The Dodger minor league affiliates split the day as the 2 of the 4 teams won their games. The Quakes and Loons pulled out late inning wins while the Lookouts and Isotopes fought to the end, but were unable to pull out victories.
Minor League Player of the Day – Brian Cavazos-Galvez - 4 for 5, 2 HR's, 2 2B's, 4 RBI's, 3 Runs. BCG was off to a slow start for Chattanooga as he was hitting just .148 through 8 games, but a huge game on Saturday helped the 2009 12th round pick get his name on the radar despite a loss by the Lookouts. In addition to his home runs, the fact that BCG has already walked 4 times this season is big news since he typically walks at a very low rate.
AAA – The Isotopes and Storm Chasers were tied after 9 innings, so the game went into 13 innings and Omaha (Royals) eventually defeated Albuquerque 14 to 10. The away team scored all of their extra inning runs against reliever Wil Ledezma who allowed 5 runs, with most of the damage coming on a pair of homers. Starter John Ely actually had a solid game as he gave up just 1 run over 6 frames, but Cole St. Clair permitted the Storm Chasers to get back into the game as he allowed 6 runs without recording an out. Brent Leach and Scott Rice kept the opposing team in check, but the aforementioned Ledezma gave up the winning runs. At the plate, almost every Isotope starter had a pair of hits, including Alex Castellanos and Scott Van Slyke who each went 2 for 5. Shortstop Luis Cruz also recorded 2 hits and drove in 4 runs thanks to some lucky at bats.
AA – The Lookouts lost a heart-breaker to the Suns on Saturday as Jacksonville held off Chattanooga 7 to 6. The loss prevented the Lookouts from sweeping the Suns for the first time since becoming a Dodger affiliate. Nathan Eovaldi got the start for Chattanooga and put together a solid start, allowing just 5 hits and 2 runs over 6 frames while striking out 9. The one big hit he did allow was an absolute bomb to Kyle Skipworth in the 4th inning as the ball landed in the last row of the stands in right center field. Reliever Luis Vasquez is the one who let the game get out of hand as he gave up 6 hits and 5 runs while recording just 2 outs. Once he left Javier Solano took over and recorded the final 4 outs without a problem. At the plate, Brian Cavazos-Galvez had the big game as he connected on 4 extra base hits and drove in 3 runs. The 2-run homer that BCG hit in the 5th inning was a no doubter, and he ended up scoring 3 runs on the night. Kyle Russell was the other big hitter in this game as he went 3 for 4 and went yard for the 2nd time this season. Pedro Baez was the only other Lookout player to have a multi-hit game as he went 2 for 4 with a RBI and a walk.
HiA – This game was tied 3 - 3 heading into the 9th, but the Quakes scored 3 runs in the top of the frame and ended up with a 6 - 3 win over the Rawhide (Dbacks). Rancho got a huge game out of Leon Landry who went 3 for 4 with a homer and two doubles, and one of those 2 baggers drove in the winning run in the top of the 9th. Tyler Henson gave Rancho a pair of insurance runs as his single in the 9th drove in a pair of runs. Starting pitcher Andres Santiago allowed just 5 hits and 1 earned run over 4 innings before Scott McGough took over and gave up one run over two frames. Juan Rodriguez continued the solid start to his season as he struck out the side yet again, while Logan Bawcom picked up the win with a pair of no-hit innings. Bawcom has now thrown 5 frames in 2012 and has yet to allow a hit.
LoA – After starting the season 0 - 4, the Loons have now won 4 out of their last 5 after defeating the TinCaps (Padres) 4 to 3 on Saturday. Starter Gustavo Gomez showed significant improvement over his previous outing as he allowed just 1 run of 3 hits over 5.2 frames, although in watching the game he seemed to have trouble putting hitters away and set the TinCaps down in order only once. Matt Shelton allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in relief, while Jason West picked up the save with 1.2 hitless innings. West got some help from center fielder James Baldwin as he made a diving catch in the top of the 8th with the tying run on 2nd and 1 out, saving the tying run from scoring and then doubling off the runner from 2nd. Speaking of Baldwin, he finally got his first hit of the season in this game as he doubled down the left field line and eventually came around to score. Scott Schebler also continued to break out of his early season slump as he went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple, which was his second multi-hit game in a row.
Coming up – The Quakes have a double header on Sunday, with Angel Sanchez scheduled to start one of the games. Zach Lee would seem to be on track to pitch the other game as he'd be on normal rest, but for now the Quakes pitcher for the second game is TBD. Allen Webster will take the mound for the Lookouts as they return home, and Arismendy Ozoria will get the ball for the Loons. The Isotopes will also be at home on Sunday, and it's Mike Parisi turn in the rotation.