Tuesday night 5-19-09
Great Lakes Loons defeat West Michigan Whitecaps 3-2. – Low Class A – Bobby Blevins, a 24 year old, 200 pound right hander dominated the Whitecaps at Comstock Park, Michigan by firing seven shut out innings as the Loons defeated the the West Michigan team 3-2. Blevins gave up just two hits and a walk while striking out six through seven shutout frames. This was his second consecutive outing in which he did not allow an earned run and his earned run average has dropped from 9.13 to a more respectable 6.06 during that time frame. He also evened his record at 3-3.
The Loons scored in he third inning after Parker Dalton drew a walk and scored on double by Devaris Gordon. Scoring in the third was completed when Gordon was driven in from third on a sacrifice fly by Nick Buss.
The Loons added another insurance run in the 7th when Anthony Hatch whacked a solo homer (his second home run of the season), giving Blevins a three run lead.
Blevins was followed by Dutton in the 8th who gave up just one hit to the only batter he faced. Dutton was then pulled for Boothe who was ultimately charged with two runs. Javy Guerra then came into the game with two out in the 9th and gave up a double by Brian Pounds scoring the last of Western Michigan’s two runs after first intentionally walking Jordan Lennerton to put the potential winning runs on base with Avisail Garcia at the plate giving the home team fans something to cheer about before slamming the door, striking Garcia out and ending the game with his 10th save. Boothe was credited with his 4th hold.
Hatch, the 3rd baseman, had the only home run and is hitting .265. Gordon, went 2-4, including a double to lead the team with his stellar .327 average, and stole his 23rd base in the process. Pedroza (2B) had a single to keep his average at .324.
Tuesdays win comes on the heels of 6-4 win over the same Whitecaps monday night which saw the Loons rally from a 4-0 deficit by scoring 4 runs in the 7th inning.
Grizzlies 5 Isotopes 4 – Class AAA
Fresno Grizzlies beat the Albuquerque Isoptopes 5-4 on “walk off” squeeze in the bottom of 14th inning. The Fresno Grizzlies improved their record to 20-19 while dropping the Isotopes to 19-19 by squeezing home the winning run in the bottom of the 14th at Fresno California tuesday afternoon.
Some “friends” of the Dodgers played roles in this marathon which saw lead change hands several times over the course o f the afternoon. In the bottom of the 14th, Jesus Guzman got the final inning started by smashing a shot into the gap for a double off Isotopes reliever Carmen Call. Call then proceeded to load the bases with one out setting up Jake Wald who then proceeded to lay down the winning squeeze bunt along the first base line scoring Guzman without a play at the plate.
The Isotopes took the lead for the second time in the top of the 6th when Blake DeWitt drew a one out walk and was immediately driven in by a towering two run home run off the bat of first baseman Hector Luna.
The Isotope 3-1 lead proved to be short as the Grizzlies came back with 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead thanks in part to a 2 run double by Matt Downs and a sacrifice fly by Grizzlies Rohlinger.
Before you’d have time to pound down a beverage of your choice, the Isotopes came back once again in the top of the 8th. DeWitt and Luna drew two out walks off Grizzlies reliever Alex Hinshaw. Dee Brown then singled sharply to right leaving the game tied 4-4 until the walk off bunt in the bottom of the 14th.
The Isotopes will return home to start a 4 game series with Salt Lake thursday night at 6:35 starting Giancarlo Alvarado (2-3, 3.97) against the Bees right hander Brad Knox (2-1, 5.14).
For Dodger fans who like to follow the progress of the kids at AAA level, Hector Luna (3b) is hitting .357 with an OBP of .421. He has 8 home runs, 7 doubles and 2 triples in 112 ABs and has driven in 30 RBI’s. A.J. Ellis, our catcher of the future (perhaps?) is homer-less but has a batting average of .306 and an OBP of .435 (!!!). Blake DeWitt is now back at third base, hitting .296 with an OBP of .406 (!!). Everybody else is struggling somewhere between .250 and Mendoza-ville.
Pitching wise, Shawn Estes is 3-1 with an ERA of 3.00 and WHIP of 1.62; Alvarado is 2-3 with an ERA of 2.97 and WHIP of 1.23. Sturtz (since released) and McDonald are looking very Mota-like since they returned with ERAs over 6.00 in their limited time back from the bigs.
San Jose 6 Inland Empire 3 – High Class A
J. Meque (0-1, 7.11) found himself out pitched by San Jose’s classy D. Turpen (2-0, 0.68) n Tuesday. The scoring started in the top of the 4th inning when Pedro Baez doubled home Adolfo Gonzales. Inland Empire’s lead was short lived, however when San Jose scored twice with Buster Posey driving in Roger Kiweschnick with a double and then Posey scoring himself on a fielder’s choice fielded by pitcher Josh Wall giving San Jose a 2-1 lead.
Inland Empire’s Trayvon Robinson homered in the 6th to tie the score, (his 5th), and Garett Gree homered in the 7th (his 4th) to give Inland a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the 7th San Jose tied the score once more when Trent Kline doubled home Brian Bocock who had singled earlier. In the bottom of the 8th, the Inland Nine collapsed giving up RBI doubles to Buster Posey and Conor Gillaspie and an RBI single by Brian Bocock giving the San Jose team a 6-3 lead which they held to the end.
Chattanooga Lookouts Rally to Win 4-2 over Smokies at AT&T Field – Class AA
Lookout starter James Adkins and Tennessee’s Jay Jackson were involved in a scoreless pitchers duel until the 5th inning when Adkins gave up two runs on four singles singles which began with one out.
The Lookouts got on the board in the 8th inning on Lucas May’s solo shot to prolong his hitting streak which now has reached 9 games. Justin Sellers then walked and pinch hitter J.D. Closser then hit a single to right. The catcher then bounced a throw back to the pitcher Jackson and resulted in Jackson making an errant throw to second which allowed Sellers to score while Godwin advanced to third. Tony Abreu then bounced his third hit of the night with a single to right scoring Godwin and giving the Lookouts the lead for good. Josh Bell finished the scoring with a grounder to second.
J.D. Durbin gave up a triple and a walk with one out but then found his groove and retired the last two batters to earn his third save of the year.
Players to keep an eye on as the season progresses: Tony Abreu is hitting .353 with a .371 OBP; J.D. Closser, a new catcher, is hitting .317 with an OBP of .431 (!!!), Jamie Hoffman, rf, was hitting .307 with an OBP of .457 before he was promoted to AAA.
Lucas May, once thought to be our catcher of the future is hitting .298 with a .391 OBP–which ain’t hay for a catcher! He only has hit 4 home runs however.
We have some talent in Chattanooga. Only 3 players have batting averages under .260–and they’re only part timers. Pitching is anothe story with only Scot Elbert (2.40), Jesus Rodriguez (1.78), Matt Sartor (3.24), Francisco Felix (2.55) and Carmen Cali (3.55) under 4.00 ERA-wise. I can see why Joe Torre keeps going with Brent Leach in relief. The lefty was 0.69 before he was called up with 17 Ks in 13 innings.