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Dodgers 4/30/11 Minor League Report - Zach Lee Continues His Dominant Start

The Quakes were the only team to pull out a win on Saturday as the other 3 Dodger affiliates all fell to the competition.  Overall it was a pretty slow day in terms of prospect news as there weren't many big performances other than Zach Lee's 5 shutout innings.

Minor League Player of the DayDee Gordon - 3 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 Run, 1 SB, 1 BB.  There weren't very many candidates for this award on Saturday as nobody really had an amazing day, but Gordon had the best all around stats so he got the nod.  Gordon hadn't really done noteworthy recently, so it's encouraging that he was able to put his tools on display again.

AAA – The Isotopes were leading Nashville (Brewers) 6 to 3 in the middle of the 6th, but the Sounds battled back for 2 in the 6th and 2 in the 8th to beat Albuquerque 7 to 6.  All 4 of the Isotope pitchers allowed at least one run, including starter Francisco Felix, Ramon Troncoso, and Jon Link who gave up 2 each. Link got the worst of it as he picked up both the loss and blown save in this game.  On offense Dee Gordon has his best game in a while with 3 hits in 4 at bats and his 9th stolen base, while catcher Damaso Espino also had 3 hits including a homer and drove in 3 runs.  The only other note is that Trayvon Robinson was able to extend his hitting streak with a single in the 6th inning.

AA – The Lookouts allowed 3 early runs and were never able to recover on Saturday as they lost to the Jackson Generals (Mariners) 5 to 2Michael Antonini got the start for Chattanooga and gave up 6 hits and 4 runs over 6 innings while striking out 5, and despite being saddled with the loss he maintained a solid ERA of 3.03.  Josh Wall allowed 1 run in two innings of relief, and one bright spot on the pitching staff was Javy Guerra, who was perfect in the 9th with 2 strikeouts to drop his ERA below 1.  At the plate nobody really stood out, and the only notable performance was Scott Van Slyke's double and his two runs scored. 

HiA – The Quakes won their 3rd straight game on Saturday with a 8 to 3 victory over the High Desert Mavericks (Mariners)Greg Wilborn started the game for Rancho and allowed 7 hits and 2 walks over 5.2 innings, but he held the Mavericks to just 2 runs and struck out 6 to keep his team in the game.  Josh Walter picked up the win, and Steve Smith got the save by throwing 2.1 shutout innings and allowing just 1 hit.  The offense was spread very evenly as the team's 8 hits were spread among 8 different players, but Blake Smith had the big blow with a bases loaded double in the 8th inning to plate 3 runs.  Jake Lemmerman and J.T. Wise also had doubles for the Quakes, while Tony Delmonico reached base 3 more times in 5 plate appearances.

LoA– The Loons and Hot Rods (Rays) matched zeros for 6 innings, but Bowling Green finally broke through for runs in the 7th and 8th innings to defeat Great Lakes 2 to 0.  Zach Lee started the game for the Loons and again was impressive as he threw 5 shutout innings.  He allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and only struck out 2, but he was good enough to lower his ERA to 1.09 through 24.2 innings.  Pete Budkevics game in to relieve Lee and allowed a run, and then Shawn Tolleson actually gave up a run in the 9th (although it was unearned so his ERA remains perfect).  Given that the Loons where shutout there obviously isn't much offense to write about, so I guess you can say the top performance at the plate came from Blake Dean who went 2 for 3.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)