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June 23, 22, 21, 2009 Minor League Report

June 23, 22, 21, 2009 Minor League Report

I got a little behind this week, so I am posting Tom’s (Lawdog) Reports for the past 3 days.   I have them listed in inverse order.  Sorry!

TOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEAGUE REPORT         6-23-09

THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES    AAA  

The Isotopes beat Nashville 1-0.

MANNY RAMIREZ IS IN THE HOUSE.  And just having him on the field must have set attendance records for the Isotopes as 15, 321 came out to see a minor league team that’s been lucky to draw 4,000 fans most of the time this year.  He didn’t do much with his bat though only appearing twice and going 0-2 with one strikeout.  He was replaced in LF by BROWN (.310) who fared better going 1-2 and drove in the only run of the game.

The Isotopes only managed 6 hits,total, for the game.  Another young friend of the Dogs, BLAKE DEWITT was the only player to have a multi-hit game going 2-4.  He was also the onlyminorleaguelogos player to whack an extra base hit–his 15th double. 

ALVARADO (W, 5-5, 3.10) pitched a masterful 7 innings blanking the Nashville Nine on 4 hits, 0 walks and 8 K’s!!!  SCHLICTING (H, 1, 0.00), and STRICKLAND (S, 12, 4.15) were also up to the task each pitching a strong shut out inning in relief to finish Nashvile.

Welcome back Manny!  Beware of Pierre!  He just might take your job if you keep hitting like this!  ;)

 
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS         AA   

Lookouts loose to Huntsville 6-1.

LINDBLOM (L, 3-5, 4.71, threw 5 innings of effective batting practice for Huntsville giving up 5 runs in 5 innings for the loss.  GARATE (2.84), KOSS (2.08), and SARTOR (2.75) all fared much better each pitching an inning of shut out ball for the Lookouts.  But it was too little too late.

LINDBLOM had already left the barn door open while proving he couldn’t hit the broad side of the same barn at 10 paces.

The Lookouts only managed 4 hits for the entire game.  GUTIERREZ (.252), managed the only extra base hit, a double, and went 2-3 with a walk.  ABREU (.300), had the other 2 hits, going 2-4.

Tha, thaaa, thaaat’s all folks!!!

 

THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS    A   ADVANCED 

Manny will go to Inland Empire  for a game or three before returning to the Dodgers big club on July 3rd.

The 66ers were idle, as usual.  Only last night they didn’t play a game either.

 

TOM O’SHEA’S  MINOR LEAGUE REPORT    6-22-09

THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES    AAA  

MANNY RAMIREZ WILL START FOR THE ISOTOPES ON TUESDAY 6-23-09.

The Isotopes were idle 6-22-09.

 
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS    AA    

The Lookouts blow it losing 2-1 to Huntsville.

You can’t blame the Lookout pitching for last night’s devastating loss.  CHICK (L, 5-3, 4.11), pitched a dandy going 6 innings giving up 7 its, 2 runs (both earned) walking 1 and striking out 6 for a “quality start.”  FELIX (2.76) fared even better pitching the last two innings and giving up no runs on just 2 hits.  Each time out FELIX’ ERA shrinks.  It’s getting to the point that he has nothing more to learn at AA and probably deserves a looksee at the show.

Despite the solid pitching, the Lookouts managed to score just one run on 9 hits.  In fact, only 1 of the hits even factored in the scoring.  GILES (.273) whacked his 3rd round tripper of the year, a solo shot, in the third.  Although BELL (.280) roped his 18th double, it did not factor in the score.  TOMLIN (.296) and GILES (.273) both had 2 hit games for naught.
When your team RISP is 0-6 and you manage just one run on a home run despite  collecting 9 hits and a walk on the night, as a fan, you’d really rather be in Philadelphia–even if you have to watch the dreaded Phillies.

THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS    A    ADVANCED   

The 66ers were idle, as they usually are.  But this time they didn’t play either. 

THE GREAT LAKES LOONS   A

The Loonies didn’t play.  The have forgotten that idle hands are the devil’s playground.

I think I’ve detected a trend here….

