Minor League Player of the Day:  Henry Rodriguez (Dayton) 3-4, 1 double, 2 runs scored, 4RBI and Mark Fleury (Dayton) 4-5, 2 doubles, 1 run scored, 3 RBI.

AAA
Toledo 4 – Louisville 1
Eric Eymann doubled, Dave Sappelt tripled, and Danny Dorn hit his 12th homerun of the season. Unfortunately for the Bats, that was 3 of the team’s 4 hits on the night.

Enerio Del Rosario allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 3.1 innings of relief to pick up the loss and drop to 4-1 on the season.  Matt Maloney made the start and went 3 innings, allowing one run on 4 hits while striking out 3.

AA
Carolina 9 – Birmingham 4
Chris Denove and Mike Costanzo had multi-hit games.  Denove went 3-5 with 3 singles, 2 RBI, and a run scored while Costanzo went 2-4 with a single, double, run scored, and 2 RBI.  Jake Kahaulelio belted his 12th homerun of the season and had 3 RBI.  Denis Phipps singled in 4 at-bats, but drove in 2 RBI and scored a run.

James Avery surrendered 10 hits and a walk in 5.1 innings pitched, allowing 4 runs while striking out 2.  That was still good enough to pick up his 2nd win in Carolina compared to 3 losses.  Joseph Krebs and Brad Boxberger combined to throw 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing 4 hits while striking out 2.

High A
Winston-Salem 6 – Lynchburg 0
Ezequiel Infante and Doug Salinas combined to pitch 5 scoreless inning of relief, scattering 4 hits and striking out 1.  Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot more worth mentioning.  The offense managed only 4 hits in the loss and Winston-Salem scored all 6 of their runs in the 2nd inning.

A
Dayton 12 – Lansing 0
Aside from Rodriguez and Fleury, who were my picks for co-players of the day, Kevyn Feiner also had a great day going 3-6 with an RBI and a run scored.  These three guys, batting in the 2, 3 and 4 slots in the lineup, combined to go 10-15 with 3 doubles, 4 runs scored, and 8 RBI.

Ricky Bowen could have also qualified for the player of the day.  Bowen pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3.  The win improved his record to 5-8 on the season.

Rookie
Billings 7 – Helena 5; game 1
Billy Hamilton went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and 3 stolen bases.  The 3 stolen bases gives him 29 on the season.  Devin Lohman had 2 doubles in 4 at-bats, scoring twice, and driving in an RBI.

Daniel Wolford picked up his 2nd win of the season in relief, despite allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 3.2 innings pitched.  Pat Doyle allowed 2 runs in 2.1 innings pitched but still recorded his 3rd save.

Helena 3 – Billings 2; game 2
Yorman Rodriguez had 2 of the Mustangs 4 hits in a 2-4 night.  One of the hits was a triple, as Rodriguez also scored a run and drove in a run. 

Kevin Arico pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief, allowing only 1 hit while striking out 3.

AZL Brewers 10 – AZL Reds 8
This game was for the AZL Crown.  The Reds had leads of 3-0 and 5-3, and then after falling behind 8-6, managed to tie it at 8-8 before Jose Marizan allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th for the loss.  Robert Maddox went 3-5 went 3-5 with a homerun, his 7th of the season.  Kurtis Muller tripled, scored a run, and drove in a run in a 3-5 night.  Ronald Torreyes, Drew Poulk, and Juan Silva each went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.