have recorded the save had his team not scored 4 times in the top of the inning.
AA – The Lookouts also won an extra inning game on Sunday, although their 3 - 2 victory over the Braves "only" lasted 12 innings. The winning run scored on a bases loaded ground out when Osvaldo Martinez beat out a potential double play ball. Despite the long game the only two extra base hits of the game for Chattanooga were doubles by Angelo Songo and Matt Wallach. Miguel Rojas, however, did go 4 for 6. On the mound starter Duke von Schamann allowed just 1 hit over 4 innings of work, and the one run that scored against him was unearned. From there a trio of starters tossed an inning each as Zach Lee and Chris Reed threw a shutout frame, while Ross Stripling allowed a run on 3 hits while recording his 3 outs. After that Onelki Garcia fired 2 scoreless innings, Pedro Baez worked out a jam in the 10th, then Yimi Garcia picked up the win with two perfect innings.
HiA – The Quakes scored 4 early runs and starter Gustavo Gomez made them stand up in Rancho's 4 - 1 win over the Blaze (Reds). Gomez continued his turn around by allowing just 4 hits and 1 run over 7 strong innings, although he struck out just 1 batter and has just that one punch out over his last 12.1 innings. Carlos Marmol fired a perfect 8th and then Jarret Martin recorded his second save with a flawless 9th. As mentioned Rancho scored all their runs early, with two of them coming on four straight first inning singles by Scott Schebler, Darnell Sweeney, Bobby Coyle, and O'Koyea Dickson. James McDonald's double in the 2nd inning was the only extra base hit for the Quakes offense.
LoA – Great Lakes lost a tough one as they fell 13 - 4 to the Chiefs (Cardinals). Despite the final score the Loons were in this game until the last inning, which is when they gave up a staggering 8 runs. Luis Meza was responsible for most of the damage as he allowed 7 of the runs, while Crayton Bare permitted the final score. That was a tough break for starter Brandon Martinez who had a quality start despite striking out just 2 batters over 6 innings. There wasn't much action at the plate for Great Lakes as they managed just 6 hits, with Jeremy Rathjen's double the only one going for extra bases. Tyler Ogle was a perfect 1 for 1 with a RBI because he walked in his other 3 plate appearances.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors were held to just 3 hits on Sunday as they were beat by the Brewers 6 to 3. Jesus Valdez went 2 for 3 with a RBI and Alex Santana had a single, but that was it for the offense highlights as the other runs scored on errors. Starter Victor Araujo had 9 strikeouts over 6 innings without allowing a walk, and allowed just 2 earned runs on 6 hits. Thomas Taylor walked 3 and gave up 2 more runs in 1.1 innings of relief, however, which resulted in the loss.
Rookie Arizona – Off day
DSL – Off day
Coming up – The Isotopes and Lookouts are off for the All Star Break, but the rest of the clubs will be in action including Julio Urias and the Loons. Lindsey Caughel, coming off a great start last week, will take the mound for the Quakes, while Zachary Bird will be the starter for the Raptors.