Three minor league games resulted in three losses, and what's worse is that there weren't really any big prospect performances to write about. If you didn't catch the Dodger Minor League stats for the month of April, click here for more encouraging stats.
Minor League Player of the Day– Blake Smith - 2 for 4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 Run. There wasn't much to chose from on Sunday, so Smith took the award with a couple of extra base hits. The homer was Blake's 4th of the season, and he has RBI's in 4 straight games so hopefully he's starting to heat up.
AAA – Postponed
AA – The Lookouts were struck out 13 times on Sunday and had just 6 hits in their 3 to 0 shutout loss to Jackson (Mariners). The defeat was Chattanooga's 4th in a row to the Generals, and Jackson will go for the rare 5 game sweep on Monday. The Lookouts did not record any extra base hits, but Pedro Baez and catcher Jessie Mier both recorded a couple of singles. Chattanooga's starting pitcher was Joey Newby, who was making his 2011 debut after spending all of 2010 in the Independent Atlantic League. The 29 year old threw pretty well, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 4, but given his age I'm not sure why the Dodgers even have him in AA. Cole St. Clair was again solid in relief, throwing a perfect inning to lower his ERA to 0.68, and Josh Lindblom threw 2 shutout innings while allowing a couple of hits.
HiA – Quakes starting pitcher Jon Michael Redding got off to a hot start in this game, striking out 5 of the first 7 batters he faced, but things got ugly in the 3rd inning and Rancho Cucamonga ended up losing to the High Desert Mavericks (Mariners) 4 to 3. Redding rebounded after his 3rd inning hiccup and the bullpen was also solid for the rest of the game, but the Quakes offense only managed 3 runs in the loss. Blake Smith provided most of the offense with a 2 run homer and a double, and Austin Gallagher also doubled in the game. In addition, Tony Delmonico kept his modest 7 game hit streak alive with a single in the 4th inning.
LoA– Loons starting pitcher Tim Sexton was able to limit the damage against him through 5 innings as he gave up just 2 runs despite allowing 12 baserunners, but the Great Lakes bullpen wasn't as lucky as they were lit up for 6 runs in the final 3 innings which resulted in an 8 to 5 loss to the Silver Hawks (Dbacks). Reliever Brant Stickel was the main culprit as he allowed the first 6 batters he faced to reach base, four of whom ended up scoring. Raul Burgos pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 runs of his own. At the plate, Bobby Coyle knocked in 3 of the Loons'runs with a bases loaded double in the 6th inning, and also had a single earlier in the game. Jessie Bosnik recorded two doubles in 3 offical at bats, and Nick Akins also doubled in the game.