Lambo first two professional seasons had given us all hope we had something special coming up the pike, but his subsequent performance had taken some of the luster off his prospect status. I'm going to miss him not being the slugging left fielder we envisioned, and the Lambo Field T-Shirts will now have to be shipped to Pittsburgh where hopefully they get a chance to use them.
As others here I found the 2nd trade pointless, Dotel has thrown nine innings in July, and to give up Lambo and McDonald for an expensive setup setup man seems like the high point of Ned's foolishness. Jimmy Mac may never be the starter we had hoped for, but he certainly could have been the setup setup guy this year.
You can now expect McDonald to flourish, and Lambo to go back to hitting and in 2011 we will wonder why we don't have these chips to trade for a real impact player instead of settling on the Pod's of the world.
AAA – Isotopes win 6 -5 behind the pitching of Bastardo/Troncoso, and the hitting of John Lindsey. Lindsey picked up four singles to raise his average to .347. Troncoso had his best game of the year tossing two perfect innings with three strikeouts.
AA – Lookouts lose 6 -1 as the offense takes another day off. Withrow did okay, that kind of defines his season, he's been either bad, or just okay. Julio noticed yesterday his biggest bugaboo this year is his command against LHH. Chris has walked 39 LHH in 47 innings contrasted to only 12 RHH in 50 innings. This has to be fixable or the type of pitches he is throwing to LHH, he simply can't command. So unless he solves this problem he's neither a reliever or starter. Jerry Sands came back with two hits after taking the collar yesterday. Dee Gordon is doing his best to reach the elite 50/50 club. 50 errors and 50 stolen bases. With his 32nd error the untouchable Gordon is well on his way to meeting that lofty goal.
Javier Solano was promoted to AA yesterday. At only 20, Solano is now the youngest player on the AA roster. With the way he carved up the Cal League hitters he should have little problem in AA.
High A – Van Slyke continues to pummel the Cal League, and he was finally re-joined by Tony Delmonico who DH'd instead of catching. They still lost 8 - 6 continuing to be one of the worse franchises in the minors, showing the huge gap of talent between AA and the Midwest League.
A – Loons win once again 2 - 1 as Josh Wall/Andrew Suitor/Vasquez combine to on a brilliant game. Blake Smith hit is 14th home run, and Cavazos-Galvez had three hits. Cavazos-Galvez ends up his torrid July with a TSL of .413/.420/.752. As impressive as hell as the batting average and the slugging average, ONE WALK in 109 at bats, is just begging for exploitation at the higher levels.
Rookie Ogden – As the Raptors start promoting the rotation to the Loons the pitchers stepping into the rotation are gettting hammered. The Raptors lost yesterday 8 - 4 as Antonio Castillo continues to get clubbed around. Leon Landry had two more hits giving him 42 for the month of July and a final TSL of .385/.420/.578.
Rookie Arizona – Rained Out