I can't remember the last time two Dodger minor league pitchers threw complete game shutouts on the same day, but that is exactly what happened on Thursday as Allen Webster and Dana Eveland both threw gems. There were also several solid offensive performances which made this a good day for the Dodger minor league teams.
Minor League Player of the Day – Dana Eveland - 9 IP, 0 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 BB, 6 K's. I don't take prospect status into consideration for this award, so the minor league player of the day goes to Eveland because he had a "better" complete game shutout when compared to Allen Webster. Eveland only allowed 3 hits and has a 2.55 ERA in his last 10 games.
AAA – This game was billed as a pitchers duel as 2 of the top 3 Pacific Coast League ERA leaders were on the mound, and it lived up to expectations as the Isotopes edged the Storm Chasers (Royals) 2 to 0. The game only featured 7 total hits, and Tope starter Dana Eveland proved to be the better hurler as the tossed 9 shutout innings. He only allowed 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6 to give him a league leading 11 wins. Will he be in a Dodger uniform for his next start? The Albuquerque offense was anemic at best, although they managed to do enough to get the win. Ivan De Jesus recorded a double and had an RBI, while Justin Sellers drove in the other run with a single. Jerry Sands and Trayvon Robinson each went 0 for 4 with 3 K's.
AA – Starter Allen Webster made it 2 for 2 in Dodger minor league complete game shutouts as the Lookouts blanked the Generals (Mariners) 10 to 0. Webster allowed 7 hits in his 9 innings of work, and had 7 strikeouts against just 1 walk. The gem lowered Webster's ERA to 3.31 while in AA. The Chattanooga offense was just as good as the pitching is this game as the Lookouts crushed 4 homers. Travis Denker had two of the bombs (both solo homers), while Jaime Pedroza also took one deep. Scott Van Slyke's 3-run shot was the big blow, although his offensive performance was rivaled by Ivan Ochoa who had 4 hits. Alfredo Silverio and Brian Cavazos-Galvez each had 2 hits apiece.
HiA – Casey Blake went 0 for 4 in his rehab appearance, but the Quakes still managed to calm the Storm (Padres) with a 7 to 3 victory. Angelo Songco led the way with a his 21st homer, a double, and 3 RBI's, while Rafael Ynoa went 4 for 4 with a two-bagger and 2 RBI's. Rancho starter Arismendy Ozoria didn't record a single strikeout in his 5 innings of work and allowed 8 hits, but he gave up just 3 runs and picked up the win. Carlos Frias tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief, then Logan Bawcom recorded his 4th California League save.
LoA – The Loons managed just 6 singles in this one as they lost to the Silver Hawks (Dbacks) 3 to 2. Leon Landry had 2 of Great Lakes hits, and Michael Pericht collected the only RBI. Starter Angel Sanchez wasn't bad, but he wasn't sharp either as he allowed 6 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs over 4 innings. His relievers on the other hand were very good, including Scott McGough who struck out 2 in another shutout inning.
Rookie Ogden – Off day
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers defeated the Padres 13 to 2 on Thursday in another afternoon game under the desert sun. You'd think that there was an offensive explosion in a game that featured 13 runs, but the Dodgers actually only had 2 doubles and 7 singles. Stefan Jarrin had the best game of his young career as he went 2 for 2 with a double and 3 RBI's, while Devon Ethier had the other 2-bagger and drove in 2. Starter Luis Mesa tossed a very good game as he allowed just 2 hits over 6 shutout frames with 4 K's. Francisco Villa was the only blemish out of the bullpen as he allowed both runs on 4 hits in his inning of work.
DSL – The Dodgers and Pirates fought four 10 innings, but at the end of the day the two teams didn't mind kissing their sisters as they played to a 4 - 4 tie. Youngster Jackson Mateo started and allowed 2 runs over 4 innings, then 19 year old Moises Tamarez slung 3 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.73. At the plate Josmar Cordero had 2 RBI's, while Jorky Infante had the Dodgers only multi-hit game with 2 singles.