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Dodgers 5/8/11 Minor League Report - Griff's Hits Make Him a League Leader

The Dodger minor league teams lost 2 out of 3 games on Sunday, but there were a couple of strong performances that made the day interesting.  Garrett Gould had another outstanding start, while Griff Erickson had 4 hits to climb atop the California League leader board.

Minor League Player of the DayGarrett Gould - 6 IP, 2 hits, 0 Runs, 1 BB, 7 K's.  Gould picks up the minor league player of the day award for the second start in a row, and continues to flash great stuff in the Midwest League.  His season WHIP is down to 0.82, and batters are hitting just .169 against him.

AAA Dana Eveland and the Isotopes allowed 5 early runs and were never able to make up the difference as Albuquerque lost to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 6 to 4.  Eveland settled down by the 3rd inning, but the high pitch count early in the game took a toll on him as he only made it through 4.1 innings.  Merkin Valdez was solid in relief as the threw 2.2 scoreless innings, and Jon Link was perfect during his frame.  It was a relatively boring day at the dish for the Topes they managed only 6 hits despite their 4 runs.  Two thirds of the hits came from Eugenio Velez and Dee Gordon who combined to go 4 for 8.  Velez's two hits resulted in 3 RBI's, while Gordon had two singles and stole his 14 base of the season, which is just one off the league lead.

AA – Off day

HiA – The Quakes played in yet another back and forth game on Sunday, but this time Rancho came out on the short end of the stick as they were literally gunned down by the Mavericks (Mariners) 10 to 9.  The Quakes were attempting a 9th inning comeback and had already plated 2 runs, but J.T. Wise was thrown out at the plate trying to score from 1st on double by Griff Erickson to end the game.  Starter Matt Magill held High Desert in check for 4 innings, but fell apart in the 5th and ended up having his worst start of the year by far.  Magill allowed 7 hits and 7 runs on the windy afternoon, although he did record a season high 8 strikeouts.  Javier Solano wasn't much better in relief as he gave up 5 hits and 2 runs in 1.2 innings of work.  Despite the poor pitching, there was some good news coming out of Rancho Cucamonga as the offense continued to stay hot.  Blake Smith crushed his 7th homer of the year in route to a 3 hit and 3 RBI afternoon, while Angelo Songco also drove in a few runs with 2 hits in 3 at bats.  The highlight of the day, however, was Griff Erickson's 4 hit performance, which included a couple of doubles and made him the new California League leader in average at .416.  He still hasn't shown any power this year, but the 23 year old's ability to get on base (.505 OB%) has definitely been impressive.

LoAGarrett Gould was masterful on Sunday, and although his bullpen blew the win for him the Loons were still able to capture the victory over the Hot Rods (Rays) on a walk off single by Bryant Hernandez.  Making his 6th start of the season, Gould allowed just 2 hits over 6 shutout innings and struck out 7. He also walked just 1, and lowered his ERA to 1.59 for the season.  Reliever Bret Montgomery allowed Bowling Green to tie the game at 2 in 7th, but Logan Bawcom threw a hitless 9th to pick up the win.  Aside from Hernandez, who had the walk off single and also recorded an RBI double in the game, it was a slow night at the plate for the Great Lakes offense.  Chris Henderson had the only other extra base hit of the day (a double), while Michael Pericht knocked in the only other run on a ground out.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)