Minor League Player of the Day – Julio Urias (HiA) - 5 IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 9 K's. In his first start as an 18 year old, Urias pitched 5 innings for the first time since May 21st and threw very well. His 9 strikeouts were a career high, and the solid outing also lowered his ERA to 2.86 for the season.
AAA – The Redbirds (Cardinals) pushed across a run in the top of the 9th to defeat the Isotopes 6 to 5 on Wednesday. Starter Barry Enright wasn't all that effective as he allowed 8 hits and 5 runs over 6 innings while striking out just 2. Fabio Martinez got through the next 1.2 innings without any issues, but then in the 9th Robert Carson gave up a walk and two hits to take the loss. On offense Jamie Romak crushed a pair of homers to give him his second multi-homer game of the month. Joc Pederson also went deep again as he continues to chase history, his 28th long ball of the season.
AA – The Lookouts used timely hitting and more solid pitching to win their 11th straight game, 7 - 0 over the Suns (Marlins). The shutout was team's 4th in it's last 5 games, and the pitching staff has a current streak of 20 scoreless innings. Nick Struck was the dominate starter in this contest as he did not allow a run over 5 innings of work. Four different relievers completed the shutout, including a 2 strikeout performance from Ralston Cash in his AA debut. At the dish Corey Seager went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI's, while Daniel Mayora was a perfect 3 for 3 with a triple and run batted in. Chris O'Brien and Noel Cuevas also drove in a run each.
HiA – The Quakes celebrated Julio Urias' recent 18th birthday and his career high 9 punchouts with a walk-off homer, defeating the Giants 2 to 1. Right fielder Jeremy Rathjen was responsible for the game winning long ball, crushing a solo shot with one out in the bottom of the 11th. Aaron Miller had the only other offensive performance worth mentioning as he went 2 for 4 with a triple. The win meant that Urias' strong performance earlier in the game wasn't all for naught as the young left hander tossed 5 strong innings and allowed just 1 run. As mentioned he struck out a career high 9 batters and walked just 1. He got plenty of support from his bullpen as well as four different relievers combined for 6 shutout frames, including 2 hitless innings from Rob Rogers that included 3 K's.
LoA – The Loons were held to just one run on Wednesday as they fell to the Hot Rods (Rays) 2 to 1. The offense was held to just 5 hits in this game, with Webster Rivas' double being the only one that went for extra bases. Paul Hoenecke went 2 for 4, while Joey Curletta drove in his club's only run with a RBI ground out. Starter Victor Arano allowed both runs in just 3.1 innings of work, however he did manage to strike out 7 during that time. Reliever Victor Araujo (not to be confused with starter Arano) threw very well in relief as he lowered his ERA to 1.25 with 3.2 shutout frames. Mark Pope and Matt Campbell also tossed scoreless relief.
Rookie Ogden – Postponed
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers scored 4 late runs and even took the lead in top of the 8th, but the Padres had a rally of their own to come away with a 5 - 4 victory. Doubles by Lucas Tirado and Deivy Castillo were a big part of the Dodgers last scoring as they each plated a run in the 8th, and for Tirado it was his second hit and second RBI of the game. Ibandel Isabel had the only other notable game as he went 2 for 5 with a RBI. On the mound Francisco Martinez threw just 3 innings and allowed a couple of runs, then Jairo Pacheco tossed 4 solid frames as he gave up just 2 hits and an unearned run. Unfortunately Harlan Richter blew the save and took the loss by permitting a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers moved to 10 and 2 for the month of August with a 6 - 4 win over the Rays. The recent hot streak has the Dodgers just 3.5 games out of the division lead with 9 games to play. Moises Perez had the big game as the plate as he went 3 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs. Julio Lugo doubled and knocked in a run, while Shakir Albert also had a two bagger. On the mound starter Dennys Chica allowed 3 hits over 5 frames, then Max Gooding tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief. Angel Bautista recorded his second save with a hitless 9th.
Coming up – Jose De Leon makes his Midwest League debut for the Loons on Thursday, while Chris Reed will be making his second start for the Isotopes. Matt Shelton gets the call for the Lookouts, Jharel Cotton throws for the Quakes, and Victor Gonzalez/Abdiel Velasquez toe the rubber for the Raptors in their double header.
Minor League Transactions – HiA: Brandon Dixon was sent to Arizona on a rehab assignment.