The only minor league wins for the Dodgers came from the two lowest rookie league levels, and overall there wasn't much to get excited about on Friday.
Minor League Player of the Day – Jessie Bosnik - 3 for 4, 2 HR's, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs. Bosnik not only hit 2 homers, but he also started a 9th inning rally that helped the Loons send the game to extra innings. Bosnik was terrible to start the season, but he's had a good July and over the past 10 games he had 4 homers and a 1.245 OPS. He's not much of a prospect, but it's nice to see him doing well.
AAA – After shutting out the Storm Chasers (Royals) on Thursday, the Isotope pitching staff more than made up for the lack of runs allowed the day before as Albuquerque lost to Omaha 10 to 1. Starter Mike Parisi was quite wild in his 5 innings of work, and gave up 6 of the runs. Francisco Felix allowed 3 more players to cross the plate in his .2 innings, and the lone bright spot on the mound was Jon Link's perfect frame. The Topes' offense was just as bad as its pitching as the team managed just 6 hits. Justin Sellers homer proved the only run, while Jerry Sands and Jay Gibbons had doubles. Gibbons also singled in the game, and he has now hit in 14 straight games.
AA – Ethan Martin held his own in a spot start for the Lookouts, but the Generals (Mariners) broke a tie in the 9th and held on for a 4 to 3 win over Chattanooga. Martin almost made it through 5 innings, and allowed 5 hits and 2 earned runs without issuing a walk. Reliever Scott Rice got his team though the next 2.1 innings unscathed, but Josh Wall uncorked a wild pitch in the 9th with a runner on 3rd which scored the eventual game winning run. The Lookouts offense was pretty cold in this game as the team recorded only 6 singles. Griff Erickson had 2 of those hits and also walked twice so he went a perfect 2 for 2, and Scott Van Slyke recorded an RBI with a single.
HiA – The Quakes and Storm both had 12 hits on Friday, but there was a still a significant discrepancy is the score as Rancho lost to Lake Elsinore 9 to 3. Casey Blake went 3 for 4 in his 2nd rehab game and his double was the only extra base hit for the Quakes. Angelo Songco also had 3 hits while Jake Lemmerman singled, drove in a run, and walked twice. Starter Red Patterson had his worst start of his young California League career as he lasted just 2.1 innings while giving up 6 runs. 2011 26th round pick Freddie Cabrera tossed the next 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned), and Steve Smith finished off the game with 2 shutout frames.
LoA – The Loons rallied for a run in the 9th to send the game to extras, but they eventually fell to the Silver Hawks (Dbacks) 4 to 3 in 10 innings. The 9th inning rally was started by the suddenly resurgent Jessie Bosnik, who had also connected on a couple of homers earlier in the game. Nick Akins also took one deep, while Leon Landry and Bobby Coyle had two hits apiece. Starter Rick Anton went 5 innings in this one and threw relatively well, giving up just 5 hits and 2 runs while striking out 5. Ryan Acosta picked up the loss in relief, but he also had a decent game as only gave up 1 run and K'ed 5 in just 3 innings.
Rookie Ogden – Needing a win to clinch a 1st half playoff spot, the Raptors were doubled up by the Chukars (Royals) 8 to 4. With the 1st half apparently ending tomorrow, Ogden needs a win or a Orem loss to clinch the playoff birth they covet. Getting back to the game, Gustavo Gomez got the start and had one of his less impressive outings as he allowed 5 hits, 4 walks, and 4 runs in just 3 innings. All three relievers that followed him also gave up runs, and the staff as a whole had just 7 strikeouts on the night. At the plate, O'Koyea Dickson's 6th homer of the season was the Raptors' only extra base hit of the night, and Charlie Mirabal had the only multi-hit game with singles. James Baldwin had a unique game as he went 0 for 1, but reached base 4 times as he walked twice and was hit by 2 pitches. While on the base-paths James stole his 12th base of the season, as did Joc Pederson.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers allowed 7 early runs, but they climbed back into the game during the late innings and came away with 8 to 7 victory over the D-backs in 10 innings. Down two heading into the 9th, Gianison Rosa had a 2-run single to tie the game, then a Scott Wingo single followed by a throwing error scored the eventual winning run in the top of the 10th. For Rosa it was his 3rd RBI of the day, and for Wingo it was his 3rd hit. Alex Santana also contributed as he went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. As mentioned the Dodger pitching got rocked early as Daniel Carela and Greg Downing took on all the damage. From the 3rd inning on, however, the Dodger relievers combined for 7 shutout innings, and Robert Purpura eventually won it with 2 perfect frames.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers managed just 6 hits, but were able to defeat the Mariners 8 to 7 on Friday. Josmar Cordero provided most of the offense with a homer and 3 RBI's, although Leo Rodriguez also drove in 2 runs. 17 year old starter Miguel Sulbaran got the win despite allowing 7 hits and 4 runs, then fellow 17 year old Jonathan Martinez threw a couple of scoreless frames to lower his ERA to 1.71. It should also be noted that Martinez has only allowed 11 hits in 21 innings, although he has walked 9. Ricardo De La Rosa picked up his 2nd save with a 1-2-3 9th.
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)
Dominican Dodgers Box Score (DSL)