Dodger minor league teams split the day with 3 wins and 3 losses. There were a couple high scoring games, and as expected James Baldwin returned to the lineup.
Minor League Player of the Day – Dee Gordon - 4 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI's, 3 Runs, 1 SB. Gordon has been outstanding since returning to AAA about a month ago, hitting .412 in 4 games in June and .388 so far in July. It was his 3rd straight multi-hit game, and also his 3rd straight game with an extra base hit.
AAA – The Isotopes scored early and often, then held off a late rally by the Zephyrs as Albuquerque outlasted New Orleans (Marlins) 11 to 10. Only 3 of the 15 hits on offense went for extra bases as the Topes singled their opponent to death. Dee Gordon led the way with 4 hits (including a double), 3 runs, 2 RBI's, and a stolen base. He continues to dominate in the month of July as he is hitting .388 with 8 SB's and a .975 OPS. Ivan De Jesus connected on 3 base knocks to give him his 2nd 3-hit game in 3 days, and Justin Sellers went 2 for 4 with his 11th homer of the season. Newcomer Mike Parisi started the game and got the win despite allowing 5 runs in 5 innings. No other pitchers did anything of note.
AA – The Lookout offense had a very boring night in terms of stats, but they still put together a late rally and defeated the Stars (Brewers) 5 to 4. Chattanooga had just 7 hits in this game, and only one went for extra bases, but they were still able to tie the game with 4 in the 8th, then pull ahead in the 9th on a solo homer by Elian Herrera. Hector Gimenez and Kyle Russell split the other 4 RBI's between them. Allen Webster had another shaky start as he gave up 8 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings for the second straight outing. He did limit the damage against him, however, as he allowed just 3 runs (1 earned). Javy Solano kept his AA ERA at zero by not allowing an earned run over 2 innings, then Shawn Tolleson picked up the win with 2 shutout frames while striking out 3.
HiA – The Quakes were involved in a high scoring affair at home on Saturday, and when the dust settled it was Rancho who walked away with a 12 to 9 win over Inland Empire (Angels). Every player in the Quakes lineup had a hit, and Austin Gallagher, Angelo Songco, and Preston Mattingly all cranked one out of the park. The homers resulted in 2 RBI's each for Gallagher and Songco, while Preston drove in 4 runs on the night. Jake Lemmerman also had a couple of runs batted in, while JT Wise went 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored. Arismendy Ozoria got the start and was the second Dodger minor leaguer of the day to collect the win despite allowing 5 runs in 5 innings. The only reliever worth mentioning is Logan Bawcom who picked up his 3rd save in HiA.
LoA – The Loons got down early and ended up losing to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) 8 to 6. Starter Ryan Christenson got crushed and had a game full of 7's as he allowed 7 runs on 7 hits and picked up the loss to fall to 7 and 7 for the year. Reliever John Housey picked up the slake as he gave up just 2 hits over the next 5 frames, and Andrew Pevsner finished the loss with 2 hitless innings. The Great Lakes offense was led by Bobby Coyle who went 3 for 5 with a double and a RBI. Michael Pericht and birthday boy Jessie Bosnik also contributed as they both homered for the Loons.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors fell to the Voyagers (White Sox) 10 to 3 in a game that saw the return of James Baldwin. Baldwin showed signs of rust as he went 0 for 3, and the rest of the offense mostly followed suit as they scored just 3 runs. A few Ogden players had decent games, however, as Charlie Mirabal went 3 for 4 with a double, Joc Pederson connected on a single and a double, and Scott Woodward hit his 2nd homer of the season. Brandon Martinez had by far his worst start of the season as he allowed 6 runs on 8 hits while striking out just in 4.1 innings. Adam Dedeaux also stuggled in relief as he gave up the other 4 runs of the game.
Rookie Arizona – Not much happened in this game as the Arizona Dodgers lost to the Giants 2 to 1. Luis Mesa started the game and allowed 1 run on 4 hits, although he lasted just 3 innings. His relievers also did pretty well, with the most interesting performance coming from converted outfielder Chance Gilmore who tossed a shutout inning that featured 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. The only offensive highlights were a double by Gianison Rosa and a couple of hits by Bladimir Franco.
DSL – Off day
Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)
Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)
Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)
Ogden Raptors Box Score (Rookie)
Arizona Dodgers Box Score (Rookie)