After getting swept on the Saturday, the Dodger minor league clubs all rebounded with wins to complete a clean sweep for the organization.
Minor League Player of the Day – Andres Santiago - 6.2 IP, 2 Hits, 0 Walks, 0 Runs, 11 K's. Santiago has flown under the radar in a Quakes rotation that features four top 20 Dodger pitching prospects, but after a dominate performance on Sunday he might start getting some attention of his own. Now in his second season in the California League, Andres has just one sub-par start in 5 outings and has an ERA of 2.22 while striking out more than a batter per inning. Not bad for the 2007 16th round pick.
AAA – The Isotopes finally got a strong start out of Stephen Fife in a 5 - 2 victory over the Zephyrs (Marlins). Fife allowed just 2 hits and 2 walks over 6 shutout frames, and it was the first time this season that he gave up less than 5 runs in a start. Ryan Tucker allowed a pair of scores in relief before Cole St. Clair and Ramon Troncoso closed out the game. For Troncoso it was his first save of the year, as he took over the closer role from Josh Wall who was given the night off. At the plate there wasn't a whole lot to write about, with the exception being Jerry Sands who went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Tim Federowicz also drove in a run with a two-bagger, who is now hitting .299 for the season.
AA – Starter Matt Magill had his second strong outing in a row as he led the Lookouts to a 8 - 2 victory over the BayBears (Dbacks). The Simi Valley native allowed just 1 run over 7 frames while striking out 7, putting him in position for his 2nd win of the year. Steve Ames hurled a hitless 8th, and even though Shawn Tolleson gave up his first run of the season via a homer, he closed out the game in the 9th. On offense Travis Denker led the way with a homer and 3 RBI's, while Nick Buss also took one deep and went 2 for 4.
HiA – The Quakes got an outstanding outing from an unexpected source on Sunday as Rancho shutout Lake Elsinore (Padres) 6 to 0. I almost went to this game, but because I didn't I missed starter Andres Santiago allowing just 2 hits over 6.2 innings while striking out a surprising 11 batters. His bullpen was also very good as Scott McGough threw 1.1 shutout innings and Logan Bawcom stuck out the side during a perfect 9th to lower his season FIP to 1.85. The Quakes' offense dominated the game with 14 hits, including 7 doubles from 7 different hitters. Austin Gallagher went 3 for 5 and drove in 3 runs, while Chris Jacobs also had 3 base knocks. I won't mention every single 2-bagger in this game, but I will highlight Nick Akins and CJ Retherford who each went 2 for 4 with a double.
LoA – The Loons were due to win a close game, and were finally able to do so with a 2 - 1 victory over the Cougars (Royals). Starter Gustavo Gomez won his 3rd game of the season with 5.2 innings of 4 hit ball which saw him give up only 1 run, although he only stuck out 1. Reliever Eric Eadington, who was blasted his last time out, was dominate in his 2.1 innings of hitless relief as he K'ed 4, while Yimi Garica was perfect in the 9th to collect his 4th save of the season. The Loons offense managed just 5 hits in the win, including a 2 for 4 effort from Devin Shines who collected the team's only RBI. James Baldwin had his hit streak haulted at 9, although he did steal a pair of bases to give him 10 swipes for the season.
Coming up – It will be a light day of minor league baseball on Monday as both the Quakes and the Lookouts have the day off. The Loons game will start before most of us get to work as the first pitch is scheduled for 7:35 AM PST, and Arismendy Ozoria will be throwing for Great Lakes. Albuquerque returns home and will play their game at a more traditional time and their starter will most likely be John Ely.
Minor League Transactions - LoA: After a tough start to his season, the Dodgers decided to send Brandon Martinez back to extended spring training to work on things. He'll be replaced on the roster by Cuban native Raydel Sanchez