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Dodgers 6/30/13 minor league report - Griggs and Dixon help Loons win 6th straight

Bullpen hiccups for Lookouts and both Rookie league teams lead to an under .500 performance by the minor league affiliates. Scott Griggs and Brandon Dixon lead Loons to 6th straight win and Isotopes had a great weekend

Carl Crawford-pictured here against the Los Angeles Angels - begins his rehab with the Quakes
Carl Crawford-pictured here against the Los Angeles Angels - begins his rehab with the Quakes
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Minor League Player of the Day – Great Lakes 3B Brandon Dixon hit his first home run and also doubled as he drove in 5 runs to lead Great Lakes to their 6th straight win.

AAA – LHP Jonathan Sanchez won his second start as the Isotopes took 3 out 4 and defeated Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 5 to 3. Sanchez pitched 5 scoreless innings, with 3 hits, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. RHP Josh Wall has struggled in June, giving up 13 runs in 11.1 innings pitched while both walking and striking out 8 batters. OF Alex Castellanos went 1 for 4 with a walk and a double. SS Justin Sellers went 1 for 5 with a double and an RBI.

AA – Lookouts were looking for another win over the Stars (Mariners) but 2 solo shots in the bottom of the 9th give the Stars the 5 to 4 win. RHP Yimi Garcia lost his 4th game as he let a 4-3 lead become a 1-run loss. LHP Chris Reed started and struck out 7 in 5 IP but also walked 4, while giving up 2 runs and 2 hits. LHP Michael Thomas gave up a solo shot to tie the game but the Lookouts were able to rally. OF Jon Garcia had his first two hits in AA, going 2 for 4 with a triple. OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez and 1B Angelo Songco went 1 for 4 and each had an RBI.

HiA Quakes didn't have a lot of good things happen on Sunday as they lost to the JetHawks (Astros) 17 to 3. This game featured two Dodgers making their rehab appearances, OF Carl Crawford and LHP Ted Lilly. For more on their games, please read Ronit Shah's article here. OF Scott Schebler hit his 12th home run of the season. Two position players, Pedro Guerrero and Scott Wingo both pitched in the blowout loss, Wingo was the more successful of the two.

LoA – Earlier this week RHP Scott Griggs' former college team UCLA won their first NCAA baseball title, today, Griggs finished a nice week by helping the Loons win their 6th straight, 8 to 5, over the Lugnuts (Blue Jays). The Loons who did not play well during the first two months of the season, completed their most successful June, going 18-9. While no one questions Scott Griggs stuff, 57 strikeouts in 35.1 innings pitched, the same problem with control that has followed Griggs from UCLA, is an issue at Great Lakes (26 walks). However, Griggs' last 3 appearances, he has pitched 7 innings, with just 1 hit, 0 runs, 3 walks and 15 strikeouts. 1st round pick Chris Anderson made his second start, going 2.1 innings, with 1 hit, 3 runs, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. As noted above, Brandon Dixon hit his first home run and also had a double and 5 RBI. 5 other Loons had 2 hits, including Aaron Miller. Corey Seager went 1 for 3 with a double and 3 walks.

Rookie Raptors were looking for their 7th win against the Chukars (Royals) but this time, their bullpen couldn't hold a late lead, losing to the Chukars 6 to 5. RHP Scott Barlow made the start, giving up 8 hits, a walk, 2 runs and 3 strikeouts. But after a 2-run top of the 8th that gave the Raptors a 2-run lead, the Chukars scored 2 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th to win the game. 3B Alex Santana went 1 for 3 with a walk. 4 Raptors had 2 hits including Joey Curletta and Brandon Trinkwon.

Rookie ArizonaArizona Dodgers went to the 10th before losing to the Angels 4 to 3. Errors and a passed ball led to the loss as all the runs the Angels scored were unearned. RHP Javy Guerra made a trip to Arizona to start his rehab assignment and he had a clean 3 inning start. RHP Victor Arano lost the game but he did strikeout 4 in his 4 IP. At the plate, 1B Justin Chigbogu made a bid for a promotion has he hit his 5th home run, .342/.381/.848, and went 2 for 5.

Coming up – LHP Aaron Laffey starts for the Isotopes, RHP Andres Santiago goes for the Lookouts, RHP Garrett Gould takes the mound for the Quakes, LHP Tom WIndle makes his starting debut for the Loons, and RHP Francisco Villa leads the Raptors. Arizona Dodger starter not known.

Minor League Transactions – Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RHP Chris Withrow from Albuquerque; Albuquerque assigned RHP Javy Guerra to Arizona for a rehab assignment; Los Angeles Dodgers assigned OF Carl Crawford and LHP Ted Lilly to Rancho Cucamonga for a rehab assignment; Rancho Cucamonga placed RHP Pedro Baez (biceps) on 7-day disabled list; Rancho Cucamonga activated C Pratt Maynard and RHP Lindsey Caughel from disabled list; C Johnathan Linares was assigned from Great Lakes to Ogden; C Austin Cowen was assigned from Ogden to Great Lakes; C John Cannon was assigned from Rancho Cucamonga to Ogden; C Dimitri Papantonopoulos was assigned from Arizona to Ogden.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)

Ogden Raptors Box Score (Rookie)

Arizona Dodgers Box Score (Rookie)

Minor League Central - Daily Dodger Recap