Dodger minor league teams won 4 of 7 games on Monday, and there were a few decent prospect performances for the day.
Minor League Player of the Day – Nick Buss - 3 for 6, 2 HR's, 3 RBI's, 3 Runs. Chili Buss had a terrible April, but since then he's posted an average above .300 in every other month. He's also been solid as the leadoff man for the Quakes, and now has 9 HR's and 20 SB's. His prospect status has lost some luster over the past few years, but it's still nice to see him doing well again.
AAA – Tim Federowicz hit his 3rd home run in as many games, but the Isotopes fell to the Salt Lake Bees (Angels) 9 to 6. In 19 AAA at bats, FedEx has 3 hits, and all of them have left the yard. Interesting strategy. Justin Sellers went 2 for 4 in the game with a couple of doubles, while Jamie Hoffmann also doubled and had 2 hits. Starter John Ely did not take his demotion back to Albuquerque very well as he was lit up for 11 hits and 7 runs in 4.1 innings. A trio of relievers followed, and only Travis Schlichting left without giving up a run.
AA – The Lookouts scored 5 runs in the final 3 frames, including 3 in the 10th, to defeat the Suns (Marlins) 7 to 4. Chattanooga had 17 hits overall, including 3 each from Alfredo Silverio, Corey Smith, and Elian Herrera. Travis Denker, who had homered just one inning before, tied the game in the 9th with an RBI single, and a Herrera triple in the 10th did most of the damage to win the contest. Starter Chris Withrow was wild again as he walked 6 in 5 innings, but he also proved to be mostly unhittable as he gave up just 1 hit and 1 run during his outing. Cole St. Clair had his worst outing of the year as he allowed 5 hits and 3 runs in 1.2 innings, but Shawn Tolleson picked up the win by striking out 3 over the final 2 frames.
HiA – The Quakes scored early and often on Monday as they defeated the Ports (A's) by a touchdown, 14 to 7. Nick Buss had the big game as he went 3 for 6 with 2 bombs, although Angelo Songco was no slouch either as he also took one deep and drove in 4 runs. A couple of lesser known minor leaguers, Jessie Mier and Wilberto Ortiz, also chipped in as they both connected on their first California League homers of the year. Starter Red Patterson's outing wasn't pretty as he allowed 6 runs on 9 hits, but he did enough to get the win. Andy Suiter was impressive out of the pen as he tossed 3 hitless innings of relief.
LoA – Loons starter Angel Sanchez and another strong outing as Great Lakes defeated the Whitecaps (Tigers) 7 to 2. Sanchez allowed 1 run on 4 hits over 5 innings, and struck out 4 to pick up his 6th win of the year. Bret Montgomery was great in 3 innings of relief, then Scott McGough allowed his first LoA run of the year in the 9th, although it was unearned. Leon Landry had the hot stick in this one as he went 3 for 5 with a triple and 3 RBI's. Casio Grider reached base 4 times with 2 singles and a couple of walks, while Jessie Bosnik doubled and scored 3 runs for the Loons.
Rookie Ogden – It was the same old story for the Raptors on Monday as they dropped another one to the Owlz (Angels) 11 to 5. Starter Gustavo Gomez lasted just 3 innings as he gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, although only 1 of the runs was earned, then Freddie Cabrera really got hit around as he allowed 7 hits and 5 runs in just 1.2 frames. At the plate, Scott Wingo's first hit in the Pioneer League resulted in a home run, and fellow 2011 draftee Justin Boudreaux went 2 for 3. James Baldwin was dropped to 9th in the lineup due to his recent struggles, and responded with his 5th homer of the year, a 3-run blast. He also struck out twice, however.
Rookie Arizona – Really not much to write about in this one as the Arizona Dodgers lost to the Cubs 2 to 1. The Dodgers were shutout for 8 innings, and their only highlight was that Jose Capellan went 3 for 3. Most of the Dodger pitchers threw pretty well as the team combined to allow just 7 hits, but nobody's performance was really noteworthy.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers threw another good game as they defeated the Brewers 5 to 1. Coming off a 6 innings of no-hit ball, starter Miguel Sulbaran was dominant again as he allowed just 1 run on 3 hits over 6 innings. Jose Diaz and Andrew Shellon finished off the gem by giving up just 1 more hit over the final 3 frames. On offense, Greg Pena went 3 for 4 with a double, while Arce Rodriguez also doubled and drove in 2 runs.