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Dodgers 5/16/11 Minor League Report - Nate Eovaldi Throws Heat Past Smokies

The Quakes won a nail biter in the High Desert, while Nate Eovaldi shut down the competition in Chattanooga.  Only the Isotopes had a bad night as they got blown out in Tucson.

Minor League Player of the DayNate Eovaldi - 6 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 8 K's.  Nate was great on Monday, throwing 6 shutout innings in the Lookouts win.  Outside of two mediocre starts, Eovaldi has looked great so far in AA and now has more K's than IP to go along with a 2.80 ERA.

AAA – Isotope pitching got lit up early and Albuquerque lost to the Padres 10 to 4 in TucsonSteven Jackson was the starting pitcher for the Topes, but he lasted just 2 innings because he gave up 7 runs.  Ramon Troncoso and Travis Schlichting combined to allow 3 more runs over the next 3.2 innings, then Merkin Valdez finished off the game with 2.1 shutout innings.  At the plate, Trayvon Robinson hit his 8th jack of the year, and JD Closser also homered.  The rehabbing Rafael Furcal went 1 for 3 with an RBI, facing lefty Wade LeBlanc in all 3 at bats.

AA – Nathan Eovaldi was brilliant on Monday, and the rest of the Lookout bullpen followed suit as Chattanooga edged the Smokies (Cubs) 2 to 1.  Eovaldi went 6 very strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8.  The outing lowered Nate's ERA to 2.80 and his batting average against to .190.  Cole St. Clair followed with a shutout frame, then Steven Ames allowed the only run of the game in his AA debut.  Clinging to the 1 run lead, Josh Lindblom came into the game in the 9th and was perfect, striking out all three batters he faced for his 7th save of the season.  The Lookouts actually didn't have much offense either on Monday as they were held to just 4 hits.  Luckily they got some timely hitting and scored one of their runs on a throwing error.  Scott Van Slyke had the only extra base hit of the game (a double) to extend his hitting streak to 6 games, while Alfredo Silverio extended his streak to 8 with a single.

HiA – The Quakes were down 4 to 3 after 8 innings, but Rancho scored one in the 9th and one in the 10th to come away with the 5 to 4 win over the Mavericks (Mariners).  The comeback started after Shawn Tolleson had one of his more interesting outings of the year, as he blew the save yet still didn't allow an earned run because his defense made a couple of errors behind him.  Tolleson ended up throwing 2.1 innings, and his overall performance was actually very good because he allowed just 1 hit and struck out 3 to pick up the win.  Getting back to the comeback, in the 9th Austin Gallagher pinch hit with 2 outs and the tying run on 2nd and singled in the run.  In the 10th, Angelo Songco hit a solo homer to put the Quakes ahead for good.  Earlier in the game, Blake Smith had homered twice to give him the organizational lead with 9.  Lost in all the heroics and home runs was the solid pitching by Andres Santiago, who was making his 1st start of 2011.  Santiago threw 5 innings, and allowed just 1 run on 6 hits with 5 K's.

LoA – Off day

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)