Minor League Player of the Day – Greg Harris (LoA) -5 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 4 K's. The 2013 17th round pick had probably his best start as a professional on Wednesday as he tossed 5 shutout innings. The 19 year old has a career ERA of over 5, but it's games like this that will hopefully get him on track.
AAA – While this game was tied at 8 after 8 innings of play, the Express (Rangers) put up a 7 spot in the 9th to steamroll past the Isotopes 15 to 8. Yimi Garcia suffered most of the damage in the ugly 9th inning, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits including a big grand slam. Prior to him entering the game Colt Hynes permitted a couple of runs in relief, while starter Carlos Frias gave up 11 hits and 7 runs (4 earned) in his 6 innings of work. Despite the loss the Topes offense pounded out 19 hits as everyone in the lineup had at least one base knock. Trayvon Robinson, Johnny Monell, and Griff Erickson all led the way with 3 hits, and Erickson had an especially good night with a double, a homer and 3 RBI's. Erisbel Arruebarrena went 2 for 5 and Joc Pederson had a single and a walk in 5 plate appearances.
AA – The Lookouts lost a close game for the second day in a row, this time falling to the Stars (Brewers) 3 to 2 in 11 innings. Reliever Josh Ravin allowed the walk-off double, but prior to that Blake Smith tossed 2 innings of hitless relief. Starter Andres Santiago also threw well as he allowed 6 hits and 2 runs over 6 frames. At the dish Noel Cuevas connected on his 4th homer of the season while Darnell Sweeney went 2 for 6 with a double.
HiA – The JetHawks (Astros) crushed the Quakes 16 to 3 on Wednesday. Rancho starter Jharel Cotton probably wished he had never gotten out of bed in the morning as he allowed 10 run on 8 hits over just 2.1 frames, with 7 of those runs coming on a trio of homers. His relievers weren't much better as Jake McGeary and Owen Jones both got roughed up as well. Despite the loss Corey Seager went 2 for 4 with a run scored while Aaron Miller connected on a two-run bomb.
LoA – The Loons picked up the only win of the day for the Dodger affiliates as they shutout West Michigan (Tigers) 7 to 0. Starter Greg Harris was the star of this game as he allowed just 2 hits over 5 scoreless frames. Victor Arano then recorded the long 4 inning save with 4 shutout innings of his own. The Great Lakes offense had 4 doubles in this game, but Jacob Scavuzzo was the only player in the lineup to have a multi-hit game as he went 2 for 4 with a two-bagger and a RBI.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers were on the short side of another pounding on Wednesday as they fell to the Astros 10 to 3. Starter Algenis Soto recorded just 1 out yet allowed 4 runs in what turned out to be a 5 run first inning for the Astros. Nobody else did anything worth mentioning in relief. The Dodgers offense was also quite unimpressive with the only highlight being Moises Perez going 2 for 4 with a double.
Coming up – Red Patterson takes the mound for the Isotopes on Thursday while Chris Reed will throw for the Lookouts. Tom Windle gets the call for the Quakes and Jonathan Martinez will toe the rubber for the Loons.
Minor League Transactions – AA: Hector Nelo was released while Robert Carson was promoted from the Quakes. HiA: Jake McGeary took Carson's spot on the roster. LoA: Scott Barlow was temporarily removed from the roster while Victor Arano rejoined the Loons.