The Dodger minor league affiliates really turned things around on Tuesday as all four teams came out victorious. Each of the four games were very close as the combined margin of victory was 5 runs.
Minor League Player of the Day – Jesse Bosnik - 3 for 3, 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 Run. The 2010 13th round pick struggled in the Midwest League last season, and was the only position player from the 2011 Loons to return to Great Lakes in 2012. That didn't stop him from having a great day on Tuesday to help the Loons capture their first victory of the season.
AAA – In need of a victory a little excitement, the Isotopes got both on Tuesday as Josh Fields hit a pinch hit go ahead homer in the 9th to lead Albuquerque to a 6 - 5 victory over the Iowa Cubs. Prior to the late inning heroics, Alex Castellanos and Scott Van Slyke provided the majority of the offense as they combined for 3 doubles (2 by Castle) and 3 RBI (2 by SVS). 3rd baseman Jeff Baisley also had a solid game as he went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs driven in. Starter Mike Parisi was somewhat effective as he allowed 3 runs over 5 frames while striking out 6, then Cole St. Clair was very solid in his two innings of work as he gave up just 1 hit. De facto closer Josh Wall made things in bottom of the 9th by walking one batter then hitting another, but he eventually got out of the jam to earn just the 3rd save of his minor league career.
AA – The Lookouts got back in the win column on Tuesday with a 4 to 3 victory over the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins). Starter Allen Webster didn't quite pitch like a top prospect as he allowed 9 hits and a walk over 6 innings while striking out just 3, but he only gave up 3 runs and did enough to pick up the win. His bullpen did an excellent job of preserving the victory as Luis Vasquez, Geison Aguasviva, and Shawn Tolleson combined to finish the contest with 3 shutout frames while allowing just 1 total hit. Tolleson's perfect 9th earned him his first save of the season. The offense was again led by J.T. Wise who had the Lookouts only multi-hit game and drove in two runs. Kyle Russell also had an RBI (but struck out twice), while back to back doubles by Pedro Baez and Blake Smith produced the games' eventual winning run.
HiA – After giving up 3 runs in the top of the 8th to fall behind 5 - 2, the Quakes exploded for 5 scores of their own in the bottom of the frame and pulled out a 7 - 5 victory over the JetHawks (Astros). Rancho starter Zach Lee wasn't quite as dominant as his first appearance of the season, but he threw 5 more solid frames as he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and just 1 walk while striking out 4. Scott McGough picked up in relief and threw 2 innings of 1 hit ball, but P.J. Zocchi got hammered for 3 runs in the 8th to put the Quakes in the hole they would eventually climb out of. After the comeback, Logan Bawcom threw a scoreless 9th to record his 2nd save of the year. A big chunk of the offense came from an unlikely source as 9th place hitter Casio Grider drove in 3 runs with a double and his 1st homer of the year. Austin Gallagher also played a big role in the comeback win as he tied the game with a two run bomb to center field.
LoA – The Loons got a much needed victory in front of their home crowd as Great Lakes defeated the Lake County Captains (Indians) 5 to 4. Starter Arismendy Ozoria, who spent last season with the Quakes, made his Midwest League debut and was relatively mediocre as he gave up 5 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) over 4.1 innings while striking out just 1. Luckily his relievers did a solid job out of the bullpen, starting with little Juan Noriega who still has not allowed a run since joining the organization. Matt Shelton followed with 1.1 perfect frames, then Yimi Garcia collected the save despite a late rally by the Captains. As mentioned above, the offensive hero of the day was 3rd baseman Jesse Bosnik who smacked the club's first homer of the year in route to a 3 hit and 4 RBI day. Jesus Arredondo also continued his solid start to the season with two more hits, including a double.
Coming up – The Lookouts and Loons will both play day games on Wednesday, and will be led by a pair of Martin's. Ethan Martin will be making his second start of the year for Chattanooga, while Jarret Martin will toe the rubber for Great Lakes. 2011 first round pick Chris Reed will be on the mound for the Quakes, and Michael Antonini will take the ball for the Isotopes.