Terrible news in regards to Rubby. Hope to see him healthy by the time 2012 rolls around. Anyways, the Dodger minor league teams split 6 games on Monday on a day that include quite a few solid prospect performances.
Minor League Player of the Day – O'Koyea Dickson - 4 for 5, 1 HR, 4 RBI's, 2 Runs. Dickson continues to dominate the Pioneer League as he smacked his 7th homer in just his 22nd game. He has a .393 average and a 1.129 OPS to boot. As some have already mentioned here, he is definitely a candidate to be promoted to the Loons at some point this season.
AAA – The Isotopes pitching staff tossed a 4-hitter on Monday, but that wasn't enough as Albuquerque lost to New Orleans (Marlins) 4 to 2. Starter Francisco Felix, who recently returned from a stint in the Mexican League, surprised everyone by allowing just 1 hit over 5 innings to lead the staff. He walked 2 and struck out 3. Ramon Troncoso came out of the pen in the 6th and gave up 2 hits, and one of them happened to be a grand slam which lost the game. The Topes offense was a little light in their first game without Trayvon Robinson as they managed just 2 runs on 7 hits. His replacement from AA Brad Coon went 2 for 5 with a double and a RBI, while Justin Sellers also had a double and drove in a run.
AA – The Lookouts scored 4 in the 1st and led wire to wire in a 6 to 4 victory over the BayBears (Dbacks). Griff Erickson had the big blow as he crushed a 3-run homer in the first for his 5th AA homer, and he ended the night by going 2 for 4 with 4 RBI's. His bomb was the only extra base hit of the night for Chattanooga, although Scott Van Slyke and Alfredo Silverio also had 2 hits apiece for the Lookouts. Starter Nate Eovaldi gave up just 3 hits and 1 earned run over 5 innings while striking out 4, but he was still a bit wild as he walked 3. Ethan Martin gave up 2 runs in relief, but still gave away with the the lucky win. Javy Solano record his first AA save of the year as he slung 2 more shutout innings to give him a scoreless streak of 10 innings.
HiA – The Rawhide tied the game in the 8th, then beat the Quakes 2 to 1 on Monday on a walk-off single. Starter Jon Michael Redding threw another good game as shutout Visalia for 6.1 innings on 6 hits while striking out 7. He lowered his ERA to 2.94 with ranks 2nd in the California League. Steve Smith gave up the run in the 8th, then closer Logan Bawcom allowed the walk-off single in the 9th. The Rancho offense managed just 8 singles spread among 7 players. Angelo Songco had the only multi-hit night as he went 2 for 4.
LoA – Zach Lee put together a solid game and the Loons offense cranked out 16 hits in a 9 to 2 victory over the TinCaps (Padres). Lee allowed 4 hits and 2 runs over 5 innings while striking out 5 and handing out a couple of walks. He earned his 7th win of the season and kept the ball in the park. Coletti's newest toy Juan Rodriguez had an impressive debut as he threw 2 perfect innings with 2 K's, then Bret Montgomery and John Housey finished off the victory. At the plate Jon Garcia continued his most recent hot steak by going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI's, while Chris Jacobs and Jessie Bosnik also doubled had 3 hits apiece. Nick Akins went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 runs scored and Leon Landry drove in 2 runs.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors and Owls (Angles) combined for 30 hits as Orem defeated Ogden 15 to 8. 3 of the 4 hurlers to throw for the Raptors got hit hard, and it started with Raydel Sanchez who allowed 8 hits and 6 runs in 3 innings. Steven Matre followed and gave up 4 runs in a single frame, then Kazuki Nishijima was tagged for 5 runs although it was over 4 innings. Despite the loss, the Ogden offense put together a good game and was led by O'Koyea Dickson who went 4 for 5 with a homer and 4 RBI's. James Baldwin also did well as he went 3 for 4 with a double and a steal of home, while Pratt Maynard is trying to get going and went 2 for 5 with a two-bagger.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers won in dramatic fashion on Monday as they tied the game in the 9th, then hit a walk-off single in the 11th for a 4 to 3 victory over the Giants. Alex Santana was the first hero as the doubled in the tying run, and Devin Shines' 4th hit of the game in the 11th is what won the game. Besides those two, Joe Winker had the only other notable offensive game with 3 singles and a stolen base. Alberto Bastardo made his 2nd rehab appearance for the Dodgers and allowed all 3 runs in 2.1 innings. The bullpen did a great job as 4 relievers combined for 8.2 innings of shutout ball and gave up just 3 hits over that span. Brant Stickel was the most impressive of the group with 3.2 hitless frames and 4 K's.
DSL – Postponed