Thursday, April 12, 2012

Aaron Miller's big night encouraging, Dodgers win, minor-league news

Former supplemental 1st-round pick Aaron Miller has battled injuries in his minor-league career. Tonight was a glimpse into what the big lefty could be, if things go well.

Miller's line: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K, 81 pitches (46 strikes)

Miller, who's pitching with the Lookouts in Double-A, was drafted out of Baylor University with the 36th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. He's an athletic guy with a nice fastball/slider combination.

His first start this season wasn't great, but his second was obviously fantastic. If he could re-establish himself as a legitimate starting prospect, it could do wonders for the Dodgers' depth in the system.

Red Patterson and Shawn Tolleson preserved the one-hitter. Patterson pitched three innings with two strikeouts while Tolleson struck out the side for his second save of the season.

Kyle Russell chipped in the only run of the game with a solo home run, as Chattanooga won 1-0.

Chris Capuano (right) made it through the fifth inning in this start, but couldn't get more than one out in the sixth. Still, it was enough to earn the win. The Dodgers won 3-2.

Capuano struck out five of the first six hitters he faced and ended up with this line: 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 0 BB, 7 K.

The Dodgers made three first-inning runs stand up. Juan Rivera had a sacrifice fly followed by back-to-back RBI singles by Juan Uribe and James Loney (Loney's first hit of the season).

Josh Lindblom, who's probably going to be optioned to the minors when Ted Lilly returns, threw a scoreless seventh inning. Matt Guerrier threw a scoreless eighth before turning the ball over to Javy Guerra for a third consecutive night.

Guerra made things look easy in the ninth, retiring the side in order to pick up his Major League-leading fifth save.

The Dodgers' 6-1 start is their best since 1981, a year in which the Dodgers won the World Series.

Triple-A - Isotopes lost 8-2
The Isotopes continue to struggle as they fall to 2-6 on the season after losing to the Iowa Cubs 8-2.

Jerry Sands had one of his best games of the season, going 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Alex Castellanos got on base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk. He also struck out twice. Scott Van Slyke chipped in with a single.

Starter Stephen Fife struggled in his second Triple-A start, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits, six runs (all earned), two walks while striking out five. He has a 10.50 ERA so far.

High-A - Quakes lost 6-2
Garrett Gould got the start for Rancho Cucamonga, but he wasn't nearly as effective as he was in his first High-A start: 3 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R (unearned), 5 BB, 5 K. He was definitely bitten by the walk bug. At least he only gave up one run and struck out five.

Leon Landry had a single as the Quakes' leadoff man. Christopher O'Brien, starting at designated hitter, had two hits (and an RBI) to bump his season average to an even .400. Catcher Michael Pericht went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI.

Low-A - Loons lost 5-2
The Great Lakes' offense continues to struggle, as it could only muster three hits. Joe Winker (home run), Scott Schebler (double) and Jesse Bosnik (single) provided the offense. Jesus Alberto Arredondo went hitless but had an RBI. Despite going 0-for-4, he's still hitting .429 on the season. Can't wait to find out more about this guy.

Brandon Martinez got the start and was roughed up a bit: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 K. Michael Thomas pitched four scoreless innings of relief.

A bit of good news: James Baldwin didn't strikeout. Still, he has eight strikeouts in 14 at-bats, which is awfully concerning. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus commented on his lack of contact last night:
"I love Dodgers OF prospect James Baldwin's tools, but worried about his ability to hit. 0-for-9 w/ 7 Ks this year."
It's something worth watching as the season progresses.

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