Minor League Player of the Day: Marquez Smith (Bakersfield Blaze) was a perfect 4-4 at the dish with 2 singles, a double, a homerun, 2 runs scored, and 5 runs batted in.  The homerun was his 6th of the season, a 2-run shot in the 1st inning.

Toledo 3 – Louisville 2

Henry Rodriguez went 2-4 with 2 singles while Mike Hessman hit his 14th homerun of the season in the 5th inning and drew 2 walks.

Pedro Villarreal went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  Jose Diaz allowed a run in the 9th to pick up the loss.  Diaz allowed a run on 3 hits in 1.2 innings of relief.

Pensacola 2 – Jacksonville 1

Brodie Greene had 2 singles in 3 at-bats.  Bryson Smith had a double and a walk in 4 plate appearances.  Smith also drove in a run.

Josh Smith allowed 1 run on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 in 6.2 innings pitched to earn the win and boost his record to 4-5 on the season.  Lee Hyde and Loek Van Mil combined to pitch 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.  Van Mil struck out 2 to earn his 3rd save of the season.

High A
Bakersfield 14 – Rancho Cucamonga 7

I am trying to decide if I should make a football joke here or not?  Every Blaze batter had at least one hit in this game.  Sit back and relax as I recap the hitting highlights for the Blaze in this one.

Marquez Smith had a huge game and was mentioned in our player of the day post at the top.  Ryan Wright went 2-5 with 2 runs scored.  Yorman Rodriguez went 2-3 with a double and a homerun.  He also scored scored 3 times, drove in 2 RBI, and drew 2 walks.  Kyle Waldrop had 2 singles in 4 at-bats as well as a run scored and an RBI.  Yovan Gonzalez went 2-3 with a double, 2 RBI, and 4 runs scored.  Dominic D’Anna only had 1 hit but was still able to drive in 3 RBI.

Low A
Lake County 1 – Dayton 0

The Dragons only had 3 hits in the contest.  Oddly enough, all 3 were doubles by Jessee Winker, Seth Mejias-Breen, and Junior Arias.  Unfortunately, none of those guys could cross home.

Ismael Guillon allowed a run on 3 hits and 2 walks in 5.2 innings pitched.  He dropped to 1-6 on the season.  Ben Klimesh struck out 4 in 2.1 perfect innings pitched.