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Dodgers 5/2/11 Minor League Report - Ryan Christenson Cruises

The minor league affiliates swept the day with 4 wins, so combined with the parent team's victory that made it a perfect day for the Dodgers organization.

Minor League Player of the DayRyan Christenson - 6 IP, 1 Win, 2 hits, 0 ER's, 9 K's. Christenson has been up and down this season, but Monday's performance shows why he should still be considered a decent pitching prospect.  He's still just 22 years old, and the lefty hasn't allowed a homer all season while giving up just 6 walks in 24.1 innings.

AAA – The Isotopes scored 4 runs over the final 2 innings to come away with a 5 to 3 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals)A.J. Ellis was the big part of the win as he went 3 for 4 with a couple of doubles and 3 RBI's on the night.  J.D. Closser also contributed with a solo homer, while Trent Oeltjen had 3 hits including a double.  Dee Gordon had a good night as well with a single, and RBI, and two stolen bases.  John Ely was the starter for Albuquerque and threw pretty well, but it was Scott Elbert that picked up the win with 1.2 shutout innings.  Elbert allowed 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 2.

AA – The Lookouts finally broke through against the Jackson Generals (Mariners) to avoid the series sweep as they picked up a 5 to 3 win on Monday.  Chattanooga starter Will Savage scattered 9 hits over 6 innings, but allowed just 1 run and K'd 6 batters to record the win.  David Pfeiffer struggled as the first man out of the bullpen, but Javy Guerra and Josh Lindblom finished the game strong with 2.2 hitless innings.  Guerra lowered his ERA to 0.77, while Lindblom picked up his 3rd save of the season.  The Lookout offense scored single runs in 5 of the first 6 innings, and Pedro Baez led the charge with his 2nd homer of the season to go along with a double.  Scott Van Slyke had the team's other multi-hit game as he singled twice and drove in a run. 

HiA – The Quakes and the JetHawks (Astros) both scored 3 early runs, then exchanged zeros until the 9th when Jake Lemmerman flew until what was described as a sacrifice double play to give Rancho the 4 to 3 victory.  Starter Ethan Martin had a typical outing, allowing 4 hits and 3 runs while walking 3 and striking out 5.  The good news is that he kept the Quakes in the game, and his bullpen really stepped up over the final 3 innings as they did not allow a hit.  Javier Solano had his best outing of the season, throwing 2 frames and striking out 3, while Steven Ames finished off the game with a couple of K's of his own.  At the plate the 5 through 7 hitters did virtually all the damage, starting with Travis Denker's 3 for 4 performance which included a double and RBI.  Angelo Songco went 2 for 3 with a double, and Blake Smith had two base knocks and scored 2 runs.

LoA – The Loons used the terrific tagteam pitching tandem of Ryan Christenson and Derek Cone to defeat the Siver Hawks (Dbacks) 7 to 1 on Monday evening.  Christenson was the star of this game, allowing just 2 hits and 1 unearned run over 6 innings while striking out 9.  While his ERA is still a mediocre 4.44, his FIP is far better at 1.87 for the season.  Cone finished up the game by throwing 3 shutout innings to pick up the save.  The offense was spread pretty evenly among the Great Lakes batters as 7 different Loons had hits in this game.  Nick Akins went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, while Leon Landry tripled, singled, and walked twice.  Michael Pericht also had a 2 hit game and had an extra base knock as he went 2 for 5 with a double.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)