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Dodgers 5/14/11 Minor League Report - Rafael Furcal Returns to Action

Dodger affiliates won 3 of their 5 games on Saturday and got quite a few strong pitching performances; both from starters and relievers.

Minor League Player of the DayWill Savage - 9 IP, 1 W, 1 ER, 5 hits, 1 BB, 5 K's - Savage threw what I believe is the first 9 inning complete game of the year for the Dodger minor league teams, which won him this award.  The 26 year old improved his record to 4 - 0 with the Lookouts, and lowered is ERA to 2.43 for the season.

AAA Rafael Furcal started his minor league assignment with 7 innings in the field and drove in 3 runs, but he also made an error in the field and the Isotopes still lost to the Tucson Padres 7 to 4 on SaturdayTim Redding allowed 7 hits and 5 runs over 5 innings to drop his record to 1 and 4, while Francisco Felix gave up 2 runs in relief.  One pitching highlight was that lefty Wilkin De La Rosa struck out the only batter he faced to keep his ERA at a perfect 0.00 through 5.2 innings, during which time he has only allowed 2 hits (although he has walked 5 during that span).  Besides Furcal's 3 RBI's, there wasn't much else to write about on offense as the only extra base hit of the game was Justin Seller's double.  Sellers has just 11 hits on the year so he has a terrible .169 average, but what's interesting is that 8 of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases (5 homers and 3 doubles).

AA – Will Savage took matters into his own hands on Saturday as he threw a complete game in the Lookouts 9 to1 victory over the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs).  Savage needed just 112 pitches to get through the game, allowing just 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 5.  After a rough first start of the season, Will has allowed just 5 runs over his past 33 innings pitched.  At the plate Chattanooga collected 5 doubles in the game, and Kyle Russell led the charge with 2 of them.  Scott Van Slyke singled and doubled to drive in 3 runs and increase his league leading average to .374, while Alfredo Silverio went 2 for 5 with a double, 2 RBI's, and 2 stolen bases.

HiA – The Quakes allowed 14 hits on Saturday night, but somehow were able to limit the Mavericks to just 3 runs as Rancho Cucamonga defeated High Desert (Mariners) 7 to 3Matt Magill got the start and gave up 10 hits over 5.2 innings, but just 3 runs scored against him and he struck out 3.  Jordan Roberts picked up the win the relief with 2 shutout innings, then Shawn Tolleson made his California League debut.  While Tolleson is now in a different league, the results were the same for him as he did not allow a batter to put a ball in play and recorded the save.  He struck out 4 batters in 1.1 innings, and his only blemish was a walk allowed.  Travis Denker led the offense with a homer and double, and Angelo Songco collected 3 RBI's with a bases clearing double in the 9th.  Griff Erickson also had a multi-hit game as he got his average back up to .400 and scored 3 runs.

LoA (Game 1)The Loons lost their rain suspended game to the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 7 to 6 after new closer Pete Budkevics had a meltdown in the 9th.  Garrett Gould had started this game on Friday, but when the game resumed Saturday it was Gustavo Gomez who made his full season debut with a shutout inning and 2 K's.  Andrew Pevsner and Logan Bawcom combined to give up just 3 hits and 1 run over the next 5 innings, then Great Lakes rallied to take a 6 to 3 lead in the 8th.  However Budkevics couldn't hold on for the victory as he allowed 4 hits and 4 runs in the 9th.  Jonathan Garcia was part of the 8th inning rally and overall he went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, while Bobby Coyle also collected 2 hits on the night.

LoA (Game 2) – The 2nd game the Loons played on Saturday was an abbreviated 7 inning version, and Great Lakes came out victorious with a 4 to 1 win over the Lugnuts (Blue Jays).  Starter Red Patterson had an outstanding game, striking out 9 and giving up just one run on 3 hits while throwing all 7 innings for the Loons.  Patterson picked up his 4th win and lowered his ERA to 2.93 for the season.  At the plate Jessie Bosnik went 2 for 2 with a double and 2 RBI's, giving him 4 total runs driven in for the day.  Lead-off man Casio Grider as also a solid day with 2 doubles in 4 at bats.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA) - Game 1

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA) - Game 2