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Dodgers 4/30/12 Minor League Report - Loons Pitching Brightens Up a Rainy Day

Minor League Player of the DayJose Dominguez - 4 IP, 1 Hit, 0 Walks, 6 K's. Dominguez has taken a liking to the "piggy back" role in Great Lakes so far this season, which was originally made famous by other top pitching prospects like Ethan Martin and Rubby De La Rosa. For the second straight outing Jose was outstanding in his long role, and when you combine his last two appearances he allowed just 1 hit over 8 innings with 10 K's. For the season he has given just 9 hits over 19.1 frames for a .130 batting average against. I'll be honest in that I don't really have a recent scouting report on him, but when he signed for $50,000 back when he was 16 years old he already had a 90 mph fastball and a solid curve, so I'm sure he's improved upon both since then. The only negative on Dominguez is that he tested positive for steroids way back in 2009 and served a 50 game suspension, but hopefully that is all in his past.

AAA – The Isotopes returned home on Monday and treated the fans to a 5 - 0 shutout over the RedHawks (Astros). Starter John Ely had his best game of the young season as he threw 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing 8 hits without walking a batter. He also struck out a season high 8 in route to his 2nd win of the season. The Albuquerque bullpen was great as well with Wil Ledezma tossing 1.2 perfect frames and Shane Lindsay finishing off the game with a hitless inning. At the plate the Isotopes only had 1 extra base hit, which was a double by Josh Fields. Jeff Baisley went 2 for 4 and drove in 2 runs, while Josh Bard also had a pair of RBI's with a sac fly and a run scoring ground out. Jerry Sands also continued to show signs of life with 1 single and 2 walks in 4 plate appearances.

AA – Off day, but it should be noted that Matt Magill was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week as he allowed just 2 runs over 14 innings of work.

HiA – Off day

LoA – After a lengthy rain delay which lasted almost as long as the game itself, the Loons shined brightly on Monday and came away with a 6 - 1 victory over the Cougars (Royals). Arismendy Ozoria won his 3rd straight outing in a row, with all 3 of those starts having strangely similar stats. In all 3 games he lasted 5 innings and allowed exactly 3 hits, but the good news is that this time around, he didn't walk a batter (compared to a combined 8 walks in the other two appearances) and gave up just 1 run. Reliever Jose Dominguez was even better out of the bullpen, however, as he allowed just 1 hit over the final 4 frames while striking out 6 to record his 2nd long save in a row. On offense 5 different Great Lakes hitters had multi-hit games, starting with Joe Winker who went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Scott Schebler, who was hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time in his career, had a single and a triple while driving in run, and Kevin Taylor plated two with a single and a double. Devin Shines (two singles) and Noel Cuevas (single and a double) were the other players to have more than one base knock in this game.

Coming up – The Quakes and Lookouts return to action on Tuesday, and will send Angel Sanchez and Chris Withrow to the mound, respectively. Michael Antonini, fresh off a quick trip to Los Angeles, will start for the Isotopes, and the Loons get an off day.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)