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Dodgers 6/2/13 minor league report - Seager returns from DL, but Loons lose again

Corey Seager, who pulled his hamstring on May 8th, returned to action on Sunday but the Loons still lost 7 to 5

Rafael Ynoa during spring training 2013
Rafael Ynoa during spring training 2013

Minor League Player of the DayRafael Ynoa (AA) - 3 for 3, 2 2B's, 2 walks, 1 RBI, 1 SB. Ynoa has flown under the radar since his strong performance this past October in the Arizona Fall League, but he did enough on Sunday to win player of the day honors. For the season Rafael is hitting just .251 with an OPS of only .668 so he isn't doing much to help his prospect status.

AAA – The Isotopes doubled up on the RedHawks (Astros) on Sunday with a 4 - 2 victory. Jeremy Moore had a big day at the plate for Albuquerque as he went 2 for 3 with a 2-run homer and a double, while Nick Buss drove in the other two runs with a sac fly and a two-bagger of his own. Dee Gordon doubled as well and reached three times thanks to a couple of walks. Starter Matt Palmer had his best outing of the season as he allowed 5 hits and 2 runs over 7 frames while striking out 8. Javy Guerra recorded the two inning save in his return to the club.

AA – The Lookouts led for most of the afternoon on Sunday but a couple of old friends helped the Braves beat Chattanooga 4 to 2. Starter Steve Smith threw very well in just his 3rd start of the season as he allowed 6 hits and one run without walking a batter over 5.1 innings. After Michael Thomas got a couple of outs the most interesting move of the day came when Zach Lee was brought in for a perfect inning of relief. I haven't seen any official reports but I'm sure the reason of skipping his start and having him throw just 1 inning was to limit his innings and keep him fresh. With the Lookouts leading by one Yimi Garcia was brought in to try and close it out, but he gave up a solo homer in the 8th and a two run bomb to former Dodger minor leaguer Jamie Pedroza to blow the game. Kyle Russell was also playing for the Braves in this one and went 2 for 4. At the dish Rafael Ynoa had a perfect game by going 3 for 3 with two doubles and 2 walks while Miguel Rojas had a couple of two-baggers as well. The slumping Joc Pederson showed some signs of life as he had a walk, a single, and a stolen base in four plate appearances.

HiA – The Quakes earned a split of their 4-game series with Bakersfield (Reds) after a 7 - 3 win on Sunday. Garrett Gould threw well in this one as he allowed 5 hits and 3 runs over 7 innings to record his second victory of the season. Raydel Sanchez and Joel Lima tossed a scoreless inning each to close out the game. O'Koyea Dickson got the offense going early with a 3-run homer in the 3rd innings, and later in the game he doubled. Jonathan Garcia also had a 3-run homer later in the contest to give him 5 bombs in his last 10 games to go along with a 1.300 OPS.

LoA – The Loons put up a 5 spot in the 6th inning but that was all their offense was able to generate in a 7 - 5 loss to the Lugnuts (Blue Jays). Doubles by James Baldwin, Kevin Taylor, and Tyler Ogle drove in 4 of the 5 runs for Great Lakes in their big inning, and for Taylor it was part of a 3 hits, 2 RBI effort. Corey Seager went 0 for 3 with a walk in his return from the DL. On the mound Miguel Sulbaran lasted just 4 innings after allowing 7 hits and 4 runs, then Zachary Bird gave up two hits and a run in his 2.1 frames. Alan Garcia was charged with the loss after he permitted a solo homer in the 8th which turned out to be the game winner for Lansing.

DSL – Off day

Coming up – All five teams are scheduled to play tomorrow, but as of now only two have announced their starters. Angel Castro will be on the mound for the Isotopes and the Lookouts, who have been doing weird things with their pitching staff all year, are showing that they will be starting closer Yimi Garcia even though that doesn't make sense since he pitched on Sunday.

Minor League Transactions – AAA: Elian Herrera was added back to the roster after leaving for a few days for the birth of his child, and to make room for him the organization released Alfredo Amezaga. AA: Kyle Cofield was activated from the DL while Luis Vasquez was put on the disabled list. HiA: Ryan Mount was placed on the DL while Pedro Guerrero was activated. LoA: Corey Seager's hamstring is healthy again so was activated from the DL, and Devin Shines was sent up to Rancho.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)

Minor League Central - Daily Dodger Recap