There weren't a whole lot of fireworks for Dodger minor league teams on Monday as the organization only had 2 wins, and a couple of team's had less than 4 hits. There were a couple of solid pitching performances, however including Zach Lee who was outstanding through 6 innings.
Minor League Player of the Day – Ethan Martin - 2 IP, 4 K's, 0 Runs, 1 Hit - Zach Lee was a lock for this award through 6 innings, but the hits he allowed in the 7th and the fact that he only got 3 K's persuaded me to give this award to Martin. This was Martin's 3rd appearance in AA, and it was definitely his most impressive. Overall he's only allowed 2 hits in 3.2 innings so far with the Lookouts so hopefully he'll continue to have success.
AAA – With 10 runs and 13 hits the Isotopes had a good night at the plate, but they were outdone by the Round Rock Express (Rangers) who collected 23 hits and defeated Albuquerque 13 to 10. Starter Tim Sexton had a bad night as he allowed 12 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings, then David Pfeiffer got pounded for 4 runs without getting an out. Ramon Troncoso also had a terrible night as he allowed 8 hits and 4 runs in just 1.1 frames. John Lindsey, Russ Mitchell, and Damaso Espino all homered to provide most of the offensive, while Jerry Sands collected 2 RBI's on a triple. Trayvon Robinson went 1 for 4 with a single and a walk.
AA – The Lookouts got crushed by the Huntsville Stars (Brewers) 11 to 1 on Monday as Chattanooga collected just 3 hits. Alfredo Silverio and Kyle Russell had doubles, but that was the only offensive to speak of for the home team. It was another bullpen game for the Lookouts as the recently signed Roy Corcoran started and allowed 7 runs in just 3 innings. Scott Rice gave up 4 more runs before Shawn Tolleson came in to stop the bleeding by getting out both batters he faced. Ethan Martin was next in relief and provided Chattanooga with a much needed highlight as the struck out 4 batters in 2 innings while allowing just one batter to reach base.
HiA – The Quakes only had 2 extra base hits on Monday, but it was enough for them to get the 6 to 4 win over the Storm (Padres). Anthony Jackson led the way with a bases clearing double and 3 RBI's, while Austin Gallagher drove in 2 runs himself. Jake Lemmerman had 2 hits and a RBI, and Angelo Songco's double was the other extra base hit in this game. Rancho starter Matt Magill allowed 9 base-runners in just 5.2 innings on 5 hits and 4 walks, but only 1 run scored against him and he struck out 7 as he recorded his 7th win of the season. Javy Solano got knocked around a bit in relief, but Steve Smith picked up his 3rd save of the month to close out the victory.
LoA – Zach Lee was brilliant through 6 innings, and although the Hot Rods (Rays) rallied to tie the game, the Loons still came out with the 8 to 6 victory. Lee only gave up 1 hit and 1 walk though 6 innings, but got knocked out in the 7th after the first two batters of the inning homered and singled. His final line was still great, however, as in total he allowed 3 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs in 6 innings with 3 K's. Andrew Pevsner and Pete Budkevics allowed Bowling Green to get back in the game, but John Housey closed the door for the save despite giving up 5 hits. On offense Chris Jacobs stayed hot with his 5th homer of the season, while Jonathan Garcia gave the team some much needed insurance runs in the 9th with his 3rd bomb of the month. Casio Grider and Bryant Hernandez also both had a couple of RBI's each.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors were thrown for a loop by the Chukars on Monday as Ogden lost to Idaho Falls (Royals) 13 to 8. Starter Chris Handke had trouble finding the plate in the early going as he walked 4 in 1.2 innings which led to him giving up 5 runs. Kazuki Nishijima gave up 8 hits in relief and also allowed 5 runs, although only 1 was earned. At the plate, Scott Schebler had a triple and 3 RBI's, and Joc Pederson went 2 for 4 from the leadoff spot. 2011 12th round pick O'Koyea Dickson made his professional debut and doubled in 4 at bats.
Rookie Arizona – After pounding out 10+ runs for 6 straight games, the Arizona Dodgers were completely shut down on Monday in a 6 to 0 loss to the Royals. The Dodgers had just 2 hits, singles by Delvis Morales and Faustino Oguisten who are both former DSL players. Derek Cone started this game and allowed all 6 runs on 7 hits through 5 innings of work, although he did have 7 K's. Three relievers combine to 1 hit the Royals over the final 3 innings, including Garrett Bolt who struck out all 3 batters he faced.
DSL – Postponed