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June 4, 2009 – Minor League Report

June 4, 2009 Games – by Tom O’ Shea aka/Lawdog

THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES  6-04-09

The Isotopes got outstanding pitching performances tonight from Randolf (1-2. 7.83) who went 5 scoreless innings and Pollok (H, 5.83) and Bonilla (S, 3.41) and the trio blanked New Orleans 2-0 allowing just three hits.

Offensively the ‘Topes did not hit any home runs, but they got doubles from  DeWitt (.267),  Maza  (.233), and Ardoin (.253).  DeWitt, who continues to sharpen his defensive skills at second base turned in a two hit performance (2-4) and drew two walks as well.  Ordoin went 3-3.

THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS  6-04-09

The Lookouts won a squeaker over the Mobile team tonight 3-2.   Scott Elbert (3.55) started and dominated Mobile while being held to a strict 100 pitch count.  In 6 innings Scott allowed just 2 runs, both earned on 3 hits while walking 4 and striking out 10.  J. Rdriguez (4-1, 2.97) pitched two shutout innings of 3 hit ball to get the win.  Sarter (S,3, 2.76) pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two,  to earn his  3rd save.

Look for Elbert to get another looksee at the major league level soon. if he keeps pitching the way he did tonight.

In terms of the offense, the Lookouts managed just 3 runs on 10 hits.  No home runs were hit, but Tomlin (.311) and Mitchell (.171) whacked doubles.  Tomlin has been hitting the ball well of late raising his average to .311.  He and Lambo (.267) turned in 2 hit performances for the Lookouts.

THE INLAND EMPIRE   66ERS  6-04-09

The 66ers were idle.

We have over half a dozen young players who are hitting the cover off the ball at this level of play, all with batting averages in the .320 to .340 (or better range) and OBPs over or close to .400.  Unfortunately, most are outfielders so they aren’t all going to play for the Dogs big club.  But some would undoubtedly be of interest to rebuilding franchises looking to unload a high priced elite pitcher.  I will review a few of these prospects in tomorrow’s report.

THE GREAT LAKES LOONS   A   6-04-09

The Loons fell to West Michigan tonight 4-3 in 12 innings despite a quality start from Miller (4.45) who allowed 3 runs in 6 innings and shut out relief work from Pratt (5.09), St. Clair (6.00), and Guerra (1.71).

Boothe took the loss (0-3, 3.86) by giving up the 4th run in the 12th inning.

In terms of offense, the Loons right fielder  Russell(.289) hit his 15th home run of the season as well as his second triple .  His two hit performance raised his batting average ever closer to the magic .300 level.  This kid can clobber the ball!

Pedroza (.278) also had a double in the Loons losing effort.

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