Minor League Player of the Day – Jesmuel Valentin (LoA) - 3 for 5, 2 2B's, 1 Walk, 2 Runs, 5 RBI's. Valentin reached base 4 times on Monday and drove in 5 to lead the Loons to a victory. While his overall season stats aren't overly impressive, the second baseman has shown flashes of brilliance with several big games already in 2014.
AAA – The rehabbing AJ Ellis provided the only Albuquerque offense on Monday in the Isotopes' 10 - 2 loss to the Chihuahuas (Padres). Ellis drove in the only two runs for the Topes with a 2-run homer and played most of the game defensively in what should be his final minor league game. The rest of the team combined for just two singles, and Joc Pederson went 0 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. Starter Matt Magill allowed just 3 hits over 5 innings and struck out 10, but two of those hits were homers and he also walked 5 which resulted in 4 runs. Josh Judy was very impressive in relief as he struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced, but Jose Dominguez had another rough outing as he gave up the final 5 runs of the game.
AA – The Lookouts plated a run in the first, but wouldn't score again as Chattanooga fell to the Stars (Brewers) 7 to 1. Jeremy Hazelbaker went 2 for 4 and drove in the only run of the game in the first, and as mentioned that was about the extent of the offense in this game for the Lookouts. Starter Chris Reed had his worst outing of the year as he allowed 5 hits, 5 walks, and 4 runs over 5.1 innings while punching out 5. Hector Nelo allowed 3 more runs in relief before the rest of the bullpen could stop the bleeding.
HiA – Off day
LoA – The Loons came close to matching a team record for runs on Monday as Great Lakes washed away the Whitecaps (Tigers) 17 to 1. Every player in the Loons lineup had at least one hit and scored at least one run, and only #9 hitter Malcolm Holland didn't record at least one RBI. Josmar Cordero led the team in terms of hits as he went 4 for 5, and in just 4 games for Great Lakes the newcomer had collected 11 hits. That promoted this article by milb.com which is worth the read. Jesmuel Valentin had the best all around game as he went 3 for 5 with two doubles and a team high 5 RBI's, while Kyle Farmer had two singles and a double while driving in 3. Not to be forgotten was the solid pitching by the Loons, starting with 6 strong innings from Jonathan Martinez who allowed just 4 hits and 1 run. Michael Johnson followed with two scoreless frames and then Ralston Cash got the last 3 outs without any issues.
Coming up – Zach Lee and the Isotopes play a day game on Tuesday, while Tom Windle and the Quakes highlight the evening action. Andres Santiago will throw for the Lookouts while Zachary Bird will take the mound for the Loons.
Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)
Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)
Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)