The Dodger affiliates lost 3 out of 4 on Tuesday, but there were a couple of standout pitching performances that made the day exciting.
Minor League Player of the Day – Rubby De La Rosa - 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, 3 walks, 8 K's. It was a tough choice between Rubby and Allen Webster, but the fact that De La Rosa only allowed 2 hits in 7 innings put him over the top. His ERA has now dropped to 2.10, and his FIP is just as impressive at 2.15.
AAA – The Isotopes were shutout by the Las Vegas 51s (Blue Jays) 7 to 0 on Tuesday in what might have been the most boring minor league game of the year in terms of Dodger prospect news. Really the only interesting bit of information was that Dee Gordon was moved down to 9th in the lineup, and he was caught stealing after singling in the 3rd. Alberto Bastardo went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 earned), while Travis Schlichting gave up 2 runs in relief. Ramon Troncoso threw a shutout inning, but even then it wasn't pretty as he allowed 2 runners to reach base.
AA – Rubby De La Rosa had an outstanding start Tuesday morning, but an error on an attempted pick-off throw and a lack of offense doomed the Lookouts as they lost to the Biscuits (Rays) 2 to 1. De La Rosa allowed just 2 hits and struck out 8 in 7 innings, but he did walk 3 and was the one who made the error which allowed the unearned run to score. Alfredo Silverio was able to get Rubby off the hook for the loss when he singled in Brad Coon in the top of the 8th, but the celebration was short lived as reliever Cole St. Clair hit the first batter he saw in the bottom of the inning and allowed the winning run to score two batters later. The earned run was the first St. Clair had given up since April 17th, a string of 10.1 innings.
HiA – The Quakes scored 3 runs before an out was recorded in the first inning, and that's all that starting pitcher Allen Webster needed as Rancho Cucamonga defeated the 66ers (Angels) 3 to 1. Webster went 7 strong and allowed just 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 7. It was Allen's 5th straight win, and also the 5th time in a row that he's allowed 1 earned run or less. Jordan Roberts threw a shutout 8th, while Steven Ames continued to dominate by striking out the side for his 9th save. Angelo Songco accounted for all the Quakes' scores with his 3 run shot in the first inning. It was Songco's 3rd homer of the year, and his OPS is now above .900 for the season. Blake Smith doubled in the game, while Rafael Ynoa went 2 for 4.
LoA – The Loons got smacked around by the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 10 to 1 on Tuesday as they suffered their worst loss of the season since opening day. The good news, however, is that 4 of the runs were unearned and that most of the damage came against non-prospect relievers. Starter Derek Cone, who left the game after 4 innings, allowed just 3 hits and struck out 6. Nevertheless he was saddled with the loss because he gave up 2 early runs. Raul Burgos threw in relief and got himself into a mess in the 6th which resulted in 6 runs, while Robert Boothe also gave up a couple of runs. The final pitcher of the night was Shawn Tolleson, which is somewhat surprising given that he didn't pitch yesterday in save situation, yet threw today in in this blowout loss. It does make some sense, however, because there have been quite a few members of Dodger management visiting the Loons recently, so I'm guessing that one of them just got into town and wanted to see him pitch. Tolleson struck out the first two batters he faced, then actually allowed a couple of singles before getting the final batter to line out. The only solid offensive performance of the night came from Michael Pericht, who went 2 for 3 with a triple and a walk.