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Dodgers 4/29/13 minor league report - Yasiel Puig homers in return

Puig also hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th to give the Lookouts a 3 - 2 victory in the first game of their double header

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Minor League Player of the DayAngel Castro (AAA) - 7 IP, 0 Runs, 4 Hits, 5 K's. I'll be honest in that I don't know much about the 30 year old Castro, but he's been great over his last two starts for the Isotopes including 7 innings of shutout ball on Monday. At the very least he is giving the Isotopes rotation a boost during a time when they are short on starters.

AAA Elian Herrera provided all the offense that the Isotopes needed on Monday in a 2 - 1 walk-off win over the Redbirds (Cardinals). Herrera started off the scoring in the 6th with a solo homer, his first of the year, then in the bottom of the 9th he singled home the winning run. Matt Angle had the only other multi-hit game for Albuquerque as he went 2 for 4 with a triple. On the mound Angel Castro was brilliant as he tossed 7 shutout innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 walk. Peter Moylan gave up a run in relief, but Chris Withrow, who may find himself in the big leagues sooner rather than later, continued to shut down the opposition with 1.1 scoreless frames.

AA Game 1 – Yasiel Puig made his presence felt in his return to game action as he helped the Lookouts to a 3 - 2 win over the Generals (Mariners). In a game that was supposed to go just 7 innings because it was the first game of a double header, the two teams ended up playing 11 innings before Puig drove home the winning run with a walk-off single. Yasiel had homered earlier in the game and finished the game 2 for 6. Joc Pederson had a pair of hits and actually scored the winning run, while C.J. Retherford also had a pair of hits. Starter Rob Rasmussen had another solid outing as he went 6 strong innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 6 hits. Yimi Garcia tossed a couple of innings of scoreless relief, while Luis Vasquez got the win with a shutout frame.

AA Game 2 – Chattanooga's luck turned in the second game of their double header as they fell to Jackson (Mariners) 5 to 4. The Lookouts had a slim one run lead after 5 frames, but the Generals scored in the 6th and the 7th to secure the win. Onelki Garcia had another interesting outing as he only allowed 1 hit, but did walk three and lasted just 2.2 innings. Aaron Miller struggled in relief to the tune of 6 hits, 4 walks, and 3 runs over 3.1 frames, although he did strike out 5. A the plate Joc Pederson hit his 6th homer of the season which helped him recapture the league lead. Blake Smith had the only other notable performance as he went 2 for 3 with a double, and he is now hitting .300 for the season.

HiA – Off day

LoA – Not much to write about in this one as the Loons fell to the Bandits (Astros) 6 to 1. Great Lakes' offense had just 4 hits and struck out 14 times in this game so there weren't many highlights. Eric Smith and Tyler Ogle had doubles, but that was about it. Starter Lindsey Caughel had his first rough outing of the season as he allowed 8 hits and 4 runs over 4 frames, although only 2 of those runs were earned. Jake Hermsen and Luis Meza finished up in relief and gave up a run each.

Coming up – While the Lookouts have the day off, the other three clubs will be playing with the highlight being Ross Stripling throwing for the Quakes. Angel Sanchez will be the starter for the Loons, while the Albuquerque pitcher will be Blake Johnson.

Minor League Transactions – AA: Chris Jacobs was placed on the DL to make room for Yasiel Puig.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score - Game 1 (AA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score - Game 2 (AA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)

Minor League Central - Daily Dodger Recap