6/8/10 Minor League Report – Russell’s AA Debut Helps Withrow’s Confidence

I’m off to Minnesota for a wedding, so Phil is going to be doing all of the minor league reports through Sunday.  Hopefully he’ll have at least a few good performances to write about during that time.  And yes, I am going to catch a game at Target Field while I’m in Minneapolis, so I’m excited to see what their brand new stadium looks like.

AAA – Bobby Blevins was the latest pitcher called up to the Isotopes to get a spot start, and he actually did pretty good in his AAA debut as he allowed just 1 run on 4 hits in 5 innings.  It was about time that Blevins was promoted because despite being 25 years old and having some pretty good success in his first three professional seasons, (not including this year) Bobby had never played above Hi-A.  Anyways, while he’s not much of a prospect, it’s nice to see someone the Dodgers drafted get a chance as opposed to a 29 year old minor league free agent.  Unfortunately, Travis Schlichting, Juan Perez, and Scott Dohmann had poor outings in relief and blew the win for Blevins.  There isn’t a whole lot to write about in regards to the Isotope offense, although Chin-Lung Hu did have 2 doubles in 3 at bats, and Lucas May went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI.

AA – Chris Withrow had one of his best starts of the year, and Kyle Russell made his long awaited AA debut as the Lookouts beat the Mudcats 3 to 2 in Chattanooga.  The game lasted 12 innings and was won on a walk-off throwing error.  Withrow lasted 7 innings in this game and made an even 100 pitches.  He allowed 5 hits, only walked 1, and struck out 6, and while 2 runs scored against him, neither were earned.  Withrow also went 2 for 2 at the plate and is now hitting .313 for the season.  Jordan Pratt, James Adkins, and Cole St. Clair were brilliant out of the bullpen, pitching a combined 3 perfect innings.  In his Lookout debut, Kyle Russell went 2 for 5 with a triple and 2 strikeouts.  Jaime Pedroza also had a couple of hits, and Dee Gordon went 1 for 5 with his 23rd stolen base of the season.

High A – The 66ers lost a tough 2-1 game in Lake Elsinore on a walk off single by Padre prospect Allen Dykstra.  Vincente Padilla made his 2nd rehab start and was solid once again, allowing just 3 hits and a single run over 4.2 innings.  Jon Michael Redding picked up for Padilla in the 5th and was very good until the 9th when he allowed the walk off hit.  The Inland Empire offense was weak as expected, and was led by recently demoted Thomas Giles who went 2 for 4 with a double.  If history is any indicator of success, I expect Giles to do very well back in the California League since he dominated the High-A circuit back in 2008 with 22 HR’s and 100 RBI’s.  Even if he does succeed, however, it won’t mean much because he is already 26 and a half years old.

A – Elisaul Pimentel had his scoreless inning streak snapped, but he had another very successful outing as he allowed just 1 earned run over 6 innings in the Loons 9 to 3 win over the Royals.  While Pimentel walked 4 and only struck out 2, I was impressed by his ability to limit the damage against him in this game.  Rubby De La Rosa came out of the pen and had a very solid appearance, allowing just 2 hits in 3 innings while striking out 5.  The offense was led by Jeremy Wise, who went 2 for 4 with a homer and collected 3 RBI’s.  Brian Cavazos-Galvez also picked up 3 RBI’s as he went 3 for 5 and amazingly stole his 20th base of the season.  Jerry Sands went 1 for 3 with a couple of walks.

DSL – The Dominican Dodgers got a very good pitching performance out of 19 year old Luis Rosano in a game they won 3 to 1.  Rosano allowed just 1 run over 5 innings and struck out 4.  The offense didn’t collect any extra base hits in this game, but Alexis Aguilar and Josmar Cordero both went 2 for 4.  Aguilar also stole 2 bases.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score

Inland Empire 66ers Box Score

Great Lakes Loons Box Score

DSL Dodgers Box Score

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