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Dodgers 7/17/12 Minor League Report - Josh Fields Continues to Shine in Albuquerque

Minor League Player of the DayJosh Fields (AAA) - 3 for 5, 2 2B's, 2 RBI's. Fields has been crazy hot in July with a .482 average and an OPS of 1.106. He's also riding a 13 game hitting streak. The only question that remains is when will he get to LA?

AAA John Ely couldn't match the performance of his former teammate who started in LA on Tuesday as the Isotopes lost to the Redbirds (Cardinals) 11 to 4. After stringing together several solid starts in a row, Ely finally had a rough game as he gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 6 runs over 5 innings. A quartet of relievers finished off the loss, with only Will Savage coming away without allowing a run (although he was only asked to get one out). The offense was led by 3rd baseman Josh Fields yet again, who went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and a pair of RBI's to increase his average to .348. Brian Cavazos-Galvez went 2 for 4 with a homer, while Alex Castellanos also had a pair of hits including a double.

AA – The Lookouts put a pounded on the Braves on Tuesday as they defeated Mississippi 10 to 3. The offensive attack was spread among several players, started with Luis Nunez who went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple, and 3 RBI's. Kyle Russell hit a two run homer and scored 3 runs, while Rafael Ynoa had a pair of hits and a RBI. Southern League pitcher of the week Matt Magill wasn't as sharp as his last time out but he still put together a good game as he allowed just 2 earned runs on 8 hits over 5 frames and struck out 5. Luis Vasquez and Logan Bawcom were stars out of the bullpen as they both fired 2 innings of hitless ball to finish off the victory.

HiA Things were quiet in Rancho for the Quakes on Tuesday as they were shutout by the Storm (Padres) 5 to 0. The good guys couldn't put together any offense as they had just 3 singles in this game, and Angelo Songco was the only one to reach base twice thanks to a hit and a walk. Jon Michael Redding threw the first 4 innings of this game and allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits. The bullpen was excellent, however, as Ryan Acosta went on another strikeout barrage with 6 K's in 3 scoreless frames, and Ryan Sullivan fired two innings of one hit ball.

LoA – Off day

Rookie Ogden Game 1 – The Raptors won the first game of their double header on Tuesday 5 to 2 over the Brewers. All 5 of Ogden's RBI's came from just two players as Jesus Valdez went 2 for 3 with a double and 3 runs batted in while Corey Seager drove in a pair with a single and a run scoring fielder's choice. Eric Smith tripled and Devin Shines doubled for the team's other extra base hits. Carlos Frias almost threw a complete game in the 7 inning contest as he allowed 5 hits and 2 runs over 6 frames. Scott Griggs struck out all three batters he faced to record his 3rd save of the year.

Rookie Ogden Game 2 – The Raptors fortunes reversed in game two of their double header as they were mashed by the Brewers 12 to 4. Four Ogden errors led to unearned runs in this game, although Helena had 14 hits as well so they would have won even without the miscues. Starter Jake Hermsen absorbed most of the damage despite throwing just 2.2 frames as he gave up 6 hits and 7 runs, although only 3 were earned. Jason West allowed 4 hits and 3 unearned runs, while Alan Garcia gave up a pair or runs that were earned. At the plate the Raptors were pretty quiet, and for the first time ever I can say Devon Ethier had one of best offensive performances for his team as he went 2 for 2 with a double and a RBI. Corey Seager had a pair of singles and scored a run, while Malcolm Holland doubled.

Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers suffered a rare loss as they fell 7 - 4 to the Indians. Starter Zachary Bird had mixed results as the struck out 6 in just 3 innings, but also gave up 4 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs. Kazuya Takano was impressive in relief with 4 K's over 2 scoreless frames, and Jordan Hershiser was also solid as he struck out a pair in a hitless inning. Corey Embree had the only multi-hit game and extra base hit for the Dodgers as he went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI. Jesmuel Valentin singled, walked twice, and drove in a run.

DSL – The Dominican Dodgers defeated the A's on Tuesday 10 to 6. Melvin Santana had a big day at the plate as he went 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI's, while Jorky Infante drove in 3 with a triple and a single. Geison Nunez had 2 more hits including a triple. Josmar Cordero was missing from the box score for the second day in a row, so hopefully he is on his way to Arizona. Starter Jhosue Bermudez allowed just 1 hit over 4.1 innings and struck out 5, but he still managed to give up 3 runs thanks to a trio of walks. Three relievers finished the game, but only Luis Jimenez didn't allow a run as he tossed 1.2 hitless innings.

Coming up – It's somewhat of an abbreviated schedule on Wednesday with both the Lookouts and Raptors taking the day off. Derrick Loop will start for the Isotopes, Brandon Martinez will take the mound for the Quakes, and Raydel Sanchez will throw for the Loons.

Minor League Transactions – Rookie Ogden: 2012 20th round pick Jharel Cotton was assigned to the Raptors.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Ogden Raptors Box Score - Game 1 (Rookie)

Ogden Raptors Box Score - Game 2 (Rookie)

Arizona Dodgers Box Score (Rookie)

Dominican Dodgers Box Score (DSL)

Minor League Central - Daily Dodger Recap