Minor League Player of the Day – Alex Guerrero (AAA) - 3 for 4 - 1 HR, 1 3B, 4 RBI's, 2 Runs. It's deja vu as Guerrero again wins this award yet again, this time narrowly over Pederson. As I mention below Alex now leads the PCL with his 1.148 OPS and is slugging almost 1.000 in his last 10 games.
AAA – The Isotopes scored at least once in each of the first seven innings and clubbed 6 homers in a 15 - 9 victory over the Bees (Angels). It was the usual suspects who led the offense for Albuquerque, although several more players made big contributions as well as the #3 - #7 hitters in the lineup all had 3 hits each. Alex Guerrero had yet another huge game as he went 3 for 4 with triple and his 10th homer of the season, just missing a cycle for the second day in a row. He now leads the Pacific Coast League with his 1.148 OPS. Joc Pederson, who ranks second in OPS at 1.127, went 3 for 6 with his 14th long ball of the season while also scoring 4 runs and stealing a base. Jamie Romak smacked a pair of jacks, Clint Robinson had 3 extra base hits including a triple and a homer, and Carlos Triunfel hit the 6th and final bomb of the night. On the mound Sam Demel allowed 3 hits and 2 runs over 4 frames, but didn't pitch long enough to get the win. Steve Smith tossed the next 4 innings and picked up the victory, while Josh Judy made things interesting in the 9th by giving up 6 runs.
AA – The Lookouts needed extra innings to beat the BayBears (Dbacks) 6 to 5 on Monday. O'Koyea Dickson got things started early with a solo homer, his 9th of the year, and scored 3 runs in the game. Noel Cuevas went 2 for 3 with a double, while Chris O'Brien also had a two bagger and drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly. Garrett Gould had a double and an RBI in this game, but on the mound he wasn't as successful as he allowed 6 hits and 5 runs in just under 5 innings. Luckily his bullpen was solid as four relievers held Mobile scoreless for the rest of the game. Pedro Baez picked up the win in relief while Matt Shelton recorded his first save of the season.
HiA – The Quakes used a 4-run 7th inning to pull out a 8 - 6 win over the JetHawks (Astros). Corey Seager, who went 2 for 4, and Jeremy Rathjen both homered in the critical 7th inning to put Rancho up for good. Pratt Maynard went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles while Brandon Dixon singled and had a sac fly. Starter Fabio Martinez had yet another wild outing as he walked 6 in 4 innings of work and gave up 5 runs. Gustavo Gomez got the win in relief while Blake Smith picked up the 2-inning save by not allowing a hit.
LoA – The Loons had a fairly quiet game on Monday as they fell to the Dragons (Reds) 7 to 3. The offense had just 6 hits with Jesmuel Valentin leading the way by going 2 for 4 with a triple. Spencer Navin's double was the only other extra base hit of the game and he also drove in a run. Starter Luis De Paula took the loss as he allowed 8 hits and 6 runs over just 4 innings. Luis Chirinos tossed 3 scoreless frames in relief.
Coming up – The Lookouts take the day off, but the rest of the team will be in action including Chris Anderson and the Quakes. Scott Barlow takes the mound for the Loons and Carlos Frias gets the ball for the Isotopes.
Minor League Transactions – HiA: Jeremy Rathjen rejoined the Quakes while Adam Law was assigned to Ogden.
Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)
Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)
Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)