Minor League Player of the Day – Darnell Sweeney - 3 for 3, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs, 2 SB's. The Dodgers may have gotten a steal when the drafted Sweeney in the 13th round because some scouts thought he could have gone 10 rounds earlier if he'd had a good Spring at Central Florida. The shortstop has hit in every game but one since joining the Raptors, and has stolen 4 out of 5 bases.
AAA – The Isotopes had some fun in the sun on Tuesday as they muted the Sounds (Brewers) 7 to 3 in an afternoon game. Albuquerque had just one extra base hit in this game, a double by Tim Federowicz, but it was the 10 singles that really did the damage. Matt Angle went 2 for 5 with a pair of RBI's, and Brian Cavazos-Galvez also drove in 2 with a base knock. Scott Van Slyke reached base 3 times with a single and 2 walks, while Alex Castellanos had 2 hits in 5 at bats. On the mound, Stephen Fife picked up with win despite allowing 9 hits and 2 walks over 5 frames, mainly because only 3 runners came around to score. Cole St. Clair hurled a pair of scoreless innings, while Blake Johnson and Scott Rice pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th, respectively.
AA – Allen Webster put together another solid game on Tuesday as he led the Lookouts to a 4 - 1 win over the Braves. Webster allowed just 4 hits and 1 run over 7 innings while striking out 5, and over his last 10 outings (including 5 relief appearances) Allen has a 1.50 ERA and a batting average against of just .168. Red Patterson pitched a scoreless 8th, then Logan Bawcom rebounded from from a rough last outing with a hitless 9th for his 8th AA save. At the plate, Pedro Baez drove in all 4 runs thanks to a big 3-run homer and a RBI ground out. Luis Nunez went 2 for 4 with a double, while J.T. Wise also had a two-bagger.
HiA – The Quakes finally got their win over the Mavericks (Mariners), but their 5 - 2 victory came one day too late as this game had no 1st half playoff implications. Rancho waited until the 7th before starting their scoring, and it began on an RBI groundout after a C.J. Retherford triple (his 2nd hit of the night). In the 8th the Quakes batted around in rout to 4 more runs, highlighted by a pair of 2-run singles from Leon Landry and Chris O'Brien. Jon Michael Redding started this game and allowed 7 hits over 6 innings, but only permitted 2 runs to score. Jordan Roberts recorded the win with two perfect innings, and Eric Eadington picked up his 10th save with a scoreless 9th.
LoA – The Loons did a whole lot of nothing on Tuesday as Great Lakes lost to the Silver Hawks (Dbacks) 4 to 2. James Baldwin's double was the only extra base hit of the night, and he also walked and stole his 27th base of the year, which is good for 2nd best in the league. O'Koyea Dickson, who has struggled since earning MVP honors in the All Star Game, went 0 for 3, while Angelo Songco, who has struggled all year, went 0 for 2. Raydel Sanchez made his first start of the year and threw pretty well, allowing just 4 hits and 3 runs over 5 innings without issuing a walk. Matt Shelton struck out 4 over 2 frames but allowed a run, while Michael Thomas lowered his ERA to 1.46 with a scoreless inning.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors improved to 7 and 2 on the young season as Ogden downed the Chukars (Royals) 6 to 3. Leadoff man Darnell Sweeney had a perfect game at the plate and on the base paths as the shortstop went 3 for 3 with two RBI's, two runs scored, and a pair of stolen bases. Ogden actually did not have an extra base hit in this contest, but instead took advantage of 5 Chukar errors. Devin Shines' two singles made him the only other Raptor hitter with more than one hit. Carlos De Aza had a solid game on the mound as he allowed just 2 earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. His bullpen was excellent as as Craig Stem picked up the win with 1.1 scoreless innings, while 2012 8th round pick Scott Griggs struck out the side in his professional debut. Sawil Gonzalez recorded his 2nd save of the year with a perfect 9th that included 2 K's.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers improved to 5 and 0 with a 9 - 4 win over the Cubs. Starter Miguel Sulbaran had another strong outing as he allowed just 2 runs over 5 frames and struck out 9. The 18 year old lefty also only walked 1. Lindsay Caughel coughed up a few runs in relief, but Ronny Lugo and Samuel Taveras finished off the win with a scoreless frame each. The light hitting Leo Rodriguez actually led the way at the plate with a single, a triple, and 3 RBI's, while the rehabbing Noel Cuevas doubled twice. Paul Hoenecke continued his extremely hot start as he homered and is still hitting .500 for the season.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers won for the 7th time in 8 games on Tuesday, 10 to 6 over the Astros. Josmar Cordero finally got tired of hitting singles as he went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI's to lead the offensive surge. The red hot Gerson Nunez, who is hitting .500 over his last 10 games, went 4 for 4 with 3 RBI's, while Yensys Capellan also drove in 3 despite recording just 1 single. On the mound Wander Beras struck out 8 over 5 innings and picked up the win, although he did allow 5 runs (4 earned). Newcomer Luis De Paula threw a perfect inning in his professional debut, while Richard De La Rosa recorded his 3rd save of the year.
Coming up – Zach Lee is expected to make his AA debut on Wednesday as he is the scheduled starter for the Lookouts. John Ely will be looking for his 9th win for the Isotopes, while Brandon Martinez will try to improve upon his 3.89 ERA for the Quakes. Joel Lima is being asked to start his first game of the season for the Loons, and Jake Hermsen is taking the mound for the Raptors.
Minor League Transactions – Rookie Leagues: 12 round pick James Campbell has apparently signed as he has been assigned to the Raptors. Faustino Oguisten also joined Ogden as he was promoted from Arizona. Two other 2012 picks have joined the Arizona Dodgers, as Alan Garcia (22nd round) and Alfredo Unzue (32nd round) joined the club. Finally Selme Angulo, the 27 year old Cuban catcher the Dodgers signed last week, has also been assigned to the Arizona Dodgers.