3 teams were off for their All Star Break, but I included notes about how Dodger players performed in the All Star Games played on Tuesday. Also, the Arizona Rookie League started its season on Tuesday, and the Arizona Dodgers started the year with a win.
Minor League Player of the Day – Scott Schebler - 3 for 6, 1 HR, 3 RBI's, 3 Runs. There were a ton of solid performances on Tuesday, and this award could have gone to several different players. I went with Schebler, however, because he crushed his 2nd homer in as many days, and his hitting .500 with 7 RBI's already this season. So far so good for the breakout candidate.
AAA – The Isotopes pounded out 11 runs on 17 hits on Tuesday as they dominated the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros) 11 to 4. Jamie Hoffmann and Corey Smith both homered and had a couple of RBI's, while Trayvon Robinson amazingly reached base in all 5 plate appearances, going 2 for 2 with a double and 3 walks. Not to be forgotten are veterans JD Closser and Eugenio Velez who both had 3 hits and 2 RBI's. Jonathan Broxton started this game on a rehab assignment and allowed a hit, a walk, and a run in one inning of work, but it was Randy Keisler who stole the spotlight with 10 K's in 6 shutout innings with just 4 hits allowed.
AA – Scott Van Slyke was one of the players on the North Division All Star Team to lead his team to a 6 - 3 victory over the South Division in the Southern League All Star Game. Van Slyke went 2 for 4 with a double, a RBI, and 2 runs scored as he played the whole game at 1st base. He was also awarded the games MVP award for his efforts. Kyle Russell played some right field and got a couple of at bats, but he went 0 for 2. Four Lookout pitchers threw in this game, and they combined for 2.2 hitless innings. Will Savage had a perfect 2nd inning, then Nate Eovaldi threw part of the 5th and picked up a K. Michael Antonini and Cole St. Clair tag-teamed the 7th inning and again were perfect.
HiA – The California League All Stars downed the Carolina League All Stars 6 to 1 on Tuesday and got 2 RBI's from Quake players. Jake Lemmerman had the best game of the 3 Rancho Cucamonga All Stars as he went 1 for 3 with a RBI double and a run scored. Angelo Songo went 0 for 1, but he did have a sac fly. Griff Erickson also went 0 for 1, but he reached base on walk and started the game behind the plate.
LoA – The Midwest East Division All Star team lost to the West team 8 to 3, but it wasn't the fault of any Great Lakes players. Three Loons made the East team, all pitchers, and each of them had scoreless outings. Garrett Gould threw the 2nd inning and struck out 2 while allowing a hit. Later in the game Red Patterson and Ryan Christenson combined to get all 3 outs in the 5th inning, and were perfect.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors put on another offensive show on Tuesday as they again crushed the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals), this time with a 12 to 4 score. Several players had big games at the plate, although Scott Schelber hit the only home run of the game. The bomb was already Schelber's 2nd of the season, and he added a couple of singles to go 3 for 6 in total. The recently demoted Joc Pederson seems to have already found his stroke in the Pioneer League as he went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI's, and a couple of walks. Catcher Jan Vazquez also connected on a couple of doubles and scored 3 runs. Brandon Martinez was on the mound for Ogden and had a decent outing for the Raptors. He lasted 5 innings and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, but only 2 runs were earned. Steve Matre had a strong game out of the bullpen as he struck out 4 in 2 shutout innings, and Carlos De Aza was also solid with 2 innings of 1-hit ball.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers started their season off on the right foot with a 9 to 6 win over the Brewers. Ronny Lugo was the surprising player to lead his team at the plate as he went 3 for 4 with 2 triples and 3 RBI's. Jose Capellan, his DSL teammate from 2010, also had a big US debut with a couple of hits and 4 RBI's. In addition, 2011 2nd round pick Alex Santana started his Dodger career with a bang as he had a single and a triple of his own in his first professional game. The starting pitcher for the Dodgers was Luis Mesa, who allowed 5 hits and 3 runs in 4 innings. Andy Suiter must be doing some rehab work as he threw 2 innings of hitless relief, then Bolivar Medina struggled through the 9th but finally got the 3 outs needed to end the game.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers got shut out by the Rays 5 to 0 on just 4 hits. The only offensive highlight was Faustino Oguisten going 2 for 3 with a double. The Dodger pitching was pretty average with the exception of reliever Sawil Gonzalez who did not allow a hit in 3 innings of work.