Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Recapping the Dodgers' home-opener, plus minor-league updates

The Dodgers' kicked off their 50th season in beautiful Dodger Stadium with a 2-1 win against the Pirates on Monday.

Clayton Kershaw, fresh of a 3-inning start because of the flu on Opening Day, threw a gem: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K. He's going to be just fine.

Andre Ethier, extra base hitting machine, ended up winning the game with a home run into the right field pavilion. Five of his six hits this season have gone for extra bases, good for a team-leading .842 slugging percentage.

Kenley Jansen did Kenley Jansen things, striking out two in his inning of work. He also picked up the win because of Ethier's 8th-inning dinger. Javy Guerra closed out the game by getting Pirates' stud center fielder Andrew McCutchen to ground into a double play.

Vin Scully missed the home-opener with a cold and might not broadcast the entire series. It sucks for the listener, but Mr. Scully's health is first and foremost. He can take as much time as he needs -- we'll brave the Charley Steiner/Steve Lyons combo for as long as it takes.

Minor league update (April 10)

Triple-A - Isotopes won 6-5
Alex Castellanos continued his good start with the Isotopes by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. He also stole his third base of the season. Scott Van Slyke also posted another two hits, including a double (his third), pushing his batting average to .458 for the young season. His OPS is sitting at a robust 1.458.

Double-A - Lookouts won 4-3
J.T. Wise, not much of a prospect at 26 in Double-A, went 2-for-5 with two RBI. He's hitting .444 in his first look at Double-A. Blake Smith got his first extra base hit (a double), but he's still hitting just .100 in his first week with the Lookouts. Allen Webster had a much better start in his second appearance of the season: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 3 K. Shawn Tolleson pitched a perfect ninth (one strikeout) to pickup his first save of the season.

High-A - Quakes won 7-5
Zach Lee made his second start of the season. While he wasn't as dominant as he was in his first go-round, he was still pretty damn good: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 4 K. He has a sparkling 1.80 ERA and 0.90 WHIP through his first two starts. Scott McGough pitched two innings in relief and allowed one hit. Logan Bawcom picked up his second save of the season, throwing a scoreless ninth with a hit and strikeout mixed in. Leon Landry picked up a hit, run and his third stolen base of the season. Christopher O'Brien had a 2-run double. His average is at .391 so far. Casio Grider was the offensive star of the night, going 2-for-3 with a 2-run home run, a double and three RBI.

Low-A - Loons won 5-4
James Baldwin's hand appears to be OK as he returned to the Loons' starting lineup. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Jesus Alberto Arredondo went 2-for-4 with a double to keep his batting average at .500. I know nothing about this guy other than this is his first professional season and is from Mexico. He's hitting pretty well for a 21-year-old in Low-A. Jesse Bosnik, who's repeating the level, went 3-for-3 with a home run, double and four RBI.

Photo credit: SD Dirk, Flickr

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