Dodgers 7/26/11 Minor League Report - Russ Mitchell's Late Bomb Wins it for the Isotopes

Russ Mitchell seems to be seeing the ball well as of late

It was another boring minor league day on Tuesday as only 4 Dodger teams were in action and there weren't really any standout performances.

Minor League Player of the DayRuss Mitchell - 2 for 5, 1 HR, 2 RBI's, 1 Run.  Mitchell's go ahead homer in the 9th stood out most among performances on Tuesday on a pretty slow day.  That being said, Mitchell has been hot as of late and as we get near the end of July, it should be noted that his OB% for the month is .430 while his OPS is 1.075.  His home/road splits are a little ugly, but at least this homer came on the road.

AAA Russ Mitchell's 2-run homer in the top of the 9th broke a 4 - 4 tie, and that proved to be the game winner as the Isotopes defeated the Storm Chasers (Royals) 6 to 4.  The bomb was Mitchell's second hit of the night, and over the past 10 games he is batting .444 with a 1.346 OPS.  Justin Sellers also had two base knocks in this game, while Jay Gibbons extended his hit streak to 9 games with a couple of singles.  Jerry Sands and Trayvon Robinson (2 K's) combined to go 1 for 9, although they each drove in a run.  Starter Randy Keisler kept his team in the game by allowing 4 runs (2 earned) over 7 innings, then his bullpen showed good stuff as Travis Schlichting got the win with a scoreless 8th and Jon Link picked up his 10th save with a shutout 9th.

AA – Lookouts managed just 5 hits on Tuesday, but they made them stand up as they forced the Generals (Mariners) to surrender with a 4 to 2 victoryHector Gimenez provided the big hit in this one as his 3-run bomb in the 6th gave his team the lead for good.  Alfredo Silverio drove in the other run, and reached base 3 times via a single and 2 walks.  Scott Van Slyke was on the other end of the spectrum as he struck out in all 3 at bats for the hat trick.  Chattanooga pitching was very solid throughout the game, and it started with Michael Antonini who tossed 6 innings and allowed just 2 runs (1 earned) to score.  Ethan Martin then struck out 4 batters over the next two innings while giving up just a single, and Josh Lindblom collected his 16th save to finish off the win.

HiA – Off day

LoA – Off day

Rookie Ogden – The Raptors lost to the Mustangs (Reds) again on Tuesday, although this time was the game was a lot closer as Ogden was defeated 8 to 7.  Starter Raydel Sanchez absorbed most of the hurt in this game as he allowed 7 runs on 7 hits over 6 innings.  He did strike out 8, however, and only walked 1.  Joel Lima gave up the final run in his 2.2 innings of relief.  The offense was paced by Charlie Mirabal and Matt Kirkland who both had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs, while Noel Cuevas's 5th homer of the year was the team's only extra base hit.  James Baldwin went 1 for 5 and stole his 11th base of the season.  .

Rookie Arizona – Off day

DSL – The Dominican Dodgers edged the Royals 4 to 3 on Tuesday despite getting outhit 10 to 5.  Both teams made 4 errors, which helps explain why the Dodgers were able to win with so few hits.  Greg Pena had the only offense performance worth mentioning as he went 2 for 3 with a couple of runs batted in.  Abdiel Velasquez started the game for the Dodgers but didn't fare too well as he gave up 8 hits in 4.2 innings which resulted in 3 runs.  Ricardo De La Rosa got the win in relief and Victor Araujo recorded the save with 2 hittless innings that included 3 K's.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Ogden Raptors Box Score (Rookie)

Dominican Dodgers Box Score (DSL)

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