Minor League Player of the Day – Grant Holmes (Rookie) - 5 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 6 K's. For the second day in a row a teenage pitcher wins this award, with Holmes getting the nod on this time around. While the the 2014 1st round pick walked a season high 3 batters, he also set a personal best with 6 strikeouts.
AAA – The Isotopes were shutout by the Aces (Dbacks) on Monday 6 to 0. The Albuquerque offense had just 4 hits in this game, with Tim Federowicz's and Clint Robinson's doubles accounting for half of them. Those were there only real offensive highlights as Joc Pederson went 0 for 4 with a strikeout and Alex Guerrero was 1 for 3. Guerrero also made things interesting by starting the game defensively in left field. On the mound newcomer Barry Enright took the loss after allowing 9 hits and 6 runs. The bullpen threw well, however, including Scott Elbert who struck out a pair in another perfect inning of work.
AA – The Stars (Brewers) scored 3 times in the bottom on the 9th to stun the Lookouts in a 5 - 4 walk-off victory. Starter Matt Shelton allowed 2 first inning runs, but quickly settled down and ended up striking out 9 batters over 5 frames. A trio of relievers got through the next three innings without allowing a base runner, but Jhan Martinez couldn't close the came out in the 9th as he gave up 3 runs, including the walk-off double. At the dish Daniel Mayora led the way by going 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI, while Jeremy Hazelbaker tripled and also drove in a run. Scott Schebler reached base 3 times with 2 singles and a walk.
HiA – The Quakes got flooded by the Storm (Padres) in a 15 to 4 loss. Lake Elsinore scored in each of the first 7 innings, and tagged starter Luis Chirinos for 6 runs. Gustavo Gomez and Luis Meza both also got lit up in relief. Despite the loss the Rancho offense hit pretty well, starting with Jeremy Rathjen who stayed hot by going 3 for 5 with a double. Aaron Miller and Robbie Garvey had 2 hits each while Steven Proscia connected on the Quakes only homer of the game.
LoA – The Loons tossed 1-hit gem on Monday, shutting out the Chiefs (Cardinals) 4 to 0. In what turned out to be a bullpen game for Great Lakes after scheduled starter Jonathan Martinez was pulled for an unknown reason (possibly trade related), Jordan Hershiser got the start and allowed a first inning single. That would be the only hit given up by the pitching staff, however, as Hershiser and a quartet of relievers put together the masterpiece. Jordan threw the longest and he lasted 3 frames, then Michael Johnson got the win with a hitless 4th that included 2 K's. Mark Pope and Matt Campbell then tossed 2 perfect frames each before Jacob Rhame closed it out in the 9th. At the plate Josmar Cordero and Brandon Trinkwon had a double and a RBI each, while Malcolm Holland reached base 4 times thanks to 3 walks and a triple. Holland also stole 2 bases to give him 35 for the season, but for the second straight year his average is hovering around the Mendoza line.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors fell behind early on Monday, but then stormed back for a 10 - 7 win over the Chukars (Royals). Starter John Richy gave up 5 hits and 3 runs over 3 frames, then Trevor Oaks came in and gave up 4 more runs in the 4th inning alone. Ironically Oaks ended up with the win after his offense came to life and the rest of the bullpen held tough. The Ogden offense only had 3 extra base hits in this game, but they took advantage of 4 errors by the defense to capture the victory. Ivan Vela had a solid game as he went 2 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI's, while Julian Leon also drove in 3 runs with a bases loaded double. Andrew Godbold connected on the other two-bagger in this game and knocked in a pair of runs. Finally Cody Bellinger was perfect at the dish as he went 2 for 2 with 3 walks.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers got an excellent start from Grant Holmes then walked off with a 3 - 2 victory over the Reds. Holmes struck out a career high 6 batters over 5 shutout frames, walking 3 and allowing 2 hits. Carlos Felix gave up a couple or runs in 3.2 innings of relief, including 1 in the 9th, but his offense and the Reds defense bailed him out. The offensive hero in this game was Daniel Canellas as he went 2 for 4 with a double, then was also the one that hit the ball that resulted in the 2-run walk-off error in the bottom of the 9th. Deivy Castillo also went 2 for 4 with a two-bagger while Alex Verdugo reached base twice on a single and a walk.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers lost to the Astros 6 to 3 on a walk-off grand slam. Starter Dennys Chica and reliever Osiris Ramirez combined to allow just 2 unearned runs over the first 7 innings, but then in the 9th Johan Diaz blew his 3rd save of the year. Diaz almost got out of the late jam after right fielder Daniel Padilla threw out a runner at 3rd for the second out of the inning, but a walk and a grand slam later and the game was over. At the plate Shakir Albert went 2 for 4 with a couple of doubles while Luis Paz walked and doubled as well.
Coming up – Another full day on Tuesday highlighted by Chris Reed's start for the Lookouts. Red Patterson takes the mound for the Isotopes, Jharel Cotton gets the ball for the Quakes, and Greg Harris throws for the Loons.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Monday's starter Barry Enright was signed and joined the Isotopes.