Pitching Keys Minor League Sweep

The Dodgers trademark has been strong pitching and Friday night, their four minor league teams swept their opponents, allowing 18 hits in the 28 innings, four runs, a 1.29 ERA and struck out 30. Albuquerque won 8-0, Chattanooga 3-2, Inland Empire 5-0 and Great Lakes 3-2.

Starters Seth Etherton (seven innings), Jon Koronka (6 innings), Ethan Martin (complete game) and Will Savage (8 innings) while Dodgers relievers added seven scoreless innings.

Isotopes Blank Reno 8-0

Seth Etherton (1-0) and Jesus Rodriguez recorded Albuquerque's second shutout in a row, blanking Reno 8-0. They allowed only four hits between them and struck out an even dozen. Etherton, making only his third start of the season, collected his first win to go with 11 strikeouts.

Etherton worked seven innings, allowing three hits and Rodriguez added a pair of zeros on the scoreboard.

The 'Topes won Etherton's first two starts and he is the first Albuquerque starter to hit double figures in strikeouts since Scott Elbert nailed 10 in the second game of the season at Oklahoma City.

The 'Topes built a comfortable lead in the first inning, scoring five times. Timo Perez got things going with a leadoff double and Ivan De Jesus singled and John Lindsey was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Jamie Hoffmann bounced into a double play as Perez scored but hen JD Closser drew a walk, Ramon Nivar doubled to score two and Justin Sellers made it 5-0 with an RBI single.

Albuquerque erupted again in the fifth when Lindsey clouted his eighth home run of the season with De Jesus and Jay Gibbons on base with a single and a double.

Gibbons collected three runs hits, De Jesus and Nivar two each. Gibbons, Lindsey and Nivar all had a pair of RBI each.

Topes Tattler Lab Notes -- Jamie Hoffmann's 19-game hitting streak came to an end but John Lindsey quietly increased his streak to 17 games with last night's fifth-inning, two-run homer. Throughout his streak, which is now the third longest in the PCL, Lindsey is batting .468 (34x73), with 15 runs, 11 doubles, five homers, and 18 RBI. ...Over the last week, the injury bug has bitten the Isotopes hard. Chin-lung Hu went down on May 22 with a broken nose before Russ Mitchell was hobbled with a strained hamstring three days later. Then, last night starting pitcher James McDonald strained his right hamstring sliding into second base, ending what had been a brilliant outing. ...McDonald is still being evaluated, but the news is good on Hu and Mitchell, who both are progressing well. Hu is slated to re-join the team in Memphis this weekend barring any other set-backs. ...Jon Link has been a stalwart out of the Isotopes bullpen of late, racking up 6.2 scoreless innings over his last four appearances. Over that span, he's held the opposition to just three hits in 23 at-bats (.130 average) while walking one and striking out five. ...Andre Ethier will make a pair of rehab appearances with the Isotopes in Memphis tonight and tomorrow. Ethier, who is among NL leaders in each Triple Crown category, has been on the DL since May 18 (retroactive to May 15) after breaking his little finger taking BP.
 
 Score by Innings
Reno        	000 000 000-0
Albuquerque	500 030 00x-8

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Perez lf	4  1  1  0  .304
De Jesus 2b	4  2  2  0  .241
Gibbons rf	4  2  3  2  .393
Lindsey 1b	3  1  1  2  .434
 Rodriguez p 	0  0  0  0  .000
Hoffmann cf	4  0  1  0  .322
Closser 1b	3  1  0  0  .200
Nivar 3b	4  1  2  2  .300
Etherton p	2  0  0  0  .000
Lopez c	        0  0  0  0  .000
--------------------------------
 Total	        31  8 11 7
 Reno	        32  0  4 0

 Error- Sellers (3). 2B- Perez (4),
Nivar (5), Gibbons (14). HR- Lindsey
(8). RBI- gibbons 2 (37), Nivar 2 (8),
Sellers (1), Lindsey 2 (34).
LOB- Albuquerque 2, Reno 6. 

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Etherton (1-0)	7.0  3  0-0  0 11 4.24
Rodriguez	2.0  1  0-0  1  1  0.00
 HBP- Lindsey. T- 2:23 (1:17 delay). Att 5,852.

