Minor League Player of the Day – John Baker (AAA) - 4 for 4, 2 HR's, 1 2B, 5 RBI's. The slumping Baker broke out in a big way on Sunday as he crushed a pair of homers while going a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate.
AAA – John Baker and the Isotopes put a beating on the Rainiers as Albuquerque defeated Tacoma (Mariners) 12 to 5. As mentioned above Baker had a huge game, plating 5 of the runs and finishing a triple shy of the cycle while mashing two homers. Nick Buss also chipped in as he drove in 4 runs with a double and single, and Justin Sellers connected on a long ball as well. Red Patterson started the game and allowed just 2 runs over 5 innings despite giving up 4 hits and issuing 5 walks, then Kelvin De La Cruz picked up the win in relieve even though he permitted two scores. Brian Wilson tossed a perfect inning in his second game with the Isotopes, striking out 1 and needing just 11 pitches.
AA – The Lookouts still can't seem to generate much offense as they fell to the Stars (Brewers) 4 to 0. Chattanooga had just 3 extra base hits in this game, and two of them actually came from their pitchers as Ross Stripling and Pedro Baez both doubled. Rafael Ynoa had the other double and went 2 for 4 on the day, while Joc Pederson had another hitless game as he went 0 for 3 (although he did walk twice). Stripling threw pretty well as he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) over 5.1 innings, but without any offense it's tough to win games.
HiA – The Quakes were quieted by the Storm (Padres) on Sunday in a 2 - 1 loss. Rancho only had 4 hits on the day, with Darnell Sweeney's double the only one that went for extra bases. Corey Seager went 1 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts and now has a .172 average. Starter Lindsey Caughel threw well in the loss as he nearly tossed a complete game, and in total he allowed just 2 runs over 7.2 innings while striking out 7.
LoA – The Loons walked off with a 3 - 2 win over the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) on Sunday. After each team scored a pair of runs in the 2nd, things were very quiet until the bottom of the 9th which is when Aaron Miller and Tyler Ogle hit back to back doubles for the exciting victory. For Ogle it was his second hit of the game, and the only other base knock for Great Lakes in this one was a 2-RBI single by Jose Capellan that scored the two runs in the 2nd. Starter Julio Urias again had a shortened outing as he lasted just 2 innings, and while he did strike out 4 he also made one big mistake and allowed a 2-run homer. As has been the trend Geoff Brown picked up in relief, then Ralston Cash made his first appearance for the Loons since May 23rd and threw 2 shutout innings that included 3 K's.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors had more than twice the number of hits as the Owlz (Angles), but Ogden was still shutout by Orem 2 to 0. Jesus Valdez went 2 for 4 with a double while Austin Cowen and Alex Santana connected on a two bagger each to round out the extra base hits. On the mound Zach Bird continued his strong second half as he allowed just 3 hits and 1 earned run over 6 innings. Kyle Hooper and Michael Johnson tossed a shutout inning each in relief.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers almost let one slip away as they allowed 3 runs in the 9th, but they still managed to come away with a 4 - 3 win over the Brewers. The rehabbing Blake Johnson threw a very good game as he allowed just 2 hits over 5 shutout frames, then Shawn Tolleson saw his first game action since April and threw a scoreless inning of relief. Victor Arano got through the next two innings without any issues, but he ran into trouble in the 9th and gave up 3 runs. It was at that point that former 3rd baseman Bladimir Franco came into save the game, and his conversion to pitcher must have happened while I was in Europe because this is the first I've seen of him on the mound. At the plate shortstop Cristian Gomez hit his 3rd homer of the year although he's still batting just .156, while Michael Ahmed and Cody Bellinger both a double each to account for all the extra base hits for the Dodgers.
DSL – Off day
Coming up – It will be a relatively quiet day on Monday with just four games on tap, including Chris Anderson taking the mound for the Loons. The only other announced starter is Angel Castro for the Isotopes.
Minor League Transactions – AAA/AA: In somewhat of a surprising move Onelki Garcia was promoted to Albuquerque while Rob Rasmussen was sent back down to Chattanooga.