The Dodger minor league affiliates swept the day on Saturday, with 3 one-run victories and a blow out by the Quakes.
Minor League Player of the Day – J.T. Wise - 4 for 5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI's, 3 runs. Wise exploded for 4 hits and 4 RBI's on Saturday, including his 4th homer of the season, as he paced the Quakes in their victory over the Mavericks. Wise played 1st base for Rancho, demonstrating his versatility and proving that he is more than just a catcher.
AAA – Dee Gordon didn't start Saturday night's game, but he reached on a walk in the 9th then scored from 1st on a error as the Isotopes walked off against the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) with a 7 to 6 victory. The entire game was a back and forth affair as the Isotopes took the lead twice before finally coming away with the win. Justin Sellers surprisingly had the big night at the plate, as the infielder drilled his 4th homer of the season in route to 4 RBI's. The interesting thing about Seller's season thus far is that he has only 9 hits (.176 average), but of the 9 hits 6 have gone for extra bases (2 doubles and 4 homers). Damaso Espino and Juan Castro (who is apparently recovered from a leg injury) were the only other players with multi-hit games from the Topes. On the mound, John Ely lasted just 4.2 innings as he gave up 7 hits and 3 walks while allowing 5 runs. Ramon Troncoso also allowed a run in relief, but Jon Link and Travis Schilichting finished off the game with 2 perfect frames to preserve the win.
AA – The Lookouts lead 4 to 0 early in the game, then held on for a 5 to 4 victory over the Braves on Saturday. Chattanooga starter Will Savage was outstanding through 5 shutout inning as he gave up just 2 hits, but he allowed a couple of runs in the 6th and was replaced by Josh Wall who walked 2 and also gave up 2 runs. Luckily Javy Guerra and Josh Lindblom are also in the Lookout bullpen because they finished the game with 2 shutout innings with 3 combined strikeouts. It was Guerra's 3rd hold (0.57 ERA), and Lindblom's 5th save (2.55 ERA) of the year. On offense, 5 different Chattanooga players had multi-hit games, starting with Brian Cavazos-Galvez who recorded 2 RBI's. Kyle Russell and Pedro Baez both doubled and singled on the night, while catcher Alex Garabedian went 2 for 3 with an RBI in his 2011 debut.
HiA – Every hitter in the Quakes lineup had a hit, and amazingly 3 different Rancho players had 4 hits on the night as the Quakes defeated the High Desert Mavericks 12 to 4. Ethan Martin started the game for Rancho, but he lasted just 3.1 innings as he gave up 5 hits and 3 walks in route to allowing 4 runs. The Quakes bullpen picked up the slack, however, as Steve Smith threw 3.2 scoreless innings, while Andres Santiago and Steven Ames finished off the game with 2 shutout frames. J.T. Wise was the star of this game with a homer, a double, 2 singles, and 4 RBI's, although both Tony Delmonico and Rafael Ynoa also had 4 hits each. Blake Smith, Griff Erickson, and Travis Denker also contributed to the team's 21 hits with 2 base knocks each.
LoA – The Loons and Hot Rods played in a low scoring affair on Saturday, but at the end of the day it was Great Lakes who took the checkered flag with a 3 to 2 victory. Ryan Christenson got the start for the Loons and had another impressive outing, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run over 6.1 innings. He didn't walk a batter and picked up his 3rd win of the season. Pete Budkevics allowed a run in relief, but Shawn Tolleson was able to shut the door for his league leading 9th save of the year. Tolleson actually came into the game in the 8th inning and allowed a hit on his first pitch which allowed a run to score, but he got out of the inning then struck out 2 in the 9th to clinch the victory. At the plate, Nick Akins hit his 6th homer of the season which resulted in 1 of the Loons runs. The other two runs scored on Jonathan Garcia's double in the 6th, which gave the home team the lead for good.