Minors: June Pride Awards announced

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the June
winners of the Dodger Pride Awards, given each month to the players at each level of the club’s minor league
system who play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style.
The players and staff on each respective club vote for the awards.

The winners for June are as follows:

Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes

Pitcher – RHP James McDonald went 1-0 with 28 strikeouts and a 1.89
ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP) in three June starts, earning a promotion to the
Dodgers on June 19…the 24-year-old has allowed just one run in 6.2
innings (1.35 ERA) of relief since being recalled…the Long Beach
native was selected in the 11th round of the 2002 draft, and was
recognized as the Dodgers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year both of
the last two seasons.

Player – INF Chin-lung Hu batted .304 (34-for-112) with four doubles
and 11 RBI in 28 June games, raising his average to .258 from
.228…the Taiwan native is batting .324 (23-for-71) with two homers
and 30 RBI with runners in scoring position overall.

Other Notables – OF Jamie Hoffmann is 11-for-22 (.500) with three
homers and 11 RBI in seven July games…overall, the 24-year-old is
batting .299 (32-for-107) with five homers and 21 RBI in 29 games
with the Isotopes…OF Jason Repko is batting .370 (10-for-27) in
seven July games…RHP Scott Strickland has allowed just one run in
his last 10.0 innings over 10 games…the 33-year-old is tied for
second in the Pacific Coast League with 17 saves…overall, he has 40
strikeouts in 28.2 innings.

Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts

Pitcher – RHP Travis Chick went 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA (6 ER/32.0 IP) in
five June starts…his lone loss was a quality start of 6.0 innings
and two runs June 22 at Huntsville (Brewers)…the 25-year-old, who
signed with the Dodgers as a minor league free agent in November
2008, is 6-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 16 games (14 starts) overall.

Player – OF Tommy Giles batted .351 (20-for-57) with five homers and
10 RBI in 24 games in June…the Dodgers’ eighth-round pick from the
2006 draft is hitting .278 with six homers and 14 RBI in 42 games
with Chattanooga since his May 12 promotion from Single-A Inland
Empire…this is Giles’s first taste of Double-A action…he is
batting a combined .304 with 10 homers and 31 RBI in 58 games with
Chattanooga and Inland Empire…the left-handed hitter had 100 RBI in
2008 to tie for the organization lead and rank second in the
California League.

Other Notables – OF Andrew Lambo is batting .385 (10-for-26) with
three doubles, a homer, and eight RBI in seven games in July…he had
11 RBI in 26 games in June…C Lucas May is 6-for-17 (.353) with
three doubles and six RBI in five games since returning from the
disabled list on Friday…five of the RBI came last night vs.
Huntsville…May missed nearly two months of action with a broken
right wrist…OF James Tomlin is batting .429 (24-for-56) with 10
walks and 11 runs scored in his last 16 games to raise his average
from .284 to a season-high .322…RHP J.D. Durbin tossed 7.0 innings
of two-run ball in both his starts since joining the rotation June
28…he starts again tonight vs. Huntsville…LHP Victor Garate has
tossed 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings in his last 12 games
beginning June 11…he has allowed only three hits in that time.

Single-A Inland Empire 66ers

Pitcher – RHP Steve Johnson went 3-1 with a save and a 2.28 (7
ER/27.2 IP) in five June games (three starts)…the 21-year-old ranks
third in the California League with 98 strikeouts in 90.1
innings…overall, the Baltimore native is 7-4 with one save and a
3.79 ERA in 17 games (15 starts).

Player – INF Steven Caseres batted .418 (28-for-67) with six homers
and 15 RBI in 21 June games… …the New York native had a two homer
and five RBI effort on June 15 at Lancaster (Astros)…overall, he is
batting .292 with 11 homers and 29 RBI in 68 games.

Other notables – OF Elian Herrera is batting .357 (10-for-28) with a
homer and four RBI in seven July games…overall, he is hitting .333
with three homers in 43 since being promoted from Single-A Great
Lakes on May 12…RHP Tim Sexton is 4-0 with a 1.32 ERA (4 ER/27.1
IP) in his last four starts…the 22-year-old tossed 8.0 innings of
one-run ball in a June 28 victory vs. Rancho Cucamonga (Angels).

Single-A Great Lakes Loons

Pitcher – RHP JonMichael Redding went 3-1 with a 2.96 ERA (9 ER/27.1
IP) in five starts in June…since being touched for six runs in 1.1
innings May 22 at Cedar Rapids (Angels), the 21-year-old is 4-1 with
a 2.58 ERA (11 ER/38.1 IP) in seven starts to lower his ERA to 4.29
from 5.88…the Dodgers’ fifth-round pick from the 2008 draft is 9-3
in 16 starts overall…his nine wins rank third in the Midwest League.

Player – SS Dee Gordon batted .347 (34-for-98) with 14 steals and 22
runs in 24 games in June…the 21-year-old, who entered the season as
the Dodgers’ No. 7 prospect according to Baseball America, is batting
.306 with a Midwest League-best 43 stolen bases in 80 games
overall…he is also tied for the league lead with 102 hits.

Other Notables – RF Kyle Russell hit his league-leading 20th home run
last night at Peoria (Cubs), five more than the closest player,
Peoria’s Josh Vitters…Russell also has a league-leading 63
RBI…LHP Geison Aguasviva has given up just one earned run in 24.2
innings (seven games) since joining Great Lakes from Extended Spring
Training, a 0.36 ERA…RHP Javy Guerra has allowed only one run in
his last 11.1 innings (seven games), lowering his ERA to 1.54 from
1.82…RHP Nate Eovaldi has a 0.59 ERA (2 ER/30.2 IP) in his last
seven games (three starts), lowering his ERA to 3.90 from 7.36.

Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers

Pitcher – RHP Yimi Garcia went 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA (1 ER/19.1 IP) in
eight June appearances…the 18-year-old tossed a season-high 5.0
innings of scoreless relief on June 13 vs. DSL Royals, allowing just
two hits and striking out four…overall, he is 2-0 with a 0.34 ERA
(1 ER/26.2 IP) with 23 strikeouts in 10 appearances.

Player – INF Bladimir Franco batted .326 (31-for-95) with six homers
and 18 RBI in 25 June games…the 18-year-old is batting .326
(15-for-46) with three homers with runners in scoring
position…overall, he is hitting .310 with six homers and 21 RBI and
has collected 10 multi-hit games in 33 games.

Other Notable – RHP Gustavo Gomez is 0-1 with a 1.28 ERA (2 ER/14.0)
in his last three starts…overall, he has 31 strikeouts in 31.0
innings.

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