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Jose De Leon sets Loons record with 14 strikeout performance

Jose De Leon, a 22 year out out of Puerto Rico who was the Dodgers 24th round pick in 2013, set a Great Lakes franchise record with 14 strikeouts over 6 shutout innings on Tuesday

Minor League Player of the Day Jose De Leon (LoA) - 6 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 14 K's.  De Leon was the easy choice for this award after setting a Great Lakes franchise record with 14 K's, including 9 in a row at one point.  The strikeout total surpassed Clayton Kershaw's previous mark of 12 punchouts.  This masterpiece is the highlight of the season so far for this breakout prospect, and the 2013 24th round pick now has a K/9 of 13.3 for the season to go along with a 2.31 ERA.

AAA – The Isotopes and Sounds (Brewers) went back and forth all game long on Tuesday, but Nashville eventually outlasted Albuquerque 13 to 12.  Starter Chris Reed's AAA struggles continued as he allowed 9 hits, 3 walks, and 7 runs in his third start with the Topes.  His one bright spot was the fact that he struck out 7 in his 4 innings of work.  Justin Germano didn't fare any better in his Albuquerque debut as he gave up 6 hits and 4 more runs over just 2.1 frames.  At the plate Tim Federowicz had just one hit, but it was the only homer of the night for the Isotopes.  Clint Robinson went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple, while Jamie Romak and Mike Baxter both had 2 this and 2 RBI's.  The Sounds pitched around Joc Pederson as he walked 3 times, but he didn't get any closer to his 30 - 30 goal as he was caught stealing in his only stolen base attempt of the night.

AA – The Lookouts allowed the tying run to score in the bottom of the 9th, but then rallied for 2 in the 11th to beat the Barons (White Sox) 7 to 6Freddie Cabrera started for Chattanooga and threw relatively well as he allowed 3 runs in 5 innings, then Ralston Cash gave up run in relief despite recording 4 of his 5 outs via the K.  Daniel Coulombe was the one that blew the save in the bottom of the 9th after permitting a double and a RBI single, but that allowed Blake Smith to pick up his first Southern League win by throwing both extra frames.  At the dish Darnell Sweeney had the big game as he drove in more than half of the Lookouts runs thanks to a RBI single, a RBI ground out, and the game winning 2-run homer in the 11th.  Scott Schebler also went deep, and his 26 homers on the year are one short of his career high.  Corey Seager was the other bright spot as he went 2 for 4 with a double and extended his hitting streak to an impressive 18 games.

HiA – The Quakes were shutout by the Rawhide (Dbacks) 2 to 0 on Tuesday.  The offense managed just 5 singles in this game, with 2 of them coming from Chris Jacobs.  Starter Jharel Cotton tossed another good game as he struck out 8 over 6 frames and allowed just 1 run, but he was still saddled with the tough luck loss.  Luis Meza gave up the other run during his 1.2 innings of relief.

LoA – Player of the day Jose De Leon delivered a dominating performance on the mound on Tuesday as the Loons downed the TinCaps (Padres) 5 to 1 to move into a tie for the final Midwest League playoff spot.  De Leon struck out 14 over 6 scoreless innings to set a franchise record, allowing just 4 hits and walking none.  Kyle Hooper and Michael Johnson carried the shutout through the 8th before Mark Pope gave up a meaningless run in the 9th.  Joey Curletta generated most of the offense as he drove in 3 with a double and a 2-run homer.  Devan Ahart connected on a pair of two-baggers while Brandon Trinkwon was 3 for 5.

Rookie Ogden – The Raptors scored all their runs in the 5th inning and held on for a 4 - 3 win over the Owlz (Angels).  A RBI ground-rule double by Jimmy Allen started the scoring for Ogden, then Cody Bellinger followed with a 2-run double of his own.  The final run scored on an error, although Justin Chigbogu was credited with RBI on the play.  On the mound starter Victor Gonzalez went the minimum 5 innings to get the win while allowing 3 runs on 5 hits.  Abdiel Velasquez followed with 3 shutout innings of relief that included 5 punch outs, then A.J. Vanegas picked up his 4th save with a perfect 9th.

Rookie Arizona – Off day

DSL – Not much to see here as the Dominican Dodgers were shutout by the Indians 7 - 0 and were officially eliminated from postseason play.  The offense was held to just 3 hits in this one, with Carlos Aquino's triple being the only hit that went for extra bases.  On the bump starter Dennys Chica didn't make it out of the 2nd inning as he allowed 5 runs, although all 5 runs were unearned thanks to a couple of fielding errors by his defense.  Four different pitcher followed in relief, and the most impressive was Adriel Almonte as he threw a perfect 8th inning.

Coming upGrant Holmes makes his second start for the Raptors on Wednesday while Matt Magill takes the mound for the Isotopes.  The only other scheduled starter is Steve Smith for the Lookouts even though all 7 teams will be in action.

Minor League Transactions – AAA: Carlos Triunfel was optioned back to Albuquerque and catcher Griff Erickson was activated from the DL.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)

Ogden Raptors Box Score (Rookie)

Dominican Dodgers Box Score (DSL)

Minor League Central - Daily Dodger Recap