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Dodgers 5/18/11 Minor League Report - Josh Lindblom Ruins the Win for Withrow

It was another quite day in terms of Dodger prospects, and the organization's minor league affiliates lost 3 out of 4 games.  The Lookouts would have notched another win had Josh Lindblom not blown the game in the 9th.

Minor League Player of the DayTim Sexton - 5 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 7 K's. Sexton had a rough year in 2010 split between AA and HiA, but so far in 2011 Tim has responded well to his demotion to the Midwest League.  Sexton has struck out a little more that a batter per inning so far this season, and has a respectable ERA of 3.64.

AAA – Off day

AA – The Lookouts held a 3 to 2 lead entering the 9th inning, but closer Josh Lindblom allowed 3 runs in the 9th as Chattanooga got overwhelmed by the Smokies (Cubs) 5 to 3.  For Lindblom it was his 3rd blown save and 3rd loss of the season, and this one was a doozie as he gave up 5 hits.  However this was his first bad game in a long time so I'm sure the team wasn't too upset at him.  The one player who might be a little steamed though is starter Chris Withrow, who threw a decent game and was in line for his first win of the season when he left after the 6th.  Withrow only allowed 5 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 5.  Besides Withrow and Lindblom the other pitcher to throw for Chattanooga was Steven Ames, who pitched 2 shutout innings and struck out 2 while giving up 2 hits.  At the plate, Kyle Russell went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI, although he also struck out twice.  Brian Cavazos-Galvez also went 2 for 5, and Scott Van Slyke extended his hit streak with a single.

HiA – Despite being outhit just 15 to 11, the Quakes got run over by the Rawhide (Dbacks) on Wednesday 10 to 2.  Ethan Martin got the start for Ranch, but the damage against him wasn't as bad as one might think as he gave up just 3 earned runs in 6 innings while striking out.  He did allow 8 hits, however, and two unearned runs also scored against him during his time on the mound.  The other 5 runs were charged to the newest Quake pitcher Ryan Acosta, who was just recently signed by the Dodgers.  Acosta was originally a 12th round pick of the Cubs in 2007, but spent the last two seasons in the Yankees system.  On offense, the Quakes hit a bunch of singles and both Jake Lemmerman and Angelo Songco went 2 for 5.  Griff Erickson went 2 for 4 with a triple, while J.T. Wise had the only other extra base hit of the game (a double).

LoA Game 1 – The Loons got shut down in the first game of their double-header on Wednesday as they lost 7 to 1 to the Dayton Dragons (Reds).  Great Lakes had just 2 hits in this game, a two-bagger by Christian Lara in the 1st and an RBI double by Jonathan Garcia in the 7th.  The Loons starting pitcher was Derek Cone, who lasted just 4 innings while giving up 4 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs.  Gustavo Gomez was solid in his first inning of relief, but then got pounded in his second inning of work for 4 runs.

LoA Game 2 – The Loons were able to salvage the second game of their double-header as Great Lakes slayed the Dragons (Reds) 4 to 2.  Starter Tim Sexton threw 5 strong innings, giving up just 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 7.  Logan Bawcom pitched the final two innings of the game for his 2nd save of the year, allowing just a solo homer and striking out 2.  The Loons offense was pretty quiet with just 6 total hits, although 2nd baseman Bryant Hernandez did hit a 2 run homer and score a couple of runs in this game.  Leon Landry doubled for the only other extra base-hit in this game, while four other players singled.

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA) - Game 1

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA) - Game 2