Rubby wasn’t the only De La Rosa to have a good game on Wednesday. Ricardo De La Rosa also had a strong effort for the DSL Dodgers…could it be Rubby’s brother?
AAA – The Isotopes lost to Fresno on Wednesday 7 to 6 thanks to a poor pitching performance by Tim Corcoran. Jon Link and Travis Schlichting were also sloppy in relief even though they only combined to allow 1 run over 3.1 innings. The offense was actually pretty good, including Xavier Paul’s 3 for 4 effort. Justin Sellers also hit his 8th homer of the season, his 6th at home, which is significant because Sellers has no power to speak of, so it shows how much of a hitters' park The Lab is.
AA – Rubby De La Rosa proved to be human, but he was still very impressive as he allowed just 1 earned run in 7 innings while striking out 7. His AA ERA now stands at 0.36 through 25 innings, and he has a .188 batting average against. The Lookouts ended up winning the game in extra innings behind strong relief and a 3 run outburst in the 10th frame. James Adkins, Javy Guerra, and newest relief convert Mario Alvarez allowed just 2 hits over the final three innings. Dee Gordon had his 4th consecutive multi-hit game and Trayvon Robinson had a big RBI double in the 10th, but Sands and Kyle Russell combined to go 0 for 9. Sands is now hitting .258 with the Lookouts…how dare he?
High A – Ethan Martin sailed through 5 innings, but the 3 runs he allowed in the 6th were enough to saddle him with the loss because the 66ers offense is…well the 66ers offense. Martin ended up allowing 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5 in what was sadly his best start since the 8 shutout innings he threw on July 5th. Geison Aguasviva was solid for 2.1 innings of work, allowing just 1 hit, and brought his ERA down below 4 for the season. As mentioned, Inland Empire sucked at the plate, scratching out just 8 singles. I guess you can say Ramon Jean lead the team as he went 2 for 3.
A – Matt Magill only allowed 3 hits over 7 innings, but he also walked 3 and ended up giving 4 runs in the Loons’ 4 to 3 defeat. In addition, Magill only struck out 4. Despite the loss, the player of the game was definitely Blake Smith who 3 for 4 with 2 homers and a double. The only other Loon player with hits were Rafael Ynoa and Jaime Ortiz.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors were outhit 23 to 9 in this game and ended up losing 13 – 8. Antonio Castillo, Andrew Pevsner, and Logan Bawcom combined to allow 22 of the hits and 12 of the runs. Only Jake McCarter escaped relatively unscathed. At the plate, Jake Lemmerman and Pedro Guerrero homered, and Chris Henderson went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. Nick Akins also continued to rake, reaching base 4 times in 5 plate appearances and knocking in 2 runs with a double.
Rookie Arizona – Apparently Charlie Haeger suffered some sort of an injury because he was back in Arizona making the start for the Dodgers on Wednesday. He was actually very good, striking out 4 batters in 2 perfect innings. Gustavo Gomez picked up in relief and was also solid, as was winning pitcher Andres Santiago. In total, the pitching allowed just 4 hits, although that was more than the 3 hits the Dodgers got on offense. Somehow the Dodgers still pulled out a 2 to 1 win thanks to a homer by Bladimir Franco and a walk off single by Enlly Morales.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers continued their pitching dominance on Wednesday with a 2 hit shutout over the Astros. The contributors this time were Luis Mesa (1 hit allowed in 6 innings of work) and Irvit Mendez (1 hit allowed in 3 innings). The hits on offense were spread among several players, although outfielder Ricardo De La Rosa stood out by going 2 for 3 with an RBI. I wonder if this is Rubby’s brother? Both Rubby and Ricardo are from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, so I’m guessing it is possible?