The Quakes continue to make the California League shake as the Dodger’s top young prospects battled the Modesto Nuts this weekend. The single-A ball rookies were able to earn a split of their four game series with Modesto, but won two out of three this weekend after losing Thursday night. Our very own Mark Andes has all of the details from the Quake’s weekend road series in Modesto.
Mark’s Minor League Minutes
Outstanding Pitching and Timely Hitting Propels Quakes Past Hapless Modesto 3-1.
The Quakes won their first road victory of the season as starter Tom Windle (1-0) pitched a strong six innings Friday night. The southpaw struck out four batters while only allowing one earned run on just four hits.
Corey Seager’s bat remains hot as he drove in Jeremy Rathjen with his first triple of the year in the first inning. Modesto starter Jayson Aquino (0-2) gave up an RBI single to Steven Proscia scoring Seager from third.
The Quakes gave up a run to Modesto in the second inning on a fielding error, closing the Quakes lead to 2-1.
That was all the Quakes needed as Dan Coulombe tossed three strong innings in relief into the top of the ninth inning where Owen Jones finished off the last two Modesto batters to record the save.
Corey Seager’s average has climbed to .351 giving him title to the Quakes best hitter through their first nine games. Though Seager struggled last year with the Quakes, hitting just .160 in just 27 games, he is 13-29 with four doubles, a triple and three RBIs this young season. We are expecting some great things from the youngster this season.
Quakes Struggle With the Bat, Losing to Modesto by a Single Run, 3-2
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes seem to be missing the comfy confines of LoanMart Field as they lost another one-run game to the Modesto Nuts. Three losses out of their last four match-ups seem to put a lack of offense in focus.
Fabio Martinez (0-1) started for the Quakes Saturday night. The 24-year-old 6’3, 190 lb. right-hander from San Cristobal, Dominican Republic spent last year with Akron in the Eastern League and Carolina in the Carolina League. He posted an earned run average of more than 8.00 in 25 innings with 30 walks, however he showed some control and finesse by fanning 36 batters.
Although Rancho Cucamonga tied the score in the fourth inning, the Nuts surged ahead by two in the fifth on a walk, an RBI single and a balk. They pulled within one run with a bunt by James Baldwin and a single by Jeremy Rathjen.
Modesto’s reliever Raul Fernandez closed out the ninth inning with strikeouts of Corey Seager and Steven Proscia.
Sacrifice Flies and Jeremy Rathjen’s Home Run Leads Rancho Cucamonga to a 7-4 Victory Over Modesto
When the Quakes are on the road we pick up the games on radio, listening to Mike Lindskog, the “Voice of the Quakes”. Fans don’t even need to have a radio as we pick up the Fox Sports AM 1350 broadcast online or by downloading the iHeartRadio App. Join us for a game as we watch these young Dodger prospects fine tune their skills on the way to the big leagues.
Chris Anderson started on the mound for the Quakes for the third time this season. Anderson, the Dodgers 18th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft is considered to be their 5th best prospect according to Baseball America. Anderson struggled in his first appearance on opening day, but fared much better with a six strikeout four-inning appearance on Monday night.
Anderson had some control problems Sunday afternoon as he walked five and allowed three runs in just 3 1/3 innings of work. He seemed to be missing the plate while giving up three hits.
Jeremy Rathjen contributed two hits including a home run in the fifth to put the Quakes into the lead and Steven Proscia added two RBIs to finish off the Nuts.
The Quakes are home On Monday versus the Lake Elsinore Storm for a three game set.