It was an eventful night for the minor league system on Tuesday with all teams earning another victory for their record, save for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees who got rained out before they got a chance to take the field.
Player of The Day
Tri-City Dust Devils second baseman, Jeremy Arocho, walked away from Tuesday’s win with a .429 batting average, recording 4 hits during his 5 plate appearances and logging a .984 OPS.
The 22 year old brought home 2 runs with 2 RBIs and scored once, making him responsible for a 3 run lead that ultimately resulted in an 8-5 victory for the team.
Triple- A Salt Lake
The only thing standing between the four Angels minor league affiliates and a complete Tuesday night of victories was a rainy forecast.
The tarp is on the field. We'll supply updates as we have them pic.twitter.com/yeCk9FfJxo— Salt Lake Bees (@SaltLakeBees) August 17, 2021
Salt Lake was scheduled to take on the Sacramento Rivercats at Smith’s Ballpark, but the rush of storm clouds postponed the game and the new game date is TBD, according to the Salt Lake Bees’ twitter page.
Double- A Rocket City
The Rocket City Trash Pandas faced off against the Chattanooga Lookouts, and both bullpens kept the game close until the bottom of the 8th inning when Lookouts’ pitcher Matt Pidich (7.60 ERA) gave up four runs to a powerful Trash Pandas offense.
Luis Aviles, Orlando Martinez, Brendon Davis, David MacKinnon and Ray-Patrick Didder led the inning with competitive swings that broke the monotony of a close game and gave the Pandas the edge they were looking for with a 6-3 lead.
Ray-Patrick Didder with a 3-run double to give AA Rocket City a 6-3 lead pic.twitter.com/vW1PTMf7Ov— Angels MiLB (@AngelsMiLB) August 18, 2021
The Lookouts almost made it back in the top of the 9th, but despite a rough start to the inning with 2 walks and RISP, Pandas pitcher Connor Higgins (3.97 ERA) walked away from the game with his first MILB win, finishing the inning with 2 H, 2R, 2 ER and 2 BB.
5-4-3 FOR THE WIN! pic.twitter.com/2tmktZonnq— Rocket City Trash Pandas (@trashpandas) August 18, 2021
High- A Tri-City
The Dust Devils also joined the victory parade with their 8-5 win against the Vancouver Canadians. The power of the Dust Devils lineup last night was their consistency at the plate with 7 out of 9 players in the batting lineup scoring at least 1 run.
Despite a small hiccup in the 3rd inning when Dust Devils pitcher Taylor Ahearn (5.15 ERA) gave up 3 runs, the Dust Devils defense kept the Vancouver lineup at bay long enough to preserve the lead that the offense earned in the top of the 3rd when Livan Soto, Kevin Maitan, Griffin Mazur and Jeremy Arocho filled the bases to bring home 7 runs. The Dust Devils’ record now sits at 35-56.
Low- A Inland Empire
The Inland Empire 66ers did not disappoint the minor league system with yet another win to top off a night full of victories. The 66ers bullpen shined on Tuesday night, giving away only one run in the top of the 1st inning.
Julio Goff (3.35 ERA) had an impressive start, and his control laid a solid foundation for the bullpen. Goff pitched 5 innings, recording 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB and 4 SO before handing things off to Brandon Dufault (6.75 ERA) and seventh round pick Ryan Costeiu who both pitched a scoreless game for the rest of the night.
The height of the offense came in the bottom of the 4th inning when Miles Emmerson kicked off a rally that earned the 66ers the lead they needed to end the game with a 4-1 win.
Salt Lake Bees | Sacramento Rivercats - GAME POSTPONED
Rocket City Trash Pandas 6 | Chattanooga Lookouts 5
Tri-City Dust Devils 8 | Vancouver Canadians 5
Inland Empire 66ers 4 | Lake Elsinore Storm 1
4:35 PT: Chattanooga Lookouts (TBD) @ Rocket City Trash Pandas (Ryan Smith, 7.47 ERA)
7:05 PT: Tri-City Dust Devils (Ky Bush, 0.00 ERA) @ Vancouver Canadians (Sem Robberse, 4.33 ERA)
7:05 PT: Lake Elsinore Storm (TBD) @ Inland Empire 66ers (Brett Kerry, 0.00 ERA)