Minor League Player of the Day – Andres Santiago (AA) - No hitter, 1 walk, 12 K's. After making a name for himself as a prospect in 2012, Santiago wasn't very impressive during the 2013 season and has mostly flown under the radar in 2014. That changed on Thursday after the the right hander nearly threw a perfect game, and settled for an impressive no hitter for the Lookouts.
AAA – The Isotopes accumulated 15 hits in a 10 to 5 victory over the 51's (Mets). Catcher Griff Erickson was a perfect 4 for 4 at the dish and drove in a team high 5 runs even though he didn't have an extra base hit in the game, while Mike Baxter was 3 for 5 with two doubles and three runs scored. Joc Pederson knocked in a pair and reached base 4 times on two singles and a couple of walks. On the mound starter Justin Germano struck out 9 batters over 7 frames and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits while picking up the win. Scott Elbert tossed a scoreless inning of relief and punched out 2.
AA – Player of the day Andres Santiago tossed a no-hitter for the Lookouts on Thursday as Chattanooga shutout the Smokies (Cubs) 1 to 0. Santiago was perfect through 7 innings, and his only blemish was a walk in the top of the 8th. Andres struck out the side in the 9th, however, to put an exclamation point on performance with 12 strikeouts. As is the case in most no-hitters the Lookout offense was quiet as well. The only run of the game came on a 2nd inning homer by Chris O'Brien, his 6th of the season.
HiA – The Quakes fell just short on Thursday in a 7 - 6 loss to the 66ers (Angels). Starter Chris Anderson was outstanding over 6 innings as he allowed just 1 run and struck out 9, but he ran into trouble in the 7th and was charged with 4 more earned runs. Geoff Brown took the loss, however, after he gave up 2 runs in the 8th. At the dish leadoff man Adam Law led the way with 3 hits and a RBI, while Erisbel Arruebarrena connected on a solo homer. Pratt Maynard knocked in a run in the bottom of the 9th to bring his team within one, but that was as close as the Quakes would get.
LoA – The Loons lost to the Captains (Indians) 6 to 5 as Jacob Rhame saw his scoreless streak come to an end. After Great Lakes tied the game in the bottom of the 9th on a Joey Curletta RBI single, Rhame came in to close out the victory. Unfortunately he allowed a run for the first time since June 27th in the top of the 10th, however, and that is how the Loons lost ground in their playoff race. Going back to the start of the game, Luis De Paula threw very well as he allowed just 4 hits and 1 unearned run over 5 innings of work while striking out 6. Mark Pope had his worst outing of the year in relief, however, as he gave up 4 runs, but then A.J. Vanegas and Matt Campbell combined for 3 scoreless innings prior to Rhame taking the loss. At the dish 2nd baseman Leo Rodriguez went 4 for 5 and drove in a pair while Alex Santana was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors got a solid pitching performance out of starter Jeff Brigham and the rest of its staff to pull out a 2 - 1 victory over the Rockies. Brigham allowed just 2 hits over 4 scoreless frames and struck out 8, although he was an inning shot of picking up the win. Bernardo Reyes recorded the victory in relief and Billy Flamion notched his 3rd save of the season. Ogden only had 5 hits on offense, and center fielder Billy Bereszniewicz led the way by going 2 for 3 with a double. Julian Leon knocked in the only run for Ogden with a sacrifice fly.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers finished their season in style as four pitchers combined to no-hit the Brewers in a 10 - 0 victory. Starter Jairo Pacheco was extremely impressive as he struck out 8 to go along with 6 no-hit innings. Kam Uter tossed a hitless 7th, then Yeuri Gonzalez and Harlan Richter finished off the no-hitter. At the dish Alex Verdugo completed his professional debut with a bang as he crushed his 3rd homer of the season and finished a perfect 2 for 2 to increase his batting average to .347, which was good enough for 2nd in the league. Surprisingly nobody else in the Dodger lineup had more than one hit, although Cristian Gomez doubled and drove in a pair.
DSL – Season over
Coming up – With the Dominican Dodgers and Arizona Dodgers seasons being over, there will only be 5 games per night (at most) for the rest of the season. That being said on Friday there will be quite some solid pitching on display, starting with Julio Urias starting for the Quakes. Chris Reed will throw for the Isotopes, Jose De Leon gets the ball for the Loons, J.D. Underwood throws for the Raptors, and Nick Struck toes the rubber for the Lookouts.
Minor League Transactions – AA: Anthony Slama was placed on the DL while Jarret Martin was activated. HiA: Brandon Martinez was promoted to the Quakes from Great Lakes. In addition, Jharel Cotton was put on the disabled list and Steven Proscia was activated from the DL. LoA: Victor Arano was traded to the Phillies while Greg Harris was activated from the DL.