Jansen Pitches, Bats Lookouts to a Win

Reliever Kenley Jansen worked two perfect innings and doubled and scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning leading Chattanooga (20-27) to a 3-2 win over Jacksonville.

John Koronka drew the start for Chattanooga and gave up five hits and a pair of runs over six innings while striking out five but left the game in a 2-2 tie.

Jansen (2-0), who signed with the Dodgers as a catcher but was switched to pitching on a full-time basis mid-way through the 2009 season, struck out three Suns over two perfect frames. Newly arrived Jon Huber saved the game (#2) with a perfect ninth inning.

Jacksonville used a walk, a double and a single to score twice in he third inning, giving the Suns a 2-0 advantage.

In the sixth, Corey Smith singled and Eddy Perez walked before Tommy Giles bunted them to second and third. Scott Van Slyke's single to right tied the game 2-2.

Jansen led off the seventh with a double and stole third base. He scored the winning run on Dee Gordon's ground ball.

Trayvon Robinson and Van Slyke finished the game with two hits each.

The Suns LH Andrew Miller will face Lookouts RH Chris Withrow in game three of the series tonight.
 
 Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 002 100-3
Jacksonville	002 000 000-2

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  0  1  .289
Robinson cf	3  0  2  0  .245
Smith 3b	4  1  1  0  .302
Perez 1b	3  1  0  0  .280
Giles lf	3  0  0  0  .250
 Guerra p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Huber p	0  0  0  0  .000
Van Slyke rf	4  0  2  2  .265
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .246
Mier c        	4  0  1  0  .362
Koronka p	2  0  0  0  .250
 Jansen p	1  1  1  0  .500
 Herrera lf	0  0  0  0  .230
--------------------------------	
 Total        	31  3  7  3
 Jacksonville	29  2  5  2

 Error- Koronka (2). 2B- Jansen (1).
RBI- Van Slyke 2 (19), Gordon (10).
S- Giles. LOB- Chattanooga 6,
Jacksonville 6. SB- Herrera (14),
Robinson (10), Jansen (1). CS- Herrera
(4). DP- Gordon and Perez. Pickoff- Koronka.

 Chattanooga    in  h  r-er bb so  era
Koronka        	5.0  5  2-2  5  2  4.95
Jansen (2-0)	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  2.08
Guerra        	1.0  0  0-0  2  0  2.89
Huber (sv 2)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.18
 T-2:56. Att- 7,685.

Martin's Complete Game Blanks Storm

Ethan Martin, the Dodgers' first round selection in the 2008 draft, crafted a complete game 5-0 shutout over Bakersfield. The 20-year-old right hander allowed three hits, struck out nine, and won his first game as a starting pitcher at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.

It was the first time the 21-yea-old right-hander had worked over six innings this season and is the first Inland Empire starting pitcher to win a home game.

"I was just throwing strikes and getting ahead, trusting the defense and letting them hit it," Martin said after the game. "That's the main thing is just the defense playing great behind me and that's what helped me out."

Held scoreless until the eighth inning Wednesday night, the 66ers jumped on Bakersfield for four runs in the second inning. The Blaze starter helped out by walking five batters. Ramon Jean highlighted the inning with a two-run single, bringing in Tony Delmonico and Steven Caseres and a walk and a wild pitch accounted for the other two runs.

Jean also added a spectacular leaping catch to save a run.

The 66ers added another run in the fifth when Anthony Hatch hit a towering drive off the right field scoreboard for his first homerun of the season.

Matt Wallach led the offense with a pair of singles and a double. Tony Delmonico singled and doubled.

The shutout improves Martin's record to 5-3 and his streak of scoreless innings to 14. Opponents are batting .073 (3-41) against him over that span.

The 66ers and Blaze will play game three of their four-game series tonight with Jon Michael Redding (1-2, 4.87 ERA) facing Bakersfield's Wilfredo Boscan (2-6, 4.88 ERA).
 
