Dodgers 5/15/11 Minor League Report - Allen Webster Continues to Roll for Rancho

The Dodgers had two top pitching prospects throwing on Sunday, but only one looked the part as Rubby De La Rosa had his worst start of the year.

Minor League Player of the DayAllen Webster - 6 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 9 K's.  Even though Webster allowed his first earned runs since April 23rd, he was still the minor league player of the day on Sunday because he had yet another strong performance.  He had a season high 9 punch-outs to increase his strikeout rate to 10.3 K/9, and now has a FIP of 2.92 for the year.

AAA – It was the battle of rehabbing middle infielders in Tucson on Sunday as both Rafael Furcal and Orlando Hudson led off for their respective teams, but in the end it was Furcal and the Isotopes who prevailed as the Albuquerque beat Tucson (Padres) 10 to 5.  Furcal played 7 innings and went 1 for 4 with a double and a walk, although he also made his 2nd error in as many games.  Most of the offense came from minor league veterans as JD Closser, Damaso Espino, and Eugenio Velez combined to go 8 for 15 with 8 RBI's.  Trayvon Robinson also had a solid game as he went 3 for 5 with a double and 2 runs driven in.  Starter Alberto Bastardo wasn't great, but he did enough to get the Topes the win as he allowed 7 hits and 3 runs over 7 innings.  Jon Link threw the final 2 innings and luckily Albuquerque was already up big because he gave up 2 runs in relief.

AA – Rubby De La Rosa and the rest of the Chattanooga pitching staff was embarrassed on Sunday in a 13 to 1 loss to the Smokies (Cubs).  While Rubby only allowed 3 hits, he was uncharacteristically wild as he walked 7 batters in just 3.2 innings.  He ended up allowing 7 runs (5 earned) and striking out 3.  Joey Newby came in to relieve De La Rosa and wasn't any better, giving up 6 runs in 3.1 innings.  The only pitching highlight came from Josh Wall, who surprisingly was perfect for the final 2 innings while K'ing 3.  At the plate, Alfredo Silverio improved his average to .287 with a double and  his 6th triple of the season, and is riding a modest 7 game hitting streak.  Brian Cavazos-Galvez also went 2 for 3 with a double, while Scott Van Slyke had a single in 4 at bats.

HiA – The Quakes bullpen imploded on Sunday to spoil a solid performance from Allen Webster as Rancho Cucamonga lost to the High Desert Mavericks (Mariners) 10 to 4.  Webster wasn't as untouchable as he had been in his previous few starts, but he was still very good as Allen gave up just 5 hits and 2 earned runs over 6 innings while striking out a season high 9 batters.  Andy Suiter was the main one to blame out of the bullpen as he got pummeled in the 7th for 4 runs in just two-thirds of an inning.  Newest Quake John Housey, who was actually a member of the Mavericks just a few weeks ago before getting released, allowed 3 runs in the 8th against his former team to seal the loss.  Rancho only collected 4 hits on Sunday so nobody really stood out at the plate except for Blake Smith who went 2 for 4 with a double.

LoA – Postponed

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

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