 

TOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEAGUE REPORT      06-21-09

THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES         AAA    

Just another reminder–Manny will be playing for the Isotopes beginning next week in order to “tune up” for his return to the big club from his 50 day suspension.  He will NOT be playing for Inland Empire at A Advanced as first expected.

The Isotopes beat Omaha for the second straight day 5-4.

Our good friend JASON SCHMIDT, (4.70), probably the richest player in AAA history, took another stab at pitching effectively today, and though he wasn’t horrible, he still shows he’s not ready for prime time.  He’ll probably be back to 100% the day after he cashes his last check from the Dogs. SCHMIDT went 5 innings giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 4 walks.  He had only 2 Ks.

VARGAS (2.25), pitched 2 ineffective innings giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits.  OHMAN (0.00), SCHLICTING (0.00), THREETS (1.89), and BONILLA (W, 3-5, 4.29), all pitched shut out ball for the ‘Topes.

BROWN (.308), hit his 13th home run of the year.

DeWITT (.259), hit his 14th two bagger.  CLOSSER (.300), catching for the promoted ELLIS, hit his 2nd two bagger.

REPKO (.259) continued his hot hitting going 3-6.  MAZA (.267) went 3-4 with a walk, BROWN (.308) went 2-3 and CLOSSER 2-4.

Overall, the Isotopes pounded out 14 hits.

 THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS    AA   

The Lookouts ended the first half of their season on a positive note beating Mississippi 5-4.

BATISTA (W, 3-0, 3.05) pitched mediocre ball allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 over 5.2 innings. KOSS (H,2, 2.20) actually couldn’t hit the backstop from 10 paces in the one inning he pitched giving up an earned run and walking 3 batters.  RODRIGUEZ (H,4,3.23), and GARATE (S, 3, 2..96) proved to be effective and each shut out Mississippi in the inning they worked.

4 Lookout players swatted doubles:  LAMBO (.268), his 21st, TOMLIN (.291), his 8th, BECKER (.400), his 2nd and GUITIERREZ (.167), his 1st.

SELLERS (.294), went 4-5, and TOMLIN (.291) went 2-3 with a walk. 

The Lookouts managed 10 hits overall during the course of the game.

 THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS     A    ADVANCED 

The 66ers kicked some serious backside this afternoon crushing High Desert 6-0.

It looks like another former all-star major league pitcher who has pitched well for the big club when healthy this year has over come his aches and pains and appears ready to return to Los Angeles if today’s game is any indicator.  Lefty MILTON (W, 1-0, 0.00), earned the win looking near perfect in 5.1 innings.  He shut out the hapless High Desert Nine on 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3.  JOHNSON (S,1, 4.25) went the last 3.2 innings giving up no runs and only 3 hits, 2 walks while striking out 6!

Wow!  We seem to have good pitching at every level, eh?

Two 66ers players went yard:  VAN SLYKE (.297), hitting his 11th and ORTIZ (.250), his 2nd.  

ROBINSON (.301), roped is 21st double and MATTINGLY (.286), smoked his 10th two bagger of the year as well.

Three 66ers had 2 hit games:  MATTINGLY, 2-3 with a walk, BAEZ (.293), 2-4,  and ORTIZ (.250), 2-4.

The 66ers managed 9 hits altogether.

 
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS    A     

The Loons lost Sunday afternoon to Lansing 9-8.

MILLER (L, 3-3, 4.74), and BOOTHE (4.99),  both stunk up the field with their terrible pitching Sunday. SMIT (5.20), pitched two innings of shut out ball in relief. But it was ST. CLAIR (3.60) who was the only shining star getting 3 straight outs on 3 strike outs.
The Loonies might not have been able to pitch today, but they did it the cover off the ball.  All told, the Loons hit 7 doubles:  2 by RUSSELL (.281) his 21st and 22nd, 2 by HATCH (.277), his 18th and 19th, PEDROZA (.285) hit his 19th, WALLACH (.235) hit his 12th and GALLAGHER (.262) hit his 9th.

Five Loons had 2 hit games:  GORDON (.308), PEDROZA, HATCH, RUSSELL,  and BUSS (.279).

The Loons smacked 13 hits but didn’t get enough clutch pitching to win.

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