Dodger minor league teams split the day with 3 wins and 3 losses. There were a couple high scoring games, and as expected James Baldwin returned to the lineup.
Minor League Player of the Day – Dee Gordon - 4 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI's, 3 Runs, 1 SB. Gordon has been outstanding since returning to AAA about a month ago, hitting .412 in 4 games in June and .388 so far in July. It was his 3rd straight multi-hit game, and also his 3rd straight game with an extra base hit.
AAA – The Isotopes scored early and often, then held off a late rally by the Zephyrs as Albuquerque outlasted New Orleans (Marlins) 11 to 10. Only 3 of the 15 hits on offense went for extra bases as the Topes singled their opponent to death. Dee Gordon led the way with 4 hits (including a double), 3 runs, 2 RBI's, and a stolen base. He continues to dominate in the month of July as he is hitting .388 with 8 SB's and a .975 OPS. Ivan De Jesus connected on 3 base knocks to give him his 2nd 3-hit game in 3 days, and Justin Sellers went 2 for 4 with his 11th homer of the season. Newcomer Mike Parisi started the game and got the win despite allowing 5 runs in 5 innings. No other pitchers did anything of note.
AA – The Lookout offense had a very boring night in terms of stats, but they still put together a late rally and defeated the Stars (Brewers) 5 to 4. Chattanooga had just 7 hits in this game, and only one went for extra bases, but they were still able to tie the game with 4 in the 8th, then pull ahead in the 9th on a solo homer by Elian Herrera. Hector Gimenez and Kyle Russell split the other 4 RBI's between them. Allen Webster had another shaky start as he gave up 8 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings for the second straight outing. He did limit the damage against him, however, as he allowed just 3 runs (1 earned). Javy Solano kept his AA ERA at zero by not allowing an earned run over 2 innings, then Shawn Tolleson picked up the win with 2 shutout frames while striking out 3.
HiA – The Quakes were involved in a high scoring affair at home on Saturday, and when the dust settled it was Rancho who walked away with a 12 to 9 win over Inland Empire (Angels). Every player in the Quakes lineup had a hit, and Austin Gallagher, Angelo Songco, and Preston Mattingly all cranked one out of the park. The homers resulted in 2 RBI's each for Gallagher and Songco, while Preston drove in 4 runs on the night. Jake Lemmerman also had a couple of runs batted in, while JT Wise went 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored. Arismendy Ozoria got the start and was the second Dodger minor leaguer of the day to collect the win despite allowing 5 runs in 5 innings. The only reliever worth mentioning is Logan Bawcom who picked up his 3rd save in HiA.
LoA – The Loons got down early and ended up losing to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) 8 to 6. Starter Ryan Christenson got crushed and had a game full of 7's as he allowed 7 runs on 7 hits and picked up the loss to fall to 7 and 7 for the year. Reliever John Housey picked up the slake as he gave up just 2 hits over the next 5 frames, and Andrew Pevsner finished the loss with 2 hitless innings. The Great Lakes offense was led by Bobby Coyle who went 3 for 5 with a double and a RBI. Michael Pericht and birthday boy Jessie Bosnik also contributed as they both homered for the Loons.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors fell to the Voyagers (White Sox) 10 to 3 in a game that saw the return of James Baldwin. Baldwin showed signs of rust as he went 0 for 3, and the rest of the offense mostly followed suit as they scored just 3 runs. A few Ogden players had decent games, however, as Charlie Mirabal went 3 for 4 with a double, Joc Pederson connected on a single and a double, and Scott Woodward hit his 2nd homer of the season. Brandon Martinez had by far his worst start of the season as he allowed 6 runs on 8 hits while striking out just in 4.1 innings. Adam Dedeaux also stuggled in relief as he gave up the other 4 runs of the game.
Rookie Arizona – Not much happened in this game as the Arizona Dodgers lost to the Giants 2 to 1. Luis Mesa started the game and allowed 1 run on 4 hits, although he lasted just 3 innings. His relievers also did pretty well, with the most interesting performance coming from converted outfielder Chance Gilmore who tossed a shutout inning that featured 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. The only offensive highlights were a double by Gianison Rosa and a couple of hits by Bladimir Franco.
DSL – Off day