Minor League Player of the Day – Wander Beras (DSL) - 6 IP, 0 Runs, 5 Hits, 10 K's. I hate giving this award to a 24 year old in the Dominican Summer League, but by my count Beras had the best game of the day on Thursday. The player formerly known and Leonel added a few years to his age this off-season after getting busted for using a fake birth certificate, but the Dodgers have decided to keep him around and so far he's had success in 2012.
AAA – Rained out
AA – Rained out
HiA – Down by four after the 5th the Quakes slowly chipped away and tied the game by the 8th, but their joy was short lived as they gave up the game in the 9th and lost to the 66ers (Angles) 5 to 4. Jon Michael Redding started the contest for Rancho and allowed 4 run on an ugly 11 hits over 5.2 innings, but Jordan Roberts held the opposition at bay for the next 2.1 frames which allowed his team to make up the lost ground. Eric Eadington was the one that was saddled with the loss when he gave up the winning run in the 9th. Joc Pederson had the only multi-hit game in this game as he went 2 for 3 with a walk, while Leon Landry and Steve Domecus both chipped in with doubles and combined to score 3 runs. Andre Ethier had another 0 for in his rehab game as he went hitless in two at bats, but he did walk and drive in the first run of the game with a groundout.
LoA – The Loons survived 11 walks by their pitching staff and a late rally in the 9th to defeat the Kernels (Angels) 7 to 6. Raydel Sanchez started for Great Lakes but didn't have his best stuff despite recording the win, allowing 5 hits, 4 walks, and 4 runs over 5 innings. Juan Rodriguez came in and somehow didn't allow a run despite giving up 1 hit and 4 walks over 1.1 innings because he was bailed out by fellow reliever Daniel Coulombe. Paco Rodriguez threw another scoreless inning, while Michael Thomas recorded another save after Yimi Garcia couldn't close the deal. At the plate O'Koyea Dickson tried to break out of his slump by clubbing a 2-run homer, while Darnell Sweeney went 2 for 3 with a RBI, a walk, and a stolen base. James Baldwin also had a pair of hits including a triple, and he swiped his 31st base of the season (against just 3 CS).
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors were held scoreless on Thursday in a 5 - 0 shutout loss to the Voyagers (White Sox). Ogden was simply unable to generate any offense as they managed just 5 singles in the game. Jeremy Rathjen went 2 for 4 with a stolen base, but that was the extent of the highlights. Corey Seager went 0 for 4 for the second day in a row. Jake Hermsen started for the Raptors and threw well in the loss as he gave up just 5 hits and 1 run over 6.1 innings. Sawil Gonzalez allowed his first 3 runs of the season in relief, while Scott Griggs got some work in and threw a scoreless 9th.
Rookie Arizona – The Dodgers recorded a rare loss on Thursday as they fell to the Reds 4 to 3. Starter Miguel Sulbaran had his "worst" outing of the young season, but that's saying something because he still only allowed 2 runs on 7 hits over 5 frames and struck out 4. The team was able to get to the 9th with the score tied, but closer Ricky Perez gave up a homer, just the 4th hit he's allowed all season, and that resulted in the one-run loss. The Dodgers had a rare quiet day at the plate as the only real offense came from Bladimir Franco who doubled and hit his team-leading 6th homer of the year. Catcher John Cannon also doubled, but there were not any more RBI's recorded in this game as the rest of the runs scored on errors.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers combined for a 6-hit shutout on Thursday, defeating the Astros 1 to 0. Wander Beras was wonderful on the mound as he struck out 10 over 6 scoreless innings, allowing 5 hits and just 1 walk. Edinson Bock and Luis Silverio finished off the shutout by tossing the next 3 frames, giving up just 1 hit and striking out 3 more batters. The offense needed just one run in this game, and that came courtesy of a Jeffry Rojas sacrifice fly. Geison Nunez had the only other notable game as he went 3 for 4 with a triple.
Coming up – There are a full slate of games on Friday, including a double header for the Lookouts that will feature Aaron Miller on the mound for one of the games. Ralston Cash will throw for the Loons, and Brandon Martinez will take the mound for the Quakes. Finally, the scheduled starters for the Isotopes and Raptors are Fernando Nieve and Ross Stripling, respectively.