Minor League Player of the Day – Julio Urias (HiA) - 4 IP, 2 hits, 0 earned runs, 6 K's. Urias had his longest outing in a month and threw very well. While his season ERA is 3.03, opposing batters are hitting just .211 against him and over his last 10 appearances his ERA is just 1.88.
AAA – The Isotopes defeated the Aces (Dbacks) 5 to 2 in a contest that did not feature a brawl or 10 player ejections. Joc Pederson hit yet another homer in the victory, his 22nd of the season, while Mike Baxter went 2 for 4 with a long ball of his own. Walter Ibarra was a perfect 2 for 2 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 RBI's and Alex Guerrero had a single and a walk in 3 at bats in his second game back with the Topes. On the bump Jeff Bennett allowed just 4 hits and 2 unearned runs over 7 frames as he won his 5th game of the season. Scott Elbert continued his rehab with a perfect inning that featured a pair of punch outs, while Josh Ravin picked up his first AAA save.
AA – The Lookouts bullpen faltered on Sunday as Chattanooga fell to the Stars (Brewers) 8 to 4. Starter Nick Struck was solid over his 6 innings of work as he allowed just 1 run on 4 hits, however a trio of relievers all got hit hard in the loss. Mike Thomas was charged with the blown save after he allowed 3 runs, then Blake Smith took the loss after giving up 2 more scores. For good measure Daniel Coulombe permitted a couple of more runs to put the game out of reach for the offense that had 12 hits, only only two that went for extra bases. Darnell Sweeney and Chris O'Brien had 3 singles each to account for half of the base knocks, while Scott Schebler and Bobby Coyle both doubled. Corey Seager was not in the lineup due to a stomach virus.
HiA – The Quakes got another great performance out of teenager Julio Urias as Rancho defeated the Mavericks (Mariners) 6 to 3. The player of the day tossed 4 innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, and an unearned run. Urias was followed by Fabio Martinez who got the win after throwing 3 shutout innings, giving up just 1 hit along the way. At the dish Robbie Garvey drove in a team high 2 runs with a double, while Tyler Ogle went 2 for 3 with a triple. Jeremy Rathjen had the only other multi-hit game as he continued his recent hot hitting.
LoA – The Loons were shutout by the Chiefs (Cardinals) 4 to 0 on Sunday. As you may have guessed it was a quiet day for the offense as the club only had 6 hits. Alex Santana went 2 for 4 and his double was Great Lakes only extra base hit, while Paul Hoenecke had a couple of singles. Starter Victor Arano allowed all 4 runs in his 4 innings of work, walking 3 and giving up 4 hits. Ralston Cash had another solid outing in relief as he tossed 2 shutout frames, and over his last 10 appearances Cash is sporting a 0.38 ERA over 23.2 innings. Jacob Rhame also threw well as he struck out the side in the 9th.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors used solid pitching and timely hitting to beat the Chukars (Royals) 9 to 3 on Sunday. The top 4 batters in the Ogden lineup all doubled in this game, with Devan Ahart going 2 for 4, Joseph Meggs scoring 3 runs, Cody Bellinger driving in 2, and Julian Leon knocking in 3. Justin Chigbogu also contributed with his league leading 11th homer of the season (and 7th in his last 10 games). On the mound Jose De Leon won his 4th game of the year after allowing 5 hits and 1 run over 6 frames. He struck out 7, but also walked 4. Bernardo Reyes threw the final 3 innings and recorded the long save despite permitting a couple of unearned runs.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers had just 3 hits in a 4 - 3 loss to the Reds. One of the hits was a 2-run homer from catcher Ryan Scott, just his second long ball since turning pro. On the mound starter Yeuri Gonzalez allowed all 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks over 4 innings of work. Jairo Pacheco was outstanding in relief, however, as he allowed just 3 hits over 5 shutout frames while punching out 5.
DSL – Off day
Coming up – It'll be a full slate of games on Monday, but only a few of the starting pitchers have been announced. Jonathan Martinez and the Loons will play an early 9 am PT game while the other teams play in the evening. John Richy will take the mound for the Raptors and Drew Carpenter will get the ball for the Isotopes.
Minor League Transactions – HiA: Erisbel Arruebarrena was optioned to the Quakes while Delvis Morales was sent to Great Lakes.