The Dodger minor league affiliates split the day on Friday with 2 wins and 2 losses. Trayvon Robinson again had a great day, while Chattanooga's bullpen proved to be dominant once again.
Minor League Player of the Day – Trayvon Robinson - 4 for 4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 singles, 1 RBI, 2 Runs. Robinson went 3 for 3 and fell a double shy of the cycle on Thursday, then one-uped himself with a 4 for 4 performance on Friday night and was missing just the triple. That's 7 straight hits for those keeping track at home. Overall, Robinson now has a .347 average, .407 OPS, and 1.020 OPS.
AAA – The Isotopes were down 7 to 2 early in the game, but the offense fought back and the bullpen did its job as Albuquerque edged the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 8 to 7. Starting pitcher Francisco Felix allowed 7 runs by the 3rd inning, but settled down and made it through the 6th without any additional damage. Wilkin De La Rosa pitched the 7th and 8th and walked 3, but he didn't allow a hit or a run. Scott Elbert then threw a perfect 9th to record his 2nd save of the year. It was the Topes offense, however, that made Friday's win possible. One day after falling a double shy of the cycle, Trayvon Robinson again fell just one hit short. He went 4 for 4 with a homer, double, and two singles, and apparently his homer went over the 428 ft sign in center. Jamie Hoffmann also had a big night with 2 more homers, while Corey Smith also knocked one out of the park and doubled.
AA – The Lookouts pitching was outstanding on Friday as Chattanooga defeated the Mississippi Brakes 3 to 1. Joey Newby got his 2nd start of the year in place of the injured Chris Withrow (I still haven't heard why Withrow is on the DL) and did very well, allowing just 5 hits and 1 run in 5 innings of work. The bullpen took over the in the 6th, and the three headed monster of Cole St. Clair, Javy Guerra, and Josh Lindblom shut down the Braves over the 4 innings. St. Clair was perfect for 2 frames and struck out a pair (0.57 ERA), Guerra allowed a hit and struck out 1 in an inning of work (0.61 ERA), and Lindblom picked up his 4th save with a hitless 9th (2.70 ERA). The Lookouts didn't get a lot of offensive in this game, but luckily RBI doubles by Kyle Russell and Alfredo Silverio were enough to get the win.
HiA – The Quakes 4 game winning streak finally came to an end on Friday night as Rancho Cucamonga lost to the High Desert Mavericks (Mariners) 4 to 1. After scoring 35 runs over the previous 3 games, the Quakes offense was limited to just 1 run on 5 hits. The lone run came on Angelo Songco's 2nd homer of the season, who also picked up an outfield assist by throwing out a runner at 3rd base. After a slow start, Songco has been heating up as of late and is hitting .419 over his last 10 games. Jon Michael Redding was the starting pitcher in this game and did OK, allowing 8 hits and 3 runs over 6 innings while striking out 7. Javier Solano threw a couple of innings as well and struck out 4, although he did give up 2 hits and a run.
LoA – Jonathan Garcia hit his 8th homer of the season early in the game for Great Lakes, but it wasn't enough as the Whitecaps (Tigers) drowned the Loons 6 to 4. In addition to his jack, Garcia had two singles and scored a couple of runs to finish the night 3 for 4. The only other Loon with a multi-hit game on the night was 1st baseman Chris Henderson who went 2 for 4 with a double. Starting pitcher Tim Sexton threw 8 innings in this game, which would usually mean that he had a successful outing. However Sexton allowed 10 hits and 6 runs, including two homers, and picked up the loss despite 8 K's. Logan Bawcom pitched the final inning and was perfect, striking out 2.