Minor League Player of the Day – Jose De Leon (Rookie Ogden) - 6 IP, 9 K's. De Leon punched out 9 over just 6 innings of work to provide Jose the player of the day honors.
AAA – The Isotopes matched the Chihuahuas with 11 hits, but El Paso (Padres) still beat Albuquerque 7 to 6 onThursday. Starter Stephen Fife gave up 10 hits and 6 runs over 4.2 frames, but a quartet of relievers were solid out of the bullpen including a scoreless inning from Scott Elbert. Paco Rodriguez gave up a run in the 7th, however, and that resulted in a loss for the former Dodger setup man. At the dish, newcomer Delvis Morales went 3 for 3 with a double and scored 2 runs. Jamie Romak and Walter Ibarra had two hits each in the loss.
AA – The Lookouts scored two runs in the 1st, but would never cross the plate again in a 7 - 2 loss to the Barons (White Sox). Daniel Mayora and O'Koyea Dickson were responsible for Chattanooga's early runs with a single and a double, respectively, but outside of a Scott Schebler triple that as it for the offensive highlights. Starter Raydel Sanchez got lit up for 10 hits and 7 runs over 5.1 frames which increased his ERA to 6.06. After he left the game, however, the Lookouts bullpen threw very well as Mike Thomas tossed 1.2 innings of 1-hit ball and Blake Smith struck out a couple of batters in the 9th.
HiA – The Quakes outlasted the Mavericks (Mariners) 9 to 7 thanks to several early runs. Rancho plated 5 of their runs in the 1st 4 frames, then scored 4 more runs over the next 4 innings to collect the victory. Starter Chris Anderson permitted 6 hits and 4 runs in the win, and while he punched out 7 he also gave up 4 runs. Rob Rogers got the save in relief thanks to a perfect 9th. At the dish Aaron Miller went 3 for 5 with a double and 1 RBI, while Corey Seager connected on a homer and drove in a couple of runs.
LoA – The Silver Hawks (Dbacks) outlasted the Loons 4 to 3 in 10 innings on Thursday. The Great Lakes offense actually had just 3 hits in this game, and all 3 of their runs came in the 2nd inning on a throwing error and a 2-run single by Jose Capellan. Starter Scott Barlow also gave up just 3 hits in his 5 innings of work, but he also permitted 3 runs despite striking out 6. A trio of relievers held South Bend to just 1 hit over the next 4 frames, but Victor Araujo gave up the eventual winning run in the top of the 10th to take the loss.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors lost another game on Thursday as Ogden fell to Idaho Falls (Royals) 5 to 3. Starter Jose De Leon struck out 9 over 6 frames, however he also gave up 3 runs on 7 hits. Brock Stewart took the loss in relief after he gave up a pair of runs in the 7th inning. At the dish Colin Hering went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, while Justin Chigbogu slugged his 3rd homer of the year and hit his 2nd in as many days.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers beat the Mariners 3 to 1 in a shortened 5 inning game. Alex Verdugo went 1 for 2 with a double and 2 RBI's while Brant Whiting drove in the 3rd and final run of the game. Starter Kevin Guzman allowed just 3 hits and 1 unearned run over 4 innings of work, punching out 6 along the way. Bobby Rossman picked up the win in relief after tossing a scoreless 5th, and actually recorded the win in relief.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers got pounded by the Astros 11 - 3 on Thursday. Starter MigueAl Urena, who had been solid all season, had his worst start of the year as he allowed 6 hits and 3 runs over 4 frames. Unfortunately his bullpen wasn't much better as a trio of Dodgers gave up the final 8 runs of the game, although 3 of those runs were unearned thanks to a Dodger error. At the dish Shakir Albert went 2 for 3 with a double and a RBI, but that was it for the Dodger extra base hits. Manuel Peguero also had a couple of hits and drove in a run in the losing effort.
Coming up – The Arizona Dodgers have the 4th of July off, but everyone else plays on the nation's birthday including Jeff Bennett and the Isotopes. Nick Struck takes the mound for the Lookouts while the match-up of the day will be Julio Urias and the Quakes taking on JetHawks (Astros) Mark Appel. Victor Arano is the scheduled starter for the Loons and Bernardo Reyes will get the call for the Raptors.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Jeremy Hazelbaker rejoined the Isotopes after Esribel Arruebarrena was recalled to LA. LoA: Zachary Bird was placed on the DL while Michael Johnson was placed back on the Loons roster.