The Dodgers minor league affiliates endured another awful day on Monday as all 4 teams lost, including two via the shutout. This drops their combined record to 3 - 16 on the young season.
Minor League Player of the Day – Angel Sanchez - 5 IP, 3 Hits, 1 Walk, 4 K's. There wasn't a lot to choose from on Monday, and Sanchez had a slightly better line than Eovaldi to win this award. Despite a 1 - 4 record the Quakes starting pitchers have all had solid outings, expect for this one guy named Ted Lilly who got shelled in his appearance.
AAA – The Cubs scored early and often against AAA veteran John Ely as Iowa rolled to a 10 - 6 victory over the Isotopes on Monday. Ely struck out the side in the 1st, but from there it went downhill as he allowed two runs in the 2nd and six in the 3rd. Will Savage worked the next 3 frames and only gave up 1 hit, but that hit was a homer and resulted in two runs. Ramon Troncoso and Scott Rice shut out Iowa over the final two innings for the lone pitching highlights of the night. At the plate the Isotopes collected just 6 hits, but 4 of those were doubles including a 2-RBI two bagger by the red hot Scott Van Slyke. Trent Oeltjen also drove in two with a double, while Alex Castellanos reached base 3 times with a double and 2 walks; although he also made another error at 2nd base.
AA – Nathan Eovaldi had a strong showing in his return to the Southern League, but a late score from the Smokies (Cubs) and a feeble Lookout offense led to a 3 - 2 Tennessee win over Chattanooga. Eovaldi allowed 4 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run over 5 innings while striking out 4, throwing a reasonable 84 pitches. In all probability he'll remain in AA for a while longer, but there is always a chance that we'll see him in LA later this week if Lilly can't go. Reliever Blake Johnson gave up a run in relief, then Steve Ames allowed the winning run to score on a walk and a triple. Speaking of triples, the Lookout's offense was highlighted by a pair of RBI 3-baggers, one by Nick Buss and the other by Pedro Baez. Catcher J.T. Wise also continued his hot start with two singles and a walk.
HiA – Starter Angel Sanchez followed the lead of the other Quake minor league starters with a solid outing, but his bullpen and offense didn't provide him with any help as Rancho was shutout by the Lancaster JetHawks (Astros) 6 to 0. Sanchez allowed just 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4, and the lone run scored against him on a solo homer. Reliever Bret Montgomery was the one who let the game get out of hand as he gave up 4 runs while recording just 1 out, but Juan Rodriguez was solid in his 1.2 innings of work. The offense was again very quiet, with Leon Landry's double and Chris O'Brien's two singles as the only bright spots.
LoA – The woeful start to the Loons season continued in their home opener as Great Lakes was shutout by the Lake County Captains (Indians) 8 to 0. Starter Gustavo Gomez's return to Michigan didn't go as planned as he lasted just two innings and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits. The 20 year did received high praise from manager John Shoemaker during a pre-game interview, however, as Shoemaker said that Gomez had "a big league fastball, a big league changeup, and a big league curveball". A trio of relievers made their 2012 debuts after Gomez exited the game, starting with 2011 35th round pick Michael Thomas who allowed a pair of runs over two innings. Harvard grad Eric Eadington had a little more success as only 1 run scored against him over three frames, while 2011 non-drafted signee Jason West finished the game with 2 shutout innings. As you may have guessed there weren't too many positive offensive performances for the Loons on Monday, with the main highlight being Pratt Maynard's two doubles. Scott Schelber also connected on a two bagger and is trying to break out of an early season slump. Finally, the big news of the night was that Great Lakes gained a new mascot in their home opener as the team introduced Rall E. Camel to the crowd.
Coming up – Another full slate of games on Tuesday, with the highlight being Zach Lee's second start for the Quakes. It looks like another top prospect will get the call for the Lookouts in Allen Webster, while Arismendy Ozoria will make his 2012 debut for the Loons. The Isotopes play a rare Tuesday day game in Iowa and will send Mike Parisi to the mound.