AAA – Jon Ely made his first minor league start since April, and was pretty effective as he picked up the win over Round Rock. Ely threw 7 innings, allowed only 5 hits, walked only 1, and gave up 3 runs. Jack Taschner and Cory Wade were perfect in recording the final 6 outs of the game. On offense, Russell Mitchell continued his strong season by whacking his 14th homer of the season to go along with his .311 average. Newcomer Trent Oeltjen also homered and was a triple short of the cycle, while Ivan De Jesus went 2 for 5 with a couple of RBI’s. Finally, Brad Ausmus went 0 for 4 and now has 1 hit in 8 AAA at bats.
AA – Chris Withrow made his first start in 8 days, and he got off to a rocky start by allowing 5 runs in his first 2 innings of work. The good news, however, is that Withrow really settled down after the 2nd inning, allowing just 1 hit over the next 3 innings and striking out 5 straight batters at one point. Bobby Blevins and Justin Miller threw 3 innings of scoreless relief, but the Lookouts ended up losing the game in Carolina 5 to 2. At the plate, Andrew Lambo hit his first homer in what seems like forever, and Dee Gordon went 2 for 5. Kyle Russell went 0 for 3 with 2 K’s, and Jerry Sands popped out in his pinch hit appearance.
High A – Starter Ethan Martin labored on Sunday and now has an ERA that is approaching 5 while Inland Empire lost on Sunday 7 to 6. Through just 4.2 innings, Martin allowed an astounding 15 base runners (10 hits, 4 walks, 1 HBP) and was lucky to give up just 5 runs while avoiding the loss. The loss actually went to Geison Aguasviva who allowed a couple of runs in relief. Kyle Smit pitched the final 1.1 innings of the game and was impressive yet again as he allowed just a single hit while lowering his season ERA to 2.59. In fact, in his last 10 games (12.2 innings), Smit’s ERA is just 0.71. The Dodgers minor league player of the day on offense was Pedro Baez, who led the 66ers with 4 hits in 5 at bats, including a 3 run homer and a double. Alfredo Silverio also had a good game as he went 3 for 5 and stole 2 bases.
A – Josh Wall was very wild and allowed 12 base runners in 6 innings of work, but he was still good enough to pick up the win in the Great Lakes 10 to 2 victory. Wall ended up allowing 2 runs and struck out 4. Out of the bullpen, J.B. Paxson threw 2 innings of scoreless relief, and Steven Ames was perfect in his inning of work. On offense, Mario Songco, Jaime Ortiz, and J.T. Wise all notched 3 hits, and 6 different Loons had RBI’s. In addition, Brian Cavazos-Galvez stole his 29th base of the season.
Rookie Ogden – Sunday was not a great day for the Raptors as they lost 4 to 2 in Missoula. Starter Carlos Frias was mediocre for 5 innings, and the Ogden offense was pretty weak. Frias allowed 4 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) while striking out 4. At the plate, the Raptors only managed 5 singles and 1 double. Leon Landy continued his hitting streak with a single, but his multi-hit streak was stopped. In addition, Jonathan Garcia has yet to resurface. The only good news of the day was that Pete Budkevics, signed a few weeks ago as a non-drafted free agent, was solid during his 3 innings of relief. Budkevics has now pitched almost 10 innings in the young season, and has given up just 1 run while allowing a batting average against of .222.
Rookie Arizona – 2010 7th round pick Ryan Christenson continued to prove that he doesn’t belong in the Arizona Rookie League by throwing 5 dominant innings. By allowing just 2 hits and 1 run, Christenson actually saw his ERA rise to 0.61 through 14.2 innings. Despite Christenson’s strong performance, combined with rehabbing pitchers Cody White’s and Juan Perez’s perfect innings, the Dodgers anemic offense didn’t provide enough support and they lost 2 to 1. Marlon Urriola ended up with the loss when he allowed the go ahead run in the 9th. As mentioned, the Dodgers offense was terrible as they only managed 3 hits in this game. 2 of those hits, however, belonged to 2nd baseman Enlly Morales as he doubled twice and scored the Dodgers only run.
DSL – Off day