Minor League Player of the Day – Tom Windle (HiA) - 7 IP, 0 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Walk, 4 K's. Windle has been up and down this season, mixing in strong performances with some ugly outings, but overall he's thrown fairly well for his first full season. His 3.93 ERA is solid for the hitter friendly California League, and he has as 3 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio.
AAA – The Express (Rangers) scored 3 times in the 8th against Paco Rodriguez and Jose Dominguez to pull out a 6 - 5 victory over the Isotopes. Prior to the tragic 8th inning Red Patterson had thrown 7 solid frames, allowing 6 hits and 3 runs while striking out 7. Unfortunately hit aforementioned relievers couldn't close the door. On offense Albuquerque amazingly scored all 5 of their runs on solo homers. Jeremy Hazelbaker went deep twice, while Johnny Monell, Alex Liddi, and Clint Robinson all had solo bomb each. Joc Pederson didn't get into the action at all as he went 0 for 4 with a golden sombrero.
AA – The Lookouts lost their third straight game to the Stars (Brewers), this time falling 11 to 5 despite out-hitting Huntsville 14 to 13. We'll start with the offense as Scott Schebler reached base four times thanks to an RBI double and 3 walks, while Daniel Mayora went 3 for 4. Darnell Sweeney and Chris O'Brien both had a double and a single each. On the mound, however, Chris Reed got pounded for 7 hits and 7 runs over his 5.1 innings of work for his third rough outing in his last 5 starts. Newcomer Robert Carson also got lit up for 4 runs while recording just 3 outs before Mike Thomas restored order for the final 5 outs.
HiA – The Quakes scored 4 early runs then held on for a 4 - 2 victory over the JetHawks (Astros). Aaron Miller started the second inning with a solo homer, his 8th of the season, then James Baldwin doubled in a run. Brandon Dixon followed with a two-bagger of his own with plated two more runs to complete the scoring for Rancho. On the mound Tom Windle was fabulous as he tossed 7 shutout innings of 3-hit ball. He walked only 1 and struck out 4. Rob Rogers got a scare in the 9th when he allowed two runs but eventually finished off the win.
LoA – The Loons used a pair of homers and solid pitching to wash out the Whitecaps (Tigers) 6 to 2. Starter Jonathan Martinez evened his record at 5 and 5 after allowing 5 hits over 5 innings, permitting 2 runs in the process. Jordan Hershiser and Michael Johnson tossed a scoreless inning each before Jacob Rhame finished the game with 2 shutout frames. At the dish Josmar Cordero connected on a solo job in the 4th, while Paul Hoenecke went 2 for 4 with a double and a long ball of his own. Jacob Scavuzzo also had 2 hits and drove in a run and Malcolm Holland tripled for the third time this year.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers scored 4 runs in the final 2 innings to stun the Royals 6 to 5 in walk-off fashion. Johan Mieses tripled in a run in the 8th then scored on a Daniel Padilla single, but what happened in the 9th can only be described by game log. After a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 9th with the Dodgers down one, this happened "Carlos Mosquera reaches on a force attempt, throwing error by first baseman Yorly Martinez. Gersel Pitre scores. Carlos Mosquera scores. Missed catch error by left fielder Jose Caraballo." Sounds like a double error walk-off win, which sounds like it would only happen in little league. On the mound starter Robert Fernandez allowed 4 runs in just 4 innings, bu the bullpen was great including a couple of shutout frames from Dennis Santana, who also picked up the win.
Coming up – All five teams play on Friday night, starting with Zachary Bird and the Loons at 4:05 PST. Matt Shelton gets the ball for the Lookouts shortly after at 4:30, Jeff Bennett throws for the Isotopes at 6:05, and finally Fabio Martinez takes the mound for the Isotopes at 6:30.
Minor League Transactions – AA: RHP Josh Ravin and 2B Ryan Adams were placed on the DL. To take their spots on the roster the Lookouts activated 1B Aaron Bates from the DL and assigned SS Faustino Oguisten to the club from extended spring training.
Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)
Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)
Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)
Dominican Dodgers Box Score (DSL)