 Score by Innings
Bakersfield	000 000 000-0
Inland Empire	010 010 00x-5

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Buss rf        	5  0  0  0  .235
Gutierrez ss	1  0  0  0  .280
Russell lf	2  0  0  0  .341
Hatch 3b	4  1  1  1  .286
Denker 2b	3  1  0  0  .383
Delmonico dh	3  1  2  0  .282
Caseres 1b	3  1  0  1  .223
Jean cf        	4  0  1  2  .267
--------------------------------
 Total        	29  5  7  4
 Bakersfield	27  0  3  0

 2B- Delmonico (3), Wallach (5).
HR- Hatch (1), RBI- Caseres (17), Jean
2 (6), Hatch (5). LOB- Inland Empire 8,
Bakersfield 3. DP- Hatch, Denker and
Caseres.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Martin (5-3)	9.0  3  0-0  2  9  4.76
 WP- Martin. HBP- by Martin.
T- 2:15. Att- 1,362.

Lara Keys Loons Rally in Ninth

Brad Golden Great Lakes Loons?Christian Lara doubled down the first base line in the top of the ninth inning to drive home the go-ahead run and lead Great Lakes to a 3-2 win over the Fort Wayne.  Both of the Loons ninth-inning runs were unearned.?

?It was the Loons 15th come-from-behind win of the season. Combined with Lansing's loss to West Michigan, the Loons retake second place in the Midwest League East, 1/2 game ahead of the Lugnuts and three games behind first-place Lake County.?

?Will Savage (4-1) threw eight solid innings for the win. The reigning Midwest League Pitcher of the Week walked a career-high three batters but allowed just six hits and two runs striking out three. Had the Loons not come back in the ninth, he would have recorded his second straight complete game. Luis Vasquez threw a scoreless ninth inning after the Loons took the lead for his ninth save.?

?With the game scoreless into the sixth, Savage surrendered three singles and a sacrifice fly to put Fort Wayne ahead 2-0.?

?The Loons came back with a run in the seventh. After a leadoff double by Gorman Erickson, Lenell McGee drove him in on a single to left field.?

?Then in the ninth trailing by a run, Erickson led off with a walk. Jaime Ortiz followed with a sharp ground ball to the shortstop, but instead of turning a double play Dean Anna misplayed the ground ball. 

He then flipped the ball high to second to allow pinch runner Brian Ruggiano to advance to third. The play went as a double error on Anna. McGee followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs.  Rafael Ynoa hit a chopper to second base that Jeudy Valdez turned into a double play, but Ruggiano scored the tying run and Ortiz advanced to third. One batter later, Lara doubled past first base for the go-ahead run.?

Lara, McGee and Brian Cavazos-Glavez finished with a pair of hits each.?Tonight, the Loons return to Dow Diamond for the start of a 10-game homestand beginning with the first of four with the division-leading Lake County Captains. The game will feature a post-game fireworks Loontacular powered by Dow Corning. Right-handed pitcher Elisaul Pimentel (3-3, 3.32) is scheduled to start for the Loons against left-hander Matt Packer (2-2, 2.86).?
 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 102-3
Fort Wayne	000 002 000-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara 3b        	5  0  2  1  .312
Hernandez ss	4  0  0  0  .150
Galvez rf	4  0  2  0  .262
Sands 1b	4  0  1  0  .366
Songco lf	4  0  0  0  .277
Erickson c	3  1  1  0  .247
Ruggiano pr	0  1  0  0  .241 
Yount c	        0  0  0  0  .061
Ortiz dh	4  1  0  0  .204
McGee cf	3  0  2  1  .247
Ynoa 2b        	3  0  0  0  .292
--------------------------------
 Total        	34  3  8  2
 Fort Wayne	30  2  7  2

 2B- Lara 2 (12), McGee (5), Erickson
(4), Sands (13). RBI- Mc Gee (8), Lara
(27). LOB- Great Lakes 8, Fort Wayne 6.
SB- Galvez (15), Lara (9), DP- Sands and
Hernandez; Sands, Erickson and Lara;
Hernandez, Ynoa and Sands. 

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Savage (4-1)	8.0  6  2-2  3  3  2.18
Vasquez (sv 9)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.45
 HBP- by Savage. T- 2:48. Att- 6,466.
Roster Moves
Great Lakes added 3B Austin Yount from the Ogden roster and sent catcher J.T. Wise to Ogden.

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