Minor League Player of the Day – Paul Hoenecke - 4 for 5, 1 HR, 4 RBI's, 2 Runs. Who? Hoenecke was the Dodgers 24th round pick out of Wisconsin, and while he was listed as a 1st baseman by Baseball America he played left field on Thursday. Not a bad way for Paul to start his professional career.
AAA – This game was suspended due to rain in the 5th inning with the Isotopes losing 2 - 0. It will be completed today and then followed by another 7 inning game.
AA – The Lookouts started off the second half of the season on the right foot as they reeled in the Blue Wahoos (new affiliate of the Reds) 3 to 2. Allen Webster continued his turn around from an ugly start to his season as he allowed just 3 hits and a pair of unearned runs over 6 innings. He did walk 3 and only struck out 2, but I'm not complaining about the results. Red Patterson ran into a little trouble but didn't allow a run in the 7th, while Steve Ames and Logan Bawcom finished off the game with a perfect inning each. At the plate, Jake Lemmerman led the way by going 2 for 3 with a double, a stolen base, and a RBI, while Matt Wallach also drove in a run with a pair of singles. Nick Buss had the only other multi-hit game and extra base hit as he finished the game with a single and a double.
HiA – The Quakes took it on the chin on Thursday as they were scorched by Billy Hamilton and the Blaze (Reds) 12 to 2. The speedy Hamilton went for 4 for 5 against Rancho and stole 2 bases to give him 82 for the season. Amazing. Getting back to the Quakes, Zach Lee started this game but luckily didn't absorb all the damage as he only lasted 3 innings and gave up 4 runs (3 earned). Lee also allowed 2 homers and didn't strike out a batter as he was saddled with the loss. The bullpen was even worse as Jon Michael Redding gave up 9 hits and 3 runs over 4 frames, then Freddie Cabrera and Robert Purpura permitted the final 5 runs of the game to score over just 2 innings. Only two Rancho players had days worth mentioning as Jonathan Garcia went 3 for 4 with a double, and Leon Landry picked up right where he left off in the 1st half with a single, a double, and a RBI.
LoA – Off day
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors lost by a touchdown on Thursday as they were defeated by the Owlz (Angels) 14 to 7. There were quite a few solid performances at the plate in the loss, including a 3 for 5 day from the versatile Jesus Valdez who doubled and drove in 2. Eric Smith also doubled and knocked in a pair, while Alex Santana had his first noteworthy game of the season with a single, a double, and a RBI. On the mound it was a different story as starter Carlos De Aza got pushed around for 6 hits and 7 runs (6 earned) over 4.1 innings. Jason West really got pounded in relief as he gave up 5 runs over just 1.2 frames, while Gregg Downing allowed the final 2 runs of the game.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers started their season with a bang as they crushed the Brewers 13 to 1. Because the roster wasn't announced until just before the game I haven't yet been able to post a full preview of the team, but I should have the posted within the next few days (probably Monday). Getting back to the game at hand, 2012 24th round pick Paul Hoenecke had a memorable professional debut as he went 4 for 5 with a homer and 4 RBI's. This year's 37th rounder John Sgromolo also homered in his debut, as did Anthony Jackson who is on a rehab assignment in Arizona. Supplemental 1st rounder Jesmuel Valentin also had a nice showing as he played shortstop and doubled while walking twice. On the mound Miguel Sulbaran, a DSL standout from a year ago who is still just 18 years old, allowed just 1 run over 5 innings and he struck out 5. Francisco Villa and Samuel Taveras followed in relief and each fired a pair of shutout innings.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers continue to roll as they defeated the Indians 6 to 1. In my daily Josmar Cordero update I am happy to report that he extended his hitting streak to 17 games, although he only had one single in the game. Gerson Nelson went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI's, while Jesus Perez doubled, singled, and drove in a run. Wander "Leonel" Beras threw a good game as he tossed 6 shutout innings, then 17 year old Mario Querales recorded a 3 inning save by allowing just 2 hits and 1 run.
Coming up – Friday will be the first time this season that all 7 of the Dodger minor league teams are in action, and from here until September it looks like I'm going to be a busy man. The Martin boys with throw for the Lookouts (Ethan) and Loons (Jarret), respectively, while John Ely will try and stay hot for Albuquerque. It looks like 2012 28th round round pick Jake Hermsen will make his professional debut with the Raptors, and Brandon Martinez is expected to throw for the Quakes.
Minor League Transactions – AAA: Bret Montgomery was placed on the DL while Scott Van Slyke has returned from paternity leave. LoA: Garrett Bolt was placed on the roster and Kevin Taylor was activated from the DL while Jesse Bosnik was put on the DL.