Minor League Player of the Day – Aaron Miller (HiA) - 3 for 4, 1 HR, 3 RBI's, 3 Runs. While he's batting just .248 with a .789 OPS in the hitter friendly California League, Miller wins the player of the day award for his big game on Thursday.
AAA – The Albuquerque pitching was outstanding on Thursday as the Isotopes shutout the Rainiers (Mariners) 6 - 0 on national TV. Sam Demel started the game with 6 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits and punching out 5. Those would be the only two base knocks for Tacoma in this game as Matt Magill, Colt Hynes, and Josh Judy finished the game with 3 hitless innings. At the plate Alex Liddi had a big game as he went 3 for 5 with a 2-run homer and 2 runs scored. Trayvon Robinson had two hits including a double and also scored twice, while Jeremy Hazelbaker recorded a RBI triple.
AA – A five run 5th inning was enough to doom the Lookouts in a 6 - 1 loss to Mississippi (Braves). Starter Nick Struck allowed all 6 runs in this game on 8 hits and 5 walks. Hector Nelo pitched the final 2.2 frames and gave up just 1 hit. On offense Ryan Adams continued his double-spree by collected two more two-baggers (after having 3 on Wednesday), while O'Koyea Dickson went 3 for 4.
HiA – The Quakes combined for 18 hits on Thursday in a 13 to 4 beat-down of the Rawhide (Dbacks). Everyone in the lineup except for Brandon Dixon had at least 2 hits in this game, and even Dixon had a single and a RBI. Aaron Miller had the team high for hits and RBI's as he went 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 runs batted in. Chris Jacobs and Jon Garcia each also homered and had a double apiece, while Corey Seager and Tyler Ogle both doubled twice. On the mound Julio Urias threw 3 innings and allowed just 1 run on 4 hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out 4. Jack McGeary then followed with 3 more shutout frames of relief, picking up the win in the process.
LoA – Not a whole lot to see here as the Loons went down quietly for the Whitecaps (Tigers) 6 to 2. Jacob Scavuzzo had two doubles and drove in a run while Paul Hoenecke went 2 for 4 with a two-bagger and a RBI as well, but that was about it for the offense. On the mound Scott Barlow lasted just 2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. His bullpen was solid after that as only Luis Chirinos permitted 2 unearned runs.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers took and early lead then held on for a 6 - 5 win over the A's. Despite score 6 runs the offense only had one extra base hit in this game, and that was a double by Shakir Albert. Jimy Perez and Hendrik Clementina both had 2 singles, however, with Perez driving in a pair of runs. Starter Dennys Chica threw well as he allowed just 1 run over 4 frames. From there the bullpen did now give up a hit over the final 5 innings, although they did permit 4 unearned runs thanks to a trio of errors by the defense.
Coming up – The Isotopes play a double header on Friday, with Carlos Frias starting the first game at 6:05 pm PST. Tyson Brummett starts for the Lookouts at 5 pm, Jharel Cotton throws for the Quakes at 7:05 pm, and Victor Arano gets the ball for the Loons at 4 pm.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Erisbel Arruebarrena was optioned back down to Albuquerque. HiA: Freddie Cabrera was added to the Quakes roster while Fabio Martinez was removed for the time being.
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)