Minor League Player of the Day – Scott Schebler (AA) - 3 for 4, 2 HR's, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs. The 2013 player of the year is off to a fairly slow start as he is hitting just .231 even after his big day at the plate, but hopefully he is starting to come alive as Thursday as his 4th multi-hit game in his last 6 contests.
AAA – Not much to write about here as the Isotopes were shutout by the Grizzlies (Giants) 5 to 0. Albuquerque had just 5 hits, all singles, and even Joc Pederson went 0 for 4 in this game. On the mound Red Patterson allowed 9 hits and 5 runs over 5.1 frames to take the loss.
AA – The Lookouts walked off with a 5 - 4 win against the Barons (White Sox) on Thursday. Down by one heading into the bottom of the 9th, Chris O'Brien led off the inning with a double. Darnell Sweeney, who had homered earlier in the game, then singled home O'Brien to tie the contest, and one batter later Daniel Mayora singled in Sweeney for the game winning hit. Scott Schebler also had a big game at the plate as he clubbed a pair of homers, while Brian Cavazos-Galvez connected on a couple of doubles. Starter Carlos Frias allowed 10 hits and 4 runs over 6 innings of work, butt his bullpen picked up the slack by firing 3 scoreless frames. Juan Noriega held Birmingham without a score over the 7th and 8th innings, then Pedro Baez picked up the win with a shutout 9th.
HiA – The Quakes finally snapped their 9 game losing streak with a 7 - 5 win over High Desert (Mariners). Chris Anderson got the start in this game and threw quite well as he struck out 8 over 5 innings while allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits. Rob Rogers gave up a pair of runs out of the bullpen before Owen Jones picked up his 3rd save of the year. A trio of Rancho batters went yard in this game, starting with Steven Proscia's solo shot in the 2nd. James Baldwin hit a solo homer of his own in the 3rd, then Chris Jacobs did the same in the 5th to record one of his 3 RBI's in the contest.
LoA – The Loons couldn't quite complete the 4-game sweep of the TinCaps (Padres) as Great Lakes fell to Fort Wayne 2 to 1 in 11 innings. After allowing a run in the first, starter Luis Chirinos was great as he fired 5 shutout innings after that while permitting just 3 hits in total. Victor Araujo and Jacob Rhame then each tossed a pair of shutout frames, punching out 7 between then, but in the 11th Michael Johnson allowed the game winning run to score in unearned fashion as it occurred on a passed ball after a strikeout. The Loons had a pretty quiet day at the plate outside of a 3 for 5 effort from Jacob Scavuzzo that included a double. Webster Rivas had the only other multi-hit game as he went 2 for 5 with a triple.
Coming up – The big news is that Clayton Kershaw will throw for the Quakes on Friday, and it looks like he'll be followed by Julio Urias on the mound. Matt Magill gets the call for the Isotopes, Tyson Brummett takes the mound for the Lookouts, and Greg Harris toes the rubber for the Loons.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Walter Ibarra was removed from the roster.