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Dodgers 4/23/14 minor league report - Valentin stays hot for Loons

Jesmuel Valentin went 4 for 4 on Wednesday to help the Loons pull out their third straight victory

Jesmuel Valentin, seen here last year with the Raptors
Jesmuel Valentin, seen here last year with the Raptors
Brandon Hart

Minor League Player of the Day Jesmuel Valentin (LoA) - 4 for 4, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs.  Dating back to Tuesday Valentin has reached based safely in 8 straight plate appearances and has driven in 5 runs.  That has made up for his somewhat slow start to boost his OPS to over .900 and his average to a healthy .322.

AAA – Off day

AA – The Lookouts had just one extra base hit on Wednesday as they fell to the Generals (Mariners) 5 to 3.  A RBI double by Brian Cavazos-Galvez was the extent of the non-singles in this game and he finished the game 2 for 4.  Daniel Mayora had the only other multi-hit game as he went 2 for 3, while Erisbel Arruebarrena finished 0 for 4 and saw his average drop to .105.  Starter Garrett Gould lost his 4th game of the young season after allowing 8 hits and 4 runs over 5 frames.  Jarret Martin didn't permit a hit in his 2 innings of work but still gave up a run after walking 3.

HiA – The Quakes lost a heart-breaker on Wednesday as they dropped a close one to the Mavericks (Mariners) 9 to 8.  Down by 3 heading into the 8th, Rancho scored once in the 8th and then 3 more times in the 9th to take a 8 to 7 lead.  Blake Smith and the defense couldn't hold the lead, however, as Smith allowed solo homer to lead off the 9th, then two singles and a error by Corey Seager later, the game was over in walk-off fashion.  Going back to the start of the game, things were ugly early as starter Fabio Martinez allowed 6 hits, 6 walks, and 7 runs in just 4 innings of work.  Matt Shelton continued his solid relief work with 3 shutout frames before Smith took over.  At the dish Brandon Dixon went 2 for 5 with a double and a RBI, and Steven Proscia had a similar stat line.  Seager had a couple of singles and scored a run while Adam Law went 2 for 4 and drove in a pair.

LoA – The Loons won their 3rd game in a row as they dominated the TinCaps (Padres) 9 to 2.  Two hitters in the Great Lakes lineup had 4 hit games in the victory, starting with Jesmuel Valentin who was a perfect 4 for 4 with 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored.  Webster Rivas wasn't quite perfect as he went 4 for 5, and while he didn't drive in a run he did double and score three times.  Kyle Farmer and Malcolm Holland also contributed as they both had a couple of RBI's each.  Starter James Campbell threw very well in this one as he allowed just 3 hits over 5 innings, and while two runs scored against him, neither were earned.  Victor Arano was even better out of the bullpen, however, as he tossed 4 innings of shutout ball while allowing just a single hit to lower his ERA to 0.66 for the season.

Coming up Chris Anderson highlights Thursday's hurlers as he takes the mound for the Quakes, while Red Patterson will throw for the Isotopes.  Carlos Frias gets the call for the Lookouts and Luis Chirinos will toe the rubber for the Loons.

Minor League Transactions – HiA: Fabio Martinez joined the Quakes while Jharel Cotton was removed from the roster.

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)

Minor League Central - Daily Dodger Recap