Minor League Player of the Day – Chris Reed (AA) - 6 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 7 K's. Reed put together another stellar performance on Wednesday to lower his ERA to 1.88 for the season. It's the third time this season that the lefty has allowed 2 hits or less in 6 innings of work, and his batting average against for the year is just .149.
AAA – The Isotopes lost a back and fourth game on Wednesday as they were edged by the River Cats (A's) 8 to 7. Starter Matt Magill got through 5 frames but struggled quite a bit as he allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks. Justin Souza then came in and was handed the loss after giving up 3 more runs. At the plate three different Albuquerque players homered in this one, including Joc Pederson who connected on his 8th long ball of the season. Walter Ibarra also homered earlier in the game, and it was Jamie Romak's two-run bomb in the 8th that got his team within one, even though they came up just short in the end.
AA – Chris Reed threw another gem on Wednesday as the Lookouts blanked the Blue Wahoos (Reds) 6 to 0. Reed allowed just 1 hit over 6 frames, striking out 7 and walking just 1. Juan Gonzalez threw a scoreless 7th, then Hector Nelo finished the shutout with 2 solid innings. Darnell Sweeney had the big game at the plate as he went 2 for 5 with a double and a two-run homer. Scott Schebler drove in a run with a double of his own, while Ozzie Martinez's pinch hit homer rounded out the extra base hits for Chattanooga.
HiA – The Quakes got this big hit they needed from Jonathan Garcia on Education Day as his two-run bomb in the 12th inning gave Rancho a 5 to 3 walk-off win over the Mavericks (Mariners) in 12 innings. It was the only hit of the day for Garcia, and it was just the second extra base hit of the contest for the Quakes. Corey Seager, who didn't start the game but entered as a pinch hitter, went 2 for 3 with a double, but that was really it for the offense. Starter Tom Windle was solid but not spectacular as he allowed 6 hits and 3 runs over 6 innings. His bullpen was great, however, as Rob Rogers, Blake Smith, and Daniel Coulombe all threw two scoreless frames each.
LoA – The Loons put a beating on the Dragons (Reds) as they soared to an 8 - 1 win. 3rd baseman Paul Hoenecke had the big game as the plate as he went 2 for 4 with a double and a 3-run homer. Dillon Moyer drove in two runs with a couple of singles, while Alex Santana went 3 for 4. On the mound Zachary Bird was excellent during his six innings of work as he allowed just 1 run on 3 hits. Victor Araujo followed with 2 perfect frames then Mark Pope finished off the game with a 1-2-3 9th.
Coming up – Zach Lee takes the mound for the Isotopes on Thursday while Andres Santiago throws for the Lookouts. Six inning no-hit man Fabio Martinez will be the starter for the Quakes and finally Victor Arano will toe the rubber for the Loons.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Daniel Moskos was released as Stephen Fife rejoined the Isotopes. HiA: Gustavo Gomez and Daniel Tillman joined the Quakes. To make room Lindsey Caughel was placed on the DL and Jack McGeary was transferred to the Ogden roster.
Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)
Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)
Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)