Don't worry, I'm not stealing Phil's thunder by posting this minor league recap. I'll actually be helping him out this season by posting some of the daily minor league reports. Anyways, it was not a good day for the Dodger minor league teams as all three that were scheduled lost by one run. In addition, no Dodger prospect really stood out with a great performance. However, I do have a few injury notes to pass along before I recap the games. First, I've heard that Pedro Baez was injured in the minor league season opener, but I do not know the extent of the injury. Hopefully it is nothing too serious. Second, there is good news on Nathan Eovaldi as his injury is not related to his arm/shoulder (it's actually his foot that is hurt), and he is expect to join the 66ers soon. Finally, Josh Walter had off-season shoulder surgery, and has just now started to throw, so that is why he has not appeared on any minor league rosters.
AAA - The Isotopes played host to the New Orleans Zephyrs on Tuesday night, who were led by starting pitcher Ryan Tucker. Tucker, for those of you who don't know, is a local boy who went to Temple City High School and was drafted by the Marlins in the first round of the 2005 draft. Anyways, starting for Albuquerque was James McDonald, and through 3 innings he did his best Charlie Haeger impersonation by striking out 7 batters. He ended the night with 8 K's and allowed 7 hits, 4 walks, and 3 earned runs through 6 and two-third innings, so while it wasn't spectacular, it was an overall solid outing for JMac. Down 6-3 heading into the bottom of the 8th, the Isotopes scored 4 times by stringing together 6 singles, and went up by one run. In came Jon Link to close out the game, but he was wild (2 walks) and hittable (3 hits) and coughed up lead by allowing two runs to score. The 'Topes were then shut down in the 9th by old friend Scott Strickland. In terms of offense, John Lindsay continued his hot hitting by going 2 for 2, and is now hitting .591 on the season. Russell Mitchell and Ivan De Jesus also continued two hits apiece.
AA - Not scheduled
High A - Jon Michael Redding started for the Inland Empire, but he had a pretty ugly stat line through 5 innings of work. Redding allowed 6 hits, 5 walks, and 4 earned runs while striking out just one batter. Even though Kyle Smit and Cole St. Clair combined for four impressive shutout innings to end the game, the 66ers were not able to muster enough offense to offset the 4 runs allowed by Redding. Austin Gallagher did have a double and ended the day 2 for 4, but that was really the only bright spot for the 66er lineup.
A - It was a quiet day for the Great Lakes offense as the Loons were held to just 3 singles in their loss to the Lansing Lugnuts. The loss was their third straight. Jerry Sands did have one of the hits, and his batting average now stands at .435. On the mound, Josh Wall turned things around by allowing just 1 run and 5 hits over 5 innings. JWall didn't show overpowering stuff as he struck out just two batters, but his overall performance was a big improvement from opening day. J.B. Paxson and Luis Vasquez combined for three-plus scoreless innings before lefty Andy Suiter allowed a go ahead home run in the 9th.