On Monday, the Dodgers minor league system had at least one player with 6 RBI’s (Lucas May), 5 RBI’s (Jonathan Garcia), 4 RBI’s (Nick Akins), 3 RBI’s (Jamie Hoffmann, Scott Van Slyke), 2 RBI’s (Bryant Hernandez, Beau Brett), and 1 RBI (various players including Xavier Paul).
AAA – Lucas May had a huge day in Albuquerque on Monday as he went 4 for 5 and knocked in 6 runs. May hit two homers, doubled, and singled and led the Isotopes to a 14 – 5 win. Xavier Paul also contributed with a homer, and Jamie Hoffmann went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s. In addition, Chin-Lung Hu went 3 for 5 with a couple of doubles. Carlos Monasterios got the rehab start and did not do very well, allowing 5 hits and 5 runs in 3.2 innings. Luckily the bullpen picked him up, including Josh Lindblom who threw 2 hitless innings. Since being converted back to a reliever, Lindblom has given up just 6 hits and 1 run in 8 innings.
AA – Off day
High A – Cory Wade made a rehab start and allowed a run in his one inning of work, but the real story of the game was that Nathan Eovaldi got rocked for 8 hits and 7 runs in 3.2 innings. After quite a few solid performances in a row, this was Eovaldi’s second straight start in which he allowed 7 earned runs. I’m really not sure what to make of Eovaldi’s season, but hopefully he can finish strong in the 2nd half. The good news for the 66ers was that Robert Booth, Paul Koss, and Brandon Mann pitched 4.1 scoreless innings. Unfortunately, the Inland Empire offense wasn’t quite up to the challenge of picking up their pitching as they fell just short in the 8 to 6 loss. Scott Van Slyke did continue his hot streak in the California League with a 3 run homer, and Pedro Baez went 3 for 4, but it just wasn’t enough.
A – After allowing 12 runs over his last 3 starts, Allen Webster got back on track by throwing 5 shutout innings on Monday and picking up the win. He only struck out 2, but he also walked just 1. Webster’s performance was followed by 3 solid innings from Jordan Roberts and a 3 strikeout inning by J.B. Paxson. The 240 lb Paxson is already almost 24 years old, but he has quietly been putting together a very solid season as his ERA is now down to 2.28 and his FIP is at 2.35. At the plate, the Loons had 4 players with multi hit games. Mario Songco went 2 for 4 with a double, and Bryant Hernandez drove in 2 with a couple of singles. The recently demoted Nick Buss also contributed with 2 hits and 2 runs in 5 at bats.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors scored 7 runs in this game, and 5 of those runs were brought home by Jonathan Garcia. Garcia hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning, and then doubled home another run later in the game to lead Ogden past the Casper Ghosts 7 to 4. No other Raptor had more than one hit, but Steven Domecus did hit a solo homer. Garrett Gould started the game and literally sailed through the first 3 innings, striking out 3 and allowing just a single hit. But then in the 4th Gould unfortunately hit a wall and ended up giving up 5 hits and 4 total runs, although only 2 runs were earned. Ji-Mo Lee pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief, and Shawn Tolleson pitched a perfect 9th for the save.
Rookie Arizona – 6’11” Chris Handke got the start for the Arizona Dodgers and did very well. He only allowed 1 hit over 4 innings, although he did walk 2 and allow 3 total runs (1 earned). Marlon Urriola then followed with 3 hitless innings of relief, and 2010 7th round pick Ryan Christenson made his professional debut with a shutout inning. On offense, Nick Akins continued his torrid hitting with a 3 run homer and an RBI double. He is obviously way too advanced for this league, but it is still good to know he doesn’t play down to his competition. Preston Mattingly went 3 for 4 in his rehab appearance, and catcher BJ Larosa also had 3 hits in 4 at bats.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers got blown out on Monday 9 to 2. Starter Luis Mesa did well, but a couple of too old for the DSL relievers allowed 8 runs in 4 innings. There was absolutely nothing to write about on offense except that 17 year old Arce Rodriguez doubled and has held his own thus far in the DSL.