Minor League Player of the Day: After hitting a pair of home runs yesterday, outfielder Scott Schebler continued his power surge on Saturday night by hitting yet another home run. Saturday's home run increased Schebler's tally to 21 on the season.
Triple-A: The Isotopes dropped the third game of a four game home series against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday, losing by the score of 4-2. The Isotopes fell behind early and came up short despite a rally in the 9th inning. Starting pitcher Rob Rasmussen took the loss after allowing four runs in six innings of work as he fell to 0-4 on the season. Meanwhile, Nick Buss hit his 13th home run in the 9th inning, but the next two batters would strikeout to end the game.
Double-A: Unlike the Isotopes, the Lookouts would rally late in the game to overcome their deficit for the victory, beating the Birmingham Barons by the score of 6-5. After not scoring in the first two games of the series, Chattanooga scored 6 on Saturday behind the long ball, as five of the six runs crossed the plate via home run. Entering the 9th inning down one run, Jan Vazquez and Jeremy Moore each clubbed a solo home run, giving Chattanooga the lead. Top prospect Joc Pederson went 1-for-5 with 2 strikeouts, but did steal his 27th base of the season.
High Class-A: After a slow start to the second half of the season, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes have now won 11 of their past 14 games, after beating the Modesto Nuts by the score of 7-6. This time the Quakes fell behind early against one of the top performers in the California League in Daniel Winker, who entered the day with a 2.43 ERA. Despite striking out 8 times against Winkler, the Quakes touched him for three runs in six innings of work, setting up for the comeback in the later innings of the game. Two of those runs scored off one swing of the bat from Scott Schebler, who hit his 21st home run on the season. It was an all-around offensive effort, though, as the Quakes recorded 12 hits and 5 walks on the night.
Low Class-A: The Loons won their 4th straight game by the score of 4-3, after taking advantage of defensive miscues made by the Clinton Lumberkings. Entering the 9th inning in a 3-3 tie, Robbie Garvey forced the issue by stealing second base and advancing to third on a throwing error. He would then score after Clinton made their second error of the inning on a throwing error by third baseman Jamodrick McGruder. Great Lakes likely loses the game without Brandon Martinez's fine outing on the bump, as the starter tossed seven innings of two run ball. Top prospect Corey Seager went 1-for-4 with a double.
Rookie (Ogden): Despite leading 7-5 in the 9th inning, the Ogden Raptors allowed eight runs in the final frame and couldn't recover, falling to the Helena Brewers by the score of 13-7. Jacob Rhame and Ricky Perez combined to allow eight runs (five earned) while recording just two outs. Third baseman Alex Santana went 3-for-3 with a double in the loss.
Coming up: Once again, all eyes will be on teenage sensation Julio Urias as the 16-year-old will make his 11th start of the season for the Great Lakes Loons. Urias is currently posting a 2.80 ERA across 35 1/3 innings of work. Lindsey Caughel, who has been brilliant over his last two starts, will look to continue his success for the Quakes. Also, Zach Lee is scheduled to start on the bump for the Lookouts on Sunday.