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Loons pitching staff racks up 16 K's in shutout

The Loons were the only winners on Saturday
The Loons were the only winners on Saturday
Great Lakes Loons

The Loons were the only winners on Saturday with their shutout as the Quakes were held scoreless, Julio Urias picked up his first loss of the season for OKC, and Alex Verdugo's big night went to waste in Tulsa.

Player of the day

Isaac Anderson, a 40th round pick from the 2015 draft out of Wichita State, struck out a career high nine batters in just four innings of work to pave the way for a Loons shutout. The 22 year old had an outstanding professional debut in 2015 with a 1.90 over 52 innings, and so far in 2016 he's continued strong start to his career.

Triple-A Oklahoma CIty

Julio Urias picked up his first loss of the season as the Dodgers fell to Nashville (A's) 5 to 1. Urias was hit hard early as he allowed two homers through the first three frames, resulting in four runs. He settled down after that as he managed to make it through the fifth without any additional damage, however he only struck out three for the game.

Julio's counterpart, Sean Manaea, was on the other side of the spectrum as he punched out 11 Dodgers and permitted just one run. That run came on a James Ramsey homer, while Elian Herrera had the only multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers started off strong on Saturday, but the end result was not in their favor as Tulsa dropped their seventh game of the season after a 5 - 4 loss to Corpus Christi (Astros). Alex Verdugo got the scoring started fist with a 3-run homer, his first of the season, and ended up driving in all four runs for the Drillers with three hits. Kyle Farmer's triple was the only other extra base hit for Tulsa.

On the mound Scott Barlow threw well as he allowed just one run over 4 2/3 innings, however Ralston Cash got beat up in relief and picked up the loss. Jordan Schafer tossed two more frames of shutout ball to give him six scoreless innings to start the season.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes managed just four hits on Saturday as they were shutout by the Storm (Padres) 2 to 0. Designated hitter Tim Locastro went 2-for-4 and Johan Mieses doubled in three plate appearances, but that was about it for the offense.

Rancho starter Josh Sborz actually threw quite well in the loss as he lasted seven innings and allowed just two runs on five hits. Sborz walked just one, and lowered his ERA to 1.42 for the young season. German born Alex Burgos made his 2016 debut and  struck out a pair in a perfect frame.

Class-A Great Lakes

After getting shutout by Captains on Friday, the Loons flipped the script and held Lake County (Indians) scoreless on Saturday with a 7 - 0 victory. Player of the day Anderson threw just four innings, but he punched out nine batters and allowed just three hits. Adam Bray picked up the victory with two shutout frames and four k's, then Gavin Pittore recorded the save with three perfect innings and three more strikeouts to bring the total to 16.

The Great Lakes offense scored a season high seven runs, with the first three coming on a bases clearing triple by Cristian Gomez. Omar Estevez knocked in a pair of runs with a couple of doubles, while Matt Jones also had two hits and drove in a run.

Saturday scores

Nashville 5, Oklahoma City 1

Corpus Christi 5, Tulsa 4

Lake Elsinore 2, Rancho Cucamonga 0

Great Lakes 7, Lake County 0

Sunday Schedule

10:30 a.m. - Great Lakes (TBD) at Lake County (Thomas Pannone)

11:05 a.m. - San Antonio [Padres] (Johnny Hellweg) at Tulsa (Chase De Jong)

12:05 p.m. - Nashville (Chris Smith) at Oklahoma City (Zach Lee)

1:00 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (Trevor Oaks) at Lake Elsinore (Brandon Morrow)