Minor League Player of the Day – Alex Guerrero (AAA) - 4 for 5, 1 2B, 6 RBI's. After a torrid start to his season, Guerrero slowed down a bit in late April/early May. He's caught fire again over the past week, however, capped by Thursday's huge game at the plate.
AAA – The Isotopes scored early and often on Thursday as Albuquerque downed Sacramento (A's) 12 to 7. Things were going so good at the start of the game that Alex Guerrero had 6 RBI's by the 3rd inning thanks to a pair of singles and a double. He added another hit later and finished the game 4 for 5. Joc Pederson also had a huge game as he went 2 for 3 with a solo homer and 3 walks, and he also set a new club record with 5 runs scored. Pederson also made this catch:
Starter Zach Lee picked up the win but didn't have his best stuff as he allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, including 3 homers. Luck for him only 2 of those runs were earned so it didn't really impact his ERA. Paco Rodriguez had a rough time as well as he gave up 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs in just one inning of work, but Jose Dominguez was solid with 2 scoreless frames.
AA – The Lookouts managed just 5 hits on Thursday in a 3 - 2 loss to the Blue Wahoos (Reds). Jeremy Hazelbaker's triple was the only extra base knock for the Chattanooga offense, while Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Scott Schebler both went 1 for 4 with a RBI. Starter Andres Santiago threw very well as he did not allow an earned run over 6.1 frames, giving up 5 hits and striking out 5. Pedro Baez, however, took the loss in his return to the Lookouts after permitting 4 hits and a pair of runs to score.
HiA – The Quakes got rocked in a 12 - 4 loss to the Mavericks (Mariners). Fabio Martinez, who has been stingy with hits all year, continued that trend on Thursday as he only gave up 1 base knock, but unfortunately he also walked 6 and lasted just 2 innings while giving up 5 runs. Gustavo Gomez made his 2014 debut out of the bullpen and also got lit up for 5 runs in two frames. Rancho scored their 4 runs on just 4 hits, with two of them coming from the suddenly hot Brandon Dixon who connected on a pair of doubles to extend his hitting steak to 9 games. Another Chris Jacobs homer rounded out the Quakes offense in this game.
LoA – The Loons and Silver Hawks (Dbacks) each had 15 hits in this game, but South Bend generated more runs with a 10 - 8 win over Great Lakes. Jacob Scavuzzo, Kyle Farmer, and Joey Curletta all homered in this game, and for Curletta it was his first long ball of the year and one of three hits in this game. Newcomer Josmar Cordero and Alex Santana both also had 3 base knocks including a double each. On the mound Victor Arano got his hard as he got blasted for 8 hits and 8 runs over just 2.1 frames. His relievers had much better success, but at that point the deficit was just too big for the offense to overcome.
Coming up – Chris Anderson throws for the Quakes and highlights Friday's starters, while Garrett Gould takes the mound for the Lookouts. Henry Sosa gets the ball for the Isotopes and Luis Chirinos toes the rubber for the Loons.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Justin Souza was placed on the DL while Steve Smith re-joined the team. LoA: Ralston Cash and Josmar Cordero were added to the Loons roster from extended spring training while Justin Chigbogu and James Baune were moved 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)