Red Patterson, Rubby De La Rosa, and Allen Webster all had solid performances on the mound, and Dodger affiliates won 3 out of 5 games on Wednesday.
Minor League Player of the Day – Red Patterson - 7 IP, Win, 4 hits, 0 Walks, 6 K's. There were several impressive pitching performances on Wednesday, but Patterson got this award because of his ability to be efficient and effective. He faced just 22 batters in 7 innings, didn't walk a batter, and won the game for the Loons.
AAA – The Omaha Storm Chasers showered Albuquerque with 19 hits as they defeated the Isotopes 11 to 4 on Wednesday. It was an overall poor night for Topes pitching staff as 4 different pitchers allowed at least 2 runs. Starter Tim Redding allowed 8 hits and 4 runs in 6 innings, although all of his runs were unearned. Jon Link gave up 3 runs in relief, while Jon Huber and Ramon Troncoso were knocked around for 2 scores each. The Albuquerque offense was shutout for 6 innings before scoring a few runs in the final 3 innings. Jamie Hoffmann went 2 for 3 with his 4th homer of the year in the 9th, and Corey Smith's double was the only other extra base hit for the home team.
AA Game 1 – Rubby De La Rosa was his dominate self in the 1st game of Chattanooga's double-header on Wednesday, but the newest member of the Lookouts had some trouble on the mound in relief and the offense was still asleep in this game as the home team lost to the Mississippi Braves 3 to 1. De La Rosa threw 6 innings of the shortened game and allowed just 3 hits and a walk while ringing up 7 batters. He threw 98 pitches in the process, and gave way to Kenley Jansen in the 7th. Jansen, who was presumably working on his secondary pitches, struck out 2 in his inning of work, but allowed a single and a walk before giving up a 3 run homer. Not the type of outing he was hoping for I'm sure, especially since the 3 runs allowed are already half the total he gave up in 27 AA innings last year, but hopefully he gained something from the appearance. The Chattanooga offense had just 2 hits in this game, and their only run scored when Brian Cavazos-Galvez doubled in Scott Van Slyke (who had walked) in the final inning.
AA Game 2 – Game 2 of the Lookouts double-header was supposed to last only 7 innings, but a tie game forced extra frames and Chattanooga ended up winning the game 7 to 6 in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off single by Alfredo Silverio. Nathan Eovaldi was the starter for the Lookouts and was excellent through 5 shutout innings, striking out 6 and allowing just 2 men to reach base. Things unraveled for Eovaldi in the 6th, however, and he ended up with 4 earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. Cole St. Clair came in from the bullpen and allowed an inherited run to score but got out of the 6th inning jam, then Josh Lindblom blew the save in the bottom of the 7th when he allowed a solo homer. In extras Lindblom threw a scoreless frame, then Javy Guerra threw 2 perfect innings to secure the win and split for the Lookouts. Guerra has now tied St. Clair in terms of ERA (0.66) as they both have given up just 1 earned run in 13.2 innings. Javy's batting average against of .116 is slightly more impressive than Cole's rate of .167. At the plate, Silverio was obviously the hero due to his walk-off hit, but Scott Van Slyke also had a good day as he went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's. Pedro Baez had a double and drove in a couple of runs as well in 5 plate appearances, but struck out twice.
HiA – The Quakes gave starting pitcher Allen Webster plenty of support Wednesday night as Rancho Cucamonga grounded the JetHawks 10 to 1. Webster went 5 strong as he allowed 4 hits and struck out 7 without giving up a run. He's just one of many Dodger starting pitching prospects to get off to a great start to his 2011 season. Andres Santiago was also impressive in relief, striking out 5 batters in 3 innings. Several Rancho batters had solid nights, although nobody really stole the show. Tony Delmonico went 2 for 5 with a double, while Ramon Jean hit his first homer of the season from the leadoff spot. Jake Lemmerman and Griff Erickson had two hits each, and Rafael Ynoa had 3 hits but is still just batting .205 for the year.
LoA – Red Patterson threw 7 shutout innings and faced just one batter over the minimum as the Loons blanked the West Michigan White Caps (Tigers) 4 to 0 on Wednesday in the first match of a 9 game homestand. Patterson allowed 4 hits and didn't walk a batter, and also induced a couple of double plays to stay as efficient as possible. Pete Budkevics threw the final 2 innings of the game to preserve the shutout. Leon Landry and Christian Lara, who both had triples, recorded the only extra base hits of the game, but Blake Dean drove in 3 of the runs with a couple of singles. Jonathan Garcia picked up the other RBI with two singles of his own.