With less than 2 weeks before the 2010 Draft signing deadline, former LSU players Leon Landry and Blake Dean are apparently trying to convince our #1 pick Zach Lee that minor league baseball is better than going to LSU. They both had big games on Tuesday, and hopefully their performances will get Lee's attention. One thing the Dodgers should do is promote Landry to Lo-A because maybe that will show Lee that the Dodgers are willing to promote quickly, and possibly that will entice him to sign.
AAA – Playing a morning game in New Orleans, the Isotopes were defeated by the Zephyrs 8 to 3. Starter Seth Etherton got pounded for 11 hits in 6 innings, and while he only ended up allowing 4 earned runs, the deficit was just too much for Albuquerque to overcome. Jesus Rodriguez also got rocked later in the game for 3 runs in his inning of work. The offense scattered 11 hits, but the only prospect to do anything of note was Jamie Hoffmann, who went 3 for 5 with a double and a RBI.
AA – Starter Tim Sexton got smacked around for 8 runs in 2.1 innings and the Lookouts went on to lose to the Diamond Jaxx 12 to 5. Mario Alvarez wasn’t any better out of the bullpen, but Javier Solano did throw 2 shutout innings of 1 hit ball so that’s good news. Other good news is that Chattanooga had 13 hits, including 3 by Trayvon Robinson. Jerry Sands went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple, and stole his 17th base of the year (3rd in AA).
High A – The 66ers battled back after being down early, but the rally fell just short in their 9 to 8 loss due to a costly base running blunder. Will Savage allowed 11 hits and 5 runs in 4.2 innings, and Robert Boothe was even worse. Geison Aguasviva, however, threw the final 3 innings of the game and gave up just 2 hits and 1 unearned run. At the dish, Austin Gallagher had a huge game with 5 RBI’s via a homer and a double. Gallagher could have also cost Inland Empire the game, though, because instead of scoring from 2nd to tie the game in the 9th on Silverio’s single, he let the batted ball hit him and was obviously called out. Reed Johnson went 2 for 3 in the 2nd game of his rehab stint.
A – Recently promoted Greg Wilborn made his first start for the Loons, and he fared well enough to pick up the win in the Great Lakes 7 to 6 victory. With the win, the Loons improved to a remarkable 72 and 34 for the season. Wilborn went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs with 6 K’s. The next month of the season will be a big test for Wilborn as the 23 year old needs to prove he can succeed against tougher competition. Handed a 2 run lead, Steven Ames made things interesting by allowing a run in the 9th, but he was able to nail down the save by striking out the final batter of the game. J.T. Wise, who went 4 for 4 yesterday, had 3 hits in 5 at bats today and tied a Loons record with hits in 7 consecutive at bats. Mario Songco went 2 for 5 with a couple of RBI’s, and Nick Buss was a perfect 3 for 3 with 3 runs batted in.
Rookie Ogden – There was an offensive explosion in Ogden on Tuesday, and the Raptors came out on top 14 to 11. Several players had good games at the plate, and the former LSU teammates led the way with 8 hits. Leon Landry had 3 extra base hits including a homer, and Blake Dean went 5 for 6 (although 4 of his hits were singles). Bobby Coyle also homered and knocked in 3 runs. The Raptors pitching staff obviously didn’t have a great game, and the biggest disappointment was Luis Ferreras allowing 4 runs without recording an out. When it was all said and done, however, Shawn Tolleson came away with another save after a perfect 9th inning.
Rookie Arizona – Off day
DSL – The Dodgers got a very strong pitching performance out of 19 year old Giordanny Chavez, and were able to pull out a 9 to 3 win. Chavez lowered his season ERA to 2.25 by allowing just 3 hits and no earned runs in 5 innings while striking out 5. Despite scoring 9 runs the Dodgers offense only scattered 7 singles among 7 different players, however Jose Ramirez did have a strong game with 3 RBI’s.