Minor League Player of the Day – Julio Urias (HiA) - 5 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks. Julio won his first game on the season on Wednesday with a gem of a performance. He gave up just 1 hit, and has not allowed more than 2 runs in any of his last 5 starts.
AAA – The Isotopes offense was very quiet on Wednesday as Albuquerque was shutout by Salt Lake (Angels) 3 to 0. The Topes managed just 5 hits, all singles, with Miguel Rojas leading the way by going 2 for 4. Joc Pederson went 0 for 4 with a couple of strikeouts. Red Patterson threw well in the loss as he allowed 7 hits and just 2 runs over 7 frames. Paco Rodriguez struck out the side in the 8th, but also allowed a run as his AAA ERA increased to 5.63.
AA – The Lookouts couldn't muster up much offense against the Braves on Wednesday as they fell 9 to 3. Similar to the Isotopes, Chattanooga failed to record an extra base hit in this game as the club had 7 singles in this game. Ryan Adams had the only multi-hit game as he went 2 for 5. Starter Nick Struck lasted just 3 innings in the defeat after allowing 9 hits and 6 runs. Jarrett Martin was the only reliever to throw without giving up a run as he tossed 2 hitless frames.
HiA – Julio Urias won his first California League game on Wednesday as the Quakes defeated the 66ers (Angles) 3 to 1. Julio allowed just 1 hit over his 5 scoreless innings of work and did not walk a batter, striking out 5 along the way. Over his last 20 innings, Julio has 21 K's vs. just 2 walks. "His mechanics, he finishes where he can see," Quakes pitching coach Matt Herges told Jake Seiner of MiLB.com. "A lot of kids … they don't see where the ball is going. Julio, he can see it, his face is on it. It's like with Greg Maddux, his face was still. Julio can do that. He sees what's happening at home plate." Four different relievers finished off the victory, with Blake Smith shutting the door for his 5th save of the season. On offense Corey Seager continued his hot hitting as he went 3 for 4 with a double and a RBI. Seager is not just 1 point behind the batting leader in the California League with his .354 average, and over the last 10 game he is hitting .442 with a 1.304 OPS. Chris Jacobs also contributed with a double in this game.
LoA – The Loons got solid pitching and timely hitting to defeat the Dragons (Reds) 7 to 2. Starter Greg Harris lasted just 4 innings, but allowed only 2 runs and struck out 7. Brandon Martinez followed with 2 shutout frames, then Victor Arano picked up the 3 inning save while allowing just 1 hit. Jacob Scavuzzo went 2 for 4 at the dish with a double and a RBI, and Jesmuel Valentin had the same stat line with just one extra at bat. Joey Curletta and Spencer Navin both had two-baggers as well in this game.
Coming up – Tyson Brummett throws for the Lookouts on Thursday, Jonathan Martinez gets the ball for the Loons, and Jharel Cotton takes the mound for the Quakes. Jeff Bennett starts for the Isotopes.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Alex Liddi has been added to the Isotopes roster to take the place of the suspended Miguel Olivo. Also Chris Withrow was optioned to Albuquerque.
Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)
Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)
Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)