With three affiliates still on an off day coming back from an All-Star Game, Wednesday was focused on Scott Elbert's rehab assignment and Tim Federowicz homering for Albuquerque.
Minor League Player of the Day
Tim Federowicz was 2-for-5 with a three-run home run as part of a five-run rally for the Isotopes. It was the second home run in three days for the Dodgers catcher, who was designated hitter for Albuquerque on Tuesday.
The Isotopes scored five runs in the ninth inning to bust open a tie game, punctuated by a three-run home run by Federowicz, to beat the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) 10-5. Albuquerque also got a game-tying, two-run shot in the sixth inning by Clint Robinson and a solo shot by Alex Liddi in the ninth inning. Joc Pederson was 1-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, two runs batted in and his 19th stolen base.
Rookie level Ogden
Scott Elbert got the start, his first time on a professional mound in 13 months, and was roughed up a bit. He allowed a walk, a stolen base and an infield single, then got a strikeout and a flyout before allowing a three-run home run on his 20th pitch, reaching his allotted pitch limit.
"Coming back from surgery they'll be patient with him. I think we've seen enough of these get to a certain point and go backwards," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Elbert on Wednesday. "The one thing with Scott that has been encouraging in Arizona [April 11-13] he threw a bullpen and threw really well. Ever since then, in every report there has been no negative. No setbacks like he needed an extra day, or he couldn't play catch today. He has just been moving forward steadily, which has been encouraging.
"I'm sure there are a lot of doubts, since he hasn't pitched in a while. To get out there and get competitive, then can he bounce back, there are a lot of questions that have to be answered with him coming off surgery. It's going to be a process of getting a lot of answers back."
The Raptors lost 14-3 to the Grand Junction Rockies. Justin Chigbogu did hit a two-run home run for Ogden in defeat.
Jonathan Martinez starts for Great Lakes against the Dayton Dragons (Reds) at 4:05 p.m. PT ... Nick Struck starts for Chattanooga at the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) at 4:15 p.m. Ogden has a doubleheader against Grand Junction starting at 4:30 p.m., with Bernardo Reyes starting the first game and Victor Gonzalez the second game ... Zach Lee starts for the Isotopes in Omaha at 5:05 p.m. ... The Quakes open up their second half at home against the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels) at 7:15 p.m.
Minor League Transactions
Juan Uribe starts his three-game rehab assignment in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday night. He will be the designated hitter, followed by two games at third base.
Triple-A: Albuquerque 10, Omaha 5
Rookie: Ogden 14, Grand Junction 3