It was a light schedule tonight for the Dodger minor league affiliates, although this is really the calm before the storm because both the Ogden Raptors and Arizona Dodgers kick off their seasons tomorrow. So after the California League and Midwest Leagues return from their All Star breaks later this week, there could be as many as 7 Dodger minor league games each day. So for the next few months, we are really going to have a lot of minor league action to analyze!
AAA – The Isotopes got a great performance out of their pitching staff on Sunday in Iowa. Charlie Haeger, making yet another rehab start, only allowed 2 hits in 6 shutout innings. While he did walk 4 batters, his timely showing will probably be good enough to warrant another start at the big league level given the Dodgers lack of other options. Josh Lindblom followed Haeger and pitched 2 innings of outstanding relief, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 2. Scott Dohmann finished Albuquerque’s 3 hit shutout with a perfect 9th inning. On offense, both Russell Mitchell and Jamie Hoffmann picked up their 20th doubles of the season and are both among the PCL league leaders in the category. Xavier Paul also had a good game by going 2 for 4, and Lucas May hit his 7th homer of the year.
AA – Off Day
High A – All Star break
A – Seriously, how long can Elisaul Pimentel keep this up? On Sunday, Pimentel threw another 6 innings of shutout ball, while allowing just 4 hits and 0 walks. Over his last 6 starts, spanning 35 innings, Pimentel has allowed only 1 earned run. Also, over his last 10 starts, batters are hitting just .168 against him. All of those stats are simply amazing. Rubby De La Rosa picked up for Pimentel in the 7th and pitched 2 perfect innings before faltering in the 9th and allowing 5 runs. I know that the Dodgers have tended to use De La Rosa in 3 or 4 innings stints, but I personally think that Rubby is best suited as a 1 or 2 inning reliever. Therefore, I generally judge his success off of his first 2 innings of work. The Loons offense got home runs out of Christian Lara (2 run shot), Mario Songco (3 run shot), and Jaime Ortiz (2 run shot), which accounting for all their runs in the game. Jerry Sands went 0 for 4 with a couple of K’s.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers got the 2 – 1 win, but there wasn’t much to write about in this game. 19 year old Luis Rosano got the start and only allowed 3 hits and 1 run over 5 innings, but he also walked 4. The Dodgers got 4 innings of solid relief, but both relievers are already 21 years old. The Dodgers only got 4 hits in this game, and both of their runs scored on wild pitches.