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Dodgers 9/4/13 minor league report - Quakes and Loons falter in playoff opener

Both the Quakes and Loons face must win situations on Thursday in their best of 3 game series

Raydel Sanchez throwing for the Quakes
Raydel Sanchez throwing for the Quakes
Brandon Lennox

Minor League Player of the DayRaydel Sanchez (Hi) - 3 IP, 0 Hits, 0 Runs, 6 K's.  While there were some big offense performances in the Raptors game, Sanchez won this award with 3 perfect innings of outstanding relief in the Quakes playoff game.

AAA – Season over

AA – Season over

HiA – The Quakes dropped their first playoff game to the 66ers (Angels) on Wednesday, falling 6 to 3.  All the scoring in this game happened early on as both teams scored twice in the 1st, then after Rancho took a short lived lead in the 2nd, Inland Empire responded with four runs in the 3rd which resulted in the final score.  Starter Jon Michael Redding allowed all 6 of the runs on 8 hits, although 2 of the runs were unearned due to a Corey Seager error.  Once Redding left the game the Quakes got outstanding relief from a trio of hurlers, starting with Eric Eadington who fired 3 innings of 2-hit ball.  Raydel Sanchez then came in and was even better as he was perfect over the next 3 frames, striking out 6 along the way.  At the dish Rancho only had one extra base hit, and that was a double by Chris JacobsCasio Grider had a three singles, while Scott Schebler and O'Koyea Dickson had two base knocks each.

LoA – The Loons went quietly in their playoff opener against the Silver Hawks (Dbacks), falling to South Bend 3 to 0.  Four singles were all that the Great Lakes offense could manage, with two of them coming from 3rd baseman Brandon Dixon.  The Loons biggest threat came in the 8th after Jeremy Rathjen and Aaron Miller both walked, but unfortunately that was followed by a couple of strikeouts.  On the mound starter Chris Anderson was limited to just 2.2 innings, and he was saddled with the loss despite giving up just 1 run and striking out 6.  Tom Windle followed with 3.1 frames of scoreless relief, but Ralston Cash then allowed a pair of runs to put the game out of reach.

Rookie Ogden – The Raptors were involved in a classic Pioneer League game on Wednesday, but they eventually lost to the Rockies 12 - 11 in 11 innings.  So much happened in this game that the best thing to do is simply look at the box score, but I'll do my best to describe some of the highlights.  Starter Scott Barlow was off his game as he allowed 5 runs over 4 innings, then five different relievers threw in relief.  Three Ogden pitchers were actually charged with blown saves in this game, but the most notable belongs to Sawil Gonzalez as he allowed the game tying run in the bottom of the 9th.  Ricky Perez then walked in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th to end the game.  On offense everyone contributed except for Jacob Scavuzzo, with the big game coming from Jesus Valdez as he went 2 for 6 with a double, a grand slam, and 5 RBI's.  Jesmuel Valentin led the Raptors with 3 hits and 4 runs scored.

Rookie Arizona – Season over

DSL – Season over

Coming up – The season is on the line for the the Quakes and the Loons as they face elimination in their best of 3 game playoff series.  Rancho will send Matt Shelton to the mound in their attempt to extend the series, while Great Lakes will put their faith in Jonathan Martinez.  Jake Fisher will be on the bump for the Raptors in their regular season game.

Minor League Transactions – HiA: Kyle Hooper was sent up to Rancho to join their playoff roster, while Francisco Villa returned to Ogden.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)

Ogden Raptors Box Score (Rookie)

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