The Dodgers had their 2007 and 2008 first round picks pitching on Friday, as well as their 2009 2nd round pick. Withrow and Martin both had decent days, although each of them still have an ERA over 6. Garret Gould lowered his ERA to 1.50 despite allowing 2 unearned runs, but his start got suspended due to rain.
Other notes: Zach Lee had a MRI on his elbow after his last start because he complained about tightness in his right elbow after his last start, but there was no damage found and he'll make his next start in 10 to 15 days.
Aaron Miller is still on Chattanooga's DL, but I still have not heard anything about what his injury is and the Dodgers are not releasing any information at this time.
Shawn Tolleson has been promoted to HiA, while Steven Ames has moved up to AA. In addition pitcher Gustavo Gomez, a soon to be 20 year old who had a solid season last year in the Arizona Rookie League, has been added to the Great Lakes roster.
Minor League Player of the Day – Javier Solano - 3 IP, 5 K's, 1 ER, 2 Hits. Friday may have been the most uninspiring day in terms of prospect performances as nobody had an overwhelming day. Dee Gordon did pretty well and Scott Van Slyke had 3 singes, but that isn't anything out of the ordinary. Therefore I'm giving this award to reliever Javy Solano as he had his best outing of the year with 5 K's and 2 base runners allowed in 3 innings of work.
AAA – Dana Eveland threw 6 shutout innings despite just 1 strikeout as the Isotopes beat the Last Vegas 51's (Blue Jays) 8 to 3. Eveland allowed 10 base runners, but was able to limit the damage against him to record his 4th win of the year. Merkin Valdez gave up 3 runs in relief, but Ramon Troncoso and Travis Schlichting were perfect over the final 1.2 innings of the game to secure the victory. On offense, Dee Gordon collected 2 doubles in 5 at bats while recording 2 RBI's to raise his average to .307 for the season. Eugenio Valdez went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI's, while both John Lindsay and A.J. Ellis had 2 hits in 4 at bats.
AA – Chris Withrow threw pretty well and four different Lookout players had multi-hit games, but that wasn't enough as Chattanooga was not able to put away the Biscuits (Rays) in their 5 to 3 loss. Withrow lasted 5 innings and gave up just 4 hits, but he also walked 2 and gave up a couple of runs (while K'ing 3) which resulted in Chris picking up his fourth loss of the season. Justin Miller allowed a run in relief, and right when the Lookouts pulled within a run of the lead David Pfeiffer gave up 2 in the 8th to put the game out of reach. At the plate, Scott Van Slyke went 3 for 4 to raise his league leading average to .373, while Alfredo Silverio drove in 2 runs with a double and a single. Kyle Russell also went 2 for 4, and Jaime Pedroza hit his 2nd homer of the year in the 9th.
HiA – The fans who got to the ballpark late on Friday would have been sorry because 10 of the 12 runs scored in this game occurred in 1st inning, and Rancho Cucamonga ended up beating the 66ers (Angels) 8 to 4. The Quakes batted around in the opening frame and scored 7 runs, highlighted by Rafael Ynoa's 3 run homer (his 1st of the season). Ethan Martin allowed 3 runs of his own in the 1st, but then settled down and lasted through the 5th without any additional damage to pick up his 3rd win of the season. Martin finished the day with 4 hits allowed, 4 walks, and 6 K's. Javy Solano threw a season high 3 innings in relief and struck out 5 while giving up just a single run, and Andres Santiago pitched a perfect 9th to finish off the win. In addition to Ynoa's homer, Austin Gallagher helped the offense by crushing his 4th jack of the season, while Late Night Lemmerman went 2 for 4 and stole his first 2 bases of the year.
LoA – Friday night's game in Lansing was suspended in the 3rd inning due to heavy rain and lightning with the score tied at 2. The game will resume tomorrow evening as part of a double-header with the Lugnuts (Blue Jays). Prior to the rains, starting pitcher Garrett Gould had allowed 3 hits and 2 unearned runs in 2 innings while striking out 1. Jessie Bosnik had driven in both Great Lakes runs with a double.