There weren't many exciting performance on Monday as the Dodger minor league teams lost 3 of 5, but a couple of players, including Jerry Sands, had solid games.
Minor League Player of the Day – Andrew Edge - 3 for 4, 2 HR's, 4 RBI's, 3 Runs. Sands may have been the more popular choice for this award, but in my opinion Edge has the better performance as he smacked two homers and had a clutch single that helped the Raptors win. Edge started off 2011 on a hot streak with 6 jacks and an OPS above 1.000 through July, but he went ice cold in August until breaking out of his slump on Monday.
AAA – The Isotopes endured a tough home game at the Lab on Monday as Albuquerque lost to the Redbirds (Cardinals) 16 to 7. Alberto Bastardo got battered for 8 hit and 8 runs while recording just 4 outs, then Roy Corcoran and David Pfeiffer allowed 4 runs each. Despite the big loss the Tope offense did had a few highlights as the team accumulated 12 hits, with 6 going for extra bases. Jerry Sands broke out of his mini slump with a homer and two doubles with 3 runs scored, while Jamie Hoffmann went 2 for 4 with a 3-run bomb and 3 RBI's. Tim Federowicz also continues to impress as he increased his AAA OPS to 1.051 with a double and a walk.
AA – The Smokies (Cubs) finally found a way to slow down the Lookouts and their recently hot offense as Tennessee defeated Chattanooga 9 to 2. The offense managed just 3 singles in this game, although Alfredo Silverio and Scott Van Slyke did have a hit each. Van Slyke also stole a base, as did Alex Castellanos. Starter Michael Antonini recorded the rare double double in this one as he allowed 11 hits, but also struck out 10. 5 runs scored against Antonini, then the final 3 runs were charged to Josh Wall who tossed the final 3 innings of the game.
HiA – Off day
LoA – Zach Lee started off the game with 4 shutout innings, but gave up a few runs in the 5th and the Loons eventually got burned by the Hot Rods (Rays) 4 to 1. Lee's strikeout numbers have been erratic all season, and Monday was no different as he only K'ed one batter. The good news is that he also only walked one batter, and for the season has issued 29 free passes in exactly 100 innings. Ryan Christenson followed in relief and allowed 4 hits and a 2 runs (1 earned) in 3 innings while striking out 4, then Scott McGough threw the 9th and regained his form with a shutout frame. Great Lakes had a relatively quiet game at the plate although Leon Landry had a perfect day by going 2 for 2 with a pair of walks. Chris Jacobs also continued to boost his stats as went 2 for 4 with a double.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors scored 4 in the 8th to break open a tie game and defeat the Brewers 7 to 3. Catcher Andrew Edge played a big role in this win as he crushed two solo homers and drove home two with a clutch single in the key 8th inning rally. James Baldwin also plated an insurance run with an RBI double while Scott Wingo went 2 for 5. Starter Raydel Sanchez threw a solid game as he allowed just 1 earned run in 6.2 innings, and Yimi Garcia struck out 2 in a shutout 9th.
Rookie Arizona – 2011 6th round pick Scott Barlow made his professional debut for the Arizona Dodgers on Monday and helped his team to a 14 - 5 win with a shutout inning of relief. The game was actually a lot closer than the final score shows as the Dodgers plated 7 runs in the 8th to really put the game out of reach. Jose Capellan crushed a grand slam in the big 8th inning and Joe Winker also homered earlier in the game. Bryant Hernandez went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI's and Blake Smith singled and walked in his 6th rehab game. According to his Facebook, Blake is back in California and I'm guessing he will be playing for the Quakes in the next few days. Starter Luis Meza picked up the win by allowing 4 hits and 2 runs over 5 innings, and Jason West tossed another shutout inning in relief to extend his scoreless streak to 15.1 frames.
DSL – Season over