Dodger minor league teams won 5 of 7 games on Wednesday on a day that featured several strong pitching performances.
Minor League Player of the Day – Miguel Sulbaran - 6 IP, 0 Hits, 0 Runs, 8 K's. The 17 year old Sulbaran stands at just 5'10" according to his player page, but he's been pretty impressive in his debut season. Wednesday was his best game by far as he allowed no hits and faced just 1 batter over the minimum over 6 innings. He also struck out a season high 8 batters to clinch the minor league player of the day.
AAA – The Isotopes beat the Rainiers (Mariners) 6 to 3 on Trayvon Robinson's return to Albuquerque. Trayvon's old buddy Jerry Sands had the big hit as he smacked a 3-run homer to center field, while Russ Mitchell went 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI's. John Lindsey returned to the lineup for the first time almost a month and had a couple of his (including a double) and a RBI, but Tim Federowicz had another 0 for 4 game. Starter Mike Parisi was wild and hittable, but managed to escape major damage and picked up the win. Ramon Troncoso struck out 2 in a scoreless inning, and Travis Schlichting recorded the save.
AA – Six different Lookout batters had multi-hit games on Wednesday as Chattanooga tamed the BayBears 10 to 7. Elian Herrera had the only 3-hit game and homered, while Griff Erickson also took one deep for his 6th AA bomb. Travis Denker went 2 for 3 with a couple of doubles and 2 RBI's, and Brian Cavazos-Galvez also drove in 2 with two base knocks. On the mound, Allen Webster tied a season high with 9 K's over 6 solid innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits. Shawn Tolleson gave up 2 runs out of the bullpen, but was still able to pick up the two-inning save.
HiA – Red Patterson threw 8 strong innings for the Quakes as they defeated the Modesto Nuts (Rockies). Patterson allowed just 6 hits and 2 runs, then Logan Bawcom finished off the win with his 6th save. The Rancho offense wasn't all that impressive in the victory, although Jake Lemmerman, Angelo Songco, and Tony Delmonico all doubled.
LoA – The Loons pitching staff combined on a 4-hit shutout on Wednesday in a 3 to 0 win over the Lake County Captains (Indians). Angel Sanchez started the game but threw just one inning in a scheduled short outing. Rick Anton took over from there and was stellar for 5 frames, allowing just 2 hits without issuing a walk to lower his ERA to 1.29. Pete Budkevics gave up just 1 hit while throwing the 7th and 8th, then Juan Rodriguez touched 99 mph in the 9th while recording his 1st save as a Loon. The Loons had just 5 hits themselves, all singles, with 2 of them coming from Chris Jacobs who also had a RBI. Leon Landry and Casio Grider drove in the other runs with a single each.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors continued their downward slide on Wednesday as their 7 to 0 defeat to the Casper Ghosts (Rockies) was Ogden's 6th straight loss. The offense managed just 3 hits, with two of them coming from Joc Pederson who also stole his 16th base of the season. Starter Gustavo Gomez allowed 5 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks while also striking out 5. Carlos De Aza also gave up a couple of runs, but Chris Handke slung 2 perfect innings at the end of the game.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers, who are apparently only playing day games now, lost to the Indians 5 to 4 on Wednesday. Starter Daniel Carela lasted just 2 innings and gave up a few runs, then Kazuya Takano allowed 1 run over 3 frames. Daniel Tamares ended up with the loss, although he did record 5 of his 6 outs via the K. At the plate, Joe Winker had another solid game as he smacked his 2nd homer of the season and increased his OPS to .994. Beau Brett gets his named mentioned for the first time this year as he went 2 for 3 with a double, and Devin Shines kept his hitting streak going with a two-bagger.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers pitching was excellent on Wednesday as four pitchers held the Red Sox to just 2 hits in a 2 to 0 victory. Starter Miguel Sulbaran was the star of the game as he tossed 6 innings of no hit ball while striking out 8. The 17 year old walked just 2, but didn't even get the win because his offense didn't score until the 7th. Ricardo De La Rosa, Jose Diaz, and Aris Angeles finished off the shutout and each K'ed a batter. The Dodgers only had 3 hits themselves, and didn't record any RBI's. Jose Moreno's double is really the only thing worth mentioning.