The Dodgers won 4 out of 7 games on Wednesday, but unfortunately there weren't really any overwhelming prospect performances. In other news, 2011 33rd round pick Malcolm Holland has signed with the Dodgers for $160K.
Minor League Player of the Day – Jordan Roberts - 4 IP, 0 Runs, 1 hit, 5 K's. This may be a surprising pick, but Roberts had a solid game on Wednesday and nobody else really stood out. Jordan has had an ERA under 3 for each of the past 3 seasons as he's climbed through the ranks, but unfortunately the 2008 28th round pick is already 25 years old.
AAA – Off day
AA Game 1 – The Lookouts got off to a good start in the first game of their double-header as they defeated the Jackson Generals (Mariners) 3 to 1. Starter Allen Webster was a bit wild, but overall he threw very well as he allowed just 3 hits and 1 run over 5.1 innings while striking out 5. Scott Rice got the final two out of the 6th, then Josh Lindblom threw a perfect 7th inning to pick up the save in the shortened game. Chattanooga's offense was somewhat limited in this game as Hector Gimenez's double was the only extra base hit of the game. The other 5 singles were split evenly between five players.
AA Game 2 – Chattanooga was down heading into the final inning, but a pinch hit grand slam by Travis Denker helped the Lookouts sweep the Generals (Mariners) in the double-header with a 8 to 5 victory. In addition to Denker's big blast, Scott Van Slyke had a couple of doubles to give him a league leading 27 for the year. Alfredo Silvero also doubled, as did Brad Coon in route to 2 RBI's. Nate Eovaldi started this game and needed 103 pitches to get through 5 innings as he allowed 8 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs. He did strike out 7, however, which also contributed to the high pitch count. Josh Wall allowed his first run in a while but was able to collect the win, while Shawn Tolleson picked up the save with a hitless inning.
HiA – The Quakes fell victim to a walk-off home run on Wednesday as they lost to the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) 7 to 6. Starter Matt Magill had a rough game as he allowed 6 hits (2 homers) and 6 runs in just 4 innings of work. Jordan Roberts was excellent out of the bullpen as he faced the minimum through 4 innings and struck out 5, then Steve Smith entered the game in the 9th with the game tied and he is the one who allowed the walk-off bomb. Rancho had 12 hits in this game, but none went for extra bases. Jake Lemmerman had 2 of the singles and collected a couple of RBI's, while Austin Gallagher went 2 for 3. Rafael Furcal also had 2 hits as the DH in this game, and scored 3 runs.
LoA – The Loons clubbed 3 homers on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough as Great Lakes lost to the Hot Rods (Rays) 4 to 3. Zach Lee started this game and got off to a rough start as the first 3 batters of the game reached base and all scored, but from there he settled down nicely and ended up allowing just 5 hits and 2 earned runs through 5 innings. He also struck out 5 and walked only 1. Once Lee left, his bullpen was great as Ryan Acosta, Andrew Pevsner, and Logan Bawcom did not give up a run over the final 4 innings. Their effort wasn't enough, however, as the Loons' also didn't score after the 4th inning. Chris Jacobs had the big night for Great Lakes as he went 3 for 4 with a homer and a double. Blake Dean and Chris Henderson hit the other homers, while Jonathan Garcia doubled.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors beat the Owls (Angels) 8 to 6 with a solid team effort. Big Chris Handke started the game and only allowed 2 hits in 3 innings, but he was very wild and gave up 3 runs. Kazuki Nishijima followed with 3 innings of his own and allowed a couple of runs, and then Steven Matre gave up 1 score in two frames. Mike Drowne threw the 9th and recorded his first save of the year with a perfect inning. On offense, catcher Andrew Edge led the way with a homer, a triple, and 3 RBI's. Scott Woodward collected a pair of doubles, and Scott Schebler went 2 for 5 with a two-bagger and a couple of runs batted in. James Baldwin extended his hitting streak with single and also stole 2 bases to give him 7 for the season.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers scored 11 runs on 11 hits on Wednesday in route to a 11 - 2 victory over the D-backs. Derek Cone started for the Dodgers and allowed 1 run on 5 hits over 4 innings, and he was followed by a whole slew of relievers who will remain nameless at this time. At the plate, Jesus Valdez went 2 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI's, while 2011 49th round pick JJ Ethel made his debut by going 3 for 3 with a couple of runs batted in.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers lost to the Pirates 3 to 2 despite a solid pitching performance from Jackson Mateo. Mateo allowed just 1 hit over 5 innings to lower his ERA to 1.42, although he also only struck out 1. Fellow 18 year old Abdiel Velasquez was not as strong, however, and he picked up the loss. Henry Heredia went 2 for 4 with a couple of doubles, while Faustino Oguisten also had a couple of hits.