AAA – The Isotopes, who are short on starting pitching, gave Brent Leach his second start of the season. He responded by striking out 6 batters in 3 innings, but he also allowed 4 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs. Hyang-Nam Choi followed with 2 innings of shutout relief, but Jesus Rodriguez allowed his first runs of his AAA career and picked up the loss. One other note is that 25 year old Jordan Pratt, who spent 2009 in the Midwest League, jumped all the way to AAA and made his 2010 debut by allowing 2 runs in an inning of relief. Albuquerque didn’t provide much offense in this game as they only had 4 hits. The only extra base hit was Jay Gibbon’s 9th homer of the year.
AA – Chris Withrow had yet another mediocre outing on Wednesday in Chattanooga. While he only gave up 2 runs in 6 innings, he allowed 5 hits and walked 5 batters. He also only struck out 4. We are almost at the halfway point of the minor league season, so Withrow really needs to step it up soon. Kenley Jansen allowed 2 hits and a run, but continued his strikeout barrage by K’ing 5 batters in just 2 innings of relief. James Adkins also pitched another shutout inning. The Lookout offense was completely shut down as they managed just 4 hits. Jaime Pedroza had the only extra-base hit, which was a solo homer. Elian Herrera stole 2 bases and now has 17 on the season, but he is only hitting .221.
High A – Off Day
A – Man is Elisaul Pimentel hot right now! After 6 more shutout innings, Pimentel has now gone three starts without allowing a run, and has a scoreless streak of 18 innings. In those 18 innings, Pimentel has allowed just 6 hits and has 23 strikeouts. His ERA is now down to 2.52 for the season. Rubby De La Rosa pitched 3 innings of relief in this game and picked up the save. Rubby allowed three runs, but only one of those runs was earned and he didn’t walk a batter. On offense, Jerry Sands got back on track by going 2 for 3 with a double. Mario Songco and Jaime Ortiz also had 2 hits each as they both went 2 for 4 with a double a piece. The offensive player of the game, however, was catcher Gorman Erickson as he went 3 for 4 and drove in 2 runs.
DSL – The DSL Dodgers won this game 5 to 4. The 6’4” Luis Mesa provided 3 innings of scoreless relief and picked up the win in this game. Most of the Dodgers runs scored on unearned runs, but shortstop Faustino Oguisten did knock in 1 run by going 2 for 2.