Rain was the only thing that was able to stop Kyle Russell on Thursday as the Lookouts game was rained out, but Angelo Songco stayed hot with a couple of more hits. Overall, the Isotopes were the only Dodger affiliate to get the win on Thursday.
Minor League Player of the Day – JD Closser - 2 for 3, 1 HR, 2 RBI's, 1 BB, 1 SB. Closser has been crushing the ball since last week, and has quietly raised his OPS to .982 for the season. He's also showed great plate disciple all season long with 11 K's against 18 walks. As I mentioned on last week's hot/cold sheet, Closser is certainly still behind AJ Ellis on the catching depth chart, but he's with is strong season he is giving the Dodgers more catching insurance that they have had in the past.
AAA – The Isotopes used a 2-run homer in the 8th and a strong effort by the bullpen to slip past Colorado Springs (Rockies) 5 to 4 on Thursday. JD Closser was the hero in this one as he clubbed his 5th jack in 7 days in the 8th inning with his team down a run. It was Closser's second hit of the day, and his average now stands at .320 for the year. Dee Gordon provided the rest of the offense as he went 1 for 2 with a sac fly and 2 RBI's while also stealing 2 bases. Casey Blake went 0 for 3 in his 4th rehab game and in total has 2 hits in 14 at bats. The starting pitcher for Albuquerque was Alberto Bastardo, who threw 6 innings and allowed 6 hits and 4 runs while striking out 8. Mario Alvarez threw 2 shutout innings in relief, then Jon Link closed the door with a perfect 9th for his 2nd save of the year.
AA – Postponed
HiA – Rancho Cucamonga got a taste of their own medicine on Thursday as they allowed 23 hits in a 13 to 4 defeat to the JetHawks (Astros). Starting pitcher Matt Magill absorbed much of the damage as he gave up an amazing 16 hits and 10 runs (7 earned) in 3.2 innings. While it sucks that his stats are now skewed because of this bad outing on a windy day (35 mph out to right according to the box score), I guess we can't have it both ways since we get excited when our hitters have big nights do to the wind. Anyways, the bullpen got this game back in control as 3 Quakes' relievers combined to allow just 3 runs over the final 4.1 innings of the game. At the plate, Angelo Songco continued his hot hitting with a double and single in 4 at bats, and JT Wise and Tony Delmonico also doubled in this game. Jake Lemmerman, who missed out on most of the fun on Wednesday night, made up for that on Thursday with his 4th homer of the season in a 2 for 5 effort.
LoA – The Loons lost their 5th game in a row on Thursday as they were defeated by the Dayton Dragons (Reds) 7 to 1. For Great Lakes, their offensive woes continues as they have scored just 2 runs over the past 3 games. Leon Landry was really the team's only big hitter as he went 2 for 4 with a double and has now matched Jonathan Garcia (who went 0 for 4) in terms of average as they are both hitting .241. Catcher Michael Pericht had the only other multi-hit game with a 2 singles in 3 at bats. Red Patterson was the Loons' starting pitcher and had a decent outing despite picking up the loss, throwing 6 innings and allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits while striking out 7. Closer Logan Bawcom needed some work since he hadn't seen a save situation in a while, but he gave up 4 runs (3 earned) in 2 innings of work with 3 K's.