Minor League Player of the Day – Angelo Songco (HiA) - 3 for 4, 1 3B, 4 RBI's. It's tough to get excited about Songco since he already dominated the California League back in 2011, but after a rough April it is nice to see Angelo hitting well for the Quakes over the last few weeks. Given his age and overall lack of production it's going to be tough for Songco to ever make it to the big leagues, but he does have a ton of raw power so he's worth keeping around in case he figures something out and/or hits a hot streak that could help the Dodgers.
AAA – The Isotopes dropped their third straight game on Saturday as Albuquerque fell to Reno (Dbacks) 5 to 1. Starter Matt Palmer got touched up for all 5 of the runs in his 4 innings of work, allowing 8 hits and 2 runs in the process. The Topes' bullpen was great as Red Patterson, Peter Moylan, and Kelvin De La Cruz held the Aces scoreless over the final 5 frames, but it didn't matter as the offense wasn't able to mount a comeback. In fact all 6 of Albuquerque's hits were singles, with Rusty Ryal having the only multi-hit game as he went 2 for 4.
AA – The Lookouts were reinforced by a couple of rehabbing big leaguers on Saturday, but that didn't help them record the win as Chattanooga fell to Tennessee (Cubs) 7 to 5. Scott Elbert actually got the start in this game, and while he only threw 1 innings ended up allowing a run on two hits. Chris Reed followed Elbert and tossed the next 5 frames, but he struggled a bit as he matched a season high with 9 hits permitted and in total gave up 5 runs (3 earned). On offense Mark Ellis got 4 at bats and played 7 innings in the field, but unfortunately he went 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Yasiel Puig and a double and a single in 5 at bats to raise his batting average above .300, while Joc Pederson managed to extend his hitting streak with a single.
HiA – A pair of 1st baseman helped the Quakes record a 8 to 3 win over the Giants on Saturday. O'Koyea Dickson, who usually plays 1st base but was the Rancho DH in this game, went 3 for 4 with an RBI and 3 runs scored, while Angelo Songo, the true 1st baseman in this contest, drove in 4 with a triple and two singles. Ryan Mount also continued his hot streak at the plate as he went 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs batted in. On the mound Lindsey Caughel allowed just 5 hits and 1 run over 6 innings in his second California League start, striking out 4 in the process. A couple of relievers got through the next few innings without issue, and while Owen Jones gave up 2 runs in the 9th, it didn't matter as the Quakes' lead was big enough to absorb the late runs.
LoA – The Loons captured sole possession of last place on Saturday with a 9 - 2 loss to the Lugnuts (Blue Jays). The Great Lakes offense did not have an extra base hit in this game, and while Robbie Garvey went 2 for 3, he was also caught stealing twice. Nobody else did anything of note at the plate. Starter Ralston Cash lasted just 2 innings in this one as he walked 4 batters and allowed 5 runs on 3 hits during that time frame. Geoff Brown and Zach Bird were great in relief as they combined for 4 scoreless frames, but Joel Lima did not fare as well as he gave up 5 hits (including 2 homers) in his inning of work.
Coming up – There will be a handful of late morning/early afternoon games on Sunday, starting with Jharel Cotton and the Loons taking on the Lugnuts. Andres Santiago will throw for the Lookouts, Angel Castro will get the ball for the Isotopes, and the Quakes starter is TBD.