The Dodger minor league affiliates played an early schedule on Monday, and were able to pull out three one-run victories. While there weren't any eye popping prospect performances, a few players had solid days at the plate.
Minor League Player of the Day – Alfredo Silverio - 3 for 5, 1 HR, 2 RBI's, 1 run. Silverio had been slumping thus far in May, recording just 1 extra base hit since April 29th. So while this shouldn't be considered a breakout performance for Silverio, this was hopefully the big day at the plate that he needed.
AAA – Tim Redding had one of his best starts of the year and the Albuquerque offense unleashed a 13 hit attack as the Isotopes defeated the Redbirds (Cardinals) 4 to 3 on Monday afternoon. Redding allowed 3 total runs in this game, but 2 of the runs were unearned as Corey Smith made a throwing error from 3rd and Trayvon Robinson misplayed a wind blown ball in center field. Tim struck out 8 which was his highest total of the season. Following Redding was Wilkin De La Rosa, who threw 2 perfect innings and notched his 2nd win in 3 appearances. Scott Elbert closed out the game for his 3rd save, striking out two after allowing a leadoff single. At the plate, the first two batters in the Isotopes lineup of Dee Gordon and Eugenio Velez, who could quite possibly be the skinniest 1 - 2 combination in all of baseball, combined for 5 hits although they didn't record any RBI's and scored just 1 run. John Lindsay hit his first homer of the year, a booming blast to center field which cleared the 428 ft sign with ease, while Corey Smith went 2 for 4 with an RBI to make up for his error at 3rd base. Trayvon Robinson also homered, his 7th of the year, and doubled to raise his average to .336 for the season.
AA – Last week on May 4th the Lookouts played a double header in which both Rubby De La Rosa and Nathan Eovaldi pitched, so either one was on track to start today. However Mario Alvarez got the spot start apparently to give both young pitchers some additional rest, and he was adequate to the point where Chattanooga was able to get by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays) 6 to 5. Alvarez allowed 8 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) in 4 innings, then Justin Miller and David Pfeiffer combined for 3.2 shutout innings of relief. Javy Guerra allowed a run in the bottom of the 9th on a solo homer as the Biscuits cut the lead to one, but Guerra was able to get the last few outs to preserve the win. On offense Alfredo Silverio went 3 for 5 with a homer and 2 RBI's to pace the team. Scott Van Slyke also drove in a couple of runs, while Pedro Baez had an RBI double in 5 at bats.
HiA – Off day
LoA – The Loons and Hot Rods played an early morning game on Monday (7:35 AM PST), so it wasn't surprising that both offenses were still mostly asleep and combined for just 3 total runs as Great Lakes edged Bowling Green (Rays) 2 to 1. Starter Red Patterson lasted 5 innings to pick up the win, allowing just 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 4. Andrew Pevsner, who was making his 2011 debut, pitched two innings of shutout relief while recording 3 K's. Pete Budkevics threw the final two frames and gave up just 1 hit as he collected his 2nd save of the season. It was noted during the broadcast that prior to the game, Loons manager John Shoemaker had made the decision that Shawn Tolleson wasn't going to pitch, so that is why he didn't appear in this game. It was also noted that the decision wasn't due to an injury to Tolleson, so it makes me wonder if there is a promotion in the works, or if the team is waiting for someone from the Dodgers upper management to get to Michigan to watch him throw in person tomorrow night. Getting back to the game, the Great Lakes offense managed just 6 hits in this game, but obviously that was enough for 2 runs and the win. Second baseman Casio Grider hit his first homer of the season to put his team on the board in the 1st inning, while catcher Steve Domecus went 2 for 3 with a run scored and stolen base (although he left the game early after an awkward slide into 2nd base).