Minor League Player of the Day: First time I've heard of Theo Alexander who wins the award by getting on base all five times for the Arizona Dodgers. Honorable mention to Matt Magill, Dee Gordon, and Tom Windle.
Triple-A: Isotopes won 9 - 1 behind Matt Magill's pitching and Dee Gordon's offense. This was probably Matt's best game since May 25th. He only got 16 outs but gave up only one run, three hits, and shockingly just two walks. Throw in the 10 k's for those 16 outs and you got a candidate for POTD. Dee Gordon was switched back to SS for this game and reached base four times via two hits and two walks. Also stole his 37th base which probably seems like a lot for a guy who has only played 70 games. Dee now sports a .388 OBP and a .389 Slug%. Nick Buss blasted his 14th home.
Double-A: The Lookouts finally scored but still lost 4 - 3. A host of interesting names pitched in this game. The Duke started but only got 17 outs while giving up all four runs. Pedro Baez, and the Garcia's (Onelki/Yimi) finished up the game with 3 1/3 scoreless innings. The offense finally got on the board when JT Wise launched his fifth home run but they still sputtered to only three runs. Joc Pederson led off and struck out three times in four hitless at bats. Joc is now in a Velezian type of slump going 1 for his last 27 including 12 strike outs. Jon Garcia banged out two singles and stole his first AA base.
High Class-A: Chatsworth High star Bobby Coyle hit the game tying home run in the bottom of the 9th, and Blake Smith picked up his first professional win when the Quakes scored again in the 10th to win the game (4 - 3). For the second game in a row Chris Jacobs hit a home run. Carlos Frias started and pitched well getting fifteen outs while allowing only two runs. In his last four starts Frias has 29 strikeouts and only four walks. Blake Smith pitched the 10th and struck out two with zero walks to earn the victory. Darnell Sweeney drove in Noel Cuevas with a double to win the game.
Low Class-A: 2013 second round pick Tom Windle dazzled for five innings, being the first part of a quartet of pitchers (Crayton Bare, Owen Jones, Craig Stern) who struck out 11 and walked none, while giving up one run in the 9 - 1 victory. The big lefty is doing his best to keep pace with Chris Anderson. The offense was paced by 21 year old Leo Rodriguez who had three hits. Corey Seager was one for four, with no walks. DH Aaron Miller batted cleanup and had a double with two walks.
Rookie (Ogden): Francisco Villa started and lost the game 4 - 3. Everyone's favorite player on the Raptors Justin Chig bo gu blasted his second home run. 21 year old Brandon Twinkon continued to tear up the league with two hits, moving his batting average to .373.
Rookie (Arizona): 18 year old Theo Alexander was the hitting star of the day. Playing in only his fourth game in 2013, Theo was on base all five times with three hits (including his first professional home run), and two walks. The final score was Dodgers 10 Royals 8. Theo was the seventh pick in 2012 and this was easily his best game as a professional.
Box scores / Game info
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)
AZL Dodgers Box Score (Rookie)