I know this was posted on the main page earlier, but since this is the minor league report I should mention that the preliminary Arizona Fall League rosters were announced on Tuesday. The following players from the Dodgers organization on the roster of the "Salt River Rafters": Steven Ames, Stephen Fife, Cole St. Clair, Josh Wall, Griff Erickson, Late Night Lemmerman, Alex Castellanos, Kyle Russell, and Angelo Songco. Songco was actually listed on another team's roster, but I'm guessing that he'll be playing with his teammates. Keep in mind these rosters are subject to change, and that at least a few of the players listed above will be on the "taxi squad" which means they will only be able to play a couple times per week.
Minor League Player of the Day – Angelo Songco - 3 for 5, 2 2B's, 1 HR, 3 RBI's, 4 Runs. Songco clinched the player of the day award with a 12th inning bomb that helped the Quakes avoid an embarrassing loss. Songco now has a staggering 103 RBI's, and needs just 3 more homers in 6 games to reach the magical 30 HR plateau.
AAA – The Isotopes scored all their runs in the first three frames, then used outstanding relief work to shoot down the Redbirds (Cardinals) 7 to 3. Russ Mitchell had a big night at the dish as he collected both of Albuquerque's extra base hits, going 3 for 5 with a homer and a double. Ivan De Jesus and Jamie Hoffmann both had 2 hits each, while Damaso Espino drove in 2 runs without the aid of a base knock. Starter Mike Parisi threw 6 serviceable innings to pick up the win, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits. From there the bullpen completely shutdown Memphis, as 3 relievers combined to toss 3 perfect frames. Jon Link was the best of the bunch as he struck out all 3 batters he faced in the 9th.
AA – The Lookouts jumped all over soon to be big leaguer Trevor Bauer as Chattanooga crushed the BayBears (Dbacks) 14 to 2. Earlier in the day the Lookouts had clinched a playoff spot, so this must have been the team's form of celebration. Griff Erickson led the 20 hit attack by going 4 for 6 with a double and 4 RBI's, and every other batter in the starting lineup had exactly 2 hits (including starting pitcher Allen Webster). Hector Gimenez had the best 2-hit game as he doubled, homered, and drove in 3 runs while walking twice, but Scott Van Slyke was right behind him with a bomb and a two-bagger of his own. Webster broke of his pitching slump by hurling 6 outstanding innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 4. Javy Solano gave up a run in relief, but Cole St. Clair and Josh Walter finished off the game with 2 scoreless frames.
HiA – The Quakes were involved in a wild and crazy game on Tuesday as they blew a 9 run lead, then came back and won in the 12th on Angelo Songco's 27th homer of the season to defeat the Mavericks (Mariners) 12 to 11. Songco has already doubled twice earlier in the game, and scored a game high 4 runs. Blake Smith also contributed with 4 hits and 3 RBI's, while Austin Gallagher had 3 and 2. Dee Gordon finally made some noise in his 3rd rehab game as he scratched out 3 singles, stole 2 bases, and scored 3 runs. Starter Red Patterson had a very full line score as he allowed 9 hits and 8 runs in 6.2 innings, but also struck out 10. A trio of relievers allowed the lead to slip away, but Matt Magill stepped up in the extra frames to pick up the win in a rare relief appearance, striking out 4 in two hitless innings.
LoA – The Loons offensive had another terrible game as Great Lakes lost to the Hot Rods (Rays) 3 to 2 and moved closer to playoff elimination. Michael Pericht's 11th homer was the only highlight at the plate, although Casio Grider stole 2 bases to put him at 31 for the season. Starter Greg Wilborn allowed all 3 runs in 4 innings of work to pick up the loss, but he did strike out 6. Juan Rodriguez continued his solid season for the Loons as he tossed 2 innings of hitless relief to lower his Midwest League ERA to 1.80.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors scored 4 in the 5th, but the Ghosts (Rockies) responded with 4 of their own in the 6th and defeated Ogden 6 to 4. 8 of the 9 batters in the Raptor's lineup had at least 1 hit, but none went for extra bases. Joc Pederson and Matt Kirkland had the only multi-hit games, while Scott Schebler recorded two RBI's. Starter Gustavo Gomez threw 5 strong innings as he gave up just 3 hits and 2 runs while striking out 6, but his effort went to waste when reliever Robert Purpura allowed the 4 runs in the 6th to lose the game.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers defeated the Rangers 3 to 2 on Tuesday, and have advanced to the League Championship game on Wednesday where they will face the Giants. Devin Shines paved the way for the win with a 3 for 5 effort, driving in 2 of the runs with a pair of doubles. Nobody else has a extra base hit or a multi-hit game, but shortstop Delvis Morales made some noise with a single, 2 walks, a stolen base, and 2 runs scored. Matt Laney gave the Dodgers the start they needed as he worked 6 great innings, striking out 8 and allowing just 1 earned run. The relievers were outstanding as well, finishing the game with 3 shutout innings while allowing just 1 hit. Jason West closed the game in style as he struck out the side in the 9th.
DSL – Season over
Coming up - As mentioned above, the Arizona Dodgers will play for the Arizona Rookie League championship on Wednesday against the Giants. Besides that, there aren't really any interesting pitching matchups for the Dodger minor league teams as the highlight would probably be Brandon Martinez throwing for the Raptors.