Minor League Player of the Day – Jharel Cotton (HiA) - 7 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 9 K's. Cotton has had an up and down season so far in 2014, but on Tuesday he was nearly flawless as he allowed just 1 hit. The one thing that he has done consistently well all season is strike people out as his has punched out over a batter per inning for the year.
AAA – The Isotopes lost a rain shortened game 1 - 0 to the Grizzlies (Giants). Starter Jeff Bennett allowed just one unearned run on a Carlos Triunfel error in the 4th inning and that was the difference in this game. At the dish the Albuquerque offense had just 4 singles, with two of them coming from the rehabbing Chone Figgins. Joc Pederson went 0 for 3 with a couple of strikeouts in the loss.
AA – The Lookouts pounded out 13 hits, including 3 from Corey Seager, but Chattanooga still fell to Montgomery (Rays) 7 to 6. Seager went 3 for 5 with a two-bagger to increase his Southern League average to .400, and O'Koyea Dickson also had a solid game with a double, a homer, and 2 RBI's. Chris O'Brien had the other big night as he went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles himself. Starter Nick Struck got hit hard early as he gave up 8 hits and 6 runs over just 4 innings of work. Jarret Martin had a great outing out of the bullpen, however, as he tossed 3 no-hit frames to keep his club in the game.
HiA – The Quakes got a brilliant pitching performance out of Jharel Cotton and burned the Blaze 7 to 1 on Tuesday. Cotton allowed just 1 hit over 7 scoreless frames and struck out 9 on his way to his 4th win of the season, although his season ERA is still above 5. Reliever Rob Rogers couldn't finish off the shutout as he gave up a run in the 9th, but overall it was a great pitching day for Rancho. The bottom of the lineup provided most of the offense for the Quakes as Tyler Ogle had a solo homer and a sac fly while James Baldwin went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBI's. Casio Grider also went deep with a solo shot and Steven Proscia smacked a couple of doubles.
LoA – Off day
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors got trampled by the Mustangs on Tuesday in a 12 - 3 loss. Starter Jeff Brigham couldn't get out of the first inning as he allowed 4 runs before recording two outs. Bernardo Reyes also got hit hard as well as he gave up 7 hits and 4 more runs, then Ryan Taylor permitted 3 more scores to really put the game out of reach. Despite the loss Justin Chigbogu crushed his league leading 10th homer and Ivan Vela hit 3 doubles in 4 at bats, but that was about it for the offensive highlights.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers held a late lead on Tuesday, but then allowed 6 unanswered runs and ended up losing 7 - 6 to the Cubs. Starter Grant Holmes had another solid outing as he allowed just 4 hits and 1 run over 5 frames, punching out 4 and walking 1 along the way. When reliever Carlos Felix took over in the 6th, however, he ran into a lot of trouble and gave up 4 quick runs. Carson Baranik was then charged with the blown save and Derrick Sylvester took the loss after they permitted a run each. At the dish the Dodgers connected on 5 doubles including two each from Blake Hennessey and Ibandel Isabel. Alex Verdugo had another multi-hit game and reached base 3 times on two singles and a walk.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers scored 3 late runs but it wasn't enough in a 5 - 4 loss to the Rays. Johan Mieses connected on a 2-run homer in the 9th and Felix Osorio went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk but that was it for the extra base hits. On the mound Osiris Ramirez took the loss despite allowing just 4 hits and 1 earned run over 5.1 frames. The run that reliever Max Gooding gave up in the top of the 9th actually turned out to the difference.
Coming up – Only five teams play on Wednesday as the Quakes and Raptors have the day off, and in fact only the Loons have named their starter in Greg Harris. The only other note is that the Lookouts play an early 8:15 am PT game for those of you looking for morning baseball action.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Paco Rodriguez was option down to Albuquerque.